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Luxury

Luke Nguyen’s Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

Yangon to Mandalay
16 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: MALN16
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Trip Highlights

Hosted by Luke Nguyen

Be escorted by acclaimed celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and get an authentic look at the region's cuisines through his eyes

Bagan Sunset

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

U Bein Bridge Sunset Cruise

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 16 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in two locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 45 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • 15-night Irrawaddy River cruise aboard the RV Samatha

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Myanmar MALN16 2019-20

Yangon 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

Luke Nguyen Signature Invitation

Vietnamese cuisine related experiences with celebrity chef and APT Ambassador, Luke Nguyen

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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

LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet your host, Luke Nguyen, during a personally curated Welcome dining experience.


On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your ship.

Stay: 15 Nights, Irrawaddy River, APT’s RV Samatha.

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast take in the sights of Yangon on a city tour. See the impressive Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and Reclining Buddha. Later, view the famous Shwedagon Pagoda before enjoying a Welcome Reception tonight.

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

Perhaps visit the National Museum, or join a city walking tour.


Select your Freedom of Choice activity in Yangon this morning. This afternoon, admire the views over rice fields as your ship cruises along the river.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take part in an exclusive “Get to Know Luke” session, where APT’s ambassador will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food.


See the river-facing cliff carvings of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise 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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Continue on to Thayetmyo. Here enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Stop in the town of Minhla where your host Luke Nguyen will take you on a tour of a local market. Back on board, Luke will conduct a cooking demonstration, letting you in on his secrets.


Enjoy an exclusive Signature Experience with your host Luke Nguyen this morning. Cruise to Magwe, where you will head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to the small village of Salay and 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, which dates back to the 13th century.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
LUKE NGUYEN SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda. This evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience as you farewell Luke Nguyen.

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

Today, be given the opportunity to explore Bagan’s revered pagodas and temples on a tour. Alternatively, you might choose to ascend the winding staircase encircling the magnificent Mt Popa, or visit some local workshops, including a lacquerware shop.


Once the capital of a powerful ancient kingdom, Bagan’s archaeological zone is an impressive testament to the religious devotion of Myanmar’s rulers and people. Choose from a range of sightseeing options as you explore Bagan today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

With a refreshing drink in hand enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside U-Bein Bridge.


Set out on a horse-drawn cart in the ancient capital of Inwa. This evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Daily :
  • 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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Exclusive private dining

Delight in exceptional Burmese fare designed by renowned Australian chef Luke Nguyen in this intimate 10 seat venue

Discover local life

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

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.