Golden Myanmar & the Irrawaddy - Southbound

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Introduction

Explore by river, one of the least visited countries in Asia in luxury on the new Avalon Myanmar. Meander peacefully through jungle shrouded highlands and sun-seared plains to its mangrove-dotted banks. Learn about the buddhist religion and visit the remarkable sight of the stunning Shwedagon in Yangon, considered the oldest in the world.

“This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.”

This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
This was a fabulous cruise. The "door to the airport and return" transfers were superb.
Tonia & Mike Cain

The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • YANGON Walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda; welcome dinner in local restaurant.
  • BHAMO Explore Bhamo by trishaw (a hybrid of a rickshaw and tricycle) and on foot.
  • KYUN DAW-SECOND DEFILE visit a farmer's home, local schools and nunnery, cruise through the second defile.
  • KATHA visit to a local market; excursion to a local ethnic minority village
  • TIGYANG walking tour through village and walk to a hilltop pagoda
  • KYA HNYAT visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritual.
  • KYAUK MYANG Walking tour through a pottery-making village
  • MANDALAY Sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthdaw and Shwenandaw visit tapestry, woodcarving and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performances.
  • SAGAING - AMARAPURA Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura.
  • SHWE PYI THAR Walking tour; see palm candy being made.
  • BAGAN Sightseeing with local guide; visit a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Upali Thein, Abeyadana Temple; oxcart ride to temple for sunset

Included in the price

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • Deluxe accommodation An intimate cruise experience on the all-suite Avalon Myanmar for just 36 passengers. Spacious outside Avalon suites measuring 245 square feet with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and river views. Each stateroom has hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, large private bathrooms with premium bath amenities, plush bathrobes and slippers. Twin room with private facilities for 2 nights at the Sule Shangri - La, Yangon.

  • All meals on board The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four course a la carte dinner awaits you with mouth-watering cuisines. complimentary wine, beer/spirits, tea, coffee, and soft drinks available throughout the day. Meals on tour include 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Yangon.

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours. Bottled water as well as headsets will be available for all guided shore excursions.

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director, driver and crew. Note: tips for local guides are not included.

  • All transfers, local port charges taxes

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Day 1 UK - Yangon

Depart UK

Day 2 Arrive in Yangon

Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country’s largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in

Day 3 Yangon

This morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks, including the High Court, City Hall, Central Railway Station, and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Stop along the way at a LOCAL TEA SHOP for a cup of tea/coffee with the locals. After lunch, visit CHAUKHTATGYI to see the massive reclining Buddha measuring in at 213 feet. Afterwards, continue to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the most important religious site in the country and a national symbol. Here, a truly enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa and locals come to pay their respects. Tonight, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon’s best restaurants. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Yangon–Bhamo (Embarkation)–Second Defile

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhamo. Upon arrival, EXPLORE BHAMO by local trishaw and by foot, then transfer to the port and board the Avalon Myanmar to begin your CRUISE on the Irrawaddy. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship and sail through the DRAMATIC SECOND DEFILE with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Join a welcome reception this evening prior to dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Kyun Daw.

This morning, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a FISHERMAN’S HOME to learn more about daily life here and a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Bhamo. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. As you sail south this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin with its distinctive round forehead. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Katha-Tigyang

Start your day with a visit to the LOCAL MARKET, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days. Here learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, journey a short distance to a local JINGPO VILLAGE. A subset of the Kachin, the Jingpo are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. Sail to the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Kya Hnyat.

This morning, visit the village of Kya Hnyat with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will INTERACT WITH THE MONKS at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-coloured robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Kyauk Myaung.

Today, take a WALKING TOUR through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung. Here you will learn more about the pot-making process and see how they are formed, fired, and glazed. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots could transport large quantities of liquor, fish sauce, peanut oil, and more, and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Mingun–Mandalay–Amarapura

This morning, take a WALKING TOUR through the village of Mingun to see its bronze bell, considered the largest working bell in the world. You will also stop at the famous unfinished pagoda, where construction was abandoned at 160 feet, only a third of the planned height. Afterwards, sail a short distance to Mandalay. Visit nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar, later in the afternoon. Your visit focuses on the famous U BEIN BRIDGE, a three-quarter-mile-long bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a SAMPAN RIDE on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Mandalay.

After breakfast, visit a TAPESTRY & WOODCARVING WORKSHOP to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then, stop at stop at a GOLD LEAF WORKSHOP to see how it is made. Lastly, visit MAHAMUNI PAGODA, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick. This afternoon, visit KUTHODAW PAGODA and SHWENANDAW MONASTERY, the only remnant of former King Mindon’s “Golden City” to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king’s living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. This evening, enjoy a TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE featuring local song and dance. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Sagaing.

Today, visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA with its golden egg-shaped dome—unique among more traditional pagodas in Myanmar. Next, on to a SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP to learn how the local artisans turn silver into beautiful works of art. Lastly, explore SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Shwe Pyi Thar.

Relax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship’s lounges or your suite. This afternoon, take a WALKING TOUR through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here you will visit a LOCAL FARMER’S HOME to learn more about daily life here and see the locals making palm candy, a sweet and smoky candy, from the sap of the toddy palm. To harvest the sap, a climber scales the toddy palm and hangs an earthen pot under a slit he cuts in the tree. The sap is then cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand. After dinner, a TRADITIONAL PUPPET SHOW will be presented in one of the lounges. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Bagan.

Today, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. It is estimated that during this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city—an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness sunrise. After breakfast, your morning excursion starts with a visit to a LOCAL MARKET selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis—a versatile sheet of cloth worn around the waist by most local men and women. Then, stop at the ornate SHWEZIGON PAGODA, one of the country’s most important shrines. You will also visit a LACQUER WORKSHOP to learn more about this ancient craft. After lunch, your sightseeing centres on the BAGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Highlights include ANANDA, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and DHAMMAYANG YI, the best preserved monument left standing. Also stop to see the exquisite and well preserved fresco paintings at SULAMANI. Your day ends with an OX CART RIDE to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Yangon

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (B)

Day 15 Yangon - UK

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning (B)

Day 16 Flight lands in UK

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Add Inle Lake to the end of your holiday
Days 1 to 13. As per main itinerary.
Day 14 Bhamo - disembarkation - Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake. Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho (via Yangon), the gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil lake surrounded by mountains. Stop at Red Mountain Estate to admire the stunning scenery as you enjoy a dinner of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 15 Inle Lake. Today you will go on a fascinating excursion to scenes of life around Lake Inle. Stilted houses dot the shorelines and the local Intha uses the famous one-legged rowing technique to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and more. These clever gardens are made from weeds lashed together and mud from the lake bottom, then anchored using bamboo poles, allowing them to rise and fall with the water level of the lake. Along the way you will stop at a silk workshop, where they use fibers of the lotus plant to weave garments. You will also visit a silversmith workshop and a cheroot workshop, where young girls roll cigars at lightning pace. Before dinner attend a music and dance performance by the Paudang long-necked women who live in this part of the country. (B, L, D).
Day 16 Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon. Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. (B)
Day 17 Yangon. Transfer to the airport for your flight home to the UK. (B)
Day 18 Land in UK.
Extend your holiday in Bangkok at the start and Inle Lake at the end.
Day 1 Depart the UK for Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok, and transfer to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at your leisure.
Day 4 Bangkok. This morning your sightseeing begins with a boat ride through the klongs, Bangkok canals, to see temples, family homes and the way of life that gives this city its name of ''Venice of the East''. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace, featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Temple of the reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1000 Buddha images, including the 49 foot high and 151 foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 Bangkok. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)
Day 4 Bangkok – Yangon. Fly to Yangon, to join day 2 of your Irrawaddy cruise holiday. (B)
Day 5 – 16. As per day 3 - 13 of main itinerary.
Day 17 Bhamo - disembarkation - Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake. Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho (via Yangon), the gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil lake surrounded by mountains. Stop at Red Mountain Estate to admire the stunning scenery as you enjoy a dinner of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 16 Inle Lake - Heho – Yangon. Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. (B)
Day 17 Yangon. Transfer to the airport for your flight home to the UK. (B)
Day 18 Land in UK
Start your holiday in Bangkok
Day 1 Depart the UK for Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok, and transfer to your hotel, the remainder of your day is at your leisure.
Day 4 Bangkok. This morning your sightseeing begins with a boat ride through the klongs, Bangkok canals, to see temples, family homes and the way of life that gives this city its name of ''Venice of the East''. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace, featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Temple of the reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1000 Buddha images, including the 49 foot high and 151 foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 Bangkok. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (b)
Day 4 Bangkok - Yangon. Fly to Yangon, to join day 2 of your Irrawaddy cruise holiday. (B)
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DECK Lower Higher
SIZE 245 sq ft 245 sq ft
WINDOW 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM Large en-suite bathroom with full shower Large en-suite bathroom with full shower
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Staterooms
Category B
Irrawaddy Deck
Category A
Mandalay Deck
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Navigation Bridge
  2. Spa treatment room
  3. Fitness centre
  4. Premium lounge chairs
  5. Open-air observation lounge with premium lounge chairs
  6. Panorama Lounge
  7. Bar
  8. Reception
  9. Dining room
  10. Kitchen

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