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Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

Embark upon your 14-night journey in Yangon, cruise to Mandalay, and fly back to Yangon for an overnight stay.
15 days – Travel to Yangon and return from Yangon (cruise Yangon – Mandalay)

OVERVIEW

Begin your Myanmar adventure in Yangon where you will embark upon a 14-night downstream cruise. Explore fabled cities, enjoy the spectacular view from the Mt. Popa summit, and visit artisan workshops, sacred sites, colorful markets and hushed monasteries. Take an in-depth tour of Bagan and stop at small delta towns and villages before your voyage concludes in Mandalay.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1YangonEMBARKATION
2YangonCity tour
3Da Nyu PhyuMonastery visit
Cheroot workshop
4Myan AungColonial Dyke
Rice farm visit
5PyayCity tour
6Tha Yet MyoGolf Course & Post Office
7MinhlaHistoric Fort visit
MaGweMaGwe excrusion
8SalayCity tour
9Tant Kyi TaungVillage visit
BaganObservation tower sunset
OR Guni Temple sunset
10BaganMt. Popa excursion with Holy Mountain
OR Mt. Popa excursion
OR city tour
11YandaboPottery-making demonstration
12InwaVillage visit
U-Bein Bridge excursion
13SagaingCity tour
MingunVillage visit
14MandalayFull day city tour
OR half- day city tour & local school visit
15MandalayDISEMBARKATION
Return flight home or post-cruise extension
DayDestinationActivities
1YangonEMBARKATION
2YangonCity tour
3Da Nyu PhyuMonastery visit
Cheroot workshop
4Myan AungColonial Dyke
Rice farm visit
5PyayCity tour
6Tha Yet MyoGolf Course & Post Office
7MinhlaHistoric Fort visit
MaGweMaGwe excrusion
8SalayCity tour
9Tant Kyi TaungVillage visit
BaganObservation tower sunset
OR Guni Temple sunset
10BaganMt. Popa excursion with Holy Mountain
OR Mt. Popa excursion
OR city tour
11YandaboPottery-making demonstration
12InwaVillage visit
U-Bein Bridge excursion
13SagaingCity tour
MingunVillage visit
14MandalayFull day city tour
OR half- day city tour & local school visit
15MandalayDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 14 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
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Special onboard highlights, including cultural show, puppet show, and lectures/discussions pertaining to Burmese culture
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • 1 night post-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1ARRIVE IN YANGON, MYANMAR
Welcome to Yangon, a former royal capital known as the “Garden City of the East” for its lush tropical setting. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2YANGON—MAUBIN
Your sightseeing excursion in Yangon today includes the city center and 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,L,D)
Day 3MAUBIN—DA NYU PHYU – HINTHATA
Today you will have an opportunity today to explore Da Nyu Phyu, site of a Burmese uprising during the First Anglo-Burmese war. You will visit a local monastery and the tomb of General Bandoola, commander of the Royal Burmese Armed Forces. Afterwards, head out to a cheroot workshop and learn about this distinct cigar making trade. (B,L,D)
Day 4HINTHATA—MYAN AUNG—SEIKHATHA
Today the ship arrives in Myan Aung, a quiet riverside town filled with well-preserved colonial-era houses. Admire the town’s Colonial Dyke, a great example of 19th century British engineering. The region’s rice production relies heavily on this flood control and irrigation system. You’ll also enjoy a walking tour through a nearby rice paddy. (B,L,D)
Day 5SEIKHTHA— PYAY
After the ship arrives in Pyay, 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 6THA YET MYO—LET PAN
Tha Yet Myo is a pleasant town that once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1855. It has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, as well as one of the oldest golf courses in all of Myanmar. Take a walk through the greens of this historic golf course and enjoy a visit to one of the oldest post offices in the region. (B,L,D)
Day 7LET PAN—MINHLA – 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 8MAGWE— SALAY
The ship cruises to Salay (Sale) today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries. 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 Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)
Day 9TANT 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 10BAGAN
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 11BAGAN—YANDABO—SIMIKONE
Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)
Day 12SIMIKONE— INWA—SAGAING
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 13SAGAING – 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 14MANDALAY
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 15MANDALAY – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN YANGON, MYANMAR
Welcome to Yangon, a former royal capital known as the “Garden City of the East” for its lush tropical setting. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2YANGON—MAUBIN
Your sightseeing excursion in Yangon today includes the city center and 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,L,D)
Day 3MAUBIN—DA NYU PHYU – HINTHATA
Today you will have an opportunity today to explore Da Nyu Phyu, site of a Burmese uprising during the First Anglo-Burmese war. You will visit a local monastery and the tomb of General Bandoola, commander of the Royal Burmese Armed Forces. Afterwards, head out to a cheroot workshop and learn about this distinct cigar making trade. (B,L,D)
Day 4HINTHATA—MYAN AUNG—SEIKHATHA
Today the ship arrives in Myan Aung, a quiet riverside town filled with well-preserved colonial-era houses. Admire the town’s Colonial Dyke, a great example of 19th century British engineering. The region’s rice production relies heavily on this flood control and irrigation system. You’ll also enjoy a walking tour through a nearby rice paddy. (B,L,D)
Day 5SEIKHTHA— PYAY
After the ship arrives in Pyay, 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 6THA YET MYO—LET PAN
Tha Yet Myo is a pleasant town that once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1855. It has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, as well as one of the oldest golf courses in all of Myanmar. Take a walk through the greens of this historic golf course and enjoy a visit to one of the oldest post offices in the region. (B,L,D)
Day 7LET PAN—MINHLA – 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 8MAGWE— SALAY
The ship cruises to Salay (Sale) today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries. 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 Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)
Day 9TANT 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 10BAGAN
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 11BAGAN—YANDABO—SIMIKONE
Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)
Day 12SIMIKONE— INWA—SAGAING
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 13SAGAING – 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 14MANDALAY
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 15MANDALAY – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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

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Nov 24YangonAmaPuraYangonNov 24$6,599$6,879Has Sailed


Notes:

Port Charges:  Additional $266 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: $140 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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