7 Night Cruise sailing from Bagan to Yangon aboard Orcaella.
Relaxed elegant dining, a cooling dip in the pool after the hustle and bustle of a local market, or a reviving massage on board-a journey on board Orcaella is an unforgettable adventure.
Named Orcaella after the dolphins known to inhabit the Ayeyarwady River, the Irrawaddy Flotilla style ship will offer a collection of cruises and will operate between January to April and July to December.
The ship’s small size will enable guests to be taken to hidden, more remote areas of these rivers. Orcaella will offer seven and 11 night cruise itineraries with plenty of leisurely cruising time.
Orcaella can accommodate up to 50 guests in its two Balcony Suites, 15 State and eight Deluxe Cabins. All cabins have en suite facilities and are arranged over two of the ship’s four decks.
The Ayeyarwady Experience:
Visit gilded pagodas and bustling markets; uncover ancient cities and rural villages as you cruise down the Ayeyarwady River. Embark on this seven-night journey on Orcaella and capture the true spirit of Myanmar.
Day 1: Bagan
Board Orcaella at Bagan and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Later, disembark for a guided tour of the ancient city and witness the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain. This evening local artists will perform on board.
Day 2: Bagan – Salay
Start the day with a shopping tour in Bagan and a visit to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. You may also wish to arrange a tour of Old Bagan by horse cart or bicycle.
In the afternoon, set sail towards Salay where you can visit the Wooden Monastery and an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer.
Day 3: Salay – Magwe – Min Hla
Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda, devotees come from miles around to join in religious festivals. While you’re here, you won’t want to miss the bustling local market.
Continue to Min Hla and for a late afternoon visit to the local fort, the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War.
Day 4: Min Hla – Gawaechuang – Pyay (Prome)
Today you’ll travel by ox cart to the quaint Gway Chaung village, where you’ll take in rural life along the Ayeyarwady River.
Spend the afternoon sailing before reaching the ancient Myanmar capital Pyay (Prome). Your city tour will include a visit to the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda, said to date back to 589BC, and the imposing 10-storey Buddha that watches over it.
Day 5: Pyay (Prome) – (Sri Ksetra) – Mid River
Spend the morning exploring the ancient city Sri Ksetra with its unique cylindrical stone stupas. Before returning to the ship, stop at the Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda to see the only bespectacled Buddha in Myanmar. The locals believe this special Buddha has healing powers.
Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and taking in the scenery.
Day 6: Zalon – Danuphyu – Nyaung Tong
Disembark at the small port of Zalon-hidden behind a small rise, a very interesting town appears. Take a trishaw along the main street, lined with stunning colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens. Arrive at the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda where you’ll see the famous bronze Buddha once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria.
Continue to another little-visited town called Danuphyu. This is where the revered General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.
Day 7: Nyaung Tong – Yangon
Spend the morning relaxing on the deck as you make your way to Yangon.
Today, you may join an optional excursion to Syriam, a sleepy village just outside the capital. The tour includes a visit to a pagoda set on a tiny island, a riverside market and the imposing Kyaik Khauk Pagoda.
Day 8: Yangon
Disembark in the late morning