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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Myanmar & the Irrawaddy 2017


11 Days from $5,495

Limited to 18 guests

Journey to untouched Myanmar to experience the serenity of Inle Lake, observe life along the banks of the Irrawaddy River from aboard Sanctuary 'Ananda' and witness the rising sun illuminate thousands of temples in ancient Bagan.

A&K Advantages

Cruise in luxury for three nights on the legendary Irrawaddy River aboard all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda'

Experience floating gardens and a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on tranquil Inle Lake.

Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride

Explore Shwedagon Pagoda - a fantasy of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts

Travel off the beaten path on a tour of Musmeah Yeshua, the last remaining Jewish synagogue in Myanmar

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
DAY 2:
Yangon | Queen of the East
DAY 3:
Bagan | Temples & Pagodas
DAY 4:
Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples
DAY 5:
The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey
DAY 6:
Sagaing/Amarapura | U Bein Bridge
DAY 7:
Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers
DAY 8:
Inle Lake | Floating Gardens
DAY 9:
Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race
DAY 10:
Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner
DAY 11:
Depart Yangon

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok 3 Days from $895 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang 4 Days from $1,595 Learn More
Explore Dubai: Stopover Package 3 Days from $1,995 Learn More
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Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at select hotels* throughout your journey from $385.

*Includes upgrades at all hotels except Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake where guests will enjoy private villas. 

 

DAY 1:
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar

Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon
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DAY 2:
Yangon | Queen of the East

Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Discover the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. Meet a traditional Burmese astrologer, who specializes in advising individuals on important life decisions - such as when to marry or buy property - in order to correctly choose days for these events that will bring good fortune. Later this afternoon, savor afternoon tea with a local writer and former colleague of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a special welcome dinner.

Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Bagan | Temples & Pagodas

Fly to ancient Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas and temples, the first of which was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. It’s estimated that more than 10,000 such sacred structures once adorned the dusty plain here. Upon arrival, visit a rural village, where you have a chance to interact with the locals en route to your hotel. After a short rest, continue your journey to see the Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. At sunset, Ride Like a Local as you weave your way through the ancient temple ruins on the back of a horse cart.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:
Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples

Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over Bagan, as the dawning sun illuminates the gold- and sand-colored stupas. After breakfast, visit Ananda Temple. Built in 1090, it is the best preserved temple in the region. Next, travel to the little village of Wetkyi-In to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless Irrawaddy River. After lunch on board, visit a local lacquerware workshop before proceeding to the Gunee Temple complex to enjoy the sunset. Return to the ship for dinner.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey

After breakfast on board ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe the locals selling and bartering for goods. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing. Listen to a special onboard talk about Myanmar’s history and vision for the future, followed by demonstrations of the longgi (traditional Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and thanakha (a white cosmetic paste made from ground bark that is used on the face and arms by women and girls).

'Sanctuary Ananda'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6:
Sagaing/Amarapura | U Bein Bridge

This morning, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking class at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for the many monasteries, pagodas and stupas that dot its green hillsides. Proceed to Amarapura, where you embark on a local boat to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world — for a spectacular Scenic Sundowner. Watch as locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting from work cross this tall, iconic wooden landmark, offering an insight into everyday life here and a sunset photo opportunity not to be missed.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7:
Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers

Visit Sinjun village in the early morning hours, to experience village life before the heat of the day weighs on its inhabitants. After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop, where the metal is hammered paper-thin and prepared for use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery and view the more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book in the world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery.

Rupar Mandalar Resort
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8:
Inle Lake | Floating Gardens

Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to explore the 19th century Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a structure still in use built entirely out of teakwood. Next, stop at a Shan paper workshop. The paper, made from the fibers of the mulberry bush, is best known for its use in Burmese parasols. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who produce this distinctive paper and craft a wide range of items from it. After lunch, board a boat and explore the ingenious floating gardens of Inle Lake. To create these gardens, used for growing fruit and vegetables, fishermen gather together lake plants such as water hyacinths and seagrass and anchor them with bamboo poles embedded in the lake bottom. Layers of mud, ash and more vegetation are then applied to form a farmable surface strong enough to stand upon. Also, visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which stands on stilts beside the lake, to view the Buddha statues on display in intricately decorated shrines. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening.

Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race

After breakfast, visit the Fifth-Day Market, where hill tribe people in traditional dress barter for goods and produce. Stop at a blacksmith’s workshop and a weaving factory, and try your hand at making a cheroot (Burmese cigar). Stop for lunch at the Intha Heritage House, savoring dishes made from recipes handed down for generations. Then, witness a private Intha boat race with afternoon tea. Marvel at the coordinated effort required by the 20 participants per boat, each using the traditional single-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ.

Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10:
Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner

Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. After time at leisure, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil lamp lighting ceremony. Tonight, toast your time in Myanmar at a special farewell dinner.

Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11:
Depart Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

*Includes upgrades at all hotels except Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake where guests will enjoy private villas.

Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok

Post-Tour Extension: Bangkok

3 Days from $895

Internal Air From $425

Internal Air Routing: Bangkok/Yangon

DAY 1:

Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

The Peninsula Bangkok
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DAY 2:

Depart the hotel by boat. Onshore, explore the Royal Grounds of the Grand Palace by tuk-tuk, and then tour the palace. Next, behold the spectacular Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Later, glide along the Chao Phraya River and klongs (canals) by boat and visit a colorful market. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner.

The Peninsula Bangkok
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3:

After breakfast, fly to Yangon to begin your main journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang

Pre-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang

4 Days from $1,595

Internal Air From $1,285

Internal Air Routing: Yangon/Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok

DAY 1:

Fly from Yangon to Luang Prabang via Bangkok. On arrival, transfer to your boutique hotel before enjoying a baci ceremony in a local home this evening.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
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DAY 2:

Observe locals giving alms to monks. Visit an organic rice farm and Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy a sunset cruise before dinner.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:

See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Khili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Visit the Royal Palace and Phousi Hill on a city tour. This evening, fly to Bangkok.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 01 - Oct 11
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    Classic Cabin Bagan Deck
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  • Oct 08 - Oct 18
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    $10,795
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

  • Oct 15 - Oct 25
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    $6,295
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    $3,695
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    Luxury Suite Bhamo Deck
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    $8,295
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    $10,795
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  • Oct 22 - Nov 01
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    $6,295
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    $6,995
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    $3,695
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    $8,295
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    $10,795
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    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Oct 29 - Nov 08
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $6,295
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    $10,795
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Nov 05 - Nov 15
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $6,295
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    $6,995
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    $3,695
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    Luxury Suite Bhamo Deck
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    $8,295
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    Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
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    $10,795
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    $10,795
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

  • Nov 12 - Nov 22
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    Classic Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $5,795
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    $2,495
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
    Price
    $6,295
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
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    Deluxe Cabin Mandalay Deck
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    $6,995
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    $3,695
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    $8,295
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    $4,995
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    Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
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    $10,795
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    $10,795
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    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

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    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Nov 26 - Dec 06
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $6,295
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    $8,295
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  • Dec 10 - Dec 20
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    $5,495
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    $1,895
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $5,995
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    $2,395
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    $6,695
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    $3,095
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    Luxury Suite Bhamo Deck
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    $7,995
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    $4,395
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    Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
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    $10,495
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    $10,495
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

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  • Dec 17 - Dec 27
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    Luxury Suite Bhamo Deck
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    $10,195
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    Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
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    $12,695
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    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Dec 24 - Jan 03
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    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
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    $10,195
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    $12,695
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    $11,995
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    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $475

(Yangon/Bagan; Mandalay/Heho/Yangon)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Itinerary will operate with routing changes in the case of low water levels.


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