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Golden Treasures of Myanmar

Spend two nights in Yangon, transfer to Pyay and embark upon your 10-night cruise to Mandalay. Conclude your journey with a short flight back to Yangon for another overnight stay.
14 days – Travel to Yangon and return from Yangon (cruise Pyay – Mandalay)

OVERVIEW

Your journey begins in Yangon, followed by a 10-night upstream cruise embarking in Pyay. Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries, and enjoy a full-day tour of Bagan and its rich collection of stupas, temples and pagodas. Take in the stunning view from atop Mt. Popa and visit the Golden City of Mandalay before returning to Yangon via plane for another overnight stay.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1YangonHotel check-in, free time
2YangonCity tour
3YangonTransfer to Pyay
PyayEMBARKATION; city tour
4ThayetmyoVillage Visit
5MinhlaVisit historic forts
MagweMyathalun Pagoda
6SalayMonastery and Man Pagoda
7ThantkyiThantkyi Mt. excursion
BaganShwezigon Pagoda and Ananda Temple
8BaganMt. Popa excursion
9YandaboPottery-making demonstration
10InwaSightseeing via horse-drawn cart
11SagaingVisit pagodas and silversmith
MingunVisit pagodas and bronze
12MandalayCity Tour
AmarapuraExcursion to U Bein Bridge
13MandalayDISEMBARKATION; flight to Yangon
YangonHotel check-in; free time
14YangonReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1PyayEMBARKATION, city tour
2ThayetmyoVillage Visit
3MinhlaVisit historic forts
MagweMyathalun Pagoda
4SalayMonastery and Man Pagoda
5ThantkyiThantkyi Mt. excursion
BaganShwezigon Pagoda and Ananda Temple
6BaganMt. Popa excursion
7YandaboPottery-making demonstration
8InwaSightseeing via horse-drawn cart
9SagaingVisit pagodas and silversmith
MingunVisit pagodas and bronze
10MandalayCity Tour
AmarapuraExcursion to U Bein Bridge
11MandalayDISEMBARKATION, return flight home

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Yangon to the ship in Pyay
  • 10 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in a Full Balcony, French Balcony or Twin Balcony suite
  • Life-enriching tours and shore excursions
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Special onboard highlights, including cultural show, puppet show, and lectures/discussions pertaining to Burmese culture
  • 1-night post-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1YANGON
Welcome to Yangon, a former royal capital known as the “Garden City of the East” for its lush tropical setting. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2YANGON
Your full-day tour includes: a visit to the city center and the unusually shaped Sule Pagoda; a photo stop at Kandawgyi Lake; Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market), where you can shop for handicrafts, clothing and local delicacies; the massive reclining Buddha at Chaukhtautgyi Temple; and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s top religious sites. (B)
Day 3YANGON-PYAY-EMBARKATION
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding a motor coach for the drive to Pyay (Prome). En route, you will have an opportunity to see a Buddha statue that is said to have healing powers. After embarking the AmaPura, head ashore for a tour of this former capital city, home to the remarkable and highly revered Shwesandaw Pagoda. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4THAYETMYO
This pleasant town has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, including a covered market. Thayetmyo once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the Second Anglo-Burmese War. (B,L,D)
Day 5MINHLA – MAGWE
Further upstream today, the ship will stop at Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. You will take a small local boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, you’ll visit Magwe, where you may walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (animist spirits). (B,L,D)
Day 6SALAY
The ship cruises to Salay (Sale) today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. You’ll visit Yokesonekyaung, built in 1882 and the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, famous for its wood carvings and collection of religious artifacts. You will also see a splendid colonial-era house and the 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)
Day 7THANTKYI-BAGAN
Join your fellow passengers this morning for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. Later, the AmaPura’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan (Pagan), one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Your initial sightseeing foray here includes Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the “Westminster Abbey of Burma,” and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan. (B,L,D)
Day 8BAGAN-MT. POPA-BAGAN
Today’s excursion takes you to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits and an important pilgrimage site. Those who believe in these guardian spirits come to Mt. Popa to pray and worship. From the mountain top, enjoy the stunning panoramic view spread across Bagan’s plains. Return to the ship for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9BAGAN-YANDABO
Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village where the British and Burmese signed a treaty ending the first Anglo-Burmese War in 1826. Yandabo is widely known for its finely crafted terracotta wares and you’ll have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)
Day 10INWA
Today you will visit Inwa (Ava), the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than 400 years, and see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: the impressive Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, built of brick and stucco; the “Leaning Tower of Inwa,” a 90-foot-high watch tower destroyed by an earthquake in the late 1800s; and Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak. (B,L,D)
Day 11SAGAING-MINGUN-MANDALAY
Sagaing is famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit a silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. The ship continues on to Mingun, where you will see a 12-foot high bronze bell and the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (the “unfinished pagoda”), originally intended to be 499 feet high. Although only a third of it was ever completed, it remains the world’s largest brick pagoda. You will also see Myatheindan Pagoda and its many images from Buddhist mythology. (B,L,D)
Day 12MANDALAY
Your full-day tour includes many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, now covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Later, visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries. You will also see Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs) and Shwenandaw monastery. Take an excursion to the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 13MANALAY-DISEMBARKATION-YANGON
After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, fly back to Yangon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 14YANGON
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake. (B)
Day 1YANGON-PYAY-EMBARKATION
A motor coach drive takes you from Yangon to Pyay (Prome). En route, you will have an opportunity to see a Buddha statue that is said to have healing powers. After embarking the AmaPura, head ashore for a tour of this former capital city, home to the remarkable and highly revered Shwesandaw Pagoda. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2THAYETMYO
This pleasant town has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, including a covered market. Thayetmyo once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the Second Anglo-Burmese War. (B,L,D)
Day 3MINHLA – MAGWE
Further upstream today, the ship will stop at Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. You will take a small local boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, you’ll visit Magwe, where you may walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (animist spirits). (B,L,D)
Day 4SALAY
The ship cruises to Salay (Sale) today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. You’ll visit Yokesonekyaung, built in 1882 and the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, famous for its wood carvings and collection of religious artifacts. You will also see a splendid colonial-era house and the 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)
Day 5THANTKYI-BAGAN
Join your fellow passengers this morning for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. Later, the AmaPura’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan (Pagan), one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Your initial sightseeing foray here includes Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the “Westminster Abbey of Burma,” and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan. (B,L,D)
Day 6BAGAN-MT. POPA-BAGAN
Today’s excursion takes you to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits and an important pilgrimage site. Those who believe in these guardian spirits come to Mt. Popa to pray and worship. From the mountain top, enjoy the stunning panoramic view spread across Bagan’s plains. Return to the ship for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 7BAGAN-YANDABO
Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village where the British and Burmese signed a treaty ending the first Anglo-Burmese War in 1826. Yandabo is widely known for its finely crafted terracotta wares and you’ll have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)
Day 8INWA
Today you will visit Inwa (Ava), the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than 400 years, and see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: the impressive Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, built of brick and stucco; the “Leaning Tower of Inwa,” a 90-foot-high watch tower destroyed by an earthquake in the late 1800s; and Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak. (B,L,D)
Day 9SAGAING-MINGUN-MANDALAY
Sagaing is famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit a silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. The ship continues on to Mingun, where you will see a 12-foot high bronze bell and the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (the “unfinished pagoda”), originally intended to be 499 feet high. Although only a third of it was ever completed, it remains the world’s largest brick pagoda. You will also see Myatheindan Pagoda and its many images from Buddhist mythology. (B,L,D)
Day 10MANDALAY
Your full-day tour includes many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, now covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Later, visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries. You will also see Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs) and Shwenandaw monastery. Take an excursion to the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 11MANDALAY-DISEMBARKATION-YANGON
Return flight home

 

 

DATES & RATES

Prices are per person in a Cat. SF. Clickto view individual sailing stateroom category pricing.

HOTEL
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CITY
SHIP
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EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
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Dec 16YangonAmaPuraPyayDec 18$4,899$5,739Click to view upgrades


Notes:

Port Charges:  Additional $190 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise:  Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF 50% of twin price; Cat. SA & SB 100% of twin price

Single Supplement for Land:  For pre and post land arrangements: $420 per person

Bedding:  Please call for details.

Intra-Myanmar Air:  Additional $190 per segment/per person including taxes and fuel surcharges

Visa:  A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to Myanmar. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Optional Extension:  An optional 3-day/2-night pre- or post-cruise stay in Bangkok, including hotel accommodations with daily breakfast and guided sightseeing tours, is available from $560 per person. Note: This optional extension requires Intra-Asia Air between Bangkok and Yangon at an additional cost. Some restrictions and blocked dates may apply; please call for details.

Optional Extension:  3 nights in Inle Lake & 1 night in Yangon post extension $1,120 per person Single Supplement is $560 per person. Roundtrip Intra-Myanmar Air is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.


SHIP(S)

AmaPura

The 56-passenger AmaPura (2014) is a custom-designed, all-suite ship with a choice of spacious staterooms measuring 285 sq. ft., 290 sq. ft. and 420 sq. ft. Every suite features a private French Balcony, a step-out Full Balcony, or Twin Balconies.

REVIEWS

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