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Irrawaddy River Tours & Trips

6 Irrawaddy River trips. Tours from 8 tour companies. 13 reviews. 5/5 avg rating.

6 Trips match your criteria (1 - 6 shown)

Grand tour of Cambodia
4.9/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh , Siem Reap

Themes

50 plus, Cultural, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife

What travelers are saying

"What an amazing first class fabulous and fantastic trip to South Africa with our wonderful friends. Andy Freeman from Audley Travel organised an excellent trip starting in Cape Town for 5 days then driving down the Garden Route stopping in Swellendam, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Oudtshoorn, Franschoek and finishing with the most wonderful Safari at Rock Fig which was excellent. There wasn't one thing we could fault about the whole 17 day trip (albeit we may have changed a couple of things) but it was outstanding. Thanks so much Andy and would 110% recommend it to anyone. South Africa was simply stunning and the people were fabulous. Love The Drewerys & Griffins xx"

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Highlights of Burma
5/5 Excellent
7 reviews
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Yangon

Highlights

  • BURMA - INLE LAKE: The tranquil Inle Lake is located in Burma's Shan State, and is home unique fish species and prolific bird life. Many of the communities who live in villages surrounding the lake are from Burma's various ethnic minority groups, such as the Danu and Bamar people. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake, visit nearby monasteries, and look for the distinct woven bags and silk fabrics made in the area.
  • BURMA - IRRAWADDY RIVER: Embark on a boat ride on one of the country's most significant waterways, the Irrawaddy River. Stop at rural villages, local pagodas and to see intricate carvings at Kyauk Gu U Min. The river is home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin, who are under threat from dam construction. The river eventually flows into the Andaman Sea via the Irrawaddy Delta.
  • BURMA - LOCAL MARKETS: Experience Burma's local life, colorful produce and fantastic array of local handicrafts in its numerous fascinating markets. Near Inle Lake, frequent a local market where many diverse ethnic minority groups gather, and in Yangon and Mandalay, search for exquisite examples of Burmese lacquerware, fabrics and other eye-catching merchandise. Enjoy interacting with Burma's warm, friendly people as you peruse their wares.
  • BURMA - SAGAING HILL: Sagaing Hill, located outside Mandalay, is an important religious center. It is home to numerous pagodas and monasteries amongst its hills, and is a highly picturesque and spiritual place to explore. The site is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, with the buildings spread amongst lush, tropical foliage. Visit a local nunnery, and explore some of the 600 whitewashed pagodas and monasteries.
  • BURMA - SHWEDAGON PAGODA: Burma's striking Shwedagon Pagoda has a sparkling golden stupa which can be seen from all over Yangon. It is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Burma. It contains various ancient relics, and you can witness devout locals going about various rituals on their visit. All visitors should remove their shoes before the first step at any of the entrances.
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Themes

Cultural, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife

What travelers are saying

"We have just returned from a 10 night Cambodian Experience tour with Insider Journeys from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The tour provided an excellent overview of the country, people and culture as well as a range of experiences including tuk tuks, boat trips, cyclos, temples, pagodas and of course outstanding food experiences and tasting. Accommodation was always comfortable and clean and transport well maintained. Each day was different from the last, covering from the stark reality of the killing fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat. Free time was available for exploring as well. Our guide Virak was knowlegeable, friendly, accommodating and passionate about his country and contributed greatly to our overall positive experience. The highlights of course were Angkor Wat and the nearby temples, the home stay experience, the Cambodian people and of course the delicious food. If you want to see a broad cross section of Cambodia this tour is a great choice."

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Illuminations on the Danube with 2 Nights in Prague (Eastbound)
4.7/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Andaman Sea, Bagan, Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Mandalay, Passau, Prague, Vienna, Yangon

Highlights

  • Welcome to Prague
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
  • Travel by motorcoach to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; transfer to Vilshofen; onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided walk or hike with your Adventure Host; Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising
  • Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"A company's character is not determined by how it handles day to day operations, but how it handles a crisis. This company fails miserably when Acts of God happen! We are on what was supposed to be a Danube River Cruise from Prague to Budapest...we never sailed at all, even though Viking sailed for the last 3 days. Avalon chose to bus us everywhere. They didn't communicate well at all. Information was withheld and our cruise director, Helmut, would turn and walk away from guests if he didn't want to answer questions. This was my 3rd Globus/Avalon trip but it will be the last. They excel in bus trips but not river trips. They don't know how to handle weather issues."

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Illuminations on the Danube (Eastbound)
4.7/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Bagan, Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Mandalay, Passau, Vienna, Yangon

Highlights

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of guided walk or hike with your Adventure Host; Schlögen Oxbow scenic cruising
  • Guided sightseeing, see Hauptplatz and the Trinity Column
  • Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or walk with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour in Krems
  • Choice of bike tour, or Insider’s tour of Vienna, or guided tour, visit to Belvedere Palace
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Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"A company's character is not determined by how it handles day to day operations, but how it handles a crisis. This company fails miserably when Acts of God happen! We are on what was supposed to be a Danube River Cruise from Prague to Budapest...we never sailed at all, even though Viking sailed for the last 3 days. Avalon chose to bus us everywhere. They didn't communicate well at all. Information was withheld and our cruise director, Helmut, would turn and walk away from guests if he didn't want to answer questions. This was my 3rd Globus/Avalon trip but it will be the last. They excel in bus trips but not river trips. They don't know how to handle weather issues."

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Hidden Wonders of Myanmar
5/5 Excellent
8 reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Mandalay, Yangon

Highlights

  • Sunset At U Bein Bridge Explore Temple Town The Golden Shwedagon Pagoda

Themes

Cultural, Local Immersion & Homestays, Religious

What travelers are saying

"Amazing trip of a lifetime from Amsterdam to Budapest. Great food, great drinks, amazing service, beautiful ships, incredible scenery, well planned with great variety. I would definitely recommend APT, only wish we were doing it all again"

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Myanmar
5/5 Excellent
6 reviews
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Bagan, Hwange National Park, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Highlights

  • Discover the fading colonial architecture of Yangon
  • Spend three nights soaking in the tranquility of Inle Lake
  • Discover the iconic temples of Bagan and Mandala
  • Visit Golden temples
  • Ancient pagodas and artistic heritage

Themes

Birding, Cultural, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife

What travelers are saying

"My wife and I just returned from a wet season trip with International Expeditions (IE) to Lima and the Amazon. It was tremendous: 1. The diversity of wildlife is extreme and up close and personal. 2. The vastness of it all approaches infinity. 3. The staff and guides were top drawer professionals. The IE mother ship (Zafiro) is in great condition and very comfortable, clean and welcoming. The staff is friendly, helpful, supportive, knowledgeable. The naturalists/guides are the best. Experts in the wildlife and flora and good-natured and personable. Yes, it is hot and humid, but very bearable. Yes, there are mosquitoes at night, but again very manageable. (We've all experienced much much worse in the US.) In the wet season (50 feet higher water than in dry season) you don't get to walk as much as you do in dry season because terra firma is so much further into the rain forest than you can reach in a boat. But we did get to visit villages and walk in the rain forest. We swam. We went out every morning and afternoon in the skiffs to explore smaller rivers and lakes. Sloths, monkeys, iguana, boa, anaconda, caiman, tarantula, piranha, frogs, toads, and more bird types than you can count. Wow - What a Show!"

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Irrawaddy River Reviews & Ratings

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Rich M and Jan A

Jan 2017

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Bottom line is that we had a wonderful time, guides and accommodations were excellent and we were impressed that your local tour operator, had our backs.

All of our interactions with Toni and Jen were totally professional. Your rapid responses were appreciated, since we were working on a relatively abbreviated time l...

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Esther S

Dec 2016

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Loved the activities in our itinerary.

We loved the washing of the Buddha, visiting the villages and their schools, mee...

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Craig S

Dec 2016

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It was truly an amazing experience.

We were thoroughly enamored by the people that we met on that very remote river cruise. Experiences that raw are very hard to come by in this world. We'd love to ha...

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Mirna

Jul 2018

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An unforgettable trip

May was an excellent guide, very kind and always wanting to help, great attention to detail

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Steven

Jul 2018

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Amazing experience

Amazing experience

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Irrawaddy River Tour Selection Trips

  • A number of river cruise lines now operate on the Irrawaddy, including Viking River Cruises, Pandaw River Expeditions, CroisiEurope, Belmond, Uniworld, Avalon, and AmaWaterways. 
  • Irrawaddy River cruises may take anywhere from four days to two weeks, depending on the itinerary.
  • Many cruise packages include sightseeing in Bagan, Yangon and Mandalay, increasing length to a week or more. 
  • You can choose one-way or roundtrip cruises. 
  • Usual embarkation or disembarkation points are Yangon in the south and Bagan and Mandalay to the north, but some cruises start or end farther north in Burma. 
  • You can also add on cruises along Burma’s Chindwin River, the Irrawaddy’s largest tributary and home to more jungles, gorges, and rural villages. 
  • Be sure to pack modest clothing that covers the shoulders and legs to enter Buddhist temples. In general, pack loose-fitting long pants and/or skirts for women, instead of shorts. Pick thin fabrics to stay cool.
  • When it’s winter in North America and Europe, it’s monsoon season in Burma. That means rain, but also somewhat cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. 
  • Dry season brings more heat, more visitors, and higher water levels (from snow melt in the Himalayas) that may result in longer portions of navigable river.

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