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PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY
10 NIGHTS PAGAN - KATHA - MANDALAY FROM US$3,600 - MEMBERS FROM US$3,200
SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

Our new programme enables relaxed exploration of the magnificent temples of Pagan, the highlights of Mandalay and the scenic and remote Upper Irrawaddy. We journey off the beaten track for 10-nights all the way to Katha, nearly 1000 miles from Rangoon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for Burmese days. Other highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and villages.

To further enhance your experience, we now have a number of quality mountain bikes for your use.

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

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EXTENSIONS

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

NGL Pre cruise Rangoon

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2 Nights Mystical Inle Lake Pre 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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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

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DAY 1 PAGAN

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Embark for lunch and followed by exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach. The ship will leave Pagan at 17:30.

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DAY 2 YANDABO

Cruise past the confluence with the Chindwin River and arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay. Cruise through afternoon upstream towards Mandalay.

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DAY 3 AMARAPURA

Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. Continue to visit the ancient capital of Amarapura and admire the paintings in a temple.

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DAY 4 KYAUK-MYOUNG

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 weeklong firing in huge kilns. We return to the ship and enter the third defile of Irrawaddy.

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DAY 5 KHANYAT

Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher's house, which also includes his small museum collections. We go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River.

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DAY 6 KATHA

We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station’s collections of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We also visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.

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DAY 7 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND

Transfer by Local boat and visit Kyun Daw village where we will visit countless small Pagodas.

DAY 8 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY

Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.

DAY 9 TAGAUNG

Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.

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DAY 10 MINGUN

Slip our moorings early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

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DAY 11 MANDALAY

Disembark after breakfast at the Jetty.

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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. Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration on Zawgyi and Kindat Pandaws.

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 PAGAN

Embark at Pagan (Ayer jetty) by 11:30am.

DAY 11 MANDALAY

Disembark at the Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty.

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TRAVEL BLOGS

A Stunning shot of Yandabo Pottery Village taken by Saw Yan Naing

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