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Journeys : Feb March 2012
D iscover the most authentic of A sian experiences on a truly engaging cruise along Bur ma’s river system where you will see, feel and taste everything this enigmatic region offers. Following the third successful year chartering Indochina Pandaw in Vietnam and Cambodia, Cruiseco is excited to announce a ten-month season in Burma. Choose from 20 exciting departures between June 2012 and April 2013, on board identical sister ship Orient Pandaw. Replicating the colonial steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla that plied these waters early last century, the luxurious Orient Pandaw, hand-finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen, offers an oasis of comforts, complemented by extraordinary levels of first-class service. With a crew resplendent in their traditional white uniforms, and a ratio of one crew member to every two guests, all Pandaw guests will receive the same level of ser vice and care. For added on board fulfillment, there is a continual string of activities to participate in, including on board lectures, movies, cooking demonstrations, on board tours of Orient Pandaw, film presentations or tranquil spa treatments based on local therapeutic traditions. Freshly-refurbished in June next year, the 60-guest Orient Pandaw will offer an ‘outdoor’ e xperience, where guests feel at home casually attired, enjoying spellbinding and ever-changing vistas from the upper deck or promenade decks. The exquisite local cuisine and exotic foods enhance the superb menu of Asian and Western dishes, served in the dining room whilst enjoying uninterr upted views of the Irrawaddy. The true Burma will unfold before you, as the Orient Pandaw takes you deep into a heritage spanning 2000 years and 135 ethnic groups. You’ll learn why the Burmese are renowned for their engaging curiosity and disar ming warmth, in a land spiked with thousands of temples, colonial architecture and endless natural splendours – and you’ll travel streets lined with faded colonial buildings, historic landmarks and iconic sites. Cross jungle and countr yside to visit the 5th-8th centur y archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, a walled palace city complete with art and culture, merchants and princes – and climb Tan Chi Taung mountain in a WWII jeep for a stunning view of the sunset over Pagan before or after visiting this Golden Land. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries and originally home to 10,000 temples, the World Heritage site of Pagan is an absolute wonder. See pottery making demonstrations at Yandabo and the char ming Pandaw School and clinic, built with donations from Pandaw passengers. Cruiseco’s 11-night fly, cruise and stay holidays have been carefully planned to offer an outstanding list of inclusions such as deluxe hotel accommodation, most meals, transfers and extensive included sightseeing with expert local guides, offer ing countless unique experiences. Guests f ly w ith Singapore Airlines economy class retur n from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, enjoy one night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay at the Chatr ium Hotel in Yangon, cr uise for eight glorious nights along the Irrawaddy River between Mandalay and Prome aboard Orient Pandaw with breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerar y. You may opt to stay for two nights pre or post-cr uise (depending on itinerary) at the Mandalay Hill Resort in Mandalay. Also included are on board local beers, spirit s and soft drinks, on board gratuities, port and government taxes and transfers. Earlybird savings of $1000 per person are available, so enquire today about these awe-inspiring adventures and ask for your copy of the newly released Cruiseco Pandaw brochure. Call us on 1300 368 111 or visit your local RACT Travelworld branch for details. Explore the heart of Burma February / March 2012 63
Apr May 2012