The Strand Cruise Introduces New Itinerary For 2017 On The Ayeyarwady River Between Mandalay & Yangon
The Strand Cruise has announced details of a new 11-night itinerary between Mandalay and Yangon, offering passengers the option of a longer and more immersive cruise experience, as well as access to less frequently visited temple sites and villages along Myanmar’s majestic Ayeyarwady River.
The Strand Cruise will operate an 11-night itinerary cruising the 959.2km, section of the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay, via Ava, downstream to Yangon on Friday 28th April 2017. Passengers will have the option to book the entire itinerary, or alternatively shorter sectors of the voyage between either Mandalay and Bagan, or Bagan and Yangon.
Highlights of the journey include a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, a 2,500-year-old pagoda and one of the most sacred and impressive Buddhist sites in Myanmar, covered with hundreds of gold leaves and a stupa encrusted with 4,531 diamonds; the forts of Gwechaung, two strategically significant hillside forts constructed in 1860; the magnificent Myat-thalon pagoda, which is constructed of solid gold bricks; the beautiful teak monastery of Yoke Sone-Kyaung in Sale; the Shwe San Daw temple in Bagan, which contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella; Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals; and the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.
The Strand Cruise has all the features today’s travellers and adventurers have come to expect from a luxury touring travel experience, from flawless service standards and insightful guides, to exceptional levels of comfort and personalised activity options. While the ship is cruising between stopping points, passengers can choose to spend their time relaxing by the pool, on the shaded sofas of the sun deck, or in the ship’s spa. For more enquiring minds, a schedule of activities, lectures and cooking demonstrations on the country’s many traditions and culture is on offer, as well as the chance to mix and mingle with other passengers during cocktail parties thrown by the crew.
Formally known as The Elephant River or Irrawaddy River, the Ayeyarwady River is described as Myanmar’s lifeline, as well as the keeper of its secrets. The river begins at the top of the snow-capped Himalayas then flows through roughly 1,550km, passing through the centre of Myanmar before reaching the Andaman Sea. Hundreds if not thousands of temples, stupas and nats can be seen on its banks and many tales and folklore about its life-giving spirit are passed down from generation to generation, inspiring ancient kings, poets, authors, artists and modern day adventurers.
Rates for the 11-night journey from Mandalay to Yangon are priced from AUD$5,660 (subject to currency conversion rates) per person sharing a Deluxe Cabin based on double occupancy. Rates include all excursions and activities on board The Strand Cruise as described in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks & local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability) and satellite WI-FI in all cabins and public areas.
This new itinerary is offered in addition to The Strand Cruise’s regular schedule of twice-weekly three- and four-night sailings between Bagan and Mandalay, departing Mondays from Bagan on the four-night journey to Mandalay, and every Friday for the three-night journey from Mandalay to Bagan.
The Strand Cruise is a reinvention of the legendary style and unique personality of its sister hotel, The Strand Yangon, within a contemporary river cruise experience, with design touches that evoke the character of the Strand in its heyday as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs, combined with latest technology such as individually controlled air conditioning and satellite WI-FI throughout the ship. Passengers can complement their cruise with a stay at The Strand Yangon, which reopened in November 2016 after a six-month refurbishment. www.hotelthestrand.com