Myanmar Discovery 2017

Bill Peach Journeys partners with luxury river cruiser, The Orcaella, the perfect vessel on which to explore Myanmar’s mighty Ayeyarwady River. Your cruise will be unforgettable with land excursions and authentic experiences that provide a fascinating glimpse into the culture of Myanmar. This is travel the way it was meant to be; personalised meaningful excursions with expert guides allowing insights into local Burmese life. On-shore adventures are complemented by onboard relaxation on this beautifully appointed modern and elegant intimate river cruiser.

This incredible journey will explore the highlights of Myanmar including Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay and will also visit the charming and more remote towns of Salay, Magwe, Min Hla, Sri Ksetra, Shwe Taung, Zalon and much more. It is a beautiful and unspoiled part of the world and travelling here is truly an adventure. Enrich your cultural knowledge and discover the charm and history that awaits.


  • 7 nights on-board the luxurious and intimate river cruiser by Belmond - The Orcaella
  • Spend 2 nights at the elegant Governors Residence, Yangon
  • Cruise Myanmar’s historic Ayeyarwady River and marvel the charm of its everyday life
  • Explore the famous towns of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and it’s breathtaking temples
  • Discover the charming and more remote towns of Salay, Magwe, Min Hla, Sri Ksetra, Shwe Taung and Zalon
  • All touring, transfers and internal flights included
  • All meals included throughout
  • Services of a Journey Director for the entire journey

Arrive Yangon

Arrive in Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar. Here our adventure begins as in the words of Rudyard Kipling - “This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.” Upon arrival transfer from the airport to the Governor’s Residence by Belmond, your accommodation for the next two evenings. The Governor’s Residence is a luxury teak mansion within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon. Meet your fellow travellers this evening at your welcome drinks.

Overnight: Belmond Governors Residence or similar


The city of Yangon is home to a vast collection of cultural sites. Start the day with a visit to Kandawgyi Lake, a favourite picnic spot for locals. Continue to the Sule Pagoda, a 2,000-year-old golden temple in the southern part of the city. Next we visit Chaukhtatkyi, known for its 70m long Reclining Buddha.

After lunch, we drive to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites believed to house eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha. The 99m high golden stupa can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Not only will you get to see one of the wonders of the world, you will also be partaking in an ancient ritual practiced since the time of the Buddha himself. Enjoy a special welcome dinner this evening.

Overnight: Belmond Governors Residence or similar

Yangon - Mandalay

Our morning flight takes us to Mandalay. Upon arrival, we visit the Mahamuni Temple, one of Myanmar’s most famous. Built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya, the temple is home to the amazing 5m tall Mahamuni Buddha image, entirely coated by pilgrims with 5cm of gold leaf, giving it an irregular outline. Continue to Atumashi Monastery, built in 1857 by King Mindon, before visiting the Mandalay Palace.

In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery, known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous as the World’s Biggest Book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha. Finally, drive up Mandalay Hill to visit the serene standing Buddha at Shweyattaw Temple, said to have pointed the way to the former capital.

Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

Mandalay - Bagan

We depart Mandalay for our morning flight to Bagan. The ancient city of Bagan in central Myanmar, formerly known as Pagan, was the capital of several ancient Burmese kingdoms. From the 11th to 13th centuries, more than 4,000 temples and pagodas were built of which approximately 2,200 temples remain standing.

Visit the colourful local Nyaung U Market and the Htilominlo Pagoda, famed for its remarkably well- preserved plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Next, drive to Myinkaba Village to visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple, noted for its mural paintings. We end the day with a sunset cruise along the Ayeyarwady River.

Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel or similar


Depart Bagan on a 1.5hr drive to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano considered the sacred home of the spirits. Along the way, visit a palm village to gain insight into how palm sugar (jaggery) is produced. Continue to Taung Kalat Temple, home to the 37 nats (spirits) of Myanmar which are displayed at the base of the mountain. Continue most of the way up Mount Popa by vehicle. The views from atop are incredible and may reach as far as Bagan on a clear day.

Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel or similar

Bagan - Belmond Orcaella Cruise

This morning we embark the Belmond Orcaella in Bagan. Once on board you will listen to a short safety briefing and introduction to the ship’s facilities. After a delicious buffet lunch, disembark for an afternoon excursion where you will visit two of Bagan’s most significant pagodas, Sulamani and Ananda Temple and also visit a lacquerware workshop.

Back on board, daylight fades as you watch the sun set over plains peppered with hundreds of ancient pagodas before participating in an exclusive intimate candle-lighting ceremony at a small temple close to the jetty. Mingle with fellow guests, the Captain and ship’s officers at a cocktail party on the Observation Deck. Dinner follows in the elegant restaurant, where an enticing selection of gourmet Asian and Western dishes is offered by our Executive Chef.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella

Bagan - Salay

This morning there is a choice of excursions to suit tastes and fitness levels. Return to the ship and set sail for Salay. Disembark after lunch for an afternoon walking tour, visiting the beautiful teak monastery, Yout-Saun-Kyaung, a fine example of monastic architecture of the late Konbaung period. As Belmond Orcaella sails for Magwe, relax with afternoon tea before enjoying a talk by one of our expert guides on Myanmar ways of life. This evening you will be royally entertained on the Observation Deck with a classical puppet show.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella

Salty - Magwe - MinHla

Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda. Devotees come from miles around to join in religious festivals. Learn about Myanmar astrology and the significance of spirit animals, an important part of local belief. Return to the ship for a monk blessing ceremony, before continuing with your sail. Disembark for a late-afternoon excursion to Gwechaung, an important hilltop stronghold built in 1860 to keep the British at bay. Journey by ox cart across the farmlands for a real taste of rural life.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella

Sri Ksetra

Morning at leisure to perhaps enjoy yoga on deck or sit in on a talk about Myanmar’s past and future. In the afternoon visit the historic train station in Pyay. During the 1890’s Pyay was a booming trade town, and there is still much activity in and around the docks. Continue to the ancient city Sri Ksetra (‘Fabulous City’) with its unique cylindrical shaped stone stupas. Dating back to the 5th – 9th centuries, this city flourished during the rule of the Phyu. Next, enjoy a city tour, visit the impressive Shwe-san-daw Pagoda and the imposing 10-storey Sitting Buddha watching over this important site.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella

Shwe Taung Town

After an early-morning sail, Belmond Orcaella moors along the riverbank by a small, rarely visited rural village. Our resident doctor will be donating stationary to the schoolchildren and you are welcome to participate. The afternoon back on board absorbing the beautiful scenery and learning how to tie a longyi, the Myanmar sarong worn by both men and women.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella


Disembark in Zalon and take a tuk tuk ride along the main street, lined with Colonial style wooden houses and tropical gardens. Arrive at Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda, continue to Danuphyu where General Maha Bandula lead a Burmese defensive against the British Troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella


Spend the morning relaxing on deck as you make your way to Yangon. Listen in on a talk from our onboard doctor about healthcare in Myanmar and Belmond’s local contributions. Arrive in Yangon after lunch. Take a tour of the city, including Pansodan Road, Chinatown and the bustling Bogyoke ‘Scott’ Market. Your choice today between history or shopping! Return to the ship for a sensational cocktail party and farewell feast.

Overnight: Belmond Orcaella


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home taking with you memories of an unforgettable Myanmar discovery with new friends.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
MM1700 13 8th November 2017 20th November 2017 $12,595 Deluxe cabin

The price of $12,595 is based on a Deluxe cabin per person twin share.  Please contact the office for information regarding cabin upgrades.

Flights from your home port to Yangon are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Yangon, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

About Luxury World Journeys
Our worldwide collection of journeys are operated by a select number of preferred travel partners who we have chosen because of their expertise within speci c regions and who combine the same style and superior level of service that has become synonymous with Bill Peach Journeys. Each of the worldwide journeys have a Bill Peach Journeys stamp of quality.

Fully Inclusive
When you travel on a Bill Peach Luxury World Journey everything is included.  This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every one of these elements is the  nest in its class.  Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look a er each detail.

Mode of Transport
Boutique luxury river cruiser & coach travel. The Belmond Orcaella, is a beautiful way to sail the Ayeyarwady River. The cabins and suites on-board, all feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with juliet balconies opening onto the river. The Belmond Orcaella is a traditional Ayeyarwady flotilla ship built by local craftsman. Experienced, local staff offer guests the warmest of Burmese welcomes and provide travellers with a spirit of adventure and cultural curiosity the opportunity to experience Myanmar’s most remote and enchanting waterways.

The interiors reflect the local surroundings with works of art by Burmese artists. On-board, a swimming pool and fitness area is available, as well as an observation deck, boutique and doctor. Both Asian and European food is available on-board.

International Flights
Flights from your home port to Yangon are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Yangon, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Yangon at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of fitness required: Active
This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities the traveller must be able to walk up to 2km on even surfaces unaided, travel by open four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads, walk up steps unassisted and board boats from water tenders.

Given the locations, only limited medical supplies are available in areas visited, therefore, all required medications will need to be brought from home by you..

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.