NEW Voyage: Memories of Mandalay 

NEW Voyage: Memories of Mandalay

2-for-1 Fares and $1,000 Savings on Air!
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Viking River Cruises
Viking Mandalay
8/31/14 to 12/29/14
16 days
Southeast Asia

Cruise Description

One of the most exciting new destinations in the world today is the Golden Land of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Encounter some of the Thai capital's highlights, including the unforgettable Grand Palace temple complex set on the Chao Phraya River. Fly to legendary Mandalay to experience the sweep of the region's history from palaces and pagodas. A breathtaking cruise along the verdant Irawaddy River, known as "the Road to Mandalay" after Rudyard Kipling's famous poem.

aboard, Viking Mandalay
2-for-1 Cruise Fares plus save $1,000 on Roundtrip Air!
New Bookings must be booked and deposited by Aug. 31, 2014


Bangkok - Mandalay -or- *Bangkok - Yangon ~ Limited Space
2014 Dates: Aug. 31; Sep. *8 & 20; Oct. *18 & 30; Nov. *7, 19, *27; Dec. 09, *17 & 29
16 Days / 14 Guided Tours / 2 Countries / Fares From: $5,000 (based on Aug. 31, Sep. 08. sailings)

Day 1 - Bangkok
Arrive Bangkok and transfer from airport to hotel; Millennium Hilton (or similar) where you check-in for two-night stay.

Day 2 - Bangkok
Morning at leisure to explore the city.  In the afternoon, take a guided tour of some of Bangkok's famous highlights, including the canals, the Chao Phraya floating markets and the Grand Palace. The evening is yours to explore.

Day 3 - Yangon
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight to Yangon, the former Burmese capital also known as Rangoon ("edn of strife").  Transfer to the sumptuous Traders Hotel (or similar) for two-night stay; This evening, watch the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, then gather for a welcome dinner at one of the city's better restaurants.

Day 4 - Yangon
A guided tour of Yangon's highlights will focus on some of the city's spectacular Buddhist temples. You will also see some of Yangon's grand colonial-era structures along Strand Road and the Kyaukhtatgyl pagoda which houses a monumental reclining Buddha - at 180 feet long the largest in the world.

Day 5 - Pyay & Ancient Pyu
After breakfast, take a ride through the verdant Burmese countryside to Pyay, a charming town on the Irrawaddy River, where you will board your river cruise ship. Then take a brief excursion to nearby Thiri-ya-kittiya, an archeological site that is the former center of the 5th through 8th-century Pyu civilzation.

Day 6 - Thayetmyo Frontier Post

Take in the sights of rural Burma along the Irrawaddy's bank as you begin cruising up the river. Today's excursion takes you to colonial-ear 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.

Day 7 - Minhla & Gwechaung Colonial Forts
Continue cruising the Irrawaddy. Midmorning, 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.

Day 8 - Magway
Cruise through lunch, then stop at the small city of Magway in the 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.  Mingle with the monks, worshippers and othe visitors and enjoy lovely views. You will also visit a village school.

Day 9 - Salé Monasteries
Today's scenic Irrawaddy cruising is punctuated with an afternoon stop at the famous Salé Monasteries. The highlight of this group of teak monastery structures is the Yout-Saun-Kyaung, with its spectacular wood carvings, built in 1882. A little later, we stop at/the Tan-Chi-Taung moutain and ascend on foot or ride up by Jeep in time to catch the spectacular sunset over Bagan. This evening, enjoy a traditional puppet theater show on deck.

Day 10 - 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. Highlights include Shwezigon Pagoda, a prototype for Burmese stupas; Wetky-In Gubyaukyi Pagoda with its fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; and the Tharabar Gate, the last remaining 12 gates to the 9th-century walled city. There is also an archeological museum on site.

Day 11 - 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. Today, the town has a population of about 1,000 and specializes in pottery-making. You will spend time at a workshop to see how these useful vessels are created and fired.

Day 12 - Ava & Amarapura
Today, you have stops at two former Burmese capitals: Ava and Amarapura.  Ava was the capital city for centuries. You will tour this peaceful, rural town, also known as Inwa, by horse-drawn cart. You then proceed to Amarapura, a more recent Burmese capital, now a township of Mandalay; you 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. 

Day 13 - Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay at lunchtime; this afternoon, 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. You will stop to see tapestry making, woodcarving and other traditional crafts.

Day 14 - Mandalay
You have a full-day tour of Mandalay, including important monasteries and pagodas and some of the city's historic colonial areas. This evening, your ship's captain and crew invite you for gala farewell dinner.

Day 15 - Mandalay & Bangkok
Have a final onboard breakfast, then disembark and proceed to the airport. Fly to Bangkok and check into the Millennium Hilton (or equvalent) for a final evening before flight home.

Day 16 - Bangkok
After your hotel breakfast, proceed to the Bangkok airport.

Offer applies to new bookings only as of Aug. 31, 2014. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Airfare is additional.  Paid Business Class may require travel in economy on flights within the United States, Europe. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to chnge until full payment of air is received. If air is not purchased from Viking transfers may be purchased separately. Forced overnight/transit hotel may be included with purchase of roundtrip international air from Viking in which flights arrive/depart on ship/hotel check-in/check-out day (not combinable with custom air, stopvers or deviations). All transfers, included with airfare or purchased separately, must be with flights arrive/depart on ship or included hotel check-in/check-out day only. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply. 2-for-1 cruise and $1,000 off per couple ($500 per person) on international air are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 09 at time of booking and pay deposit by Aug. 31, 2014 or within 90 days of departure, if earlier. Payment in full due Aug. 31, 2014. We reserve the right to correct errors.
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