4-Day Anawrahta Cruise (Ancient Capitals) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • 3 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Unspoiled and breath-taking views while sailing towards Bagan
  • Enjoying the luxurious and delightful on board activities and loads of delicious meals
  • Learn the daily lifestyle in the pottery village of Yandabo
  • Exploring Pakkoku, learning local lifestyle and their small industries

tour details

There is an extraordinary timeless quality to Myanmar’s mighty Ayeyarwady River. Take the chance to explore the ancient capital cities of Bagan and Mandalay. Tour riverside villages and explore traditional handicrafts together with its products. You will have opportunity to get closer to the river life.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Around 11:00 hours, embark the luxurious Anawrahta at Gawein jetty, welcome briefing before you settle in your cabin. Sail towards Sagaing, one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar. After enjoying your time at the open air Kipling's Bar or on the sun deck, disembark for a wonderful discovery of some very highlights in Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava. Ava was the metropolis of the ancient kingdoms between the 14th to 19th centuries. By horse-drawn carriage, explore this stunning area, sprinkled with many kinds of distinguished ancient monasteries and fanes: Bagaya Kyaung, a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834, which nowadays continues to be a monastic school and Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower come both in a different art and creation. Picnic teatime at a secret place in the middle of this sacred spot on earth. Back on board, learn more about some of the long-lasting tradtions (Longyi and Thanaka demonstration). A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar as well as cocktail gathering at Kipling's Bar.
Overnight on board.
Early morning risers can join yoga session on the sun deck. Ease your mind by merging with the Ayeyarwady River and enjoy the stunning river view. The next stop is small pottery village of Yandabo. A fascinating gem where the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826, signaling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Nowadays, the local villagers produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. Walk around the village and overserve their techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots and utensils. Try yourself to work on one of these pots. Return to the ship for the afternoon high tea.
On the way sailing to Pakokku, pass the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its greatest tributary, Chindwin River. As the evening approaches, dress up in style in a British club where gents may whiff cigars and ladies sip on tasty gins with tonic.
Overnight on board.
Join the yoga class in the early morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the ship sails southwards before arriving in Pakkoku. an old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Right before the arrival, you will see the longest bridge of Myanmar (Pakokku Bridge). Visit the small local industries in the area, such as a cheroot-rolling factory and a producer of 'Burmese slippers' (flip-flops). Local handicraft vendors try to make their living with it. A visit of the thriving market gives you an insight of local goods and trading. Pakokku is also well-known for the production of Tobacco. If you like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the right place. Proceed to the Shwegu Temple, featuring incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood. It also houses a unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Back on board, lunch is served and Anawrahta continues the cruise southwards to Bagan. In the afternoon, a magnificent temple serendipity starts. There are over 2000 temples, stupas and pagodas in an area of just 30 square kilometers. Explore the most remarkable ones, like the Ananda Temple or the beautiful Sulamani Pagoda. As the final blown off, enjoy a breathtaking vista from a place to marvel at the temple-strewn plains.
Overnight on board.
You can whether enjoy an optional breathtaking hot air balloon ride or enjoy your feast of breakfast. After that, disembark with other guests at Aye Yar jetty in Bagan.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


Please kindly note that although it is our intention to operate the proposed itinerary as outlined above, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes of the program that might be necessary as a result of weather conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
    Tour code: ANA3ANCMB

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