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Belmond Orcaella: Discovering the Chindwin River


12 days from £ 3660 per person

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  Places Visited: Mandalay, Monywa, Moktaw, Maukkadaw, Kalay, Mawleik, Sittaung, Homalin, Mingin, Bagan

Discover the hidden gems of Myanmar on this cruise - explore tiny villages and rugged scenery as you venture through a rarely-seen part of the country on board Belmond Orcaella.

Tiptoe around temples, watch beautiful sunsets, visit local schools and villages, and capture the country's historical sites. This tour offers a great introduction to rural Myanmar for first-time visitors or for those wishing to venture deeper into Burmese culture.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Mandalay and enjoy a sightseeing transfer to the ship. Visit Mandalay city for a look at the revered Mahamuni Temple and the Kuthadaw Pagoda before continuing to the ship mooring at Shwe Kyet Yet village. A welcome cocktail party will be held on Top Deck in the evening with an introduction to the Ship Officers. Watch the sunset over the Chindwin after dinner on board.

Day 2

Disembark and visit Monywa and the colourful, carnivalesque Thanboddhay Pagoda. Continue on to Bodhi Tataung and witness the magnificent 424 ft Standing Buddha. Return to the ship for the evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on board.

Day 3

Alight for a walking tour of Moktaw and a visit to the Monastery with the Shwe Moktaw Buddha. At the Monastery witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, a very important moment for Burmese boys. In the evening enjoy a Longyi cocktail party.

Day 4

Disembark early morning for a 'tea-shop' experience in Maukkadaw and a visit to the local school. Enjoy lunch while sampling the amazing scenery as we pass through jungle-clad gorges.

Day 5

Leave early morning for an excursion by local bus to the town Kalay, the trade gateway to India. Continue to Mawleik for a late afternoon tour of this historically important town. Take a local tuk-tuk truck and drive past the remnants of the old wooden colonial houses.

Day 6

Relax with a full day of sailing. There will be a lecture about Myanmar culture and afternoon tea offered in the bar in the afternoon.

Day 7

Disembark for an early morning trek through the rural village of Sittaung. Spend the afternoon at leisure as we sail closer to Homalin.

Day 8

Arrive at the bustling town of Homalin. Disembark for an excursion by local tuk-tuk to the Buddha Lotus Garden and the most famous Pagoda in the area. In the evening return to Homalin for special local entertainment.

Day 9

Enjoy a day at leisure on board, watching the life on the Chindwin River roll by.

Day 10

Take a morning tour to Mingun, a very important town during the reign of King Mindon, including a visit to the impressive Mahar Minkyaung Monastery. Continue your visit to Kyidaung Village and Kyidaung Oo Monastery, with a special welcome from local villagers. Return to the ship to continue sailing towards Kani for an afternoon tour. Visit the site of the Nat Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to the Nat of Kani.

Day 11

Arrive this afternoon in the ancient capital Bagan. Disembark for a visit to the important historical sites with our experienced guides and witness sunset over the marvellous Bagan plain. Enjoy a final Farewell Cocktail Party on board with special Myanmar entertainment.

Day 12

Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.

12 days from £ 3660 per person

What's included

✓   11 nights accommodation
✓   English-speaking guides
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

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