Sanctuary Myanmar River Cruiser

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7 Night Mandalay - Bagan - Mandalay Cruise Ananda


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Day 1

MANDALAY

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, where there are said to be no fewer than 554 monasteries and home to 6,000 monks and nuns. En route to Amarapura, we will visit a silversmith's workshop in the village of Ywataung where the craftsmen are renowned for their engraving skills.

We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular placeto enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, catch a boat up the Ayeyarwady River and return to the Sanctuary Ananda. A local performance will be followed by dinner on board.


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Day 2

mingun

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. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making. 

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

pakokku

For those who wish, a meditation session will be available before breakfast. After, join our optional 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.


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Day 4

BAGAN

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. 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

minanthu

In the morning 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.

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 6

BAGan

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. Alternatively, visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U. The daily market is where the farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.

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, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

 


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Day 7

MANDALAY HILL

The morning will be spent sailing. 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. Join our optional back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef.

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 8

MANDALAY

Early morning the ship will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making. Optional tour to witness firsthand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders.

If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Mandalay.This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image. It is said to have been sculpted in the presence of the Gautama Buddha during a visit to the Kingdom of Arakan.