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Myanmar is a country that has recently gone through major moves towards freedom, and is embracing tourists who seek to learn from its riveting history and ancient traditions. In fact, there was a boycott on travel to this mysterious land for decades, which was recently lifted, creating new opportunities for Viking River Cruises through Myanmar (Burma).

In Myanmar you will see beautiful pagodas like the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. This pagoda houses a statue of the Buddha, which is thought to be one of only five Buddha likenesses created while the Buddha was alive. You will also witness the beautiful creations of the nation's people, from tapestry to woodcarving and pottery.

This cruise stops in Bagan, an ancient city that will give Angkor Wat a run for its money. Here you will see more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. Those 2,000 structures are all that remain from the 10,000 structures built from the 9th to the 13th centuries.

Visiting Myanmar is almost like traveling back in time to the 1960s. Cars are there, but they are old, and it's not unusual to see people traveling on a horse and carriage. Don't expect to see a McDonalds here either, or even an ATM. This is a land lost in time, an aspect that makes for a truly memorable vacation. Experience this odd phenomenon in 2014 & 2015 before the new freedoms of this nation leave Myanmar without its out-of-touch charm.

In 2014 & 2015, this 16-day river cruise ends in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This city is rich with colorful temples and pagodas, as well as skyscrapers. It is a wonderful mix of the old and the new, where extravagance is everyday.

This amazing journey into Myanmar is one you'll share with only 59 other guests, as the Viking Myanmar, which was refurbished in 2013, is an intimate river ship. Onboard you will have a spacious suite and the option to attend a number of fascinating discussions on the history of the region and its people.

Discover Myanmar on a Viking river cruise along the Irrawaddy in 2014 & 2015 before the nation evolves into a modern Mecca, instead of the charming and quaint state that remains. Complete our contact form or call 1-888-250-7806 to speak with a cruise specialist.

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16 Days Memories of Mandalay River Cruises

    Sample Itinerary: 16 Days Bangkok - Mandalay - Yangon

    Cruise Highlights & Sightseeing

    16 Days / 14 Guided Tours / 2 Countries

  • Day 1 - Bangkok
    Fly to Bangkok. We meet you at the airport* and take you to the Millennium Hilton (or similar) where you check in for a two-night stay.
  • Day 2 - Bangkok
    This morning, you can begin to acclimate yourself to this colorful part of the world; after breakfast at your hotel, take a walk, browse one of the open air markets or visit one of the city's museums. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of some of Bangkok's highlights, including the canals, the Chao Phraya floating markets and the famous Grand Palace. Dating back to the late 1700s, this walled complex, featuring golden pagodas and the area's distinctive stupas (spires), has been the royal family's main residence for more than 150 years, and also houses the entire administrative seat of government-military headquarters, the state department and the mint. The evening is yours to explore; attend a traditional Thai puppet theater or temple dance performance or shop at one of the many night markets. (B, D)
  • Day 3 - Mandalay
    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour of central Mandalay, visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, with its serene gold-leaf statue of the Buddha, and Shwenandaw Golden Palace monastery with its exquisite teak carvings. Stop to see tapestry making, woodcarving and other traditional crafts. You will board your ship and have time to get settled before enjoying a festive welcome dinner with your fellow guests. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 - Mandalay
    Today, you have a full-day tour of Mandalay, including important monasteries and pagodas and some of the city's historic colonial areas. This afternoon, we gather on the deck for cocktails as we set sail on the Irrawaddy River. (B, L, D)
  • Day 5 - Amarapura & Ava
    Take in the sights of rural Burma along the Irrawaddy's bank as you cruise down the river. Today we have stops at two former Burmese capitals: Amarapura and Ava. Amarapura is a relatively recent capital, now a township of Mandalay; we will see the city's 19th-century stupas and monasteries and U Bein Bridge, at three-quarters of a mile the world's longest teak bridge. We then proceed to Ava. The Ava Kingdom unified and ruled Burma from the 14th through the 16th centuries, and Ava was the capital city for centuries. We tour this peaceful, rural town, also known as Inwa, by horse-drawn cart. Return to your ship and dine aboard as we continue south along the Irrawaddy. (B, L, D)
  • Day 6 - Yandabo
    Today's scenic cruising will feature a visit to one of the area's typical small villages. Yandabo's claim to fame is that the treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826) was signed here in February of 1826. Today, the town has a population of about 1,000, and specializes in pottery-making. We will spend time at a workshop to see how these useful vessels are created and fired. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7 - Bagan
    Capital of the Kingdom of Bagan from the 9th to the 13th centuries, the prosperous city of Bagan had more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries constructed on its surrounding plains, drawing Buddhist pilgrims from as far away as India, Ceylon and the Khmer Empire in today's Cambodia. The remains of some 2,200 of these comprise the Bagan Archeological Zone, an unforgettable landscape which you will explore today. Highlights include Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype for later Burmese stupas; Wetkyi-In Gubyaukyi Pagoda with its fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; and the Tharabar Gate, the last remaining of 12 gates to the 9th-century walled city. There is also an archeological museum on site. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8 - Bagan & Sale Monasteries
    Rise early to catch the sunrise at Bagan before we lift anchor. Today's scenic Irrawaddy cruising is punctuated with a morning stop at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and ascend on foot or ride up by Jeep to catch the spectacular views over Bagan. A little later, we stop at the famous Sale Monasteries. The highlight of this group of teak monastery structures is the Yout-Saun-Kyaung, with its spectacular wood carvings, built in 1882. Also explore a nearby area of splendid colonial-style houses before returning to your ship. This evening, enjoy a traditional puppet theater show on deck. (B, L, D)
  • Day 9 - Magway
    Stop at the small city of Magway this afternoon. Take a short walk through the maze of narrow streets to the Mya-Tha-Lun Pagoda, a beautiful, well-kept red-and-gold stupa at the north end of the city. It is said that the temple is made of solid gold bricks. Nats are spirits (both saints and elements of nature) worshipped in Burmese Buddhism; of interest here are the many nat shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts. Mingle with the monks, worshippers and other visitors and enjoy lovely views. We will also visit a village school here. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10 - Minhla & Gwechaung Colonial Forts
    Continue cruising the Irrawaddy. Midafternoon, stop to visit Minhla and Gwechaung, two Italian-built forts constructed to protect Royal Myanmar from the British. A gentle climb up Gwechaung Hill is rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding area and the river. (B, L, D)
  • Day 11 - Thayetmyo Frontier Post
    Today's excursion takes you to colonial-era Burma; we visit the Thayetmyo Frontier Post, a pleasant town that once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar. See the 19th-century covered market, colonial houses, golf courses and more. (B, L, D)
  • Day 12 - Ancient Pyu & Pyay
    This morning, take a short excursion to Thiri-ya-kittiya, an archeological site that is the former center of the 5th- through 8th-century Pyu civilization. See monumental Pyu stupas and the excavations of the former palace-city in this walled early center of Buddhism, and visit the museum to see some of the artifacts discovered. Continue sailing to Pyay, a charming town on the Irrawaddy River, where we dock for the night. This evening, your ship's captain and crew invite you for a gala farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
  • Day 13 - Pyay & Yangon
    After a final breakfast on board, disembark your ship. Take a ride through the verdant countryside to Yangon, the former Burmese capital also known as Rangoon ("end of strife"), where you check in to the sumptuous Traders Hotel (or similar) for a two-night stay. This evening, watch the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, then dine at a selected local restaurant. (B, D)
  • Day 14 - Yangon
    Founded in the 11th century as a fishing village, Yangon was transformed into a major hub during the colonial era; it was replaced as the administrative capital in 2005 but remains the country's largest city and cultural capital. After breakfast, take a guided tour of Yangon's highlights; we will focus on some of the city's spectacular Buddhist temples, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, sometimes called the Golden Pagoda, and the Sule Pagoda, a traditional Burmese stupa in the heart of the city, each thought to be over 2,500 years old. You will also see some of Yangon's grand colonial-era structures along Strand Road and the Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda which houses a monumental reclining Buddha - at 180 feet long the largest in the world. Visit a local market before gathering for a farewell dinner at one of the city's better restaurants. (B, D)
  • Day 15 - Bangkok
    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport. Fly to Bangkok and check into the Millennium Hilton (or equivalent) for a final evening before your flight home. (B)
  • Day 16 - Bangkok
    After your hotel breakfast, proceed to the Bangkok airport. Or, extend your stay in Bangkok with an additional 2-night extension so you can experience more of this fascinating city. (B)
  • The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

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