Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, Myanmar (Burma)
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A country of smiles, a land of grace, a people of welcome, a place of charm and culture.
Myanmar is slowly unfolding its charms and hidden treasures to a world hungry for new adventures, new experiences. A land that time had almost forgotten has at last opened her doors to those looking for wonderment and places to treasure.
Bordered by five countries – Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India – Myanmar formerly Burma is a gentle land of shimmering lakes, mythical rivers, emerald forests, villages unchanged for centuries and its people are full of warmth and grace. While its temples and stupas, shrines and monasteries are as much part of the landscape as the colourful markets, vibrant festivals and remote villages. It is a land waiting to be uncovered, waiting to be discovered but gently, slowly and with care which is why one of the best ways to explore its beauty is on our luxury cruise ship – Sanctuary Ananda.
The luxurious all suite cruise ship will take you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the great rivers of Myanmar on the majestic Ayeyarwady from Bagan to Mandalay visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, ancient towns almost to the Indian border.
Why choose the Sanctuary Ananda - The only all-balcony ship on the Ayeyarwady, sails every full day of each itinerary, Wi-Fi in all suites, individually controlled air conditioning in all suites, largest entry level suites on the river, one of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river, fascinating itineraries with full choice of excursions included, delicious dining options serving both Asian and international dishes, custom built with shallow draft to navigate the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. While the Ananda is sailing along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, it is the perfect moment to relax and visit the Thambyadine Spa.
7 NIGHT BAGAN - MANDALAY - BAGAN CRUISE ANANDA
Day 1 Bagan
Check in at 12:30pm and settle into your suite. If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan.
After lunch on board, we will visit Kayminga pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. This is the perfect starting point to understand how Bagan was built over several centuries and how the architectural style has evolved. Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth. Finally, enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. 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 Bagan
Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (Available October - March only. An additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. In the morning, 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. We will then return to the ship for lunch and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing. Relax as we sail past villages set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge. Enjoy the wide variety of on board activities before tucking into a delicious dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant.
Day 3 Mandalay
The morning will be spent sailing as you enjoy the passing countryside. A back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef will be available. In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, 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. Next, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda before heading to Amarapura. 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. Finally, visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda where a local performance will be followed by dinner on board.
Day 4 Mandalay
This morning enjoy a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only palace building to survive the bombings of World War II as well as a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan. Enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants, after which we will visit a gold leaf beating workshop where you will see how the thin gold leaf that covers Buddha statues is produced. Next, move on to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image. Continue on to visit a bronze-casting workshop to learn how the impressively-large statues you've seen across Myanmar are made. Your last stop of the day will be at the 774-ft (236-m) high Mandalay Hill upon which the Su Taung Pyai Pagoda rests. Once you reach the summit (via either one of the lengthy staircases or more relaxing escalators) you will be afforded a 360-degree view of Mandalay, from the Shan mountain range to the east to the Royal Palace in the south.
Day 5 Sin Kyun
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. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making. Take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Departing the village after breakfast we sail towards Pakokku. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from the ship while passing Mingun, where you can see the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. As we continue our journey south, relax as we sail past villages, set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge or your suite balcony. After lunch enjoy our onboard activities, followed by a delicious dinner.
Day 6 Pakokku
After breakfast, join our back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef. One of our chefs will take you to the local market in Pakokku where mouth-watering fruit and vegetables are laid out with consummate style. We will return to the Sanctuary Ananda for lunch as we sail on to Bagan. After lunch on board, depart to visit Kyauk Gu U Min Temple, one of only four temples in Bagan built from stone brick. Known as the 'Rock Cave Tunnel', this cave-like temple is the perfect place to meditate. Built into a river bank, this is a temple unlike any other build in Bagan. Enjoy this wonder as you stroll past the underground corridors lit up by light wells. En route back to the ship, visit a local village where you will be able to witness the traditional way of life for the Burmese people of this region. Get the chance to feel like a local as you wander past their settlements. It is interesting to see how unaffected their daily routine is in the shadow of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A local performance will be followed by dinner on board.
Day 7 Bagan
Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (Available October - March only. An additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. This morning visit the temples of Bagan. First, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. A horse-cart will be your mode of transport through the Bagan plains, with several photo stops and a visit to Sulamani pagoda. En route to Mount Popa, visit a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar. Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with spectacular views of the site. Choose to climb the 777 steps where pilgrims give offerings and pray to carved figures. Return to the ship in the early evening and enjoy the sunset as we sail. Tonight, a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.
Day 8 Bagan
Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check out at 9am. If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. Leaving at 9am we will visit a local village in the heart of the Bagan plain, to see the way of life of the local people. Next visit a lacquerware workshop. This ancient craft has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used.
Is the 7 Night cruise if the 7 NIGHT MANDALAY - BAGAN - MANDALAY CRUISE ANANDA.
Please contact us for more information; also note that cruise duration are also available.
7 NIGHT CRUISE ANANDA - Suite
EUR 2 875 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 01 Mar 2017 to 28 Mar 2017
EUR 1 350 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 31 Mar 2017 to 02 May 2017
Sanctuary Ananda is closed from 03 May 2017 to 05 Sep 2017.
EUR 1 350 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 06 Sep 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
EUR 3 595 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 04 Oct 2017 to 25 Nov 2017
EUR 2 875 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 29 Nov 2017 to 16 Dec 2017
EUR 4 175 per person sharing for 7 Nights
Valid 20 Dec 2017 to 27 Dec 2017
* All meals
* Soft drinks and local beer whilst on-board
* Local wine at meal times
* Guided excursions for the respective itineraries
* All port charges
* All Extras
* All flights and transfers
* Wine ouside of meal times
Term & Conditions:
* Rates valid for South African residents only.
* Rates are subject to change and availability.
* Rates are based on Euros EUR.
* Please note that all the above validity dates are based on departure date.
* Please note that 4 and 7 night itineraries are also available, contact us for a quote.
* Sanctuary Ananda is closed from 03 May 2017 to 05 Sep 2017.