Orcaella Gorges of the Far North
Explore the wonders of hidden Burma in unrivalled comfort and style, and marvel at the gorges that rear up from the scenic Ayeyarwady River. Discover the hidden gems of Burma on a truly memorable 11 night cruise.
Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a spectacular jewel that has remained hidden for decades, but which is now opening up to the world revealing astonishing natural beauty and an unparalleled cultural heritage.
With a civilisation that's more than 2,500 years old, Burma is a mysterious and magical land with magnificent temple architecture set in timeless and sublime landscapes.
Everywhere a visitor travels in Burma, they will encounter hospitable, inquisitive and friendly people more than willing to share their fascinating culture.
Day 1: Yangon > Mandalay > Mingun (D) Domestic Flight Yangon to Mandalay. Board Belmond Orcaella in Mandalay and cruise on the Ayeyarwady River towards northern Myanmar.
A stop at Mingun includes a visit to the world's largest brick-built pagoda and the biggest uncracked bell. This evening you'll get to know fellow travellers at the welcome dinner.
Day 2: Mingun > Nwe Nyein (B,L,D) Disembark at Nwe Nyein for a guided walking tour and a chance to meet artisans sculpting traditional clay pots.
Later, sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the top deck.
Day 3: Kyan Hnyat > Katha (B,L,D) Spend the morning strolling around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. Children greet you on their way to school and the market begins bustle with activity.
As the Belmond Orcaella continues its voyage, you can admire the rural villages dotted along the shore.
Day 4: Katha > Shwegu (B,L,D) Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days.
In the afternoon, small boats take you ashore to the port of Shwegu and beyond to experience life in a typical riverside Shan village.
Day 5: Zinbon > Bhamo > Shwe Paw (B,L,D) As the cruise continues, relax and admire the green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. Travel past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon.
The ship drops anchor off Bhamo. Visit the town centre and enjoy the vibrant activity of this tribal meeting point.
Day 6: Shwe Paw > Katha (B,L,D) Begin the day with a tour of picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas.
Your journey then takes you on to the riverside village of Moe Dar where you'll witness a traditional noviciation ceremony.
Day 7: Katha > Kyan Hnyat (B,L,D) In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon gliding towards Kyan Hnayt, and end the day with a refreshing cocktail on the Top Deck.
Day 8: Kyan Hnyat > Mogok (B,L,D) This morning the ship anchors at Thabeikkyin.
A winding road will lead you past a lush forestry reserve to Mogok, where you'll meet elephants working in the teak forests.
Day 9: Mandalay (B,L,D) Mandalay comes into view in the early morning.
Disembark for a tour of Myanmar's second city, including lunch at a local restaurant.
Rejoin the ship at the quaint village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance performance in the evening.
Day 10: Bagan (B,L,D) Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan.
This evening take in the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a magical performance by traditional Bagan artists.
Day 11: Bagan > Mt Popa (B,L,D) Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide.
In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa-the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats-with its impressive summit monastery. Or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own.
Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening's cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.
Day 12: Bagan > Yangon (B) Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change.
This cruise can be extended with one or more nights in Yangon either before or afterwards.
Cabin Amenities On demand movie system and satellite TV (BBC, CNN, Sport, Documentary etc.) Satellite WiFi in all public areas and Suites iPod docking station and alarm clock Air conditioning Luxury bathroom amenities and locally made soaps Luxury bathrobes and slippers Luxurious linens and pillow options Generous closet space and storage Writing desk Electronic safe Hair dryer Complimentary bottled water, replenished daily Welcome flower arrangement and fresh fruit basket in every cabin Nightly turndown service plus special gifts Complimentary early morning tea and coffee in cabin, plus continental breakfast (on request) Complimentary shoe cleaning after excursions In room dining available 2 x iPads available for guests to use in public areas connected to satellite WiFi
Balcony Suites and Junior Suite Amenities Butler Service Unpacking service on arrival and packing for departure Complimentary laundry service Complimentary mini bar including soft drinks, beer, local wine and spirits Complimentary, one hour spa treatment per person, per cruise Nespresso Machine Tailormade dining menus Farewell gift
Food and Beverage Table d'hote meals - both eastern and western choices available Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner Complimentary house cocktail available each day Welcome Event - complimentary cocktails and canapes Longi Party - complimentary cocktails and canapes Farewell pre dinner Event - complimentary cocktails and canapes Gala Dinner on last night with specially designed menu
Staff Belmond 'masters in the art of hospitality' Staff trained to international standards Highest scoring river cruise operator, rated by globally recognised, fully independent 'Leading Quality Assurance' service standard analysts Highest staff to guest ratio - more than 1:1 Fully qualified Doctor resident on board Services of Tour Director Permanent guides on board
Onboard Programme Varied lectures and talks given by local and international experts Presentations about our ongoing Community Projects Cultural shows and performances Yoga and tai chi on deck or at unique venues on shore Cooking classes and live demonstrations Ship tours including engine room and bridge
Off board Excursions 20 years' experience creating our itinerary programme All sightseeing included as per respective itinerary (including any entrance fees where applicable) - no hidden extras Private, dedicated berthing for embarkation and disembarkation Small tour groups - approx 8 to 10 Quality tour minibuses - owned by Belmond Orcaella Exclusive experiences at all locations Unique "off the beaten track destinations" Dedicated, high quality support boat, allowing access to more remote destinations en route
•All table d'hote meals •Complimentary tea & coffee, soft drinks, mineral water, local beer •Accommodation on board •Economy class flight Yangon > Mandalay & Bagan > Yangon •Transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions Single prices for solo use of cabins are available on request. SAVE 15% on combined Belmond journeys
Combine an Orcaella cruise with an Eastern & Oriental Express train journey and receive a 15% discount. Prices are per person in Australian Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Please contact World Journeys for the updated AUD exchange rate to convert to New Zealand Dollars.
Single prices for solo use of cabins are available on request.
SAVE 15% on combined Belmond journeys Combine an Orcaella cruise with an Eastern & Oriental Express train journey and receive a 15% discount.
Prices are per person in Australian Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Please contact World Journeys for the updated AUD exchange rate to convert to New Zealand Dollars.