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Ancient Capitals 5 Days (Bagan – Mandalay)

Anawrahta, is a tribute to a great King, the founder of the Burmese nation, the modern day Myanmar. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the elegant 65-meter/ 214 feet long Anawrahta features three spacious decks and 23 luxurious cabins. With its elaborate carved woodwork and shining brass, intricate tiling and fine works of Burmese art, the Anawrahta takes guests back in time to an era of bygone elegance. Amenities include a colonial style lounge, Hintha Hall restaurant serving fine international cuisine with a Burmese theme and the Kiplings Bar with fine river views and British colonial style decor. Guests can also indulge in therapeutic spa treatments at the Thazin Spa or relax on the sun deck featuring elaborate sun lounge cabanas and a swimming pool.





Embark the ship in Bagan.

Day 1: Bagan - Pakkoku

Board the ship at midday and settle into your luxury cabin. Enjoy a leisurely lunch as the ship sails towards Pakkoku, an old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Visit local handicraft vendors and a thriving market giving you an insight of local goods and trading practices. Pakokku is also well known for the production of Tobacco. Continue to the Shwegu Temple, which features incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood. Return to the ship as she continues her journey northwards on the Ayeyervady. Later, enjoy a special evening in the Kipling Bar, taking guests back in time to an era of bygone elegance. You may also watch a classic movie under the star at the open air cinema on the sun deck.

Day 2: Pakkoku - Yandabo

Early risers may enjoy a yoga session on the sundeck followed by breakfast. The boat departs Pakkoku for Yandabo, a unique and fascinating gem of a village where in 1826 the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yanderbo, signaling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War. Explore the village on foot, mixing with locals and observing their techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots and utensils. Return to the ship for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions (Longyi and Thanaka demonstration). A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards.

Day 3: Yandabo - Ava - Mandalay

Commence your day with a Yoga class followed by breakfast as the ship sails northward and eventually the boat arrives in Ava. In Ava disembark for a wonderful tour by horse-drawn carriage of the former royal capital, sprinkled with many kinds of distinguished ancient monasteries, such as Bagaya Kyaung, a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834, which nowadays continues to be a monastic school. Return to the ship for lunch as it passes the beautiful Sagaing Hills, scattered with pagodas. Arrive in Mandalay in the afternoon where you may enjoy a tour of the most interesting sights of Mandalay. Observe the incredible process of the goldleaf beating, visit a silk-weaving manufacturer and finally have a stroll through the amiable streets that host several marble carving workshops. The ultimate highlight of the day is a sunset sailing in a small rowing boat around the famous 200-year-old U-Bein Bridge. Return to the boat where you are invited to watch a traditional dance and music performance by students and teachers of the Mandalay Art School.

Day 4: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

Wake up early in the morning to watch the river life on the Ayeyarwady before breakfast is served. Join a discovery tour of the most impressive pagodas of Mandalay during your morning tour. First, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the “the world’s largest book”. Continue to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma. Lastly visit the atmospheric Shwenandaw Monastery, which is a fine example of a traditional 19th century wooden monastery buildings. Return to the boat as it sails to Mingun, which showcases the monumental, unfinished stupa of King Bodawpaya. It has never been completed, due to an astrologer who stated: once the temple is completed, the king will die. Return to the boat, where the cruise manager will invite you for High Tea with cocktails, sweats and treats. The crew offers farewell entertainment on your last night onboard.

Day 5: Mandalay

After your final breakfast disembark the boat in Mandalay.


Disembark the ship in Mandalay.


  • 4 Nights' accommodation on the Anawrahta
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Free flow of beverages - mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee - at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, drinking water in cabin and during excursions
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary


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  • Visas (where required)
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