Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

CHINA

INDIA

MYANMAR (BURMA)

Mandalay

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Bagan (Pagan)

Inle Lake

THAILAND

Bay of Bengal

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Yangon (Rangoon)

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CRUISE TOUR

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• Cruise the river aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay luxurious ship • Conjure up Myanmar’s bygone colonial era with a stay at Belmond Governor’s Residence in Yangon • Explore Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND A R NIGHTS STAYED 1 L ND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £2299pp

8 day Belmond Road to Mandalay Yangon • Bagan • Mingun • Sagaing • Mandalay

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Days 1 & 2: Yangon Arrive into Yangon and transfer to Belmond Governor’s Residence, a romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, this Belmond hotel lies in the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon. There’s free time to explore the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda at your leisure, and then retire at the end of the day to relax in teak armchairs on the fan-cooled verandas. (B)* *breakfast on day 2 only Day 3: Yangon – Bagan Fly to Bagan, where you will be met by your guide to visit the main pagodas, Ananda and Sulamani, interspersed with a visit to Nyaung-U local market. Transfer to Taung Be Village in Old Bagan, where Belmond Road to Mandalay is berthed. Enjoy lunch onboard and meet the crew before disembarking for a “sunset tour” to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the temple-strewn plain. Back on board, enjoy an aperitif in the Piano Bar before dinner, followed by a traditional Burmese performance in the Myanmar’s famous lacquerware being crafted. For the more energetic, enjoy a guided mountain bike tour or join a guide for a morning tour of Bagan including a visit to the famous Shwezigon Pagoda and the Lo-Min-Lo Pagoda. For those wanting a more relaxing morning, a private tour in a typical horse and cart can be arranged. Your ship will set sail later that morning for its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the river life glide by or join an onboard lecture explaining the fascinating local places and customs, followed by afternoon tea. In the evening, enjoy a barbeque dinner on the Observation Deck (weather permitting) and a very special after- dinner event. (BLD) Day 5: Mingun After breakfast, enjoy a lecture and cookery demonstration on the Observation Deck. After lunch, journey onwards upriver past the beautiful pagoda- topped hills of Sagaing, the bustling river banks of Mandalay City before arriving at Mingun, home to the world’s largest un-cracked bell and pagoda Observation Lounge. (BLD) Day 4: Bagan – Cruising After breakfast, set out with your guide to explore Bagan’s local market at Nyaung Oo, selling wood carvings, fabrics and rattan goods, and visit

of King Bodawpaya. After a guided tour, return to Belmond Road to Mandalay for dinner and evening entertainment; a traditional Burmese performance. (BLD) Day 6: Sagaing & Mandalay At sunrise depart for a pretty, 10-minute walk into the village to reach the entrance of the Shwe Kyet Yet Pagoda. Here, staff will donate food to a procession of monks from the local monastery in accordance with the Burmese custom of almsgiving. Depart for the short drive across the Yatanabon Bridge, built in 2005, to reach the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar and home to hundreds of pagodas and numerous monasteries, nunneries and Buddhist learning centres. Enjoy expansive views from the high vantage point of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, before visiting a silverware workshop for which Sagaing is also famous for. After lunch you will leave for the afternoon tour of Mandalay. Your tour will include the Kuthodaw Pagoda (“the world’s biggest book”), the atmospheric Shwenandaw Monastery and a visit to see the highly revered gold-encrusted Buddha at the Mahamuni Temple. The tour itinerary may be subject to change according to circumstances. The tour will finish in the afternoon with sunset at the famous 200 year old “U Bein’s Bridge”, one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites. Return to the ship to prepare for your Farewell Dinner and evening entertainment on the observation deck. (BLD) Day 7: Mandalay – Yangon After an early breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for your return flight to Yangon where you’ll be met and transferred back to Belmond Governor’s Residence for a final evening of colonial splendour. (B) Day 8: Depart Yangon Check out in the morning and transfer to Yangon Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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TOUR DETAILS

£2299 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ accommodation (3 nights’ hotel, 4 nights’ cruise) • Meals as specified: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout • Airport transfers & sightseeing as detailed • Internal flights as specified between Yangon/Bagan/Mandalay/Yangon DEPARTURES Selected departures throughout the year. Please call for details.

TOUR STYLE: Cruise

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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