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Luxury

Hidden Wonders of Myanmar with Inle Lake

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Trip Code: MA13
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

U Bein Bridge Sunset Cruise

With a drink in hand, glide beneath the world's longest teak wood bridge in a traditional sampan.

Discover Inle Lake

Take in the lake's stunning floating gardens and see the ingenious one-legged rowing technique used by local fishermen.

Bagan Sunset

Watch the sunset over the plains glittering in gold from a viewing platform, complete with a glass of wine.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 12 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice inclusions in two locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 33 meals
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the RV Samatha
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, internal flights, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map MA13 2020 21
Yangon Return

Reverse Trip

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™ - Sightseeing

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

Upon arrival into Yangon, board an included flight to Mandalay. Here you’ll be met on arrival and transferred to the Irrawaddy River where your luxurious ship awaits. Head out on a city discovery and visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Afterwards, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, filled with wood carvings. Tonight, get to know your cruise director and fellow travellers as you come together to share a welcome dinner and enjoy an onboard cultural show from the Mandalay Fine Art School.

Stay: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Built around 1850 and thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U-Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake. Enjoy a sunset sampan cruise with a drink in hand as you watch local villagers and monks cross the bridge while the sun sinks behind them.


Cruise to Mingun and explore the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (Unfinished Pagoda). Originally intended to be 150 metres high, only a third of it was ever completed due to multiple earthquakes in the 1830s. Afterwards, see the towering bronze bell, then continue to Myatheindan Pagoda. Back in Mandalay, visit the Mahamuni Buddha. This afternoon, travel to Amarapura to visit a silk workshop, as well as the famed U-Bein Bridge.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of wood bridge with cycalist on top, Myanmar

Disembark in the former Royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its monasteries. Visit the gilded Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, where you can take in breathtaking views over Sagaing. Afterwards, visit a silversmith workshop where items such as jewellery, bowls, and Buddha images are made.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Yandabo, a village known for its terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans and gain a glimpse into village life. After lunch on board, travel to the village of Pakokku and explore a series of local workshops consisting of cheroot (cigar) and textiles, including the famous Burmese sarong – the longyi.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head to a viewing tower to observe a stunning sunset over Bagan. During this special experience, enjoy free-flowing drinks, delicious canapes, and the famed Burmese hospitality. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture some sunset memories over this dramatic landscape.


Rise early to capture your first glimpse of World Heritage-listed Bagan. Scattered across its lush plains lie more than 2,200 sacred stupas, many dating as far back as the 11th and 13th centuries. This morning, journey to New Bagan and experience a traditional elephant dance before visiting a lacquerware workshop. You’ll then explore some of the stunning temples including the well-preserved Ananda Temple, affectionately known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’. Later this afternoon, enjoy your Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

If you’re feeling active, jump on your electric bicycle and journey through the archaeological wonders of Bagan. Alternatively, visit the most well-known pagoda in the area, the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, followed by a visit to the lively Nyaung U Market, which offers a great chance to mingle with the local people and learn about how they conduct their daily lives.


You have the option to experience a bird’s-eye view of the stunning plains of Bagan aboard a hot air balloon (own expense). The morning offers a choice of included sightseeing for you to enjoy. Re-board your ship and cruise towards Salay, a religious village that boasts more than 50 monasteries. Take in the views of the Irrawaddy River while your ship cruises downstream, or sit back and read a book on the Sun Deck. On arrival after lunch this afternoon, visit Yoke Sone Kyaung. Built in 1882, it’s the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Continue to Man Paya Pagoda, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image dating back to the 13th century.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon in Magwe, visit Mya Tha Lon Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). On the riverbank you will also see a statue of General Aung San ‘Bagyoke’, founder of the modern Burmese army. You will also get to visit a Buddhist nunnery before experiencing the downtown area.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship and board your included charter flight to Yangon. Take a short stroll to Sule Pagoda, followed by a visit to the colonial architecture of Pansoden Street. Tonight’s dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Yangon, Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps delve further into the history of Yangon with a visit to the Secretariat Building. Alternatively, search for that perfect gift on a shopping tour which includes a visit to the Bogyoke Markets.


Take a short ferry ride to the small rural village of Dala. Situated in the heart of Yangon, this village allows you to experience an authentic way of life for the local Burmese people. Hop on a trishaw, where your driver will to take you to a candle-making workshop to observe this traditional art. You’ll also see how the villagers make crafts by utilising materials from a recycling workshop. After lunch, you will have a choice of included sightseeing. Later, one of the world’s most famous pagoda awaits – the Shwedagon Pagoda. No visit to Yangon is complete without gazing in awe at this 99-metre tall golden masterpiece. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, board your included flight to Heho, where you’ll then set off to explore a local family-run workshop famous for making Shan paper. Afterwards, travel to the small town of Nyaung Shwe situated on the edge of Inle Lake. You’ll then transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax.

Stay: Three Nights, Inle Lake, Sanctum Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which houses five small golden Buddha images. Continue to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, the oldest and largest monastery on the lake. It’s then time for a special dining experience at Inthar Heritage Restaurant. The owners have utilised their old family recipes to offer you a modern twist on the region’s cuisine. Following lunch, visit some of the local manufacturing workshops in the area including a silk factory, which is unique to the region as they use the silk spun from the stem of a lotus flower.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
View of fisherman standing on one leg on the boat, Myanmar

Board a local boat and cruise past the floating gardens. You may even spot the local fisherman using the iconic one-legged fishing technique. Then travel to Indein Village to see the Shwe Indein Pagoda. Traverse narrow canals, gliding by paddy fields along the river banks. A gentle walk up a hill will bring you to hundreds of ancient stupas. You’ll also have the time for some retail therapy with a stop at a local market on your way back to your boat. After lunch, visit a local manufacturing workshop and perhaps meet some people from the Padaung Tribe, known for the women wearing the brass coils around their necks. Return to your hotel to take in a final sunset over Inle Lake before your farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board a coach to Heho, where an included flight returns you to Yangon where your journey concludes.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Side view of the river ship Rv Samatha exterior cruising the Irrawaddy River

RV Samatha

Offering a comfortable journey along the Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha is the most luxurious vessel to grace these waters.

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Luxury Hotel Stay

Prepare to be pampered as you stay in absolute luxury at the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon.

Discover local life

Gain an authentic insight into local life as you visit remote communities and immerse yourself in local culture.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family