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SEE IT ALL FROM RANGOON TO MANDALAY

THE IRRAWADDY
14 NIGHTS RANGOON - MANDALAY FROM US$5,148
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Ply from Yangoon to the delightful city of Prome on the edge of the Delta to Mandalay and Mingun. Daily stops include tours of the historic capitals of Pagan with its 3,000 monuments, and Mandalay with its royal palace and many sites around the city, particularly on the river. We will pass from the lush teak forests around Prome, through the near desert of Middle Burma before we reach the former King’s capital Mandalay. Optional stays in Yangon the capital with transfers and flights are offered as an add on to the cruise.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

IRRA Pre cruise Rangoon

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Undiscovered Burma's South - Strand Moulmein

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

IRRA Post cruise Rangoon

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Northern Shan State Adventure 4 Nights

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2 Nights Mystical Inle Lake Post Tour

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Mystical Inle Lake & Southern Shan State Adventure (4 nights) - Kalaw Hill Lodge

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2 Nights Southern Shan State Adventure - Kalaw Hill Lodge

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 RANGOON (YANGON)

Embark and sail up the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante Town and explore city center.

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DAY 2 MAUBIN AND NYAUNG DON

In morning we walk visit to Maubin bustling market and city surrounding area. Afternoon our exploration of Delta area NyaungDon city visit to see country life style. Moor over night at Zakagyi.

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DAY 3 DANABYU AND ZALON

We continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets. In the First Anglo Burmese War of 1825 the Burmese General Maha-Bandoola was defeated here following a long and disastrous campaign by the British. Afternoon walk in Zalon city to visit beautiful Golden Buddha image and return to ship. Moor overnight at Henzada.

DAY 4 MYANAUNG

Sailing all day and we stop to visit the markets and see old colonial buildings in the sleepy Delta town of Manaung. We enter the Irrawaddy River.

DAY 5 PROME (PYAY)

Early morning we sail slowly upstream and downstream A Kaut Taung area, to view Buddha carvings on the mountainside, from the upper deck or Sundeck. We reach Prome by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculptures.

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DAY 6 THAYETMYO

This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. Thayet also boasts the oldest golf course in Myanmar (1885). We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to the golf course, passing through the former British botanical garden.

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DAY 7 MINHLA AND MAGWE

Minhla - We visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. The fight for the Minhla redoubt was the only serious action in the war and the death of a young subaltern inspired Kipling to write a poem.We ride Trishaws to reach the magnificent Magwe Myat-thalon Pagoda, constructed with solid gold bricks. Of interest are the many nat shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts.

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DAY 8 SALE

Here we visit the Yout-saun-kyaung monastery with its spectacular wood carvings; we also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses and continue sailing upstream.

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DAY 9 PAGAN

In the morning, moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and enjoy the view. Continue with one of the highlights of your trip with a tour of a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site, Pagan.

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DAY 10 PAGAN

Further exploration by coach of the monuments follow by a lacquerware workshop and visit to the local markets. Sail in the noon to upstream. Evening walk at Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community.

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DAY 11 YANDABO

This small rural village is specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School, built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

DAY 12 MANDALAY, SAGAING AND AMARAPURA

Guests will take a tour of central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung teak carved monastery. In the afternoon we visit Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art. Next we explore the ancient capital of Amarapura by coach, take a boat ride along Taungthaman lake and watch the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful lake and its famous U-Bein Bridge at sunset. 

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DAY 13 MINGUN

We stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda which is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old Peoples Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

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DAY 14 KYAUK MYOUNG

Sail upstream and visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the week-long firing in huge kilns. Afternoon sailing to Mandalay.

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DAY 15 MANDALAY

Disembark at Mandalay.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 RANGOON (YANGON)

Embarkation between 10.30am and 11.00am at Kyan Mar Yay Jetty (on Strand Road in Yangon opposite the Myanmar Custom Department, between Pansoedan Jetty and Sule Jetty). Please note that the ship will leave the pier at 11.00am.

DAY 15 MANDALAY

Disembark from your ship between 8.00am - 9.00am at Sagaing Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty, Mandalay.

TESTIMONIALS

Due to their amazing service and attitude we are only looking at doing Pandaw cruises in the future - posted by Julie Collings and Robert Bullen

I would like to say that Pandaw has raised the bar for future cruises my husband and I may take - posted by Sue and Dave Garskey

Having travelled with Pandaw it has really spoilt me for anything else - posted by Isobel Dexter

It was like a dream - great trip I had! - posted by Dimitra Gebhard

Our little family is again going to explore Southeast Asia and a Pandaw adventure is on the itinerary - posted by Solveig Lalla, Krishna Lalla and Lindsay Isaac-Lalla

This is a relaxing, easy, cruise - posted by Carol Mathias

Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations were just superb - from the cocktail party on the sandbank to the fireworks at midnight - posted by Valerie and Steve Knott

Phoo clearly understood our requests and needs and offered experiences based on our interests - posted by Christine Lockey

The cruise on the Pandaw was great. The staff are so attentive and nothing was too much bother. - posted by Neil Ludvigsen

I would recommend Pandaw cruises to anyone, and hope to do more trips in the near future - posted by Catherine Joyce & Ross Gordon

I recently completed my second cruise with Pandaw - posted by Geoff Cocks

I really did not know what to expect, only hoped for the best - posted by Angela Banford

What a rewarding experience I enjoyed - posted by Julia Caroline Ross

We had the most wonderful time - posted by Ms Elizabeth Lane & Mr John Mccallum

A wonderful Irrawady River cruise on Orient Pandaw - posted by Ms Gail Nielsen