Trip reference number: 501860

Trip Operator: Abercrombie & Kent

Sanctuary Ananda 3 Nights, Bagan Mandalay

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2014 Departures
December: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

2015 Departures
January: 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March: 4, 25
April: 1, 8, 15, 22

Day 1

Early afternoon check in and settle into your suite upon the Sanctuary Ananda. Depending on your arrival time you can take an optional tour in Bagan to visit Minanthu village, Thone Zu Pagoda, a brick factory and a jiggery workshop. After lunch you will visit Bagan to see the "veritable museum of stones" which is Ananda Temple and Htilominlo Temple belonging to the last of the temple builders, and discover the local craft of lacquerware making in a workshop in Myinkaba. Finish the day by watching the sun set over the expansive landscape of pagodas from the heights of Pyathatgyi Temple before returning to the ship for a welcome cocktail and a local performance.

Day 2

This morning before breakfast, you can take an optional balloon tour (extra charge) to get a magnificent "bird's-eye" view of the thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwady River, the best way to fully appreciate the scale and historical importance of this magical place. If you don't have a head for heights then simply watch the sun rise from a temple with a meditation expert. After breakfast visit Bagan to see the bustling Nyaung U market, the gold leaf-gilded Shwezigon pagoda, and the Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi temples. Return to the ship to begin sailing north. Admire the beauty of the passing scenery by the pool or through the large windows in the panorama lounge. After lunch a variety of on-board activities will be offered including a longyi and tanaka demonstration, a cooking school with the chef, cigars and betel nut testing amongst others. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on a river sand bank before dinner.

Day 3

The morning will be spent sailing arriving in the afternoon at the ancient imperial capital of Ava to visit the Bagaya monastery, the Brick monastery and watch tower by horse cart. Visit the holy Sagaing hills, the important religious and monastic centre, and stop by a convent, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and a silversmith. Continue on to Amarapura and visit a textile workshop before visiting U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world, at sunset. A farewell dinner will be served followed by a local performance in the panorama lounge.

Day 4

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before continuing on with your tour in Myanmar.

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