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AMA WATERWAYS - Golden Treasures of Myanmar River Cruise (Reverse) 2015 Cruise

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14 days - Travel to Yangon and return from Yangon (cruise Mandalay - Pyay)
Spend two nights in Yangon, fly to Mandalay and embark upon a 10-night cruise.
Transfer from Pyay to Yangon, where your journey concludes with another overnight stay.


2015 Departures and Prices Per Person in USD
Ship Embark Date Embark City Cruise Only Cruise & Land
MS Amapura 17 January Mandalay $4,899 $5,739
MS Amapura 06 March Mandalay $4,899 $5.739
MS Amapura 26 March Mandalay $4,799 $5.639
MS Amapura 14 September Mandalay $4,499 $5.339
MS Amapura 04 October Mandalay $4,899 $5.739
MS Amapura 24 October Mandalay $4,999 $5.839
MS Amapura 13 November Mandalay $4,999 $5.839
MS Amapura 03 December Mandalay $4,999 $5.839


Single Suppl. for Cruise: Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF
50% of twin price
Cat. SA & SB
100% of twin price.

Single supplement for Land: For pre and post land arrangements: USD $420 per person

Port charges of USD $190 per person are not included.

Please Note: Prices are per person in Category SA . To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Bedding: Please call for details.
Intra-Myanmar Air: Additional $190 per segment/per person including taxes and fuel surcharges

Visa: A valid passport and entry visa are required for travel to Myanmar. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Optional Extension: An optional 3-day/2-night pre- or post-cruise stay in Bangkok, including hotel accommodations with daily breakfast and guided sightseeing tours, is available from $560 per person. Note: This optional extension requires Intra-Asia Air between Bangkok and Yangon at an additional cost. Some restrictions and blocked dates may apply; please call for details.

Optional Extension: 3 nights in Inle Lake & 1 night in Yangon post extension $1,120 per person Single Supplement is $560 per person. Roundtrip Intra-Myanmar Air is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.

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INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • 10 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in a Full Balcony, French Balcony or Twin Balcony suite
  • Life-enriching tours and shore excursions
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Special onboard highlights, including cultural show, puppet show, and lectures/discussions pertaining to Burmese culture
  • 1-night post-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package

OVERVIEW
Your journey begins in Yangon, followed by a 10-night upstream cruise embarking in Mandalay. Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen's workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries, and enjoy a full-day tour of Bagan and its rich collection of stupas, temples and pagodas. Take in the stunning view from atop Mt. Popa and visit the Golden City of Mandalay before returning to Yangon via plane for another overnight stay.

ITINERARY - Daily Program Features: (See here for cruise only Daily Program)

Day 1 ARRIVE IN YANGON, MYANMAR
Welcome to Yangon, a former royal capital known as the "Garden City of the East" for its lush tropical setting. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2 YANGON
Your full-day tour includes: a visit to the city center and the unusually shaped Sule Pagoda; a photo stop at Kandawgyi Lake; Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott's Market), where you can shop for handicrafts, clothing and local delicacies; the massive reclining Buddha at Chaukhtautgyi Temple; and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar's top religious sites. (B)

Day 3 MANDALAY - EMBARKATION - MINGUN
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom. After boarding the AmaPura, the ship will depart for 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 MANDALAY
Your full-day tour includes many of the city'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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 SAGAING - INWA
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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 YANDABO - BAGAN
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 sightseeing foray here, visit Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the "Westminster Abbey of Burma," and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan. (B,L,D)

Day 7 BAGAN - MT. POPA - BAGAN
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, take an 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 THANTKYI - SALAY
Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before departing for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. The ship cruises on to Salay (Sale), a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries. Visit Yokesonekyaung, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 MAGWE
Further downstream today, the ship will stop at Magwe. Walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). (B,L,D)

Day 10 MINHLA
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. Continue on to Thayetmyo, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 11 PYAY
As the ship approaches Pyay, enjoy wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings. 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 Shwesandaw Pagoda, one the country's most revered religious sites. (B,L,D)

Day 12 PYAY
Take an excursion to the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra today, followed by a visit to Payamar Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13 PYAY - DISEMBARKATION - YANGON
After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, board a motor coach for the drive to Yangon. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)

Day 14 YANGON
Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake. (B)


 
ITINERARY - Cruise only Daily Program Features:

Day 1 MANDALAY - EMBARKATION - MINGUN
Welcome to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom. After boarding the AmaPura, the ship will depart for 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. (B,L,D)

Day 2 MANDALAY
Your full-day tour includes many of the city'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. (B,L,D)

Day 3 SAGAING - INWA
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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 YANDABO - BAGAN
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 sightseeing foray here, visit Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the "Westminster Abbey of Burma," and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan. (B,L,D)

Day 5 BAGAN - MT. POPA - BAGAN
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, take an 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 THANTKYI - SALAY
Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before departing for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. The ship cruises on to Salay (Sale), a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries. Visit Yokesonekyaung, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 MAGWE
Further downstream today, the ship will stop at Magwe. Walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). (B,L,D)

Day 8 MINHLA
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. Continue on to Thayetmyo, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 PYAY
As the ship approaches Pyay, enjoy wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings. 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 Shwesandaw Pagoda, one the country's most revered religious sites. (B,L,D)

Day 10 PYAY
Take an excursion to the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra today, followed by a visit to Payamar Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 11 PYAY - DISEMBARKATION
End of cruise.

 

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