Inaugurated in early 2016, the Strand Cruise is a reinvention of the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel within a contemporary river cruise experience. Enjoy exceptional standards of comfort and discreet, personalised service on a 3-night journey from Mandalay to Pagan (Bagan), combined with luxury hotel stays in Rangoon (Yangon) and Inle lake.
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Fly from the UK to Mandalay. (N)
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to Rupar Mandalar Resort for an overnight stay. With pleasant gardens, a swimming pool and health spa, the resort is an ideal place to relax after a long flight. (N)
This morning you will be transferred to the jetty to board the Strand Cruise for a 3-night cruise on the Irrawaddy river. Begin with a visit to the much-photographed U Bein Bridge near Amarapura, then return to Mandalay to visit the Mahamuni pagoda and the beautifully carved teak monastery of Shwe In Bin. Return to the boat for lunch, then cruise towards Mingun, one of the country's former capitals. Here you will visit one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in Burma (Myanmar) that houses the magnificent Mingun Bell, thought to be the largest uncracked hanging bell in the world, and the Paya Hsinbyume pagoda nearby. (B, L, D)
The day begins with a visit to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th-19th centuries. Tour the area by horse cart, including a visit to the Yadana Shemee and Wingaba temples, the Bopaya monastery and the brick monastery. Afternoon cruise onwards to the ancient city of Pagan. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Pagan this morning and begin a tour of Pagan Archaeological Zone, remarkable for the architecture of its buildings and the contribution they have made to Burmese temple designs. Visits will be made to some key sights such as the exquisite Ananda temple, the Shwezigon pagoda, renowned for its gold leaf decor, and the beautiful Sulamani temple. Back on board the ship, watch the sun set from the sun deck then enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Optional early morning hot air balloon tour to experience a memorable bird's-eye view of the Pagan plain. Return to the ship for a last breakfast on board, then transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Heho. On arrival, drive from Heho to the town of Nyaung Shwe, then continue by boat to the Sanctum Inle Resort on the shores of Inle lake for a 2-night stay. In the afternoon, take a tour of the floating villages, gardens and temples around the lake. (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy the peaceful lakeside setting, or use the hotel's luxury spa and restaurant facilities. There is also the option to take a full-day boat tour down to the Sagar region to see the 'sunken' stupas of Sagar, a Buddhist monastery and the villages of the Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people. The area is also excellent for birdwatching from November to February. (B)
Take a morning flight to Rangoon, where you will be met and taken to the Kalaywa Tawya monastery near the airport. Continue to the city via a stop outside the stateswoman Aung San Suu Kyi's gated home, then on to the Strand Hotel for a 2-night stay. Built in 1901, this three-storey luxury property remains one of south-east Asia's few grand colonial hotels, and takes its name from the Strand Road on which it stands, an ideal location for exploring Rangoon's colonial heritage. (B)
Take an escorted tour of Rangoon and discover the city's colonial buildings, ancient treasures at the National Museum, and Buddhist tradition at the spectacular Shwedagon pagoda. (B)
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 led in each destination en route by a local tour guide. All excursions from the cruise are on a group basis and led by the cruise tour guide.
Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated.
The cruise itinerary featured is the 3-night version from Mandalay to Pagan. A 4-night version from Pagan to Mandalay is also available.
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The Strand is a luxurious river cruiser, offering a unique and pleasurable way to discover the hidden gems of unspoilt Burma (Myanmar) along the Irrawaddy river. All 27 cabins and suites are tastefully decorated using Burmese craftsmanship and teakwood floors, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, international TV channels and a 24-hour butler service. Relax and enjoy the scenery from the upper deck, take a dip in the open-air swimming pool or pamper yourself in the spa, complete with massage rooms, a foot reflexology station and a fully equipped gym. The upper deck bar also has a wine tasting corner with advanced temperature-controlled cabinets and an impressive wine list for every occasion, or sample a Strand Sour cocktail, thought to have been a favourite of George Orwell.
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 Strand Cruise is a luxurious river cruiser, offering a unique and pleasurable way to discover the hidden gems of unspoilt Burma (Myanmar) along the Irrawaddy river. Each cabin is tastefully decorated with Burmese craftsmanship and teakwood floors. The cabins feature floor-to-ceiling windows, en suite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, international TV channels and 24-hour butler service. Onboard international and Asian cuisines are served in The Strand restaurant, cocktails are created in the bar and trained sommeliers have created an impressive wine list for every occasion. Many activities and shows are offered throughout the cruise with lectures and historical demonstrations on the country's many traditions and culture. During the cruise guests can take part in interactive workshops, dances and cocktail parties run by the...
Declared 'the finest hostelry east of Suez' by John Murray in his 'Handbook for Travellers' written in the early 20th century, the 1901-built three-storey luxury hotel in Rangoon remains one of south-east Asia's few grand colonial hotels. The hotel takes its name from the Strand Road on which it stands; an ideal location for exploring the city. Rooms are furnished with Burmese lacquerware and antiques, teakwood floors and hand carved wood frame beds, and are attended to by a team of dedicated butlers.
Features: 31 suites, cafe, restaurant, bar, lobby lounge, spa, handicraft shop, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Minibar, safe, television, lounge area, near floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling...
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