The road to Mandalay offers a unique, luxury river cruise along the Ayeyarwady River. The Irrawaddy River flows through the heart of Burma, from the far north of the country to the Andaman Sea. Lauded by writers like Kipling and Orwell, and revered by the Burmese for its life-giving properties, the river is also a wonderful way to travel through Burma…. Either way, you will explore highlights and gain a true insight into the Irrawaddy central place in Burmese life and culture through your trip.
DAY 1 : BAGAN – preeminent ancient religious cities in Southeast Asia
You arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take rest in the hotel in Bagan. Check in and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch on board, we will visit Kaminga pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. Next, on to the great golden Shwedagon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth. Enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally, the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment. A welcome briefing and champagne reception will be hosted in the Kansi Panorama Lounge before a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.
DAY 2 : SET SAIL FOR BAGAN
Choose between an early morning balloon tour or visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U. The daily market is where the farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to China and lacquerware.
After, visit Bagan to see the Ananda Temple, regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar.
We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing during which a variety of onboard activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, and a talk about Myanmar.
A delicious dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant.
DAY 3: MANDALAY – is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma.
Enjoy a back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef as we cruise the Irrawaddy.
In the afternoon visit, the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Afterward, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking.
Amarapura was once known as ‘The City of Immortals’. Today, the leisurely ‘clack-clack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.
Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda.
DAY 4: MANDALAY
Early this morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. This is the perfect setting to mingle with the local Burmese people and discover what modern life is like in an ever-changing Myanmar.\r\nLastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein). Come back the hotel.
End of tour.
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