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Five-Star Hotel & Cruise Experience in Majestic Myanmar

Embark on a luxury journey across majestic Myanmar including return international flights, five-star hotel stays including a Shangri-La in Yangon and Mandalay Hill Resort, and a lavish seven-night Irrawaddy River cruise on a colonial-style riverboat. Explore beautiful attractions including the Bagaya Monastery, the pagoda-dotted landscape of Bagan, local markets and villages, Yangon's famous Shwedagon Pagoda and more. Includes all meals on the cruise and select meals on land, sightseeing and English-speaking guides for only $4,899 per person (twin share), valued up to $5,899.
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MAIN DECK STATEROOM - 11-NIGHT MYANMAR TOUR & CRUISE EXPERIENCE: Includes five-star hotel accommodation including a Shangri-La and Mandalay Hill resort, a lavish seven-night cruise and all meals on board, return international flights, sightseeing and more for one adult (twin share).
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Includes Return International Flights & a 7-Night Luxury Cruise

Discover the alluring beauty of enchanting Myanmar on an eleven-night aristocrat-style journey that will take you through the country's mesmerising landscape. Includes return international flights, five-star hotel accommodation and a ultra-luxurious seven-night cruise for only $4,899 per person (twin share), valued up to $5,899 for one person.

Your Myanmar adventure begins with two nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Yangon. Next, you'll board a luxury seven-night cruise that will take you along the Irrawaddy River past enchanting villages and stunning landscape to Mandalay where you will end your experience with two nights at the enchanting Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel, the launchpad to discover the pagodas and monasteries of Mandalay

This tour departs on 8 February 2018 from Mandalay with return international flights from Australia (via Bangkok) included.

Check out the exclusive cabin upgrade options below.

The Hotels

Start your Myanmar adventure with two nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Yangon located in the heart of Yangon close to major tourist attractions including Bogyoke Market (Scott Market), Sule Pagoda, China Town and Shwedagon Pagoda.

Conclude your trip with two nights at the deluxe Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel located at the foot of the breathtaking Mandalay Hill.

The Ship

Launched in 2014, the five-star Cruiseco Explorer is a luxury colonial-style riverboat that accommodates just 56 guests in lavish rooms and suites. Providing guests with a 'private club' feel this once-in-a-lifetime cruise offers the perfect balance between sightseeing and relaxation.

Drift through the magnificent landscape that inspired the works of authors and artists including Rudyard Kipling, and enjoy the boat's excellent facilities which include a beautiful sun deck, classic bar fit for an aristocrat, an elegant dining room and a relaxing lounge room. 

Itinerary Highlights

Your first taste of Myanmar will be in Yangon where you will check into the five-star Sule Shangri-La Yangon. While in Yangon you will walk down streets lined with faded colonial buildings and past historic landmarks to Sule Paya, one of the city’s iconic sites. Explore Chinatown and the bustling Bagyoke Market before marvelling at the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.

Enroute to board the cruise, visit Thayekhittaya, an ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5th and the 9th century AD. Board the cruise and set saild along the famous Irrawady River.

Cruise to the town of Thayetmyo to visit the local markets and marvel at the colonial homes constructed during British colonisation. Journey onwards to Magwe and visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda of gold solid bricks set on a hilltop with a beautiful panoramic vantage point.

Cruise onwards to Salay and discover the Youqson Kyaung wooden monastery, colonial buildings and Bagan-era monuments such as Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya. Cruise upstream to Tan Kyi to enjoy a jeep ride to the top of a mountain to view the spectacular sunset.

Dock in Bagan, home to Myanmar's iconic pagoda-studded landscape and hot air balloon rides (available at an additional charge), and enjoy a sunset toast with a glass of bubbles atop one of the many temples. Explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings and fabrics before 

Arrive at Yandabo, a village famous for its pottery and also where the peace treaty of the first Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 1826. Visit a local school and monastery before cruising further upstream. 

Disembark the cruise and head to Amarapura to stroll along the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge and visit Mahagandayon monastery where over 1,000 monks reside.

Uncover the beauty of the Sagaing region which is home to over 600 pagodas and monasteries that house 3000 monks and enjoy a horse and cart tour of Ava's old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.

Conclude your journey in the beautiful city of Mandalay where you will discover ornate pagodas including Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to 'the world's largest book'.

See the 'Itinerary' tab for more details.

Your Package Includes

Return international economy flights from Australia to Myanmar, via Bangkok.

Two nights staying in a Deluxe Room at the luxurious Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel and two nights in a Deluxe Room at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Yangon.

Seven nights on board the Cruiseco Explorer staying in a Main Deck Stateroom. Rooms feature 26 sqm of lavish space that includes timber floors, double bed (or twin beds) and a French balcony offering beautiful views of the passing landscape.

All meals on board including local beers and wine with lunch and dinner. Plus, enjoy select meals during the land portions of your journey. 

All sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary.

Gratuitiestaxes and port fees.

Cabin Upgrades

Upgrade the cruise portion of your trip, see the 'Package Options' above for pricing.

Upper Deck Stateroom
Enjoy floor to ceiling windows and an external balcony where you can unwind and watch the world go by.

Suite
Enjoy a suite in a better position on the ship so you can enjoy even better views from your external balcony.

Deluxe Suite
Stay in absolute luxury with a stunning 40 sqm suite complete with private jacuzzi, external balcony and an extra lounge area.

Important Information

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer.

What We Like

Myanmar has recently been brought into the 21st century, but still retains its rich cultural and historical heritage – evident in its stunning gilded temples, unique traditions including the Inle Lake leg rowers and intriguing local villages that have inspired some of the world’s most famous writers.

Soar over Bagan on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon experience for $509 per person, payable directly to the company.

Please contact the tour company for additional information and pricing for extra hotel nights, additional tours, private transfers and Bangkok stopovers.

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Flights departs on 8 February 2018 from Australia and return on 19 February 2018.

Packages include return economy flights with Thai Airways via Bangkok from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth or with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from Adelaide. Surcharges may apply for guests wanting to arrive early or depart late. You will be asked to provide your passport and other personal details within 24 hours of booking. 

Some departure flights may leave Australia the day before stated on the itinerary. Prices exclude accommodation in Bangkok or Singapore made necessary by flight schedules. Itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected.

Twin-share package: Package is valid for ONE PERSON (twin share). You must purchase and redeem two packages per booking.

Instant Booking: To confirm and purchase your cruise, select 'Instant Booking' and select the package.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two guests.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the cruise operator.

This tour required a reasonable level of fitness as guests may have to walk for long periods of time over uneven surfaces. 

Menu options are subject to change. 

Locally produced soft drinks, local beer, coffee, tea and mineral water are served free of charge throughout the cruise. Liquors, premium wines or imported mineral waters will be charged. Drinks are not included in the land portion of this package.

Local taxes and port charges included. Gratuities are included during cruise and to tour guides during land tours.

Please note: Sometimes the impact of weather or other conditions on water levels, and/or bridges along the river and other unforeseen circumstances, will require alterations to the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep itineraries and hotels as advised but the cruise company reserves the right to substitute itineraries or hotels. Itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Additional extensions and optional tours are payable directly to the tour company.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this accommodation package.

Strictly no refunds for this accommodation package for amendments and change of date - fees are at the cruise company’s discretion/policy.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Package cannot be split.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa is required for entry into Burma and is your responsibility to obtain prior to departure and at your own expense. A visa may be required for other countries that you transit, please check with the relevant consulates for further information.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on the cruise operator’s published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

How to get there

Getting to Myanmar is easy and return economy flights via Bangkok are included in your package.

8 FEBRUARY 2018 - Australia - Yangon
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, meet your guide and transfer to the Sule Shangri-La Hotel. This afternoon is at your leisure and this evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Meals: Dinner

9 FEBRUARY 2018 - Yangon
After breakfast, you will set off for sightseeing in Yangon, starting with a short tour of downtown. You’ll start at the post office—a lovely historic building, and walk to Sule Paya. We then visit Little India and Chinatown, followed by a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue to Kandawagyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. From here you will continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

10 FEBRUARY 2018 - Yangon, Yangon (Pyay) Embark RV Cruiseco Explorer
Today we have an early morning departure from the hotel at approximately 6:30 am. We will drive by coach from Yangon to Pyay, with comfort stops and snacks provided along the way. The drive is approximately 6.5 hours through the serene and beautiful countryside of Burma. On the drive through the region you will see kilometres upon kilometres of rural scenes with green paddy fields, cattle, and local markets. Upon arrival in Pyay embark Cruiseco Explorer and enjoy lunch onboard. 
In the afternoon, drive to Thayekhittaya, an ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5th and the 9th century AD. In central Yangon, visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, and the Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda) a fabulous vantage point of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and surrounding mountains. This afternoon, set sail on the Irrawaddy River.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

11 FEBRUARY 2018 - Thayetmyo
This morning, explore the town, visiting the local market, the oldest golf course of Myanmar, as well as several colonial homes constructed during the British colonisation of Burma.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

12 FEBRUARY 2018 - Magwe
Arrive at Magwe and visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda of gold solid bricks set on a hilltop with a beautiful panoramic vantage point.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

13 FEBRUARY 2018 - Salay, Tan Kyi Mountain
Visit Salay this morning, a village founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. After lunch, continue upstream to the village of Tan Kyi. Reach the mountaintop by jeep and enjoy a sunset over the Bagan plains.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

14 FEBRUARY 2018 - Bagan
Today, enjoy a full day visit of the most significant pagodas and temples of the 2,000 listed around Bagan. Dine on board for lunch and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archaeological area. Sunset will be atop one of the temples (subject to government approval) with a champagne toast. Dinner is on board the Cruiseco Explorer.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

15 FEBRUARY 2018 - Bagan, River Village
Explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics and rattan products. Alternatively passengers can hire a horse cart and explore the site on their own or enjoy an early morning Balloon Flight over Bagan (optional—surcharge applies, see page 24). This afternoon, sail to Shwe Pyi Thar village, a typical village along the Irrawaddy River. This evening, dinner is followed by a Puppet Show performance.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

16 FEBRUARY 2018 - Yandabo
This morning, arrive at Yandabo, a village famous for its pottery. It is also where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 1826. Go ashore, stopping at workshops to witness local crafts and pottery firing. Visit the local school and monastery. Cruise upstream and moor overnight midstream.
Accommodation: Cruiseco Explorer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

17 FEBRUARY 2018 - Mandalay, Amarapura Disembark RV Cruiseco Explorer
After breakfast, disembark Cruiseco Explorer and visit Mahagandayon monastery where over 1000 monks reside. En route to Mandalay, stop at Amarapura to stroll along the 200 year old teak U Bein Bridge. We then head to a local restaurant for lunch, and afterwards continue to the hotel to check in For those who wish to continue sightseeing in the afternoon we begin with a visit to Mandalay Hill, followed by a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

18 FEBRUARY 2018 - Mandalay, Sagaing
This morning, visit Sagaing. Covered with 600 white painted pagodas and monasteries, it’s home to 3000 monks. Visit various pagodas, a local market and a small pottery village. Following this, continue south to Ava, the capital in the 14–18th centuries. Enjoy a tour of Ava by horse and cart to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Return this afternoon for dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

19 FEBRUARY 2018 - Mandalay — Australia
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning and the rest of the day is at your leisure until transferring to Mandalay Airport for your journey home.
Meals: Breakast

Room Facilities

French balcony
A/C individual operated
Double bed can be converted to twin bed
Reading lights
Intercom phone
Mini- fridge
Luggage storage
Writing desk and chairs 
Flat TV 
Wardrobe, Safe
Ensuite bathroom
Hair dryer, bath robe, slippers

Ship Facilities

Sun deck
Bar
Dining Room
Spa
Gym
Lounge

I stayed 3 nights there. Warm welcome, good food (2 restaurants), beautiful swimming pool; get pampered in spas. My room 601 has marvellous view on green hills and monuments, the pool surrounded by garden with fountains."TripAdvisor - Mandalay Hill Resort
Hotel is high end. Very comfortable. Good facilities and high standards of comfort and excellence...Service is excellent. Staff is well trained, thoughtful and very polite. Location convenient. 5 min walk to Sule Pagoda and old city hall colonial buildings. 5 min walk to Bogyoke Aung San market and new modern shopping mall. Very convenient for shopping and eating"TripAdvisor - Sule Shangri-La Yangon
We are fans of Shangri-La hotels, and the Sule Shangri-La Yangon did not disappoint. All the facilities and equipment we saw were top notch - the room, the bathroom, the wifi, the elevators, and so forth. The breakfast was a joy each of the 3 days we got to enjoy it. But best of all were the people: every single member of the hotel staff made us feel welcome."TripAdvisor - Sule Shangri-La Yangon
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