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Home > Suggested Myanmar Itineraries > Myanmar River Cruises > Ayravada > AVT-2NMM-B12DSM

Ayravada Cruises

Classical Routes incorporated with Ayravata Cruises

(12-Day Tour based on 02-Nights Mandalay to Mingun & Bagan downriver Cruises)

Tour Code: AVT-2NMM-B12DSM

Itinerary Overview


Departure Days

Trip / Tour

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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 two ancient cities before Mandalay period: Amarapura and Inwa Car / Flight / Boat / horse cart
03   Mandalay – full day city tour to all major highlights Car
04 Sun Mandalay – embark Ayravata Cruise (12noon – Rv Pandaw / 12:30pm – Rv Paukan) at Gawein Jetty. Welcome cocktail in the saloon. Sail north to Mingun village and tour. Dance and Drama performance after dinner Car for jetty transfer / Ayravata Cruise Lunch / Dinner will be served on board
05 Mon Ayravata – Downstream to Sagaing and tour – return to boat and continue sail south and visit Yandabo, a pot-making village Ayravata Cruise B/L/D will be served on board
06 Tue Ayravata – proceed downriver to Bagan (if time permits) visit another typical village – arrival Bagan at 10:15am and tour of Bagan after a brief rest Ayravata Cruise / Car Breakfast will be served on board
07   Bagan - Another full day tour of 1000-years old temples and pagoda Car NIL


08   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
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 Mandalay (Mingun & Sagaing) to Bagan 02-Night Downriver cruises operate only once a week on SUNDAYS

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Please see (02-Night Mandalay to Bagan) Sailing Dates: 2007 – 2008 | 2008-2009

Detailed Itinerary

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, full day tour of deserted cities around Mandalay: Amarapura & Inwa
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. 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 Full Day City Tour
Have your breakfast at the hotel. A full day to explore in Myanmar’s last royal capital Mandalay… the Mahamuni temple, the most important religious site of all upper Myanmar: upper Myanmar’s trade center Zaycho market: 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: 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. Since Mandalay is known for the Myanmar premier cultural city where the religious arts and old traditions lingers; you will also see woodcarving, tapestry making, gold beating, and stone carving in between the major highlights.
4 Mandalay – embarks Ayravata Cruise – sail north of Mandalay to Mingun village and tour
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure (or self-organized strolls) until pickup from the hotel and transfer to Gawein Jetty at 11:30am (RV Pandaw) / 12:00noon (RV Paukan). Welcomed cocktailed will be served on in the Saloon. Lunch will be served at 1300hr, while sailing to the north to Mingun village for around 2-hrs. 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. Moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by Mandalay Arts Schoold on the sundeck. (if available) Stay overnight on board Ayravata Cruise. (L/D)

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5 Ayravata Cruise – Mingun – sails south to Sagaing and the River Village
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the 2 hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill. After breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide.

Downstream to Bagan
The cast off time is at 11.15 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor overnight near a river village. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint. (B/L/D)

6 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 10.15 hrs. 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.
7 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)
8 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.
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
MB012PD 21/10/07 23/10/07 P1947 MB152PK 27/01/08 29/01/08 PAUKAN
MB022PD 28/10/07 30/10/07 P1947 MB162PD 03/02/08 05/02/08 P1947
MB032PD 04/11/07 06/11/07 P1947 MB162PK 03/02/08 05/02/08 PAUKAN
MB032PK 04/11/07 06/11/07 PAUKAN MB172PD 10/02/08 12/02/08 P1947
MB042PD 11/11/07 13/11/07 P1947 MB172PK 10/02/08 12/02/08 PAUKAN
MB042PK 11/11/07 13/11/07 PAUKAN MB182PD 17/02/08 19/02/08 P1947
MB052PD 18/11/07 20/11/07 P1947 MB182PK 17/02/08 19/02/08 PAUKAN
MB052PK 18/11/07 20/11/07 PAUKAN MB192PD 24/02/08 26/02/08 P1947
MB062PD 25/11/07 27/11/07 P1947 MB192PK 24/02/08 26/02/08 PAUKAN
MB062PK 25/11/07 27/11/07 PAUKAN MB202PD 02/03/08 04/03/08 P1947
MB072PD 02/12/07 04/11/07 P1947 MB202PK 02/03/08 04/03/08 PAUKAN
MB072PK 02/12/07 04/11/07 PAUKAN MB212PD 09/03/08 11/03/08 P1947
MB082PD 09/12/07 11/11/07 P1947 MB212PK 09/03/08 11/03/08 PAUKAN
MB082PK 09/12/07 11/11/07 PAUKAN MB222PD 16/03/08 18/03/08 P1947
MB092D 16/12/07 18/11/07 P1947 MB222PK 16/03/08 18/03/08 PAUKAN
MB092PK 16/12/07 18/11/07 PAUKAN MB232PD 23/03/08 25/03/08 P1947
MB102PD 23/12/07 25/11/07 P1947 MB232PK 23/03/08 25/03/08 PAUKAN
MB102PK 23/12/07 25/11/07 PAUKAN MB242PD 30/03/08 01/04/08 P1947
MB112PD 30/12/07 01/12/07 P1947 MB242PK 30/03/08 01/04/08 PAUKAN
MB112PK 30/12/07 01/01/08 PAUKAN MB252PD 06/04/08 08/04/08 P1947
MB122PD 06/01/08 08/01/08 P1947 MB252PK 06/04/08 08/04/08 PAUKAN
MB122PK 06/01/08 08/01/08 PAUKAN MB262PD 13/04/08 15/04/08 P1947
MB132PD 13/01/08 15/01/08 P1947 MB262PK 13/04/08 15/04/08 PAUKAN
MB132PK 13/01/08 15/01/08 PAUKAN MB272PD 20/04/08 22/04/08 P1947
MB142PD 20/12/07 22/12/07 P1947 MB272PK 20/04/08 22/04/08 PAUKAN
MB142PK 20/01/08 22/01/08 PAUKAN MB282PD 27/04/08 29/04/08 P1947
MB152PD 27/01/08 29/01/08 P1947 MB282PK 27/04/08 29/04/08 PAUKAN
(#) New Year Eve Cruise Departure (30 December 2007): Rates & Detailed Program TBA

Sailing Dates 2008-2009
MB012PK 19/10/08 21/10/08 PAUKAN MB152PK 25/01/09 27/01/09 PAUKAN
MB022PK 26/10/08 28/10/08 PAUKAN MB162PK 01/02/09 02/02/09 PAUKAN
MB032PK 02/11/08 04/11/08 PAUKAN MB172PK 08/02/09 10/02/09 PAUKAN
MB042PK 09/11/08 11/11/08 PAUKAN MB182PK 15/02/09 17/02/09 PAUKAN
MB052PK 16/11/08 18/11/08 PAUKAN MB192PK 22/02/09 24/02/09 PAUKAN
MB062PK 23/11/08 25/11/08 PAUKAN MB202PK 01/03/09 03/03/09 PAUKAN
MB072PK 30/11/08 02/12/08 PAUKAN MB212PK 08/03/09 10/03/09 PAUKAN
MB082PK 07/12/08 09/12/08 PAUKAN MB222PK 15/03/09 17/03/09 PAUKAN
MB092PK 14/12/08 16/12/08 PAUKAN MB232PK 22/03/09 24/03/09 PAUKAN
MB102PK 21/12/08 23/12/08 PAUKAN MB242PK 29/03/09 31/03/09 PAUKAN
MB112PK 28/12/08 30/12/08 PAUKAN MB252PK 05/04/09 07/04/09 PAUKAN
MB122PK 04/01/09 06/01/09 PAUKAN MB262PK 12/04/09 14/04/09 PAUKAN
MB132PK 11/01/09 13/01/09 PAUKAN MB272PK 19/04/09 21/04/09 PAUKAN
MB142PK 18/01/09 20/01/09 PAUKAN MB282PK 26/04/09 28/04/09 PAUKAN
(#) New Year Eve Cruise Departure (30 December 2008): Rates & Detailed Program TBA



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