Mandalay - Bagan by Anawrahta Cruise

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Itinerary Overview

There is an extraordinary timeless quality to Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River. Springing from Himalayan glaciers and flowing freely for almost 2,200 km across the whole country into the Indian Ocean, this river is a witness of Myanmar’s history. The kings of medieval Bagan would almost certainly recognize its riverbank life today with its ox carts and the countless tiered pagodas and teak monasteries.
This 2-Night itinerary named “Ancient Capitals” is our shortest version of cruising through the cultural and spiritual heart of ancient Burma. Visit the interesting sights along the central Ayeyarwady along the way.

Travel Map

Anawrahta Cruise Myanmar
  • 1. Mandalay - Bagan
  • 2. Bagan - Mandalay

Route*: Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava - Yangobo - Pakokku - Bagan

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava

We welcome you to your cruise on the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay downstream to Bagan. As the luxurious Anawrahta sets sail, take a last look back at enchanting Mandalay. After some refreshments, move into your ‘home’ for the next days and settle in. Take a rest on the plush bed or take in the picturesque river scenery as it changes from cityscape to wide open countryside fields and gently rolling hills. To while away the time on board, have a drink at the outdoor Kipling’s Bar or on the sun deck as the ship sets sail towards Sagaing, one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar.
We disembark to discover the highlights of Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava, two cities which are connected by the famous 16-span cantilever ‘Ava bridge’, built in 1934 by the British. Ava (also called Innwa) was the main metropolis of the Burmese kingdom between the 14th to the 19th century. A horse-drawn carriage takes you around this unique area, which is dotted with distinguished ancient monasteries, namely the Bagaya Kyaung, a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834 which operates as a monastic school today. The Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery and the Nanmyint Watch Tower both also exhibit unique designs and architecture. It is Ava’s peace and tranquility which sets the tone during a laid-back teatime picnic at a secret spot in the middle of this sacred place.
Back on board, learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions of Myanmar from our expert guide. Our staff demonstrates how to wear the traditional Longyi, a wrap-around skirt worn by Burmese men and women on a daily basis. You also get to apply Thanaka paste to your face and learn how it helps to keep your skin beautiful and blemish-free, even under Burma’s hot sun. A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards to give you an even deeper understanding of the country’s traditions and cultures and how they shape life here today.
Before dinner, you are warmly invited to a cocktail gathering at the Kipling’s Bar. Get to know your fellow travelers while taking in the sweeping views of the countryside and enjoying our bartender’s delicious concoctions. With such a setting, you wouldn’t be the first of our guests to form new, lifelong friendships aboard Anawrahta.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise

Day 2: Ava - Yangobo - Pakokku

For early morning risers, we offer a daily yoga session on the sun deck. Strengthen your muscles and ease your mind by merging your movements with the languid flow of the Ayeyarwady. Settle into your body and release tensions to the stunning backdrops of Myanmar’s riverscape. Today, you have some time to relax while we cruise towards Yandabo in the morning. To set the right tone for our voyage and prepare you for the amazing sights you’re about to see, join an eye-opening lecture about Bagan’s history in the Mandalay Lounge after breakfast. If you prefer to bask in the sun, find a spot on the sun deck and gaze at the riverbanks of this eternal stream. For complete relaxation, book a treatment at the beautiful Thazin Spa.
Right after lunch, we arrive at the quiet riverside village of Yandabo. It is here in this unique and fascinating gem of a village that the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826 and brought about the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Today the town is known for manufacturing a kind of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. We explore the village on foot, so you get the chance to meet and engage with the friendly locals. They are known to be charming and open for chitchats, a fact which will make for many unforgettable memories and fun encounters. You have an opportunity to try your hand at making the famous Yandabo pot as an artisan guides you.
After this adventure, an exquisite afternoon tea awaits you back aboard the Anawrahta. Enjoy the fancy treats and exchange impressions with newfound friends as we set sail for Pakokku while passing the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its greatest tributary, the Chindwin River. As the evening approaches and the Burmese sun immerses everything in a golden light, a special event takes place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style and send ‘a toast to the past’ during a British Club where gents smoke cigars and ladies sip on tasty gin and tonics. As you look around, the present moment seems like a scene from an old photo album dating back to a bygone era.
For a low-key end to a beautiful day, come to our open-air cinema under the stars on the sun deck. Our timeless classics go perfectly with the atmosphere on board.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise

DAY 3: Pakokku - Bagan

On the way south towards Pakokku and Bagan, delight in a rich breakfast and marvel at the luscious landscapes passing by. The next stop, Pakokku is an old trading town on the eastern riverbank of the Ayeyarwady and known for its port (the country’s third largest after Yangon and Mandalay), bustling with local trading ships bringing goods to and from all corners of Myanmar. Just before we arrive at the town, we pass Pakokku Bridge, the longest of its kind in Myanmar.
On shore, you get to explore some of the small industries in this area such as a cheroot-rolling factory and the workshop of ‘Burmese slippers’ (“flip-flops”). Learn how local handicraft vendors make their living from this trade and take the chance to buy a few authentic souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Later, a visit to the thriving market gives you insights into local goods and trading practices. You’ll see countless fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as all kinds of other household goods and livestock being traded in this bustling center of Pakokku’s daily life. Pakokku is also famous for its production of tobacco. If you would like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the place. After the busy market, we change the scene for an excursion to the serene Shwegu Temple. This temple features intricate carvings made from the rare Yamanei wood and also houses a unique image of Buddha seated on a lotus throne. Settle in for a moment of quiet contemplation and let today’s impressions sink in.
Back on board, lunch is served and Anawrahta continues southwards. We arrive at Bagan in the early afternoon (approx. 2 o’clock).
Upon arrival, your stay on your floating, luxury home comes to an end. and the Anawrahta crew wish you a wonderful onward journey in the land of the Ancient Capitals.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: n/a

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Route*: Bagan - Pakkoku - Yandabo - Mandalay

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bagan - Pakkoku

We welcome you to your cruise on the Ayeyarwady River from Bagan upstream to Mandalay. As the luxurious Anawrahta sets sail, take a last look back at enchanting Bagan. Enjoy a leisurely lunch as the ship sails towards Pakkoku, an old trading town on the eastern riverbank of the Ayeyarwady and known for its port (the country’s third largest after Yangon and Mandalay), bustling with local trading ships bringing goods to and from all corners of Myanmar. Just before we arrive at the town, we pass Pakokku Bridge, the longest of its kind in Myanmar.
On shore, you get to explore some of the small industries in this area such as a cheroot-rolling factory and the workshop of ‘Burmese slippers’ (flip-flops). Learn how local handicraft vendors make their living from this trade and take the chance to buy a few authentic souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Later, a visit to the booming market gives you insights into local goods and trading practices. You’ll see countless fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as all kinds of other household goods and livestock being traded in this bustling center of Pakokku’s daily life. The city is also famous for its production of tobacco. If you would like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the place.
After the busy market, we change the scene for an excursion to the serene Shwegu Temple. This temple features intricate carvings made from the rare Yamanei wood and also houses a unique image of Buddha seated on a lotus throne. Settle in for a moment of quiet contemplation and let today’s impressions sink in.
Back on board lunch is served and Anawrahta continues the cruise northwards on the Ayeyarwady. As the evening approaches and the Burmese sun immerses everything in a golden light, a special event takes place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style to send ‘a toast to the past’ during our famous British Club, a time where gents smoke cigars and ladies sip on tasty gin and tonics (bring your respective attire to make this night unforgettable). As you look around, the moment seems like a scene from an old photograph dating back to a bygone era. Sometimes we need just that – to stop the ticking of the clock.
For a low-key end to a beautiful day, feel free to join our open-air cinema under the stars on the sun deck. Our timeless classics go perfectly with the atmosphere on board.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise

Day 2: Pakkoku - Yandabo

For early morning risers, we offer a daily yoga session on the sun deck. Strengthen your muscles and ease your mind by merging your movements with the languid flow of the Ayeyarwady. Settle into your body and release tension to the stunning backdrops of Myanmar’s riverscape. We leave in the morning from Pakkoku for Yandabo. While indulging in a rich breakfast, enjoy the view when the ship passes the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its greatest tributary, the Chindwin River.
After a short while cruising, we arrive at the quiet riverside village of Yandabo. It is here in this unique gem of a village that the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826 and brought about the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Today the town is known for manufacturing a kind of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. We explore the village on foot, so you get the chance to meet and engage with the friendly locals. They are known to be charming and open for chitchats, a fact which will make for many unforgettable memories and fun encounters. You have an opportunity to try your hand at making the famous Yandabo pot as an artisan guides you.
As we continue our journey further north, we have some time to relax. Now is the time to find a spot on the sun deck and gaze at the river banks of this eternal stream. In the afternoon we learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions of Myanmar from our local expert guide. Our staff demonstrates how to wear the traditional Longyi, a wrap-around skirt worn by Burmese men and women on a daily basis. You also get to apply Thanaka paste to your face and learn how it helps to keep your skin beautiful and blemish-free, even under Burma’s hot sun.
A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards to give you an even deeper understanding of the country’s traditions and cultures and how they shape life here today. Before dinner is served, you may want to book a treatment at the Thazin Spa.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Anawrahta Cruise

DAY 3: Yandabo - Mandalay

As Anawrahta makes its way north along the Ayeyarwady, delight in a rich breakfast and marvel at the luscious landscapes passing by. In Ava, we disembark for a wonderful discovery of the highlights of this former royal capital. A horse-drawn carriage takes you around this unique area, which is dotted with distinguished ancient monasteries, namely the Bagaya Kyaung, a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834 which operates as a monastic school today. The Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery and the Nanmyint Watch Tower both also exhibit unique designs and architecture. It is Ava’s peace and tranquility which sets the tone during a laid-back teatime picnic at a secret spot in the middle of this sacred place.
Back on board, lunch is served and Anawrahta continues the cruise northwards, eventually arriving at the ultimate destination and famed city, Mandalay. Along the way, enjoy the amazing backdrop – the beautiful Sagaing Hill with its innumerable scattered pagodas. We arrive at Mandalay in the early afternoon (approx. 2 o’clock).
Upon arrival, your stay on your floating, luxury home comes to an end. and the Anawrahta crew wish you a wonderful onward journey in the land of the Ancient Capitals - Myanmar.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: n/a

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Important Notes:

  • THIS IS OUR DEFAULT ITINERARY AND WOULD BE CHANGEABLE

Prices

Cabin type

2021 & 2022
(Price in USD/person - Double/twin sharing)

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep

Deluxe

1390

625

Deluxe Executive

1599

775

Junior Suite

1985

999

Executive Suite

2315

1225

Royal Suite

2998

1510

Single Supplement:

  • 45% single supplement on rate/person applies on Deluxe & Deluxe Executive
  • 70% single supplement on rate/person applies on Junior Suite, Executive Suite & Royal Suite

Peak Surcharge: 100 USD/person is added for Christmas Evening (24 Dec) & new Year's Evening (31 Dec)

Departures

2021

Route

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

MDL - Bagan

-

-

24

1, 9,25

3, 11, 19, 29

Bagan - MDL

30

14, 28

28

5, 13, 29

7, 15, 23

2022

Route

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

MDL - Bagan

6,14,22,30

7,15,23

3,11,19,27

4,12

-

27

4,12,28

6,14,22,31

Bagan - MDL

2,10,18,26

3,11,19,27

7,15,23,31

8,16

2,17

1,31

7, 15, 23

2,10,28,26

Important information

What's included ?

Transportation

River Cruise, Car

Accommodation

Accommodation on Luxury Anawrahta Cruise (2 nights)

Meals

2 Breakfasts/ 3 Lunches/ 2 Dinners

Price Includes

  • Overnights on Luxury Anawrahta Cruise
  • Daily (group) shore-excursions & entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and transfers during the cruise
  • Transfers from/to meeting point to/from the Luxury Anawrahta Cruise
  • English speaking tour guiding on-and offshore
  • Entertainment/activities during the cruise as mentioned in the program
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary beverage package
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • Internet on the ship (subject to cellular network signal)
  • Complimentary usage of ship facilities (exclusive of spa treatments)
  • Port or anchorage fees
  • River pilots
  • Fuel & taxes

Price Excludes

  • Crew and guide gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Private transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Other beverages than those stated under inclusion
  • Medical services
  • Spa treatments
  • Port and anchorage fees
  • All other services or items not listed under inclusions

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 120 days or more before arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 61 days to 119 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 31 days to 60 days prior arrival date: 60% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 30 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate
Note*: full charge for all flights is applied in case of cancellation

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