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Home > Suggested Myanmar Itineraries > Myanmar River Cruises > Ayravada > 2NBM12DSM

Ayravada Cruises

Classical Routes incorporated with Ayravata Cruises

(12-Day Tour based on 02-Nights Bagan to Mandalay upriver Cruises)

Tour Code: AVT-2NBM12DSM


Departure Days

Trip / Tour

Transport Remark

Opt. 1

Opt. 2

01     Yangon – arrival in the morning and full day city tour to all major highlights including Shwedagon pagoda Car NIL
02     Yangon – fly to Bagan in the morning, full day tour of Bagan, one of Asia’s premier archeological and historical destinations Car/ Flight
03     Bagan full day exploration to the remaining highlights Car
04 Tue Fri Bagan – eBMark Ayravata Cruise (11:00am – Rv Pandaw / 11:30am – Rv Paukan) at Bagan Ayer Jetty. Welcome cocktail in the saloon. Stop in a typical river village in the late afternoon Car for jetty
transfer / Ayravata
Lunch / Dinner will be served on board
05 Wed Sat Ayravata - Cruise all day to Mandalay with stop en route in the morning to visit Yandabo, a village specialized in Pot-making, the place where the peace treaty of 1st Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village few miles away from Ava Bridge Ayravata Cruise B/L/D will be served on board
06 Thu Sun Ayravata – Enjoy the sunrise and hearty breakfast. DiseBMark (Thursday – Sagaing Jetty / Sunday – Gawein Jetty) at about 08:30 / 10:00 am – full day excursion tour to Amarapura, Inwa, and Sagaing Ayravata Cruise /
Car/ Ferry boat /
horse cart
Breakfast will be served on board
07     Mandalay – half day tour to Mingun village by boat – continue visit the In-city highlights of Mandalay Car / Private boat NIL
08     Mandalay – 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
10     Inle lake half day tour and leisure (or) optional Saga ruins excursion Boat
11     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
12     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 Bagan to Mandalay 02-Night Upriver cruises operate only on Tuesdays and Fridays

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Please see (02-Night Bagan to Mandalay) 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 Bagan by early morning flight and sightseeing
Leave hotel early in the morning for airport around 5:00am and fly to Bagan, a world heritage archaeological site, by one private airline. On the way to your hotel, 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 baBMoo 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.
3 Bagan full day exploration
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Today, a deeper insight to the remaining highlights of Bagan’s temples and pagodas. 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. You will see some 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. Enjoy your last memorable Bagan’s sunset from a temple top.
4 Bagan – eBMark Ayravata Cruise – sail north to Mandalay
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Free and stroll among the temples of Bagan or take a short bicycle tour until pickup from the hotel and transfer to Ayer Jetty at 10:30am (RV Pandaw) / 11:00am (RV Paukan). Welcomed cocktailed will be served on in the Saloon. The cast off time is at 11.30hrs (RV Paukan 12noon) and lunch will be served at 1300hr. In the late afternoon stop in a typical river village, Thein Gone or Shartaw. Stay overnight on board Ayravata Cruise. (L/D)

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5 Ayravata Cruise – sail whole day north to Mandalay and visits en route
Cruise all day with stop en route in the morning to visit Yandabo; a typical river village specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge (B/L/D)

Ayravata Cruise DiseBMarkation – tour of Amarapura, Inwa, and Sagaing
Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will diseBMark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawein jetty (Sunday Only) at around 08.30/10.00 hrs. You'll be welcomed by your guide and drive to a pier opposite of the Island of Inwa. Then, 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. Afterwards drive to Amarapura to visit huge Mahagandayon monastery where over 1000 monks are residing and studying Buddhist scriptures; and one of traditional Burmese silk weaving looms that have been the major production center in Amarapura for more than 150-yrs. 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.

7 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.
8 Mandalay – morning flight to Heho, Pindaya caves visit – proceed to Inle Lake
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mandalay airport at about 7:00am. Then, 25minutes 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.
9 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.
10 Inle Lake – half day tour and leisure (or) Optional Saga Ruins Tour
Have your breakfast at the hotel. A half day visit on the lake to see a colorful 5-day market where you can see hill-tribes in traditional clothes come to the market from the surrounding mountains, and the place where you can shop beautiful carved sculptures, wearable arts, to locally produced fabrics for hours. You may also visit a typical Intha village on the west or eastern shore of the lake where you can observe the simple way of life and serene natural beauties. Take a leisure for the rest of the day at your hotel whether lying on the deck of your veranda overlooking to the panoramic lake and mountain sceneries while absorbing the peaceful atmosphere or try to learn canoeing (of course not with your legs like Inthas). There are activities for everyone.

Optional Sagar Ruins Tour (full day)
You can visit both the 5-day rotating market and another interesting spot on the far south of Inle Lake, Sagar (also spelt Sankar), approx. 2 to 3 hrs drive depending on your hotel location. The boat journey to Sagar is simply enjoyable for those who love nature with hazy Blue Mountains, dotted floating farms, different kinds of indigenous / migratory birds, and several villages of Inthars, ever happy-&-content people. The impressive ruins of Sagar, welcoming Pa O villagers, and pleasant boat journey will make you a rewarding day excursion away from the tourist crowd, and usual sights of Inle Lake.

11 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)
12 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
BM012PD 23/10/07 25/10/07 P1947 BM292PK 27/01/08 31/01/08 PAUKAN
BM022PD 26/10/07 28/10/07 P1947 BM302PD 01/02/08 03/02/08 P1947
BM032PD 30/10/07 01/11/07 P1947 BM302PK 01/02/08 03/02/08 PAUKAN
BM042PD 02/11/07 04/11/07 P1947 BM312PD 05/02/08 07/02/08 P1947
BM042PK 02/11/07 04/11/07 PAUKAN BM312PK 05/02/08 07/02/08 PAUKAN
BM052PD 06/11/07 07/11/07 P1947 BM322PD 08/02/08 10/02/08 P1947
BM052PK 06/11/07 07/11/07 PAUKAN BM322PK 08/02/08 10/02/08 PAUKAN
BM062PD 08/11/07 11/11/07 P1947 BM332PD 12/02/08 14/02/08 P1947
BM062PK 08/11/07 11/11/07 PAUKAN BM332PK 12/02/08 14/02/08 PAUKAN
BM072PD 13/11/07 15/11/07 P1947 BM342PD 15/02/08 17/02/08 P1947
BM072PK 13/11/07 15/11/07 PAUKAN BM342PK 15/02/08 17/02/08 PAUKAN
BM082PD 16/11/07 18/11/07 P1947 BM352PD 19/02/08 21/02/08 P1947
BM082PK 16/11/07 18/11/07 PAUKAN BM352PK 19/02/08 21/02/08 PAUKAN
BM082D 20/11/07 22/11/07 P1947 BM362PD 22/02/08 24/02/08 P1947
BM082PK 20/11/07 22/11/07 PAUKAN BM362PK 22/02/08 24/02/08 PAUKAN
BM102PD 23/11/07 25/11/07 P1947 BM372PD 26/02/08 28/02/08 P1947
BM102PK 23/11/07 25/11/07 PAUKAN BM372PK 26/02/08 28/02/08 PAUKAN
BM112PD 27/11/07 29/11/07 P1947 BM382PD 29/02/08 02/03/08 P1947
BM112PK 27/11/07 29/11/07 PAUKAN BM382PK 29/02/08 02/03/08 PAUKAN
BM122PD 30/11/07 03/12/07 P1947 BM392PD 04/03/08 06/03/08 P1947
BM122PK 30/11/07 03/12/07 PAUKAN BM392PK 04/03/08 06/03/08 PAUKAN
BM132PD 04/12/07 06/12/07 P1947 BM402PD 07/03/08 08/03/08 P1947
BM132PK 04/12/07 06/12/07 PAUKAN BM402PK 07/03/08 08/03/08 PAUKAN
BM142PD 07/12/07 08/12/07 P1947 BM412PD 11/03/08 13/03/08 P1947
BM142PK 07/12/07 08/12/07 PAUKAN BM412PK 11/03/08 13/03/08 PAUKAN
BM152PD 11/12/07 13/12/07 P1947 BM422PD 14/03/08 16/03/08 P1947
BM152PK 11/12/07 13/12/07 PAUKAN BM422PK 14/03/08 16/03/08 PAUKAN
BM162PD 14/12/07 16/12/07 P1947 BM432PD 18/03/08 20/03/08 P1947
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Sailing Dates 2008-2009
BM012PK 21/10/08 23/10/08 PAUKAN BM292PK 27/01/09 29/01/09 PAUKAN
BM022PK 24/10/08 26/10/08 PAUKAN BM302PK 30/01/09 01/02/09 PAUKAN
BM032PK 28/10/08 30/10/08 PAUKAN BM312PK 03/02/09 05/02/09 PAUKAN
BM042PK 31/10/08 02/11/08 PAUKAN BM322PK 06/02/09 08/02/09 PAUKAN
BM052PK 04/11/08 06/11/08 PAUKAN BM332PK 10/02/09 12/02/09 PAUKAN
BM062PK 07/11/08 09/11/08 PAUKAN BM342PK 13/02/09 15/02/09 PAUKAN
BM072PK 11/11/08 13/11/08 PAUKAN BM352PK 17/02/09 19/02/09 PAUKAN
BM082PK 14/11/08 17/11/08 PAUKAN BM362PK 20/02/09 22/02/09 PAUKAN
BM092PK 18/11/08 19/11/08 PAUKAN BM372PK 24/02/09 26/02/09 PAUKAN
BM102PK 21/11/08 23/11/08 PAUKAN BM382PK 27/02/09 01/03/09 PAUKAN
BM112PK 25/11/08 27/11/08 PAUKAN BM392PK 03/03/09 05/03/09 PAUKAN
BM122PK 28/11/08 30/11/08 PAUKAN BM402PK 06/03/09 08/03/09 PAUKAN
BM132PK 02/12/08 04/11/08 PAUKAN BM412PK 10/03/09 12/03/09 PAUKAN
BM142PK 05/12/08 07/11/08 PAUKAN BM422PK 13/03/09 15/03/09 PAUKAN
BM152PK 09/12/08 11/11/08 PAUKAN BM432PK 17/03/09 19/03/09 PAUKAN
BM162PK 12/12/08 14/11/08 PAUKAN BM442PK 20/03/09 22/03/09 PAUKAN
BM172PK 16/12/08 18/11/08 PAUKAN BM452PK 24/03/09 26/03/09 PAUKAN
BM182PK 19/12/08 21/11/08 PAUKAN BM462PK 27/03/09 29/03/09 PAUKAN
BM192PK 23/12/08 25/11/08 PAUKAN BM472PK 31/03/09 02/04/09 PAUKAN
BM202PK 26/12/08 28/12/08 PAUKAN BM482PK 03/04/09 05/04/09 PAUKAN
BM212PK 30/12/08 01/01/09 PAUKAN BM492PK 07/04/09 09/04/09 PAUKAN
BM222PK 02/01/08 04/01/09 PAUKAN BM502PK 10/04/09 12/04/09 PAUKAN
BM232PK 06/01/08 08/01/09 PAUKAN BM512PK 14/04/09 16/04/09 PAUKAN
BM242PK 09/01/08 11/01/09 PAUKAN BM522PK 17/04/09 19/04/09 PAUKAN
BM252PK 13/01/08 15/01/09 PAUKAN BM532PK 21/04/09 23/04/09 PAUKAN
BM262PK 16/01/08 18/01/09 PAUKAN BM542PK 24/04/09 26/04/09 PAUKAN
BM272PK 20/01/08 22/01/09 PAUKAN BM552PK 28/04/09 30/04/09 PAUKAN
BM282PK 23/01/08 25/01/09 PAUKAN        
(#) New Year Eve Cruise Departure (30 December 2008): Rates & Detailed Program TBA



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