Golden Treasures of Myanmar
CRUISE FROM : PYAY TO MANDALAY
Your journey begins Pyay, 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 the Golden City of Mandalay, where you will disembark.
|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. (D)
|Day 2 :
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 will see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate, enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum and the Payagi Pagoda. (B,L,D)
|Day 3 :
||MINHLA – MAGWE
Further upstream today, the ship will stop 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. 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 4 :
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 will also see a splendid colonial-era house and the 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)
|Day 5 :
||THANT KYI TAUNG – BAGAN
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 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 6 :
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 7 :
||BAGAN – YANDABO
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’ll have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)
|Day 8 :
||INWA – AMARAPURA – SAGAING
This afternoon you will 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. (B,L,D)
|Day 9 :
||SAGAING – MINGUN – MANDALAY
This morning ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. In Sagaing, you'll 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’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). (B,L,D)
|Day 10 :
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 will have the unique opportunity to visit a local school in Mandalay. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship with your fellow travelers. (B,L,D)
|Day 11 :
||MANDALAY – DISEMBARKATION – YANGON
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: Additonal $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