Bay of Bengal – Chennai to Yangon (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Chennai, India to Yangon, Myanmar
Dates: 20 Jan 2019 - 06 Feb 2019

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20 Jan 2019
Air travel

Board your independent flight to India.
Arrive late evening and transfer to our hotel for overnight.

21 Jan 2019
Chennai, India

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.

22 Jan 2019
Chennai, India
Chennai, India

Attend informative lectures on the natural history and culture of the region, or relax by the pool while cruising the world's largest bay.

23 Jan 2019

One of India's holiest Hindu cities, Puri is home to the colossal Jagannath Temple, an important pilgrimage site. Nearby in Konark, the exquisitely carved 13th-century Sun Temple replicates a giant chariot. There will also be an opportunity to visit Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary, a tract of coastal forest that offers refuge to spotted deer, endangered blackbucks, monkeys, monitor lizards, jackals, and mongoose, as well as many butterfly and bird species.

24 Jan 2019
Puri, India
Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary, India, India

This morning, explore along the network of rivers that weave through the mangroves of Bhitarkanika National Park. The park is home to the largest population of saltwater crocodiles in India, as well as deer, wild boars, jackals, and over 300 species of birds. The nearby Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary protects massive turtle colonies, including the world's most important nesting area for olive ridley sea turtles which can be found in the waters offshore and on the golden-sand beaches from October to May.

25 Jan 2019
Bhitarkanika National Park, India, India
Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, India, India

India's second-largest city and capital of the state of West Bengal, Kolkata is a cacophony for the senses, a heady mix of colonial heritage and push toward modernity. That dichotomy is clearly evidenced during a tour of B.B.D. Bagh, once Dalhousie Square and center of British Raj power, where the Writers' Building and other stately structures lie in view of sky-high tower blocks.

26 Jan 2019
Kolkata, India

Our lecture series continues as the ship sails for Bangladesh.

27 Jan 2019

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.

28 Jan 2019
Sundarbans Reserve, Bangladesh
DAY 10
29 Jan 2019
Sundarbans Reserve, Bangladesh
DAY 11
30 Jan 2019
Sundarbans Reserve, Bangladesh

Enjoy a rare look into rural Bangladeshi life on Maheshkhali Island. Rickshaws and motorized tuk tuks putter through tiny Thakurtala 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. Contrast this with the frantic pace of Cox's Bazar, the area's fishing port set upon one of the longest unbroken beaches on the planet.

DAY 12
31 Jan 2019
Maheshkhali, Bangladesh
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Close to Cox's Bazar, Himchari National Park is home to a variety of birds and wildlife. With luck, you may even spy a few of the park's resident wild elephants. Time permitting, visit coconut palm-fringed St. Martin's Island for afternoon beach walks and a refreshing swim.

DAY 13
01 Feb 2019
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh, 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.

DAY 14
02 Feb 2019
Ngapali, Myanmar

Enjoy a day at sea to attend lectures, relax, and prepare for the final days of your adventure.

DAY 15
03 Feb 2019

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 Chaukhtatgyi Temple showcases a 213-foot-long reclining Buddha.

DAY 16
04 Feb 2019
Yangon, Myanmar

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent flight home, arriving in the USA the same day.

DAY 17
05 Feb 2019
Yangon, Myanmar
Air travel
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About the Ship

Silver Discoverer

The Silver Discoverer is an elegant 120-guest vessel. She carries a fleet of Zodiacs and facilities on board include a single-seating dining room, two lounges, small library, and outdoor pool. All staterooms have an ocean view, wardrobes, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, safe, flat-screen TV, sitting area, and en suite bathroom.

What's Included


    • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours

    • All gratuities

    • 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.

Not Included

    • Airfare from your home city/Anchorage/Nome and Anchorage/home city

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Airport arrival and departure taxes

    • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures

    • Passport and/or visa fees

    • Travel insurance

    • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed at left), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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