Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

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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.


Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • 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

What's this trip about?

    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.


Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 18 people
Age range10 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityYangon
End CityYangon

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Asia


  • Bagan
  • Lake Inle
  • Mandalay
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Yangon


  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
    • Accommodation
    • Internal transportation
    • Fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
    • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions
    • Local bottled water during sightseeing
    • Hotel taxes


Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon

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

Day 2: Yangon | Queen of the East

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon  

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 Pagod...

Day 3: Bagan | Temples & Pagodas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan  

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 t...

Day 4: Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

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 Te...

Day 5: The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

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...

Day 6: Sagaing/Amarapura | U Bein Bridge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

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 renowne...

Day 7: Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort  

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, w...

Day 8: Inle Lake | Floating Gardens

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake  

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 a...

Day 9: Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake  

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 fa...

Day 10: Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon  

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.

Day 11: Depart Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

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Price From $5,495
Price per day$500
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Ship & cabin information
Sanctuary Ananda
Custom built for cruising the Irrawaddy River by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials, ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ transports you into a world of luxury and comfort with the modern amenities of a fine hotel. Elegant, Ample Cabins ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ offers the most elegant accommodations on the Irrawaddy River. The decor of every cabin and suite is a contemporary fusion of traditional Burmese handicrafts, local fabrics, teak wood and lacquerware. Each ample cabin or suite (290 to 334 square feet) is named for a historic Irrawaddy Flotilla ship and adorned with a vintage photograph of its namesake vessel. The comfortable beds feature luxurious Malaika Egyptian cotton sheets. You may also upgrade to the ship’s one, lavishly outfitted, 807-square-foot Aloungpayah Owner’s Suite.
21 spacious cabins and suites, each with its own private balcony One 807-square-foot Aloungpayah Owner’s Suite Panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows for easy viewing Air conditioning and TV in all cabins and suites
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  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price
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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Age Requirements
10 years and up
Additional Information
  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Bangkok (3 days from $895) and a post-tour extension to Luang Prabang (4 days from $1,595).

Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok, Days: 3 | From: $895

Internal Air from: $425

Internal Air Routing: Bangkok/Yangon

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

The Peninsula Bangkok

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

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: The Peninsula Bangkok

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.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast

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

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


Post-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang, Days: 4 | From: $1,595

Internal Air from: $1,285

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

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

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.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

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

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

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

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

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


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Days 1-3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2

Meals: Breakfast on Day 3

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Fly glamorous Emirates to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. The next day, discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

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

  • Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at select hotels* throughout your journey from $385.
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