Ayeyarwaddy Exploration - 02 Orient Express
Travelers who have sailed on Ayeyarwaddy River say that the cruise is unlike any other they have experienced. The images remain in the mind forever: saffron – clad monks and golden spires, cities of temple with traffic of ox-carts, the graceful flight of heron against forests of dark bamboo; and friendly people waiting to make acquaintance. No photograph, no description on earth prepares for Myanmar’s dramatic landscapes.
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit to Amarapura -ancient capital of Myanmar where we may visit Mahagandayon monastery in order to observe the daily life of Buddhist monks. And then, Transfer to the Shwe Kyet yet jetty and board the Road To Mandalay. Buffet lunch on board. This afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay’s holiest Buddha statue, and visit Shwe Inn Bin monastery. Make a photo stop at the south of the moat round the Royal Palace, with views on Mandalay Hill. Lastly, enjoy the sunset from U Bein’s bridge, which is over a kilometer long and made entirely of teak. Return to Road To Mandalay. Dinner and cultural show on board. Accommodation on Road To Mandalay.
Breakfast on board. Cross Ava Bridge, built by British
engineers, to visit picturesque Sagaing Hill which is perhaps the living centre
of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas
and monasteries including visit to Zayar Thein Gyi Nunnery. Stop to see the
silversmiths who still work in much in the same way as their ancestors did.
Return to Road To Mandalay for departure from Shwe Kyet Yet - jetty in the
direction of Bagan. Lunch on board. In the afternoon an onboard program with a
lecture by the tour guides, demonstrations of Tanaka and the famous Myanmar
Longyi. Dinner and entertainment on board. Accommodation Road To Mandalay.
Breakfast on board. Road To Mandalay arrives Bagan. In the morning visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, Nyaung U colorful local market and continue to Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan. Return to Road To Mandalay. Lunch on Board. In the afternoon, visit Ananda Temple – masterpiece of Bagan, Admire the fine stucco work at Gubyaukgyi Temple (Myinkaba village) and stop at a lacquer ware shop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Continue to the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live and see the sunset from one of the famous monuments of Bagan. Return to Road to Mandalay. Dinner and local entertainment on board. Accommodation on Road To Mandalay.
Morning, breakfast on board. Disembarking Road To Mandalay and end of the services.