Epic Irrawaddy


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Sail over 1,000 miles from cultured Rangoon to the teak forests around Prome, through the desert of Middle Burma, and into the mountains of Upper Burma. This is an incredible expedition through a remarkable country.

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Rangoon (1N) - Irrawaddy Cruise (14N) - Rangoon (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Explore the fascinating collection of Buddhist sights in Rangoon
Cruise up the Irrawaddy River, the lifeline of Burma
Learn about the ancient civilisation of the Pyu people
Marvel as red-robed monks cross the U Bein Bridge
Watch local Burmese life along the Irrawaddy River
Get lost in the enchanting Temples of Bagan

Days 1-2 Fly to Rangoon (Yangon)
Fly overnight to Rangoon.
Days 1-2 Fly to Rangoon (Yangon)
Days 3-4 Irrawaddy Delta
Board your Pandaw ship and sail up the Rangoon River to enter the Twante Canal. Explore the fertile Delta region, a colourful area of rivers, lakes, farmlands and villages. (B,L,D)
Days 3-4 Irrawaddy Delta
Days 5-6 Prome
Sailing all day we break to visit the sleepy Delta town of Manaung. Arrive in Prome the following day to visit theancient site of Thiri Ya Kittiya, the former centre of the Pyu civilisation. (B,L,D)
Days 5-6 Prome
Days 7-8 Magwe
Explore the pleasant colonial town of Thayetmyo. The following day visit the Italian built forts of Minhla and Gwechaung. Ride Trishaws to reach magnificent Magwe Myatthalon Pagoda, constructed from solid gold bricks. (B,L,D)
Days 7-8 Magwe
Days 9-11 Bagan
Explore Yout-saun-kyaung monastery. Over the next two days we explore the astonishing UNESCO listed Bagan. (B,L,D)
Days 9-11 Bagan
Days 12-13 Mandalay
Visit the Yandabo Pottery Village and the Pandaw School built by kind donations. The next day tour central Mandalay, the ancient capital of Armarapura and cross the iconic U Bein Bridge. (B,L,D)
Days 12-13 Mandalay
Days 14-15 Kyauk-myoung
Sail to the potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. The following day we enter the incredible Third Gorge and sail as far as Ma Le village before returning downstream. (B,L,D)
Days 14-15 Kyauk-myoung
Days 16 Mingun
Stop in Mingun to see the enormous Mingun Bell and Pagoda. In the afternoon visit the rolling hills of Sagaing dotted with over a thousand stupas, hermitages and sanctuaries. (B,L,D)
Days 16 Mingun
Day 17 Disembark and fly to Rangoon
Disembark at Mandalay and transfer to the airport for your flight to Rangoon. Visit Shwedagon Pagoda. (B)
Day 17 Disembark and fly to Rangoon
Day 18 Fly Rangoon to UK
Fly to the UK. (B)
Day 18 Fly Rangoon to UK

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time to travel and who are interested in travelling the lengths of Burma. Touring will be done primarily by boat on the Irrawaddy River.

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