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Signature Myanmar & the Irrawaddy 2017


11 Days from $5,995

Private Journey

On this independent journey, embark on a four-night Irrawaddy River cruise aboard luxurious, all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda,' see Shwedagon Pagoda and explore Bagan's many temples.

A&K Advantages

Cruise the legendary Irrawaddy River in luxury during a four-night cruise on all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda'

Spend two nights at Inle Lake, amid floating homes and gardens

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

Ride Like a Local by horse-drawn cart in Bagan

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
DAY 2
Yangon | Queen of the East
DAY 3
Heho/Inle Lake | Tranquil & Traditional
Day 4
Inle Lake | Five-Day Market
DAY 5
Mandalay | Ancient Capital
DAY 6
Mandalay | Boarding 'Sanctuary Ananda’
Day 7
The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey
DAY 8
Pakokku/Bagan | Temples & Pagodas
DAY 9
Bagan | Ballooning Over Bagan
DAY 10
Yangon | Burmese Astrology Reading
DAY 11
Depart Yangon

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.

DAY 1
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar

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

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

Begin your journey with a tour of Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar. Tradition holds that it has stood for 2,600 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in the world. Continue to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. View the story of the Buddha’s life embossed on the soles of the statue’s staggered feet. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a stroll through Scott Market (Bogyoke Market) amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts. Return to your hotel, with time to relax.

Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
Heho/Inle Lake | Tranquil & Traditional

Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe, where you stop at a local Shan paper workshop. Explore the 19th-century Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, built entirely out of teak wood. After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake, board a boat and see the floating gardens of Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, a local shrine that houses five small gilded images of the Buddha, as well as Nga Phe Kyaung monastery.

Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Inle Lake | Five-Day Market

After breakfast, pay a visit to the Five-Day Market to see regional hill tribe people in traditional dress bartering for goods and produce. Try your hand at making a cheroot (Burmese cigar) and stop at a blacksmith’s workshop and a weaving factory, followed by lunch at the Intha Heritage House, serving authentic Intha dishes from recipes handed down through generations. Return to your hotel.

Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
Mandalay | Ancient Capital

Fly to Mandalay and drive to Ava. Explore the ruins by horse-cart, including Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Bagaya Monastery and the Watch Tower. Return to Mandalay, where you check in to your hotel. This evening, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery.

Rupar Mandalar Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
Mandalay | Boarding 'Sanctuary Ananda’

View the more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts, referred to by some as the biggest book in the world, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Stop at a gold leaf workshop and visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site. Then, board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a four-night cruise upon the Irrawaddy River. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, renowned for its monasteries and pagodas. Take in views from atop the Sagaing Hills. Visit the U Bein Bridge to see the spectacular sunset. Then, return to the ship for dinner.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey

Pay a philanthropic visit to Sin Kyun village. Return to the ship where you may choose to relax on deck or receive a spa treatment. Later, attend a longyi (traditional Burmese cloth) demonstration, followed by a talk on Myanmar’s past, present and future.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Pakokku/Bagan | Temples & Pagodas

After breakfast at leisure, disembark to discover Pakokku Village. Visit its local market to see daily life and locals bargaining for goods. Next, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking class at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. Then, proceed to a small pagoda complex in Bagan, seeing Shwezigon Pagoda and watching the sun set over the Bagan plains.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Bagan | Ballooning Over Bagan

Rise early for a hot air balloon ride (seasonally and weather permitting) over Bagan as dawn illuminates the gold- and sand-colored stupas. Next, explore Ananda Temple, and visit Sulamani Pagoda. En route to Mount Popa, visit a jaggery (cane sugar) workshop. Tonight, enjoy a special candlelit dinner on Bagan’s sandbank.

'Sanctuary Ananda'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
Yangon | Burmese Astrology Reading

Disembark and fly to Yangon. 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. Your afternoon is at leisure, perhaps for some last-minute shopping.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


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

  • Dec 04 - Dec 14
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    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Classic Cabin Bagan Deck
    Price
    $5,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,195
    Internal Air From
    $475
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Cabin Bagan Deck
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $475
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Cabin Mandalay Deck
    Price
    $7,695
    Single Supplement
    $3,895
    Internal Air From
    $475
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Luxury Suite Bhamo Deck
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $5,095
    Internal Air From
    $475
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Aloungpayah Owner's Suite
    Price
    $11,495
    Single Supplement
    $7,895
    Internal Air From
    $475
    Availability
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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Yangon/Heho/Mandalay; Bagan/Yangon (from $475)

Minimum age is 10 years.

Itinerary may operate with some slight routing changes due to low water levels.

Hot air balloon flights are subject to weather conditions.

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


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