5-Day Anawrahta Cruise_Ancient Capitals (Downstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 5 Days

English    Mandalay, Bagan

tour highlights

  • 4 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Explore the highlights in the countryside of Mandalay; Sagaing and Ava
  • Learn the daily lifestyle in the pottery village of Yandabo
  • Visit to a small quiet town, Pakkoku and its famous local workshops
  • Sightseeing in Bagan with it ancient pagodas and century-old temples
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travellers on board

tour details

Anawrahta cruise is a charming cruising luxury boutique hotel. This luxury cruise ship gives you comfort, experience and a wonderful home to explore stunning sites in central Myanmar. Board the cruise from Mandalay and disembark in Bagan, so that you can wander around the ancient cities of central Myanmar. You will eventually have a chance to get closer to river life in Yandabo village where you will learn pottery making and meet the friendly locals.

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12:00 hours check in at Gawein jetty and board the luxurious Anawrahta, berthed at the quay of Mandalay's riverside. The ship sets sail towards Sagaing, one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar. After enjoying your free time at the open air Kipling's Bar or on the sun deck, disembark for a wonderful discovery of some very highlights of Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava. Ava was the metropolis of the Burmese kingdoms between the 14th to 19th century. By horse-drawn carriage, explore this area, sprinkled with many kinds of distinguished ancient monasteries and fanes: Bagaya Monastery a jaw dropping teak monastery built in 1834, which nowadays continues to be a monastic school; Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower come both in a different art and creation. Back on board, learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions (Longyi and Thanaka demonstration). A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards. Before dinner, enjoy a cocktail gathering at Kipling's Bar.
Overnight on board.
A yoga session will be available for early morning risers on the sun deck. On arrival at the village of Yandabo, learn how the villagers produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. Try yourself to work on one of these pots. Return to ship for the afternoon high tea. As you sail on to the next overnight spot Pakokku, pass the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its greatest tributary, Chindwin River. In the evening, "A toast to the past" during a British club where you can have both cigars and tasty gins with tonic. If you feel like it, you can join the open air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies (depends on weather conditions).
Overnight on board.
Enjoy your breakfast as the ship sails southwards before arrival in Pakkoku, an old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Here you will see the longest bridge of Myanmar (Pakokku Bridge). You will be brought to small industries in this 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 will give you an insight of local goods and trading practices. Pakokku is also well known for the production of Tobacco where you can buy some Burmese cigars. Proceed to Shwegu Temple featuring incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood. Back on board, lunch is served and Anawrahta continues her journey southwards, eventually arriving at the utmost highlight of this journey - Bagan. There are over 2000 temples, stupas and pagodas in an area of just 30 square kilometers. Explore the most remarkable ones: The Ananda Temple. Back on board, after some refreshments, watch a traditional Bagan dance performance at the Mandalay Lounge.
Overnight on board.
There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird's eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Ayeyarwady River.
You will be collected from your hotel by Balloons' Teams, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour. Flights operate daily from October through March.

After breakfast, the morning tour starts with a visit of the bustling Nyaung-U market. Explore around the market to enjoy best photo-moments of local life and people. After that, proceed to Shwezigon Pagoda. This prototype of Burmese stupas consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by many smaller temples and shrines. Stop at a lacquerware workshop. This is a must-see of a long standing, fascinating craftsmanship. Complete the morning tour with a look on the fine frescoes inside the Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Pagoda before returning to the ship for lunch time.
You have two options to choose. The first is a visit to the sacred Mount Popa monastery which sits picturesquely on an extinct volcano (some mobility and fitness is required to reach the top). The place is believed by the Burmese to be home to their animist spirits 'Nats'. The second option includes an exploration of Myinkaba Village. Visit the Manuha Pagoda and a short distance is the beautiful architecture of the Gubyaukyi temple. Take some individual time to explore Minnanthu Village on your own pace afterwards. Back on board and after dinner, enjoy some farewell entertainment in the lounge.
Overnight on board.
After breakfast, disembark at the Bagan Aye Yar jetty around 09:00 hours.


  • 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


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloons flight in Bagan
  • 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: PKMDANC5A

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