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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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18 Days Yangon to Yangon

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Discover Must do experiences and highlights cruising the Irrawaddy

Meet Artisans in Kyuak Myaung

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

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

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

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

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.

Recent Reviews What our clients are saying about their cruises along the Irrawaddy

Fascinating country really worth a visit     , QLD, Australia, Nov 2018
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. ...read more 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 extension it is really worth it.
A peaceful and spiritual place      , VIC, Australia, Dec 2016
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 ...read more a bedroom, separate lounge room, bathroom and toilet. They also had balconies. There were great facilities on board, including a pool. We chose a 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.

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Irrawaddy vs Mekong

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When you are thinking about planning a river cruise in South East Asia you might wonder whether you should choose the Mekong or Irrawaddy. Of course there is no comparison – they are two very different rivers running through different countries and landscapes. However, if you are travelling...