Rivers of Myanmar 2017

Bill Peach Journeys partners with Myanmar’s newest luxury river cruiser, The Strand to offer an intimate exploration of this incredible destination in a style of pure refinement. After spending two nights in Yangon at the exquisite Strand Hotel, spend four nights cruising the historical rivers of Myanmar from Bagan to Mandalay. The luxurious Strand Cruise takes you on a lavish journey along the Ayeyarwady River with breathtaking views of Myanmar and its beautiful scenic heritage from your well-appointed cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows. Enrich your cultural knowledge and discover the charm and history that awaits on this remarkable journey as you experience life on the shores of these important waterways.

Highlights

  • Two nights at the exquisite newly renovated, The Strand Hotel in Yangon
  • Four nights aboard The Strand, Myanmar’s newest luxury river cruiser in a Deluxe Cabin, inclusive of all meals and shore excursions
  • Each cabin features floor-to ceiling windows, teakwood floors, en-suite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, international TV channels and 24h butler service
  • Explore mysterious Burma, cruising along the Ayeyarwady
  • Explore the ancient capital of Mandalay
  • Experience many ship board activities to complement the shore excursions
  • Fine local touring, with English speaking guides
  • Seamless transfers throughout the journey
Day
1

Arrive Yangon

Your journey begins today in Yangon. A private transfer awaits at the airport to whisk you to the exquisite and newly renovated Strand Hotel. The five star Strand is an all suite, deluxe boutique hotel, staying true to the original architectural heritage it had since 1902.

Overnight: The Strand Hotel, Yangon
Day
2

Yangon

Your adventure truly begins this morning, in old Rangoon and according to Rudyard Kipling - “it will be quite unlike any land you know.” Today you will see the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have seen only a few westerners. Visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour and one of the colourful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before a tasteful lunch of typical local dishes.

Overnight: The Strand Hotel, Yangon (B,L)
Day
3

Bagan

The journey continues today, with a short flight to Bagan. This ancient pagoda city is the boarding point of the luxury river cruiser, The Strand. The ideal method to explore village life in mysterious Burma, this magnificent ship will be your home for the next four nights. While on-board you will experience a sense of elegant refinement from a bygone era coupled with all modern conveniences. After lunch on-board, disembark for an exploration of Bagan. Be immersed in the sunset over the marvellous Bagan plain. This evening, a traditional performance awaits, to welcome you on-board.

Overnight: The Strand (B,L,D)
Day
4

Bagan

Disembark to join an excursion to view sunrise over Bagan from the Shwe San Daw temple. From the top you get an impressive 360-degree view of the entire area of Bagan and its 2,000 pagodas. Reboarding, we begin cruising upstream to Mandalay. The passing land-scapes and typical Ayeyarwady villages have inspired many authors and artists throughout history, including Rudyard Kipling.

As we spend the afternoon drifting on the gentle waters of the Ayeyarwady, relax on the sun deck, meditate, visit the spa or enjoy the many activities and workshops arranged by the experienced crew, before enjoying a Strand afternoon tea. This evening a traditional Myanmar puppet show follows dinner.

Overnight: The Strand (B,L,D)
Day
5

Mingun

After a leisurely morning, we disembark in Mingun and visit the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un- cracked hanging bell in the world. We will also visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces. Champagne on the sundeck precedes a grill dinner on board.

Overnight: The Strand (B,L,D)
Day
6

Mandalay

Our most awaited stop this morning, Mandalay, the second- largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. After making a traditional food offering to the monks in their monastery in Mandalay, our first stop is the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.

We then visit the Mahamui Buddha temple before cruising to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks.

As we reach the end of the day, a sunset cocktail will be held on the Sundeck, before a French farewell dinner in the Strand Restaurant.

Overnight: The Strand (B,L,D)
Day
7

Mandalay

Enjoy an early breakfast on board the Strand before disembarking and farewelling this luxurious vessel. A private transfer awaits to transport you to the airport for your onward flight home, taking with you memories of an unforgettable Myanmar discovery.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
BRM700 7 2nd January 2017 1st October 2017 $3,100 (based on low season)

Departures of this journey are from January to March 2017 and October to December 2017.

Please note that the above price reflects a Deluxe Cabin on-board The Strand Cruise during low season. Please contact our reservations department regarding your specific travel dates and for any questions about upgrades.

International airfares are not included in the tour price. Please contact our reservations team or your travel agent for more information.

Inclusions:
2 nights in luxury hotel accommodation at the newly renovated, The Strand Hotel in Yangon
7 nights on board Myanmar's newest luxury river cruiser, The Strand including all meals and shore excursions
All touring throughout
All Internal flights in Myanmar
Private transfers throughout

About Private Luxury Tours
Private Luxury Tours have been designed for those clients who are looking for exceptional travel experiences with boutique modes of transport and who prefer to travel privately rather than with a Bill Peach Journeys group. Private Luxury Tours offers the flexibility of travel dates but still provides the same high degree of service and style synonymous with Bill Peach Journeys.

A Seamless Experience
From the very moment you reach your desired destination, your seamless travel experience begins. This same level of care continues until you are returned safely to your return flight home. When travelling to Myanmar it is important to be assured that everything is taken care of from the moment your journey begins until its conclusion.

The Strand Cruise
The Strand Cruise - featuring 28 en-suite cabins accommodating 54 passengers with 24 hour butler service is the latest Luxury Cruise to sail the magnificent Ayeyarwady River of Asia’s hidden treasure that is Myanmar.  Experienced, local staff offer guests the warmest of Burmese welcomes and provide travellers with a spirit of adventure and cultural curiosity and the opportunity to experience Myanmar’s most remote and enchanting waterways. The interiors reflect the local surroundings with traditional furniture and regional art. On-board, a swimming pool, wellness spa and fitness room is available, as well as an observation deck, boutique and onboard sommelier.   

All cabins feature:
• Wi-Fi
• Branded amenities
• Flat-screen TV with cable channels
• French balcony
• Writing desk
• International plugs
• AV connectivity
• Safety box
• Bathrobes & Slippers
• All cabins can be configured as King or Twin

Level of fitness required: Moderate
These journeys are active and designed for the 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 1 km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.