Overview

  • Take many enjoyable excursions to breathtaking sites of Myanmar with the Sanctuary Ananda Cruise.
  • Pay a visit to some rural ethnic villages near the river and enjoy their specialties.
  • Discover “The City of Immortal” – Amarapura with many aged-old temples and contemplate a spectacular break of dawn in the world’s longest teak-wood bridge U Bein.
  • Be amazed at the majestic site of Bagan – home for thousands of temples dated back for around 1000 years ago.
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful, second largest lake in Myanmar: Inle Lake and discover the colossus Pindaya Buddha’s cave.
  • Immerse in the fresh air and blue water of Ngapali beach and savour the luxurious services of the resort.
  • Wandering around downtown Yangon and experience the most famous destinations of the city like Shwedagon Pagoda.
     
14 Day Yangon to Mandalay with Ananda Cruise
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Mandalay Arrival

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Meals: N/A

In Mandalay's former dynasty, thousands of sacred, magnificent temples, stunning royal palaces, gorgeous stilt houses and plain transportation of horse, cow carts. What a beautiful time it was! Through time, grow on earth the sleek, modern skyscrapers, urban areas with convenient technology.

Despite that fact, in Mandalay, you can still feel time like stops its flow. When touring in the city, the standing still hundreds of ancient stupas, temples, palaces from hundred years ago are impressive at first glimpse.

When you land in Mandalay airport, keep continuing transferring for about 1 hour to your hotel in the city hub. After checking in the hotel, you can relax whether in your room or strolling around (the room is available at 14:00, early check-in depends on the room availability).  Your Free and Easy Travel with Asia Private Travels begins.

Day 2

Mandalay – Embarkation

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Meals: Lunch, Dinner

It’s your first morning in the historic city of Mandalay, wake up early to enjoy the fresh air and sunrise. Have your breakfast at the hotel, then follow our guide to explore the most famous highlights of the city. 

At Mahamuni Pagoda, we will stop there for a short time to sightsee the religious features, constructions and then proceed to tour the Shwenandaw Monastery. The special thing about this age-old Monastery is the typical teak-wood building way. Existed through hundreds of years, the monastery carries the art of ancient times that inspired many artists and architecture. Next, we will leave for the Kuthodaw Stupa which is also well-known for the title of the World’s largest book when it owns 792 white marble Buddha-word slabs.

Tour around and take a short break. Around 12:30 PM, at Gaw Wein Jetty, we will start our new journey on the Sanctuary Ananda Cruise.

Now, we will head to the alluring Sagaing hill. As you are cruising, the crew will serve lunch on deck. In the afternoon, we stop at the special monastic school and then meet the lovable children at the nearby orphanage. Right there, you will also have an opportunity to meet, communicate with the friendly locals as well as study Buddha's teachings.

After that, we will arrive at a place that is tranquil and peaceful. Ascending to the peak of the hill, the Pagoda of Soon U Ponya delivers relaxing atmosphere and peace of mind. This site also provides the best view of the Irrawaddy River, along with the interesting view of the entire city, which are pleased to contemplate.

Then, we will arrive in one of the most famous places in Myanmar: the former capital of Burma: Amarapura, which is best known as "The Immortal City." When it was in the golden era, the city was home to about 200,000 residents, including the monks and the nobles. Strolling around the city, the stunning time-honored temples leaves us great impression about the glorious past. An exciting, active day journey ends with a beautiful sunset moment at the world's longest teak-wood U-Bein bridge.

Then, return to the cruise to enjoy your hearty dinner as well as the eye-catching traditional show.

Day 3

Sin Kyun Village

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we arrive in the gorgeous village of Sin Kyun in Northern Mandalay this morning. We will stroll in the village and stop at the Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, where your donation is used for helping the local community. In our optional guided tour, visitors can opt to explore a part of the local life here in the tranquil village.

We continue to travel south to Mingun passing through the lush forests and quaint villages on the riverside as well as  the huge unfinished stupas of Pahtodawgyi.

In the afternoon, enjoy your delicious lunch onboard. Follow the meal are some interesting activities, such as the longyi wearing or the Thanaka applying demonstration, these are interesting activities that you should not miss with Asia Private Travels. Enjoy your time and have a delectable dinner. Overnight on the Sanctuary Ananda Cruise.

Day 4

Pakokku

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning activities start with the cooking class. Our professional chefs will instruct carefully and exactly how the tasty local dishes are made.

Before that, we will shop at the Pakokku local market to collect clean and fresh ingredients for our recipe. This is also a great chance to learn bargaining as well as observing the bustling Burmese trading.

Later, lunch will be served onboard. Then, we will head to the age-old, alluring pagoda complex to take pictures of different stupa styles, and contemplate the great art from the previous time.  After that, the distinguished Shwezigon Pagoda is our next stop, which is said to preserves the Gautama Buddha relics: 2 bones and a copy of the tooth of Gautama Buddha. Besides the thrilling history of this sacred place, the architecture, artifacts of this stupa are also stunning to admire

Spend your time to take the best of the beautiful sunset over the ancient land of Bagan – one of the most stunning places to watch the dawn in Asia.
 

Day 5

Bagan – Popa Mountain

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bagan is a beautiful land with thousands of mesmerizing temples and ruins dated back from 11th to 13th century and this is a must-visit destination in the itinerary of Asia Private Travels. After your breakfast, we will explore this majestic land for an interesting sightseeing tour. Among the jungle of temples on the archeological site, the most beautiful one that leaves a deep impression from the distinctive architecture to the size is Ananda temple, which is our first temple to visit.

The Popa mountain resort is the ideal place to overlook the magnificent Popa Mountain, where it is also the place we will have our delicious lunch.

Next, proceed to the top of the mountain on 777 steps, where there is a sparkling monastery under the daylight. As this is the sacred and famous temple in the area, many people come here every day to worship the Buddha and wish for a happy life. Moreover, on your way hiking up, content yourself with the natural lush green plants and the scene of pilgrims’ offerings.

Late in the afternoon, head back to the cruise so as not to miss the glorious sunset over the ancient land of Bagan. Then, we leave the boat to have a romantic dinner on Bagan sandbank.
 

Day 6

Bagan – Check Out – Sightseeing

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Meals: Breakfast

Today, we will visit many interesting places in Bagan. After breakfast, about 9:00 AM, the ship shall arrive at Tuang Phi port for the disembarkation. Then, keep transferring on a vehicle to drive around the historical, majestic old temples in Bagan.

The first destination on the itinerary is the local market where people sell their goods and specialties. Up next, we will visit the spectacular Shwezigon Pagoda and Gubyaukgyi Temple.

Lunch on your own. Take a short break before the trip continues to the lacquerware workshop.

Then, an exploration of some famous, stunning Bagan temples is waiting ahead. As always be magnificent, beautiful, and sacred, Dhammayangyi Temple is always satisfied the tourists of what they expected about a typical Myanmar temple. After that, let’s admire the delicate Sulamani Stupa's adornments, a gorgeous temple that you should not skip when touring Bagan.

Enjoy your time at the Shwesandaw pagoda and wait in pleasant for the glorious orange-tinted sunset over the archaeological site of Bagan.

After that, we head to the hotel to check-in. Spent the night in Bagan.

Day 7

Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake

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Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL: There is a balloon riding service in Bagan, which is the best way to capture all the beauty of this majestic land of the temple plain under the sunset and the graceful Irrawaddy river. It is your choice to experience the ride with an additional cost.

In the morning, the driver of Asia Private Travels will collect the group at the hotel for a departure flight to Heho. As we arrive in Heho, where is idyllic with the countryside and the famous Inle Lake, we will begin the tour to many popular places.

We take a drive to the spectacular Pindaya cave next, where is home for thousands of Buddha images, from various shapes and sizes. Later, prepare for the trip to Inle Lake - the second biggest body of water and the most beautiful lake in Myanmar.

Then,check - in hotel and overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 8

Inle Lake

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Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy your breakfast served at the hotel and then, let’s begin one exciting boat tour of the day in the wonderful Inle Lake.

When cruising, the site of floating gardens, netting fish fisherman and floating villages are peaceful to enjoy.

Subsequently, we follow the itinerary to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which possesses many worthy religious artifacts including the 5 golden Buddha statues as well as colossus temple of art.

Following next is the Nga Hpe Kyaung monastery – a 19th century construction with amazing wood carvings, which is worth time paying. In the previous time, the monastery is best - known with the name of “Cat monastery” since the monks here taught the cats to jump through hoops.

Here comes the last destination of the day: Nan Pan village. Besides a plain home for the ethnics, the village is also a qualified source of cheroots (Burmese cigar), cotton and silk.

In the late afternoon, we will transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy the time left and spend a night in Inle Lake.

Day 9

Inle Lake – Indein

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Meals: Breakfast

A beautiful morning is awesome to launch a tour. At 8:30 AM, we will make a visit to one well-known market in the "5-Day Market" of Inle Lake. From all the regions around, sellers and buyers gather at this point to exchange the goods. Also, the ethnics join the market will bring with them their specialties, which is part of their culture. Therefore, with the locals in their traditional costume and sort of interesting items, the market is always busy, lively and especially interesting to tourists from far away.

Follow the lunch is the tour to Indein, where is mysterious with hundreds of temples ruins. They embraced tightly with lush green plants. The features you might like most about this place is the fresh clear atmosphere and site that makes you feel like you are not in this century.

In the late afternoon, head back to the hotel and we will spend the night in Inle Lake.
 

Day 10

Inle Lake – Fly to Ngapali

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Meals: Breakfast

Finish your breakfast, pack your luggage and be picked up to Heho airport and fly to Thandwe. Upon your arrival, the driver is ready to transfer you to the Ngapali beach resort for checking in. Enjoy your time at the gorgeous beach and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11

Ngapali Beach Free

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Meals: Breakfast

Immerse in the fresh air and chill out at the smooth sand yard, clear water of the beach in the Bay of Bengal in your Free and Easy Travel. Lunch and Dinner are on your own.

Spend the night at the resort in Ngapalli Beach.

Day 12

Ngapali Beach Free

Transfer: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Immerse in the fresh air and chill out at the smooth sand yard, clear water of the beach in the Bay of Bengal. Lunch and Dinner are on your own.

Spend the night at the resort in Ngapalli Beach.

Day 13

Ngapali Beach – Fly to Yangon

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Meals: N/A

Arrive on time at the Thandwe airport to catch the flight to Yangon. As soon as you arrive, meet our driver and he/she will take you to your hotel for checking-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Spend a night in Yangon.

Day 14

Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda – Departure

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Meals: Breakfast

Have your breakfast served at the hotel. At 8:30 AM, prepare for the sightseeing tour around the modern-mixed-ancient city of Yangon. After the experience at the must-go-to destination in Yangon – Shwedagon Pagoda, you will transfer on a private car to the airport for your departure flight.

It was a nice time we have with each other. We hope to see you in no time in another adventure. Asia Private Travels Service ends here.
 

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Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit:  from November to February (Dry season in Myanmar)

► Visa Requirements: 

  • Myanmar: Myanmar visa on arrival is available at Yangon, Naypyidaw and Mandalay International Airport for the passport holders from Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Russia and China (Validity: 1 month, Visa fee: $50USD). The country also has an effective e - visa system with straightforward and easy steps which is one of the best ways to get your visa for Myanmar.

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 -2 pax 4 - seater car
3 pax 7 - seater car
4 pax 9 - seater car
5 - 6 pax 14 - seater car
7 -10 pax 24 - seater car
11 - 14 pax 30 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Myanmar New Year (Thingyan water festival): Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

Yangon to Mandalay with Ananda Cruise
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Kevin Clarke

United Kingdom

"Just got back from an epic cruise from Yangon to Mandalay with Ananda Cruise. The whole trip was a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether we were exploring ancient temples or chilling by the pool, there was never a dull moment. Highly recommend it, guys!"

Yangon to Mandalay with Ananda Cruise
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Brenda Wright

United Kingdom

"Hey, fellow travelers! I recently cruised from Yangon to Mandalay with Ananda Cruise, and it was mind-blowing. The itinerary was packed with fascinating cultural excursions, and the boat itself was pure luxury. I'm already planning my next adventure with them!"

Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Mia Taylor

United Kingdom

"Hey, ladies! If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable experience, go for the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise. I felt like a movie star, lounging on the deck, sipping cocktails, and taking in the stunning views. It's the ultimate pampering getaway!"

The Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Diane Richardson

United Kingdom

"Oh. My. Goodness. The Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise was absolutely incredible! The views from the boat were breathtaking, the food was divine, and the crew went above and beyond to make us feel like royalty. It's a must-do if you're ever in Myanmar!"

the Ananda Cruise from Yangon to Mandalay
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Chloe Scott

Canada

"OMG, just came back from the most incredible journey on the Ananda Cruise from Yangon to Mandalay. The whole experience was next level. We explored hidden temples, met friendly locals, and indulged in the most delicious Burmese cuisine. It was like living in a fairytale!"

the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Zoe Bergeron

Canada

"Hey, ladies! I recently went on the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise, and let me tell you, it was pure bliss. The sunsets over the river were magical, and the pampering onboard made me feel like a queen. Totally recommend it!"

the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Maya Li

Canada

"OMG, you guys! I just had the most amazing time on the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise. The whole experience was like a dream come true. From exploring ancient temples to cruising along the Irrawaddy River, it was a journey I'll never forget!"

the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Luke Moore

Australia

"I had the time of my life on the Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise. The food was top-notch, the cabins were super comfy, and the crew made sure we were always entertained. It's definitely a trip I would do again in a heartbeat!"

Ananda Cruise for the Yangon to Mandalay tour
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Isaac Thompson

Australia

"Dude, if you're ever in Myanmar, you gotta hop on the Ananda Cruise for the Yangon to Mandalay tour. It's the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Plus, the staff onboard were super cool and made the whole trip even more enjoyable."

14-day Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise
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Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Michael Jones

Australia

"Yo, just got back from the 14-day Yangon to Mandalay tour with Ananda Cruise and lemme tell you, it was epic! The sights along the way were breathtaking, and the cruise itself was pure luxury. Definitely worth every penny!"

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