Anawrahta Cruise Mekong Tour 12 days - Impressive Gorges

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Anawrahta Cruise Mekong Tour 12 days - Impressive Gorges
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Destinations:Mandalay - Bhamo - Mingun - Bagan - Myanmar - Anawrahta Cruise
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Price From: 8383 USD

One of our core principles, that distinguishes Heritage Line, is as Collectors of unique ships with artefacts that reflect a bygone era. We will be thus honouring Anawrahta, the first King to put a stamp on Burmese history by unifying the country in 1044. He was a mighty warrior, accomplished statesman and introduced Theravada Buddhism throughout the country. In more modern times, during the Colonial Era, the British ferried their personnel and goods the length of the river by paddle-wheelers. The low draft design of the boat allowed them to sail year-round and we are emulating that fact in our new vessel.

Room Types Max Halong Lowest Rate No. Rooms .
Deluxe Single Cabin
1
person
USD 255
USD 0
5 Rooms left
Price Included
  • All cruises include group shore-excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • In-tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues.
  • Group transfers from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa.
  • Mineral water, coffee/tea, soft drinks and local beer is included all day.
  • Fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea.
  • Inclusions for Anawrahta Suites - All Suite: Private butler service, balcony breakfast or in-suite dining, daily laundry service, daily newspaper delivered to suite room, complimentary mini bar, daily turn down gift, one private candle light dinner in the balcony, welcome fruit basket, flower and a bottle of Prosecco, complimentary tea/coffee making facility and spa services. Subject to change without prior notice.
Price Excluded
  • Port tax $129 per passenger, subject to change without prior notice (levied by Myanmar Port Authorities and port taxes appear on our invoice).
  • Crew gratuities (8 USD – 10 USD per passenger/day are recommended).
  • Fuel surcharges, if any (see terms and conditionsPeak season surcharge at USD 175 per person for all cruises falling on Christmas and/or Eve New Year’s Eve.).

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit KyaungMyaung, which is famous for its manufacture of large glazed earthernware pots known as Martaban jars..
  • Take a trishaw to explore the enchanting colonial town of Katha and past the beautiful island pagoda of Thihadaw toward Tagaung
  • Take a small boat to visit Shwegu, the village lies at the end of the spectacular second Shwegu features large family potteries making large quantities of unglazed earthenware pots employing a technique of throwing and beating.
  • Visit picturesque island of Shwe Paw Myanmar and its ancient pagodas. Then continue cruising to visit the riverside village of Mae Dar before cruising downstream toward Katha.
  • Cruise from Shwegu toward Bhamo, where the river cuts its way with narrow channel through this most beautiful Gorge with high cliffs and thick forests.
 

Day 1 MANDALAY-MINGUN- KYAUNGMYAUNG 

 

Welcome on board and enjoy lunch while we cast off Mandalay. In early afternoon, we visit Mingun, the world’s largest, unfinished brick pagoda. It also has a 90-ton bell, said to be the largest, undamaged bell in the world. Enjoy welcome dinner with performance of Burmese traditional costumes by our staffs.

Mandalay-Mingun: 6miles

Mingun-KyaungMyaung: 46miles

 

Meals: Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 2 KYAUNGMYAUNG-TAGAUNG 

 

After breakfast, visit KyaungMyaung, which is famous for its manufacture of large glazed earthernware pots known as Martaban jars. The biggest of these jars can hold about 105 gallons (over 400 liters). Later we sail past the beautiful island pagoda of Thihadaw toward Tagaung.

KyaungMyaung-Tagaung: 75miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 3 TAGAUNG - KATHA 

 

In the morning, visit Tagaung, the shrine of Bo BoGyi a famous nat, the archaeological area and the fortifications. The ruins of the fort walls and traces of moat are the only remnants of this ancient site. The western wall appears to have washed away by the river. Continue cruising upstream for the rest of the day.

Tagaung-Katha: 66miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 4 KATHA - SHWEGU 

 

In the morning, take a trishaw to explore the enchanting colonial town of Katha. Katha is the site of George Orwell’s famous book, “Burmese Days,” A story of what life was like in a remote station during the colonial era. The town is still charming with its teak homes and quaint streets. In the afternoon, take a small boat to visit Shwegu, the village lies at the end of the spectacular second Shwegu features large family potteries making large quantities of unglazed earthenware pots employing a technique of throwing and beating.You’ll find many bargains here on hand-carved,

wooden gold-panning bowls.

Katha-Shwegu: 44miles

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 5 SHWEGU - BHAMO 

 

Today, we will cruise from Shwegu toward Bhamo, where the river cuts its way with narrow channel through this most beautiful Gorge with high cliffs and thick forests. Drop anchor and take a tour to Bhamo. The town is one end of a famous old caravan trail into China. Only a track through the mountains, it was centuries old when Marco Polo discovered it in the 13th century…and the route is still in use until today. Explore local market often filled with ethnic tribes such as Kachin, Lisu and Shan. Visit magnificent Theindawgyi Paya pagoda. From here you can also take a small launch to explore the First Gorge of the Ayeyarwady River. Cruise down river and anchor at Shwe Paw.

Shwegu-Bhamo: 40miles

Bhamo-ShwePaw: 40miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 6 SHWEPAW - KATHA 

 

In the morning, visit picturesque island of Shwe Paw Myanmar and its ancient pagodas. Then continue cruising to visit the riverside village of Mae Dar before cruising downstream toward Katha.

ShwePaw-Katha: 44miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 7 KATHA - KYANHNYDAT 

 

In the morning, take a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Back on board and enjoy cruising with a nice riverview.

Katha-Naba: 14 miles by train

Katha-KyanHnydat: 86miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 8 KYANHNYDAT - MOGOK 

 

In the morning, cruise to Thabeitkyin and take a tour to Mogok. Mogok has been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire, but semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, garnet, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl are also found. The gems are found in alluvial limestone gravels by means of panning, tunnelling and digging pits by hand. You will travel by road towards Mogok where you will see the forest in which there many rare botanical specimens used for production of essential oils. You will be driven further into a Burmese teak forest to meet working elephants. In the afternoon our ship will sail downstream toward Mandalay.

KyanHnydat-Thabeitkyin: 30miles

Thabeitkyin-Mandalay: 77miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 9 MANDALAY 

 

Arrive Mandalay in the early morning. After breakfast, take a tour to Ava by horse cart. The ancient city was founded in 1364 by King Thadomin as his capital. Little remains of the old city but it is noted for the MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery and Mae Nu Oak Kyaung, which are the fine examples of Myanmar masonry, art and architecture. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant then visit the Sagaing Hills. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views and stop by a convent, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and a silversmith. Drive onto Amarapura and visit a textile workshop before visiting the U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world, at sunset

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 10 MANDALAY - BAGAN 

 

Relax on board while cruising downstream to Bagan. Late morning, we will visit Yandabo, a remote village by river bank. It is famous for the production of terracotta pottery made from river bank mud and you can view the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is also famous in Burmese history as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed in

1855 between the Burmese king and the British.

Mandalay-Yandabo: 47miles

Yandabo-Bagan: 82miles

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 11 BAGAN 

 

In the early morning, take a tour to visit magnificent Bagan, the capital city of Burma from 1044 to 1287. This plain east of the curving Ayeyarwady is one of the most wondrous sights in Myanmar. We visit several of the 3,000 listed monuments, including DhammayazikaPaya, with its amazing view from the terrace, and the biggest temple, Dhammayangyi

- both built in the 12th century - and one of the best preserved of all Bagan temples, the 11th-century Ananda. Enjoy farewell dinner with traditional puppet show. (Optional Bagan tour in the morning and Mt. Popa in the afternoon)

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise 

 

Day 12 BAGAN 

 

Bid farewell to the crew and disembark in Bagan

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 

 

Important Notes:

 

PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

Anawrahta Cruise
Anawrahta Cruise
Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom
Junior Suite
Junior Suite
Executive Suite
Executive Suite
Royal Suite
Royal Suite
Sundeck
Sundeck
Royal Suite
Royal Suite
Bar
Bar
Spa Lobby
Spa Lobby
Lounge
Lounge
Massage Room
Massage Room
Wheel House
Wheel House
Restaurant
Restaurant
Nyaung Oo Market
Nyaung Oo Market
Yandabo Pottery
Yandabo Pottery
Yandabo Village
Yandabo Village