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Places visited: Bagan, Mandalay
4 days / 3 nights

Cruise Highlights

Upstream river cruise on the beautiful Ayeyarwady River from Bagan to Mandalay, inclusive of daily shore excursions to the historic Bagan and Mandalay and visiting local villages and markets. A country of smiles… a land of grace…a people of welcome…a place of charm and culture….Myanmar is slowly unfolding its charms and hidden treasures to a world hungry for new adventures, new experiences.

Day 1: Bagan
Day 2: Set sail from Bagan
Day 3: Mandalay
Day 4: Mandalay

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Bagan
If you arrive on an early flight we will arrange for you to take a tour in Bagan.

Check in at 12:30pm and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch on board, we will 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 Irrawaddy 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.

Day 2: Set sail from Bagan
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 fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.

After, visit 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 in the Talifoo Restaurant will then follow.

Day 3: Mandalay
Enjoy a back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef as we cruise the Irrawaddy.

In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage 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.

Day 4: 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. This is the perfect setting to mingle with the local Burmese people and discover what modern life is like in an ever-changing Myanmar.

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

From GBP 799 per person

(twin/double share with Suite category)

Available upon request.





Valid for sailings on: 3 nights (Bagan-Mandalay)
2017: 3 Jan – 28 Feb;  4 Oct – 29 Nov;  20 Dec

2018: 3 Jan – 28 Feb;  30 Sep – 25 Nov

2017: 7 Mar – 28 Mar;  6 Dec – 13 Dec

2018: 7 Mar – 28 Mar;  2 Dec – 16 Dec

2017: 4 Apr – 27 Sep

2018: 4 Apr – 23 Sep

2017: 27 Dec

2018: 23 Dec – 30 Dec


Rates include:

  • Prices are in US$ per person for the duration of the cruise, based on two people sharing.
  • Rates include all meals, soft drinks and local beer during the day, local wine with lunch and dinner, guided excursions, and all port charges.
  • Prices exclude international and internal flights, transfers, wine (outside of meals), spirits and gratuities.
  • Rates are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without prior notice anytime at the sole discretion of Sanctuary Retreats.

Rates exclude:

  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry (if not staying in the Luxury Suites or the Owner’s Suite), telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
  • Extra optional excursions other than those mentioned
  • International and domestic flights or transfers other than those mentioned
  • Wine (outside of meals) and spirits
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Medical services, travel insurance or visas
  • Other meals than those mentioned

*Price, quoted in British Pound (GBP), is based on the low season rate and subject to change. 

We will arrange all domestic flights included in itineraries. We can also arrange the flights from all UK airports upon request as we are ATOL bonded.

All details are for UK passport holders only. A visa is COMPULSORY to enter Myanmar. A 28-day tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors. The visa is issued by the Myanmar Embassy or Consulate in London. It usually takes 3-5 working days to obtain. At present, eVisa system is also in place. Check more info on Important Note: The Visa is valid 3 months from date of issue and NOT date of entry into the country so please time your application accordingly.

A valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date is required. Please ensure that it has at least one blank page.

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We are the authorised referral agents of 2 insurance providers who are the UK market leaders in hassle-free travel add-ons. Please follow the link for more info

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention
You will require vaccinations for your visit to Myanmar. Please consult your doctor for the up-to-date advice. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure
Once the travel dates and clients details are checked and confirmed, we would typically require a deposit of 20% in order that we can secure availability for your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before departure. Any booking within 30 days of departure needs a full payment.

Travelling Responsibly
At Visita Travel we believe that, as travellers, we have a shared responsibility to protect the places we visit and to do all we can to preserve the natural riches, unique and diverse cultures, and generous and hospitable communities which make it such a privilege to travel to these places. It is our belief that when we travel we should give as well as take, so in working toward sustainable tourism wherever possible we seek out local suppliers who take account of the environmental and social impacts of their activities.

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Note from Sanctuary Ananda – unfortunately, due to an earthquake that hit Myanmar on 24th August 2016, we have made some small changes to the itineraries until further notice. To find out more about the changes, please contact our reservations teams.