Avalon Waterways UK has launched its first dedicated Asia brochure featuring the rivers Mekong and Irrawaddy with departures available up to April 2017.

The launch of the new brochure coincides with the first sailing of Avalon’s new Suite ship, the Avalon Myanmar (Irrawaddy) and joins sister ship, ‘Avalon Siem Reap’ (Mekong) started service in January.

Built by local craftsmen, both Suite Ships have a passenger capacity of 36 and are specially designed to provide the best way of experiencing the sights and landscapes from the river. All staterooms are 245sq.m (larger than the European Avalon Suite Ships) and feature a wall-to-wall panoramic windows which opens to transform the living space into a large open-air balcony, a large bathroom, spacious storage space and Comfort Collection beds.

The new ships have been designed to sail to places on the rivers not currently available with other cruise companies. Avalon Myanmar will sail further north on the Upper Northern Irrawaddy and Avalon Siem Reap sails into Ho Chi Minh City harbour eliminating over seven hours of coach travel.

A 15-day ‘Golden Myanmar & the Irrawaddy’ is a ten-night cruise on the Irrawaddy River combined with a three-night Yangon city stay available on a reverse itinerary south or north. Pre- or post-cruise hotel stays are available in Yangon, Bangkok or the lake area of Inle.

Prices are from £3,775 per person excluding flights and highlights include the capital city of Yangon, the ancient city of Bagan, the U Bein Bridge at Amarapura, the sights of Mandalay, Bhamo, the religious site of Sagaing as well as the Islands of Kyun Daw.

David Binns, the line's UK general manager, said: “For 2016, we are offering agents the flexibility of booking cruise only for any of our Asia or Amazon cruises so that they can either source flights themselves or we can provide an inclusive package quote, the choice is theirs.”

Other Asian and South American Avalon river cruises include the Yangtze in China, the Amazon in Brazil as well as small ship coastal cruising around the Galapagos Islands.

For further information call 0800-668 1801, email agencysales@avaloncruises.co.uk or visit www.avaloncruises.co.uk

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