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Cruise on the Irrawaddy river in style aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda. The journey begins with a visit to Rangoon (Yangon), home to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda. Fly to Mandalay and tour some of the major temples and pagodas before embarking on a 7-night cruise. Visit local markets, riverside villages, and the convents, pagodas and monasteries of Sagaing hill. Enjoy private dinners and sunset drinks during your cruise, with expert guides on hand to inform you about this fascinating country.
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Fly from the UK to Rangoon. (N)
Arrive 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)
Take an early morning flight to Mandalay, followed by a city tour. Transfer to the jetty and board Sanctuary Ananda for a 7-night cruise. After lunch, take a 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 U Bein bridge. Back on board Sanctuary Ananda this evening, enjoy a champagne reception followed by dinner. (B, L, D)
Early morning optional 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)
Spend the morning sailing downstream. After lunch on board, head to the top of Tan Chi Taung mountain to enjoy your first glimpse of the Pagan plain. (B, L, D)
Visit Nyaung U market, a chance to see the daily life of the local people. The rest of the day will be spent visiting the temples of Pagan, including the great Ananda temple and the Shwezigon pagoda. This evening, enjoy the sunset over the Pagan plains. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to a small rural village, followed by a horse cart ride through Pagan, visiting Sulamani pagoda along the way. Lunch on board then visit the cave-like Kyauk Gu U Min temple, one of only four in Pagan built from stone brick. (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. Morning visit to a lacquerware workshop, a craft that has been practised in Pagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050AD. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the cruise north towards Sagaing near Mandalay, with optional activities on board. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure on board then a cooking demonstration with the boat's executive chef. Afternoon visit to a gold leaf beating workshop and a bronze casting workshop. The last stop of the day will be at Mandalay Hill for a 360-degree view of Mandalay, from the Shan mountain range in the east to the royal palace in the south. (B, L, D)
Disembark and transfer to the Rupar Mandalar for an overnight stay. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly home, arriving the next day. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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 7-night cruise, Sanctuary Cruises also operates a range of 3-, 4-, 7- and 11-night cruises on the Irrawaddy river. 10-night cruises are also available on the less-explored Chindwin river, which visits many tribal villages to learn about local people, traditions and customs. Sanctuary also operate a luxury 3-night cruise on the Yangtze river in China, as featured on China: The Grand Tour.
Featuring some of the most luxurious
accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are
based on the standard category, unless indicated
Available on request.
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
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