gorges-of-far-north-cruise

Gorges of Far North Cruise

A venture in luxury on Irrawaddy River  with full discovery to the secluded parts of Myanmar. This trip is perfect for those who seeks for exclusive experience that is unlike

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Day 1: Yangon-Mandalay-Mingun
Board the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River opposite the Sagaing Hills studded with numerous white pagodas. The ship sets sail on its voyage to northern Myanmar through the unique gorges that characterise this stretch of the river.  At Mingun you visit the world’s largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell.  In the evening, a welcome dinner allows you to get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Mingun – Nwe Nyein
The ship makes an early start entering the first of three gorges around midday.  Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour and to see traditional clay pot sculpting.  Later, sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the Top Deck.

Day 3: Kyan Hnyat – Katha 
An early morning stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat where school children greet you and the morning market bustles with activity. Sailing north, vast stretches of the river spread out before you with interesting rural villages dotted on its shores. As the sun sets, the ship anchors south of the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled its fleet in 1942.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 4: Katha – Shwegu 
Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and visit the market place made famous by George Orwell in “Burmese Days”. Back on board the ship continues its journey north through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the second defile coming into view in the afternoon. The ship anchors off the splendid island pagoda of Shwe Paw, just north of the town of Shwegu. Boats will take you ashore to explore the ancient site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 5: Zinbon – Bhamo 
This morning the ship passes through the splendid second gorge with its green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel.  Sail past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon towards the challenging first gorge.  Visit the serene Thein Pa Taung Meditation centre, home to many of Myanmar’s monks and nuns.   The ship sails as far north as possible and then turns around to drop anchor off Bhamo where you may take a stroll and meet the locals.  The scenery in this unspoilt area is spectacular. 

Day 6: Bhamo – Katha
Morning visit to Bhamo, barely 50 miles from the Chinese border in the foothills of Yunnan. Local transport carries you into the countryside, past paddy fields and towards the mountains before returning to the ship for an early afternoon departure.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 7: Katha – Kyan Hnyat
In the early morning, board the train to the forest station of Naba and experience a journey into thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon’s sailing as the ship makes its way for Kyan Hnayt.  Finish off the day with a few cocktails on Top Deck and dinner in the restaurant.

Day 8: Kyan Hnyat – Mogok
This morning the ship anchors off Thabeikkyin where you will take the road that winds towards Mogok past a forestry reserve where many precious botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Meet working elephants in the Burmese teak forest before returning to the ship to head south again.

Day 9: Mandalay
Mandalay comes into view early morning.  Disembark for a varied tour of Burma’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. Rejoin the ship at the quaint Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance display in the evening.  Breakfast and dinner on board.

Day 10: Bagan
The ship sets sail early morning for Bagan.  Along the way you see many villages with women doing the household chores by the river and waving children.  Witness sunset over the marvellous Bagan plain to whet your appetite for tomorrow’s tours.  Traditional Bagan artists perform for you this evening.

Day 11: Bagan – Mt Popa 
On your final day, visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with the experienced guide.  The afternoon brings an optional tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of the Nats, with its impressive summit monastery or take a horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own.  Celebrate your final evening onboard at a cocktail party on the Top Deck and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Yangon
An early departure this morning to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.