The Golden Land - Downstream
FRC-836122/194395 Irrawaddy
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Coach transfer Yangon-Prome (for upstream itinerary only, no bus transfer needed for downstream
    itinerary)
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

What's Not Included

  • International flights,
  • Port dues (if levied),
  • Laundry,
  • All visa costs,
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions),
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
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Day 1
Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma) - Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as the capital and “City of Immortals”, Amarapura is home to many glistening and spectacular monuments. It is thought that Amarapura may have once been laid out as a square, with walls that were each 1km long. Perhaps the most significant landmarks within the kilometre-squared area are the 100-foot tall solid brick pagodas, which stand at each corner of the ruined city walls.

From here, you can also travel to Taungthaman Lake, where you will find the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar. Spanning 1,208 metres and built entirely from teak, the bridge provides a path across the lake to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda.

Located in Central Myanmar, the city of Mandalay was the capital of Myanmar’s Last Kingdom and is located on the banks of the River Irrawaddy, 415 miles north of Yangon. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, it was the official seat of Myanmar kings until it was occupied by the British in 1885 – who relocated the capital to Yangon. Despite this, many remains of the old Royal City and a number of old monasteries remain in Mandalay. It is also an important Buddhist religious centre and this soon becomes evident upon seeing the vast number of monks who reside here.

There are many palaces, temples, pagodas and monasteries to explore in the centre of the city, each of which will take your breath away. There are some 730 pagodas located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, near the Irrawaddy River. Each of these pagodas is set in a square which protects the Kuthodaw (“Works of Royal Merit”), which consists of Buddhist scriptures recorded on 729 white marble tablets.

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Day 2
Yandabo, Myanmar (Burma)

The remote village of Yandabo can be found along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The people here are well known within the country for their talented pottery making skills. They produce terracotta from mud found along the river bank and you can view the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is also famous in Burmese history as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed in 1855 between the Burmese king and the British.

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Day 3
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Without question, Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most spectacular temple cities. This spectacular city, located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River – 90 miles southwest of Mandalay, is home to thousands of temples and pagodas. Founded in 1058, this archaeological zone was once home to 5,000 temples, although a few thousand of these no longer remain. Within this zone, there are many ancient Buddhist shrines and the beautiful golden pagoda of the Shwe Zigon Temple. Built by King Anawratha, the Shwe Zigon pagoda resembles a terraced golden pyramid and is topped by a golden umbrella, which holds many encrusted jewels.

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Day 5
Magwe, Myanmar (Burma)

The Myanmar town of Magwe, or Magway, sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, opposite the town of Minbu. It is home to a number of educational institutions including many specialist universities and colleges. Magwe is also home to the magnificent Myat-Thalon Pagoda, which features solid gold brick work, as well as many temples and hermitages.

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Day 6
Minhla, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, in Upper Myanmar, is the Italian-built Minhla Fort, which was built to ensure the British were kept at bay from Royal Burma. This spectacular fort was built in 1864 and positioned on the banks of the river to destroy any enemy vessels which sailed upstream.

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Day 6
Gwechaung, Myanmar (Burma)

Along with Minhla, Gwechaung is one of two Italian built forts which were constructed in a bid to keep the British at bay. They were both subsequently captured by the British in the 3rd Anglo Burmese War, with the impressive Gwechaung fort being captured from the rear before the guns could be turned around.

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Day 7
Prome, Myanmar (Burma)

On the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in the Bago Region in Myanmar, is the principal town of Prome. Founded in the 8th century, Prome is one of the oldest towns in Myanmar and a commercial town and port. Among the many places of interest in the town is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, encircled by 83 small gilded temples, it is a sight like no other.

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Day 8
Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Also known as the Ayeyarwady or Elephant River, the Irrawaddy is the main river of Myanmar, flowing a total distance of 1,350 miles. In 1962, the former British colony closed its doors to the world, allowing it to embrace Buddhist culture and escape changes that subsequently affected her South-East Asia neighbours. Now open to tourism, the Irrawaddy River can take you on an unforgettable journey through the heart of this fascinating nation.

Nearly 1,000 miles from the Indian Ocean is Bhamo – the most northerly navigable point for larger vessels. Here, you will find a dazzling away of gorges, each of which offers spectacular vistas of glistening water and jungle areas.

Between Myitkyina and Mandalay, a journey through three narrow passages or gorges will take you to the Chindwin River, which meanders through a densely populated desert-like landscape to the temple city of Pagan.

Cruises along the lower course of the river will take you between Minbu and Prome, where the Irrawaddy flows through forest-covered mountain ranges. This journey will take you on a journey to the forts at Minhla and the teak plantations around the city of Prome. The Myanmar capital of Yangon is situated on the eastern side of a delta, where the Irrawaddy river branch enters the Gulf of Martaban in the Andaman Sea.

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Day 9
Danupyu, Myanmar (Burma)

The Myanmar port of Danupyu - also known as Donabyu or Danubyu – is not commonly known with tourists and visitors, yet it is home to one of the most bustling markets on the Irrawaddy Delta. During the First Anglo Burmese War of 1825, Burmese general, Maha-Bandoola, was defeated following a disastrous campaign by the British.

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Day 10
Twante, Myanmar (Burma)

The city of Twante is situated in the Yangon Division of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy region and is particularly renowned for its pottery. A journey to the Oh-Bo pottery sheds will provide an insight into the local trade. Also in city is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, which resembles a smaller version of the iconic Shwesdagon Pagoda.

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Day 11
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

Known as Rangoon until 1989, Yangon is the mesmerising capital of Burma, now known as Myanmar. The city's history revolves around the ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, a must-see for all visitors, which is adorned with over five thousand diamonds and thousands more precious stones besides. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Zoological Garden, Wildlife Park in Hlawga and the Peoples Park on Pyay Road.

A Buddhist monarchy ruled Burma throughout the 11th century, followed by the Chinese Mongols and the Shans. During this time, the city was known as Dagon and then Yangon, and it wasn’t until the British came to occupy Burma that the name Rangoon was introduced. However, in 1937 it was declared an independent nation and reverted back to the preferred Yangon 50 years later.

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