Myanmar and the Upper Irrawaddy February 2019 | Craig Travel

Myanmar and the Upper Irrawaddy February 2019

Myanmar and the Upper Irrawaddy
RV Zawgyi Pandaw
February 20, 2019 to March 10, 2019
19 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings
3.5 Challenging EBB

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Historically, culturally and spiritually, this special itinerary will be of interest to virtually every seasoned traveller. Over sixty years ago Myanmar (which is still better known by its former name - Burma) chose to follow its own destiny, to cut itself off from the changes overtaking the outside world and to maintain its traditional lifestyles, relaxed way of life and superb relics of the past. For the past fifteen years, change has come to this isolated country, political freedoms are being restored and world trade is changing the country. However, we can still experience this unique land, where time seems to have stood still and where the values of a bygone era still hold. Lifestyles along the Upper Irrawaddy little changed, villages still reflect traditional construction, and Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, guides the social and moral values of the people. Full of apparent  contradictions and complex rituals, Buddhism is the dominant force in the region, affecting virtually every aspect of day-to-day life. Our group size is limited to a maximum of 20 members. To secure your places on this journey we encourage you to book as soon as possible. 

Book and Deposit by September 28, 2018 and save $200 per person!


CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings
3.5 Challenging EBB

After decades of isolation, this upper river has recently re-opened to tourism. While our hotels and river boat are very comfortable, roads and services in some areas are relatively primitive. February is an ideal time to visit this region, but members can expect hot, dry days. All visitors must remove their shoes when visiting temples.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Relaxing stays of up to 3 nights at deluxe hotels
  • 10 night relaxing cruise on the Upper Irrawaddy River to Latha on the exceptional RV Zawgyi Pandaw
  • Off the beaten track exploration to small remote villages
  • Marvel at the wonders of Shwedagon Pagoda and experience the procession of the monks
  • Marvel at the Plain of Bagan with over 2,200 temples
  • Cruise to the remote villages and temples of Inle Lake
  • Many special meals with entertainment including: Welcome dinner in Yangon; Lunch at the House of Memories, Yangon; Lunch at the Little Lodge, Samkar; Dinner at the Rangoon Tea House; Farewell Dinner at Le Planteur, Yangon
  • Return economy class airfare on Cathay Pacific
  • All internal flights within Myanmar
  • Deluxe hotels as indicated or similar
  • Three nights each by Inle Lake and in Yangon
  • 10 night cruise on the RV Zawgyi Pandaw
  • All 48 meals included as shown (B - 16, L - 16, D - 16)
  • Services of our tour escort and local guides
  • All gratuities for included services
  • All taxes and fees including airport taxes and fuel fees
  • Visa fee for Myanmar for Canadian passport holders
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
RV Zawgyi Pandaw

The RV Zawgyi Pandaw was acquired by Pandaw Cruises in 2008 and fitted as a floating clinic as part of the Cyclone Nargis relief effort. Then in 2014 it was rebuilt on an entirely new superstructure with just six comfortable cabins. In 2015 an upper deck was added, complete with further cabins and a flexible bistro area in addition to the observation saloon on the main deck. This specially designed shallow draft river boat was designed to sail to the very remote sections of the Irrawaddy, taking guests above the second Defile. Each cabin is approximately 150 sq ft featuring panoramic sliding windows, comfortable twin beds (convert to one large queen bed), in room safe, hair dryer, generous storage space, spa branded amenities, and kimono and slippers. A local master chef heads an experienced international culinary team. The cruise includes complimentary beverages including soft drinks, local beers and spirits (with premium wines available at a nominal cost). 


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only* (Join / Leave Yangon)
Calgary / Edmonton
Regina / Saskatoon / Winnipeg
Ottawa / Montreal
Halifax / St. John’s
Single Supplement (Main Deck Cruise and Land)

Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room at hotels and a Main Deck cabin on the cruise.


To Upgrade to:
Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble
Upper Deck Cabin Supplements per person:
Sharing Twin
Single Accommodation (Upper Deck Cruise and Land)

 *Land only price includes internal flights and all land services. Airfares from other gateways are available on request.Please ask for rates to upgrade on the flights to Premium Economy or Business Class. Prices are based a minimum of minimum 20 participants and on taxes, surcharges and exchange rates effective January 2018 (subject to change).

Pricing Details

Book and Deposit by September 28, 2018 and save $200 per person!

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $450 to $553pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75- 85 will range from $220 to $443pp plus applicable taxes. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario - please contact our staff for procedures. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information. 

Initial Deposit is $1,000 per person. Second deposit is $1,000 per person due August 1, 2018. 

Deposit Amount:
1st Deposit $1,000 per person | 2nd Deposit $1,000 per person due August 1, 2018
Final Payment Date:
Tuesday, November 20, 2018