Cruise in style on the Irrawaddy river aboard the luxury Sanctuary Retreats Ananda vessel. The journey begins with a stay at the magnificent Savoy Hotel in Rangoon (Yangon), home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Fly to Mandalay and visit some of the most important temples and pagodas before embarking on a 7-night cruise. Visit local markets, the monasteries of Sale, the former imperial capital and archaeological site of Inwa (Ava), and Sagaing, with its convents, pagodas and silversmiths. Private dinners and sunset drinks are arranged during the cruise, with expert guides on hand to inform about this fascinating country. Highlights are the stunning temples of Pagan and the iconic U Bein bridge at sunset.
Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)
Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Savoy for 2 nights. (N)
Full-day tour of Rangoon, including its colonial buildings, Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. (B)
Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, begin a tour of the city visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Continue to the jetty and board the Sanctuary Ananda for a 7-night cruise on the Irrawaddy river. Afternoon tour of Amarapura with a sunset cruise past the U Bein bridge. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner on the sandbank overlooking Mingun followed by a traditional musical performance. (B, L, D)
Visit the Mingun Pagoda, the Mingun Bell and the white Mya Theindan Pagoda. Return to the ship and sail south. A choice of lectures and demonstrations are available on board. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning yoga and meditation session on deck. Disembark at Pakokku and take a trishaw ride to the workshops of the local market. After lunch on board, drive to the southern area of Pagan and visit the lacquer ware workshops of Myinkaba village and the Manuha Temple. (B, L, D)
Sail south to Sale and tour the Yoke Sone Monastery and the wooden temple of Tha-ta-na Kyaung. Return to the ship for lunch, then cruise back to Pagan and visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda. (B, L, D)
Early morning excursion to Minanthu weavers' village and the Paya Thone Zu temple. Afternoon coach tour of Pagan visiting some of the most important temples and pagodas among the 2,000 that comprise this magnificent archaeological site. Marvel at the sunset from the Pyathatgyi temple. (B, L, D)
Optional sunrise balloon ride over Pagan (October to March only - additional charges apply and this must be booked in advance). Late morning visit to the local market of Nyaung U followed by the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda, which is thought to house a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha. Visit the lacquer ware workshops of Myinkaba before returning to the ship to sail north towards Sagaing. (B, L, D)
Visit Inwa (Ava), the ancient imperial capital for five centuries, as well as the monasteries and pagodas of Bagaya, Sagaing and Amarapura. Take a tour of the local silversmiths and textile workshops before visiting the U Bein Bridge for drinks at sunset. End the day with a farewell dinner and traditional musical performance. (B, L, D)
Optional morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun. Disembark and transfer to the airport for a flight to Rangoon. Overnight stay at the Savoy Hotel. (B)
Day 12 - To London: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to London via Bangkok. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Available on selected departure dates in November and December, enjoy complimentary onboard credit of $400 with each Suite booked.
THE SANCTUARY ANANDA
The latest luxury cruiser in the Sanctuary fleet, the Ananda offers 21 suites blending traditional Burmese design and charm with contemporary luxury. All suites have balconies, private bathrooms and air conditioning, while the Aloungpayah Suite has a private butler service and a private indoor living area. Public areas include the indoor Talifoo Restaurant, Mindoon alfresco dining, the Thambyadine spa, a fitness centre, library, the Kansi panorama sky lounge and a sun deck with plunge pool. Onboard activities are varied and include lectures, traditional Burmese cooking demonstrations and lessons, traditional live Burmese music, yoga and meditation classes, longyi and tanaka (traditional clothing and make-up) demonstrations, and local cultural performances in the evening.
The Savoy is a charming boutique hotel renowned for its friendly service. It is conveniently located in a picturesque part of Rangoon close to the Shwedagon Pagoda and the People's Park, just 10 minutes from the city centre. The hotel consists of 30 beautifully furnished guest rooms, which include 6 suites. Dining options include the Kipling Restaurant which serves a fusion of Western and Asian cuisines, Rossini Italian restaurant and the Captain's bar which features snacks and casual dining. Other facilities include a swimming pool, indoor fitness studio, and massage and beauty...
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BSC2016: 10 Nights
Burma's former capital and its biggest city, Rangoon (Yangon) is a relatively young city...