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Karaweik palace in Yangon, Myanmar

Hidden Wonders of Myanmar on APT

17-day luxury river cruise


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In Brief

  • 2 Nights Yangon
  • 1 Night Da Nu Phyu
  • 1 Night Myanaung
  • 1 Night Pyay and Prome
  • 1 Night Thayetmyo
  • 1 Night Minhla and Magwe
  • 1 Night Salay
  • 2 Nights Bagan
  • 1 Night Yandabo
  • 1 Night Inwa
  • 2 Nights Mingun
  • 1 Night Mandalay


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All-inclusive | History & culture | River cruise

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart London

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Myanmar.

Day 2
Arrive Yangon, Embark Ship

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha. Head back into the city of Yangon to view the famous Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: 14 Nights: aboard APT’s boutique river ship, the RV Samatha

Meals: D

Day 3

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Travel by train to the ruins of the Nagar Glass Factory for a guided tour; gain an insight into Yangon’s burgeoning arts scene with visits to Pansodan Gallery, the Golden Valley Arts Gallery and Art & Deco; or on a walking tour, stroll through Chinatown, the Indian Quarter, and downtown Yangon.

This morning, select your Freedom of Choice activity. Perhaps travel by train to discover some of the city’s best kept secrets. Join a city walking tour. Or gain an insight into Yangon’s arts scene.

Meals: B L D

Day 4

Enjoy a morning at leisure, as you cruise towards Danuphyu before visiting a local cheroot cigar workshop.

Meals: B L D

Day 5

Cruise to the riverside township of Myanaung. Here, partake in a guided walking tour past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.

Day 6
Pyay - Prome

On arrival in Pyay, you will disembark for a walking tour. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda. Later, travel to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra.

Day 7

Cruise into Thayetmyo, a port town that once sat on the border between Upper and Lower Myanmar. Here, enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Minhla - Magwe

Stop in the town of Minhla. Learn how the British captured this fort, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you will head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River.

Meals: B L D

Day 9

This afternoon, you will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century.

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Tantkyi Hill, Bagan


This evening, observe a stunning sunset over Bagan.

After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda.

Day 11

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a private horse cart ride, enjoy a shopping tour of Old Bagan or ascend the winding covered staircases encircling Myanmar’s nats - spirits at Mount Popa. Later, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village.

Day 12

In Yandabo, enjoy an intimate look at village life and watch a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans.

Meals: B L D

Day 13

Today, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery.

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Sagaing - Mingun

Explore Soon U Ponya Shin and the Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Here, you will see the second largest ringing bell in the world, the Mingun Bell, as well as the Myatheindan Pagoda.

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Amarapura, Mandalay


This evening, enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U Bein Bridge with a glass of champagne.

Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay, including Mahamuni Buddha Temple and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Later, take in a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery. Later, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: B L D

Day 16
Disembark Ship, Depart Mandalay

Disembark your ship for the final time this morning and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals: B

Day 17
Arrive London


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