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Sanctuary Ananda Cruise – 5 Days from Mandalay to Bagan

Ayeyarwaddy River, Central Myanmar
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Travel in style and comfort on Myanmar’s premier luxury river cruiser Sanctuary Ananda. This 5-day cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River begins in Mandalay and ends in Bagan.

Along the river you get to visit ancient royal capitals, charming villages and other sites on shore excursions. On board entertainment, plunge pool, sun deck, spa, gym and impeccable service and delicious food will keep you busy while cruising.

Ubein Bridge in Amarapura Myanmar

Sunset view by Ubein Bridge in Amarapura – one of the old kingdoms near Mandalay.


Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda. Check in at 12.30pm and settle into your suite. If you arrive on an earlier flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay. Lunch will be served on board as we cruise towards the pagoda sprinkled hills of Sagaing, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns.Visit Amarapura, known as ‘The City of Immortals’ which in its heyday, held some 200,000 inhabitants. We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset.

Mingun Myanmar



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. Next, arrive in Mingun where an ox-cart will be your mode of transport through this sleepy and attractive village. 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, from the recent controversial decades to the outlook for the future of The Golden Land.

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For those who wish, a meditation session is available before breakfast. After, join our back of house tour and take a cooking class with our Executive Chef. In the afternoon, visit 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 which exude antiquity and mystery. Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment.

Bagan Myanmar



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. This morning visit the temples of Bagan. Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort with spectacular views of the site. Return to the ship in the early evening and enjoy the sunset as we sail. Tonight, a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.


Myinkaba village bagan lacquerware Bagan


If you are departing on a later flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan. We will visit Minanthu village in the heart of the Bagan plain, to see the way of life of the local people. Next we visit a village of Myinkaba, the center of ancient craft of lacquer ware which has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used. The last stop is at a Jagger workshop which produces unrefined sugar.

Contact Discovery DMC reservations department for prices!


  • 3 meals per day during cruise
  • Soft drinks and local beer whilst on-board
  • Guided excursions for the respective itineraries with English speaking guides


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


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