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Grand Splendors | 54 Nights | Departs Apr 13, 2015

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Yangon (Burma), Myanmar


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Yangon (Burma), Burma-port

Exotic Yangon was founded as Dagon in the 500's by the Mon, who dominated the lower portions of present-day Myanmar. Yangon harbors the most sacred site in the country, the magnificent Scwedagon Pagoda with its amazing complex of pavilions and shrines. Nearby is the colossal reclining Buddha, almost as large as the famous statue in the town of Bago. As a former British Colony, view many fine examples of colonial architecture including the famous Strand Hotel.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bago - the Ancient Mon Capital
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Dinner & Traditional Cultural Show
    Seated TourMealEvening Tour
  • Experience Local Life in Thanlyin
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Golden Glory of Yangon
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Myanmar Culture and Meditation
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Noviciation Ceremony
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Shwedagon By Night Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Taste of Yangon
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Yangon Orientation & Cocktails At the Strand
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Bago - the Ancient Mon Capital

    Light Activity /Walking Meal
    Duration: 9 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: rgn-004

    Explore the beauty, history and religion of Southeast Asia during this memorable full-day orientation tour of Bago, the ancient Mon Capital.

    Depart the pier via coach with your guide for the 2-hour drive from Yangon to Bago. Along the way, you will see the huge WWII Cemetery containing the graves of 27,000 Allied soldiers who died in the Burma and Assam campaigns of WWII. A visit will then be made to the morning market at Htaukkyant to observe the local way of life before continuing on to Bago, located on the eastern bank of the Bago River in Lower Myanmar. Bago was founded in 825 A.D. by Mons who migrated from China. King Binya U established his palace in Bago in the 14th century, and it became the ancient capital city of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century, when it was known as Pegu.

    Upon arrival in Bago, you will begin your orientation tour with a visit to the Kyakhatwaing Monastery, the largest monastery in Lower Myanmar, and one of the three-largest monasteries in the country. You will learn about the monks that reside there, along with their lifestyle and Buddhist studies, which often last from morning through evening. Their dedication to Buddhism and discipline can be observed during their taking the food, learning scripture and residing according to Buddhist law. Next, you will continue on for a visit to the 1,000-year-old Shwemawdaw Pagoda, where the Buddha hair relics are enshrined. Originally built to a height of 403 feet, the Shwemawdaw Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in Myanmar, and even taller than the Great Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

    Next, a stop will be made to enjoy an Asian set-menu lunch at Hantharwaddy Restaurant before proceeding to the Hinthagone Pagoda, home of panoramic views of Bago. During your visit, you will enjoy a spirited dance presentation, if available. From there, you will drive on to the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha Image. A masterpiece of perfection in symmetry, the Reclining Buddha measures 180 feet long, 52 feet high and rests on a 5-foot plinth made of brick.

    Before heading back to Yangon, a visit is made to a typical Mon village where you can view hand weaving and cigar rolling demonstrations. On the drive back to Yangon, a brief photo stop will be made at the 15th-century Kyaikpun Pagoda, which features 4 gigantic Buddha images sitting back against a massive stone pillar. Upon arriving in Yangon, you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking and a 3-hour round-trip coach drive to Bago, over roads that can be quite bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. When entering religious sites, visitors may be required to remove their shoes and socks. Conservative cotton clothing that covers knees and shoulders and a light wrap for the evenings during the cool season are recommended. Flat, comfortable walking shoes that can be easily removed are suggested. Do not wear shorts, tank-tops, sleeveless blouses or revealing clothing. The use of credit cards is limited; please bring US Dollars or local currency to pay for any incidental items.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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