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Luxury

Hidden Wonders of Myanmar with Inle Lake

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Trip Code: MAR18
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

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

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 up to 18 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in two locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 48 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board your cruise*
  • Everything as detailed including gratuities and onboard lectures
  • 14-night Irrawaddy River cruise aboard the RV Samatha

Map & Itinerary

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Asia Map MAR18 2019-20

Mandalay to Yangon

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

On arrival at the airport, transfer to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: 14 Nights: Irrawaddy River, APT’s RV Samatha

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U-Bein Bridge with a drink in hand.


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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart the ship by coach to visit Sagaing, here you will visit the Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda. Enjoy the view over the Irrawaddy River and also visit a silversmith workshop for an insight into this craft. Later continue on to Inwa by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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.


In Yandabo, enjoy a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans. Enjoy a delightful Signature Experience this evening.

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 this remarkable region today.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda. Then cruise to the small village of Salay, to 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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise onwards to Magwe, and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Stop in the town of Minhla and visit the famous fort, then 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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On arrival in Pyay, you will disembark for a tour of 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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, set out on a local village tour of Aingtaloge. Interact with the locals and catch a glimpse of unspoiled country life.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today explore the township of Danuphyu, and visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend a morning at leisure on board your river ship, watching life along the Irrawaddy River unfold as you sail towards Yangon. This afternoon arrive in Yangon and visit the impressive 99-metre high gilded stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda.

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

Perhaps visit the National Museum and discover some of the city’s best kept secrets, or join a city walking tour.


Select your Freedom of Choice activity in Yangon this morning then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the city further.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark the RV Samatha for the final time today in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. Be met by your guide on arrival and set off to explore a local Shan paper workshop.

Stay: Three Nights: Inle Lake, Sanctum Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, whose shrines have since been covered with that many gold leaves that it is impossible to see its original structure, and the famous Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. This afternoon, set off on a tour of a silk and lotus weaving factory.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Explore the south of Inle Lake by boat. See the iconic one-legged rowing technique used by local fishermen and the floating gardens. Visit Indein, home to a cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas. This afternoon, see how the local fishing boats are made and visit a blacksmith workshop, before meeting with Padaung Tribes.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to Heho Airport for your included flight to Yangon. On arrival, board 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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Luxury Inle Lake Accommodation

Relax at the luxurious Sanctum Inle Lake Resort and discover a contemplative way of life close to the tranquil Inle Lake

Discover local life

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

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home