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zGolden Treasures of Myanmar Cruise Only

11 days

11 Day Luxury River Cruise

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Day
1

MANDALAY – EMBARKATION

Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. Meals D

Day
2

MINGUN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING

This morning you’ll tour the village of Mingun, where you will see its famous 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. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk ride through Mingun to explore the sights. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Myatheindan Pagoda, built in 1816 and painted white as a representation of the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru. Another option today in Mingun allows you to visit the Pathodawgyi, the Mingun bronze bell, and also offers you a chance to climb to the top of Myatheindan Pagoda (77 steps). In the afternoon, explore the legendary city of Mandalay. Your 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. Stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), and Shwenandaw Monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Before returning the ship, watch an unforgettable sunset at the world’s longest teak wood footbridge, the U-Bein Bridge. Meals B,L,D

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3

SAGAING – INWA

The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. In Sagaing, you will visit a local monastic school and Soonuponyashin Pagoda. Continue on to Inwa (Ava), capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries, where you will see the sights in a horse-drawn carriage. Highlights include the Bagaya monastery, built entirely of teak. Meals B,L,D

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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, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will have two tour options. Choose to visit an observation tower where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Afterwards, transfer to a local temple and participate in a candle lighting ceremony blessed by local monks. Or you may choose to watch the sunset from the top of Guni Temple instead, and then meet with your fellow travelers at the temple for the candle lighting ceremony. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

BAGAN

Your full day in Bagan offers you three sightseeing choices. The first is climbing to the observation deck (250 steps) or the top (777 steps) of Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Afterwards, stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting of Jaggery, a palm sugar that is made from the Totty Palm Tree. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to shop and explore other attractions at the Mount Popa Resort. Your third option is an excursion to some of the most distinctive pagodas in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, like Shwezigan Pagoda and the Ananda temple. Afterwards, you will spend some time at the lively Nyaungoo market, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles and other unique souvenirs. Later, visit the 13th century Gubyaulgyi Temple, which is situated near the Wetkyi-inn Village, and the Pyathada temple. Meals B,L,D

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6

TANT KYI TAUNG – SALAY

Join your fellow passengers for an excursion up Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda, built in the year 1059 by King Anawrahta and known to house a sacred Buddha relic. The ship then cruises on to Salay, 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. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

MAGWE

Today you will visit Magwe and take a panoramic coach tour to see the Mud Volcano in Minbu, the mythical home of fire breathing dragons living deep beneath the earth. You’ll also see the General Aung San “Bogyoke” Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

MINHLA

Your day begins with an exciting trishaw ride through the village of MaGwe, after which you will stop at a local market. Later in the afternoon journey to Minhla, the site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Today’s walking tour will take on a visit of a Colonial-era Fort, constructed by two Italian brothers in 1860 to keep the British forces at bay. After a series of conflicts, the fort ultimately fell to the British in 1885. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

THA YET MYO

Tha Yet Myo is 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, as well as one of the oldest golf courses in all of Myanmar. Take a walk through the greens of this historic golf course and enjoy a visit to one of the oldest post offices in the region. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a glimpse of rural village life in the small town of Pha Hto. Meet the locals and visit a nearby school where the children have prepared a special performance for their visitors. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

PYAY

After the ship arrives in Pyay, take a walking tour of this former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma and home to more than 80 gilded pagodas. During your city tour you will see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate, enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum and the Payagi Pagoda. Meals B,L,D

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11

PYAY – DISEMBARKATION

After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, your journey concludes. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Bangkok

Explore the ancient Buddhist traditions of this thoroughly modern city on a private tour featuring its most significant temples including the Temple of the Golden Buddha and the Marble Temple.

Angkor Wat

Choose from the finest hotels, including the Raffles. Then join our expert guide for unhurried private sightseeing featuring Angkor’s best-known sites, its significant lesser-visited temples and Tonle Sap Lake.

Phuket

Thailand’s most famous resort island is the perfect place to unwind and experience the region’s incredible landscapes. We include private airport transfers, a choice of fine resorts, daily breakfast, and an excursion to Phi Phi Island with lunch in a charming beachside restaurant.

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2016: Intra-Myanmar Airfare is additional: $190
2015: Intra-Myanmar Airfare is additional: $190
Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

2016 Port charges: $190 per person
2015 Port charges: $190 per person

Single supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; SB and SA: 100% of twin price

2015 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
SE – Main Deck – French Balcony – $199
SD - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $399
SC - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $1199
SB - Upper Deck - Twin Balcony - $1999
SA - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $2199

2016 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
SF – Main Deck – French Balcony – $199
SE – Main Deck – French Balcony – $399
SD - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $999
SC - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $1299
SB - Upper Deck - Twin Balcony - $1999
SA - Upper Deck - Outside Balcony - $2199

Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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