Gorges of the Far North From Mandalay

26 October - 6 November 2017


11 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)


8 Ports

26 October

Setting sail from Yangon

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may no longer be Myanmar's capital, but it remains the largest and most important city, and the gateway to exploring this beautiful country. Visible from all around the city is Yangon's crowning jewel, the shimmering golden Shwedagon Paya, one of South East Asia's most beautiful Buddhist temples. As in the rest of the country, Yangon's creaking infrastructure has not yet caught up with the recent tourism boom, and much of the city remains in a state of elegant decay. It's also blissfully free of western chain stores and burger restaurants, offering a snapshot of an Orient that has largely disappeared from other big cities in the region.

Don't miss

Visit Shwedagon by daylight AND in the evening if you can – magical. Don’t forget to find your Buddha (the day of the week you were born) for a special prayer.

26 October

Myanmar (Burma): Bagan

27-30 October

Myanmar (Burma): Nwe Nyein, Kya Hnyat, Katha, Bhamo

31 October - 2 November

Scenic river cruising

3 November

Myanmar (Burma): Mandalay

4 November

Scenic river cruising

5-6 November

Arriving in Bagan

It's the sheer scale of Bagan that has catapulted the arid plains of central Burma to the top of so many travellers' bucket lists. Over 2,000 temples, stupas and monasteries are spread over some 26 square miles, a stunning vista that's best appreciated from a hot air balloon.

The Ship

Your home from home

Belmond Orcaella
Belmond Orcaella cabin
Belmond Orcaella pool

The diminutive size of the Orcaella, an intimate vessel carrying just 50 guests, allows her to explore more of Myanmar’s enchanting waterways, including both the Ayeyarwady and the smaller Chindwin.

What we love

The Belmond Orcaella is intimate and luxurious, and her size allows her to navigate both the Ayeyarwady and the Chindwin rivers, meaning that you can see a side to Myanmar that few other travellers get to experience. Itineraries travel beyond Bagan to the remote and beautiful gorges of the far north, yet on board you'll experience the very highest levels of comfort and service. Cabins come equipped with satellite TV, air-conditioning, iPod docking station and Juliet balconies, and onboard facilities include a sun deck with swimming pool and lounge bar, an excellent restaurant, wellbeing and fitness area and a programme of local entertainment and informative lectures.

Capacity 50 Guests
Style A luxurious and sophisticated approach to river cruising, with an emphasis on immersion in the local culture.
Year Built 2013
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
  • All sightseeing excursions
Tonnage 200 grt
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
The Strand Hotel, Yangon

Our favourite hotel in Yangon

It has to be The Strand – grand colonial splendour.

Balloons over Bagan

See more of Myanmar

Assuming your call is overnight, don’t miss flying to Bagan, and include ballooning at dawn if you possibly can.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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Mundy Office Wells Steet, W1T 3PP