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5 Days 4 Nights
Group size: Min. 4
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1 Cruise
From $1,678pp

Venture Insight

Myanmar is a land of rivers and this cruise sails through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar” passing through a varying landscape from the lush teak plantations around Prome to the desert country south of Pagain. For travellers wanting to get off the tourist track, this is the only way to really see the country. Nearly all remnants of past Burmese dynasties are situated along the banks – the most famous of which is Bagan.


THE ANAWRAHTA CRUISE

Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the elegant 65-metre/214 feet long Anawrahta features three spacious decks and 23 luxurious cabins. With its gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, intricately carved woodwork and shining brass, The Anawrahta takes guests back in time to an era of bygone luxury and elegance.

Sagaing

Travel by coach across the river to Sagaing, using a bridge built by the Colonial British in 1934. Visit a silversmith + see techniques unchanged for centuries. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art.

Yanderbo

The quiet, small riverside village of Yanderbo is an unique and fascinating gem of a village where in 1826 the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yanderbo, signalling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Nowadays the villagers produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country.

Sunset over Bagan

There are over 2000 temples, stupas and pagodas in an area of just 30 square kilometres and you will explore the most remarkable ones, like the Ananda Temple or the pretty Sulamani Pagoda. As dusk falls, enjoy a breath-taking visa from a pagoda “summit and watch the temples glow as the sun falls below the horizon.

Itinerary

day 1

Mandalay - Sagain - Ava

Board your luxurious river-cruiser, berthed on Mandalay’s river bank + set sail. Explore the area by horse-drawn carriage, visiting the spectacular teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery built in 1834 + Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower. Later, continue downriver to Sagaing, mooring for the night, with a beautiful view of illuminated pagodas.
day 2

Ava - Yanderbo - Pakokku

After early morning yoga + breakfast, enjoy a lecture on Bagan’s history + continue cruising towards Yanderbo, enjoying the sights along the way. This interesting village is where in 1826, the King of Ava signed a treaty with the British, ending the first Anglo-Burmese war. Return to the ship for afternoon high tea, sailing on to Pakokku, passing the confluence of the Ayeyarwady + its tributary, Chindwin River.
day 3

Pakokku to Bagan

Visit the old riverbank trading town of Pakkoku with its cottage industries like cheroot-rolling, + other local handicrafts. Continue touring to Shwegu Temple with its intricate Yamamei wood carvings + unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Cruise south, arriving in Bagan early afternoon. On arrival in Bagan, there’s an orientation tour visiting the magnificent Ananda Temple, pretty Sulamani Pagoda + ending a ‘sunset’ pagoda, to watch the breathtaking sunset over the temple-strewn plain.
day 4

Bagan

Visit bustling Nyaung-U market + revered Shwezigon Pagoda. Later see the fascinating techniques to produce quality lacquerware. See the fine frescoes of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Pagoda, before returning to the ship. The afternoon offers two options: 1. Visit sacred Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, believed to be home to animist spirits the Nats. This includes a stop at a Toddy Palm plantation. or 2. Explore the area around Myinkaba Village. Visit Manuha Pagoda, dating from 1059, where King Anawrahta imprisoned the Mon King, Manuha. Also see the beautiful architecture of Gubyaukyi temple, followed by visiting Minnanthu Village.
day 5

Bagan

Bid farewell to the ship’s crew + disembark at Bagan.
day 1

Mandalay - Sagain - Ava

Board your luxurious river-cruiser, berthed on Mandalay’s river bank + set sail. Explore the area by horse-drawn carriage, visiting the spectacular teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery built in 1834 + Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower. Later, continue downriver to Sagaing, mooring for the night, with a beautiful view of illuminated pagodas.
day 2

Ava - Yanderbo - Pakokku

After early morning yoga + breakfast, enjoy a lecture on Bagan’s history + continue cruising towards Yanderbo, enjoying the sights along the way. This interesting village is where in 1826, the King of Ava signed a treaty with the British, ending the first Anglo-Burmese war. Return to the ship for afternoon high tea, sailing on to Pakokku, passing the confluence of the Ayeyarwady + its tributary, Chindwin River.
day 3

Pakokku to Bagan

Visit the old riverbank trading town of Pakkoku with its cottage industries like cheroot-rolling, + other local handicrafts. Continue touring to Shwegu Temple with its intricate Yamamei wood carvings + unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Cruise south, arriving in Bagan early afternoon. On arrival in Bagan, there’s an orientation tour visiting the magnificent Ananda Temple, pretty Sulamani Pagoda + ending a ‘sunset’ pagoda, to watch the breathtaking sunset over the temple-strewn plain.
day 4

Bagan

Visit bustling Nyaung-U market + revered Shwezigon Pagoda. Later see the fascinating techniques to produce quality lacquerware. See the fine frescoes of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Pagoda, before returning to the ship. The afternoon offers two options: 1. Visit sacred Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, believed to be home to animist spirits the Nats. This includes a stop at a Toddy Palm plantation. or 2. Explore the area around Myinkaba Village. Visit Manuha Pagoda, dating from 1059, where King Anawrahta imprisoned the Mon King, Manuha. Also see the beautiful architecture of Gubyaukyi temple, followed by visiting Minnanthu Village.
day 5

Bagan

Bid farewell to the ship’s crew + disembark at Bagan.

Includes + Departures

Accommodation, all meals, group shore-excursions, entrance fees, transportation, tour guide services (English speaking), taxes, fuel, river pilots, port dues, group transfers from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa, drinking water, coffee/tea, soft drinks and local beer (all day), fruit juices (during breakfast + afternoon tea). DEPARTURES: 2018 – Jul 19, 27; Aug 4, 12; Oct 23, 31; Nov 8, 24; Dec 2, 10, 18, 28; 2019 – Jan 5, 13, 21, 29; Feb 6, 14, 22; Mar 2, 10, 18, 26; Apr 3, 11, Jul 19, 27; Aug 4, 12, Oct 23, 31; Nov 8, 24, Dec 2, 10, 18, 28.

Be enchanted by scenes of shimmering rice paddies, emerald green seas + limestone mountains that are a backdrop for romantic images of gilded temples, colonial architecture + saffron robed monks where a lasting impression will be the people + their stories.

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Indulge in local cuisines, take temple trails through ancient kingdoms, wander lantern lit lanes in old merchant towns + slow down the pace cruising down the rivers of the Mekong or Ayeyarwady, where time seems to have stood still.

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