Irrawaddy River Cruises
Avoid the typical tourist spots, sample village life and explore Myanmar's hidden gems aboard a luxurious river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Take a dawn hot air balloon ride over Bagan, meet artisans in remote villages, enjoy sunset by the U-Bein Bridge and enjoy the wide riverscape. Visit temples, meet monks and nuns and enjoy the relaxed luxury of shipboard life between destinations.
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Must do experiences and highlights cruising the Irrawaddy
Meet Artisans in Kyuak Myaung
Watch potters at work on their sunken pottery wheels and the incredible array of pots they create - the livelihood of the villagers in Kyuak Myaung.
Irrawaddy Cruising Life
Enjoy the wellness centre, resort style pool and the Irrawaddy’s wide riverscape from your balcony suite as you head into the sunset after a day’s cruising.
Watch for Irrawaddy Dolphins
Keep your eyes on the river when you cruise between Sagaing and Kyuak Myaung where you may see pods of Irrawaddy Dolphin frolicking alongside.
Hot Air Balloon over Bagan
Take a gentle flight over the stunning temples of Bagan as the sunrise lights the stupas dotted across the landscape, wrapped in the dreamy mist of early morning. A memorable experience of an Irrawaddy icon.
Sundown at the U-Bein Bridge
Capture the silhouette of the longest teak bridge against the burnished sunset skies, as you relax in a small boat sipping your own sundowner. A perfect end to an Irrawaddy day.
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What our clients are saying about their cruises along the Irrawaddy
“Fascinating country really worth a visit”
The whole trip was spectacular and the Travelmarvel guides were terrific, knowledgeable and always helpful. If you have ever considered going to Burma as it was known it is still a beautiful country and well worth the visit. The negative press that it receives is seriously impacting the tourism and as usual the press has put their spin on the situation. We felt completely safe where we travelled to and have wonderful memories of the friendly happy people. If you do go make sure you add the Inle Lake ...read more extension it is really worth it.
What a lovely relaxing holiday - unpack, sit back and relax. All meals were marvelous with the staff almost like family. The tours were very informative and with excellent guides. You might not agree with the politics of the country but we found the village life and cities were very interesting. The weather was hot but there wasn't any rush to get the tours over and done. The buses which took us to the various places were air conditioned and water was supplied. We experienced the Burmese "New ...read more Year" AND the "Water Festival" which had us interacting with the locals and getting just as wet as they did. We had been warned about the "getting wet" and ship provided us with water pistols and waterproof satchels for cameras. One way of cooling off and joining in with lots of laughter. Wonderful sunsets and magnificent photos to take. Will look back on this holiday with fondness and wonderful memories.
“Myanmar - Maybe a country of great problems but a top venue to tour”
We are very experienced travelers often to intrepid destinations. Our Irrawaddy River cruise was right up there with the best. Very happy but impoverished people who get on with life with a smile on their faces. Conditions and pollution really third world. They appear to be unaware of events in other areas of the country. Have been basically under Military rule for so long most know nothing else to compare it with. Recommend Myanmar as a tourist destination if you don't mind seeing what real life ...read more can be like. River cruising was a way to experience this without the possible problems of land travel.
“A peaceful and spiritual place”
Scenic ‘Luxury Irrawaddy’, 11 days, Yangon to Mandalay (28th December 2016 to 7th January, 2017) We had a great time cruising the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The Scenic Aura is a lovely ship – it has only been operational since September. There were 44 passengers on board (full capacity). Most were Australian. The cabins were very spacious, including a bedroom, separate lounge room, bathroom and toilet. They also had balconies. There were great facilities on board, including a pool. We chose a ...read more perfect time to travel: 30 – 31 degrees each day, very little humidity and no rain. The itinerary was very interesting. We stayed overnight in Yangon at the Sule Shangri-La, then travelled by bus to Pyay where we boarded the ship. The cruise went for 11 days, ending in Mandalay. It was lovely gliding past the small villages and seeing the many different types of watercraft travelling along the river. We visited many different pagodas, local markets, traditional villages and schools, and a monastery and nunnery. We really enjoyed interacting with the Burmese people – they were all so friendly and kind, with lots of smiles and very happy dispositions. There were two tour guides (Pa Pa and Pu Pu); both were Burmese and they really made the trip a lot of fun. It was interesting learning about Buddhism from our guides. The sight of all the temples in Bagan was amazing. The staff members on board the ship were lovely, and the food and facilities were excellent. This is the third time I have used Global Journeys to manage holiday arrangements. Michelle did a fantastic job and everything went very smoothly. Looking forward to our next holiday, which has also been booked through Global Journeys.