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  • 20th Anniversary Celebration

    Code: MRC03 - Duration: 5 Days
    Start: Yangon | Finish: Mandalay
  • Two decades ago, on October 1, Belmond Road to Mandalay made history as the first luxury cruise to ply the Ayeyarwady River. Join us on a special celebratory cruise that retreads that inaugural journey. Five per cent of your ticket price will be donated to the Belmond Myanmar Foundation, which supports health and education projects in communities along the river.

    Highlights:

    • Take an in-depth tour of Bagan, visiting the most famous temples and examining the rich local lifestyle20th Anniversary Celebration
    • Get involved in the ‘20th Anniversary Road to Mandalay Rally’, featuring a range of exciting authentic experiences that give you the opportunity to win special prizes
    • Visit Mandalay, watching artisans at work and being witness to a deeply symbolic Buddhist Noviciation Ceremony

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Yangon – Flight to Bagan (-/L/D)
    Day 2: Bagan – Cruise to Mandalay (B/L/D)
    Day 3: Mingun (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Sagaing – Mandalay (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Mandalay – Departure (B/-/-)

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Bagan arrival (-/L/D)

    baganArrive in Bagan this morning for a guided tour of the city. Visit one of the many temples near the village of Minnanthu and admire the richly coloured murals, dating from 1225. Head off the beaten track, meet the locals and take a glimpse into their fascinating lifestyle. Stop off at a charming tea shop, where our onboard chef welcomes you with a traditional Burmese breakfast. Your next stop is the village of Taung Be, near Old Bagan, where a local troupe provides entertainment as you board Belmond Road to Mandalay. Toast the start of this celebratory cruise with a refreshing Bellini cocktail, then savour lunch on the Observation Deck after the ship sets sail. Your afternoon adventure begins with a traditional horse-and-cart ride to the Ananda Temple. This architectural masterpiece was built in 1090 and contains four gilded Buddha statues, each standing 30ft tall. You’ll then stop by a workshop to observe Bagan's famous lacquerware being crafted. As daylight starts to fade, gather to watch the mesmerising sunset over the plains. Your final stop takes you to a small temple where you’ll participate in an experience exclusive to Belmond—a magical candle-lighting ceremony. Back on board a welcome cocktail party on the Observation Deck gives you the chance to mingle with fellow travellers. Then sit down to dinner, an enticing blend of local and fusion delicacies.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 2: Balloons over Bagan (B/L/D)

    bagan tourFor guests who have pre-booked sunrise flights with “Balloons over Bagan” (advance reservations are essential) there will be early-morning tea and coffee served. Other optional sunrise activities include a guided mountain bike excursion, a yoga session or a photography tour with a Bagan expert. Disembark to visit the market at Nyaung U, a bustling space populated by villagers and farmers. Aided by members of the ship’s culinary crew you will learn about the most popular local ingredients. Take the opportunity to accompany the ship’s doctor, Dr Hla Tun, on a visit to the free health clinic. Located near Taung Be Village, the clinic was established in 2011 with the support of the Belmond Myanmar Foundation. Volunteers from the local community help treat hundreds of patients a week when Belmond Road to Mandalay is stationed in Bagan. After lunch, prepare for a leisurely afternoon on board. Enjoy a cooking lesson using the ingredients purchased earlier in the day, join a talk by Dr Hla Tun or have your palm read by our renowned astrologer. Alternatively, indulge in a treatment at the spa, swim in the outdoor pool or soak up the views from the Observation Deck. There will also be the opportunity to participate in a silent auction to help support the Belmond Myanmar Foundation. The day ends in style with sunset cocktails followed by a multi-course Anniversary Tasting Menu Dinner. Afterwards, why not sip a Myanmar brandy on the Observation Deck and prepare for an unmissable evening surprise.    

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 3: 20th Anniversary Road to Mandalay (B/L/D)

    mandalayEarly birds may wish to rise in time for a sunrise yoga session on the Observation Deck. Later a meditation class will be held in the Lounge. Enjoy a relaxed morning on board. In the Observation Lounge there will be a photography exhibition celebrating our 20 Years in Myanmar. Later there will be a talk on local culture in the Observation Lounge. You might also like to join a demonstration on how to tie and wear a longyi, the Burmese sarong worn by both men and women. As well as prepare thanaka, a traditional facial skin treatment worn both as a sun protector and as decorative make-up. After lunch, it’s time for the 20th Anniversary Road to Mandalay Rally, an epic journey of discovery in the countryside. You will experience many aspects of authentic Myanmar culture and rural life as you travel through the landscape. Your adventure will include a variety of fun activities and surprises, from Burmese dance lessons to a chinlon (cane ball) competition. Awards will be given out for certain tasks and one lucky guest will win a Grand Prize. Return to the ship in the late afternoon and prepare for a longyi cocktail party. Dress up in local style and savour a delicious barbeque dinner, served at our open-air Bar & Grill.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 4: Mandalay & Sagaing (B/L/D)

    mandalayThis morning, disembark to discover the treasures of Mandalay, considered the home of Burmese traditional arts. You begin with a visit to the open-air jade market when it is at its liveliest. Continue to a renowned family of bronze casters to observe, first hand, the creation of gleaming Buddha images, before passing through the bustling streets of the marble quarter. Return to the ship for lunch as it cruises past Sagaing’s beautiful, hilly landscapes before arriving at Shwe Kyet Yet village. In the afternoon there is the chance to witness a Buddhist Noviciation Ceremony, a special rite of passage as boys become monks. This auspicious occasion is one of the most important for any Buddhist family, and the whole village will often come out to watch. The day’s sightseeing ends with a spellbinding sunset visit to the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar's most photographed sites. Return to the ship to prepare for our Anniversary Gala Dinner, which will be staged in the moonlight at an exclusive location near Padaya (Ruby) Village. The winners of the Silent Auction will be announced, after which live local music, dance and entertainment will ensure a festive carnival atmosphere. A perfect ending to a momentous cruise. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 5: Mandalay - Departure (B/-/-)

    Early this morning, those who wish can participate in a religious alms-giving ceremony can accompany staff to the Shwe Kyet Yet village monastery. After breakfast, disembark for your onward travel arrangements. End of our services

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Inclusion:

    • 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
    • No single supplement on Superior or Deluxe Cabins

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Personal expenditures such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air fare to/from Yangon
    • Visa and visa arrangement
    • Departure tax of US$10/person

    Notes:

    - The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30ft variance in water level. From January through June, the Ayeyarwady’s levels may drop, creating a narrower channel for navigation. To allow for these changes, Belmond Road to Mandalay may operate a revised itinerary and mooring locations may be amended.
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on “Customize this trip
    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in “Tailor your trip
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

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