Sanctuary Myanmar River Cruiser

Hub image

7 Night Bagan - Mandalay - Bagan Cruise Ananda

Safari image 1
Day 1


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.

Safari image 2
Day 2


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.

Safari image 3
Day 3


For those who wish, a meditation session will be available before breakfast. The morning will be spent sailing.

In the afternoon visit Mandalay Hill, situated in the north-east corner of the Mandalay Royal Palace. Take in the views of the surrounding plains from the 230 metre high summit, overlooking the Shan State, rice fields and the Ayeyarwady River. Tonight, a local performance will be followed by dinner on board.

Safari image 4
Day 4


This morning will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein).  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.  Take in the views from the top of the Sagaing Hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking.


Safari image 5
Day 5


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 our mode of transport through this sleepy and attractive village. The first stop will be at the unfinished Mingun pagoda. Construction began in 1790 and today a huge pile of bricks is all that remains of King Bodawpaya's grandiose scheme. We will return to the ship and start sailing south. 

Safari image 6
Day 6

pakokku to bagan

For those who wish, a meditation session will be 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. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset from the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. 

Safari image 7
Day 7


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. Mount Popa is best known as a pilgrimage site, with numerous Nat temples and relics. Choose to climb the 777 steps where pilgrims give offerings and pray to carved figures; it's a climb to take slowly, relishing the views. 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.

Safari image 8
Day 8


Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check out at 9am.

 If you are departing on a later flight we can arrange an interesting tour for you. 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 m thods are still used. The last stop is at a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar.