Irrawaddy River Cruising

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Closed off for decades, Myanmar remains untainted by the globalisation sometimes seen elsewhere in Asia. Travelling in Myanmar is like travelling back in time. Hoof and muscle are used in place of machines, and western fashion sensibilities haven’t yet set root. For those looking for a ‘pure’ travel destination, Myanmar is it.

Southeast Asia’s largest and most westerly nation, Myanmar is at the crossroads between East and South Asia resulting in an intoxicating blend of cultural influences. Combined with a traditional way of life that prevails due to decades of isolation following British colonial rule, Myanmar’s geography contributes to a unique sense of ‘otherworldliness’.

Experience the intriguing history and diverse culture of the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, the cultural centre of Myanmar, to Yangon. This former capital is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda which dominates the city’s skyline.

Get to know this area intimately on board one of the newest and most luxurious river cruise boats sailing these waters, the RV Irrawaddy Explorer.

This incredible journey transports you through areas of Myanmar rarely visited by westerners, many of which are inaccessible except by river. Every port will tell a story, from the more than 2,200 intricately carved temples in Bagan, to the handmade pottery made in the village of Yandabo which is floated down the Irrawaddy as it has been for hundreds of years.

Thousands of temples, pagodas and stupas pepper the Myanmar landscape. Along your journey, visit sites both ancient and colonial, from temples and markets to stunning pagodas, such as the solid-gold Myathalun Paya. While ashore, visit nearby sites or venture deeper into towns and villages by the more traditional means of foot, horse and ox cart, or on board modern and well equipped coaches.

This is a region of breathtaking beauty and charm, steeped in fascinating history and traditions and an experience like no other. Welcome to magical Myanmar!

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Inclusions & Features

  • Escorted by an English speaking Evergreen Tour/Cruise Director plus services of expert local guides and local hosts
  • Cruise on board the luxurious RV Irrawaddy Explorer
  • Balanced itineraries between must-see sights and free time
  • All intra-tour flights included (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Complimentary 'You're Invited' unique and exclusive local experiences included
  • "Discover More" sightseeing options to personalise your holiday
  • Baggage handling throughout the tour
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
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Highlights, Experience & Attractions

At Evergreen Cruises & Tours we pride ourselves on including all the essentials for a seamless cruising and touring experience. This ensures that not only are your deluxe hotels and cruise ship, must-see attractions, local experiences, specialist Tour Directors, most meals and all transport are included but there are no hidden costs such as hotel porterage, taxes, tips and gratuities. From start to finish we carefully plan, arrange and coordinate every aspect of your holiday. Our Irrawaddy itineraries are cleverly designed with the appropriate balance of inclusions, must see sights and free time, all planned to unlock the richness and vibrancy of the magically Irrawaddy River.

Our inclusions bring to life the South East Asia you’ve always imagined. We know you’ll never forget the moment you first experience when you first laide eyes on the great temples, pagodas and monasteries stretching out across the plains of Bagan, the thrill of the bustling markets of Yangon or the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda. Each one is a unique, unsurpassed gem and an included Premium Highlight with Evergreen Cruises & Tours that makes your tour complete.

With the diverse and natural beauty of the land, the warm and welcoming people, the rich history and culture and the delicious cuisine, combined with first class accommodation, coaches, Tour Directors and Coach Drivers, we have hand crafted the perfect holiday that will leave memories lasting a lifetime.

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Discover More

We understand the value of free time to explore on your own, however we also know that most of our guests like to be offered extra sightseeing to personalise their holiday. Enhance your experience with a selection of our Discover More activities, including a hot air balloon flight in Bagan and a Burmese cooking class at Inle Lake.

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