Cruising the Irrawaddy

The Irrawaddy, or Ayeyarwady as it is also known, flows from Himalayas in the north of Burma, through the fertile plains of Mandalay and Bagan and down to the Indian Ocean. As you drift along, you will see the timeless charm that hasn’t changed in centuries: bullock-carts and ox-ploughs working the fields, teak Buddhist Monasteries and glistening golden pagodas straddling the hillsides. Walk through the villages and see remarkable communities going about their daily lives, such as crafting pots from the alluvial clay of the banks of the Irrawaddy. Most guests opt for the cruise between Mandalay and Bagan, opting for either traditional boats, or the best of the luxury river-ships such as the Road to Mandalay.

Itineraries

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

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The Strand Cruise

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Drawing inspiration from the old colonial steamers that cruised the Irrawaddy in Burma, the Strand Cruise is a modern luxury reinterpretation of the classic Irrawaddy experience.

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Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Burma

Belmond Road to Mandalay

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The Belmond Road to Mandalay is the definitive Irrawaddy cruiser in Burma; classic and elegant, yet modern and exceptionally luxurious.

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Belmond Orcaella, Irrawaddy, Cindwin | Luxury Ships and River Cruises in Burma

Belmond Orcaella

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The elegant and luxurious Belmond Orcaella cruises the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Burma and offers just luxury 25 cabins.

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The Anawrahta

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The Anawrahta is a luxury Irrawaddy cruiser and resembles a British colonial paddle-steamer and cruises between Mandalay and Bagan.

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RV Paukan, Irrawaddy Cruise, Burma

RV Paukan 2007

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

Launched in 2007, the RV Paukan is a classic boutique colonial-themed river boat cruising along the Irrawaddy between Bagan and Mandalay.

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