Myanmar & the Irrawaddy - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Journey to Myanmar to experience the serenity of Inle Lake, observe life along the Irrawaddy River from aboard ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ and watch the rising sun illuminate thousands of temples in timeless Bagan.

Journey Overview

Blessed with an old Far East charm and some of the most endearing people you’ll find, Myanmar is one of the treasures of Southeast Asia. With an ancient culture, wonderful monuments, a strong textile and handicraft tradition and Buddhist festivals aplenty, it’s a delight for the curious traveller. Natural wonders are abundant too with the majestic Irrawaddy River at the country’s heart and the tranquil surrounds of Inle Lake with its floating gardens, stilted villages and peculiar leg-rowing fishermen. There are dazzling temples and pagodas wherever you look and a rich spiritual legacy.

Journey Highlights

  • 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
  • Experience the ceremonial lighting of a thousand oil lamps at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Learn how to tie a traditional longyi (the Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and wear thanakha (the commonly seen white cosmetic paste made from ground bark)
  • Visit workshops of local artisans specialising in lacquerware, gold-leaf and traditional papermaking
  • Enjoy privileged access to a local celebration of a young monk’s first entry to the monastery
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