- 46 Maximum group size
19th September 2015 –
3rd October 2015
- 15 View Itinerary
- Keen for culture, Cruising
Peter Popham with Amelia Dalton
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An Inspired Journey
With Peter Popham
After such a terrific response to our 2014 Inspired Journey to Burma we have chartered the Belmond (the new name for Orient-Express) Orcaella vessel again in September 2015. This will give guests the opportunity to discover Rangoon and see the cultural highlights there and in Mandalay and Bagan but to explore the Northern part of the Irrawaddy River with the same fantastic balance of adventure and luxury as our guests enjoyed this year further South.
Travelling this part of the river in the second half of September should mean that the main rains have passed but there is still enough water in the upper gorges of the river to ensure navigation up to Bhamo. And the landscape is at its most lush and beautiful for photographers and painters.
With a combined experience in Burma of over 20 years, cazenove+loyd and Belmond know what it takes to create the very best experience of this beautiful and enchanting country. The trip begins in Rangoon where we have set aside two nights and a full day to give our guests time to explore and settle in. In keeping with the high level of style and charm, nights here will be based out of The Governor’s Residence, a Belmond property with the excellent service you would expect from them.
From here a short domestic flight takes our group to Mandalay where the Orcaella will be waiting by the banks of the Irrawaddy River. This will be the beginning of an 11 night adventure all the way to Bhamo in the north of the country and not far from the source of the river. This gives passengers a fascinating discovery of some of the most remote and untouched monuments, villages and stunning landscapes that can only be visited by boat.
With towering mountain gorges, thick teak forests and distant planes, accessing Burma by land is not easy. For this reason, we know from our own experience that travelling by boat gives our guests the very best chance to take in the variety of culture and landscape without having to sacrifice on comfort and relaxation. There’s no hassle of packing and unpacking, frantically rushing about between airports and long, bumpy road transfers; simply rest by the pool of the top deck of the boat or lean out on the balcony of your cabin and watch the world slip steadily by. Each day there will be exciting land excursions to visit the local people and see some truly mesmerising pagodas and ancient monuments. This way our guests will never feel distanced from a sense of discovery and adventure.
19th September – 3rd October
Mandalay and the North to Bhamo, the South to end up at the temples of Bagan
After such a terrific response to our 2014 trip to Burma we have chartered the Belmond (the new name for Orient-Express) Orcaella vessel again in September 2015. This will give guests the opportunity to discover Rangoon and see the cultural highlights there and in Mandalay and Bagan but to explore the Northern part of the Irrawaddy River with the same fantastic balance of adventure and luxury as our guest enjoyed this year further South.
19th September – 2nd October
This is the very best hotel in town and a treat with which to start and end your exploration of Burma. You can be pampered in true style as you prepare for the journey ahead. There is a stylish swimming pool in the courtyard garden and an excellent bar and restaurant. The rooms are traditional with a modern twist and effortlessly elegant.
21st September – 2nd October
This luxurious 23 cabin vessel is the first of its kind to navigate the waters of the upper Irrawaddy. You will experience the seamless service and comfort you would expect from Belmond (previously Orient-Express) as you glide along these timeless waters. A pool, massage room and fitness centre ensure there are plenty of areas to relax and rest when you’re not on the banks of the river exploring hidden villages and ancient pagodas. There are 2 balcony suites, 1 Junior Suite, 13 State Cabins, 5 Deluxe Cabins and 2 Single Deluxe Cabins.
2nd October – 3rd October
You will return to the Governor's Residence for one more night to end your trip.
Peter Popham will be on board as guest lecturer and social commentator. He is author of 'The Lady and 'The Peacock', the best-selling biography of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Peter, a foreign correspondent and columnist with The Independent, has reported from Burma many times since his first visit in 1991, and is now working on a new book about the dramatic changes that have occurred in the country since 2010.
Amelia Dalton has created unusual itineraries in remote parts of the world for the past fifteen years, ranging from Scotland to Sumatra and has recently been focusing on the more inaccessible areas of South East Asia and Indonesia. Specialising in small ships operating on rivers or at sea, she fell in love with the people and beauty of the fascinating countries of this area five years ago when exploring the upper reaches of the Mekong and Irrawaddy. She has created specialised itineraries for various British charities including The Durrell Conservation Trust and Kew Gardens; her aim is to provide an experience characterised by purpose, adventure and joie de vivre, managed with competence and professionalism.
Amelia will be backed up by the on board Belmond team including their General Manager and excellent local guides.
We recommend the following flights:
Outbound with Thai Airlines London Heathrow - Bangkok - Yangon
Inbound with Thai Airlines Yangon - Bangkok - London Heathrow
Please contact us for a quote including these flights.
We can also include flights from the United States so please do let us know where you are travelling from and we will send you the best flight routes with a quote.
The day by day itinerary and exact pricing is yet to be confirmed but please call Sarah-Jane Seel to hold a cabin and we will send the confirmed itinerary as soon as we can- +44 (0)20 7384 2332.