Burma River Cruise 17 nights -





Ship: Cruiseco Explorer
Cruise Line: Cruiseco
Departures:  16 April 2017
Duration: 17 Nights
Ports: Mandalay, Pyay
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Connect with a land steeped in myths, rich in legends and laden in folklore...


Unlock the mysteries of Burma on Cruiseco's luxury riverboat,


Your Cruiseco Explorer 17 night tour includes:

  • Return Economy Class airfare from Australia*
  • 14 night luxury cruise onboard CRUISECO EXPLORER in a french balcony cabin between Mandalay and Prome, including onboard gratuities, all meals, local beers, soft drinks and wine is served with lunch and dinner
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation: 1 night at the five-star Mandalay Hill Resort in Mandalay, 2 nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Hotel Yangon
  • Extensive sightseeing with expert local guides and all transfers
  • Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary


If you would like an e-brochure please click here.


 Itinerary - Mandalay to Prome

NOTE: Cruise is also offered in reverse -  Prome to Mandalay. 

Australia — Bangkok — Mandalay (L,D) 
Fly with Thai Airways to Mandalay via Bangkok*. Upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, meet your guide and transfer to the Mandalay Hill Resort. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Mandalay (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, transfer by coach to Gawien Jetty to embark Cruiseco Explorer. Set sail on the Irrawaddy River and enjoy scenic cruising for the rest of the day.

Kyauk Myaung (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, visit the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung and see the production stages of the famous 50 Gallons pots. Then embark the ship for a relaxing day onboard. Moor overnight
Tagaung (B,L,D) 
Explore the ancient city of Tagaung including the shrine of Bo Bo Gyi, a famous spirit. Also discover the archaeological area and fortifications before continuing upstream for the remainder of the day. Moor overnight midstream.
Shwegu and the Second Defile (B,L,D) 
Sail upstream to view the spectacular Second Defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. In the afternoon sail downstream to Katha.
Note: In case of low water levels the excursion will be done by local speed boat.
Katha (B,L,D) 
The colonial town of Katha is where, in 1942, hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Explore the old streets and the market by trishaw and visit an elephant logging camp.
 DAY 7
Mingun (B,L,D)
Continue cruising downstream and stop to explore a typical river village. In the afternoon, arrive in Mingun. Visit the unfinished pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. Tonight, enjoy a drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck of the ship.
Ava, Amarapura (B,L,D) 
This afternoon explore Ava by horse-cart, visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin Watchtower and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung Monastery. Then travel by sampan and coach to Amarapura to visit the U-Bein Bridge
and silk factories.
Monywa (B,L,D) 
This morning, depart early for Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung Caves. After lunch, visit the Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw Pagoda with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Then transfer to Sagaing where the ship will be waiting.
DAY 10
Yandabo (B,L,D) 
This morning, arrive at Yandabo, a village famous for its pottery. It is also where the peace treaty of the First Anglo- Burmese war was signed in 1826. Go ashore, stopping at workshops to witness local crafts and pottery firing. Visit the local school and monastery. Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village. Moor
overnight midstream.
DAY 11
Bagan (B,L,D) 
Today, enjoy a full day visit of the most significant pagodas and temples of the 2,000 listed around Bagan. Dine on board for lunch and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archeological area. In the evening, enjoy a meal onboard or in a local restaurant.

DAY 12
Bagan, Tan Kyi Mountain (B,L,D) 
This morning, explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics and rattan products. Alternatively, passengers can hire a horse cart and explore the site on their own or enjoy an early morning balloon flight over Bagan (optional—surcharge applies). After lunch, continue downstream to the village of Tan Kyi. Reach the mountaintop by jeep and enjoy a sunset over the Bagan plains.
DAY 13
Salay, Magwe (B,L,D) 
This morning, visit Salay, and explore the Yougson Kyaung wooden monastery, the colonial buildings and Bagan-era monuments such as Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya. Return to the ship for lunch and continue south to Magwe. Later this afternoon, visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a pagoda built in 1929.
DAY 14
Thayetmyo (B,L,D) 
Sail downstream today to Thayetmyo, a colonial town.
Explore the local market as well as several colonial homes constructed during the British colonisation of Burma.
DAY 15
Prome (Pyay) (B,L,D) 
Arrive early morning in Prome (Pyay) and drive to Thayekhittaya, an ancient Pyu city that ruled the area between the 5th and the 9th century AD. In central Prome, visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, and the Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda) a fabulous vantage point of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and the surrounding mountains.

DAY 16
Prome (Pyay), Yangon (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, transfer by coach from Prome to Yangon, to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
DAY 17
Yangon (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-metre long reclining Buddha and stop by Kyaukhtatgy. Next, explore Kandawagyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Following a lunch of Burmese cuisine, enjoy a tour of downtown.
Travel streets lined with faded colonial buildings, past historic landmarks, to Sule Paya, and continue through Chinatown to Bogyoke Market and finally, the Shwedagon Pagoda.
DAY 18
Yangon — Bangkok — Australia (B,L) 
Today is at your leisure before being transferred to Yangon Airport for your flight to Australia with Thai Airways*.



INLE LAKE - 4 days/ 3 nights

NGAPALI BEACH - 4 days/ 3 nights

PYIN OO LWIN - 3 days/ 2 nights

For more information on the extension options please refer to the brochure.

*Some departure flights may leave Australia the day before.  Prices exclude accommodation in Bangkok made necessary by flight schedules.

Itineraries are subject to change without notice.


* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

This cruise offers the following itineraries:

UPSTREAM (Prome to Mandalay)

DOWNSTREAM (Mandalay to Prome)

To lock in these great rates aboard Cruiseco Explorer book by 28 October 2016






upstream with Chindwin and
Upper Irrawaddy



* Prices are per person, in AUD, based on lowest available twin share accommodation. Prices shown are based on the lowest priced departure of multiple departures per month. Single occupancy prices are available at a supplement as stated.Package price includes return Economy class international airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth including air taxes, cruise aboard Crusieco Explorer with port charges and onboard gratuities, pre and post cruise hotel stays and all transfers as per selected itinerary. Offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Travel insurance is mandatory and is at an additional cost. Single supplements apply. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Subject to availability at time of booking. Cancellation fees and conditions apply. For full terms and conditions please refer to the Authentic Asia Burma 2015/2017 brochure available online at www.cruising.com.au or at your local Cruiseco Travel Agent. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments which vary. Cost does not include any additional accommodation or transfers made necessary due to flight schedules however this is available at additional cost. 



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Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma. It was the last royal capital of an independent Burmese Kingdom. It is the current capital of the administrative Mandalay Division.

It has the largest and most modern airport in Burma (Mandalay International Airport).

Country - Myanmar (Burma)
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - kms
Currency - Kyat

Places of Interest

Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Maha Muni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda




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Cruiseco, a consortium of over 200 cruise-specialist travel agents, has over 15 years of professional knowledge, experience and commitment to the cruising industry worldwide. On the back of this continued success, Cruiseco has launched two custom built riverboats to service the increasing number of cruisers keen to discover "Authentic Asia".


Cruiseco Adventurer, launched in 2012, was built in the style of a colonial riverboat but with modern luxurious touches. Hand finished by traditional craftsmen and able to travel where other craft can’t. The Cruiseco Adventurer carries no more than 60 passengers amid a relaxed ambience,  premium accommodation, local entertainment, enticing cuisine featuring delicious local produce, attentively served by a delightful local crew who are dedicated to providing first class service. 

Cruiseco Adventurer cruises the Mekong River, departing almost weekly to showcase the captivating array of culture, rituals and ruins. These unique Mekong cruise adventures will take you into the heart of Indochina to discover the ‘true’ Mekong and a special insight into this intriguing part of Asia.


The newest ship, Cruiseco Explorer (launched October 2014), is custom built for Burmese waters and offers the ultimate luxury. The itineraries afford guests the ideal balance of spell-binding sightseeing and rejuvenating relaxation. Cruiseco Explorer navigates the Irrawaddy, Upper Irrawaddy and Chindwin waters of Burma on an unforgettable 14 night cruise. The riverboat is restricted to just 56 guests and exudes a relaxed sophistication with a sundeck, bar, restaurant and lounge


all available onboard for guests. A small spa is available for facials, massage and treatments.  Entertainment, however, is not limited to the ship's facilities, with evenings on board including skilful demonstrations by local performers and movie nights. 


Ship info

Cruiseco Explorer


Inaugural sailing 21 October 2014

Ship Amenities

Hotel style passenger ship with 3 decks: Main, Upper, Sundeck

  • Sun deck
  • Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Lounge


  • 28 luxurious cabins
  • 10 Main Deck Cabins with French balconies
  • 14 Upper Deck Cabins with exterior balconies
  • 02 Suites (Upper Deck) with exterior balconies
  • 02 Deluxe Suites (Main Deck) with exterior balconies and Jacuzzi


Cabin Amenities

  • All stateroom 26 sq m, timber floor (excl Deluxe Suites 39sqm)
  • A/C individual operated
  • Twin bed can be converted to double bed in Main Deck and Upper Deck Cabins
  • Reading lights
  • Writing desk, chairs and coffee table
  • Flat TV with DVD Player
  • Wardrobe, Safe 
  • Exterior Balconies with chair and round table
  • Bathroom timber floor with standing shower cabins
  • Hair Dryer, Bath Rob

Ship Details

  •  Hull                Marine Steel
  • Length           188  ft (58 Mt)
  • Beam             40  ft (12.2 Mt)
  • Design Draft    3.35 ft (1.1 Mt)
  • Decks            3 (Main, Upper, Sundeck)
  • Max Speed     10 Knots

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