Sanctuary Myanmar River Cruiser

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3 night cruise Ananda

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Day 1


Welcome on board Sanctuary Ananda. If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. Embarkation no later than 12pm. After lunch on board, we will visit a small pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda. The Shwezigon 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, accompanied by drinks and canap├ęs. 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. En route to the ship, stop at a small hidden pagoda to watch an oil lamp ceremony.

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.

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Day 2


Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (an additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. Alternatively, visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U.  Next, on to the great Ananda Pagoda.

We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing.  After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, and a talk on Myanmar - covering the country's incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

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Day 3


A meditation session will be available before breakfast. 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 availabile.

In the afternoon we will arrive beside the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. We will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to understand the teachings of Buddhism and Amarapura, once known as 'The City of Immortals' followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset.


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Day 4


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.

If you are leaving on a later flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image.  Lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.