As more of the world comes within our reach every day, few places still conjure up the thrill of discovery. Of those that do, perhaps the most evocative is Myanmar, a mystical land of great natural beauty, wondrous world heritage sites and deeply religious, gentle people. Following the unqualified success of our inaugural Ultimate Invitation to Myanmar in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2016 (‘it was one of the best holidays we have had’, ‘the trip was fantastically wonderful’, ‘we enjoyed every minute’), we have decided to repeat this magical journey in September 2019. The Ultimate Invitation provides a unique opportunity to explore this magnificent country on one of the world’s great river journeys along the famed Ayeyarwady River.
Following a two-night stay in Yangon, our adventure begins in earnest when we board Belmond’s river vessel, Belmond Road To Mandalay, which we have chartered exclusively for an 11-day cruise into northern Myanmar. Acknowledged as the most luxurious cruiser on the Ayeyarwady, Belmond Road To Mandalay is the perfect setting for our tour, offering beautifully appointed accommodation and a range of excellent facilities.
As we cruise along this great waterway we will discover – on foot (very leisurely!), bicycle rickshaw and train – a natural and cultural landscape little changed since Kipling’s day. At the heart of the voyage is beauty, both natural and man-made, from the spectacular, jungle-clad gorges that dominate the upper reaches of the river to the market scenes of Katha from George Orwell’s Burmese Days, and the ancient capital of Mandalay immortalised by Kipling’s eponymous poem. For many the high point of the cruise will be the 3,000 temple ruins spread across the great plain of Bagan, but for everyone on board the overwhelming impression will be of a land and a people unchanged by time.
Throughout, you will also enjoy the company of Nick Van Gruisen from The Ultimate Travel Company and his wife Iris, along with highly regarded photojournalist and past owner of London’s famous World Food Café, Chris Caldicott and his wife Carolyn. With his help your photographic record of Myanmar should convey just how very special this magical country and your cruise on the Ayeyarwady. We are also offering the option to extend your stay at Inle Lake for a three nights after the cruise.
23rd September 2019
- Excluding international flights
Chris will offer an initial workshop at the beginning of the trip on how to take better travel photographs and get the best out of your camera covering exposure, focus and composition illustrated with examples of his own work. He will also be offering one to one tutorials on photography and individual cameras and curating opportunities to capture creative images of the journey.