Rate : from $6,370

Per Person Twin Share
Sail Along the Irrawaddy River

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Myanmar in Style, 12 Days Yangon Return with A&K

  • The lively Shwedagon Pagoda
  • A four night Irrawaddy River cruise on board Sanctuary Ananda
  • Romantic horse-cart ride through historic Bagan
  • Ikat silk weaving demonstration on Inle lake
  • Fifth Day Market where colourful hill tribes sell their wares

Like a lotus blooming on the waters of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar is opening up to the world, offering up towering gilded pagodas, tranquil monasteries, the watery world of Inle Lake and the timeless charm of World Heritage listed Bagan. This journey with a river cruise at its heart, is the best way to let it all in.  

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.



Day One

Arrive Yangon

Transfer to your newly refurbished, grand colonial hotel in Yangon – formerly Rangoon, the “Queen of the East”.
Accommodation: The Strand Hotel (Superior Suite) 


Day Two


A guided tour of Yangon’s attractions takes you to the Botataung Pagoda, an unusual 40-metre-high hollow stupa which displays a golden casket with a hair and other relics of Buddha. Then, on to the lively Scott Market before visiting the Reclining Buddha Pagoda with its 70-metre high Buddha. Continue to Shwedagon Pagoda around which the city revolves. Continuing to the Sule Pagoda in the centre of town, meet a local astrologer to have your palm read.
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation:  The Strand Hotel (Superior Suite)


Day Three

Yangon – Mandalay

Fly north to Mandalay, the former Burmese capital. Transfer to the pier to board Sanctuary Ananda in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important monastic centre, before taking in glorious views from the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. Later, visit a textile workshop and U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, for an unforgettable sunset.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck) 


Day Four

Cruising the Irrawaddy River

Early this morning, Sanctuary Ananda sails north to Sin Kyun, a quaint village north of Mandalay, where farming and hat making are the traditional trades. Take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location. Then, sail towards Tan Chi Taung mountain passing Mingun and its unfinished pagoda. Enjoy views of riverside villages, pagodas and hills as you pass. On board activities include a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration and a talk on Myanmar’s rich history, from ancient times to more recent controversial decades, as well as the outlook for its future. 
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:  Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck)


Day Five

Cruising the Irrawaddy River

This morning, take a cooking class and visit a market with the ship’s Executive Chef. Sail on to the magnificent temple town of Bagan where first stop is the monumental Shwezigon Pagoda, so sacred to the Burmese people. After lunch head to Tan Chi Taung mountain for stunning views over the Bagan plain. Tonight, enjoy a candlelit sandbank dinner.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:  Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck)


Day Six

Cruising the Irrawaddy River

Rise early for an optional air balloon ride which reveals Bagan’s timeless landscape and its four thousand shrines beneath you (November – March, additional cost). Stroll through the bustling market of Nyaung U, where farmers meet to buy and sell everything from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware. Continue to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda before returning to Sanctuary Ananda. After lunch continue to the Ananda Temple, commonly referred to as one of the four great temples before a visit to a lacquerware workshop where the traditional methods are still used. Later, enjoy sunset over the Bagan plain.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation:  Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck)  


Day Seven


This morning, disembark and visit a Myinkaba one of Bagan’s most captivating villages renowned for their production of authentic handicrafts. Later on continue to Manuha and Nanpaya Temples before transferring to the hotel.
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation:  Aureum Palace Hotel (Orchid or Jasmine villa)


Day Eight

Bagan – Inle Lake

Fly east to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake, whose shallow waters are surrounded by rolling hills dotted with small fishing villages. See man-made floating gardens and the traditional Intha leg-rowers, unique to Myanmar.
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) 


Day Nine

Inle Lake

This morning visit the Fifth Day Market where colourful hill tribes come to sell their goods. Then, observe Ikat-style silk weaving before cruising to lakeside Indein for its original Shan style stupas.
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) 


Day Ten

Inle Lake

Today is at leisure.
Meal Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) 


Day Eleven

Inle Lake – Yangon

Transfer to Heho airport for the return flight to Yangon and a transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore the city with a guide and driver
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Belmond Governor’s Residence (Deluxe Garden View Room)


Day Twelve

Depart Yangon

Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.  
Meal Included: Breakfast

Twin Share Per Person: from $6,370
Solo Traveller: from $10,535 

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.


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Myanmar Cruise accommodation

Sanctuary Ananda 

The luxurious all-suite Sanctuary Ananda carries guests in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the mysterious rivers of Myanmar. Cruises travel along the majestic Ayeyarwady River between Bhamo and Yangon visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, reveal places rarely seen before. Sanctuary Ananda offers 3, 4 and 7 night ‘Discovery Cruises’ as well as 10 and 11 night ‘Exploration Cruises’ which allow guests more time to explore the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. 


The Cabins:

The Cabins Sanctuary Ananda offers 2 suites, 14 deluxe suites, 4 luxury suites and the Aloungpayah suite. All are air-conditioned with either double or twin beds and en suite bathroom with monsoon shower and a large private balcony. The four luxury suites have an additional indoor seating area and can accommodate a third guest. The ultra-luxurious Aloungpayah Suite has a king sized bed, dressing area, a free standing bathtub, and monsoon shower as well as private living and dining areas and superb panoramic views of the river. Contemporary luxuries which are standard in every cabin include iPod docking station and iPad TV connectivity.  


Daily Activities:

Daily Activities Days start with complimentary early morning meditation and sunrise yoga on the sundeck. While cruising during the day guests can relax on a sun lounge or take a dip in the outdoor plunge pool. In the afternoons and evenings, there are lectures and demonstrations of local customs where guests can learn about the culture, history and attractions of Myanmar. All Sanctuary Ananda’s guides are local Burmese experts, enhancing the experience still further, and where possible, guests experience the fun of local transport, such as horse-drawn carts, trishaws and small boats. 


Luxury on Board:

While using traditional materials such as local fabrics, wood and lacquerware, the ship’s design is one of contemporary luxury. She has one of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river. Other facilities include a sundeck with outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, the Thambyadine Spa and gym. 



  • Launch year: 2014
  • Length: 61m
  • Beam: 11.7m
  • Draught: 1.2 m
  • Passengers: 48
  • Crew: 32


What’s included:

  • All meals during full sailing days with lunch and dinner on day of embarkation and breakfast on day of disembarkation.
  • Soft drinks and local beer
  • All sightseeing as stated in set itineraries
  • Butler service in the Luxury and Owner’s Suites
  • Full balconies for every suiteerience to guests with authenticity


Experience the Abercrombie & Kent Difference

A&K pride themselves on the service and standard of excellence for which they have become renowned. This service extends to every stage of your journey with Abercrombie & Kent, from the very start of your planning to the phone call you receive from us when you get back from your holiday.

With local guides on the ground in 52 offices around the world, Abercrombie & Kent can provide you with exclusive insider access to experiences that other travel companies simply can’t provide. So whether you want a tour of the pyramids with your own Egyptologist, observe a private food offering ceremony with Buddhist monks in Thailand or browse the private art collection of the Medici’s in Florence, Abercrombie & Kent experts will know just how to make it happen. And as they are the partner of choice for many hotels and resorts, travellers are guaranteed to receive the best service available.

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