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Irrawaddy River Cruise Downstream

3 days 2 nights

Code AC2N3D

Category Myanmar Cruise Tours

  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Trip Starts From Mandalay
  • Trip Ends At Bagan
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Mandalay Yandabo Pakkoku
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Cruise Myanmar's Irrawaddy River- also known as Ayeyarwady, is Myanmar's largest river and a prominent waterway. The river has its origin in the Himalayan glaciers and flows freely for almost 2,200 km across the whole country into the Indian Ocean. The river is regarded as the lifeblood of Burma's economy, a witness of contemporary history, and inseparable from Burmese spiritual life.

This cruise tour gives a superb taste of this beautiful country and its serene river. These journeys visit two of Burma's most culturally significant sites and the ancient royal capitals- Mandalay and Burma. You will have plenty of time to explore life along the riverside.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Mandalay, Sagaing and Ava

Arrive by 11:00 a.m. in Gaw Wein Jetty, Near Mandalay Karaweik Mobile Hotel, 7km, or 4.38 miles from the city center.

Boarding begins before noon. A friendly welcome by our staff with some refreshments, check into your cabin, which will be your “home” for the next few days. The ship sets sail towards Sagaing- one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar. Enjoy your lunch at the restaurant “Hinta Hall.” 

Enjoy your post lunchtime at the outdoor Kipling’s Bar or on the sun deck while the ship is approaching Sagaing. Disembark in for an exploration of the former royal capitals Sagaing and Ava. Cross the famous 16-span cantilever “Ava Bridge,” which was built in 1934 by the British, which connects the two old capitals. Ava-also called Innwa- was the metropolis of the Burmese kingdoms between the 14th to 19th centuries. Experience the horse-drawn carriage ride through the area dotted with unique ancient monasteries and fanes and absorb the peaceful serenity of the surroundings. 

Back on board, there will be an information session, and demos on the traditional Longyi dress and Thanaka paste that women put on their cheek. There also will be a presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar afterward. 

You will have time to join the cocktail gathering at the Kipling's bar and socialize with other fellow travelers before dinner.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Ava-Yandabo

Early risers can take advantage of joining a yoga session on the sun deck and strengthen their muscles and ease the mind while cruising downstream the Ayeyarwady River.

After breakfast, join the lecture about Bagan’s history at the Mandalay Lounge. Enjoy relaxed morning cruising, gazing at the river banks from the sun deck, or take advantage of treatment at the spa.

By the time we finish our lunch, we arrive in Yandabo; it is a quiet and small riverside village. In this place in 1826, the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yandabo, ending the First Anglo-Burmese war. We will explore the village on foot. The villagers here are known for making a unique water pot that claims to keep the water cooler than those made anywhere else in the country! We will stop at one of those potteries and learn the skills. We will meet an extremely friendly, charming, and welcoming villagers. 

We return to the ship for the afternoon High Tea. As we sail on to the next overnight spot Pakokku, we pass the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its most significant tributary, the Chindwin River. 

At dusks, as the Burmese sun immerses everything in a golden light, a special event will take place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style as we send “A toast to the past” during a British club where gents may whiff cigars and ladies.

Sip on tasty gins with tonic. Share some tales of the old (British-Burmese) days.

You will have your dinner at the Hintha Hall. Feel free to join our open-air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies (depending on weather conditions).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Pakkoku-Bagan

Join the yoga session in the morning and find yourself in shape for another day of great explorations!

Enjoy breakfast as the ship sails more miles southwards before we arrive in Pakkoku- an old trading town on the

Western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Witness the longest bridge of Myanmar (Pakokku Bridge) just before arriving at Pakokku. In Pakkoku, we tour some of the small industries in this area, such as a cheroot-rolling factory and a producer of ‘Burmese slippers’ (“flip-flops”). The tour also stops in a thriving market that gives us insights into the local goods and trading practices. Pakokku is also famous for its production of Tobacco. If you like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the place. 

We also visit the Shwegu Temple that displays incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood. The temple houses a unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Back on board, enjoy lunch while the ship cruises southwards, eventually arriving at the top highlight of this journey - Bagan. The boat will dock at Bagan in the early afternoon (approx. 2 PM).

Disembark in Aye Yar Jetty in Old Bagan Pier. Transfer to the hotel on your own.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation.
  • Port taxes.
  • Shore excursions, as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Admission tickets.
  • Transportation, as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking tour guide for shore excursions.
  • Taxes, fuels, river pilots, local anchorage fees.
  • Yoga classes.
  • Onboard entertainment.
  • Welcome drinks and meals, as indicated in the program.
  • Free flow of beverages- bottled water, soft drinks, juice, tea, coffee at all times.
  • Free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner.
  • Drinking water in cabin and during excursions.
  • Passenger liability insurance.
  • Internet access in public areas.
  • Additional room benefits subject to room category.

Trip Excludes

  • Pre or post-trip hotels.
  • Transfers to the embarkation and disembarkation points.
  • Crew and guide gratuities.
  • Fuel surcharges, if any.
  • Medical services.
  • Telephone expenses.
  • Spa Treatments.
  • Personal expenses and all further beverages, premium spirits, and all other services not mentioned above.

Rate Condition

Rates are in US$ per person on a double occupancy basis. Private room supplement costs 45% of the double occupancy rate.

High season rates apply for the departure from 1st October through 31st October.

Shoulder season rates apply for departure from 1st Apr through 30th April.

The low season rate applies for departure from 1st June through 30th September.

Child Policy

  • One child under 12 years old is allowed sharing the existing bedding with adults at 25% of the net adult rate per person.
  • The cruise operator will not be responsible for the onboard safety of the children. Parents are fully responsible for taking care of their children.

Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year Eve (31 Dec) supplement

US$ 120 surcharge per adult and $ 60 per child.

Life on deck

While the Anawrahta is the perfect stage, the star of the show is the river. Rising early, you make your way to the Sundeck, just as the first rays of gold touch the surface of the Ayeyarwady. A fisherman casts his net, throwing shimmering droplets into the morning light. After enjoying this unforgettable view – and a strong coffee – you are ready to join an open-air yoga or Tai Chi class.

You pass all manner of other craft, from simple fishing canoes to boats crowded with fresh produce, household goods, giggling school children.

Villagers come out to wave. Water buffaloes watch you warily. You keep a lookout for the river’s most famous residents, the Ayeyarwady dolphins.

When it’s time for lunch, you join your fellow guests in the Hintha Hall dining room. The waiters – who now greet you like an old friend – serve tantalizing dishes from throughout Burma. As you learn about the sophisticated cuisine, you understand more about this nation’s cultural diversity.

Sunset finds you and your friends in the Kipling’s Bar, enjoying freshly made cocktails – and freshly inspiring views. As the river turns from blue to violet, you understand Rudyard Kipling’s long-ago nostalgia: “If you’ve ‘eard the East a-callin,’ you won’t ‘need naught-else.”

Myanmar Visa

Make sure the remaining validity of your passport is a minimum of six months when you return from the trip and that you are not running out of blank visa pages. You need two blank visa pages for each country you travel on this trip. You can apply eVisa online, which is the most convenient way of obtaining a Myanmar visa.


  • Must deposit 25% upon confirmation of your booking request.
  • Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. 
  • Full payment is due upon confirmation if you book within 90-days before departure.

Cancellation Terms

  • One hundred twenty days prior departure- NO FEE.
  • Sixty-One hundred twenty days before departure-25%.
  • Thirty-one-Sixty days before departure-55%.
  • Thirty days before departure or No show-100%.


Ship Info

anawrahtaBuilt 2015.
Length / Width / Height 65 m.
Beam / Draft 14 m / 0, 9 m.
Gross tonnage 650 tons.
Cruising speed 12 nautical knots.
Electricity 220 Volts.
Capacity / Cabins 46 passengers / 23 cabins.

Safety International safety standard, including smoke and fire alarm system throughout the Ship, emergency lighting systems, emergency communication system, evacuation equipment, Defibrillator (AED) on board, crew is trained on first aid.


nawrahta deluxe stateroom twnAnawrahta’s ten beautifully appointed Deluxe and six Deluxe Executive staterooms, all with private balcony, are decorated with original handicrafts, locally-carved wood panels and richly-textured fabrics inspired by the brocade of Burma’s ethnic minority groups. Large windows and serene colors inspire total relaxation. The Deluxe Executive sits on the upper deck while the Deluxe are located on the main deck.

Size: 32 square meters with private balcony.


nawrahta junior suite stateroomNamed after some of the most fascinating rivers in Myanmar, Anawrahta offers three Junior Suites: the Kaladan, the Lenya and the Thandi. Combining dark, regal wood with the bright oranges, saffrons and greens of the floral offerings presented at temples, these suites offer a comfortable seating area and a private balcony from which to enjoy the lush beauty of the Ayeyarwady.

Size: 48 square meters / 517 square feet.


nawrahta executive suite stateroomLocated on the Terrace Deck, each of our two Executive Suites is a spacious 59 square meters/ 635 square feet, including an indoor seating area and a private balcony. Polished wood, locally made brocade and artifacts collected in Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon create a relaxing yet exotic ambiance. These suites are named after of Myanmar’s famous rivers, the Chindwin and the Yangon.

Size: 59 square meters/635 square feet, including 16.5 square meters/177 square feet of balcony space.


nawrahta royal suite stateroomThe two opulent Royal Suites are named after Anawrahta and his son Kyansitta, considered as two of the most famous monarchs in Burmese history. Equipped with a private terrace and a private Jacuzzi, these stunning suites feature elaborate woodcarvings, fine works of Burmese art, and handmade artifacts commissioned throughout Burma.

Size: 86 square meters / 926 square feet, including a terrace of 29 square meters / 312 square feet balcony with a private Jacuzzi.


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