Places Visited: Mandalay, Burmese Village, Bagan, Mount Popa, Sagaing, Maymyo
This former Rhine cruiser cuts a real dash on the Ayeyarwady, where it runs as far as Bhamo, the northernmost point navigable by cruisers. All of its cabins and suites are air-conditioned and have external windows; both double and twin beds are available. Belmond’s programme of day excursions is exceptionally varied and interesting, and in the evenings you’re treated to various cultural performances and expert lectures on history and Burmese culture.
Visit Mandalay, a bustling centre, and the famous silversmiths of Sagaing. Cruising south, explore the majestic pagodas and temples of Bagan as well as visiting the national park of Mount Popa. The journey then takes you north again to Shwe Kyet Yet, and venture off the beaten track to the village nearby. Finally, relax in the beautiful and serene hill station of Maymyo.