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Begin your Myanmar adventure in Yangon where you embark upon a 15-day 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Yangon, Myanmar | Embarkation
Day 2 : Yangon | Pan Tan Naw
Day 3 : Pan Tan Naw | Da Nyu Phyu | Hinthata
Day 4 : Hinthata | Myan Aung | Seikhatha
Day 5 : Seikhtha | Pyay
Day 6 : Tha Yet Myo | Let Pan
Day 7 : Let Pan-minhla | Magwe
Day 8 : Magwe | Salay
Day 9 : Tant Kyi Taung | Bagan
Day 10 : Bagan
Day 11 : Bagan | Yandabo | Simikone
Day 12 : Simikone | Inwa | Sagaing
Day 13 : Sagaing | Mingun | Mandalay
Day 14 : Mandalay
Day 15 : Mandalay | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Shop for handicrafts, clothing and delicacies at local markets
  • Explore the town of Da Nyu Phyu on a trishaw ride
  • Take a walk through the greens of one of Myanmar's oldest golf courses
  • See the Mud Volcano in Minbu, the mythical home of fire breathing dragons
  • Watch a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans in Yandabo
  • Visit Myanmar's most sacred sites

Ship

MS Amapura

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Adventures in Myanmar Adventures in Myanmar

Day 1 Arrive In Yangon, Myanmar | Embarkation

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. 

Day 2 Yangon | Pan Tan Naw

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning 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. 

Day 3 Pan Tan Naw | Da Nyu Phyu | Hinthata

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the town of Da Nyu Phyu, site of a Burmese uprising during the First Anglo-Burmese war, on a trishaw ride. 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.

Day 4 Hinthata | Myan Aung | Seikhatha

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Enjoy a walking tour through a nearby rice paddy.

Day 5 Seikhtha | Pyay

  • 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. 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 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 6 Tha Yet Myo | Let Pan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 7 Let Pan-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 8 Magwe | Salay

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

Day 9 Tant 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 10 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 11 Bagan | Yandabo | Simikone

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. You have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans as well as glimpses of typical village life. 

Day 12 Simikone | Inwa | 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 13 Sagaing | Mingun | Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning the ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. Visit Soonuponyashin Pagoda and a local monastic school. Continue on to Mingun where you can 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. Take the 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 14 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, 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 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 15 Mandalay | Disembarkation

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

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Notes

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


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)

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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