Middle Burma Exploration (Pandaw I)
we have faced an increasing demand from our clients for a greater
range of cruises of medium length duration. Our Long Cruises (10
nights) seen by some as too long! Our 2 night Classic Pagan Mandalay
is seen by others as to short! In addition to the enduringly popular
5 night Beyond Mandalay Cruise, we have decided to offer this 6
night cruise connecting Yangon to Bagan by road and river.
Middle Burma is the heartland of Burmese culture and life. Yet this
area surprisingly is little visited by travellers who tend to pass
over these vast tracts in their haste to reach the more popular
tourist destinations of Upper Burma. However the river, passing
from the vast Delta, through the rich forests about Pyay (Prome),
and then through the near desert of the Dry Zone is more varied
and interesting than above Pagan. There are a wealth of small towns
and villages alive with traditional cultural life and a continuous
succession of sacred Buddhist sites along the river banks. Many
of these sites can only be reached by river.
A road and river link between Yangon and Bagan makes a lot of sense
and provides a tranquil yet stimulating alternative to the complexities
of other forms domestic travel up country. In the refined comfort
of a ship of the Pandaw fleet passengers can relax and enjoy this
traditional and only real 'Road to Mandalay'.
Pagan - Prome (Pyai) Downstream (5 nights)
Pagan- we cast off at lunchtime and moor at the Tan-chi-taung Mountain
and ascend on foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunset over
Day Two Sale - here we visit a number of teak monasteries
including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings;
we also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses
Day Three Magwe - we visit the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda
with its solid gold brick work and many temples and hermitages.
Day Four Minhla and Gwechaung - we visit the two Italian
built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Burma.
We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view
Day Five Thayetmyo - a pleasant colonial town with the oldest
golf course in Burma; we visit the market, see the old houses and
ride out by horsecart to see the countryside
Day Six arrive at Prome and visit archaeological site of
Thiri-ya-kittiya. Lunch on board. Disembark and drive by coach to
Rangoon (4.5 hours).
£980 per person; single supplement £500 (Main Deck)
Upper Deck Supplement: £150 per person
Price includes: transfer from Prome to Yangon, all main meals,
coffee and tea
Price excludes: domestic flights, drinks at bar, laundry,
gratuity to crew
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