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Sanctuary Ananda

Ayeyarwady River - Deluxe Cruise

The small Sanctuary Ananda is a beautiful river cruise boat with several available itineraries along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers. The boat was built by skilled local builders that used traditional materials to make this boat as beautiful and luxurious as possible.

It has large internal suites which are designed in a contemporary Burmese manner. It may be stylish, but the design stays true to its traditional routes through unique materials and popular local designs. A range of different colours and materials are incorporated in the design to make it is as chic as possible. The ensuite bathrooms use beautiful old sinks, with wonderful tiling surrounding the different parts of the bathroom. Each suite on the cruise liner also has a private balcony, and every room is air conditioned!

Michelle Bernstein, a famous chef, has designed all of the signature meals on the boat. The restaurants are large and give diners plenty of space to enjoy their meals. But there is also private dining available for those who want a different kind of experience.

The boat also has a spa with different massage and beauty treatments on offer throughout your journey. In addition, there is a gym for those who want to get plenty of exercise while on the cruise. Different fitness classes are available, including yoga. In addition, you’ll find plenty of other short courses on cooking, clothing, and a range of other interesting things. Don’t forget to check out some of the live traditional performers on board!

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3 Nights Bagan - Mandalay4 Nights Mandalay - Bagan
ITINERARY: 3 Nights Bagan - Mandalay

Day 1: Bagan
If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan.
Check in at 12:30pm and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch on board, we will visit Kayminga pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth.
Enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Irrawaddy River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment.
A welcome briefing and champagne reception will be hosted in the Kansi Panorama Lounge before a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.

Day 2: set sail from Bagan

Choose between an early morning balloon tour (an additional charge applies, please book in advance) or visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U. The daily market is where the farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.

After, visit Bagan to see the Ananda Temple, regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar.

We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing during which a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, and a talk on Myanmar.

A delicious dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant will then follow.

Day 3: mandalay

Enjoy a back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef as we cruise the Irrawaddy.

In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Afterwards, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking.

Amarapura, was once known as ‘The City of Immortals’. Today, the leisurely ‘clack-clack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.

Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda.


Early this morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. This is the perfect setting to mingle with the local Burmese people and discover what modern life is like in an ever-changing Myanmar.

If you are leaving on a later flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image.  Lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.

ITINERARY: 4 Nights Mandalay - Bagan

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