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A deluxe cruise exploring the Irrawaddy River, taking in the sights and stops along the way to the bustle of Yangon

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  • Completely private tours in Yangon
  • Luxury Irrawaddy cruise
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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This luxurious two-week journey takes you from Mandalay along the vast Irrawaddy River to the vibrant city of Yangon, complete with an elegant Ananda cruise, expert-led tours and private transfers.

Aboard the Sanctuary Ananda you will be greeted with every sailing luxury. Soak up scenic views from floor-to-ceiling windows and your private balcony and indulge in spa treatments and a dip in the sundeck’s pool. Then, spend the rest of your time exploring this long stretch of Myanmar as the boat anchors to visit ancient golden temples and authentic villages. From scenic and spiritual views such as sunset at U Bein Bridge and Bagan’s majestic temples, to cultural exchanges playing the traditional sport, Chinlon, with locals, this cruise offers a thorough insight into Myanmar’s riverside life.

Disembarking at Yangon, you will then have a few days here to enjoy and stroll around the city’s highlights. See a seventy foot reclining Buddha, taste delicious Burmese tea and explore Dhala village by traditional trishaw.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-12

Irrawaddy River

Airport assistance at Mandalay Airport assistance at Mandalay

Your guide will meet you at Mandalay airport and assist you with your onward journey.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the Sanctuary Ananda jetty

 
Sanctuary Ananda River Cruise Sanctuary Ananda River Cruise

Enjoy an eleven night cruise on the Sanctuary Ananda River, passing by local tribal villages, paddy fields and pagodas.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 1 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 1

Today you will board your cruise and settle into your cabin for your Sanctuary Ananda River voyage. Enjoy lunch as you sail by local villages, paddy fields and pagodas. During the afternoon you will visit Sagiang, Myanmar's hotspot for Buddhism, before watching the sun set at the U-Bein Bridge. Welcome cocktails will then be provided on the riverbank before dinner.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 2 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 2

For your first full day, spend your morning on a horse and cart ride to Ava before setting sail for the south. Enjoy the activities on the deck or simply sit back and watch life on the river as you pass by.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 3 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 3

This afternoon you will sail to magnificent Bagan, where you will visit the grand temples and pagodas. Later on, enjoy watching the sun set over thousands of ancient peaks and spires.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 4 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 4

Today you will have the chance to further explore the temples of Bagan, plus the Nyaung U market. This afternoon you will set sail to Salay where you will enjoy a walking tour of Yoke Sone Monastery.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 5 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 5

This morning's cruise takes you to Magwe to see Myat Than Lun Paya, a solid gold temple. You will then visit Minbu, a small village with the bubbling pools of Nga Ja Pwe Taung. Continue with a walking tour of Minhla Fort which was built by Italian engineers for the Burmese King.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 6 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 6

Following breakfast you will arrive at Thayat, an authentic village in the centre of Myanmar.White pagodas and colonial buildings fill the streets here which you will have the chance to explore. The rest of the afternoon is spent at your leisure as you sail to Pyay.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 7 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 7

Today you will arrive at Pyay, the ancient capital. Spend time here visiting Shwemeyetman Paya Pagoda where you will see the only Buddha wearing sunglasses.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 8 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 8

Sail close to the Akauk caves where you will witness hundreds of Buddhas carved into the riverbank. This evening you can looking forward to cocktails as the sun sets from the sandbank.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 9 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 9

Today you will sail by lovely scenery, before you arrive at Kenaung Village. Visit this spot and learn about the traditional sport of Chinlon.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 10 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 10

After breakfast you will explore the port of Zalon by trishaw. Here you can visit the Pyi Taw Pyan pagoda which houses the renowned bronze Buddha stolen by the British Army and returned by order of Queen Victoria. Then enjoy the rest of the day on board by the pool, enjoying a massage or attending a lecture or demonstration before arriving at Danuphyu to visit of the Monastery of Maha Ban Dula and the Pagoda of Tyuakalon Pun.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 11 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 11

After breakfast, explore the charming little town of Danuphyu by trishaw. Then return to the boat to enjoy your last afternoon and evening on the lovely Ananda where dinner will be served along with traditional Burmese entertainment.

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 12 Sanctuary Ananda Cruise: Day 12

Today you will disembark your Ananda cruise in Yangon where you will be privately transferred to your hotel of choice.

Days 12-14

Yangon (Rangoon)

Accommodation in Yangon (Rangoon)

Two Days exploring Yangon Two Days exploring Yangon

Explore this energetic city with our full list of recommendations and any private tours we've organised for you. From the enormous Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll through shaded parks and lakes and dine on delicious street food in bustling Chinatown at night. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.

Half day tour of Yangon with Kyaukhtatgyi Temple Half day tour of Yangon with Kyaukhtatgyi Temple

Spend your afternoon seeing the highlights of Yangon. This tour will take you to Kyaukhtatgyi Temple to see the seventy foot reclining Buddha, with time to enjoy some coffee or sweet Burmese tea at a tea shop. Next, head to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Then round off the evening as you watch the sun set over the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

Full day tour of Dhala Full day tour of Dhala

Today you will cross the Yangon River to visit the village of Dhala. Here you will take a trishaw around the village, exploring the sights including the monastery. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant plus a spot of shopping at Scott's Market before returning to Yangon.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Yangon airport with a journey on the circular train

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