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Sanctuary Ananda Cruise – 4 Days from Bagan to Mandalay

Ayeyarwaddy River, Central Myanmar
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Imagine journeying the legendary Irrawaddy River from Ancient Bagan to the last Royal Capital city, Mandalay, exploring the highlights with expert guides. This 4 Days journey covers most spectacular highlights of Bagan and Mandalay regions.

Enjoy impeccable facilities of all suites Sanctuary Ananda cruise vessel. For every guests comfort all the cabins have own balcony guaranteeing best river views possible. Sanctuary Ananda has one of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river to make sure everyone receives personal attention and care.

Between shore excursions you will be entertained with on board lectures & cooking demonstrations. In the morning, start your day with yoga or meditation sessions or optional hot air balloon flight. At the spa and gym deck you will receive the best wellness treatments possible.




Welcome on board Sanctuary Ananda. If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. After lunch on board, we will visit Bagan to see the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan.

Enjoy the sunset from the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. 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.

Bagan Shwezigon pagoda

Shwezigon pagoda, Bagan.


Take an optional early morning balloon tour to capture a birds-eye view of the Bagan plain (an additional charge applies, please book in advance), followed by breakfast back on board. Alternatively, visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U.  Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda.

We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing.  After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a Longyi (sarong) and Thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, and a talk on Myanmar – covering the country’s incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

Ubein Bridge Mandalay Myanmar

Ubein Bridge at sunrise, Mandalay, .


A meditation session will be available before breakfast. The morning will be spent sailing as you enjoy the passing countryside. A back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef will be available.

In the afternoon we will arrive beside the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Amarapura was once known as “The City of Immortals”. We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset.

Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay

Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay.


Early this morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy.

If you are leaving on a later flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay (extra charge). This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s most revered religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image.  Lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices!

Our cruise rate includes

  • 3 meals per day during cruise
  • soft drinks and local beer whilst on-board
  • guided excursions for the respective intineraries with english speaking guides

Our cruise rate excludes

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Wine and spirits and gratuities


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