1 Arrive Mandalay, Embark Ship
On arrival at the airport, transfer to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight. Stay 14 Nights: aboard APT’s boutique river ship, the RV Samatha (L/D)
Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- This evening, with a refreshing drink in hand enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U-Bein Bridge.
3 Sagaing, Inwa
Cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Myatheindan pagodas. Later, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, then see the ‘leaning tower of Inwa’. (B/L/D)
4 Yandabo, Bagan
In Yandabo, enjoy a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- This evening observe a stunning sunset over Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Enjoy free flowing drinks, delicious canapes, and fantastic hospitality with your fellow guests.
This afternoon, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Perhaps take a private horse cart ride, enjoy a shopping tour of Old Bagan or ascend the winding covered staircases encircling Myanmar’s nats (spirits) at Mount Popa.
6 Tantkyi Hill, Salay
After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda. Then cruise to the small village of Salay, to visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image. (B/L/D)
Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you will visit the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. (B/L/D)
8 Minhla, Thayetmyo
Stop in the town of Minhla and visit the famous fort, then continue on to Thayetmyo and enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic British colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course. (B/L/D)
9 Pyay (Prome)
On a walking tour see a selection of pagodas. Later, take an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra. (B/L/D)
See the Akauk Mountains and their cliff carvings as you cruise to Myanaung. Walk past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the local market. (B/L/D)
Today, set out on a local village tour of Aingtaloge. Interact with the locals and catch a glimpse of unspoiled country life. (B/L/D)
Today explore the township of Danuphyu, and visit a local cheroot workshop. (B/L/D)
13 Maubin, Yangon
This morning enjoy a guided walk around the university town of Maubin. This afternoon in Yangon visit the impressive 99-metre high gilded stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda. (B/L/D)
Select your Freedom of Choice activity in Yangon this morning. (B/L/D) Freedom of Choice:
- After breakfast, discover some of the city’s best kept secrets by train, or join a walking tour through the historic streets of downtown Yangon. Alternatively gain an insight into Yangon’s arts scene.
15 Yangon, Disembark Ship
Disembark the RV Samatha for the final time today in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your onward flights. (B)