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Amara Mandalay – Bhamo

Amara Mandalay – Bhamo

7 Days / 6 NightsMandalay - Bhamo Map

from Mandalay / to Bhamo

Tour Highlights
Fantastic 7-day river cruise on the Amara
Traditional teak wood ship, equipped for superior comfort
• Pristine landscapes
• Experience the delights of peaceful, unhurried travel
Half of the proceeds from the tour go to the “Amara Foundation” for social projects
Numerous interesting optional excursions [&] sightseeing trips
Enjoy a 7-day escapade full of fun and excitement as you travel across the country and visit amazing sites. Get a chance to see the rare Ayeyarwaddy dolphin and be amazed at the beauty of the surrounding countryside. You will also embark on a journey to see ancient sites and monuments.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Mandalay Jetty – Shinemaga ( L, D )

Embark on the Amara River Cruise at 08:00 am. Sail north of Mandalay along the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun to see the “Mingun Bell”. The bell weighs 90 tones and is the largest hanging undamaged bell in the world. Then, visit the Shin Phyume Pagoda, and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda or the “Mingun Pahtodawgyi”, a colossal brick monument, the ruins are the remains of a massive construction project begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intentionally left unfinished.  After sightseeing, set sail and cruise north the Ayarwaddy River till the town of Sheinmaga.

Day 2:  Sheinmaga – Thabeikkyin ( B, L, D )

Leave Sheinmaga at 06:00 am and sail this day till Thabeikkyin. We will visit Nwe Nyein (Pottery Village). Then, pass the Third Defile and small villages along the river life from the trade of wood and fishing. Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 3 : Thabeikkyin – Tagaung  (B, L, D)

Set sail at 06:00 am. Our journey will continue upstream until Tagaung, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. Excursion into Tagaung, the name Tagaung means “drum ferry” in the Shan language. In 225 AD, the Shu general Chu Ko-liang is said to have used bronze drums to frighten ‘savages’ by placing them in torrents to produce the sound of military watch drums at regular intervals. Overnight and dinner on board the Amara just north of Tagaung.

Day 4 : Tagaung – Katha  (B, L, D)

Set sail at 06:00 am. This day you will reach till Katha, a beautiful town with a colorful market, friendly people and a unique atmosphere. Katha is known from the book “Burmese Days”, written by George Orwell. Dinner and overnight on board the Amara, moored near the harbor of Katha.

Day 5: Katha – Shwegu   (B, L, D)

Depart from Katha at 06:00 am and sail this day till Shwegu. This day is a good chance to see the famous Irrawaddy Dolphin, quite common in this area. Ayeyarwady river or Irrawaddy, gives its name to the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris), which is found in the lower reaches of the river and known to help fishermen who practice cast-net fishing. Amara will stop at the opposite river bank of Shwegu near the pagodas of Shwe Baw Kyunn Thousands of pagodas can be found at this place, probably built around the 10th century.

Day 6 : Shwegu  – Bhamo  (B, L, D)

Set sail at 06:00 am. Pass the Second Defile this day. At this place the river banks become a steep cliff. The scenery is amazing and offers beautiful scenery. In the afternoon the Amara will arrive in Bhamo, the most northern place the Amara can reach. Overnight and dinner on board the Amara.

Day 7 : Bhamo   (Meals: B )

Disembark after breakfast.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10. 2015 – 31.03.2016

Dates Amara I: 25.10. – 30.10. / 22.11. – 28.11. / 06.12. – 12.12. / 20.12. – 25.12. / 14.01. – 20.01. / 28.01. – 03.02. / 23.02. – 29.02. / 20.03. – 26.03.

Price per person in USD 2 persons 1 person (single traveller) Single room supplement
Amara I – Deluxe cabin 1.872 2.996
Amara I – Suite cabin 2.236 3.726

Dates Amara II:  25.10. – 30.10. / 22.11. – 28.11. / 05.12. – 11.12. / 17.12. – 22.12. / 17.01. – 23.01. / 30.01. – 05.02. / 18.02. – 24.02. / 03.03. – 09.03.

Price per person in USD 2 persons 1 person (single traveller) Single room supplement
Amara II – Deluxe cabin 1.435 3.834
Amara II – Suite cabin 2.759 4.559

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Services included in our rates:
6 nights’ accommodation on the Amara I or II inc. breakfast (B)
other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
refreshments (water) will be provided during time spent on the ship
local specialized tour guide (English-speaking)
• all transfers
boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
visa fees
Note:
Due to the early start on the first day, travelers are strongly recommended to book overnight accommodation for the night before the tour begins.
This boat trip has been designed with the feel of an expedition in mind and explores parts of Myanmar that are as yet undeveloped. Travelers should therefore be prepared that the itinerary may, on occasion, have to be altered at short notice to adapt to changing circumstances.
Minimum number of travelers for the Amara cruise: if the number of cabins booked is 3 or fewer, the operator of the ship reserves the right to cancel the cruise with a 50-day period of notice. If this happens, we will contact booked travelers to discuss an alternative arrangement.
Special cancellation policy for the Amara cruise:
90 – 61 Days prior to departure :   25 % of the payment
60 – 31 Days prior to departure :   50 % of the payment
30 – 22 Days prior to departure :   75 % of the payment
21 Days prior to departure     :   100 %

About the Ship

The “Amara” is a traditional and comfortably furnished ship that guarantees its passengers a stylish and romantic stay on board. Built from teakwood, this eight-meter-wide river cruiser has a draft of just one meter, making it capable of sailing northwards up the Ayeyarwady towards Bhamo.
The cabins onboard the ship are comfortable and furnished with en-suite showers/WCs. Also located on board – and designed with optimal levels of style, comfort and coziness in mind – are recreation rooms, an inviting bar and a generously-proportioned sun deck. 24-hour power supply is guaranteed by a generator and battery backup, while smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, lifejackets and a lifeboat ensure complete peace of mind with regards to safety. On-board services include laundry facilities and a fully-equipped kitchen. The friendly, helpful crew is well placed to anticipate and see to passenger wishes.
AMARA I
Built between 2002 and 2003, this charming teakwood ship is 30 metres long and offers space for a maximum of 14 persons in seven double cabins. The six standard cabins and one deluxe cabin in the front part of the ship are furnished with en-suite showers and WCs. Mosquito nets are available in all cabins; however, there are no air conditioning units or fans. The atmosphere on board the ship is practically one of family – a 12-man crew is available round the clock to see to passengers’ needs. Shared mealtimes take place either on board or on a sandbank in accordance with the itinerary. The sun deck offers passengers a space to relax and take in the magnificent landscape as the ship passes by.
AMARA II
Built between 2007 and 2009, this charming teakwood ship is 35 metres long and offers space for a maximum of 10 persons in five double cabins, all of which are furnished with en-suite showers and WCs. Mosquito nets are available in all cabins; however, there are no air conditioning units or fans. The atmosphere on board the ship is practically one of family – a 12-man crew is available round the clock to see to passengers’ needs. Shared mealtimes take place either on board or on a sandbank in accordance with the itinerary. The sun deck offers passengers a space to relax and take in the magnificent landscape as the ship passes by.

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