Visit the magnificent Schwezigon Pagoda, ascend fascinating Mount Popa and explore the cities of Mandalay and Bagan, learn more about the local way of life with a visit to a textile workshop and marvel at the long wooden frame of U Bein Bridge on this 5-star river cruise, taking in Myanmar's highlights.

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Cruising the Irrawaddy in luxury

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Sanctuary Ananda Cruises

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Day 1

Mandalay

After midday, check in to your cabin on board. If arriving on an early flight, join a tour of Mandalay including Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda. Lunch will be served on board while cruising towards Sagaing. In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a monastic school where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Visit the former capital of Amarapura, a centre for cotton and silk weaving, and visit the U Bein Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in the world. (L)(D)

Day 2

Cruising the Irrawaddy

Visit the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay which is sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specialises in farming and hat making. After the village tour we set sail towards Tan Chi Taung Mountain. Enjoy the beautiful sightseeing from the ship while passing Mingun, where you can see the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. We continue to sail south, past villages, set against a backdrop of soft browns and rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Cruising the Irrawaddy

After breakfast, join our Executive Chef for a cooking demonstration learning how to create delicious local dishes. Continue sailing towards Bagan, with ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Sanctuary Ananda. After lunch on board, we will head to the top of Tan Chi Taung Mountain to enjoy your first glimpse of the Bagan Plain, with its more than 2,000 pagodas and stupas. Tonight, a candlelit dinner is served on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Bagan

Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan Plain, followed by breakfast on board. Visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U, the daily market where farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware. We will then move on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda. A horse-cart will take us across the plains, with several photo stops and a visit to Sulamani Pagoda. After lunch on board, visit the Ananda Temple, one of the four great temples in Bagan. Enjoy the sunset over the temple complex. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Bagan

Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check-out at 9am. (B)

NOTE: Two and three night cruise itineraries are available in the reverse direction over same season.

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