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7 Night Bagan - Mandalay - Bagan Cruise Ananda


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Day 1

BAGAN

Join Sanctuary Ananda and settle into your suite in time for lunch (guests arriving on earlier flights can enjoy optional tours to Minanthu weavers' village, Myinkaba Village and a jaggery workshop).

In the afternoon, travel to Bagan by coach to visit  some of the most important temples and pagodas among the 2,000 which comprise this most magnificent archaeological site - the Ananda, the Htilominlo and the Pyathatgyi.  Finally, enjoy the sunset from the latter, where the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady, filling the sky with a reddish glow.


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Day 2

BAGAN

Choose one of two early morning optional excursions - a balloon ride over Bagan (at an additional charge. Subject to availability, seasonality and weather conditions) or sunrise meditation at one of the temples.

Otherwise, after breakfast visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha and the Gubyaukgyi Temple as well as Nyaung U market. Next, discover the local craft of lacquerware in Myinkaba village. Return to the ship to sail northwards.

A choice of lectures and demonstrations are on offer during the afternoon or simply relax on board. In the evening, enjoy sandbank sunset cocktails followed by dinner.


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Day 3

AVA, SAGaing hills & amarapura

Breakfast at leisure or enjoy early morning meditation or yoga classes on board as the ship sails towards Ava, the ancient imperial capital for five centuries.  After lunch visit Ava, including Bagaya Kyaung pagoda. Then drive to Amarapura and visit textile workshops. End the day at the famed U Bein Bridge as you watch the sunset.

Enjoy dinner on the sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance.


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Day 4

Sagaing

Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses a 13 ft-high seated Buddha thought to be one of five likenesses o Buddha made in his lifetime. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, famed for its wood carvings and beautifully crafted reliefs. Lastly, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda before returning to the Ananda for lunch.

In the afternoon visit the Sagaing hills and take in the breath-taking views from Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. Visit a local silversmiths and convent before returning to the ship for dinner on the sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance.


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Day 5

Mingun

An early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun will offer you an insight to the typical life of the villagers and see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders. Next, visit Mingun by ox-cart to see the Mingun Pagoda, Mingun Bell and the unusually white Myatheindan Pagoda.Return to the ship and sail south. A choice of lectures and demonstrations are on offer during the afternoon or simply relax on board.

In the evening, enjoy sandbank sunset cocktails followed by dinner whilst watching traditional Burmese lanterns floating down the river.


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Day 6

pakokku to bagan

Early morning yoga and meditation on deck, otherwise breakfast at leisure before taking a trishaw to Pakokku to visit the local market, the traditional shoe and cheroot factories.

After lunch on board, drive to the southern area of Bagan, Myinkaba village and the Manuha Temple. You will also visit Nanpaya Temple, King Manuha's residence and another Mon-style temple, Gubyaukgyi built by Prince Rajakumar in 1113.

Dinner on board, followed by a local performance.


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Day 7

bagan

Choose one of two early morning optional excursions - a balloon ride over Bagan (at an additional charge) or sunrise meditation at one of the temples. After breakfast sail southwards to Sale where a trishaw awaits to  take you to visit Yoke Sone Monastery and the wooden monastery of Tha-ta-na Kyaung before returning to the ship for lunch.

The afternoon will be spent sailing back to Bagan, before enjoying a traditional Shan dinner with our Captain whilst enjoying a local performance.


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Day 8

bagan

Early morning breakfast and disembark.

For those leaving on a later flight we can arrange a tour of Bagan, including visits to Minanthu weavers' Village, Myinkaba Village and a jaggery workshop.