Majestic Burma

Explore Burma, a breathtaking land that has been left untouched for a generation on this APT Travelmarvel cruise on brand new ship Princess Panhwar up the mighty Irrawaddy from Yangon to Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions

Majestic Burma


16 nights from £3845pp

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Immerse yourself in culture on this fascinating Irrawaddy river cruise to Burma, a land that had been left untouched by tourists for a generation.

Join your ship, the brand new Princess Panhwar in the cultural city of Yangon. See the sights on an afternoon tour including the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden spire.

Learn about the prominent Burmese political leader, Ba Maw during your time in Maubin, admire well-preserved colonial houses in the riverside township of Myanaung and discover the ancient ruins at Sri Ksetra, the old Pyu kingdom capital.

See the awe-inspiring temples and pagodas of Bagan and enjoy a horse-drawn cart tour in the ancient imperial capital of Inwa, before cruising to Mandalay where you can visit local workshops and walk along the impressive U Bein Bridge.

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Yangon to Mandalay Itinerary

Day 1 - UK- Yangon
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Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Yangon.
Day 2 - Yangon (Burma)
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, Princess Panhwar. After lunch on board, see the sights of Yangon on an afternoon tour (departures up to Sep 2017 only). Like a Local - admire the Shwedagon Pagoda with its spectacular golden spire. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (L,D)
Day 3 - Maubin
Arrive after lunch in Maubin and enjoy a walking tour, during which you'll learn about the Burmese political leader, Ba Maw. You will also visit the local market. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Danuphyu - Zalon or Hinthata
Visit Danuphyu where the General Maha Bandula led a defensive against British troops in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Discover the Monastery of Maha Bandula and visit a home cheroot-making workshop, before cruising to Zalon (departures up to Sep 2017) or Hinthata (Sep 2017 departures onwards). (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Myanaung
Enjoy a guided walking tour past colonial houses and a bustling market in the riverside township of Myanaung. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Pyay (Prome) - Sri Ksetra
Admire spectacular views of the Akauk Mountains as you cruise towards Pyay. Disembark for a walking tour. See magnificent pagodas before heading to the ancient ruins at Sri Ksetra. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Thayetmyo
Princess Panhwar cruises to the port town of Thayetmyo which was once on the British colonial border between Upper and Lower Burma. Stroll along the streets admiring the colonial architecture. You can also visit Burma's oldest golf course, established in 1887. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Minhla - Magwe
Departures up to Sep 2017: Explore Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Board a small boat and visit Gwechaung and Minhla forts built in 1860. Later, cruise to Magwe and enjoy a visit to its market and colonial buildings. Tonight, watch a traditional Burmese puppet show. Sep 2017 departures onwards: Visit Minhla fort before cruising to Magwe, home to a fascinating market and the Myathalon Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Salay
Princess Panhwar cruises to the village of Salay. Explore Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery, before heading to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya which is home to the country's largest lacquer Buddha image from the 13th-century. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Tantkyi Hill, Bagan
Climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda encircled by elephant statues. Later, visit the revered Ananda Temple. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Bagan
Stroll around the bustling Nyaung-U market, before enjoying a tour of Bagan with highlights including Gubyaukgyi Temple, a spectacular cave temple with an Indian-style spire. On departures up to Sep 2017, you'll also visit a lacquerware workshop, a local village, and enjoy a special sunset at Pyathat Gyi or Dhamayazaka. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Yandabo
Enjoy a tour of Yandabo, the site where the Treaty of First Anglo-Myanmar War was signed. It is famous for its terracotta pots made from riverbank clay. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Inwa
Enjoy a horse-drawn cart tour in the ancient imperial capital of Inwa. For Sep 2017 departures onwards, enjoy a cultural show by the Mandalay fine arts school. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Sagaing - Mingun
Visit a silversmith's workshop in Sagaing before exploring Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the magnificent 18th-century Mingun Pahtodawgyi as well as the Mingun Bell. Tonight, enjoy a cultural show on board (departures up to Sep 2017). (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Mandalay
Like a Local - visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery and visit Kuthodaw Pagoda. Like a Local - stroll along U Bein Bridge. Tonight there is a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Mandalay - UK
Disembark Princess Panhwar and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
Day 17 - UK
Arrive back in the UK.
Itinerary is subject to change.

Mandalay to Yangon Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Mandalay (Burma)
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Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Mandalay.
Day 2 - Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the stylish Princess Panhwar. Enjoy lunch on board, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Welcome Dinner on board this evening. (L,D)
Day 3 - Mandalay
Like a Local - Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple where you might get the opportunity to add your own sheet of gold leaf on a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. Later, explore a range of workshops. Afterwards, tour the Shwenandaw Monastery, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for spectacular views over the city. Like a Local - Stroll along U Bein Bridge. (B,l,D)
Day 4 - Sagaing - Inwa - Myinmu
Visit Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas in Sagaing before heading to a silversmith's workshop. Later, cruise to the ancient imperial capital of Inwa where you can enjoy a tour, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan and Bagaya monasteries. Tonight, enjoy a cultural show on board. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Bagan - Myinmu
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Myinmu showcasing the sights of the local village. Back on board, you get your first glimpse of Bagan, a breathtaking archaeological site. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Bagan
Visit the bustling Nyaung-U market, before heading to the Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century cave temple with an Indian-style spire, and a lacquerware workshop. You will also visit a local village. Enhance your journey - At sunrise or sunset, board a hot air balloon and float over the pagodas of Bagan (departures up to Mar 2017 only) (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Tantkyi Hill - Salay
This morning, climb Tantkyi Hill and visit the Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by elephant statues. Following lunch back on board, cruise to the village of Salay. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest surviving wooden monastery. The village is also home to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, the largest lacquer Buddha image in Burma. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Magwe
Sail downstream to the sleepy delta town of Magwe where you can visit the market. This afternoon, head to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda before returning to the ship for dinner and a puppet show. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Minhla - Thayetmyo
Stop in Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the inspiration for a Rudyard Kipling Poem. Take a small boat to the Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, cruise to Thayetmyo, which was once on the colonial border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma. Visit Burma's oldest golf course. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Thayetmyo - Pyay (Prome)
See a selection of gilded pagodas this morning, including the Shwesandaw Pagoda, before cruising to Sri Ksetra. Admire the stupas and temples which are among the earliest Buddhist monuments in the world. Back on board, enjoy breathtaking views of the Akauk Mountains as you continue cruising towards Pyay. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Myanaung
Disembark in Myanaung for a walking tour past well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling market. the town originally served as a transshipment point for cargo being moved between Upper and Lower Burma. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Zalon - Danuphyu
Cruise south along the Irrawaddy Delta to the town of Zalon where you'll have a guided tour, visiting the tropical gardens. This afternoon, cruise to Danuphyu. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Danuphyu
Visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a home cheroot-making workshop, before cruising to Maubin. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Maubin
Maubin is home to a number of universities and Buddhist pagodas. Enjoy a walking tour, during which you'll learn about the town's history. Visit the local market before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Yangon
See the sights of Yangon on a morning tour, including the Sule Pagoda and Bogyoke Market. Like a Local - This afternoon, visit the Reclining Buddha and the Shwedagon Pagoda. Farewell Dinner on board this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Yangon - UK
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
Day 17 - UK
Early morning arrival at London Heathrow.
Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 14-night cruise on a full board basis on board Princess Panhwar
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • 42 meals (14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners)
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Unique Insider Experiences
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Cruise Extensions

  • Majestic Burma and Inle Lake: A 19-night itinerary is available which includes a 14-night Irrawaddy river cruise on Princess Panhwar and a 3-night stay at Inle Lake - from £4745pp. Please contact us for the detailed itinerary and further details.

Special Features

  • Ascend Singuttara Hill and visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Tour Inwa by horse-drawn cart and see the 'leaning tower of Inwa'
  • Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple. Perhaps add a sheet of gold leaf to the statue of the Mahamuni Buddha
  • Take a stroll along the famed U Bein Bridge near Amarapura
Second passenger flies free - save up to £1100 per couple! Applies to Sep 2017 departures onwards. Exclusive £30pp discount on all other departures. Book by 31 Oct 2016
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2016 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Dec 23£3995£3965

Mandalay - Yangon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Dec 09£3995£3965

2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Sep 08£4295£3845
Oct 06; Nov 03; Dec 01£4495£4045
Dec 29£4395£3845

Mandalay - Yangon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Mar 31£3995£3965
Sep 22£4295£3845
Oct 20; Nov 17£4495£4045
Dec 15£4395£3845

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Yangon - Mandalay

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Jan 26; Feb 23; Mar 23£4495£4045

Mandalay - Yangon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water price from
Jan 12£4695£4145
Feb 09; Mar 09; Apr 06£4495£4045
  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat C French Balcony Suite (Main Deck).
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat B Deluxe Balcony - Jan 2016-Mar 2017: £295pp Sep 2017-Apr 2018: £400pp
  • Cat A Deluxe Balcony - Jan 2016-Mar 2017: £395pp Sep 2017-Apr 2018: £500pp
  • Princess Suite - Jan 2016-Mar 2017: £695pp Sep 2017-Apr 2018: £800pp
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