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Begin your Myanmar adventure in Mandalay, where you embark on a 14-day 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Mandalay | Embark | Mingun
Day 2 : Mandalay
Day 3 : Sagaing | Inwa
Day 4 : Yandabo | Bagan
Day 5 : Bagan
Day 6 : Tant Kyi Taung | Salay
Day 7 : Magwe
Day 8 : Minhla | Thayetmyo
Day 9 : Pyay
Day 10 : Myanaung
Day 11 : Zalon
Day 12 : Danuphyu
Day 13 : Maubin
Day 14 : Yangon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit some of Myanmar's most sacred sites, including the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Tour the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its monasteries
  • Glimpse into local life by visiting villages and marketplaces
  • Climb the steps of Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits
  • Take a trishaw ride and explore the town of Zalon

Ship

MS Amapura

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Adventures in Myanmar Fishermen of Myanmar at sunset

Day 1 Mandalay | Embark | Mingun

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mandalay and board the AmaPura. Depart for nearby Mingun, where you can 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. Also see Myatheindan Pagoda, featuring images from Buddhist mythology, before returning to Mandalay. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your full-day tour includes many of the city’s top sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, now covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Visit the workshops of 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) and Shwenandaw monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Later, take an excursion to see the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura.

Day 3 Sagaing | Inwa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and tranquil atmosphere. Visit silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. Continue on to Inwa (Ava), capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries, where you can see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery; the “Leaning Tower of Inwa,” ruins of a 90-foot-high watch tower; and Bagaya monastery, built of teak.

Day 4 Yandabo | Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives this morning in Yandabo, a village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans as well as glimpses of typical village life. 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.

Day 5 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, take an excursion to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits and an important pilgrimage site. Those who believe in these guardian spirits come to Mt. Popa to pray and worship. From the mountain top, enjoy the stunning panoramic view spread across Bagan’s plains. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 6 Tant Kyi Taung | Salay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before departing for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. Later, cruise to Salay (Sale), 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 can also see a splendid colonial-era house and the Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

Day 7 Magwe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Further downstream today, the ship stops at Magwe. Walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (animist spirits).

Day 8 Minhla | Thayetmyo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your day begins in Minhla, the site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Then take a small boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Continue on to Thayetmyo, which once served as the border between Royal Burma and British Burma. Thayetmyo is a pleasant little town with many colonial-era houses and a local market.

Day 9 Pyay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Shwesandaw and Payagyi Pagodas, the country’s most revered religious sites. You can also visit the archaeological museum of Sri Ksetra.

Day 10 Myanaung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship departs this morning, enjoy wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings. Continue on to Myanaung, a quiet riverside town where your walking tour takes you past well-preserved colonial-era houses. You also have an opportunity to visit the town’s bustling market.

Day 11 Zalon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship cruises through the Ayeyarwady Delta region today, 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.

Day 12 Danuphyu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Danuphyu, site of a Burmese uprising during the First Anglo-Burmese War. The ship departs for Maubin this evening. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board with your fellow travelers.

Day 13 Maubin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Maubin, a small delta town and the birthplace of Myanmar’s first head of state, Dr. Ba Maw. You can also enjoy some time to visit the local market before departing for Yangon.

Day 14 Yangon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast on board, bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake.

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Notes

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

Included Features:
- 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodationsin a Full Balcony, French Balcony or TwinBalcony suite
- Life-enriching tours and shore excursions
- Fine dining with all meals included duringyour cruise
- Complimentary house wine, local beer and softdrinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
- Special onboard highlights, including culturalshow, puppet show, and lectures/discussionspertaining to Burmese culture
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permittedonly on the Sun Deck)

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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