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Welcome aboard this cruise of exception in Burma. Discover during this cruise the sumptuous landscapes dotted with monasteries, lush Teak plantations, many small villages and great cities without forgetting the majestic cited Royal. Enjoy quiet on board and contemplate the life flashing in front of you along the banks. Cruise and let you immerse yourself in the culture and traditions so rich that the country has to offer. You will be welcomed aboard the R/V Pandaw II, a boat to the intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This boat combines modernity subtly and authentic Burmese style.
Day 1: Brussels - MANDALAY from Brussels via a regular flight of SINGAPORE AIRLINES for Burma (subject to change).
Day 2: MANDALAY arrival in Mandalay in the early morning, followed of a transfer to the boat. Boarding and lunch on board. After lunch, we will discover the magnificent Mandalay. This town is the center of religious country, rich in part its ancient palaces and religious places, like the Mahamuni pagoda. You might recognize this pagoda to his colossal statue of Buddha, covered with gold leaf. This city is also known for these sculptors on wood, silver and gold. Then, a visit to the monastery of the programmed Orest Palace, where you will discover how were goldsmiths. This day ends with a walk in the neighborhood of the cutters of stones and marbles.
Day 3: MINGUN - AMARAPURA after breakfast, discovery of the largest clock and (unfinished) the largest pagoda in the world, to Mingun. Then, visit a retirement home founded by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in 1930. Continuation of the tour bus, direction Amarapura, an ancient Burmese capital, more commonly referred to as 'The city of the Immortals'. Drive along the Taungthaman Lake, crossed by the U Bein bridge, which is no less than 120 meters long. End of the day with a visit to a local silk Weaver. Day 4: arrival in the morning at Yandabo YANDABO, a small rural village known for its pottery. Guided tour of the city and local crafts. Visit the Pandaw school, founded by donations from the Pandaw passengers is also on the agenda.
Day 5: PAKOKKU - TAN-CHI-TAUNG in the morning, arrived in Pakokku. Pakokku is a city located or northeast of the Burmese region of Magway and account approximately 130,000 inhabitants. To discover: the local market very colorful as well as the city, using the local tuk-tuks. Lunch on board. Arrival in the late afternoon near the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain. Discovery by minibus in this splendid mountain and its views of the surroundings.
Day 6: MIN-NAN-THU - SALAY in the morning the boat docked between the towns of Min-Nan-Thu and Salay. Here is planned the visit of one of the eight local hospitals. These hospitals are also supported by the Pandaw Charity project. Eventually the boat will sail to Salay, this city which was formerly a commercial port sparkling, and which today is a peaceful town that is full of splendid colonial and architectural wonders. The city is also known for the oldest monastery in Burma teak wood.
Day 7: SALAY - BAGAN this day is mainly dedicated to the navigation, where you will be able to benefit from the various activities offered on board. Late afternoon arrival in Bagan. The day is dedicated to the discovery of Bagan, one of the largest religious sites in the world. The construction of thousand pagodas and temples scattered on the land was sponsored by the Kings of the 11th to the 13th century. This is why Bagan is currently one of the richest archaeological sites in the world. Cover no less than 2000 temples and pagodas of Bagan. We will visit 20 temples and pagodas which date mainly from the 11th century. We close the day with a visit to a workshop of lacquer.
Day 8: BAGAN day is dedicated to the discovery of Bagan, one of the largest religious sites in the world. The construction of thousand pagodas and temples scattered on the land was sponsored by the Kings of the 11th to the 13th century. This is why Bagan is currently one of the richest archaeological sites in the world. Cover no less than 2000 temples and pagodas of Bagan. We will visit 20 temples and pagodas which date mainly from the 11th century. We close the day with a visit to a workshop of lacquer.
Day 9: BAGAN after breakfast, transfer to the airport. Departure on regular flight day 10: Brussels arrival in the morning in Brussels.