River Cruising in MYANMAR

Tour Code : AP-CM03 (Classic Tour)



  • Admire the splendor of the Great Shwedagon Pagoda.
  • Irrawaddy River cruise upstream to the world-heritage temples of Bagan, Thayet, Pyay, Magwe, Salay and Yandabo village.
  • Heading to Mandalay, Myanmar’s cultural capital and visiting alluring monasteries
  • Visiting local traditional woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga Tapestry and gold-leaf making workshop
  • Explore Bargaya monastery built entirely with teak wood and consists of 267 teak pillars in Innwa know as AVA in ancient time.
  • Explore the nature of Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves in Monywa
  • Visit the famous Five-days colorful floating market
  • Enjoy the serenity of beautiful Inle Lake




Travel Peroid

October to March

Depends on Cruise Schedule




Travel Peroid

October to March

Depends on Cruise Schedule

Day 1

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. Transfer to hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Late evening, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.  Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2

Depart to Prome by car from the Yangon meeting point at 07.00 am.

Once controlled by the Mon during the Bagan Era and then conquered by the Burmese King Alaungpaya in the 1754, this quiet town boomed along with the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1890’s and it is now an important trading post. In the afternoon we drive to Thayekhittaya (also known as Sri Ksetra, the “Fabulous city” in Pali language), an ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5thand the 9th century AD. In central Prome if time allows we visit the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Myanmar, and the Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda) a vantage point of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and the surrounding mountains.

Day 3

Early Morning exploration of Thayetmyo: the oldest golf course of Myanmar, the market and the old colonial houses. Proceed cruising upstream. Moor overnight off Minhla.

Day 4

In the morning we reach Minhla by local boat. Visit the fort built by two Italian Military Engineers for the Burmese King in order to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar at the time of the 2nd Anglo-Burmese War. We arrive at Magwe in the afternoon. Visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda of gold solid bricks set on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the river.

Day 5

Visit the Magwe picturesque market by trishaw. Sail all day upstream.

Day 6

Visit Salay, a village founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. Continue Upstream to the village of Tan Kyi. Drive to the mountaintop where stands one of the four stupas that marked the original edges of the city and enjoy a marvelous sunset over Bagan plain.

Day 7

Full day visit of a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Lunch on board and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archeological area. Dinner on board or in a local restaurant.

Overnight on board.

Day 8

Explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products .Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Alternatively passengers can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own or have a splendid Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied – optional). Back to the ship around Noon and cast off. We cruise upstream all day. Stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance in the village or sundeck.


In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. We cruise upstream the rest of the day, moor overnight at Myin Mu jetty.


Early morning drive by coach (approx. 1 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the 14th Century . After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Sagaing (2 hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Cruise upstream. Dinner and overnight on board.


After an early breakfast visit Mingun the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”. After lunch we explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. We travel then by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit U-Bein Bridge at sunset. Moor overnight at Sagaing. Dance and Theatre performance on the Sundeck.


After breakfast, disembark at Gawein Jetty. Transfer to hotel for check in. A tour of traditional workshops includes crafts such as woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga tapestry and gold-leaf making. Afternoon visit to Mandalay Palace, Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book) and Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.


After breakfast, transfer to airport for Inle Lake. Upon arrival at Heho airport, enjoy scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe gate way to Inle Lake. Transfer by motorboat to In Dein, an off-the-beaten-track site in the south of the lake. From Ywama, the boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal leading to a small Pa O tribe village. From the market place of the village, follow an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden in the vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and down to the valley and the lake in the far distance. In the afternoon, continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cat monastery (if you have chance).  Overnight in Inle Lake.


After breakfast, early morning there are also floating villages like Ywama, the lake’s downtown, where a floating market is held every five days (if you have chance to see those floating market on that day). The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. Take a boat trip to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and Transfer to airport for Yangon, transfer to hotel in Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.


After breakfast, free time shopping in Yangon at Bogyoke Scott Market before international terminal for your onward flight.  (End of service)!!!

River Condition Warning

The Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level. In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to Passenger. Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.

Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.

The ship’s manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety.

Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.



Language guide can be provided upon request.

Meals can be arranged upon request.