Have you ever wanted to travel in the past? On our 7-night “Impressive Gorges” itinerary this is a dream come true. A cultural exploration through former British Burma, immersed in one of the most spectacular regions of the world along the marvels of arising gorges, while enjoying the luxury features of Anawrahta.

The voyage begins as we embark in Mandalay sailing northwards through the Dolphin Sanctuary. On board guests will be entertained with interesting lectures, traditional dress or cooking demonstrations and evening events. Every morning, a refreshing Yoga session will be held on the sun deck to ease muscles and mind and have the perfect start into the day.

Cruising towards Katha, we will visit the pottery village of Nwe Nyein and discover all its traditional techniques to craft pots. Another tour takes us to the village of Taguang which fascinates with ancient fortifications, archeological areas and nat or spirit shrines. A quaint scenery of temples to witness, so high and numerous that they shape the horizon.

Eventually, we reach the most remote destination of our journey – Katha. An enchanting colonial town strong with history, as it is where George Orwell’s old house is situated, and his place of inspiration for his novel “Burmese days”. One can imagine so clearly how life was in this far flung corner of the British empire.

One highlight of the cruise is the train ride towards Naba, passing by thick jungle landscapes on a railroad once used by the British in colonial times. While away in nostalgia as you feel like being transported back in time, to a bygone era. Back on board, the day will end with a special event taking place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style for our British Club event where gents may whiff cigars and ladies sip on fresh gin tonics sharing tales of the old British-Burmese days.

Departing Katha to our next destination, the day starts on an eventful note, as guests enjoying breakfast on the sundeck will witness the great power – and beauty –  of the dramatic second Gorge, by far the most memorable one. The sheer force of its strong currents can lead a ship on the other side for as little as 25 minutes! Our further river expedition will lead us to unspoiled villages, countless small pagodas, and river nomads who live on the river banks of the Ayeyarwady, until finally, this fascinating journey ends with a special sunset at the U-Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in Myanmar.

This cruise is well-rounded as it mixes emotions, spirituality, discovery, luxury and is ideal to experience the cultural heritage of the country while surrounded by its intense peacefulness.

Find the whole cruise program here.