Myanmar & China

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseImperial China13 On Application From $4,995.00
CruiseMajestic Myanmar - Irrawaddy Cruise15 On Application From $7,490.00

Itinerary – Imperial China

China is a vast and varied land that uniquely blends the past and present. Explore culturally fascinating ancient wonders, and marvel at modern architecture. Explore iconic wonders and cruise the Yangtze River as you explore the Three Gorges.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive BeijingOn arrival in Beijing, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Beijing, Jianguo Hotel, 3 nights
Day 2: Beijing, Forbidden CityThis morning’s sightseeing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. After taking in this vast open space, continue on to the Forbidden City, former home to an ancient line of Chinese Emperors. As you explore, admire the superbly preserved traditional Chinese palatial-style architecture. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure to explore. Tonight savour a delicious Peking Duck banquet at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Beijing, Great Wall of ChinaToday head for the Great Wall of China, which winds its way from the Yellow Sea into the Gobi Desert for over 6,000 kilometres. Here, absorb fantastic views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Later, visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Dynasty Tombs and marvel at the statues representing Ming Dynasty Emperors. Stop at a jade factory for an insight into the 6,000 year-old craft of grinding and polishing jade. Then return to the city via Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest). This evening, you may wish to attend a dramatic kung fu show.
Day 4: Beijing, Yichang, Embark CruiseToday, enjoy a pedicab tour of Beijing’s old hutongs (alleys) and stop along the way to visit the home of a local Chinese family. Then head to the airport for your included flight to Yichang. Transfer to your river ship and settle in for your four-night cruise along the Yangtze River.
Stay: Four Nights: a premium Victoria Cruises river ship
Day 5: Three Gorges Dam, Xiling GorgeRelax today and take in the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River as you cruise through the Three Gorges region, considered by many to be China’s most picturesque area. Disembark to tour the Three Gorges Dam, a hydroelectric dam that spans more than 2.3 kilometres across the Yangtze. Later, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.
Day 6: Three Lesser Gorges, Wu Gorge, Qutang GorgeEarly risers may like to begin the day with a tai chi class on board this morning. After breakfast, today’s excursion takes you along the Daning River, home to the smaller but equally spectacular Three Lesser Gorges: Dragon Gate, Misty and Emerald Green. Following your exploration here, your cruise continues on through Wu Gorge, known for its sheer peaks and towering cliff faces. After lunch, pass between the majestic Chijia and Baiyan mountains on the way to Qutang Gorge, the narrowest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 7: ShibaozhaiArrive today at the base of a steep hill, into which is built Shibaozhai, a striking red pagoda. Disembark and explore the pagoda’s 12 floors - each of which contains a range of unique artefacts. There may also be an option to visit the ‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu (own expense), where you’ll see a number of shrines, temples and monasteries on Ming Mountain. This evening, enjoy a final dinner on board.
Day 8: Chongqing, Disembark Ship, Xi’anDisembark for the final time this morning in Chongqing, a port established in the 11th century that played a key role in World War II. From here, head to the Chongqing Zoo, where more than 200 varieties of rare animals are on display, including the famous giant pandas. Later, board an included flight to Xi’an. Enjoy a quintessential Chinese experience tonight as you indulge in a dumpling banquet and take in a Tang Dynasty show.
Stay: Golden Flower Hotel Xi’an, by Shangri-La 2 nights
Day 9: Xi’anYou’ll travel via a clay factory, where Terracotta soldiers are still made today, on the way to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Here, see the three excavation pits that contain countless sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses that were buried around 210 BC. Tonight, head to Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter where stalls are brimming with exotic treats and various souvenirs for sale.
Day 10: Xi’an, Shanghai, WuzhenAfter a morning at leisure, board your included flight to Shanghai. From here, travel to the ancient water town of Wuzhen, home to a network of beautiful canals and charming cobblestone streets. Tonight, check in to the Tong’an Guesthouse for your special overnight stay, before time at leisure this evening.
Stay: Wuzhen, Tong’an Guesthouse
Day 11: Wuzhen, ShanghaiBoard a boat for a cruise along the peaceful canals of Wuzhen, pretty waterways that offer a glimpse into ancient times. Back in Shanghai, enjoy an evening at leisure.
Stay: Shanghai, Hotel Equatorial Shanghai 2 nights
Day 12: ShanghaiThis morning take part in a tea ceremony at a teahouse in Yu Garden. Then visit a silk factory on the return to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner of dumplings at Din Tai Fung restaurant. Later, perhaps see an acrobatic show.
Day 13: Depart ShanghaiEnjoy a day at leisure then transfer to the airport.

 

Itinerary – Majestic Myanmar Irrawaddy Cruise

Take the road less travelled, uncover the mystery and intrigue that comprises Myanmar. See the awe inspiring landscapes, sights & age-old traditions of this culture from your world class cruise ship, where the service & facilities are second to none.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Embark ShipUpon arrival in Yangon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River where you’ll board the RV Princess Panhwar, your beautiful home for the next 14 nights. Settle in and enjoy lunch on board. Like a Local – marvel at Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Stay: 14 Nights: RV Princess Panhwar
Day 2: MaubinAwake today to the glorious scenery along the Irrawaddy River as you cruise upstream. Arrive after lunch in Maubin, home to a number of universities as well as a range of Buddhist pagodas. During a walking tour, learn about Ba Maw, a prominent Burmese political leader, and visit the local market.
Day 3: Danuphyu, HinthataContinue along the Irrawaddy Delta and stop to explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Disembark to visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop. Later, cruise to Hinthata.
Day 4: MyanaungCruise to the sleepy township of Myanaung today where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour after breakfast. Stroll past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and a Roman Catholic church, before taking in the spectacle of the bustling colourful local market.
Day 5: Pyay (Prome), Sri KsetraToday take in views of the Akauk Mountains and their cliff carvings as you cruise towards Pyay, where you’ll disembark for a tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, the town originally served as a cargo transit point between Upper and Lower Myanmar. See a selection of gilded pagodas, including the Shwesandaw Pagoda, then travel to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra.
Day 6: ThayetmyoCruise to Thayetmyo, a town that once sat on the British colonial border between Upper Myanmar and Lower Myanmar. Here, take in the colonial houses and visit Myanmar’s oldest golf course, established in 1887. This afternoon, perhaps take part in a cooking demonstration conducted on board by your chef.
Day 7: Minhla, MagweStop in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Take a boat to visit Minhla fort, which was built to keep the British forces out of Myanmar. Later, cruise to Magwe to visit its market and Myathalon Pagoda.
Day 8: SalayCruise to Salay, a religious centre. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest wooden monastery. Then continue to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image from the 13th century.
Day 9: Tantkyi Hill, BaganClimb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. Back on board, capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Visit Ananda Temple, the best preserved of all the temples known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’. Have your camera ready for a special sunset viewing. In the evening back on board your ship, enjoy a puppet show.
Day 10: BaganEnjoy a full day to discover Bagan, beginning with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country’s most significant religious sites. After the pagoda, visit the Nyaung-U market. Mingle with the locals and browse the wares sold at this trade hub. Later, discover Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire. Continue to a lacquerware workshop and a local village.
Enhance Your Journey: At sunrise, perhaps ride a hot air balloon over the pagodas of Bagan.
Day 11: YandaboThis morning enjoy a lecture on board before an afternoon tour of the village of Yandabo, the site where the Treaty of First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. It’s also famous for its terracotta pots, made from the riverbank clay.
Day 12: InwaArrive today in Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. The city was abandoned as a capital after it was all but destroyed by earthquakes in 1839. Like a Local – enjoy a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery. You’ll also see the ‘Leaning Tower of Inwa’ – a watch tower that was damaged by an earthquake in 1838. This evening enjoy a cultural show by the Mandalay fine arts school.
Day 13: Sagaing, MingunArrive in Sagaing and visit a silversmith’s workshop for an insight into how silverware is produced. Then visit a range of temples and monasteries, including the city’s central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin, as well as the egg-shaped Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, built in 1636. Later, cruise to Mingun and visit the 18th-century Mingun Pahtodawgyi. You’ll also see the Mingun Bell and the Myatheindan Pagoda.
Day 14: MandalayLike a Local – visit Mandalay’s Mahamuni Buddha Temple, where you may be able to add your own sheet of gold leaf to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill, to see what is thought to be the world’s largest book. Here, Buddhist scripture has been inscribed on some 729 marble slabs. Later, enjoy a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery, known for the carvings of Buddhist myths. Like a Local – early this evening, go for a stroll along U Bein Bridge, thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 15: Disembark Ship, Depart MandalayDisembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.