Overnight River Cruise Mandalay to Bagan

Overnight River Cruise Mandalay to Bagan

For visitors who expect to admire the unique landscapes of Myanmar through its waterway, cruising Irrawaddy is probably one of the most rewarding experiences. The overnight river cruise linking the highlighted attractions of Mandalay Bagan is a beautiful way to do so. These cruising options vary from 2 days to 5 days with different comfort levels. 
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Best Mandalay Bagan Cruising Itineraries

These are the most popular river journeys proposed by mid-class to luxury cruisers.

Mandalay to Bagan 2 days Cruising

A fascinating downriver trip which introduces the unique sceneries along the route that links two ancient capital of Burma.

Day 01 :  Mandalay – Yandabo Village
Embarkation time is 09:00 Shwe Kyat Yatt Jetty (Sagaing). Welcome Drink and briefing. Cruising downstream to Yandabo Village. Sightseeing Yandabo Village. Dependant on the base economy is famous for the production of terracotta from the riverbank clay. We see the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo, historically recognized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826 between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. Shore excursion time is 1 hour. Back to board and cast off. Lunch and dinner on board. Moor overnight on board.

Day 2 Yandabo Village - Bagan
In the morning, visit River village and continue sailing downstream and arrive to Bagan round about 09:00 am. Disembark from board.
Free to travel onward with your Myanmar Travel Itinerary. 

Service includes : 1 cabin for 1 night, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, on shore sightseeing. 
Middle class cruise : Yandabo, Irrawaddy Princes, Princess Royal
Luxury Cruise : Paukan, Orcaella , Ananda Cruise
To check departure date and best price offer, please contact our cruise experts

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Mandalay to Bagan 3 days 2 nights Sail

This sample itinerary is one of the best proposal from Paukan Cruise. The itineraries vary slightly from one cruising company to another but remain the charm of Irrawaddy River. 

Day 01: Mandalay - Mingun 
The embarkation time is 12.00 noon at Gawein jetty and cast off after half an hour time. Welcome Cocktail and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by Lunch.
After cruising upstream for two hours we arrive at the Mingun Pagoda Complex. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will accompany the guests during the visit.Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream.
After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).
If you arrive in Mandalay the night before and have no idea of what to do in Mandalay, check our Mandalay Travel Itineraries

Day 02: Sagaing - Yandaboo
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the two hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill.
After breakfast passengers wishing to visit Sagaing can go ashore with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide.
We resume our downriver voyage at 10.30 hrs and we will sail all day long.In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826.
We visit the Pot workshops and the monastery. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.

Day 03: Bagan Disembarkation
Cast off early in the morning for the last leg of our journey. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan.
Passengers will disembark at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty around 9:30 hrs

Service includes : 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, cabin for 2 nights, sightseeing mentioned in the program
Top choices for this itinerary: Paukan 2017, Irrawaddy Voyage.

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 Journey through Ancient Capitals 4 nights

If you want to soak up magnificient sites along Irrawaddy River and enjoy the best it has to offer in a styled way then this option is designed for you. 
For this overnight itinerary, only luxury cruises which rate from 4 star with distinctive itinerary. 
This sample itinerary is part of Ananda options :

Day 01 : Depart from Mandalay
Check in at 12:30pm and settle into your suite.
Lunch will be served on board as we cruise towards Sagaing.
In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism.
Next, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, which are truly breathtaking. Below and all around, pagodas of different shapes and sizes dot the landscape.
Amarapura, was once known as ‘The City of Immortals’. Today, the leisurely ‘clack-clack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.
Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake.
After sunset, return to Sanctuary Ananda for dinner.

Day 02 : Sin Kyun
Early this morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay which is sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making.
Take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village Chief’s request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.
After the village tour we set sail towards Tan Chi Taung Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful sightseeing from the ship while passing Mingun, where you can see the unfinished Mingun Pagoda.
As we continue to sail south, relax as we sail past villages, set against a backdrop of soft browns and rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi Panorama Lounge.
After lunch, a variety of on board activities will be on offer including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, a back of house tour, and a talk on Myanmar – covering the country’s incredibly rich history, the recent controversial decades and the outlook for the future of The Golden Land.
A delicious dinner will bring this thought-provoking day to an end.

Day 03 : Tan Chi Taung Mounain
After breakfast, join our Executive Chef for a cooking demonstration to test your knowledge of local delicacies and learn how to create delicious Asian dishes.
We’ll spend the rest of the morning sailing downstream towards Bagan, which means you have ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Sanctuary Ananda. Maybe have a spa treatment or relax by the pool with a book from our library?
Enjoy lunch as we enter pagoda sprinkled Bagan.
After lunch on board, we will head to the top of Tan Chi Taung mountain to enjoy your first glimpse of the Bagan plain, containing more than 2,000 pagodas and stupas. Next, we will watch an Elephant dance on the shore, an age old acrobatic dance used to entertain the Bagan people, before re-boarding the Sanctuary Ananda.
As we sail back to our jetty, enjoy the breathtaking and beautiful sunset from the Kansi Panorama Lounge with one of our signature cocktails.
Tonight, a candlelit dinner is served on the banks of the Irrawaddy river.

Day 04 : Bagan 
Take an optional early morning Bagan Balloon  to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain, followed by breakfast on board.
Visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U, the daily market where farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.
We will then move on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda. This holds a special place among Burmese pagodas for two reasons: it was the first major monument built in the Burmese style following the country’s conversion to Theravada Buddhism, and was the first pagoda to have nat (spirit) images allowed within the precinct. The Shwezigon is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha - two bones and a copy of a tooth. A horse-cart will be your mode of transport through the Bagan plains, with several photo stops and a visit to Sulamani pagoda.
After lunch on board, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. Visit a lacquerware workshop. This ancient craft has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop, the traditional methods are still used.
Enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally, the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Irrawaddy River, filling the sky with a reddish glow - a truly magic moment. A local performance will be followed by a farewell dinner on board.

Day 05 : Stop for Bagan
Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check-out at 9am.
If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. Leaving at 9am we will visit a local village in the heart of the Bagan plain, to see the way of life of the local people.
For your onward travel, see our Bagan 3 days tour

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