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January 25 - February 7, 2015
January 30 - February 9, 2016

Your journey begins in Yangon, followed by a 10-night upstream cruise embarking in Pyay. 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.

Day 1 - YANGON
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)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding a motor coach for the drive to Pyay (Prome). En route, you will have an opportunity to see a Buddha statue that is said to have healing powers. After embarking the AmaPura, head ashore for a tour of this former capital city, home to the remarkable and highly revered Shwesandaw Pagoda. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

This pleasant town has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, including a covered market. Thayetmyo once
guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the Second Anglo- Burmese War. (B,L,D)

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 keep British forces out of Burma. Later, you'll visit Magwe, where you may walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (animist spirits). (B,L,D)

Day 6 - SALAY
The ship cruises to Salay (Sale) today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. You'll 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 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)

Join your fellow passengers this morning for an excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda. 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. Your initial sightseeing foray here includes Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the "Westminster Abbey of Burma," and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan. (B,L,D)

After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, you'll take an excursion to Mt.Popa,legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, you will have 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.


Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village where the British and Burmese signed a treaty ending the first Anglo-Burmese War in 1826. Yandabo is widely known for its finely crafted terracotta wares and you'll have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - INWA
Today you will visit Inwa (Ava), the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than 400 years, and see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: the impressive Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, built of brick and stucco; the "Leaning Tower of Inwa," a 90-foot-high watch tower destroyed by an earthquake in the late 1800s; and Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak. (B,L,D)

Sagaing is famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. You'll visit a silversmith's workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues. The ship continues on to Mingun, where you will see 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. (B,L,D)

Your full-day tour includes 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. Later, visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries. You will also see Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world's largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), Mandalay Hill, and Shwenandaw monastery. Take an excursion to the world's longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, fly back to Yangon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is 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)

Tour Prices (per person)
Double Occpancy:  
Category Cruise Only Cruise & Land
SF $4,899 $5,739
SE $5,098 $5,938
SD $5,298 $6,138
SC $6,098 $6,938
SB $6,898 $7,738
SA $7,098 $7,938
Cruise Dates: January 30 - February 9, 2016
Categtory Cruise Only Cruise & Land
SF $4,999 $5,839
SE $5,198 $6,038
SD $5,398 $6,238
SC $6,198 $7,038
SB $6,998 $7,838
SA $7,198 $8,038
Port Charges: $190 per person
Intra-Myanmar Air:  Additional $190 per segment/per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
Optional Extensions
A 3-day/2-night pre/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.
3 nights in Inle Lake & 1 night in Yangon post extension is available at $1,120 per person. Single Supplement is $560 per person.

Note: Roundtrip Intra-Myanmar Air is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.


  • 2 nights pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Yangon to the ship in Pyay
  • 10 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in a Full Balcony, French Balcony     or Twin Balcony suite
  • Life-enriching tours
  • 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)
  • Not Included

  • International Airfare (Call for quote)
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Necessary inoculations
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, beverages
  • Any items not listed above
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