FROM: USD $3,995

Hidden Myanmar by Luxury Cruise - 14 days

Meander through the beautiful countryside of Myanmar on this relaxing and luxurious cruise. Travel from Mandalay to Yangon in 14 days, visiting remote and unspoiled villages along the Irrawaddy River and taking in the spectacular stupas and temples of Bagan en route.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Cruise the Irrawaddy River for 11 nights aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda river cruiser
Nwe Nyein Village - Watch craftsmen create beautiful pots
Mandalay - Visit the impressive Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagoda as well the teak Shwenandaw Monastery
Explore a number of remote villages along the Irrawaddy with rich archaeological sites
Relax with morning meditation sessions on the sun deck
Bhamo - Explore the Shwe Kyi Na pagoda and historic Catholic churches
Enjoy lectures, films and cocktail making classes on board in the evenings
Amarapura - Experience the incredible view of the U-Bein bridge at sunset
Yangon - Discover the iconic Swedaggon Pagoda as well as the sprawling Bogyoke Market
Tagaung - See the ancient city walls of Taguang
Katha - Visit the former home of the famous author George Orwell

Included

2 nights in a superior hotel
11 nights on board the Sanctuary Ananda river cruiser on a full board basis including 2 bottles of drinking water
English speaking local guides for scheduled sightseeing
Group shore-excursions to Nwe Nyein village, Tagaung, Katha, Bhamo, Kyar Nyat, Sin Kyun, Amarapura and the U-Bein bridge, Mandalay, Bagan and the Shwezigon Pagoda, Yangon.
13 breakfast, 11 lunch and 11 dinners
All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 14

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees
Tipping - is an entirely personal gesture. For the River Cruiser gratuities we recommend budgeting 8-10 USD per passenger per day.

Itinerary

Day 1

Mandalay

Welcome to Myanmar. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you'll be met a representative and escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Mandalay

Day 2

Irawaddy River Cruising

Mandalay - Irrawaddy River Cruise. This morning transfer from your hotel to your luxury river cruiser. Today sail leisurely towards Nwe Nyien, famous for it's pottery making. Sit back and relax today, taking in the scenery or enjoying one of the spa treatments available on board. This evening enjoy a champagne reception followed by a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Nwe Nyein Village

This morning visit a pottery factory in the village of Nwe Nyein, you'll watch the craftsmen ply their trade, creating beautiful pots. Rejoining the boat you will have an afternoon of talks and demonstrations on local life in Myanmar as we continue down the Irrawaddy. There will be the opportunity to try on a traditional Longyi (Sarong) and learn about the thanaka make-up technique, used by locals to protect their skin from the hot sun. Meandering through beautiful riverscapes the boat reaches it's overnight point of Kyar Nyet.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Ancient City of Taguang

Continuing down river this morning you'll arrive into the ancient city of Taguang. After a sumptuous breakfast you'll visit archaeological sites of this area, dating back to the Pyu Dynasty, including some of the well preserved city walls. The Pyu Dynasty existed from the 2nd to the 11th century and formed a number of city states throughout modern day Myanmar. This afternoon and overnight sail upstream to Katha. After dinner there will be a lecture on Myanmar's past, present and future.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

'Burmese Days'

Enjoy a meditation class on the sun deck to start the day before enjoying more of the scenery along the banks of the Irrawaddy. After Lunch the boat will reach Katha. Fans of George Orwell will recognise Katha as one of the settings of his book 'Burmese Days'. Here you'll take a tuk tuk to the British Club and the former home of George Orwell during his time here.

Sailing further upstream your boat will moor overnight in Shwe Gu. This evening enjoy one of the most famous films about the now democratically elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, 'The Lady'.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Relaxing on the Irrawaddy

Today relax onboard, as you sail southwards toward Bhamo. Morning and afternoon lectures will be provided on various aspects of Myanmar's culture and history. This evening enjoy a traditional Kachin dance performance onboard before dinner.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Shwe Kyi Na Pagoda

Arriving into Bhamo this afternoon, you will step of the boat to explore this interesting town, located only 65kms from China it is seen as a gateway between the two countries. The first stop is a local market before continuing to Shwe Kyi Na Pagoda. Later we will visit a number of important Catholic Churches including St.Patrick’s Cathedral Church. The boat will then sail to Moeda Village and past the 'spirit rock' which has been sculpted into the shape of a parrot.

This afternoon visit a logging camp before returning to the boat to enjoy a cocktail demonstration class. You will learn how to make Golden Land and Chindwin cocktails before enjoying a sample or 2.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Irrawaddy River Cruise

Today offers the opportunity to relax on the sun deck or partake in a number of lectures being offered which will offer further insight into the history of Myanmar.

This afternoon head onto land to visit the small village of Kyar Nyat. A guided walking tour of the village will showcase some of the archaeological treasures located in this remote part of the country.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Riverside Pagodas

Sailing south this morning, a cooking demonstration of Asian cuisine will be held by the on board chef. Later sit and watch as riverside pagodas such as Anya Thi Ha Thaw fill come in to view on this particularly beautiful stretch of water.

This afternoon visit Sin Kyun Village, supported by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. With a population of around 1,000, the village specialises in farming and hat making. There is an option to take a tour of this unspoiled village, seldom seen by outsiders.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Amarpura & the U-bein Bridge

Enjoy breakfast this morning as the boat cruises towards Mingun, home to the monumental 90 tonne Mingun bell, one of the worlds largest and heaviest bells.

This afternoon visit Amarpura, a former capital of Myanmar and often referred to as the 'City of Immortals'. Today Amarpura is know for it's textile production, a visit to a workshop will show the traditional fabrics being woven. The next stop is the Ubein Bridge, a sunset visit shows the specatuclar scenery of this simple teak structure that across the Taungtam Lake. Back on board this evening enjoy a Marionette puppet show.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Buddha of Mahamuni Paya

This morning visit Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses a very significant statue which over the years has been enveloped in tons of gold leaf. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, a fantastic teak building built in 1878 by King Thibaw Min. Next visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, a large stupa which is home to hundreds of age-old marble slabs which some argue to be the worlds largest book.

This afternoon sail downstream to Bagan. With an option to go behind the scenes of your boat the Sanctuary Ananda, to see the engine control room to the wheel house. Later tonight there will be a screening of the film 'Rangoon' with canopes being served throughout.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Shwezigon Pagoda & Pyathatgyi Temple

After sailing down river this morning the boat reaches Bagan after lunch. Heading onto land, transfer to Bagan to visit some of the most iconic places in Myanmar. First stop is the Nyaung-U local market, offering many local products as well as fruit and vegetables. Next pay a visit to the remarkable, golden Shwezigon Pagoda first completed in 1102 before continuing to the Ananda Temple, one of the best preserved and most beautiful temples in Bagan.

The day ends with quiet reflection on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. This large 13th Century temple is a fantastic place to watch the sun set, with the changing light casting different hues and shadows over the temple. This evening enjoy a local performance on board before your delectable dinner.
Overnight: Irrawaddy River Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Fly to Yangon, Sunset at Swedagon

Irrawaddy River Cruise - Yangon. This morning disembark the Sanctuary Ananda and head for the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel before setting out on a walking tour through colonial city centre. Next visit Sule Pagoda, with over 2,000 years of history, it's often the focal point for many events in the city. Nearby you have the Maha Bandula Park & the Independence Monument. Continuing through the vibrant little India the next highlight today is the Chauk That Gyi, which houses a impressive reclining Buddha. Subsequently visit the Karaweik Hall, with the illusion of a large floating barge, it is flanked by two large birds from Burmese mythology.

Later visit the sizable Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where gemstones, art and handicrafts can be found among other things in this throng of colour. Finish the day by visiting one of the worlds most spectacular monuments, the Swedagon Pagoda. This great golden stupa is iconic symbol of Myanmar.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Yangon

Today marks the end of your trip. A transfer to Yangon Airport will be provided.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms/cabins are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Hidden Myanmar by Luxury Cruise - 14 days
USD $3995
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Mandalay
Ends
Yangon
Departs
22 Aug 2018
Hotel Rating
Superior
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 11, Dinner: 11
Visiting
Countries
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