cruise boat will be your home for the next few days, as you sail from Mandalay to Bagan in style. Built to resemble a colonial paddle-vessel, the Anawrahta exudes elegance and class, and has the largest cabin space on the Irrawaddy as well as the highest crew to passenger ratio – so you’ll be well looked after. Travel along the river past local villages and temples peeking above the treetops, and spot Irrawaddy dolphins and water buffaloes.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast and yoga and meditation on deck, before stopping off to explore some spectacular locations along the way as you take in five former capitals in five days, spanning 900 years of history. Visit ancient Awa, an ancient imperial capital and home to the Bagaya Kyaung monastery, which you can explore by a horse-drawn carriage, see the unfinished pagoda of King Bodawpaya at Mingun, and walk in the sacred hills of Sagaing. You'll also visit the charming pottery village of Yanderbo and the trading town of Pakkoku, which sits on a bend in the river. Before you arrive, you'll see the longest bridge in Burma, the Pakkoku Bridge, and in the town, watch the handicraft vendors at work and visit a cheroot-rolling factory, and see the Shwegu Temple, made of rare Yemeni wood, which showcases intricate carvings. You'll also get to experience the views over thousands of temples from the summit of a pagoda.
A highlight of day 4 is one of the quintessential Burmese experiences - a magical sunrise hot air balloon flight over the thousands of temples and stupas of Bagan.
Back onboard, enjoy presentations and demonstrations on Burmese culture, including traditional dance performances, over cocktails at the Kipling’s bar, followed by a romantic and memorable open-air cinematic experience under the stars. At the end of your cruise, you will disembark in Bagan and fly back to Yangon for the final leg of your adventure.