Sanctuary Myanmar River Cruiser

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7 Night Bagan - Mandalay - Bagan Cruise Ananda

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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).

Lunch will be served on board shortly after check in or upon return from the morning excursion.

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


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 visit the bustling market of Nyaung U.

Otherwise, after breakfast visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha. Return to the ship to sail northwards. A choice of lectures and demonstrations are on offer during the afternoon or simply relax on board.

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Day 3


For those who wish, a meditation session will be available before breakfast. The morning will be spent sailing. Join our back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef.

In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled hills of Sagaing, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Take in the views from the top of the Sagaing Hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. En route to Amarapura, visit a silversmith workshop in the village of Ywataung and a local nunnery and orphanage. Amarapura is known as 'The City of Immortals'. We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. After sunset, catch a boat up the Ayeyarwady River and return to the Sanctuary Ananda.

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Day 4

mandalay hill

This morning will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein). Kuthodaw is often called the biggest book in the world, for surrounding it are 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Tripitaka texts (Buddhist cannon).

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.

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Day 5

sin kyun

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, sail past the sleepy village of Mingun, home to the unfinished pagoda which can be seen from the ship. Relax as we sail 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. Enjoy the facilities on board whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

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Day 6


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. One of our chefs will take you to the local market in Pakokku where mouth-watering fruit and vegetables are laid out with consummate style. Then to the cheroot factory, watch the girls roll and make the cheroots with great speed and dexterity.

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 Bagan.

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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.

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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.