4-Day Sanctuary Ananda Cruise (Bangan to Mandalay) – Group Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • 3 Nights sailing on the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda cruise
  • Bagan temples sightseeing
  • Explore the bustling Nyaung Oo local market
  • Breathtaking sunset view at the U Bein Bridge
  • Visit a monastic school in Sagaing hills
  • Variety of on board activities including cooking demonstration

tour details

This luxury cruise ship gives you the best of comforts with the possibility of exploring the outsides or Bagan and Mandalay. Upstream river cruise along the beautiful Ayeyarwady River from Bagan to Mandalay with daily sailing and excursions to village, markets and historic sites. When you arrive to Bagan, make sure to visit Kayminga pagoda, Shwezigon Pagoda and Ananda Temple which are one of the most famous ones in Bagan. And also, visit a Monastic school in Mandalay where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Embarkation time is at 12:30 hours at Taung Phi jetty. Then, enjoy lunch on board and 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 Ayayarwaddy 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.
Overnight on board
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 fruits and vegetables to lacquerware. After a visit to 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 at the Talifoo Restaurant will then follow.
Overnight on board
Enjoy a back of house tour and cooking class with an Executive Chef while cruising the Ayeyarwady. In the afternoon, visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important center for religious and monastic, 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. 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.
Overnight on board
Breakfast is served before disembarkation at 09:00 hours in Mandalay for your onward journey.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and 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
  • Laundry Service
  • Telephone calls and Fax charges
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


Important Notes:

  • Myanmar's rivers are subject to seasonal variations in the water level
  • sometimes by as much as 28 metres. Such changes can occur without prior warning
  • even overnight. This may well result in the ship not being able to sail at the expected speed and/or be unable to pass under bridges or indeed the water level being too low to safely progress.

  • A beautiful feature of the river is its sandbanks, but navigationally these can also pose problems
  • not least of which is the potential to run aground. Additionally, from time to time the river authorities may also close sections of the river, although we normally receive advance notice. Such experiences are part of the excitement of any river expedition and are to be expected. Our published itineraries are an indication only and subject to change due to all the above.

  • We will always replace the itinerary based on our 'safety first' philosophy, whilst doing all we can to respect the published itinerary or substituting alternatives. It simply may not always be possible to maintain every feature. This is all part of the rich experience of travelling on Myanmar's beautiful and fascinating rivers.
Tour code: SAN3BMUP

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