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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.

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Bagan , Inle Lake , Mandalay , Yangon

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
    Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel.Hotel: Governor's Residence, A Belmond Hotel, Yangon  
  2. Day 2
    Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundlyBuddhist country, where many ancient traditions stillflourish. Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) tosee where locals gather, socialize and shop. After lunch, seethe Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-longstatue with an expressive enamel face. This evening,transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhistsite in Myanmar, for a sunset oil-lamp lighting ceremony.Standing nearly 330 feet tall, the venerated stupa is coveredin gold leaf and topped by a finial encrusted with thousandsof 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 headof Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Tonight, gather for aspecial welcome dinner.Hotel: Governor's Residence, A Belmond Hotel, Yangon  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    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 transferred to your hotel. Aftera short rest, visit a local lacquerware workshop. This evening,sip on a Scenic Sundowner from a special viewing platformoverlooking Bagan'''s temple-dotted landscape.Hotel: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    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) andthanakha (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 cookingdemonstration at a delightful Chef '''s Table experience.After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal cityrenowned for its monasteries, pagodas and stupas. Proceedto Amarapura, where you embark by boat to view thepicturesque U Bein Bridge ''' the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Watch locals riding bikes, carrying cropsand commuting from work cross this tall, iconic landmark foran insight into everyday life here, as well as an ideal sunsetphoto opportunity.Hotel: 'Sanctuary Ananda'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    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 paperworkshop. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who producethis distinctive paper, using fibers from the mulberrytree, and craft a wide range of items from it, most notablyBurmese parasols. Enjoy a special lunch on board a floatingrestaurant set on Inle Lake. This afternoon, board a boat andexplore the lake'''s ingenious floating gardens. To create thesegardens, used for growing fruit and vegetables, fishermengather together lake plants, such as water hyacinths andseagrass, and anchor them with bamboo poles embedded inthe lake bottom. Layers of mud, ash and more vegetation arethen applied to form a farmable surface strong enough tostand upon. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for theevening.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 cherootshandmade 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 traditional single-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ.Hotel: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Inle  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Later, savorafternoon tea with a local writer, artist and intellectualwho shares her insight into contemporary Burmese cultureand politics. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner.Hotel: Governor's Residence, A Belmond Hotel, Yangon  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Depart Yangon
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

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To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

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In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

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