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Wonders of India and Myanmar

Kochi to Mandalay
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: INMA27
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Ranthambore National Park

Take a safari to one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park and enjoy high tea at a royal lodge

Sunset at U Bein Bridge

Relax with a cool drink as you watch the sun sink behind the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U Bein Bridge

Discover local flavours

Enjoy sublime gourmet creations showcasing the flavours of the region, while favourites from home are also available

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 22 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in nine locations
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard entertainment
  • 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise aboard the RV Samatha
  • Complimentary beverages served on board*
  • Finest dining - a total of 76 meals

Map & Itinerary

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India & Myanmar Map 2018 INMA27

Kochi to Mandalay

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival in India, be met and transferred to your hotel. Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years, discover why.

Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza Kochi

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Delight in a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

This evening, choose from a range of dining options.


Explore Fort Kochi on a guided tour. Stroll along the promenade and see the history-filled streets of Jewtown, before visiting the ornate Paradesi Synagogue. Head to St Francis Church then enjoy lunch at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to learn the secrets of preparing a traditional Kerala meal during a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, you may partake in a lecture on the Indian health practice of Ayurveda.


Travel to Kumarakom.

Stay: Two Nights: Kumarakom, Kumarakom Lake Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala which offer an unhurried, laid back travel experience along picturesque lagoons and canals. This was once the most important and economical means of transport and trade in Kerala, used to ferry rice and spices. Calmly glide through the beautiful Vembanad Lake, on board a majestic house boat. Enjoy a seafood dinner this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, drive to Kochi for your connecting flight to Jaipur. On arrival, be transferred to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Three Nights: Fairmont Jaipur or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Head to Amber Fort, a towering fortress overlooking the city. The Amber Fort reflects the glory of the fierce Kachawaha Dynasty that ruled over the region from the 12th to the 18th century. This evening, enjoy in a grand gala dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Later this evening, choose from two dining options.


Today explore the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur which holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With its striking blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, this diverse balance of culture is noticeable throughout all structures, including the beautiful Amber Fort. Visit the Amber Fort, as well as City Palace, and the World Heritage-listed 18th-century observatory, Jantar Mantar. After lunch enjoy free time, perhaps visiting the bustling local market.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

This afternoon choose to visit the Ranthambore Museum or take a tour of the impressive Ranthambore Fort.


Travel to Ranthambore National Park, the largest national park in northern India. Ranthambore’s wildlife sanctuary is known as the best place in India to see the Bengal tigers and Indian wild boars, as well as marsh crocodiles and numerous colourful bird species.

Stay: Two Nights: Ranthambore, The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, experience exotic flora and fauna in the most supreme and unique style, on board a magnificent Canter Safari. A rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore’s pride is in the population of tigers prowling in their own natural habitat. The vast grasslands, forested areas and ruins provide many opportunities for wildlife encounters from a open topped vehicle, in particular the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger. Also see colourful bird life and an array of interesting animals. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, you will be given the option of two dining choices.


After breakfast, drive to Agra. Known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone, be entranced by the architectural splendours of the mausoleums, forts and palaces upon every turn.

Stay: Agra, The Oberoi Amarvilas

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the Taj Mahal bathed in the golden glow of an early morning sunrise.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose from a range of dining options at your hotel.


Enjoy a tour of Agra’s iconic Red Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone that overlooks the gardens of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, be transferred to Delhi. Once arrived, retire to your colonial influenced hotel.

Stay: Delhi, Imperial Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw.


A tour of Old Delhi begins today at Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Afterwards, stop for a photo at the impressive Red Fort. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, and stop for another photo opportunity at India Gate archway in the centre of Delhi. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, before an overnight flight to Yangon, Myanmar.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha, for the start of your incredible 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise. Enjoy lunch on board, before seeing the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Get to know your fellow travellers and APT Cruise Director during a Welcome Reception tonight as you set sail.

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

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps travel by train to discover some of the city’s best kept secrets, including a shattered glass factory and leafy oasis. Join a walking tour of Yangon and stroll through the historic streets of Chinatown, the Indian Quarter and downtown Yangon. Or gain an insight into Yangon’s arts scene with visits to the Pansodan Gallery and Golden Valley Arts Gallery, among others.


After breakfast, select your Freedom of Choice activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Enjoy a morning at leisure on board as you take in the unique sights of the Irrawaddy Delta region. Stop to explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop and take some time to explore at leisure. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner surrounded by new friends.

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Cruise onwards today to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a guided walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On arrival in Pyay, you will disembark for a guided 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. The region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest and most intriguing Buddhist monuments.

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  • Dinner

Cruise into Thayetmyo. Here, embark on a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Stop in the town of Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Visit Minhla Fort. Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you’ll head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda. Take in the amazing views as you explore the pagoda and its surroundings.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to the small village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Here, you’ll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and extensive collection of religious artefacts. 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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Later this evening, observe a stunning sunset over Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. During this breathtaking experience, enjoy free flowing drinks, delicious canapes, and fantastic hospitality.


Disembark your ship and climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues facing in all directions. Back on board, you will be able to capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one of Myanmar’s iconic attractions.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

After breakfast, perhaps take a private horse cart ride to explore the temples of Bagan followed by a shopping tour of the village markets of Old Bagan. Or ascend Mount Popa. Later, visit a lacquerware workshop and a nearby village.


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In Yandabo, disembark for an intimate look at village life and attend a pottery-making demonstration. Later, re-board your river ship and take in the scenery as you continue cruising to Inwa.

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  • Breakfast
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Arrive in Inwa. Abandoned after it was completely destroyed by a series of major earthquakes in 1839. Set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, then see the iconic ‘leaning tower of Inwa’.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In Sagaing, visit a silver workshop then explore Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw Pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, a monumental brick pagoda that dates back to the late 18th century. Here, see the world’s second largest ringing bell, the Mingun Bell, as well as the Myatheindan Pagoda, modelled on the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a sunset drink and sampan cruise alongside the U-Bein Bridge. Thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U-Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake.


Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay. Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Burma’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites and home to a six-tonne Mahamuni Buddha statue. Afterwards, explore a range of workshops in which thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries are produced. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill to see the world’s largest book. Later enjoy a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery. Back on board your ship, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Outdoor lounge area under awnings of the RV Samatha
Irrawaddy cruise on RV Samatha

Relax aboard the APT custom designed RV Samatha and enjoy expansive riverside views of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River

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Luxury Hotel Stays

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Kerala Backwaters Houseboat

Relax on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in India's south as you cruise aboard a luxurious houseboat

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