Slow the pace on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River


“This is Burma,” Rudyard Kipling famously mused in his iconic poem, The Road to Mandalay. “It will be quite unlike any land you know about.”

170330_nz_irrawaddycharter_webelements_4Amazingly, more than a century later and Myanmar is just as captivating, exotic and delightful as it’s always been. Life is wonderfully slow here, so it makes sense not to rush when exploring the enchanting Southeast Asian nation. This is where river cruising comes into its own.

Exclusive to NZ travellers, join NZ journalist and broadcaster, Judy Bailey, on an exclusive itinerary to Myanmar – “The Golden Land.” Spanning for 17 days with 10 nights aboard a river cruise and 5 hotel nights in Yangon,  Avalon Waterways has curated an unhurried itinerary that does Myanmar justice. Gliding along the majestic Irrawaddy River,  it captures the spirit of Myanmar in a way that land based tours simply can’t replicate. Plus, you’ll have a professional Cruise Director onboard to help you live and breathe Myanmar’s rich culture.

exterior-1Introducing the alluring Irrawaddy
Celebrated as the lifeblood of Myanmar, the Irrawaddy River flows from north to south through the heart of the nation. Not only will you get to watch stunning panoramas roll by, but you’ll unlock access to a tapestry of untouched villages and ancient cities. All from the decks of the Avalon Myanmar, a purpose-built luxury river cruise vessel designed to showcase the Irrawaddy from every angle. Think floor to ceiling stateroom windows, sun drenched decks, open air lounges and elegant South East Asian inspired décor.

Welcome to The Golden Land
Dotted with gilded pagodas and magnificent temples, you’ll soon understand why Myanmar is known as The Golden Land. As well as visiting local monasteries, you’ll also get a chance to watch the sun set over Yangon’s lustrous Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site. Wrapped in golf leaf and studded with diamonds and gemstones, it quite literally shimmers.

Want a glimpse at just how entrancingly slow life can be in Myanmar? Spend a few moments watching this introductory video, which offers a glimpse at life aboard the Avalon Myanmar.

170324_aw18_nz_preview_website_as_3Packaged as a round trip from Auckland, this all-inclusive air, land and cruise package is designed to showcase the very best of the Golden Land. Available exclusively to New Zealand travellers, it departs on February 24, 2018.

  • Return economy airfares from Auckland with Cathay Pacific
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Yangon
  • 10 night deluxe river cruise on board the Avalon Myanmar
  • Breakfast daily, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
  • A professional Cruise Director and sightseeing with Local Guides
  • Port charges and gratuities

There is also a possible opportunity to volunteer in Yangon. Details are being confirmed so stay tuned!

Click here to download the brochure or for more information visit Avalon Waterways or call 0800 267 672.