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  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

  • Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

Sanctuary Ananda Cruise 11 Nights - Lower Ayeyarwady

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Destinations:
Yangon - Sanctuary Ananda Cruise - Pyay - Thayet - Bagan - Mandalay
Duration:
12 days / 11 nights
Departure:

Yangon

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A cruise is a great way to see Myanmar, particularly parts beyond the main centers that are only accessible by river. Get ready to venture into the once-forbidden Golden Land. Each day on the river begins with the sound of devotional chanting from waterside monasteries, surely one of the most beautiful wake-up calls in the world. The itinerary includes numerous stop to visit temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way. Enjoy complimentary cooking classes and lectures on the local customs, culture and history. Soon everyone will want to experience this adventure!

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Highlights

 Spend 12 days relax and enjoy luxury amenities on board Sanctuary Ananda Cruise
 Go ashore to visit famous landmarks: Sagaing Hill, U Bein Bridge, Shwezigon Pagoda, Mingun Pagoda and numerous temples of Bagan...
 Visit local market, local workshop to interact with friendly locals
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    • 27 m2
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    Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

    Check in by 12pm and settle into your suite before we leave the bustle of downtown Yangon to join the Twante Canal which connects the Yangon River to the Ayeyarwady River. The scenery will be both urban and rural, rows of vegetables grow in tidy allotments by the side of the canal or maybe a man dangling a long bamboo fishing line into the canal. Twante town itself is famous for ceramics.

    Dock at Nyaung Tong, a riverside beach for overnight.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    This morning we will visit the charming small town of Danuphyu, it was here that General Maha Bandula led the Burmese against the British in 1825 during the First Anglo-Burmese war. Explore the town by trishaw, visiting the Pagoda of Tyuakalon Pun and the Maha Bandula monastery.

    Dinner and overnight on board.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Today will be spent sailing and provides a scenic introduction to Myanmar, a feast for the eye, the villages, noble tamarind trees, the dazzling green paddy fields, distant hills dotted with pagodas: the chief beauty however lies with her people, a people in harmony with their environment.

    In the afternoon, sail past the Akauk Taung Caves. Here you'll be able to capture the best possible photos of these truly staggering caves. Meaning 'Tax Mountain', this quirky site takes its name from all the 19th century toll-takers who would kill time in between charging passing boats by carving hundreds of Buddhas right here into the steep cliff side.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Today will be spent exploring the town of Pyay, a charismatic dock with a startlingly beautiful pagoda.

    Visit the city center and local market, followed by lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Sri Ksera, once the capital of Pyay dating from around the 1st century. The ancient city gained World Heritage status in 2014.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    This morning visit the small town of Shwe Taung. Here you will visit the Shwe Hmyet Hman Pagoda, where the Buddha image wears gold sunglasses.
    Lunch on board will be followed by an afternoon of sailing.

    After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration.

    Tonight we will dock in Thayet.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Take in mystical white pagodas and charming colonial houses as we explore postcard-perfect rural Thayet on foot. Built by the British in 1887, Myanmar's first golf course is also here.

    In the afternoon, sail from Thayet to Minhla.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Begin your day with a walking tour of the two brick Minhla Forts. An unusual construction, the fort was originally dated from 13th century and enlarged and strengthened by Italian engineers, to resist a British invasion during the Third and final Anglo-Burmese war.

    Return to the ship and sail to Magwe and on the way visit the hilltop Myat Than Lun Paya, a pagoda built in 1929 of solid gold bricks - this is an extraordinary building with stunning views of the Ayeryarwady.

    Dinner and overnight on board.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Sail in the early morning enjoying the scenery and life on the riverbank. You will sail past Pakan Lay village where temple ruins lie decorously along the banks and then arrive Sale. Sale is a perfect small community to wander around on foot or by trishaw. We will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, a fine teak building with some beautifully crafted reliefs.

    Our final stop before returning to the boat for dinner is Tha-ta-na Kyaung - this small temple has an interesting Buddha image made from bamboo.

    Dinner and overnight on board.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    This morning will be spent sailing to Bagan.

    After lunch, we will visit village of Myinkaba, a centre of the ancient craft of lacquerware which has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used. The last stop is at a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar. Next, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. A traditional horse cart will then take us to Htilominlo Temple; a two-storey red-brick temple built around 1211 AD. It is a magnificent structure, though now heavily restored.

    The day's finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. 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.

    The day ends with a spectacular and unique candlelit sandbank dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    After breakfast we will visit the bustling Nyaung U local market.

    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.

    We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing. Relax as we past villages set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge.

    After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, a cooking class with the chef, cheroot and betel nut tasting and a talk on Myanmar - covering the country's incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

    A delicious dinner will then follow.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    The morning will be spent sailing and enjoying the passing countryside. In the afternoon we will arrive beside the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing hills, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns.

    We will take a short stop at several of the monasteries and pagodas but it is the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking. Below and all around, pagodas of different shapes and sizes dot the landscape.

    Enjoy a local performance, followed by dinner on board.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    For those who wish, an early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun is offered, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specializes in farming and hat making. Witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village Chief's request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.
    Arrive in Mandalay at 9:45am, check out.

    As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

    Check-in at 12.30pm.

    Once on board, enjoy lunch as we cruise towards the pagoda-dotted hills of Sagaing. Formerly the capital of the Shan kingdom, it’s home to hundreds of monasteries and thousands of monks and nuns.

    This afternoon, we’ll visit several pagodas, and a highlight will be pausing on the terrace of Soon U Pon Nya Shin on Sagaing Hill. You’ll also get to see skilled craftsmen in a silversmith workshop in Ywataung village.

    We’ll set off for Amarapura about 4.15pm. We’ll pop into textile workshops, and then pause by the U Bein Bridge - a long teak bridge across Taungthaman Lake - where many locals come to watch sunset. After the sun has gone down, we’ll head back to the boat moored at Gawein jetty and dock for the evening in Sin Kyun.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    For those who don’t mind an early start, we can take you for a tour of Sin Kyun at 7am - here you’ll get a true taste of traditional farming and artisanal life in our adopted village.

    It’s back to the boat in time to sail at 8am, so that we can arrive at Mingun half an hour later.

    Here in this sleepy village, an ox cart will transport you to the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Lastly, you’ll see a most unusual white pagoda known as Myatheindan.

    Return at 10.30am to the ship so that we can start sailing south, passing unspoiled scenery that rarely gets exposed to tourists. This region backdropped by rich tamarind trees and hillside white and golden pagodas is unique for its unintended beauty – look out for scenes of ladies perched on rocks chatting as they do their daily wash, or ox carts waiting on the banks for a boat to arrive and unload its goods. A perfect place from which to observe these authentic filmic tableaux from is the air-conditioned Kansi Panorama Lounge.

    Early evening, Sanctuary Ananda will drop anchor at the confluence; this is the ideal time to ask the barmen to create your favourite sundowner as an aperitif in a setting you’ll never forget. Without wanting to spoil the surprise, while you enjoy your dinner, keep your eyes out for beautiful traditional lanterns floating past down the river...

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    At 6am we’ll also start sailing towards Pakokku, just south of the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. The site of a well-known battle at the end of World War II, Pakokku is famous for tobacco and sugar palm (jaggery). Around 9am, tricycle rickshaws will take you to the local market. Then it’s on to the cheroot factory.

    Return to the cruise at 11.30am. Enjoy lunch while sailing towards Bagan. Arrive just after lunch.

    Go ashore to explore around the ancient city. We will visit the remarkable Ananda Temple - one of the four great temples in Bagan, Htilominlo Temple, Pyathatgyi Temple.

    Back on board, guests will experience a traditional Shan dinner as well as watch a local performance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Sign up for an optional balloon tour at 5.30am and you’ll get to see the most spectacular bird’s-eye view of the Bagan plain in the clear dawn light. (Additional charges apply. October – March only. Subject to weather conditions on the day of the flight).

    After breakfast, there’s a 9am visit to Bagan by bus to experience the bustling Nyaung-U market. Next is a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda; said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha: two bones and a copy of a tooth. In Myinkaba, you’ll learn about the ancient art of creating fine lacquerware from

    watching artisans in their workshops. Return to the ship at 12.30pm and we’ll sail

    downstream towards Sale, passing Chauk, one of the original oilfields where the ‘nodding donkeys’ (oil-well pumps) work away at the river’s edge.

    We’ll get to Sale (Salay) around 4.30pm; this small community is perfect to wander around on foot or by trishaw. We will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, a fine teak building with some beautifully crafted reliefs. Our final stop before returning to the boat for dinner is Tha-ta-na Kyaung – this small temple has an interesting Buddha image made from bamboo.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    We’ll spend the morning sailing to Magwe, and this leg of our adventure includes passing Minbu village around lunchtime. Nga Ka Pwe Taung, meaning ‘Dragon Lake’, is a unique gas-and-mud-bubbling pool set here in what seems like a lunar landscape. (Not many tourists have the opportunity to stray to this part of Myanmar.)
    Around 2pm we’ll dock in Magwe and take you to Myat Than Lun Paya, a stunning 1929-built pagoda of solid-gold bricks set on a river-view hilltop. Later this afternoon we will carry on along the river towards Minhla where we’ll dock overnight. Minhla Fort, the dramatic military construction here, which harks back to the Konbaung era.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: NA
    At 9am we will take a walking tour of the Minhla Fort. An unusual construction built for the Burmese King by Italian engineers, it was intended to resist a British invasion in the second Anglo-Burmese War.

    Around 10.30am we’ll be on our way to the charming village of Thawutti. Back aboard the ship, we’ll cruise on to Thayet where we’ll dock overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    The next chapter in our adventure includes the mystical white pagodas and charming colonial houses as we explore postcard-perfect rural Thayet on foot. Built by the British in 1887, Myanmar’s first golf course is also here. Pyay (pronounced by some as ‘pyay’ and ‘pyi’ by others) is a charismatic dock with a startlingly beautiful pagoda. After lunch we will have a look around this destination formerly referred to as Prome by the British, this is a highlight of this cruise.

    Shwe Daung village is next on our day’s agenda. Look out for the only Buddha wearing gold sunglasses at Shwe Myet Hman pagoda, before we head back to Sanctuary Ananda about 6.30pm.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    This morning, before returning to see more of Pyay, we will visit Thayekhittata, an old Pyu Dynasty city; on display is a wealth of different-sized stupas, built between the 4th and the 13th centuries. Worthy of a pilgrimage in itself, Shwesandaw Paya is not only impressive in scale, but this temple is celebrated for housing supposed strands of Buddha’s hair and also an actual tooth which takes the form of a golden bell which is revealed only during November’s full-moon festival. From this hilltop pagoda, it is impossible not to be awestruck by the vision of the 10-metre-high Buddha statue. Returning to the boat at in time for lunch, you’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon on board as we travel 29 miles to Htonbo.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Breakfast as we sail, before we drop anchor at Akauk Taung; here you’ll be able to capture the best possible photos of these truly staggering caves. Meaning ‘Tax Mountain’, this quirky site takes its name from all the 19th century toll-takers who would kill time in between charging passing boats by carving hundreds of Buddhas right here into the steep cliffside.

    At about 10am we will pause at Kenaung village; if you’re lucky you’ll get a chance to see locals having a game of chinlone – a traditional team sport, which involves balletic moves from the players.

    After lunch, as we sail 68 miles south towards Zalon, this is another chance to savour your time on this extraordinary riverboat. As the ship continues south, enjoy a restful on your private balcony or take full advantage of Santuary Ananda’s extensive services and facilities. Whether you choose to relax and unwind or seek stimulation or conversation, boredom is never an option aboard Ananda.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    This morning we will visit the small port town of Zalun where we’ll whisk you on the local tricycle rickshaws to see the Buddhas in the remarkable Pyi Taw Pyan; these bronze figures were controversially stolen by the British Army but then returned by order of Queen Victoria.

    After sailing south to Danuphyu, we will dock and visit a monastery and the Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University. It was from here that General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    Your last day will be the perfect chance to relax and reflect on all that you’ve seen and done. We’ll spend today sailing downstream, which means you have ample time to make the most of the many luxuries on board Ananda. Maybe have a spa treatment or relax by the pool with a book from our library? Or just enjoy gliding through the soul-stirring riverscapes that so few foreigners get to see...

    Tonight’s farewell dinner features a special performance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: NA
    The ship will arrive in late morning for you to check out in Yangon, formerly the capital of Burma also known as Rangoon.

    As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: NA
    Important Notes:
     
    • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
    • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
    • Children over 6 years of age are welcome onboard Sanctuary Ananda.

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