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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
4PyayCity tour
5MinhlaHistoric Fort visit
MaGweCity tour
6SalayCity tour
7Tant Kyi TaungVillage Visit
BaganObservation Tower sunset
OR Guni Temple sunset
8BaganMt. Popa with Holy Mountain excursion
OR Mt. Popa excursion
OR city tour
9YandaboPottery-making demonstration
10InwaVillage visit
U-Being Bridge excursion
11SagaingCity tour
MingunVillage visit
12MandalayFull-day city tour
OR half-day city tour & local school visit
13MandalayDISEMBARKATION; flight to Yangon
YangonHotel check-in; free time
14YangonReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1PyayEMBARKATION
2PyayCity tour
3MinhlaHistoric Fort visit
MaGweCity tour
4SalayCity tour
5Tant Kyi TaungVillage Visit
BaganObservation Tower sunset
OR Guni Temple sunset
6BaganMt. Popa with Holy Mountain excursion
OR Mt. Popa excursion
OR city tour
7YandaboPottery-making demonstration
8InwaVillage visit
U-Being Bridge excursion
9SagaingCity tour
MingunVillage visit
10MandalayFull-day city tour
OR half-day city tour & local school visit
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. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4PYAY
Take a walking tour of this former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma. Pyay is home to more than 80 gilded pagodas, including the Payagi Pagoda. During your city tour you will also see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate and enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum. (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. A short walk brings you to a Colonial Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, visit Magwe and take a panoramic coach tour to see the Mud Volcano in Minbu, the mythical home of fire breathing dragons living deep beneath the earth. You’ll also see the General Aung San “Bogyoke” Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river. (B,L,D)
Day 6SALAY
Your ship cruises to Salay today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. 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 7TANT KYI TAUNG - BAGAN
Join your fellow passengers for an excursion up Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda, built in the year 1059 by King Anawrahta and known to house a sacred Buddha relic. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will have two tour options. Choose to visit an observation tower where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Afterwards, transfer to a local temple and participate in a candle lighting ceremony blessed by local monks. Or you may choose to watch the sunset from the top of Guni Temple instead, and then meet with your fellow travelers at the temple for the candle lighting ceremony. (B,L,D)
Day 8BAGAN
Your full day in Bagan offers you three sightseeing options. The first is a journey to the 4,980 foot tall Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. You will have the opportunity to climb to the top—777 steps take you to the very top, or take 250 steps to reach the observation terrace (shoes must be removed). Afterwards, stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting of Jaggery, palm sugar that is made from the Totty Palm Tree. Your second option today provides a less strenuous visit of Mount Popa. Instead of climbing to the top, you may enjoy free time to shop and explore other attractions at the Mount Popa Resort. After lunch you will also enjoy a sampling of Jaggery before returning your ship. Your third tour option today offers you an excursion to some of the most distinctive pagodas in the Bagan Archaelogical Zone. Begin with a visit to the Shwezigan Pagoda, the oldest and most impressive of all. Afterwards, you will spend some time at the lively Nyaungoo market, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. Later, visit the 13th century Gubyaulgyi Temple, which is situated near the Wetkyi-inn Village. Your Bagan tour continues with a stop at the Pyathada Paya temple where you can snap a picture-postcard photo of Bagan. (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
This afternoon you will visit Inwa, the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Explore the ancient ruins of the city by horse-drawn cart and see splendid teak wood monasteries intricately designed with wood carvings. Afterwards, drive to Amarapura to watch the sunset at the world’s longest teak wood footbridge, the U-Bein Bridge. If you prefer to spend more time relaxing on board, you may forego the Inwa village visit and choose to take the U-Bein Bridge excursion only. (B,L,D)
Day 11SAGAING-MINGUN-MANDALAY
This morning ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit a local monastic school, Soonuponyashin Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. Continue on to Mingun whre you will see its famous 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. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk ride through Mingun to explore the sights. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Myatheindan Pagoda, built in 1816 and painted white as a representation of the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru. Another option today in Mingun allows you to visit the Pathodawgyi, the Mingun bronze bell, and also offers you a chance to climb to the top of Myatheindan Pagoda (77 steps). (B,L,D)
Day 12MANDALAY
After arriving in Mandalay, head ashore for a full-day tour that includes many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries, and stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), Mandalay Hill, and Shwenandaw monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Instead, you may choose to take a half-day city tour of Mandalay which includes the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenadaw Monastery, and Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards you will have the unique opportunity to visit a local school in Mandalay. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship with your fellow travelers. (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, , meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2PYAY
Take a walking tour of this former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma. Pyay is home to more than 80 gilded pagodas, including the Payagi Pagoda. During your city tour you will also see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate and enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum. (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. A short walk brings you to a Colonial Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, visit Magwe and take a panoramic coach tour to see the Mud Volcano in Minbu, the mythical home of fire breathing dragons living deep beneath the earth. You’ll also see the General Aung San “Bogyoke” Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river. (B,L,D)
Day 4SALAY
Your ship cruises to Salay today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. 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 5TANT KYI TAUNG - BAGAN
Join your fellow passengers for an excursion up Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda, built in the year 1059 by King Anawrahta and known to house a sacred Buddha relic. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will have two tour options. Choose to visit an observation tower where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Afterwards, transfer to a local temple and participate in a candle lighting ceremony blessed by local monks. Or you may choose to watch the sunset from the top of Guni Temple instead, and then meet with your fellow travelers at the temple for the candle lighting ceremony. (B,L,D)
Day 6BAGAN
Your full day in Bagan offers you three sightseeing options. The first is a journey to the 4,980 foot tall Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. You will have the opportunity to climb to the top—777 steps take you to the very top, or take 250 steps to reach the observation terrace (shoes must be removed). Afterwards, stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting of Jaggery, palm sugar that is made from the Totty Palm Tree. Your second option today provides a less strenuous visit of Mount Popa. Instead of climbing to the top, you may enjoy free time to shop and explore other attractions at the Mount Popa Resort. After lunch you will also enjoy a sampling of Jaggery before returning your ship. Your third tour option today offers you an excursion to some of the most distinctive pagodas in the Bagan Archaelogical Zone. Begin with a visit to the Shwezigan Pagoda, the oldest and most impressive of all. Afterwards, you will spend some time at the lively Nyaungoo market, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. Later, visit the 13th century Gubyaulgyi Temple, which is situated near the Wetkyi-inn Village. Your Bagan tour continues with a stop at the Pyathada Paya temple where you can snap a picture-postcard photo of Bagan. (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
This afternoon you will visit Inwa, the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Explore the ancient ruins of the city by horse-drawn cart and see splendid teak wood monasteries intricately designed with wood carvings. Afterwards, drive to Amarapura to watch the sunset at the world’s longest teak wood footbridge, the U-Bein Bridge. If you prefer to spend more time relaxing on board, you may forego the Inwa village visit and choose to take the U-Bein Bridge excursion only. (B,L,D)
Day 9SAGAING-MINGUN-MANDALAY
This morning ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit a local monastic school, Soonuponyashin Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. Continue on to Mingun whre you will see its famous 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. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk ride through Mingun to explore the sights. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Myatheindan Pagoda, built in 1816 and painted white as a representation of the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru. Another option today in Mingun allows you to visit the Pathodawgyi, the Mingun bronze bell, and also offers you a chance to climb to the top of Myatheindan Pagoda (77 steps). (B,L,D)
Day 10MANDALAY
After arriving in Mandalay, head ashore for a full-day tour that includes many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries, and stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), Mandalay Hill, and Shwenandaw monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Instead, you may choose to take a half-day city tour of Mandalay which includes the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenadaw Monastery, and Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards you will have the unique opportunity to visit a local school in Mandalay. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship with your fellow travelers. (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
CHECK-IN
START
CITY
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
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A QUOTE
Dec 16YangonAmaPuraPyayDec 18$4,899$5,739Has Sailed


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.

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