Sanctuary Myanmar River Cruiser

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4 Night Cruise Ananda

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Day 1

set sail in Mandalay 

Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda. Check in at 12.30pm and settle into your suite. If you arrive on an earlier flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay.  Lunch will be served on board as we cruise towards the pagoda sprinkled hills of Sagaing, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns.

Visit Amarapura, known as 'The City of Immortals' which in its heyday, held some 200,000 inhabitants.  We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset.  

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Day 2


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.  Next, arrive in Mingun where an ox-cart will be your mode of transport through this sleepy and attractive village.

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, the recent controversial decades to the outlook for the future of The Golden Land.

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Day 3


For those who wish, a meditation session is available before breakfast. After, join our back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef.

In the afternoon, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan.  Enjoy the sunset from the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas which 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.


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Day 4


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.

This morning visit the temples of Bagan.  Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with spectacular views of the site.  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.

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Day 5


If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. We will visit Minanthu village in the heart of the Bagan plain, to see the way of life of the local people, before progressing to a brick factory. Onto the village of Myinkaba, a centre of the ancient craft of lacquerware which has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used. The last stop is at a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar.