RV Kalaw Pandaw
Duration: 7 nights river cruise tour
Price from: £1449
Bagan to Mandalay 7 nights
Day 1 Bagan: Transfer to the ship for lunch followed by an exploration of a selection of the many monuments, including Ananda, regarded as the finest temple in Bagan in terms of ancient architecture. Continue to Myingabar Gubyaukgyi Temple and end the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village.
Day 2 Began: This morning enjoy further exploration of Baan and visit a lacquerware workshop. You'll also visit Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments which travellers are allowed to climb and take in the 360-degree views. Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex. This afternoon continue to the unique Payathonezu temples and end the day with a visit to Dhamayangyi, which is the widest and largest of the temples in Bagan.
Day 3 Began/Tan Chi Taung: Set sail early this morning for Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port and now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries. Sail up river to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw and then drive up the winding road of Tan Chi Taung Mountain to visit the hilltop stupa.
Day 4 Pakokku: Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local marked and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Stop at a cheroot workshop to discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.
Day 5 Yandabo: Visit Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery. During a walking tour you'll visit a workshop for a first hand view of the production process. Return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon sailing towards Ava.
Day 6 Ava/Amarapura: Morning visit to the ancient city of Ava, a former capital. Your tour takes in Menu Oak Kyaung Monastery and the splendid Bagaya Kyaung monastery, which is built entirely of teak. This afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Sagaing and then continue by road to Amarapura. Later, take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge.
Day 7 Mingun/Mandalay: Set sail for Mingun for a walking tour around the unfinished stupa. Drive onwards to Mandalay in the afternoon where you'll see Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and explore the UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda, which has the world's biggest book.
Day 8 Mandalay: Disembark after breakfast and your tour concludes.
RV Kalaw Pandaw
Save and see all the 'wow' sights at a lower price than other ships offer on shorter cruises when you cruise aboard the colonial RV Kalaw Pandaw. There are 18 identical staterooms with shower, safe and French window (there are no televisions, mini bars or telephones in the staterooms). Features include promenade decks, open-air lounge, library, dining room and sun deck.
Departures: Every Saturday from September-March.
Meals: Full board and all day local soft drinks, local beer and spirits, tea/coffee and mineral water.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes coach transfers to and from the ship, 7 night cruise in a stateroom, sight trance fees, guide services and gratuities to crew.