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13 Day luxury river cruise on RV Samatha, APT - Call for price
Departure 07 September 2020 | Hidden Wonders of Myanmar on APT
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Hidden Wonders of Myanmar on APT
Uncover the hidden secrets of Myanmar on a picturesque cruise along the rarely travelled Irrawaddy River. Travelling in style, comfort and safety, a cruise along the peaceful Irrawaddy river offers breathtaking scenes of golden temples, stupas and monasteries set against green forests that are sure to captivate you.
Day by day itinerary
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Myanmar.
We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon, discover Yangon’s downtown area as you admire the city’s colonial architecture. Tonight, join fellow travellers and share in a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Yangon, Sule Shangri-La Hotel
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing
Perhaps visit the Secretariat Building or search for that perfect gift at the Bogyoke Markets.
Take a short ferry ride to the small rural village of Dala. Hop on a trishaw and visit a candle-making workshop. After lunch, enjoy your selected Freedom of Choice activity. Later, one of the world’s most famous pagoda awaits – the Shwedagon Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Board your included charter flight to Magwe, where you will be transferred to your floating hotel for the next seven nights. This afternoon visit Mya Tha Lon Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). You will also visit a Buddhist nunnery before experiencing the downtown area.
Stay: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha
In Salay, visit Yoke Sone Kyaung. Built in 1882, it’s the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Continue to Man Paya Pagoda, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image dating back to the 13th century.
Head to the viewing tower to observe sunset over Bagan. During this special experience, enjoy free-flowing drinks and delicious canapes.
Journey to World Heritage-listed Bagan and experience a traditional elephant dance in New Bagan before visiting a lacquerware workshop. Later, explore some of the stunning temples including Ananda. Your day concludes with your special Signature Experience
FREEDOM OF CHOICE ™
If you’re feeling active, jump on your electric bicycle and journey through the archaeological wonders of Bagan. Or visit the well-known golden Shwezigon Pagoda, followed by a visit to the lively local Nyaung U Market, which offers a great chance to learn how the locals conduct their daily lives.
You have the option to take in the plains of Bagan aboard a hot air balloon (own expense). Enjoy a choice of sightseeing today. After lunch on board, travel the village of Pakokku and explore local workshops consisting of cheroot (cigar) and textiles, including the famous Burmese sarong – the longyi.
Disembark in Yandabo, a village known for its terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans and gain a glimpse into village life.
Disembark in the former Royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its monasteries. Visit the gilded Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, where you can take in breathtaking views over Sagaing. Afterwards, visit a silversmith workshop where items such as jewellery, bowls, and Buddha images are made. Afterwards, see the towering bronze bell, then continue to Myatheindan Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy an onboard cultural show from the Mandalay Fine Art School.
U-Bein Bridge is thought to be the world’s oldest teak-wood bridge. Embark on a sunset sampan cruise with a drink in hand as you watch the locals along the bridge.
In Mandalay, visit the Mahamuni Buddha, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthadaw Pagoda and attend a gold leaf workshop. Later, travel to Amarapura and visit a silk workshop before arriving at U-Bein Bridge for your Signature Experience.
Disembark your ship after breakfast and fly to Yangon in order to join your return flight to the UK.
Arrive back in London.
Sailing on RV Samatha
The new RV Samatha ship accommodates just 60 guests; ensuring an intimate introduction to Myanmar’s rich culture and enchanting countryside. Guests will be able to enjoy a true flavour of Asia during their cruise thanks to chef and television personality Luke Nguyen who created the new onboard menu