Located on the wide bend of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Mandalay is Burma's second...Read more >
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low season from £3595 per person
High season from £4195 per person
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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.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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