Hidden Wonders of Myanmar
Includes flights from the UK. A stylish Irrawaddy River cruise explores life unchanged by the passage of time. Discover Myanmar’s many highlights, from Yangon to Mandalay, with an exceptional river cruise to take you via must-see destinations including Salay, Bagan and Amarapura
11 nights from £5095pp
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Hidden Wonders of Myanmar Itinerary
Day 1: Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Myanmar.
Day 2: Arrive Yangon
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. Accommodation: Two Nights, Yangon, Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Day 3: Yangon
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.
Day 4: Yangon, Magwe, Embark Ship
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. Accommodation: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha
Day 5: Salay
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.
Day 6: Bagan
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.
Day 7: Bagan, Pakokku
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.
Day 8: Yandabo
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.
Day 9: Sagaing, Mingun
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.
Day 10: Mandalay, Amarapura
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.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, Depart Mandalay
Disembark your ship after breakfast and fly to Yangon in order to join your return flight to the UK.
Day 12: Depart London
Arrive back in London.
- Visit the Reclining Buddha and ascend Singuttara Hill and visit the 99-metre high Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Watch the sunset over the plains glittering in gold from a viewing platform, complete with a glass of wine.
- Relax with a cool drink as you watch the sun sink behind the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U Bein Bridge.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Special Signature Experiences and guided excursions
- Freedom of Choice excursions and dining in selected locations
- APT Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable