Myanmar in Style

Unravel the mysteries of Myanmar in this journey through an enchanting land almost untouched by the 21st century. Venture into the heart of the country on a luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy.

Journey Overview

Unravel the mysteries of Myanmar in this journey through an enchanting land almost untouched by the 21st century. Venture into the heart of the country on a luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy. Witness an ever-changing landscape of timeless villages and glittering stupas, experience the daily rhythms along the river and get to know some of the most endearing people in the world.

Journey Highlights

  • Marvel at Yangon's gleaming architectural masterpiece, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Journey along the mighty Irrawaddy River on a luxury 4-night cruise
  • Meet the warm and friendly people of Myanmar in stilted towns, workshops and markets
  • Witness the sunset over Bagan's pagoda-sprinkled plain 
  • Learn the age-old craft behind Mon-style lacquerware in a hands-on workshop
  • Barter with colourful hill tribes in the vibrant Fifth Day Market

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yangon.

Arrive in Myanmar to a warm A&K welcome and a private transfer to your historic hotel. 
elmond Governor’s Residence, Deluxe Garden View room

Day 2: Yangon.

Discover the four unique wonders of this city once known as the “Queen of the East”. Join your guide on a visit to the Botataung Pagoda and venture into the intriguing hollow stupa. Take a look into the future as you experience a traditional fortune reading by one of Yangon’s most experienced astrologers. Head downtown to discover the city’s colonial architecture and bustling Bogyoke Aung San Market. Later, marvel at the Reclining Buddha Pagoda and step inside the Buddha Shrine Hall filled with effigies. Your final stop is the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, a diamond-encrusted masterpiece with a gold stupa towering 98 metres above the city. Join pilgrims lighting the oil lamps which encircle the magnificent stupa. As darkness descends, the glittering golden stupa, illuminated by the newly-lit oil lamps and carefully placed spotlights, is a sight to behold (Not available between May to September).
Belmond Governor’s Residence, Deluxe Garden View room
| Meals: BL 

Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay.

Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Mandalay, then board Sanctuary Ananda, your platform for discovery for the next four nights. If there’s time before setting sail, discover the highlights of Mandalay, starting with a visit one of the country’s most revered Buddhist places of worship, Mahamuni Pagoda. Continue to the beautiful teak Shwenandaw Monastery, the only palace building to survive World War II bombings, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, where 729 marble slabs inscribed with Tripitaka texts have earned it the title “the biggest book in the world”.

This afternoon, visit the pagoda-sprinkled Sagaing Hill, that's home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Meet novice monks at a monastic school and acquire a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Later, drink in breathtaking views from the hilltop on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. Stop at Amarapura, once known as 'The City of Immortals’, and listen to the clack-clack of weaving looms as you wander through this charming place. Stop to watch the sunset at the monumental U Bein Bridge, believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.
Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck) | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Cruising the Irrawaddy River.

Sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun and start your day with an optional tour to witness local way of life in a place seldom viewed by outsiders, learning about the positive impact being made by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy’s clean water program. Then, set sail towards Tan Chi Taung Mountain. From your perfect viewpoint, take in the village of Mingun and its massive unfinished pagoda guarded by two gigantic lions. After a decadent lunch, choose from a menu of activities. Enjoy an onboard demonstration of how to tie a longyi (the traditional skirt worn by both men and women, learn how to make and apply tanaka (natural sun cream), or learn about Myanmar's history and culture from the onboard expert. 
Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck) | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Cruising the Irrawaddy River.

This morning, taste a unique blend of traditional flavours in a hands-on cooking class with the ship’s executive chef. Then, enjoy a leisurely sail downstream as you enjoy the many luxuries onboard Sanctuary Ananda. Indulge in a spa treatment, relax by the pool or simply soak in the timeless landscape of fishing canoes, teak villages and hills glinting with golden spires as you sail towards Bagan. On arrival, venture to the top of Tan Chi Taung mountain for your first glimpse of the Bagan plain, dotted with more than 2,000 pagodas and stupas. Back onboard, enjoy sundowners in the elegant Kansi Panorama Lounge before a candlelit dinner on the banks of the Irrawaddy.
Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck) | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Cruising the Irrawaddy River.

Rise early for an optional sunrise balloon ride over the pagoda-sprinkled landscape (additional fee). Visit the vibrant local farmers market of Nyaung U where selling everything from fruit and vegetable to china and lacquerware. Continue to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda and see where relics of the Gautama Buddha lie, before visiting  Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. Watch the dramatic sunset over the temple-dotted plains, followed by a local performance and farewell dinner onboard – the perfect end to your cruise adventure.
Sanctuary Ananda (Deluxe Suite Bagan Deck) | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Bagan.

Leave your cruise ship behind and journey to the village of Myinkaba, exploring a  place where locals still rely on centuries-old craft techniques. Step inside a lacquerware workshop for your hands-on masterclass in one of Myanmar’s ancient handicrafts.
Palace Hotel (Orchid or Jasmine villa) | Meals: BL

Day 8: Bagan – Inle Lake.

Fly to Heho and check into your  boutique hotel on the edge of Inle Lake, a culturally vibrant, untouched corner of the world. Witness fisherman row using their legs, farmers work on floating land, and admire the stilt villages that punctuate the landscape. Visit the Phaung-Daw-U Pagoda and see the five golden Buddha images carried from Malaysia to Myanmar by the 12th century King Alaungsithu. Then, visit the wooden Nga Pe Chaung Monastery built on stilts over the lake.
Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) | Meals: BL

Day 9: Inle Lake.

Start your day with a visit to the Fifth Day Market, the lively rotating market that travels by boat around the towns. Browse handmade crafts and fresh produce grown on the floating gardens, while admiring the vibrant dress of different hill tribes. See firsthand why Inle Lake is renowned for its silk weaving in the village of Inn Paw Khone. This afternoon, cruise onward to visit Indein perched on a hillside. Slow down to wander through this typical lakeside village and watch daily life unfold before walking through a bamboo grove and up a beautiful stairway lto old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive collection of ancient Shan style stupas. Bask in the stunning view across the lake and beyond, to the hills in the east and the rolling countryside to the west.
Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) | Meals: BL

Day 10: Inle Lake

Enjoy a day at leisure. Optional tours may include a visit to Aythaya, Myanmar’s first and most notable vineyard, or take a leisurely bike ride to Nanthe village to see the Kyauk-phyu-jyi pagoda, visit the Shan Royal Palace, a tomato warehouse and bamboo weaving factory. The tour includes a stop at Red Mountain Winery for wine tasting before visiting the Intha Heritage Bamboo School. Alternatively meet a traditional Shan chef for an immersive culinary experience, sourcing your ingredients from the market for a cooking class in your chef’s own home before a delicious lunch (additional cost).
Inle Resort (Lake Front Villa) | Meals: BD

Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon.

Transfer to Heho for the flight back to Yangon transferring to a local restaurant for lunch. Later, weave your way through Yangon’s hive of independent galleries and artist’s studios with a leading curator and researcher to discover a flourishing creative scene. Your guide has been an active part of the city’s arts scene since 2009 and founded Myanm/art, an institution that promotes local contemporary art . See the city through her eyes as she leads you to hidden exhibition spaces in historic buildings. Get a brief overview of the nation’s art history at the curator’s own gallery before continuing to explore the creative spaces downtown, learning more about the nation’s emerging artists. Or visit Sule Pagoda. If the Shwedagon is the soul of Yangon, then the Sule Pagoda is its heart. This evening is at leisure or you may wish to dine at the acclaimed Le Planteur, one of the finest restaurants in the city (additional cost). 
Belmond Governor’s Residence (Deluxe Garden View Room) | Meals: BL 

Day 12: Depart Yangon.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Strand Hotel,Yangon

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Sanctuary Ananda

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Aureum Palace Hotel, Old Bagan

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The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil paradise, set in 27 acres of tropical gardens. Adjacent to the Bagan Archaeological Zone, the 114 ... Read more

Villa Inle Resort and Spa

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Villa Inle Resort and Spa has a stunning location in 20 acres of private grounds on the lakeside with a selection of villas that have bee ... Read more

Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon

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A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond The Governor's Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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