Upper Ayeyarwady 8 Days / 7 Nights on the RV Paukan

starting from $3162

This expedition combines scenic interest with a study of local life and culture. We visit the main historic and cultural centres as well as many remoter places well off the beaten track. Such small towns and villages are part of a rich river economy and thriving with local industry and activity. Irrawaddy valley civilization has changed little in hundreds of years and wherever we go the people are warm, friendly and very hospitable. The river varies enormously: it is vast with endless winding channels just above Mandalay and then dark and narrow through the 3rd Defile. It is a constantly changing landscape with a stunning back drop of mountains.

MANDALAY - MINGUN - KYAUNG MYAUNG - TIGYANG - KATHA - SECOND DEFILE - KYUN DAW - KATHA - KYAUK PONE VILLAGE - KOTE TAK VILLAGE - IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN PROTECTED AREA - MANDALAY

Ship: RV Paukan 2015
Price: schon ab $3162 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability:
From December till April
Start of the trip 2020: 09.10.20 / 06.11.20 / 18.11.20 / 26.11.20 / 08.12.20 / 16.12.20 / 28.12.20
Start of the trip 2021: 05.01.21 / 17.01.21 / 25.01.21 / 06.02.21 / 13.02.21 / 06.03.21 / 14.03.21 / 26.03.21
Duration: 7 Nights
  • Private transfer to the ship in Mandalay
  • Full board
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Ayravata English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Coffee/Tea/Water
  • Port tax
  • Transfer from the ship in Mandalay after the river cruise
  • Drinks (not mentioned above)
  • Laundry
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan
  • Fuel surcharges (if any)
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Day 01 MANDALAY - MINGUN (L, D)

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 11:00 for the transfer to Gawein jetty (approx. 40 minutes). The embarkation time is between 12:00 and 12:30 and cast of is half an hour later. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely walk tour of the ex-Royal Capital of Mingun. You first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental and uncompleted stupa. During the construction, an astrologer to the King argued that the Monarch would have died upon completion of the pagoda, hence the works were immediately halted. Had it been completed; it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks you can see are the result of the 23rd March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. Continue your walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until the 2,000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. Moor overnight midstream North of Mingun.

Day 02 KYAUK MYAUNG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, visit the spectacular pottery-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times, they played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. Afternoon lecture “Myanmar: Past and Today” & post dinner Movie show. Moor overnight mid-stream.

Day 03 TIGYANG (B, L, D)

Enjoy sailing the whole morning. Tea Leaf and Ginger Salad Demonstration. In the afternoon visit the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon walking tour through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. Moor overnight at Inn Ywar Village.

Day 04 KATHA (B, L, D)

In the morning, visit Katha Elephant Logging Camp located at the edge of the surrounding teak and hardwood forest, once used for the transportation of the Teak logs now they have found themselves “jobless” due to the logging ban but they are still taken care by their Mahout (the elephant caretaker) with the help of government and private funds. You will experience the Mahout bathing and feeding the Elephants. An interesting reading to know more about the close relationship of an elephant to its mahout is the George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant”. Back to the ship for Lunch. In the afternoon sail to Naung Po Village by the entrance of the Ayeyarwady 2nd Defile (Gorges) and moor overnight.

Day 05 SECOND DEFILE - KYUN DAW - KATHA (B, L, D)

Sunrise by the entrance of the gorges and cast off. You will sail upstream through the spectacular 2nd Defile, the largest of the Ayeyarwady gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel till the end of it where the ship will turn around. Further downstream stop at the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a walking tour for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a school to interact with the children. You will also visit a nunnery to present offers to the nuns. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. Back to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days“ and the place where in the 1942 hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Katha had been an important center for the Teak trading since the colonial days. Explore the old streets, a fresh market, the former British Club and the Tennis Court featured in the novel to learn more about how life was here during the British Rule. Then visit what is claimed to be the Bungalow where George Orwell resided, when he was posted here as a policeman, now turned into a small museum. Drive a short distance to visit a Kachin ethnic Village where you will see their traditional houses and learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. Moor overnight in Katha.

Day 06 KYAUK PONE VILLAGE (B, L, D)

This morning stop at the gorgeous village of Kyauk Pone with its pagoda located on a hill for a wonderful view of the Ayeyarwady River. Sail the rest of the day. Afternoon lecture “Buddhism and the meditation practice” & post dinner Movie show. Moor overnight midstream.

Day 07 KOTE TAK VILLAGE - IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN PROTECTED AREA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you arrive at Kote Tak village located in a very nice location at the beginning of the 3rd Defile. You will visit the monastery where you will interact with the Monks and the school children.
In the late afternoon, stop by the village of Sheinmaga in the Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area. You will board a local small boat to try spotting the dolphins in their natural habitat with the help of some local fishermen, even if not lucky enough to see them popping up it will be anyway an interesting experience the interaction with the local people and the beautiful river scenery. Crew Presentation & Farewell Reception.

Day 08 MANDALAY (B)

Disembarkation at Mandalay Gawein Jetty in Mandalay from 06:00 A.M onwards.

PRICES IN US$ PER CABIN VALID FROM 01.10.2020 – 30.04.2021

AYRAVATA CRUISE / PAUKAN PRINCESS (PAUKAN 2015)
Category
01.09.20-30.04.21
Single
Double
Main Deck
5.022
6.324
Upper Deck
5.528
6.958
RV Paukan 2015

The all-suite RV Paukan 2015 offers an unrivaled small-ship river cruise experience ensuring you engage the locals, experience their culture, and revel in the unique sights along the majestic Irrawaddy. The pioneering design allows Avalon to cruise the spectacular, and untouched Upper Irrawaddy on each departure, a feat not possible on any other ship.
The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it reflects the character, symbols, and traditions of Myanmar. While the maximum number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the open-air observation lounge to the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge, there is plenty of seating and places to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit, you'll always have a great view.

Facilities

Passengers
36
Cabins
18 with Private Bathroom
Main Deck:
12 Stateroom with French Balcony 23 SQ MT / 245 SQ FT 2 Staff Cabins (For Local Guide / Tour Leader)
Upper Deck:
6 Stateroom with French Balcony 23 SQ MT / 245 SQ FT 2 Staff Cabins (For Local Guide / Tour Leader)
Lounge & Bar
On The Upper Deck (40 seats indoor PANORAMA lounge bar & Open air lounge)
Dining Room
On The Upper Deck (Capacity 36 Seats)
Spa & Gym
2 Spa rooms & 1 Gym room on the Sun Deck
Solarium
On Sun / Roof Deck (Capacity 8 Sun Charis)
Water
DE sedimentation and Water Treatment System – Reverse Osmosis System for the Kitchen / Bar

Technical Data

Length
200 Feet (61 Meter)
Beam
42 Feet (12.8 Meter)
Design Draft
3.9 Feet (1.2 Meter)
Decks
3
Diesel Engine

2 x 400 hp Cummins Marine / Model NTA 855-M

Propulsion
Rudder Propeller Inboard Transom Mounted NAV 30
Design Speed
10 Knots
Max Upriver Speed
6.5 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
Max Downriver Speed
12 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
Navigation
GPS, Navigation Lights, Ships Horn, Searchlight, Sounder
Communication
VHF, Gsm phone, Internal phone system, tannoy for navigation
Generators
2 x 312.5 KVA +1 x 80 KVA +1 x 50 KVA Cummins / Stanford Marine
Fire Protection
Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors, Manual alarms stations, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Cabinets
Safety
Emergency Lights, Emergency Genset, Solas Approved Life Jackets, Life Rafts
Crew
30

OPTION:

You have the option to hold your booking, subject to the timeframes listed below.

Provided your request to hold your booking occurs as follows:

  • More than 181 days before departure: 45 days
  • Between 180 and 151 days: 30 days
  • Between 150 and 61 days: 15 days
  • Between 60 and 31 days: 7 days
  • Between 30 and 10 days: 2 days

DEPOSIT:

In order to secure your booking, a deposit payment of 30% is required before expiry of your chosen payment period.

In the event that your deposit is not received within the stipulated times, your cabin will be deallocated.

CANCELLATION:

  • Up to 61 days before travel date: 30% of travel costs (deposit amount)
  • 60 to 31 days before travel date: 50% of travel costs
  • 30 days to ‘no show’: 100% of travel costs

PAYMENT:

Full payment or final settlement by bank transfer must be received 31 days before travel date at the latest. Non-payment may be treated as cancellation, whereupon the above cancellation charges will become payable.

PLEASE NOTE:

The company reserves the right to cancel any trip up to 60 days before scheduled departure date, including cruises with completed bookings of fewer than TEN PASSENGERS for short river cruises and fewer than TWELVE PASSENGERS for longer river cruises and expedition cruises. A written confirmation will be forwarded to all booked customers and/or their travel companies no later than 60 days before departure date. In the event of our cancellation, an alternative cruise will be offered. If this is unacceptable, all completed payments will be refunded.

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