Hidden Wonders Of Myanmar
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Day 1
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Located in Central Myanmar, the city of Mandalay was the capital of Myanmar’s Last Kingdom and is located on the banks of the River Irrawaddy, 415 miles north of Yangon. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, it was the official seat of Myanmar kings until it was occupied by the British in 1885 – who relocated the capital to Yangon. Despite this, many remains of the old Royal City and a number of old monasteries remain in Mandalay. It is also an important Buddhist religious centre and this soon becomes evident upon seeing the vast number of monks who reside here.

There are many palaces, temples, pagodas and monasteries to explore in the centre of the city, each of which will take your breath away. There are some 730 pagodas located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, near the Irrawaddy River. Each of these pagodas is set in a square which protects the Kuthodaw (“Works of Royal Merit”), which consists of Buddhist scriptures recorded on 729 white marble tablets.

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Day 2
Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)

Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as the capital and “City of Immortals”, Amarapura is home to many glistening and spectacular monuments. It is thought that Amarapura may have once been laid out as a square, with walls that were each 1km long. Perhaps the most significant landmarks within the kilometre-squared area are the 100-foot tall solid brick pagodas, which stand at each corner of the ruined city walls.

From here, you can also travel to Taungthaman Lake, where you will find the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar. Spanning 1,208 metres and built entirely from teak, the bridge provides a path across the lake to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda.

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Day 3
Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma)

Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing region of Myanmar and located along the Irrawaddy River. Sagaing is an important religious and monastic centre, and as such is brimming with Buddhist monasteries and pagodas. The central and most breathtaking pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the entire length of the 240m hill.

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Day 4
Yandabo, Myanmar (Burma)

The remote village of Yandabo can be found along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The people here are well known within the country for their talented pottery making skills. They produce terracotta from mud found along the river bank and you can view the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is also famous in Burmese history as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed in 1855 between the Burmese king and the British.

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Day 5
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Without question, Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most spectacular temple cities. This spectacular city, located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River – 90 miles southwest of Mandalay, is home to thousands of temples and pagodas. Founded in 1058, this archaeological zone was once home to 5,000 temples, although a few thousand of these no longer remain. Within this zone, there are many ancient Buddhist shrines and the beautiful golden pagoda of the Shwe Zigon Temple. Built by King Anawratha, the Shwe Zigon pagoda resembles a terraced golden pyramid and is topped by a golden umbrella, which holds many encrusted jewels.

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Day 6
Mingun, Myanmar (Burma)

The fascinating Myanmar town of Mingun is located roughly an hour away from the city of Mandalay via the Irrawaddy River. One of the main attractions in the town is the Mingun Pathodawgyi, a monumental, yet incomplete stupa. It was built for King Bodawpaya in 1790, but the structure was never finished, after an astrologer claimed that upon completion, the king would die. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest stupa in the world. What was built remains standing today, albeit with huge cracks, which were formed following an earthquake in 1839. Other landmarks in the town include the world’s largest uncracked bell and the white pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya.

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Day 7
Magwe, Myanmar (Burma)

The Myanmar town of Magwe, or Magway, sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, opposite the town of Minbu. It is home to a number of educational institutions including many specialist universities and colleges. Magwe is also home to the magnificent Myat-Thalon Pagoda, which features solid gold brick work, as well as many temples and hermitages.

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Day 8
Minhla, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, in Upper Myanmar, is the Italian-built Minhla Fort, which was built to ensure the British were kept at bay from Royal Burma. This spectacular fort was built in 1864 and positioned on the banks of the river to destroy any enemy vessels which sailed upstream.

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Day 9
Prome, Myanmar (Burma)

On the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in the Bago Region in Myanmar, is the principal town of Prome. Founded in the 8th century, Prome is one of the oldest towns in Myanmar and a commercial town and port. Among the many places of interest in the town is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, encircled by 83 small gilded temples, it is a sight like no other.

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Day 10
Magwe, Myanmar (Burma)

The Myanmar town of Magwe, or Magway, sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, opposite the town of Minbu. It is home to a number of educational institutions including many specialist universities and colleges. Magwe is also home to the magnificent Myat-Thalon Pagoda, which features solid gold brick work, as well as many temples and hermitages.

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Day 12
Thayetmyo, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar is the town of Thayetmyo. Once a border point of British Burma, Thayetmyo is a pleasant colonial town and home to the oldest golf course in Burma.

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Day 13
Maubin, Myanmar (Burma)

The township of Maubin is located in the Irrawaddy division of south-west Myanmar. The town is filled with stunning pagodas and landmarks, most notably the ancient Paw Taw My Ceti Pagoda. 

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Day 14
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

Known as Rangoon until 1989, Yangon is the mesmerising capital of Burma, now known as Myanmar. The city's history revolves around the ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, a must-see for all visitors, which is adorned with over five thousand diamonds and thousands more precious stones besides. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Zoological Garden, Wildlife Park in Hlawga and the Peoples Park on Pyay Road.

A Buddhist monarchy ruled Burma throughout the 11th century, followed by the Chinese Mongols and the Shans. During this time, the city was known as Dagon and then Yangon, and it wasn’t until the British came to occupy Burma that the name Rangoon was introduced. However, in 1937 it was declared an independent nation and reverted back to the preferred Yangon 50 years later.

Sail on board RV Samatha
Accommodation

Panoramic Balcony or Window Cabin Features

  • Panoramic balcony cabins measure 290 square feet
  • All cabins feature a panoramic walk-out balcony
  • Individual climate control
  • Seating area
  • Vanity/desk area
  • Closet with hanging space
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En suite bathroom including an enclosed shower 

Panoramic & Outside Balcony Suite Features

  • Royal suites measure 457 square feet
  • Outside balcony
  • Large curved panoramic window
  • Individual climate control
  • Seating area
  • Vanity/desk area
  • Closet with hanging space
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En suite bathroom including an enclosed shower 

Panoramic Window & Oustide Balcony Suite Features

  • Executive suites measure 524 square feet
  • Outside balcony
  • Large curved, panoramic window
  • En suite bathroom including an enclosed shower, double vanity basin and bathtub
  • Seating area
  • Desk/vanity area 
  • Individual climate control
  • Closet with hanging space
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen size bed

Panoramic & Outside Balcony Suite

  • Panoramic balcony cabins measure 320 square feet
  • All cabins feature a panoramic walk-out balcony
  • Individual climate control
  • Seating area
  • Vanity/desk area
  • Closet with hanging space
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • En suite bathroom including an enclosed shower 
Dining
  • Main Restaurant - meals are served here including a cooked breakfast, three course lunch, afternoon tea and four course dinner highlighting the best of international and Asia cuisine all designed by renowned chef Luke Nguyen. 
  • A room service option is available for breakfast
  • A private dining area is available for special occasions and requests and can seat up to eight guests 

Main Restaurant

Relish in fresh dishes created by our highly-skilled chefs daily. Meals are made from fresh local produces. Enjoy a range of hot and cold dishes through-out the day before indulging in three-course a la crate dinner with fellow guests.

Luke Nguyen Private Dinners - APT Exclusive!

Same two menus designed by Luke Nguyen. Dine in our intimate eight-seater venue as you enjoy a range of modern Burmese food showcasing local fresh produce and Luke's signature style. Paired with quality wines, this exclusive meal will be enjoyed by all guests at no extra charge.

Additional Information

Ship Features

  • Fitness room
  • Spa
  • Sun deck with loungers, tables and chairs
  • Spa pool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board
Deck Plans

Deck Plans

Sun Deck

  • Observation deck
  • Swimming pool
  • Outside seating
  • Air-conditioned main lounge
  • Fitness room
  • Spa
  • Wheel house

Upper Deck

  • Cabins
  • Suites

Main Deck

  • Cabins
  • Main restaurant
  • Private dining
  • Kitchen

Enrichment

The abundance of historical and religious sites along the route and the RV Samantha’s impeccably organised excursions provide ample opportunities for enrichment. 

Shore Excursions

Guided tours of ancient temples and colonial towns are available at all ports. 

Entertainment

Unwind with a swim after your day of exploring Myanmar. Comfortable lounge chairs, a pool and expansive Sun Deck is a great place to take in the riverside views. Enjoy a drink at the Main Lounge & Bar with the comfort of air-conditioning. The Day Spa is a great place to go for a massage, while the Fitness Centre features a range of gym equipment. Contact your friends and family back from with APT's complimentary Wi-Fi internet available in select locations aboard your river ship.

On-Board Entertainment

Delve into Burmese culture while you cruise with a traditional puppet show and cultural performances that are offered on-board.

HealthFitness

Spa

Traditional massage and wellness techniques from Burma and across Asia are employed in the RV Samantha’s indulgent spa. 

Pool

Bijou Gym

Facilities

Disabled Facilities/Mobility

Upon securing a reservation, you will be asked if you have any health or mobility restrictions. Should there be any restrictions; a questionnaire will be made available for completion so that we can assess the suitability of your trip.

Most tours require a reasonable level of fitness to be able to walk on sightseeing trips, navigate along uneven ground and should be able to walk unaided for up to 1.5km.

On some adventure tours, we may visit remote areas and feature activities with varying degrees of difficulty, it is vital to select a tour with an activity level suited to your health and fitness. A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in hot conditions and over terrain with uneven and slippery surfaces. Some walks will require you to clamber over boulders up to one metre high. It is your responsibility to carry any medication you require for the tour’s duration and consult your local medical practitioner for any health advice.

Your sales consultant will be able to provide more accurate information on walking involved on the specific tour booked.

Dietary Requirements

Your APT Sales consultant can provide you with information pertaining to currency used on tour and throughout the course of your trip. You will also receive a Tour Hints booklet in your documentation pack with an overview of currency you will need and on-board payment types.

Dress Code

Generally, smart casual is acceptable on most tours, however some tours may require/recommend per below:

  • Jacket and tie for Formal nights on board ocean cruising
  • Comfortable and light casual clothing for adventure/safari touring
  • Wet shoes for Kimberley Wilderness Adventure, Outback Wilderness Adventures
  • Comfortable footwear is recommended across all tours.

Some cultures observe specific dress requirements, such as head dress for women. Tour Directors will supply more information on tour on any of these requirements.

Medical Advice

We recommend that you seek medical advice from your local Medical Practitioner, as they will have the most up to date details on appropriate vaccines, tablets and latest medical travel information.

Some destinations do have mandatory health regulations such as areas of Africa require Yellow Fever Vaccinations.

Overall, a reasonable level of health and mobility is requirement for most tours. Upon securing a reservation, you will be asked if you have any health or mobility restrictions. Should there be any restrictions; a questionnaire will be made available for completion so that we can assess the suitability of your trip.

Children

Please note: There are no designated children's facilities on board.

Upcoming Cruises
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Embark Mandalay, Thu 13 Dec 2018 On Board RV Samatha Disembark Yangon (Rangoon) Date Thu 27 Dec 2018 Guide Price flights £5,195 pp Enquire
Embark Mandalay, Thu 10 Jan 2019 On Board RV Samatha Disembark Yangon (Rangoon) Date Thu 24 Jan 2019 Guide Price flights £5,495 pp Enquire
Embark Mandalay, Thu 07 Feb 2019 On Board RV Samatha Disembark Yangon (Rangoon) Date Thu 21 Feb 2019 Guide Price flights £5,395 pp Enquire
Embark Mandalay, Thu 07 Mar 2019 On Board RV Samatha Disembark Yangon (Rangoon) Date Thu 21 Mar 2019 Guide Price flights £5,395 pp Enquire
Embark Mandalay, Thu 04 Apr 2019 On Board RV Samatha Disembark Yangon (Rangoon) Date Thu 18 Apr 2019 Guide Price flights £5,395 pp Enquire