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Cruising the Irrawaddy: The Sanctuary Ananda

Private Travel | Cruises 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3595 Current prices from: £3595
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Cruise on Sanctuary Retreats’ luxurious Sanctuary Ananda vessel
  • Visit remote villages, markets & temples
  • Tour the magnificent temples of Pagan (Bagan)
  • Discover colonial heritage in Rangoon
  • Stay in 5-star accommodation

Inle Lake

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2679 3086 3290 3086 2781 2781 2679 2781 2781 2577 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1457 1864 1966 2068 2068 2068 1966 1864 1457 1050
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 8 7 4 4 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 30 131 492 2008 2158 2359 26911 2409 1797 763 151
Rainy Days 3 2 2 6 15 19 22 23 19 13 7 3
Humidity VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH VH H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kalaw

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2781 2984 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2272 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 745 846 1254 1661 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1559 1254 846
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 50 120 492 2048 2419 26610 28511 25610 2128 843 151
Rainy Days 3 2 2 6 15 19 22 23 19 13 7 3
Humidity VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mandalay

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3290 3697 38100 3799 3493 3493 3391 3391 3290 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1559 2068 2475 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577 2475 2068 1559
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 20 10 371 1406 1235 743 1305 1556 1777 392 70
Rainy Days 1 1 1 3 10 9 9 11 12 9 4 1
Humidity L M VH VH E VH VH VH VH VH H L
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2475 2781 2984 2882 2679 2577 2577 2679 2577 2373 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 541 745 1152 1661 1864 1966 1966 1966 1966 1661 1254 745
Sunshine hours 8 9 8 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 70 120 622 2419 2399 1887 25710 25310 2028 934 191
Rainy Days 1 1 2 4 11 11 11 13 12 9 5 1
Humidity H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Moulmein

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3493 3595 3290 2984 2882 2882 3086 3188 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 2068 2373 2577 2475 2475 2373 2373 2475 2475 2272 2068
Sunshine hours 9 10 10 9 7 5 5 5 5 6 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 80 110 622 50620 90336 111744 124149 66626 2028 331 131
Rainy Days 1 1 2 5 18 27 28 29 22 14 4 1
Humidity VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2882 2984 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Ngapali Beach

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3290 3391 3493 3391 3086 2984 2984 3086 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1864 2272 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2068 1559
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 9 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 20 10 10 171 28211 120347 132452 128551 57022 2018 663 80
Rainy Days 0 0 0 2 14 26 29 28 21 12 5 1
Humidity M H H VH VH H H H H VH H H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2781 2882 3086 3086 2984 2882 2984 2984 2984 2781

Pagan (Bagan)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3290 3697 38100 3697 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 2068 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2373 2068 1661
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 0 10 50 141 944 954 492 954 1305 1024 381 80
Rainy Days 1 1 2 3 12 17 19 20 16 9 4 1
Humidity H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Rangoon (Yangon)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3595 3697 3799 3391 3086 3086 3086 3086 3290 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 2272 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2272 1966
Sunshine hours 9 10 10 9 7 4 4 4 5 6 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 20 60 171 30712 56722 57723 62425 38115 2068 622 70
Rainy Days 0 1 1 2 17 28 31 30 24 12 4 1
Humidity VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Luxury Private Tour in brief

Day 1: To Rangoon

Fly from the UK to Rangoon. (N)

Day 2: Rangoon

Arrive and transfer to the Melia Rangoon for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Rangoon

Full-day tour of Rangoon, including its colonial buildings, Sule pagoda, Kandawgyi lake and the spectacular Shwedagon pagoda. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Mandalay • Board Sanctuary Ananda

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)

Day 5: Mingun

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)

Day 6: Tan Chi Taung mountain

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)

Day 7: Pagan

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)

Day 8: Pagan

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)

Day 9: Cruise towards Sagaing

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)

Day 10: Mandalay

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)

Day 11: Mandalay

Disembark and transfer to the Rupar Mandalar for an overnight stay. (B)

Days 12-13: Mandalay • Fly home

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly home, arriving the next day. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information Non-exclusive cruise

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.

Other cruise options

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.

Luxury tour

Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

Luxury private tour accommodation

  • Sanctuary Ananda
    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.

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  • Rupar Mandalar
    Rupar Mandalar

    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 facilities.

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  • Melia Rangoon
    Melia Rangoon

    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, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £3595 per person

High season from £4195 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Mandalay

    Located on the wide bend of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Mandalay is Burma's second...

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  • Rangoon (Yangon)

    Burma's former capital and its biggest city, Rangoon (Yangon) is a relatively young city...

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  • Mandalay

    Located on the wide bend of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Mandalay is Burma's second...

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