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India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar

Blend the natural and cultural treasures of the Bay of Bengal on a luxury small ship cruise from Chennai to Yangon. Visit sacred temples, bustling bazaars, rural villages, and four national parks and reserves, including the Sundarbans
January 20, 2019 - February 5, 2019 | 17 Days
Bay Of Bengal

January 20, 2019 | Small-Ship Cruise | 17 Days | 120 Guests | From $14,980

Your fare includes: pre-cruise hotel accommodations; all excursions; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer and wine; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers; gear certificates; and medical expense coverage/emergency evacuation insurance.

Explore this UNESCO World Biosphere-designated river delta by Zodiac to search for the Rhesus macaques, wild boars, Indo-Pacific crocodiles, Ganges dolphins, Bengal monitors, and a huge variety of birdlife. This is also a marvelous opportunity to see the frenetic city of Chennai contrasted with the peaceful beach towns off the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

You’ll travel in supreme comfort aboard the sleek (and fully air-conditioned!), 120-guest Silver Discoverer, which boasts a shallow draft and fleet of Zodiacs, that allow you to explore narrow channels and step ashore on pristine beaches. When not indulging in sumptuous cuisine along with included wine or lounging by the pool during a day at sea, you’ll enjoy a range of fascinating lectures by our world-class expedition staff.

Expedition Highlights

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  • Join a brand-new expedition that offers the perfect mix of the region’s cultural and natural treasures.
  • Spend two full days exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere-designated Sundarbans Reserve Forest, home to spotted deer, Ganges river dolphins, and white-bellied sea eagles.
  • Make a pilgrimage to the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, where sacred relics of the Buddha lie enshrined beneath its golden spires.
  • Enjoy a rare look into rural Bangladeshi life on Maheskhali Island.
  • Visit Mangalajodi Nature Reserve, a vast wetland haven for over 150 species of migratory bird species.

Expedition Team

Mike Messick
Cofounder & Expedition Leader
Lynne Greig
Cruise Director
Shirley Campbell
Social Anthropologist
Brad Climpson
Expedition Leader / Marine Biologist
Stephen Fisher
Historian
Jack Grove
Cofounder & Marine Biologist
Rich Pagen
Conservation Biologist / Naturalist
Mike Murphy
Divemaster
Brent Stephenson
Ornithologist

Itinerary 

Jan 20
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Depart USA
Board your independent flight to India.
Jan 21
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Chennai, India
Arrive late evening and transfer to our hotel for overnight.
Jan 22
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Chennai / Embark Silver Discoverer
Enjoy a morning at leisure before a welcome brunch at the hotel. Afterward, explore this vibrant city that has been dubbed the “cultural capital of India.” Visit the 17th-century Fort St. George and the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. This afternoon, embark the newly refurbished Silver Discoverer.
Jan 23
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At Sea
Attend informative lectures on the natural history and culture of the region, or relax by the pool while cruising the world’s largest bay.
Jan 24
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Visakhapatnam
With a history stretching back to the 6th century AD, Visakhapatnam (or Vizag) boasts the only natural harbor on the east coast of India, along with splendid beaches. Visit the fascinating Visakha Heritage Museum where artifacts from the region are on display, then get a glimpse into life aboard a Soviet built I-641 class submarine that is now an impressive museum. Your final stop of the day is the splendid Kali Temple, set on a beautiful stretch of Ramakrishna Beach.
Jan 25
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Gopalpur / Mangalajodi Nature Reserve
Gopalpur is the gateway to Mangalajodi Nature Reserve, a rich wetland tucked along the northeastern fringe of Chilika Lake, the largest brackish water lake in Asia. From October to March, this region is home to around 150 species of migratory birds, as well as 40 resident species. Join naturalists to search for a variety of gotwits, ducks, storks, egrets, herons, sandpipers, plovers, and raptors. Or, choose to visit a nearby beach where olive ridley sea turtles congregate to breed.
Jan 26
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Paradeep
Disembark in Paradeep and head overland for the ancient sites of Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri, part of The Buddhist Triangle of Odisha. These large religious complexes were in use from the 3rd to 13th centuries AD, and today you may wander the extensive ruins of monasteries and shrines, interspersed with stupas, statues, and stone tablets.
Jan 27
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At Sea
Our lecture series continues as the ship sails for Bangladesh.
Jan 28-30
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Sundarbans Reserve Forest, Bangladesh
Sundarbans is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world. Not only notable for magnificent scenic beauty, this area is also renowned for its high biodiversity of flora and fauna. Board Zodiacs to explore the reserve’s mosaic of islands and labyrinthine water channels. Excursions may reveal Ganges and Irrawaddy dolphins, monkeys, estuarine crocodiles, and water monitors. A wide variety of birds can be found here, including brahminy kites, white-bellied sea eagles, lesser adjutant storks, Indian pond herons, and collared, black-capped, and stork-billed kingfishers. Get a different perspective from one of the park’s watch towers, take a walk along the extensive boardwalk, visit a crocodile hatchery, and observe fisherfolk using trained otters to chase fish into their nets.
Jan 31
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Maheskhali Island
Enjoy a rare look into rural Bangladeshi life on Maheskhali Island. Rickshaws and motorized tuk tuks putter through tiny Thakur Tala village; Adinath Temple, set atop its highest hill, houses saffron-robed monks and holy ponds, while a small Rakhain community produces traditional textiles at the weaving center.
Feb 1
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Thandwe, Myanmar
An ancient seaport in westernmost Myanmar, Thandwe boasts a series of 8th-century stupas that hold sacred relics of the Buddha. Every type of ware is on display at the town’s market, held in the former colonial prison. The main attraction, though, is the soft white sand of four-mile-long Ngapali Beach, Myanmar’s main resort destination and the perfect perch for swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing.
Feb 2
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At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea to attend lectures, relax, and prepare for the final days of your adventure.
Feb 3
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Mawlamyine
Myanmar’s fourth largest city was once known as Moulmein, the administrative capital of British Lower Burma. Visit the lovely Kyaik Than Lan pagoda, built in 875 AD, its hillside setting offers spectacular views over the city.
Feb 4
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Yangon
Formerly known as Rangoon, Myanmar’s largest city is a mélange of wide boulevards and twisting alleyways, colonial architecture, and modern high-rises. Gold-leafed Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most important Buddhist site, enshrines eight hairs from the Buddha’s head beneath its 325-foot-high, diamond-encrusted spire. Not to be outshined, the smaller Sule Pagoda is equally gilded while Chauk-htat-gyi Temple showcases a 213-foot-long reclining Buddha
Feb 5
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Yangon / Disembark / USA
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent flight home, arriving in the USA the same day.
See Optional Post-Trip Extension

Optional Post Trip Extension: Heart of Myanmar

Feb 5
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Yangon, Myanmar / Disembark / Bagan
Disembark in Yangon and transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Check in to the Bagan Resort Hotel, your base for two nights.
Feb 6
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Bagan
On a full-day tour of Myanmar’s ancient capital, visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, explore Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple that is covered with fine frescoes, and stop by the Htilominlo Temple. Continue on to Ananda Temple, which houses four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent Thatbyinnyu. Following lunch, visit the temples of Dhammayangyi and Mingalazedi and make a stop at the Moe Moe lacquerware factory.
Feb 7
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Bagan / Heho / Inle Lake
This morning, transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho. After lunch at a local restaurant, tour the Pindaya Caves, overlooking Inle Lake. You will also have the opportunity to visit local homes where families produce Shan paper and parasols, then drive to Nyaung Shew on the edge of Inle Lake. Dinner and overnight at the Inle Princess Resort.
Feb 8
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Inle Lake
This morning, take a boat tour of Inle Lake visiting the Phaung Daw U Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung, one of the oldest lake monasteries in the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then observe traditional handicrafts being made.
Feb 9
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Inle Lake / Heho / Mandalay
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport in Heho for our flight to Mandalay. Check in to the Sedona Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Feb 10
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Mandalay
Today, drive to the World Heritage Site city of Amarapura and visit a workshop where Kalaga tapestries are made. After lunch return to Mandalay to visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung, and Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Feb 11 - 12
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Mandalay / Bangkok, Thailand / USA
After a morning at leisure and lunch, transfer to the airport of our flight to Bangkok. Check in to the Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for dinner and overnight. Board your independent homeward flight on February 12, arriving in the USA the same day.
Rates for the Heart of Myanmar extension are $3,980 per person, double occupancy; $5,060 per person, solo occupancy. 

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Silver Discoverer 

The Silver Discoverer is an elegant 120-guest vessel, ideally suited for expedition cruising. Her fleet of Zodiacs allows us to explore anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. All staterooms have an ocean view, spacious wardrobes, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, personal safe, flat-screen television, sitting area, and en suite bathroom. Facilities on board include a single-seating dining room, two lounges, small library, and outdoor pool. 

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Rates & Availability

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Silver Discoverer - Category 1

Ocean-view staterooms on Deck 3 are 186 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and two portholes.

Double - $14,980 per person
Single - $14,980 per person

*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability

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Silver Discoverer - Category 2

Ocean-view staterooms on Deck 4 are 181 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a large picture window.

Double - $16,580 per person
*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability
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Silver Discoverer - Category 3 & 4

Ocean-view staterooms are 181 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and a large picture window.

Double Cat 3 - $18,380 per person
Single  Cat 3- $18,380 per person
Double Cat 4 - $21,280 per person
*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability
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Silver Discoverer - Category 5

Ocean-view staterooms on Deck 6 are 269 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and two large picture windows.

Double - $25,680 per person
*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability
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Silver Discoverer - Category 6

Ocean-view staterooms on Deck 6 are 280 square feet, and feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, and private balconies.

Double - $30,980 per person
*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability
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 Silver Discoverer - Suite

Ocean-view suite on Deck 6 is 408 square feet, and features beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, a sitting area, living room, en suite bathroom, and private balcony.

Double - $37,180 per person
*Please call 866-407-1266 for up to date availability

Whats Included?

We understand what travelers expect when choosing an expedition company to take them to the ends of the Earth. And, one of the most important factors is having the freedom to focus on immersing yourself in the destination and expedition experience, without having to worry about the finer logistical details of off-the-beaten-path exploration. To that end, we are pleased to include virtually everything in the cost of your Bay of Bengal trip: 

Inclusions:

  • Daily activity options including nature walks, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling, and cultural tours
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

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