Cruise the Irrawaddy river in style aboard the luxury Sanctuary Retreats Ananda vessel. The journey begins with a visit to 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, riverside villages, Mount Popa and Sagaing Hill, 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.
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Fly from the UK to Rangoon. (N)
Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Melia Rangoon 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. Transfer to the jetty and board the Sanctuary Ananda for a 7-night cruise on the Irrawaddy river. Afternoon coach tour of Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre that is home to more than 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns, followed by a sunset boat trip to view the U Bein bridge. Enjoy a local cultural performance followed by dinner on board Sanctuary Ananda this evening,. (B, L, D)
There is an optional early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun. This wonderful community will show you the typical life of the villagers, enabling you to see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders. Return to the ship and sail south past the village of Mingun. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, relax on board before visiting Pakokku and its fresh food market. Return to the ship for a cooking lesson and lunch. In the afternoon, visit a small pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand, then continue to the great golden Shwezigon pagoda, said to contain important relics of the Buddha. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning hot air balloon tour to capture a bird's-eye view of the Pagan plain, followed by breakfast back on board. Spend the rest of the morning visiting the temples of Pagan, including the great Ananda temple, considered the most beautiful in Burma. Drive inland where lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with spectacular views over Mount Popa. Afterwards there is the chance to climb the 777 steps where pilgrims give offerings and pray to carved figures. In the evening, a candlelit dinner will be held on a river sandbank. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to a small rural village and a lacquerware workshop, where traditional methods are still used. After lunch back on board, visit the Kyauk Gu U Min temple, one of only four temples in Pagan built from stone brick. Known as the 'rock cave tunnel', this cave-like temple is the perfect place to meditate. (B, L, D)
The day beings with a visit to Nyaung U market, which provides a chance to see the daily life of the local people. The market is divided into different sections selling a variety of goods, and includes a fish market. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the cruise north towards Sagaing near Mandalay, with optional activities on board. (B, L, D)
The morning is at leisure as the boat cruises along the Irrawaddy river. The boat's executive chef, Sumet, will hold a cooking demonstration with the chance to get involved and learn about Burmese cuisine. In the afternoon, visit gold-leaf beating and bronze-casting workshops, where you will see how the large statues seen across the country are made. The last stop of the day will be at Mandalay Hill for a 360-degree view of Mandalay, from the Shan mountain range to the east to the Royal Palace in the south. (B, L, D)
Check out of your cabin after breakfast and disembark at the jetty in Mandalay. Enjoy a tour of Mandalay, including a visit to the Mahamuni pagoda, the Shwenandaw monastery, and the Kuthodaw pagoda. After the tour, you will be transferred to the Rupar Mandalar Resort for an overnight stay. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in luxury cruise accommodation.
The transfers and excursions relevant to the cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Sanctuary Cruises and its cancellation conditions will apply.
In addition to this cruise, Sanctuary Cruises also operates a number of cruise itineraries in Burma on both the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers, and also the Yangste river in China.
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Melia Rangoon is a luxury, modern hotel located next to Inya Lake, just 15 minutes' drive from the Shwedagon pagoda and 20 minutes' drive from the international airport. The hotel's spacious rooms have a contemporary style, with plenty of natural light from large windows and a modern bathroom finished in white marble with both bathtub and walk-in shower. Guests in Level category rooms on the 20th-22nd floor benefit from access to The Level Lounge on the 24th floor, which includes a private breakfast area serving complimentary afternoon tea, drinks and cocktails.
Features: 430 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, lobby lounge, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, coffee & tea facilities, minibar, safe,...
Located on the outskirts of Mandalay, the Rupar Mandalar Resort is a charming hotel built in a traditional Burmese style, with rooms that feature teakwood panelling, intricate carvings, rattan furniture, silk textiles and a private balcony. Traditional cultural shows and dances are occasionally held in the hotel grounds.
Features: 46 rooms, 3 restaurants, cafe, bar, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, bike hire.
Room amenities: Private balcony, air conditioning, television, fridge, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea & coffee...
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...
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