Hidden Wonders of Myanmar
- Enjoy a full-day tour of Mandalay, including many of the city’s top sights
- Visit Bagan (Pagan), one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites
- Stop at Pyay, former capital, home to more than 80 gilded pagodas
At a glance
Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights
Coverage: Mandalay to Yangon
Season: January - February, April, August, November - December
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.
Extraordinary experiences await you in Myanmar; sacred monuments, ancient traditions, and the enticing allure of the undiscovered.
Begin your Myanmar adventure with a night in Yangon and a short flight to Mandalay, where you will embark upon a 14-night downstream cruise. Explore the fabled city of Mandalay, 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 Yangon.
- 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. After boarding the ship, your afternoon sightseeing excursion 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. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (D)
- Day 2: Maubin
Enjoy a tour today of Maubin, a small delta town and the birthplace of Myanmar’s first head of state, Dr. Ba Maw. You will also have time to visit the local market before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
- Day 3: Danuphyu - Zalon
You will have an opportunity today to explore Danuphyu, site of a Burmese uprising during the First Anglo-Burmese war. Later, the ship continues cruising through the Ayeyarwady Delta region, stopping to visit the small port town of Zalon. Enjoy seeing the sights by trishaw, including Pyitawpyan Pagoda and its famous “wish-fulfilling” bronze Buddha, stolen by British soldiers years ago and later returned by order of Queen Victoria. (B,L,D)
- Day 4: Myanaung
Today the ship arrives in Myanaung, a quiet riverside town where a walking tour will take you past well-preserved colonial-era houses. You will also have an opportunity to visit the town’s bustling market before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
- Day 5: Pyay
After the ship arrives in Pyay (Prome), 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 Phayamar Pagoda and Shwesandaw Pagoda, one the country’s most revered religious sites. Later, take an excursion to the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra. (B,L,D)
- Day 6: Thayetmyo
Thayetmyo 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, including a covered market. (B,L,D)
- Day 7: Minhla - Magwe
Further upstream today, the ship will stop at Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. 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, 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 (Buddhist spirits). (B,L,D)
- Day 8: 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 9: Thantkyi - Bagan
Join your fellow passengers 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. On your initial sightseeing foray here, visit 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 10: Bagan - Mt. Popa
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, take an excursion to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, enjoy a 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 11: Yandabo
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 12: Inwa
Today you will visit Inwa (Ava), the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries, where you will see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery; the “leaning tower of Inwa,” ruins of a 90-foot-high watch tower; and Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak. (B,L,D)
- Day 13: Sagaing - Mingun
The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, 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. Continue on to Mingun, site of 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 14: Mandalay
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. Later, take an excursion to the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship. (B,L,D)
- Day 15: Mandalay - Disembark - Yangon
After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, transfer to the airport for a short flight back to Yangon. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)
- Day 16: Yangon
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake. (B)
Dates & Rates
|Dec 20, 2016||AmaPura||$7,079||$7,358||$7,628||$8,428||$8,828||$9,878||$10,078|
|Jan 4, 2017||AmaPura||$7,079||$7,358||$7,628||$8,428||$8,828||$9,878||$10,078|
|Feb 6, 2017||AmaPura||$7,079||$7,358||$7,628||$8,428||$8,828||$9,878||$10,078|
|Feb 21, 2017||AmaPura||$7,079||$7,358||$7,628||$8,428||$8,828||$9,878||$10,078|
Cruise prices are per person. Additional $266 per person for Port Charges. Single supplement: Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF 50% of twin price; Cat. SA & SB 100% of twin price; $140 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.
- 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
- 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
- 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).