Majestic Burma

Explore Burma, a breathtaking land untouched by tourists for a generation, on this premium cruise on brand new ship Princess Panhwar up the mighty Irrawaddy from Yangon to Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions

Majestic Burma


16 nights from £4095pp

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Immerse yourself in culture on this fascinating Irrawaddy river cruise to Burma, a land that had been left untouched by tourists for a generation.

Join your ship, the brand new Princess Panhwar in the cultural city of Yangon. See the sights on an afternoon tour including the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden spire.

Learn about the prominent Burmese political leader, Ba Maw during your time in Maubin, admire well-preserved colonial houses in the riverside township of Myanaung and discover the ancient ruins at Sri Ksetra, the old Pyu kingdom capital.

See the awe-inspiring temples and pagodas of Bagan and enjoy a horse-drawn cart tour in the ancient imperial capital of Inwa, before cruising to Mandalay where you can visit local workshops and walk along the impressive U Bein Bridge.

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Yangon to Mandalay Itinerary

Day 1 - UK- Yangon
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Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Yangon.
Day 2 - Yangon (Burma)
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, Princess Panhwar. Admire the Shwedagon Pagoda with its spectacular golden spire. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (L,D)
Day 3 - Maubin or Yangon
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018: Arrive after lunch in Maubin and enjoy a walking tour, during which you'll learn about the Burmese political leader, Ba Maw. You will also visit the local market. Sep 2018 - Apr 2019: Join the walking tour of Yangon to see the magnificent British colonial buildings, Sule Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Danuphyu - Hinthata
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018: Visit Danuphyu where the General Maha Bandula led a defensive against British troops in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Discover the Monastery of Maha Bandula and visit a home cheroot-making workshop, before cruising to Hinthata. Sep 2018 - Apr 2019: You will explore Danuphyu by trishaw. Visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop, before re-joining the ship and cruising to Hinthata. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Myanaung
Enjoy a guided walking tour past colonial houses and a bustling market in the riverside township of Myanaung. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Pyay (Prome) - Sri Ksetra
Admire spectacular views of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise towards Pyay. Disembark for a walking tour. See magnificent pagodas including the Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to the ancient ruins at Sri Ksetra. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Thayetmyo
Princess Panhwar cruises to the port town of Thayetmyo which was once on the British colonial border between Upper and Lower Burma. Stroll along the streets admiring the colonial architecture. You can also visit Burma's oldest golf course, established in 1887. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Minhla - Magwe
Visit Minhla fort before cruising to Magwe, to visit its fascinating market and the Myathalon Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Salay
Princess Panhwar cruises to the village of Salay. Explore Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery. Later, continue to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya which houses Myanmar's largest lacquer Buddha. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Tantkyi Hill - Bagan
Climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda encircled by elephant statues. Later, visit the revered Ananda Temple in Bagan. Enjoy a traditional puppet show on board this evening (Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 departures only). (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Bagan
Enjoy a full day exploring the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Bagan. Visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda and Gubyaukgyi Temple, a spectacular cave temple with an Indian-style spire. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Yandabo
Enjoy a tour of Yandabo, the site where the Treaty of First Anglo-Myanmar War was signed. It is famous for its terracotta pots made from riverbank clay. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Inwa
Enjoy a horse-drawn cart tour in the ancient imperial capital of Inwa and see the 'Leaning Tower of Inwa'. This evening enjoy a cultural show by the Mandalay fine arts school. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Sagaing - Mingun
Visit a silversmith's workshop in Sagaing before exploring various temples and monasteries (Nov 2017 - Apr 2018) or admiring Soon U Ponya Shin (Sep 2018 - Apr 2019). Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the magnificent 18th-century Mingun Pahtodawgyi as well as the Mingun Bell. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Mandalay
Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple and perhaps add a sheet of gold leaf to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery and visit Kuthodaw Pagoda. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the U Bein Bridge (Nov 2017 - Apr 2018) or sunset boat ride (Sep 2018 - Apr 2019). Tonight there is a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Mandalay - UK
Disembark Princess Panhwar and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
Day 17 - UK
Arrive back in the UK.
Itinerary is subject to change.

Mandalay to Yangon Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Mandalay (Burma)
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Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Mandalay.
Day 2 - Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the stylish Princess Panhwar. Enjoy lunch on board, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Welcome Dinner on board this evening. (L,D)
Day 3 - Mandalay
Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple where you might get the opportunity to add your own sheet of gold leaf on a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. Later, explore a range of workshops. Afterwards, tour the Shwenandaw Monastery, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for spectacular views over the city. Stroll along U Bein Bridge. (B,l,D)
Day 4 - Sagaing - Inwa
Visit Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas in Sagaing plus a silversmith's workshop. Later, cruise to the ancient imperial capital of Inwa where you can enjoy a horse-drawn cart tour, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan and Bagaya monasteries. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Yandabo - Bagan
Visit the pottery-making village of Yandabo, famous for its terracotta pots. Back on board, get your first glimpse of Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at leisure. This evening, enjoy a puppet show on board. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Bagan
Visit the bustling Nyaung-U market, Ananda Temple and Shwezigone Pagoda, before heading to the Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century cave temple with an Indian-style spire, and a lacquerware workshop. On Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 departures, there is also a visit to the bustling Nyaung-U market. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Tantkyi Hill - Salay
This morning, climb Tantkyi Hill and visit the Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by elephant statues. Following lunch back on board, cruise to the village of Salay. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery. The village is also home to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, the largest lacquer Buddha image in Burma. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Magwe
Sail downstream to the sleepy delta town of Magwe where you can visit the market. This afternoon, head to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda before returning to the ship for dinner and a puppet show (Nov 2017 - Apr 2018 only). (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Minhla - Thayetmyo
Stop in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the inspiration for a Rudyard Kipling Poem. Take a small boat to the Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, cruise to Thayetmyo, which was once on the colonial border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma. Visit Burma's oldest golf course. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Thayetmyo - Pyay (Prome)
See a selection of gilded pagodas this morning, including the Shwesandaw Pagoda, before cruising to Sri Ksetra. Admire the stupas and temples which are among the earliest Buddhist monuments in the world. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Myanaung
Disembark in Myanaung for a walking tour past well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling market. the town originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Burma. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Zalon or Ainteloge
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018: Cruise south along the Irrawaddy Delta to the town of Zalon where you'll have a guided tour, visiting the tropical gardens. This afternoon, cruise to Danuphyu. Sep 2018 - Apr 2019: Arrive in Ainteloge and enjoy a walking tour past the colonial houses and beautiful gardens. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Danuphyu
Visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop, before cruising to Maubin. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Maubin
Maubin is home to a number of universities and Buddhist pagodas. Enjoy a walking tour, during which you'll learn about the town's history. Visit the local market before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Yangon
See the sights of Yangon on a morning tour, including the Sule Pagoda and Bogyoke Market. Later, visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Farewell Dinner on board this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Yangon - UK
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
Day 17 - UK
Early morning arrival at London Heathrow.
Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 14-night cruise on a full board basis on board Princess Panhwar
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • 42 meals (14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners)
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Unique Insider Experiences
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Cruise Extensions

  • Majestic Burma and Inle Lake: A 19-night itinerary is available which includes a 14-night Irrawaddy river cruise on Princess Panhwar and a 3-night stay at Inle Lake. Please contact us for the detailed itinerary and further details.

Special Features

  • Ascend Singuttara Hill and visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Tour Inwa by horse-drawn cart and see the 'leaning tower of Inwa'
  • Trishaw tour through Danuphyu (Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 departures only)
  • Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Perhaps add a sheet of gold leaf to the statue of the Mahamuni Buddha
  • Enjoy a stroll or boat ride at the famed U Bein Bridge near Amarapura
FREE flights - save up to £2400 per couple! Applies to Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 departures. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Book by 28 Feb 2018
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Ship: Princess Panhwar
Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Dec 29£4395£4395

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Ship: Princess Panhwar
Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Mar 23£4495£4495
Sep 07£4895£4095
Oct 05; Nov 02, 30£5095£4295
Dec 28£5295£4295

Mandalay - Yangon

Ship: Princess Panhwar
Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Mar 09; Apr 06£4495£4495
Sep 21£4895£4095
Oct 19; Nov 16£5095£4295
Dec 14£5495£4295

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Ship: Princess Panhwar
Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Jan 25; Feb 22; Mar 22£5095£4295

Mandalay - Yangon

Ship: Princess Panhwar
Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Jan 11£5295£4295
Feb 08; Mar 08; Apr 05£5095£4295
  • 2017 - Apr 2018 prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat C French Balcony Suite (Main Deck).
  • 2017 - Apr 2018 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat B Deluxe Balcony - £400pp
  • Cat A Deluxe Balcony - £500pp
  • Princess Suite - £800pp
  • Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat D French Balcony Suite (Main Deck).
  • Sep 2018 - Apr 2019 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat C Deluxe Balcony - £250pp
  • Cat B Deluxe Balcony - £450pp
  • Cat A Deluxe Balcony - £550pp
  • Princess Suite - £850pp
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