Golden Treasures of Myanmar
- Stunning views from atop Mt. Popa
- Visit the Golden City of Mandalay
- Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries
- Enjoy a full-day tour of Bagan and its rich collection of stupas, temples and pagodas.
At a glance
Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights
Coverage: Pyay to Mandalay
Season: September - April
Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife
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For the adventurous traveler, there is no better time than now to explore Myanmar (Burma). The country has eased politically, development is still in its early stages, temples and pagodas are largely free of tourists, and the fading colonial legacy exudes atmosphere.
Myanmar is rich with timeless and exotic sights, and the gracious Burmese people are eager to show off their beautiful country. Visitors are flocking to this once-forgotten land and the chance to experience it at this historic juncture is simply irresistible.
The Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River offers an ideal way to see this enchanting country in a leisurely and up-close manner. This Golden Treasures of Myanmar itinerary features all the classic sights, including former royal capitals, majestic statues and shrines, and ancient monasteries. The unhurried pace of a river cruise allows the centuries to slip away, so you can sit back and savor Myanmar in all its golden glory.
Embark upon a voyage of discovery in this breathtaking land of mist-hung mountains and mystical imagery.
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.
- Day 1: Arrive in Yangon, Myanmar
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 2: Yangon
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 3: Yangon - 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 4: Thayetmyo
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 in 1855. (B,L,D)
- Day 5: Minhla - 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 6: Salay
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 7: Thantkyi-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 8: Bagan-Mt. Popa
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, you’ll take an excursion to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, you will have a guided tour of the Bagan Archeological Zone, filled with thousands of stupas, temples and pagodas. Tour some of the most distinctive pagodas as well as Gubyaukgyi Temple, a cave temple with frescoes depicting scenes of Buddha’s life. Visit a lacquerware workshop and a nearby village before returning to the ship for dinner. (B,L,D)
- Day 9: Bagan-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 10: Inwa
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 11: Sagaing - 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 12: Mandalay
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), Mandalay Hill, 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 13: Mandalay - 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 14: Yangon
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake. (B)
Dates & Rates
|Jan 16, 2017||AmaPura||$5,839||$6,038||$6,238||$6,838||$7,138||$7,838||$8,038|
|Jan 26, 2017||AmaPura||$5,839||$6,038||$6,238||$6,838||$7,138||$7,838||$8,038|
|Mar 5, 2017||AmaPura||$5,839||$6,038||$6,238||$6,838||$7,138||$7,838||$8,038|
|Mar 15, 2017||AmaPura||$5,839||$6,038||$6,238||$6,838||$7,138||$7,838||$8,038|
Cruise prices are per person. Additional $190 per person for Port Charges. Single supplement: Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF 50% of twin price; Cat. SA & SB 100% of twin price; $420 per person for pre and post land arrangements. A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to Myanmar. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
- 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
- Vessel fuel surcharges
- Passport and visa fees
- Baggage fees
- Port charges
- Port taxes and fees
- Travel, health, accident or other insurance
- Additional food and beverages
- Optional excursions
- Other items or services of a personal nature
The custom-built AmaPURA takes its name from the former royal capital of Amarapura(Sanskrit for “City of Immortality”). Designed to provide an ultra-comfortable experience along Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River, this vessel is beautifully furnished with a combination of modern and traditional motifs and its shallow draft allows it to navigate the river nearly year-round. View ship details...
This optional 4-night Inle Lake/Yangon post-cruise extension features three nights in Inle Lake and one night in Yangon.
Among Inle Lake’s most unique and unforgettable sights are its verdant floating gardens. The local Intha people create large islands of weeds and water hyacinth supported by long wooden trellises, which are used to cultivate fruit, vegetables and flowers. The lake’s nutrient-rich water makes these gardens incredibly fertile, and the delicious tomatoes grown here are considered the finest in Myanmar.
- Day 1: Yangon - Heho - Kalaw - Inle Lake
After your cruise concludes, you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Heho. Your guide will drive you to Kalaw, an old British hill station, to visit the Shweumin Natural Caves, enjoy panoramic views of Kalaw and see many colonial-era buildings. Continue on to Inle Lake, the beautiful home of the indigenous Intha people, and check in to your hotel.
- Day 2: Inle Lake – Indein
After breakfast, explore the south part of the lake by boat, stopping at Indein Village to view its old and very picturesque pagodas. You will also have a chance to see the ingenious one-legged rowing technique used by local fishermen, and visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda and the famous Nga Phe Kyaung monastery (also known as the “Jumping Cat Monastery”), where monks have trained cats to jump through hoops. (B)
- Day 3: Taunggyi - Kakku - Red Mountain
Today’s excursion takes you to Taunggyi, the capital of Myanmar’s Shan State, to visit the Shan Cultural Museum, the local market, and a hilltop pagoda with splendid panoramic views. You’ll also explore the long-lost ruins of Kakku, a collection of more than 2,000 centuries-old pagodas, and stop at the Red Mountain winery for a vineyard tour. (B)
- Day 4: Inle Lake - Yangon
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
- Day 5: Yangon
Return flight home. (B)
This optional extension is available for $1,120 per person (airfare additional).