Myanmar by River & Land

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Small Ship Cruise
Our exclusive voyage by land and up the fabled Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious AmaPura showcases the historic sites and vibrant cultural traditions that make Burma such an evocative and timeless land.
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Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Step aboard the new and luxurious 28-suite AmaPura for our all-inclusive cruise on the Irrawaddy River and explore remote villages and ancient sites seen by few American travelers.
    • Experience Yangon’s historic Strand Hotel and join our expert resident guide to discover its glittering ancient pagodas and splendid Colonial architecture.
    • Spend two nights on the shores of Inle Lake and get to know its traditional ways as you explore a local market and dine with a resident family along the lakefront.

What's this trip about?

    Our exclusive voyage by land and up the fabled Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious AmaPura showcases the historic sites and vibrant cultural traditions that make Burma such an evocative and timeless land.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal transport included (including local flights)
Start CityYangon
End CityYangon

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Bagan
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Yangon

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Sailing

Trip includes

    • In-depth sightseeing and exclusive cultural encounters with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
    • A complete program of guided shore excursions throughout your river cruise
    • All meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
    • 4 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
    • 10 nights in an outside suite aboard the 5-star AmaPura
    • All on-tour transportation including both internal flights
    • Luggage handling, hotel taxes & service charges, port charges and all airline fees and fuel charges for your included flights

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Yangon

Meals: Dinner

Check in to the historic Strand Hotel in the heart of town. Later this evening, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner. 

Day 2: Discover Yangon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Amidst ancient Pagodas, Yangon’s splendid Colonial buildings evoke the spirit of Burma’s British legacy and today’s sightseeing reveals both realms, including the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and bustling Scott Market.

Day 3: Embark the 5-star AmaPura

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and travel northward from the city to visit a Buddha revered by local residents for its reputed healing powers. Continue overland to the former Burmese capital of Pyay where your luxur...

Day 4: Ashore in Thayetmyo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s guided shore excursion explores this charming river town. Marvel at its well-preserved Colonial-era homes and other buildings dating from the mid 19th-century as your engaging guide shares insight into Thayetmyo’s history as a border town between Royal Burma and British Burma following the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1855.

Day 5: Discover Minhla and Magwe

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Further upstream today, the ship will stop at Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. You will take a small local boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to ...

Day 6: Monasteries of Salay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your luxury voyage continues today to Salay, a small community with more than 50 monasteries built of teak. Once ashore, your guided exploration includes Yokesonekyaung; built in 1882, it’s the region’s oldest wooden monastery...

Day 7: Thantkyi and Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Join your fellow guests this morning for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit the impressive Thantkyi Pagoda. Then return to ship where the AmaPura’s expansive Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first gli...

Day 8: Mt. Popa and the Temples of Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Join your guide and local residents at the colorful Nyaungoo Market before continuing to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, you’ll continue your guided exploration of the Bagan Archeological Zone, filled w...

Day 9: From Bagan to Yandabo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, you’ll have another opportunity to experience one more sunrise over the ancient temples of Bagan. Your voyage then continues as your ship charts an upstream course for Yandabo, a peaceful village where the Britis...

Day 10: Discover Inwa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s guided shore excursion showcases the ancient capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than 400 years. Exploring Inwa in a traditional horse-drawn cart, you’ll see impressive historic sites including the Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, the “Leaning Tower of Inwa” and Bargaya monastery - built entirely of teak.

Day 11: Ashore in Sagaing and Mingun… Then onward to Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Famous for its many lovely monasteries and tranquil atmosphere, your guided tour of Sagaing includes a silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and the colorful Buddhist statues which adorn Uminthonese...

Day 12: Exploring Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your full-day guided sightseeing begins this morning with many of the city’s most iconic sights including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, now covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. You’ll also visit the workshops...

Day 13: Fly to Heho and Journey to Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Step off ship this morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Heho. Upon arrival, continue overland to Inle Lake, set on a mountain-ringed plateau. You’ll spend the rest of this day getting...

Day 14: Life on Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning at a bustling market, you’ll meet colorfully dressed villagers of various ethnic tribes who are here on market day to barter and sell their goods. Your exploration of life along Inle Lake is highlighted by a conge...

Day 15: Return to Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport in Heho for your included flight back to Yangon, where our tour services for your onward flights.

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What's excluded

    • International Flights
    • Passport charges
    • Any kind of insurance
    • Personal Expenses

Accommodation

,Strand Hotel This 1901-built three story Victorian considered one of Southeast Asia’s grand colonial hotels and still one of its most awe inspiring. Once patronized exclusively by ‘royalty, nobility and distinguished personages’ according to Murray’s Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon, 1911, today this National Landmark in the heart of downtown Yangon confers a sense of its rich history to all who pass through its colonnaded exterior. Inle Princess Resort The Inle Princess Resort is located on an island a few minutes from Nyaung Shwe. All guests stay in rooms that are air-conditioning, minibar, telephone, and television. Additional amenities include lounge, bar, coffee shop, sauna, and spa
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Meals Included

14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners

Age Requirements
12 years and up
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  • Chiang Mai 3 Day FreeStyle Travel
  • Phuket 4-Day Freestyle Tour
  • Singapore 4 Day FreeStyle Travel
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