Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake – Southbound
Explore the best of Bangkok and Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating journey. Start in Bangkok with a boat ride through the klongs (canals) and visits to the Grand Palace and the huge Reclining Buddha. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, take a walking tour of the city’s highlights and a visit to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda – considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. On the Irrawaddy, encounter a tapestry of exotic flavors and partake in memorable interactions with the locals. Cruise the most scenic part of the river past lavish shrines, teak forests, and riverside villages lost in time. Embark in Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the river, and sail through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs. Interact with the local school children and visit a farmer’s home for a glimpse of daily life at the island village of Kyun Daw. In Katha, visit a local market and an elephant camp for a ride through the teak forest. Present alms, offerings of food, to the monks at a monastery in Kya Hnyat. Take a walking tour through a pottery-making village to see the process from start to end and tour bustling Mandalay. In Amarapura, stop at U Bein Bridge for an unforgettable sampan ride at sunset. Explore some of the most important temples and watch the sunset over the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. All this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise from Bagan to Bhamo in an outside suite with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM. Enjoy an intimate cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests on board. Day 1 Arrive Yangon: welcome to MyanmarDay 2 Yangon: walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda; welcome dinner in local restaurantDay 3 Yangon–Bhamo (Embarkation)-Second Defile: fly to Bhamo and explore the town by trishaw and foot; cruise through the dramatic second defile; welcome reception with ship’s crewDay 4 Kyun Daw: visit a farmer’s home, local school, and nunneryDay 5 Katha-Tigyang: visit a local market and excursion to elephant camp with elephant ride in Katha; walking tour through village and walk to hilltop pagoda in TigyangDay 6 Kya Hnyat: visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritualDay 7 Kyauk Myaung: walking tour through a pottery-making village; traditional dance performanceDay 8 Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: see unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in AmarapuraDay 9 Mandalay: sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshopsDay 10 Sagaing: visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Soon U Ponya Shin PagodaDay 11 Shwe Pyi Thar: walking tour through this typical river village to see palm candy being made; traditional puppet showDay 12 Bagan: watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Upali Thein, Abeyadana Temple; oxcart ride to temple for sunsetDay 13 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Heho–Inle Lake: fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain EstateDay 14 Inle Lake: full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performanceDay 15 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon: transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon Day 16 Yangon: your vacation ends
Breakfast: American breakfast dailyLunch: 13 lunchesDinner: 13 dinners including a welcome dinner in Yangon