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Asia River Cruising


From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, providing a lifeline for millions of people. Coursing more than 1,300 miles through central Burma, the Irrawaddy and its surrounding valley from the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar.




Irrawaddy River Cruises

At more than 3,900 miles, it flows from the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau across the southwest, central, and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. On these fascinating Avalon river cruises, you will sail approximately 650 miles through the most impressive stretch of the river, featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and Xiling Gorge—collectively known as the Three Gorges. Along the way you'll encounter village life on the river banks, the beauty of the mountains and river, and will visit the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.

Mekong River Cruises

As you sail along this vibrant waterway, fascinating scenes of daily life unfold, arousing your mind and senses—the sounds of a bustling local market, opportunities to sample traditional candy and rice wine, fishermen hauling in their daily catch, and master artisans crafting works of art from silk and pure silver. By the end of your journey along the Mekong, you will have a better understanding of life along the river and the friendly people who depend on it.




SINGLE TRAVELLER OFFER

Book any 2018 Mekong or Irrawaddy river cruise and the single supplement will be waived - a saving of up to $6,178!*

Strictly limited availability! Find inspiration on our most popular cruises below.


Untouched Upper Irrawaddy

Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Your river cruise will get underway in dramatic fashion as you sail along the untouched upper Irrawaddy and pass through the second defile with its magnificent cliffs. Visit remote villages for fascinating interactions with schoolchildren, nuns, monks, and pottery makers. In the exciting city of Mandalay, be inspired by a visit to the revered shrine of Mahamuni Pagoda with its impressive gold-leaf Buddha and enjoy a traditional dance by local performers. Feel the unique energy of the people on a walking tour through the village of Shwe Pyi Thar as you interact with locals and see the daily work done at a farmer’s home. Bagan, a medieval capital of Myanmar, with thousands of historical structures still standing, is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region. The tranquil Inle Lake is a beautiful area surrounded by mountains with stilted houses dotting the shorelines. You will explore this area, stopping in Silk, Silversmith, and Cheroot Workshops, and attend a traditional song and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of Myanmar.


Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy

Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Bagan, a medieval capital of Myanmar, with thousands of historical structures still standing, is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region. You’ll be immersed in the unique energy of the people on a walking tour through the village of Shwe Pyi Thar as you interact with locals and see the daily work done at a farmer’s home. In Sagaing, see the stunning Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its egg-shaped dome and watch a local silversmith at work. Continue this river cruise through traditional lands to the impressive city of Mandalay, where you’ll visit the revered shrine of Mahamuni Pagoda with its impressive gold-leaf Buddha and enjoy a traditional dance by local performers. Your river cruise will conclude in dramatic fashion as you sail along the untouched upper Irrawaddy. Visit remote villages for fascinating interactions including visits with schoolchildren, nuns, monks, and pottery makers. You’ll also pass through the second defile with its magnificent cliffs.


Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

On this unique and inspiring river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River. Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers. See the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen—Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. Go back in time with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you’ll have an opportunity to walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War. Embark on your river cruise along the Mekong River and immerse yourself in the local cultures with a visit to a colourful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. 


*Terms and Conditions: Prices correct as of 18/04/18 and are subject to change without notice. Book a 2018 Asia river cruise in a single cabin and avoid the single supplement. Single supplement saving of $6,178 is based on cruise WSB (Cat B) departing 28 Dec 2018. Offer has strict limited availability per departure and is only available for cabin category B. Offer valid for new 2018 bookings made from 18/04/18 to 05/06/18 or until sold out. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing, is dependent upon cruise and cabin category availability, and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500 per person/per cruise required within 7 days to secure reservation. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer except Journey’s Club discount (Must be a Journeys Club member and must present member number full payment is paid to receive a 5% discount based on Category B - excluding extra night accommodations, extension programs, port charges, upgrades and single supplements). Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Avalon Waterways