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Luxury River Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan aboard The Strand

Destinations : Bagan, Mandalay

Duration: 4 days

Embark on a luxurious cruise along the Irrawaddy River aboard The Strand. Enjoy 4 days of cruising from Mandalay to Bagan and explore the sights along the river. This cruise is an ideal option for travelers seeking pure indulgence and top service.

The detailed program

Day 1 : Mandalay – Embarkation

The Strand’s cruise begins in style, with a gourmet breakfast served alongside one of Myanmar’s most famous sites: U Bein Bridge. After eating, visit the 1.2 kilometer-long teak bridge and then travel to Mandalay to explore landmarks such as the Mahamuni Pagoda and the Shweinbin Monastery. Afterwards, it is time to board the elegant The Strand and embark on a short trip across the Irrawaddy River to Mingun, a small riverside village that was prominent in the late 1700s. Travel by local tuk tuk to explore the sites including the huge Mingun bell, Hsinbyume Pagoda with its curved white terraces, and the crumbling, brick Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. Return to the ship for sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner under the stars.

Day 2 : Cruise Day

Start the day with a leisurely breakfast followed by a visit to Sagaing, the Buddhist center of Myanmar, and Ava, where the ruins of the former royal capital will be explored by horse-drawn carriage. Return to the ship at mid-day and cast off for the downriver cruise towards Bagan. Enjoy the passing views, relax with a book on the sundeck, take a swim in the pool, or get a massage treatment at the spa. A delicious lunch as well as traditional high tea will be served during the cruise. As the sun begins to set, The Strand will moor on the river’s side or at a sandbank. Another wonderful sunset is followed by cocktails, dinner, and an onboard traditional cultural performance.

Day 2 : Cruise Day

Start the day with a leisurely breakfast followed by a visit to Sagaing, the Buddhist center of Myanmar, and Ava, where the ruins of the former royal capital will be explored by horse-drawn carriage. Return to the ship at mid-day and cast off for the downriver cruise towards Bagan. Enjoy the passing views, relax with a book on the sundeck, take a swim in the pool, or get a massage treatment at the spa. A delicious lunch as well as traditional high tea will be served during the cruise. As the sun begins to set, The Strand will moor on the river’s side or at a sandbank. Another wonderful sunset is followed by cocktails, dinner, and an onboard traditional cultural performance.

Day 3 : Bagan Day

The ship reaches Bagan this morning and a full day will be spent exploring the architectural and cultural heritage of this magical town. Set off to explore famous temples such as the Shwezigon Pagoda and the Ananda Temple as well as other lesser-known monuments. A mid-day break for lunch on the ship is followed by a visit to one of the oldest lacquerware workshops in Bagan where traditional techniques dating back to the 11th century are still being used to create lacquer products. The day comes to a close with sunset cocktails on the ship’s sundeck and a memorable farewell dinner with local entertainment on a sandbank in the middle of the river. (Note: location may change dependent on water elevation.)

Day 4 : Bagan – Disembark

The Strand comes to a close today with a memorable breakfast ceremony with the Bagan monks. It is then time to say farewell, disembark, and transfer to the airport or a hotel.

Day 4 : Bagan – Disembark

The Strand comes to a close today with a memorable breakfast ceremony with the Bagan monks. It is then time to say farewell, disembark, and transfer to the airport or a hotel.

Price Includes:
  • Price is per person at a 2-person occupancy in a Deluxe Cabin
  • Accommodation is based on double occupancy
  • Three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • All sight-seeing as stated in set itineraries
  • Local soft drinks, local beer, and house wine during meals!
  • Port charges
  • English-speaking guide–alternative language guides can be provided on request but subject to availability!
  • WiFi available in all cabins and public areas
  • Complimentary international daily newspapers available on digital tablets
Price Excludes:
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, spa treatments, and purchases from the gift shop
  • Imported wines or spirits
  • Extra optional excursion activities
  • International flights, Domestic flights, and Transfers
  • Gratuity to cruise staff (we recommend 10 USD per passenger per day)
  • Medical services, travel insurance of all kinds, and visas fees

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