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Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MS Amapura
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Your 11-day journey begins 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 your adventure comes to a close.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Yangon | Pyay | Embarkation
Day 2 : Pyay
Day 3 : Minhla | Magwe
Day 4 : Salay
Day 5 : Thant Kyi Taung | Bagan
Day 6 : Bagan
Day 7 : Bagan | Yandabo
Day 8 : Inwa | Amarapura | Sagaing
Day 9 : Sagaing | Mingun | Mandalay
Day 10 : Mandalay
Day 11 : Mandalay | Disembarkation | Yangon


  • Take a panoramic tour to see the Mud Volcano in Minbu
  • Join an excursion up Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda
  • Visit Yokesonekyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery
  • Climb the steps of Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits
  • Glimpse into local life at marketplaces and unique village visits


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Day 1 Yangon | Pyay | Embarkation

Welcome to Pyay, also known as Prome, an important commercial center for trade between the Ayeyarwaddy Delta. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Pyay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a walking tour of Pyay, the former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma and home to more than 80 gilded pagodas. During your city tour you can see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate, and enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum and the Payagi Pagoda.

Day 3 Minhla | Magwe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Further upstream today, the ship stops 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. Also see the General Aung San “Bogyoke” Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river.

Day 4 Salay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 can also see a splendid colonial-era house and the 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. 

Day 5 Thant Kyi Taung | Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 archaeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, visit an observation tower where you can 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. 

Day 6 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your full day in Bagan offers you three sightseeing choices. The first is climbing to the observation deck (250 steps) or the top (777 steps) of Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Afterwards, stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting of Jaggery, a palm sugar that is made from the Totty Palm Tree. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to shop and explore other attractions at the Mount Popa Resort. Your third option is an excursion to some of the most distinctive pagodas in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, like Shwezigan Pagoda and the Ananda temple. Afterwards, spend some time at the lively Nyaungoo market, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles and other unique souvenirs. Later, visit the 13th century Gubyaulgyi Temple, which is situated near the Wetkyi-inn Village, and the Pyathada temple. 

Day 7 Bagan | Yandabo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life.

Day 8 Inwa | Amarapura | Sagaing

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon visit Inwa, the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Explore the ancient ruins of the city by horse-drawn carriage and see the splendid Bagaya monastery, built entirely of teak. 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.

Day 9 Sagaing | Mingun | Mandalay

This morning, the ship stops at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. In Sagaing, visit a local monastic school and the Soonuponyashin Pagoda. Continue on to Mingun where 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 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). 

Day 10 Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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 have the unique opportunity to visit a local school in Mandalay. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship with your fellow travelers.

Day 11 Mandalay | Disembarkation | Yangon

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey. 

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Please note: Cruise fare does not include port charges and fees.

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
- 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


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