Golden Treasures of Myanmar (Reverse)
CRUISE FROM : MANDALAY-PYAY
Your journey begins in Mandalay, where you will embark your 10-night cruise. 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 Pyay before returning to Yangon.
|Day 1 :
||MANDALAY – EMBARKATION – MINGUN
Welcome to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (D)
|Day 2 :
||MINGUN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING
This morning you'll tour the village of 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'll 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). In the afternoon, explore the legendary city of Mandalay. Your tour 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. 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. Before returning the ship, watch an unforgettable sunset at the world's longest teak wood footbridge, the U-Bein Bridge. (B,L,D)
|Day 3 :
||SAGAING – INWA
The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. In Sagaing, you will visit a local monastic school and Soonuponyashin Pagoda. Continue on to Inwa (Ava), capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries, where you will see the sights in a horse-drawn carriage. Highlights include the Bagaya monastery, built entirely of teak. (B,L,D)
|Day 4 :
||YANDABO – BAGAN
Arrive in 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. 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 archeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will visit an observation tower where you will 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. (B,L,D)
|Day 5 :
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, you will 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. (B,L,D)
|Day 6 :
||TANT KYI TAUNG – SALAY
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. The ship then cruises on to Salay, 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 7 :
Today you will 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. You’ll also see the General Aung San "Bogyoke" Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river. (B,L,D)
|Day 8 :
Your day begins with an exciting trishaw ride through the village of MaGwe, after which you will stop at a local market. Later in the afternoon journey to Minhla, the site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Today’s walking tour will take on a visit of a Colonial-era Fort, constructed by two Italian brothers in 1860 to keep the British forces at bay. After a series of conflicts, the fort ultimately fell to the British in 1885. (B,L,D)
|Day 9 :
||THA YET MYO
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. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a glimpse of rural village life in the small town of Pha Hto. Meet the locals and visit a nearby school where the children have prepared a special performance for their visitors. (B,L,D)
|Day 10 :
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 will see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate, enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum and the Payagi Pagoda. (B,L,D)
|Day 11 :
||PYAY – DISEMBARKATION
After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey. (B)
|(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- 10 nights deluxe accommodation in a balcony suite
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Sun deck
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
DINING AND CUISINE
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- Complimentary wine, local beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
- Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
- Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
- Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
- Optional travel insurance plans:
- Port charges
TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
|SG||Main||French Balcony||Base Price
- INLE LAKE POST-CRUISE EXTENSION: We highly recommend that you extend your stay with this land program, which includes 3 nights in Inle Lake and 1 night in Yangon. Experience a unique and beautiful way of life on the lake with included hotel accommodations and guided tours for $1,120 per person. This extension requires roundtrip intra-Myanmar airfare, which is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
- BANGKOK EXTENSION: Optional 2-night Bangkok extension from $560 per person. Requires intra-Asia airfare at an additional cost.
- Port Charges: $190 per person.
- Single Supplement for Cruise: Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF 50% of twin price; Cat. SA & SB 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
- Intra-Myanmar Air: Additional $190 per segment/per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
- Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to Myanmar. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
- Important: Itinerary is subject to change. Refer to www.AmaWaterways.com for up-to-date information.
- Bedding: Please call for details.
* Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked
Terms & Conditions:
All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
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|All ships of AMADEUS WATERWAYS
operate for the English speaking market only and offer a long list of amenities, which no other river cruise ship in Europe can match.
- Grand View Lounge Bar
- Elegant Panorama Restaurant
- Fitness Center
- Beauty Salon including manicure & pedicure
- Onboard physician and massage
- Fun pool
- Interesting lecture programs
- On-board veriety entertainmant
- 100- meter walking track