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Journey to spiritually rich Myanmar to experiencethe serenity of Inle Lake, observe life alongthe banks of the Irrawaddy River from aboard‘Sanctuary Ananda’ and watch the rising sunilluminate thousands of temples in timeless Bagan.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
    Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel.Hotel: Belmond Governor's Residence  
  2. Day 2
    Yangon
    Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) to see where locals gather, socialize and shop. After lunch, see the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. This evening, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil-lamp lighting ceremony. Standing nearly 330 feet tall, the venerated stupa is covered in gold leaf and topped by a finial encrusted with thousands of precious gems. View this mesmerizing wonder firsthand, as your local guide explains the history behind the holy relics it enshrines, which include strands of hair from the head of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner. Hotel: Belmond Governor's Residence  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Bagan
    Fly to Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodasand temples, the first of which was built by King Anawrahtain 1044. Upon arrival, you are taken to a local restaurant forlunch before continuing to your hotel. After a short rest, visita local lacquerware workshop. This evening, sip in a ScenicSundowner from a special viewing platform overlookingBagan’s temple-dotted landscape. Hotel: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan  
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Bagan
    This morning, explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe localsselling and bartering for goods. Then, witness a shinbyu(novitiation ceremony), a coming-of-age ritual celebratingan aspiring young monk’s first entry to the monastery. Enjoyprivileged access to this time-honored tradition and thevillage festivities. Visit the well-preserved Ananda Temple,built in 1090. Next, Ride Like a Local by a horse-drawn cartto see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for itsmurals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless IrrawaddyRiver. Hotel: 'Sanctuary Ananda'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Cruising the Irrawaddy
    Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weatherpermitting) over Bagan, as dawn illuminates the gold- andsand-colored stupas. After breakfast on board, listen to aspecial onboard talk about Myanmar’s history and visionfor the future, followed by demonstrations of the longyi (traditional Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and thanakha (a white cosmetic paste made from ground bark).Hotel: 'Sanctuary Ananda'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Cruising the Irrawaddy
    Today, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking demonstration at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and stupas. Proceed to Amarapura, where you embark by boat to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Watch locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting from work cross this tall, iconic landmark for an insight into everyday life here, as well as an ideal sunset photo opportunity.Hotel: 'Sanctuary Ananda'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Mandalay
    After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop,where the metal is hammered paper-thin and preparedfor use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon,visit the Shwenandaw Monastery and view the more than700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book inthe world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe KyinMonastery.Hotel: Rupar Mandalar Resort  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Inle Lake
    Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to visit a Shan paper workshop. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who produce this distinctive paper, using fibers from the mulberry tree, and craft a wide range of items from it, most notably Burmese parasols. Enjoy a special lunch on board a floating restaurant set on Inle Lake. This afternoon, board a boat and explore the lake’s ingenious floating gardens. To create these gardens, used for growing fruit and vegetables, fishermen gather together lake plants, such as water hyacinths and seagrass, and anchor them with bamboo poles embedded in the lake bottom. Layers of mud, ash and more vegetation are then applied to form a farmable surface strong enough to stand upon. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening. Hotel: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Inle  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Inle Lake
    This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:Enjoy an Artisan Visit to see cigar-like cheroots handmade at a local workshop, and tour a weaving factory.Bicycle Through the Countryside in the company of alocal guide, taking in the lush surroundings and local life.Attend a Cooking Class led by a local chef for the hands-onopportunity to prepare traditional Burmese dishes.After lunch, privately witness an Intha boat race withafternoon tea. Marvel at the coordinated effort requiredby the 20 participants per boat, each using the traditionalsingle-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ.Hotel: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Inle  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Yangon
    Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Later, savorafternoon tea with a local writer, artist and intellectual whoshares her insight into contemporary Burmese culture andpolitics. Tonight, toast your time in Myanmar at a specialfarewell dinner. Hotel: Belmond Governor's Residence  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Depart Yangon
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Laos , Cambodia , Myanmar , Thailand

Cities Visited

Bagan, Heho, Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay

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