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Home > Suggested Myanmar Itineraries > Myanmar River Cruises > Ayravada > 1NMB10DSM

Ayravada Cruises

Classical Routes incorporated with Ayravata Cruises

(10-Day Tour based on 01-Nights Mandalay to Bagan downriver Cruises)

Tour Code: AVT-1NMB10DSM


Departure Days

Trip / Tour

Transport Remark
01   Yangon – arrival in the morning and full day city tour to all major highlights including Shwedagon pagoda Car NIL
02   Yangon – fly to Mandalay in the morning & full day exploration to three ancient cities before Mandalay period: Amarapura, Inwa, & Sagaing Car / Flight / Boat /
horse cart
03   Mandalay – Half day excursion boat trip to Mingun village – continue visit In-City highlights of Mandalay Car / Boat
04 Tue Mandalay – embark Ayravata Cruise (10:30am – Rv. Pandaw / 11:00am - Rv. Paukan) at Sagaing Jetty. Welcome cocktail in the saloon. Sails south to Bagan and stop at Yandobo, a pot-making village to visit – moor overnight near Shwe Nann Tint village Car for jetty transfer
/ Ayravata Cruise
Lunch / Dinner will be served on board
05 Wed Ayravata – breakfast on board and (if time permits) visit another typical river village – Disembark at Bagan Aye Yar jetty by 10:00am – transfer to the hotel and full day tour of Bagan after a brief rest Ayravata Cruise /
Breakfast will be served on board
06   Bagan - Another full day tour of 1000-years old temples and pagoda Car NIL
07   Bagan – fly to Heho and 2.5hrs drive to Pindaya to visit famous caves – proceed to Inle Lake by 3-hrs drive – transfer to the lake hotel by boat Car/ Flight / Boat
08   Inle lake full day visit to see local 5-day market, floating villages, interesting pagodas, and impressive Inn Din ruins Boat
09   Inle Lake –fly back to Yangon in the morning to visit the remaining highlights in Yangon (or) return to Yangon in the afternoon to visit another colorful 5-day market Car/ Flight / Boat
10   Yangon free and easy visit before departure out for your return flight Car

***Ayravata has fixed cruise operation dates. Please check dates and availability status with us.

Ayravata’s Mandalay to Bagan 01-Night downriver cruises operate only once a week on THURSDAYS

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Please see (01-Night Mandalay to Bagan) Sailing Dates: 2007 – 2008 | 2008-2009

Detailed Itinerary

Day Description
1 Yangon Arrival in the morning and full day tour
Arrival Yangon in the morning welcomed by your guide from Santa Maria Tours and led to your hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon will be commenced after a brief rest at the hotel. You’ll be taken to the downtown sections to see the colonial buildings; the 'Botataung Hair Relic Pagoda' on the bank of Yangon River; the Sule Pagoda located at the heart of the city & the City Hall; and the Chauk-htat-gyi colossal reclining Buddha Image. In the afternoon, visit will be made to the World Famous Shwedagon Pagoda until sunset.
2 Yangon – fly to Mandalay, & tour of deserted cities around Mandalay: Amarapura, Inwa, & Sagaing
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Yangon airport at about 5:15am. Then, 1hr. 20min flight to Mandalay, and upon arrival Mandalay airport, drives to directly to Amarapura. If time permissible, visit to a typical Burmese village on the way to Amarapura, in time to visit Mahagandayon Monastery with over 1000 Buddhist monks while they queue for their last meal of the day at 10:15am. You will also see one of traditional Burmese silk weaving looms that have been the major production center in Amarapura for more than 150-yrs. Afterwards, drive to Inwa ferry port, where you’ll take a short ferry ride across “Small River” and take a horse cart ride along bumpy jolting trail passing scenic farms dotted with pagoda ruins and typical Burmese villages. In Inwa, you will see an old huge wooden monastery, the site of the Inwa Palace and the leaning tower of Inwa, and the beautiful masonry monastery of Queen Maenu. Return to your car and proceed to Sagaing to see unusually shaped Kaungmudaw Paya, the silversmith of Ywahtaung village producing impressive Burmese traditional silverwares, and some pagodas of Sagaing hills. Lastly, enjoy watching an unforgettable sunset view at centuries-old U Bein Bridge, known as the world’s longest span built by the teak wood. Proceed to Mandalay for overnight stop.
3 Mandalay – Mingun half-day tour by boat, and continue visit In-City highlights of Mandalay
Have your breakfast at the hotel before transfer to the jetty at about 8:00am. Then take a private boat on the legendary Ayarwaddy River for around 1-hr and visit some amazing monuments of 18th & 19th centuries, such as the huge unfinished Mingun Paya, the world biggest working Mingun Bell dedicated to the gigantic Mingun paya now known as the world’s biggest pile of bricks! Finally to the beautifully proportioned Myatheindan (Sinbyume) pagoda built to depict the heaven of Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay about lunch time and continue visit the In-City highlights of Mandalay: the Mahamuni temple, the most important religious site of all upper Myanmar, the intricate wood-carved Golden Palace monastery: the world biggest stone books: the huge Kyaukdawgyi Marble image carved-out from a single block of stone: if there’s time, optional visit can be made to King Mindon's Myanansankyaw Palace site of Kaunbaung dynasty: Wind up the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill pagoda where you can enjoy the panoramic view to the city, palace & surrounding area atop from it just before sunset.
4 Mandalay – embarks Ayravata Cruise – sail south to Bagan and river village visit in the afternoon
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Leave from the hotel and transfer to Sagaing Jetty at 9:30am (RV Pandaw) / 10:00am (RV Paukan). Welcomed cocktailed will be served on in the Saloon. Lunch will be served at 1300hr, while sailing south to Bagan. In the late afternoon, make a stop at Yandabo, a village specialized in Pot-making, where the peach treaty of the first Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb24, 1826. Continue sail south until the village of Shwe Nann Tint, where the cruise will moor for overnight stop. (L/D)

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5 Ayravata Cruise Disembarkation – tour of Bagan
Early in the morning we proceed downriver to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit
another typical river village. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Aye Yar jetty around 10.15am. Transfer to the hotel and take a brief rest before full day tour of Bagan’s beautiful temples inside walled old city, such as the Library, Shwegugyi & Thatbyinnyu temples, Natlyaung Kyaung, and Pahtotharmyar before taking a short afternoon break. In the afternoon, continue visit the monuments around Minanthu village including Dhamayangyi, Sulamani, Payathonzu, and Damayazika. Depending on the time of your visit or your interest, a village tour can be made. It is highly recommended to take a short bicycle ride in the morning or late afternoon horse cart tour along the trails dotted with 800-years old temple ruins. This can be arranged on the spot or with a short notice. Enjoy your last memorable Bagan’s sunset from a temple top.
6 Bagan full day explorations
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Your first visit will be made to Nyaung Oo Market, a place where you can observe various staffs used for Burmese kitchen, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to bamboo baskets, Thanaka wood and souvenirs . Then, commence your great exploration of Bagan archaeological zone by visiting Shwezigon pagoda, a must for everyone visiting Bagan. Today’s temple highlights will be included of Kyansitther cave, Htilominlo & Anandan temples before taking a short afternoon break. In the afternoon, you will see a lacquer industry, where you may study steps of making unique Bagan style lacquerware and see impressive finished products. Afterwards, you will see a few more temples of Myinkabar village area such as Manuhar, NanPaya, Gubyaukgyi and Abyeyadanar temples. Depending on the time of visit, you could see a few more or less but Santa Maria’s driver & guide will always on hand to fulfill clients’ satisfaction. Then enjoy watching the stunning scenery of the breathtakingly impressive Bagan's sunset over the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River as an aesthetic joy while in Bagan.

(If you feel boring of visiting Bagan’s temple, optional half-day Mt Popa excursion with toddy farm visit can easily be organized on the spot)

7 Bagan – morning flight to Heho, Pindaya caves visit – proceed to Inle Lake
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nyaung Oo airport at about 7:15am. Then, 45minutes flight to Heho by one private airline. Afterwards, about 2.5hr drive to Pindaya, a small town of Danu, Taungyo and Bamar lies in one valley of Shan Hills. The road to Pindaya is renowned for its scenic beauties: the landscapes, colorful vegetations, and tribes working in the farms, whole lots of village life to see en route …and its quite refreshing with cool & fresh air of all seasons. In Pindaya, you will see a 200-million years old natural limestone caves, filled with over 8,000 of ancient Buddha images in different style and materials. Before driving back for a total of 3.5hr on the same road up to the Heho airport and drive further east and then south to Nyaungshwe, the gateway Town of Inle Lake, you will see one of parasol industries in Pindaya. Then, transfer to your lake hotel by the boat.
8 Inle Lake full day visits
Have your breakfast. Full day tour on the outrageously beautiful lake by private boat to see a colorful 5-day market where the hill tribes come to exchange their goods with the lake people, the Jumping Cats (Nga Phe Kyaung) monastery, region’s most revered Paundaung Pagoda, traditional silk weaving looms at Inn Paw Khon village, the silversmith village, and the impressive ruins of Inn Dein village. While on the boat tour, you will also observe the unique lifestyle of Inn Thar people… the leg rowers, floating gardens, fishermen with strange fishing gears etc. Hotels can be chosen from the ones on the lake or on the land in the town Nyaungswe depending on your taste.
9 Inle Lake – morning flight back to Yangon and departure in the evening
Have breakfast at the hotel. You will have two options:
  1. Fly back to Yangon in the morning and continue visit the remaining highlights of Yangon including Bogyoke Aung San market, some minor pagodas, art galleries, and museums etc. (people who will leave Yangon in the morning on the 10th day might consider this option)
  2. Visit another interesting 5-day market in the morning before transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon in the afternoon (people who’re leaving Yangon in late afternoon might consider this option)
10 Yangon – free and easy visits before departure out
Have you breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the time of your departure flight from Yangon, you can visit some remaining highlights or stroll around the bustling city center on your own (or) transfer to Yangon Intl’ airport in the morning.
End of the tour

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*** Tour Price upon request***

Sailing Dates 2007-2008
MB011PD 25/10/07 26/10/07 P1947 MB151PD 31/01/08 01/02/08 P1947
MB021PD 01/11/07 02/11/07 P1947 MB151PK 31/01/08 01/02/08 PAUKAN
MB021PK 01/11/07 02/11/07 PAUKAN MB161PD 07/02/08 08/02/08 P1947
MB031PD 08/11/07 09/11/07 P1947 MB161PK 07/02/08 08/02/08 PAUKAN
MB031PK 08/11/07 09/11/07 PAUKAN MB171PD 14/02/08 15/02/08 P1947
MB041PD 15/11/07 16/11/07 P1947 MB171PK 14/02/08 15/02/08 PAUKAN
MB041PK 15/11/07 16/11/07 PAUKAN MB181PD 21/02/08 22/02/08 P1947
MB051PD 22/11/07 23/11/07 P1947 MB181PK 21/02/08 22/02/08 PAUKAN
MB051PK 22/11/07 23/11/07 PAUKAN MB191PD 28/02/08 29/02/08 P1947
MB061PD 29/11/07 30/11/07 P1947 MB191PK 28/02/08 29/02/08 PAUKAN
MB061PK 29/11/07 30/11/07 PAUKAN MB201PD 06/03/08 07/03/08 P1947
MB071PD 06/12/07 07/12/07 P1947 MB201PK 06/03/08 07/03/08 PAUKAN
MB071PK 06/12/07 07/12/07 PAUKAN MB211PD 13/03/08 14/03/08 P1947
MB081PD 13/12/07 14/12/07 P1947 MB211PK 13/03/08 14/03/08 PAUKAN
MB081PK 13/12/07 14/12/07 PAUKAN MB221PD 20/03/08 21/03/08 P1947
MB091PD 20/12/07 21/12/07 P1947 MB221PK 20/03/08 21/03/08 PAUKAN
MB091PK 20/12/07 21/12/07 PAUKAN MB231PD 27/03/08 28/03/08 P1947
MB101PD 27/12/07 28/12/07 P1947 MB231PK 27/03/08 28/03/08 PAUKAN
MB101PK 27/12/07 28/12/07 PAUKAN MB241PD 03/04/08 04/04/08 P1947
MB111PD 03/01/08 04/01/08 P1947 MB241PK 03/04/08 04/04/08 PAUKAN
MB111PK 03/01/08 04/01/08 PAUKAN MB251PD 10/04/08 11/04/08 P1947
MB121PD 10/01/08 11/01/08 P1947 MB251PK 10/04/08 11/04/08 PAUKAN
MB121PK 10/01/08 11/01/08 PAUKAN MB261PD 17/04/08 18/04/08 P1947
MB131PD 17/01/08 18/01/08 P1947 MB261PK 17/04/08 18/04/08 PAUKAN
MB131PK 17/01/08 18/01/08 PAUKAN MB271PD 24/04/08 25/04/08 P1947
MB141PD 24/01/08 25/01/08 P1947 MB271PK 24/04/08 25/04/08 PAUKAN
MB141PK 24/01/08 25/01/08 PAUKAN        
Sailing Dates 2008-2009
MB011PK 23/10/08 24/10/08 PAUKAN MB151PK 29/01/09 30/01/09 PAUKAN
MB021PK 30/10/08 31/10/08 PAUKAN MB161PK 05/02/09 06/02/09 PAUKAN
MB031PK 06/11/08 07/11/08 PAUKAN MB171PK 12/02/09 13/02/09 PAUKAN
MB041PK 13/11/08 17/11/08 PAUKAN MB181PK 19/02/09 20/02/09 PAUKAN
MB051PK 20/11/08 21/11/08 PAUKAN MB191PK 26/02/09 27/02/09 PAUKAN
MB061PK 27/11/08 28/11/08 PAUKAN MB201PK 05/03/09 06/03/09 PAUKAN
MB071PK 04/12/08 05/12/08 PAUKAN MB211PK 12/03/09 13/03/09 PAUKAN
MB081PK 11/12/08 12/12/08 PAUKAN MB221PK 19/03/09 20/03/09 PAUKAN
MB091PK 18/12/08 19/12/08 PAUKAN MB231PK 26/03/09 27/03/09 PAUKAN
MB101PK 25/12/08 26/12/08 PAUKAN MB241PK 02/04/09 03/04/09 PAUKAN
MB111PK 01/01/09 02/01/09 PAUKAN MB251PK 09/04/09 10/04/09 PAUKAN
MB121PK 08/01/09 09/01/09 PAUKAN MB261PK 16/04/09 17/04/09 PAUKAN
MB131PK 15/01/09 16/01/09 PAUKAN MB271PK 23/04/09 24/04/09 PAUKAN
MB141PK 22/01/09 23/01/09 PAUKAN MB281PK 30/04/09 01/05/09 PAUKAN
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