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3 night cruise Ananda


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Day 1

BAGan

Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda. Check in at 1pm and settle into your suite.

If you arrive on an early flight, we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan, where you will discover local life in the Bagan plains, learning about  the ancient methods of making bricks, lacquerware and  jaggery. After lunch, visit the three great temples of  Ananda, Htilominlo and Pyathatgyi, travelling by horse-drawn cart. 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.

 


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Day 2

BAGan

Start the day with sunrise meditation or a hot-air-balloon tour (available for an extra charge. Subject to availability, seasonality and weather conditions), then visit the bustling Nyaung U farmers' market and the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, before sailing to scenic Sagaing. Relax as we 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. After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, a cooking class with the chef, cheroot and betel nut tasting and a talk on Myanmar - covering the country's incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future. A delicious dinner will then follow.


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Day 3

sagaing

Explore the monasteries and pagodas of the Sagaing Hills, visit a Ywataung silversmith, then choose between seeing silk weavers in Amarapura or sailing to Sin Kyun to witness traditional village life. Enjoy the spectacular sunset at U Bein Bridge - a long teak bridge that snakes across the Taungthanman Lake. The day ends with dinner on a sandbank and a local performance.

 


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Day 4

MANDALAY

For those who wish, an early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun is offered.  This wonderful community will show you the typical life of the villagers and see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders.  

Arrive in Mandalay and disembark. If there's time before your flight, take a tour of the city, including the revered Mahamuni Pagoda, the beatiful teak Shwenandaw Monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhism's Tripitaka texts.