Golden Treasures of Myanmar Cruise

13 days from $6 276 pp*
  • Explore the sights of Inwa in a horse-drawn cart.
  • Visit local artisans and watch a pottery-making demonstration.
  • Enjoy a private guided journey through the highlights of Yangon.
  • Embark on a ten-night cruise along the waters of the Ayeyarwady River.
  • Luxurious five-star hotel.
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Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries, as you uncover the golden treasures of Myanmar by luxury river cruise. Guided group excursions will take you out daily to discover the rich spiritual world that is Myanmar, including a full-day tour of Bagan and its incredible collection of over 2,000 stupas, temples and pagodas, all dotting the Bagan plains. Take in the stunning view from atop Mt. Popa and visit the Golden City of Mandalay. There is no better way to see Myanmar.

Cruise Departure Dates:

Mandalay-Pyay: , Mar 6,26, Sep 14, Oct 4,24, Nov 13, Dec 3 (2015)

Pyay-Mandalay: Mar 16, Apr 5, Sep 24, Oct 14, Nov 3,23, Dec 13 (2015)

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 2 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Tour - Private - Early Morning - Markets, Monks and Mohinga (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Yangon to Mandalay to Mingun to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Yangon to Mandalay to Mingun to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Yangon - Mandalay [(1hr 15mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Pier - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Embarkation
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Temple Ruins - Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    • Port Charges (10N)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Mandalay to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Mandalay to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: City Tour - Guide
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Sagaing to Ava to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Sagaing to Ava to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Old Capital Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Horsecart Tour - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Yandabo to Bagan to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Yandabo to Bagan to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Village Life & Pottery Demonstration - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Temples & Pagodas Tour - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Bagan to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Bagan to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Bagan & Mt. Popa Tour - Guide
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Bagan to Salay to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Bagan to Salay to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Thantkyi Mountain - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Salay Discovery - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Magway to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Magway to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Shrines of the Nats - Guide
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Magway to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Magway to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Forts of Minhla - Boat/Guide
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Thayetmyo to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Thayetmyo to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: Colonial Thayetmyo - Boat/Guide
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 Pyay (Prome) to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    Pyay (Prome) to Ayeyarwady River Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Shore Excursion - Shared: City Walking Tour - Guide
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Pyay (Prome)
    Pyay (Prome)
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Disembarkation
    • Pyay (Prome) - Yangon [(4.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Yangon

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (5*)

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon shines as one of the city’s topmost hotels for pure luxury and contemporary comfort. Situated among lush greenery and beside the famous Kandawgyi Lake, views are simply stunning and spectacular – all just 16 kilometers from Yangon International Airport. Every guestroom is spaciously designed and furnished to reflect the luxurious surroundings, with breathtaking views of Shwedagon Pagoda. The Chatrium Club Lounge provides an added touch of luxury and exclusivity with a private check-in lounge, complimentary refreshments, and many more privileges. Choose from any of the restaurants and bars for delicious dining, relax by the beach-styled swimming pool, work-out at the Fitness Center and rejuvenate at Nemita Spa.

Yangon
Yangon
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Hotel
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Hotel

Day 2: Yangon

What’s happening in the streets of Yangon when most people are still sleeping? You’re going to find out! An early wake-up call is planned for 6:00 AM and the guide will be expecting you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:30 AM. Start your morning with a visit to the fish market on the Yangon River. Next, continue to a vegetable market which is open 24 hours a day and try famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga (a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers). By that time the monks are walking through the streets of Yangon to collect their alms, you will wait for them to pass and donate some food to them. Continue to the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel around 9:30 AM to have your full western breakfast.

Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River, and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour you will be shown the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have only seen a few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, The Strand, and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. A local market will lead you to a small station where you will take the famous circular train that will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Strand Hotel and lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (5*)
Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda
Monks
Monks

Day 3: Yangon - Mandalay - Mingun - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Fly from Yangon to Mandalay. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Meet your driver for a pier transfer with a private vehicle.

Welcome aboard!

Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship.  You'll set sail shortly.

Enjoy a group excursion at Mingun, site of 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 and its many images from Buddhist mythology. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)

The 56-passenger AmaPura (2014) is a custom-designed, all-suite ship with a choice of spacious staterooms measuring 285 sq. ft., 290 sq. ft. and 420 sq. ft. Every suite features a private French Balcony, a step-out Full Balcony, or Twin Balconies. The stylish décor was thoughtfully conceived to provide guests with an ultra-comfortable and serene home away from home, with a relaxing sitting area, individual climate control and hotel-quality amenities.

Ayeyarwady River Cruise
Ayeyarwady River Cruise
AmaPura (artist rendering)
AmaPura (artist rendering)

Day 4: Mandalay - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Your full-day group tour includes many of Mandalay'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. Later, take an excursion to see the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge

Day 5: Sagaing - Ava - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. Visit a silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues.

Continue on to Inwa (Ava), the 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 Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Sagaing
Sagaing

Day 6: Yandabo - Bagan - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

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, 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 group sightseeing foray in Bagan, visit Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the “Westminster Abbey of Burma,” and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Bagan
Bagan

Day 7: Bagan - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, join a group excursion to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the Bagan Archeological Zone, filled with thousands of stupas, temples and pagodas. Tour some of the most distinctive pagodas as well as Gubyaukgyi Temple, a cave temple with frescoes depicting scenes of Buddha’s life. Visit a lacquerware workshop and a nearby village before returning to the ship for dinner.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Mount Popa
Mount Popa

Day 8: Bagan - Salay - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before departing on a group excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda.

Upon arrival to Salay, a group excursion takes you to Yoke-Sone-Kyaung, 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.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Young Monks
Young Monks

Day 9: Magway - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Further downstream today, the ship will stop at Magwe (Magway). Walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits).

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Nats (Buddhist Spirits)
Nats (Buddhist Spirits)

Day 10: Magway - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Your day begins in Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Take a small local boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)

Day 11: Thayetmyo - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

Thayetmyo 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, including a covered market. A guided group excursion will bring you through the city's sites.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Local Market
Local Market

Day 12: Pyay (Prome) - Ayeyarwady River Cruise

After arriving at Pyay, head ashore for 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 Phayamar Pagoda and Shwesandaw Pagoda, one the country’s most revered religious sites. You will also take an excursion to the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
Shwesandaw Pagoda
Shwesandaw Pagoda

Day 13: Pyay (Prome)

This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.

Transfer from Pyay to Yangon with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 4.5 hours.

Accommodation:
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Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (5*): Yangon

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon shines as one of the city’s topmost hotels for pure luxury and contemporary comfort. Situated among lush greenery and beside the famous Kandawgyi Lake, views are simply stunning and spectacular – all just 16 kilometers from Yangon International Airport. Every guestroom is spaciously designed and furnished to reflect the luxurious surroundings, with breathtaking views of Shwedagon Pagoda. The Chatrium Club Lounge provides an added touch of luxury and exclusivity with a private check-in lounge, complimentary refreshments, and many more privileges. Choose from any of the restaurants and bars for delicious dining, relax by the beach-styled swimming pool, work-out at the Fitness Center and rejuvenate at Nemita Spa.

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Hotel
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Hotel
Guestroom
Guestroom

AmaPura (10N) (BLD): Ayeyarwady River Cruise

The 56-passenger AmaPura (2014) is a custom-designed, all-suite ship with a choice of spacious staterooms measuring 285 sq. ft., 290 sq. ft. and 420 sq. ft. Every suite features a private French Balcony, a step-out Full Balcony, or Twin Balconies. The stylish décor was thoughtfully conceived to provide guests with an ultra-comfortable and serene home away from home, with a relaxing sitting area, individual climate control and hotel-quality amenities.

AmaPura (artist rendering)
AmaPura (artist rendering)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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