1 Arrive Yangon, Embark Ship
Be met on arrival and transfer to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha. Visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda before a Welcome Reception tonight back on your river ship. Stay 14 Nights: Irrawaddy River, APT’s RV Samatha (L/D)
Select your Freedom of Choice activity in Yangon this morning. This afternoon, admire the views over rice fields as your ship cruises along the river. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Perhaps visit the National Museum, or join a city walking tour.
Today explore the township of Danuphyu, and visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop. (B/L/D)
See the cliff carvings of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise to Myanaung. Here, discover colonial houses and a bustling local market on a walking tour. (B/L/D)
5 Pyay (Prome)
On arrival in Pyay, disembark for a tour of the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda. Later, travel to the ancient ruins of Sri Ksetra. The region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest Buddhist monuments. (B/L/D)
Continue on to Thayetmyo, and enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course. (B/L/D)
7 Minhla, Magwe
Stop in the town of Minhla. Learn how the British captured this fort, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you will head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. (B/L/D)
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. Continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century. (B/L/D)
9 Tantkyi Hill, Bagan
After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda. Later this evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Enjoy free flowing drinks and delicious canapes with unforgettable views as the sun sets over the temples of Bagan.
Choose from a range of sightseeing options as you explore Bagan today. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Today, be given the opportunity to explore Bagan’s revered pagodas and temples, or choose to ascend the winding staircase encircling Mt Popa. Alternatively, visit local workshops, including a lacquerware shop.
In Yandabo, enjoy an intimate look at village life and watch a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans. (B/L/D)
12 Inwa, Amarapura
Set out on a horse-drawn cart in the ancient capital of Inwa. This evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- With a refreshing drink in hand enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside U-Bein Bridge.
13 Sagaing, Mingun
Explore Soon U Ponya Shin and the Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Here, you will see the second largest ringing bell in the world, the Mingun Bell, as well as the Myatheindan Pagoda. (B/L/D)
Enjoy a full-day tour of Mandalay, including Mahamuni Buddha Temple and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Later, take a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery. (B/L/D)
15 Disembark Ship, Depart Mandalay
Disembark your ship for the final time this morning and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)