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Highlights
  • Spend two nights in Yangon, transfer to Pyay and embark upon your 10-night cruise to Mandalay. Conclude your journey with a short flight back to Yangon for another overnight stay.
  • Explore Yangon
  • Visit Yokesonekyaung, built in 1882
  • Explore Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda
  • Discover Bagan opportunity to see Archaeological Zone, like Shwezigan Pagoda and the Ananda temple
  • Tour through Sagaing visit the famous monasteries

Your journey begins in Yangon, followed by a 10-night upstream cruise embarking in Pyay. Visit sacred sites, small villages, craftsmen’s workshops, markets and Buddhist monasteries, and enjoy a full-day tour of Bagan and its rich collection of stupas, temples and pagodas. Take in the stunning view from atop Mt. Popa and visit the Golden City of Mandalay before returning to Yangon via plane for another overnight stay.

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  • AmaPura

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AMA Waterways Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Solo traveling October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As a senior solo traveler, safety and price are very important to me. I am so tired of paying the single supplement, charged by most travel vendors. With AMA Waterways, an E category cabin can often be booked without the single supplement charge.

Once onboard, AMA Waterways invites the solo travelers to dine at the Captain's Table. This is done on the first night so that you can meet other solo travelers. While I didn't do a lot with the other solo travelers, it was nice to know that I could find someone with whom I could share a meal, if I found myself alone.

AMA Waterways also has different categories of walkers for excursions. They have a fast-paced group, a moderate-paced group and a group for gentle walkers. They have thought of everything!
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Ama Waterways Never Disappoints January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'm very glad to see that Ama is expanding to Asia and Africa because I've cruised with them in Europe and I think they have the best food of any of the European river cruise lines, not to mention big cabins. I also like their little touches like the travel guides they hand out so you can explore the ports on your own if you like, or just learn more about what you're going to see along the way. Now I can't decide whether to try out their Asia or Africa cruises, but it's something i don't mind thinking about.
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Does Not Recommend

This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company December 2016

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  • Activities 1.0
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I booked a cruise with AMAwaterways - first mistake - through their designated travel agent Avoya Travel - second mistake. I paid $800 deposit. Six months later I was asked to pay the balance. Avoya Travel asked if they could use my credit card. My wife was in hospital and I delayed answering until we discovered what was wrong and when I got the diagnosis and we couldn't travel. I told Avoya Travel and asked them not to charge my credit card. Avoya Travel still charged my credit card account without my permission!!! When I phoned up I discovered the agent was on holidays and I couldn't speak to her. Through major detective work I managed to reach and talk to her and she told me it would be dealt with. It was not and still has not been to this day, six months later.
I asked my credit card company to dispute the amount paid and they are in the process of doing that now but the company is fighting this all the way. Be aware that I cannot get through to anybody in the company and the travel agent isn't responding. This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company, they do not allow direct access on complaints. This is no way to gain customers. I would like to talk to somebody in the company about this but I cannot.
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Recommends

I definitely valued this trip. It was relaxing, it was fun, and it was greater than my expectations. September 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I definitely valued this trip. It was relaxing, it was fun, and it was greater than my expectations. This trip didn't put a hole in my wallet but it wasn't just a small dent either. It was definitely worth every penny. This had to be the best part. The STAY was too good to be a cruise. It was quiet and I didn't really worry about a shipwreck or anything drastic. Well, there were many things I had planned to do while on the cruise and I did everything and more. There were so many options and I did them and I really enjoyed myself while doing them. The heating and those other things relating to that were great and didn't cause any problems whatsoever to me at all.
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Does Not Recommend

Cost too much to go around puking my guts up all over the deck so there really was no value I could have got drunk at home and did the same thing. September 2016

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  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Cost too much to go around puking my guts up all over the deck so there really was no value I could have got drunk at home and did the same thing. They made me make my own bed. That's **. The maid was hitting on me and I told her I would punch her in the kisser if she did it again. Not much to do on a river. I mean seriously they only had 1 show that they did over and over and over and over and over again every day. Besides the bar which was too expensive at least they had one that I could drink away the memories of the horrible thing. And yes I'm talking about my girlfriend.
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Itinerary

Day 1: yangon

Welcome to Yangon, a former royal capital known as the “Garden City of the East” for its lush tropical setting. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2: Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

Your full-day tour includes: a visit to the city center and the unusually shaped Sule Pagoda; a photo stop at Kandawgyi Lake; Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott’s Market), where you can shop for handicrafts, clothing and local delicacies; the massive reclining Buddha at Chaukhtautgyi Temple; and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most iconic religious sites.

Day 3: Yangon-Pyay-Embarkation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before boarding a motor coach for the drive to Pyay for embarkation. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

Day 4: Pyay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Take a walking tour of Pyay, the former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma and home to more than 80 gilded pagodas. During your city tour you will see the ancient Sri Kestra City Gate, enjoy a visit to the Sri Kestra Museum and the Payagi Pagoda.

Day 5: Minhla – Magwe

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Further upstream today, the ship will stop at Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. A short walk brings you to a Colonial Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, visit Magwe and take a panoramic coach tour to see the Mud Volcano in Minbu, the mythical home of fire breathing dragons living deep beneath the earth. You’ll also see the General Aung San “Bogyoke” Statue and the Myathalon Pagoda, situated on the banks of the river.

Day 6: Salay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your ship cruises to Salay today, a small community that boasts more than 50 monasteries built of teak. Visit Yokesonekyaung, built in 1882 and the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, famous for its wood carvings and collection of religious artifacts. You will also see a splendid colonial-era house and the 13th century Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

Day 7: Thant Kyi Taung – Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Join your fellow passengers for an excursion up Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda, built in the year 1059 by King Anawrahta and known to house a sacred Buddha relic. Later, your ship’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will visit an observation tower where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Afterwards, transfer to a local temple and participate in a candle lighting ceremony blessed by local monks.

Day 8:Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your full day in Bagan offers you three sightseeing choices. The first is climbing to the observation deck (250 steps) or the top (777 steps) of Mount Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Afterwards, stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting of Jaggery, a palm sugar that is made from the Totty Palm Tree. Alternatively, you may enjoy free time to shop and explore other attractions at the Mount Popa Resort. Your third option is an excursion to some of the most distinctive pagodas in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, like Shwezigan Pagoda and the Ananda temple. Afterwards, you will spend some time at the lively Nyaungoo market, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles and other unique souvenirs. Later, visit the 13th century Gubyaulgyi Temple, which is situated near the Wetkyi-inn Village, and the Pyathada temple.

Day 9: Bagan – Yandabo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Admire one last sunrise over Bagan before the ship departs for Yandabo, a peaceful village where the British and Burmese signed a treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1826. Yandabo is widely known for its finely crafted terracotta wares and you’ll have a chance to see a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans, as well as glimpses of typical village life.

Day 10: Inwa – Amarapura – Sagaing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This afternoon you will visit Inwa, the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Explore the ancient ruins of the city by horse-drawn carriage and see the splendid Bagaya monastery, built entirely of teak. Afterwards, drive to Amarapura to watch the sunset at the world’s longest teak wood footbridge, the U-Bein Bridge. If you prefer to spend more time relaxing on board, you may forego the Inwa village visit and choose to take the U-Bein Bridge excursion only.

Day 11: Sagaing – Mingun – Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. In Sagaing, you’ll visit a local monastic school and the Soonuponyashin Pagoda. Continue on to Mingun where you will see its famous 12-foot high bronze bell and the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (the “unfinished pagoda”), originally intended to be 499 feet high. Although only a third of it was ever completed, it remains the world’s largest brick pagoda. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk ride through Mingun to explore the sights. You’ll also have a chance to visit the Myatheindan Pagoda, built in 1816 and painted white as a representation of the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mount Meru. Another option today in Mingun allows you to visit the Pathodawgyi, the Mingun bronze bell, and also offers you a chance to climb to the top of Myatheindan Pagoda (77 steps).

Day 12: Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After arriving in Mandalay, head ashore for a full-day tour that includes many of the city’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold and stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), Mandalay Hill, and Shwenandaw monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Instead, you may choose to take a half-day city tour of Mandalay which includes the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenadaw Monastery, and Mahamuni Buddha. Afterwards you will have the unique opportunity to visit a local school in Mandalay. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship with your fellow travelers.

Day 13: Mandalay-Disembarkation-Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast aboard the AmaPura, fly back to Yangon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 14: Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Myanmar and prepare for your homeward journey or your optional post-cruise extension to Inle Lake.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,339

Price Per Day:

$ 381 per day
 
  • Port Charges:  Additional $190 per person
  • Single Supplement for Cruise:  Cat. SC, SD, SE & SF 50% of twin price; Cat. SA & SB 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Single Supplement for Land:  For pre and post land arrangements: $420 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

AmaPura

Ship Stats

Built: 2014

Built in: Myanmar

Length: 188 ft.

Width:  40 ft.

Crew: 36

Suites: 28

Registry: Myanmar

Ship Description

The custom-built AmaPura takes its name from the former royal capital of Amarapura (Sanskrit for “City of Immortality”). Designed to provide an ultra-comfortable experience along Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River, this vessel is beautifully furnished with a combination of modern and traditional motifs and its shallow draft allows it to navigate the river nearly year-round. The AmaPura has 28 suites featuring either a French Balcony, an Outside Balcony or Twin Balconies, as well as a well-appointed en suite bathroom. The ship’s elegant public areas include a restaurant and main lounge and bar. There’s also a gift shop, spa, and a Sun Deck perfect for lounging, enjoying a cocktail, or simply gazing out at the ever-changing scenery. The AmaPura was designed to provide you with a serene home away from home for the duration of your Myanmar voyage. After a full day of sightseeing, there is no greater luxury than to return to a peaceful, comfortable ship and be welcomed aboard with a cool drink and chilled towel. The friendly and resourceful staff will be at your service throughout your entire Ayeyarwady river cruise.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Deck Plan

Deck Plan - AmaPura

CAT.SA

Stateroom Floor Plan

Trip Includes
  • 2 nights pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon at the Sule Shangri-La (or similar), including breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Yangon to the ship in Pyay
  • 10 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in a Full Balcony, French Balcony or Twin Balcony suite
  • Life-enriching tours
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Special onboard highlights, including cultural show, puppet show, and lectures/discussions pertaining to Burmese culture
  • 1-night post-cruise hotel accommodations in Yangon, including breakfast
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
Optional Activities

Inle Lake Post-Cruise Extension:  We highly recommend that you extend your stay with this land program, which includes 3 nights in Inle Lake and 1 night in Yangon. Experience a unique and beautiful way of life on the lake with included hotel accommodations and guided tours for $1,120 per person. This extension requires roundtrip intra-Myanmar airfare, which is an additional $380 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.

Bangkok Extension:  Optional 2-night Bangkok extension from $560 per person. Requires intra-Asia airfare at an additional cost.

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Yangon
End City
Yangon
Cancellation Policy:

In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to AmaWaterways must be via email to Res@AmaWaterways.com, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. Name changes, a substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:

More than 121 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $200 (Europe & Asia) $1,200 (Africa)

Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty

Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

Trip ID#: GolTreAma

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