China & Northeast Asia

Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay To Bhamo To Bagan Cruise

The Sanctuary Ananda cruises the waters of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers in Burma. Custom built from traditional materials by local craftsmen, the ship took to the river in 2014 and, since then, has been at the top of its game. Boasting sleek and contemporary luxury, and 20 suites and one owner's suite over 3 decks, the Ananda is all-out five-star. Suites are decorated in an elegant but local style, the private bathrooms include L'Occitane toiletries and there is an outdoor pool, panoramic lounge and spa to enjoy.

Cruise upstream from Mandalay to the waters of the Upper Irrawaddy where you can view the dramatic Irrawaddy Gorges before cruising back down to Bagan. Add this cruise, or the vice versa route, to your perfect Burma itinerary!

Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay To Bhamo To Bagan Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : After lunch on board the ship, we will sail towards the village of Nwe Nyein. As we sail along on the cruise, enjoy talks and demonstrations about local cultural traditions to cookery.
  • Day 2 : After breakfast, walk to a pottery factory at the village of Nwe Nyein on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River and watch the craftsman create beautiful pots as they work their potters’ wheels with their legs.
  • Day 3 : In the morning, explore ancient Tagaung, which dates back to the Pyu Dynasty. The original city walls are preserved as part of this rich archaeological site. Next we’ll sail upstream to Katha.
  • Day 4 : As a nod to Katha being featured in George Orwell’s Burmese Days, take a tuk-tuk to the author’s former house in what was the British Club. The day ends docked in Shwe Gu with a Tai-Shan dance performance during dinner.
  • Day 5 : As we sail to Bhamo, admire spectacular riverscapes whilst relaxing aboard the sundeck.
  • Day 6 : Our visit to Bhamo will let you see the market and downtown Bhamo, which includes a trip to Shwe Kyi Na pagoda and historic Catholic churches.. Next we’ll set sail for Moeda village, passing a notable parrot-shaped ‘spirit rock’. In the afternoon, visit an elephant logging camp to see how humans and animals work together in harmony
  • Day 7 : Relax during a leisurely cruise to Kya Nyat and take full advantage of the amenities and activities on board the Ananda while soaking up the beauty of the scenery before enjoying a guided walk of Kyar Nyat.
  • Day 8 : This morning we will head south. For the next leg of the cruise, gaze at riverside pagodas such as Anya Thi Ha Taw on its island in the Ayeyarwady. Next stop is Sin Kyun, where we will arrive about mid-morning.
  • Day 9 : Cruise to Mingun where the monumental temple and 90-tonne Mingun Bell, one of the world’s heaviest ringing bells, awaits. In the afternoon, visit Amarapura, once known as ‘The City of Immortals’, followed by sunset at the U Bein Bridge.
  • Day 10 : This morning, see Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to by some historians as the ‘biggest book in the world’. Spend the rest of the day relaxing as we sail downstream to Bagan.
  • Day 11 : After breakfast visit bustling Bagan by bus and its Nyaung-U local market and the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda; then travel to the incredible 1091-built Ananda Temple. The day’s finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple to admire the sunset. Dinner tonight is extra special thanks to a candlelit sandbank dinner.
  • Day 12 : Check out at a leisurely pace this morning.


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Mandalay – Katha – Bhamo – Moeda – Mingun – Sagaing – Yandabo – Bagan


11 Nights


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