17-day Premium River Cruise & Guided Tour
PP Based on 2 sharing
Experience the heart and soul of Myanmar (Burma) on this remarkable 14-night premium river through the remote Irrawaddy region, past local villages, imposing mountains and exotic gilded stupas.
Feel the warmth and grace of the inquisitive locals, see how the fading British colonial legacy blends with the predominantly Buddhist culture and taste the intoxicating combination of flavours from China, India and Thailand. The breathtaking scenes of age-old golden temples, stupas and monasteries set against lush green forests are sure to captivate you.
Custom-built with our guests in mind, this boutique vessel launched in 2016 boasts sophisticated design and facilities to ensure a remarkable and immersive onboard experience. Onboard you’ll enjoy an air-conditioned lounge, sun deck lounge and bar, dining room, fitness centre and spa centre.
The 36 staterooms and suites on board the RV Princess Panhwar are among the largest on the Irrawaddy River and all are positioned on the outside of the ship boasting either a French balcony or an Outside Balcony. And with a guest-to-staff ratio of 2:1; you'll be treated to the highest level of personalised attention.
Each day ashore includes unique cultural experiences led by English speaking expert local guides and on select days, you’ll experience APT’s Insider Experiences – a range of local experiences to immerse you in the heart and soul of each destination, embrace local life and engage with time-honoured traditions.
Ascend Singuttara Hill and visit the 99 metre-high Shwedagon pagoda
Leaning Tower of Inwa
Tour Inwa by traditional horse-drawn cart and see the ‘Leaning Tower of Inwa’
Mahamuni Buddha Temple
Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and perhaps add a sheet of gold leaf to the statue of the Mahamuni Buddha
U Bein Bridge
Visit the world longest teak wood bridge – choose to stroll along or glide beneath in a traditional sampan
•Return scheduled flights from the UK*
• Sightseeing excursions in up to 15 towns, villages and cities
•Immersive Insider Experiences – unique sightseeing activities, memorable interactions and exclusive culinary experiences
• 14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 14 Dinners
• Complimentary beverages with lunch & dinner*
• Travelmarvel Cruise Director & expert local guides
• Overseas transfers, luggage porterage, port charges & tipping
Day 1. Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Myanmar.
Day 2. Arrive Mandalay, Embark Cruise
On arrival , be transfered to the RV Princess Panhwar. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and a cultural show on board.
14 Nights: RV Princess Panhwar.
Day 3. Mandalay
Head for Kuthodaw Pagoda before a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery.
Visit Mandalay’s Mahamuni Buddha Temple, where you may be able to add your own sheet of gold leaf to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha.
This evening, go for a stroll along U Bein Bridge.
Day 4. Sagaing, Inwa
Visit a silversmith’s workshop and range of temples and monasteries in Sagaing. Later, cruise to Inwa and take a horse-cart tour.
Day 5. Yandabo, Bagan
Today tour Yandabo. Back on board, catch a glimpse of the archaeological site, Bagan. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a puppet show on board.
Day 6. Bagan
Enjoy a full day to discover Bagan. Visit the Nyaung-U market and mingle with the locals. Later, discover Gubyaukgyi Temple.
Day 7. Tantkyi Hill, Salay
This morning, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. Later, cruise to Salay then visit Yoke Sone Kyaung and Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha from the 13th century.
Day 8. Magwe
Sail on to Magwe. Visit the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, overlooking the Irrawaddy River.
Day 9. Minhla, Thayetmyo
Arrive in Minhla, then visit Minhla Fort. Afterwards, continue to Thayetmyo, and visit Myanmar’s oldest golf course.
Day 10. Pyay (Prome), Sri Ksetra
Disembark for a tour of the Shwesandaw Pagoda, then travel to Sri Ksetra.
Day 11. Myanaung
Enjoy wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise to Myanaung. Take a walking tour past colonial houses, a Roman Catholic church and local markets.
Day 12. Ainteloge
Arrive in Ainteloge today and set off on a guided walking tour, taking in colonial-style wooden houses and gardens.
Day 13. Danuphyu
Disembark in Danuphyu to visit the grand Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making (cigar) workshop.
Day 14. Maubin
Arrive in Maubin. Take a walking tour and learn about Ba Maw, a prominent Burmese political leader, then visit a local market.
Day 15. Yangon
Tour Yangon including Sule Pagoda and Bogyoke Market. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
Visit the Reclining Buddha and the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
Day 16. Disembark Ship, Fly to UK
Disembark and transfer to Yangon airport from where you will board your return flight to the UK.
Day 17. Arrive London.
*This premium tour is operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT Travel Group. Prices are per person twin share & includes saving amount of up to £1100 per couple valid until 29 April 17 unless sold out prior. Standard APT Terms & Conditions apply.
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