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 Bagan's famous golden-topped temples, stopping to appreciate the region's oldest monument, Shwezigon Pagoda
Covered in hundreds of diamonds and tons of gold leaf Shwedagon Pagoda is one of Buddhism's most sacred sites
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
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. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: 14 Nights: aboard APT’s boutique river ship, the RV SamathaDaily :
After breakfast, select your Freedom of Choice activity. 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.
Today you’ll explore the township of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. You’ll also visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop.Daily :
Absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a delightful walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.Daily :
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. The region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest and most intriguing Buddhist monuments.Daily :
Continue on to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.Daily :
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.Daily :
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.Daily :
This evening observe a stunning sunset over Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. During this beautiful, breathtaking experience, enjoy free flowing drinks, delicious canapes, and fantastic hospitality with your fellow guests.
After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda.Daily :
Perhaps opt to ascend the winding covered staircases encircling Myanmar’s nats (spirits) at Mount Popa or stay local and further explore Bagan’s revered pagodas and temples.
Later, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village.Daily :
In Yandabo, enjoy an intimate look at village life and watch a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans.Daily :
Today, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, then see the ‘leaning tower of Inwa’.Daily :
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.Daily :
This evening, enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U-Bein Bridge with a drink in hand. It is a supremely beautiful sight, particularly during the evening when the sun is beginning to set.
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. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Disembark your ship for the final time this morning and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Explore the thousands of temples on the plains of Bagan at your own pace on a horse cart ride
On board the RV Samatha sample two menus designed by Luke Nguyen in an intimate ten-seat venue
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.