Downstream river cruise on the beautiful Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Bagan with daily sailing and excursions to village, markets and historic sites
Join the Ananda to embark on your journey and settle into your suite before lunch. Guests arriving on earlier flights can enjoy a tour of Mandalay, including a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Afternoon excursion by coach to Amarapura with its textile workshops and Sagaing, the centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar which is renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and nunneries as well as its silversmiths. A boat will take by the U Bein Bridge to enjoy the sunset with drinks.
Enjoy a welcome dinner on the sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance.
For those who wish, an early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun is offered. This wonderful community will show you the typical life of the villagers and see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders.
Next, visit Mingun to see the Mingun Pagoda, Mingun Bell and the unusually white Myatheindan Pagoda.
Return to the ship and sail south. A choice of lectures and demonstrations are on offer during the afternoon or simply relax on board. In the evening, enjoy sandbank sunset cocktails followed by dinner.
Early morning yoga and meditation on deck, otherwise breakfast at leisure before taking a trishaw to Pakokku to visit the local market, the traditional shoe and cheroot factories.
Return to the ship for lunch, after which take a coach tour of Bagan to see some of the most important temples and pagodas among the 2,000 which comprise this most magnificent archaeological site – the Ananda, the Htilominlo and the Pyathatgyi. Wonder at the sunset from the Pyathatgyi temple before returning to the ship for dinner and a traditional local performance.
Choose one of two early morning optional excursions – a balloon ride over Bagan (at an additional charge) or sunrise meditation at one of the temples. After breakfast sail southwards to Sale where a trishaw awaits to take you to visit Yoke Sone Monastery and the wooden temple of Tha-ta-na Kyaung before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon cruise back to Bagan and visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha and the Gubyaukgyi Temple. Return to the ship by horsecart for a traditional Shan dinner with our Captain.
Early morning breakfast and disembark.
For those leaving on a later flight we can arrange a tour of Bagan, including visits to Minanthu weavers’ Village, Myinkaba Village and a jaggery workshop.