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Cruise in style aboard the Anawrahta, Heritage Line's latest river vessel. Travel north from Mandalay through the most dramatic scenery of the entire Irrawaddy river, reaching its peak in the drama of the Second Defile. The cruise is top and tailed with a city tour of Rangoon and a full-day visit to the temples of Pagan.
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Fly from the UK to Rangoon. (N)
Arrive into 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 Belmond Governor's Residence for a 2-night stay. (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, L)
This morning you will be transferred to the jetty to board the Anawrahta for a 7-night cruise. Sail out of Rangoon through the Twante canal, which was built by the British between 1881 and 1883 to connect the Yangon river with the Irrawaddy river and shorten transit times for the steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. (B, L, D)
Early this morning a yoga class is available on deck. During breakfast, the ship cruises towards Danuphyu, a place where, despite their heroic resistance and the skilful leadership of their great General Maha Bandula, in 1825 the Burmese army suffered a crucial defeat in the first Anglo-Burmese war. Visit a memorial to the General at the Pali Monastic University, a family-run cheroot producer and take tea with the locals in a tea shop. (B, L, D)
Today is a full-day sailing on the Irrawaddy river. Spend your time relaxing on the sun deck, join a Burmese language class, watch a demonstration on Burmese traditional dress or listen to a lecture on Burmese ways of life. This evening a cocktail party before dinner will give you a chance to wear your traditional longyi. (B, L, D)
This morning you will make a shore excursion to Prome (Pyay), which, in the mid-19th century was the dividing line between British-held "Lower Burma" and the Kingdom of Ava and, as such, was an important trading point. Afterwards, visit the nearby Pyu city of Sri Ksetra. (B, L, D)
Take the opportunity this morning to stretch your legs and walk in the colonial-period town of Thayet, which is at its busiest early in the day. In the afternoon make an excursion to Gwechaung fort, which you will reach via a journey by ox-drawn carts, and Minhla fort, which is just a short walk along the riverbank from where the ship is moored. (B, L, D)
Early morning visit by tuk-tuk to the town of Magwe, visiting the bustling market before enjoying some more peaceful river views from the high vantage point of the Mya Tha Lun pagoda. Return to the ship for an afternoon cruise to Pagan. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full-day escorted tour of the temples and pagodas of Pagan. You will visit some of the most significant sights including the Manuha, Gubyaukgyi and Ananda temples. There will also be a trip to a local lacquerware producer for an explanation of this ancient craft, for which Pagan has long been famous. Return to the ship for lunch before a sunset tour, starting with the mysterious Dhammayangyi temple, built as an apology for patricide, and continuing on to see the pretty Sulamani temple before visiting a local village and finishing at one of the 'sunset pagodas'. After your farewell dinner there will be a performance by a local Pagan dance troupe in the Mandalay Lounge. (B, L, D)
Early this morning there is an opportunity to take a sunrise flight in a hot air balloon over the Pagan plain. Afterwards, transfer to the airport and fly north to Mandalay, where you will stay at the Rupar Mandalar Hotel. Afternoon visit to Mandalay Palace and its fort, then on to Amarapura to visit the Mahagandayon monastery, ending with sunset at U Bein Bridge. (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 7-night 'Amazing Ayerwady' cruise from Rangoon to Pagan. Heritage Line cruises also offer a variety of other itineraries in Burma including 7-night cruises to Katha on the Upper Irrawaddy, 11-night cruises to the far north on the Chindwin river, and shorter 4-night cruises between Pagan and Mandalay. Heritage Line also operates cruises on the Mekong river between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
The Anawrahta is named after the founder of the Burmese nation, King Anawrahta, who introduced and spread the religion of Theravada Buddhism in the country. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, this elegant 65-metre-long (214ft) vessel features three spacious decks and 23 cabins. All the Anawrahta's beautifully appointed rooms and suites are decorated with original handicrafts, locally carved wood panels and richly-textured fabrics inspired by the brocade of Burma's ethnic minority groups. Meals are served in the Hintha Hall Restaurant where you can watch the stunning river views pass by from the large picture windows. During the day, guests can take a dip in the swimming pool or relax at the Thazin Spa, which features three massage beds, mani/pedi stations and a steambath. After a day's exploring, Kipling's Bar, set on the Terrace Deck, is the perfect place to watch the world slip by as you enjoy your favourite wine or cocktail, while the Mandalay Lounge Bar, with its polished wood floors, comfortable rattan chairs and traditional Burmese decorations, has the relaxed feel of a colonial club.
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