BETWEEN MANDALAY AND PROME

Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour Code : PTT 019(DOWNSTREAM)

Day 01 :MANDALAY -MINGUN

Embark the ship at Gawein Jetty between 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Welcome cocktail in the saloon and
sail upstream to Mingun.Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the
“home for the aged”.Dinner and overnight on board. Dance and Theatre performance on the
Sundeck

Day 02 :MANDALAY -AVA – AMARAPURA

After an early breakfast we visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where
spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw
Paya, which contains the world’s biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting. 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.

Day 03 :MONYWA (HPOWINDAUNG AND SHWEBADAUNG CAVES)

Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 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 . After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat
Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1 ½
hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 04 :YANDABO

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.
Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk.
Moor overnight midriver.

Day 05:BAGAN

We arrive at Bagan in the early morning. 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 06:BAGAN – TAN KYI MOUNTAIN

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 guests 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). Cast off at 15.30 hrs and sail downstream to reach the village of Tan Kyi on the opposite side of the river. 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 07:SALAY

Sail downstream to Salay, a 7,000 resident village founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We visit the huge Youqson Kyaung wooden monastery designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay; we explore then an area of colonial buildings and if time allows some interesting Bagan-era monuments such as Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya. Back to the ship for lunch and sail South to Magwe.

Day 08:MAGWE – ITALIAN FORTS

Early morning visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda set on a hilltop with a beautiful view of
the river. Stop in Minhla to 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.
Proceed downstream to Thayetmyo, a pleasant colonial town.

Day 09:THAYETMYO – PROME-(PYAY)

Early Morning exploration of Thayetmyo: the oldest golf course of Myanmar, the market and the old colonial houses. Proceed sailing downstream. In late evening we arrive in Prome (Pyay) Once controlled by the Mon during the Bagan Era and then conquered by the Burmese King Alaungpaya in the 1754, this quiet town located 8 Km West of the famous ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya, boomed along with the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1890’s and it is now an important trading post.

Day 10:PROME (THAYEKHITTAYA)

Drive to Thayekhittaya (also known as Sri Ksetra, the “fabulous city” in Pali language), a huge ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5thand the 9th century AD. We visit also the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Myanmar, and the Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda) a vantage point of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and the surrounding mountains.

Day 11:PROME-YANGON (BY COACH)

Disembark and drive by coach to Yangon meeting point.

RIVER CONDITIONS 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.

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