Set off from the Golden City and travel through majestic gorges as you discover the secrets of Myanmar on board Belmond Orcaella from Bhamo to Bagan.

You'll visit New Nyein to see traditional clay-pot making, explore the old trading port of Bhamo, enjoy a sunset tour of the ancient city of Bagan and tour to Mount Popa and its summit monastery in Belmond style.

  • Day 1

    Board Belmond Orcaella on Bhamo, and cruise on the Ayeyarwady River towards northern Myanmar.

    A stop at Mingun includes a visit to the world's largest brick-built pagoda and the biggest uncracked bell. This evening you’ll get to know fellow travellers at the welcome cocktail and dinner party.

  • Day 2

    Disembark at Nwe Nyein for a guided walking tour and a chance to meet artisans sculpting traditional clay pots.

    Afternoon tea is served in the Lounge Bar. Lecture “Myanmar ways of life” by your guide at the Lounge Bar. Dinner is served in the Restaurant.

    Release of Shan Balloons at the Observation Deck (weather permitting).

  • Day 3

    Spend the morning strolling around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. Children greet you on their way to school and the market begins bustle with activity.

    As Belmond Orcaella continues its voyage, you can admire the rural villages dotted along the shore.

  • Day 4

    Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days.

    Return on board and set sail. Lunch buffet is served in the Restaurant. Afternoon tea is served in the Lounge Bar where you can also enjoy a lecture.

    This evening dinner is served in the Restaurant, followed by entertainment from Shan Dancers on the Observation Deck.

  • Day 5

    Arrival at Shwe Paw Kyun. Transfer by boat to the pretty Shwe Paw Island and walk among the stilt houses of the Kachin fishermen. Visit the island monastery, and perhaps call into the village school.

    Return on board and set sail for Bhamo. We will be entering the dramatic, narrow 2nd defile around 10:00 and passing through should take about two hours.

    Enjoy the scenery from the Observation Deck. Buffet lunch is served in the Restaurant

    Transfer to shore by fast boat for a walking tour of the lively town of Bhamo, the major northern trading post between China and Myanmar.

  • Day 6

    Arrive at Weima village and enjoy a visit to an elephant camp.

    Continue with a visit to the local school to donate school stationary. Return on board. Spend the afternoon on board and enjoy afternoon tea in the Lounge.

  • Day 7

    In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest.

    Myanmar traditional dress “longyi” and thanakha (local make up) demonstration on the Observation Deck.

    Afternoon tea is served in the Lounge Bar. Join fellow travellers for a longyi cocktail party.

  • Day 8

    Alight at Ma Lae Village for a walking tour of the village and a visit to the monastery. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, regarded as a very important moment for young Burmese boys.

    After dinner enthusiastic young actors from Mandalay’s School of Performing Arts will enact scenes from the Yamayana play on the Observation Deck. This is a Hindu Creation Epic that is widely performed across all of South-East Asia and features characters from Bali, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

  • Day 9

    Mandalay comes into view in the early morning.

    Disembark for a tour of Myanmar’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. A special dinner will be served on the sandbank this evening.

  • Day 10

    Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan.

    This evening take in the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a puppet show by traditional Bagan artists.

  • Day 11

    Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide.

    In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa—the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats—with its impressive summit monastery. Or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own.

    Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening’s cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 12

    Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.

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Included

  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
  • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
  • Fully-qualified resident doctor
  • All sightseeing, as per itinerary

Charlotte Travel Exclusives

  • US$100 onboard credits per person per journey
  • VIP welcome treats with a local twist
  • Welcome letter from the General Manager
  • Complimentary upgrade based on availability at time of check-in
  • A unique US$500 gift voucher loyalty programme when you book a US$5,000 or more Belmond holiday

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