AmaWaterways has long been a purveyor of exotic cruise itineraries, with voyages that sail into the heart of Africa’s Chobe River and Vietnam and Cambodia’s mighty Mekong. Now, the line is poised to blaze new trails in yet another exotic region: Myanmar’s Irrawaddy.
Beginning in November 2014, the line will launch two itineraries in the region aboard the brand-new AmaPura, a 56-passenger vessel that will be furnished with a combination of modern and traditional décor. The ship will feature 28 spacious suites that feature either French, full, or Twin Balconies; a main lounge; restaurant; spa; and a refreshing pool and Sun Deck that is perfect for relaxation or scenic cruising.
AmaWaterways will offer both a 10-night Golden Treasures of Myanmar itinerary and a longer, more comprehensive 14-night journey dubbed Hidden Wonders of Myanmar, both of which are now on-line and featured in the line’s new 2014-2016 River Cruises through Myanmar (Burma) brochure.
“We have so many exciting developments in the works, especially our new program and new ship in Myanmar,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “My own experiences in Myanmar have been absolutely amazing. Our new cruises there will immerse our guests in a place that has long been shut off from the rest of the world, and that’s an opportunity no world traveler will want to pass up.”
A look at some of the highlights guests on the line’s new Myanmar itineraries can expect to see:
- Bagan. A cultural treasure trove of more than 2,200 temples, stupas and pagodas, on par with Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat temple complex.
- Mandalay. The country’s last royal capital and second largest city, the “Golden City” of Mandalay is regarded as Myanmar’s cultural heart, renowned for its master craftsmen and its patronage of the arts.
- Mount Popa. The stunning shrine perched at the top of Mt. Popa is considered the legendary home of spirit gods worshipped by Burmese Buddhists.
- Ancient Royal Cities. Inwa (Ava) was the capital of the Burma for more than 400 years, Amarapura has the world’s longest teak bridge, Sagaing is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, and Mingun has many historic sites to explore.
- Yangon (Rangoon). The “Garden City of the East,” retains much of its colonial charm with cobblestoned streets, tree-lined avenues and Victorian architecture.
On each itinerary, an optional four-night post-cruise land extension is available. This provides three nights at Inle Lake and a single night in Yangon. A three-day, two-night pre-or-post cruise package in Bangkok can also be booked.
More information on AmaWaterways and their full range of itineraries around the world can be found by viewing our complete company profile here on River Cruise Advisor.