Myanmar (Burma)

Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

15-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : MANDALAY-YANGON
Begin your Myanmar adventure in Mandalay, where you will embark upon a 14-night 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.

COUNTRIES: MYANMAR
RIVERS: AYEYARWADY



ITINERARY

Day 1 : MANDALAY – EMBARKATION – MINGUN
Arrive in Mandalay and board the AmaPura. The ship will depart for nearby Mingun, where you will 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. You will also see Myatheindan Pagoda, featuring images from Buddhist mythology, before returning to Mandalay. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2 : MANDALAY
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. (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 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 will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : YANDABO-BAGAN
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : BAGAN
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : THANTKYI-SALAY
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. You'll 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 : MAGWE
Further downstream today, the ship will stop 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). (B,L,D)
Day 8 : MINHLA-THAYETMYO
Your day begins in Minhla, the site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. You will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : PYAY
After the ship arrives in Pyay (Prome), take 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 will also visit the archaeological museum of Sri Ksetra. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : MYANAUNG
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 will take you past well-preserved colonial-era houses. You will also have an opportunity to visit the town's bustling market. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : ZALON
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. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : DANUPHYU
You will have an opportunity today to 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. (B,L,D)
Day 13 : MAUBIN
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Maubin, a small delta town and the birthplace of Myanmar's first head of state, Dr. Ba Maw. You will also have time to visit the local market before departing for Yangon. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : YANGON
Your full-day tour begins with a visit to the city center and Sule Pagoda, followed by a photo stop at scenic Kandawgyi Lake. Other sights include: 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 a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most beautiful and revered religious sites. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : YANGON – DISEMBARKATION
After breakfast on board, bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 14 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
  • Spa
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • 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

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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:
    Optional travel insurance plans

  • Port charges

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Feb 7MandalayYangonAmaPura$6,049
Feb 21YangonMandalayAmaPura$6,049
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
SGMainFrench BalconyBase Price
SFMainFrench Balcony+$279
SEMainFrench Balcony+$549
SDUpperOutside Balcony+$1,349
SCUpperOutside Balcony+$1,749
SBUpperTwin Balcony+$2,799
SAUpperOutside Balcony+$2,999

Note:

  • Port Charges: Additonal $266 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.
  • Optional Extension: An optional 3-day/2-night pre- or post-cruise stay in Bangkok, including hotel accommodations with daily breakfast and guided sightseeing tours, is available from $560 per person. Note: This optional extension requires Intra-Asia Air between Bangkok and Yangon at an additional cost. Some restrictions and blocked dates may apply; please call for details.
  • Optional Extension: 3 nights in Inle Lake & 1 night in Yangon post extension $1,120 per person Single Supplement is $560 per person. Roundtrip Intra-Myanmar Air is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • 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.
    ON-BOARD FACILITIES 
  • 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