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Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (Mandalay to Yangon)

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Explore Myanmar’s hidden gems aboard a luxurious 14-night cruise along the Irrawaddy River. On our brand-new river ship enjoy a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, a full-day to see the wonders of Bagan and discover rural life along the River.Explore Myanmar’s hidden gems aboard a luxurious 14-night cruise along the Irrawaddy River. On our brand-new river ship enjoy a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, a full-day to see the wonders of Bagan and discover rural life along the River.

  • OPERATES 05 April 2018
  • DEPARTS Mandalay


DAY 1 Arrive Mandalay, Embark Ship

On arrival in Mandalay, Myanmar’s last royal capital, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the Irrawaddy River. Here, board your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha, for the start of your incredible 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise. Completely sheltered from any western influence and untouched by tourists for an entire generation, the culture here remains gloriously intact – this will become apparent from the moment you arrive in this beautiful untouched oasis. Veiled in mystery, Myanmar is a land where traveller’s dreams are made, where life goes on as it always has. As you settle into your luxurious suite, mingle with your fellow passengers this evening during your Welcome Reception.
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Stay: 14 Night: aboard APT’s boutique river ship, the RV Samatha

DAY 2 Mandalay


Enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U Bein Bridge with a glass of Champagne.

Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay, including Mahamuni Buddha Temple and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Later, take in a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery.
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DAY 3 Sagaing, Inwa

Depart the ship by coach to visit Sagaing, here you will visit the Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda. Enjoy the view over the Irrawaddy River and also visit a Silversmith workshop for an insight into this craft. Later continue on to Inwa by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery.
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DAY 4 Yandabo, Bagan

Your ship will arrive today in Yandabo, a charming village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. Here, disembark and enjoy an intimate look at village life and attend a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans. Later, re-board your river ship and take in the scenery as you continue cruising onwards to mystical Bagan. As you meander along this section of the Irrawaddy River, the beauty of this country becomes apparent. Watch on as you pass lush green vegetation, fisherman casting their nets and homes that sit close to the riverbank. This evening observe a stunning sunset over Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. During this beautiful, breathtaking experience, enjoy free flowing drinks, delicious canapés, and fantastic hospitality with your new friends and fellow guests.
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DAY 5 Bagan

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps opt to ascend the winding covered staircases encircling Myanmar’s nats (spirits) at Mount Popa or stay local and further explore Bagan’s revered pagodas and temples.

This morning, the RV Samatha’s Sun Deck offers a sublime vantage point from which to capture a glimpse of Bagan at sunrise. Later, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village.
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DAY 6 Tantkyi Hill, Salay


Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before cruising onwards to Tantkyi.

Here, you’ll be given time to visit the Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues facing in all directions. On returning to your ship, you’ll cruise to the small village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Here, you’ll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and extensive collection of religious artefacts. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century.
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DAY 7 Magwe

On arrival, disembark your ship and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the fabulous views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to a variety of nat spirits.
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DAY 8 Minhla, Thayetmyo

Today you’ll arrive in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Here, visit the Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Learn how the British captured this historic fort, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. After your discovery, continue on to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.
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DAY 9 Pyay (Prome)

On arrival in Pyay, you’ll disembark for a walking tour. Established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the late 19th century, Pyay originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Myanmar. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country’s most revered religious sites. Later, travel eight kilometres to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra, meaning ‘City of Splendour’. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest Buddhist monuments.
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DAY 10 Myanaung

As your ship departs Pyay this morning, absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.
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DAY 11 Shewkyin

Today, set out on a local village tour of Shewkyin. Interact with the locals and catch a glimpse of unspoiled country life.
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DAY 12 Danuphyu

Today you’ll explore the township of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. You’ll also visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop.
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DAY 13 Maubin

Disembark for a morning cruise and walking tour of Maubin, a riverside town home to a number of universities and Buddhist pagodas. Afterwards, set off for Yangon, Myanmar’s most important commercial centre. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill. This spectacular pagoda is around 2,500 years old and emits a golden glow thanks to an outer layer consisting of gold-leaf and thousands of diamonds. It is said to be encrusted in more gold than is held in all the vaults of the Bank of England, and was constructed to protect several hairs from the Buddha’s head. A true wonder of the religious world, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar’s heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts.
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DAY 14 Yangon


After breakfast, select your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps travel by train to discover some of the city’s best kept secrets, including a shattered glass factory and leafy oasis. Join a walking tour of Yangon and stroll through the historic streets of Chinatown, the Indian Quarter and downtown Yangon.

Formally known as Rangoon, a mix of colonial architecture, modern high-rises and glistening Buddhist pagodas define the city of Yangon. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
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DAY 15 Disembark Ship, Depart Yangon

After breakfast disembark the RV Samatha for the final time today in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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