• Cruise in luxury for three nights on the legendary Irrawaddy River aboard all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda'
  • Experience floating gardens and a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on tranquil Inle Lake.
  • Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride
  • Explore Shwedagon Pagoda - a fantasy of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts
  • Travel off the beaten path on a tour of Musmeah Yeshua, the last remaining Jewish synagogue in Myanmar

Journey to untouched Myanmar to experience the serenity of Inle Lake, observe life along the banks of the Irrawaddy River from aboard Sanctuary 'Ananda' and witness the rising sun illuminate thousands of temples in ancient Bagan.

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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
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  • Irrawaddy River
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  • Sanctuary Ananda

Abercrombie & Kent Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at https://flic.kr/s/aHsiUJWDur
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An excellent trip June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

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Stunning holiday October 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the very outset, I realised that I was in the hands of a professional and that was to be reflected and realised in our stunning holiday

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Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon

Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Yangon | Queen of the East

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon  

Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Discover the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. Meet a traditional Burmese astrologer, who specializes in advising individuals on important life decisions - such as when to marry or buy property - in order to correctly choose days for these events that will bring good fortune. Later this afternoon, savor afternoon tea with a local writer and former colleague of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a special welcome dinner.

Day 3: Bagan | Temples & Pagodas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan  

Fly to ancient Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas and temples, the first of which was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. It’s estimated that more than 10,000 such sacred structures once adorned the dusty plain here. Upon arrival, visit a rural village, where you have a chance to interact with the locals en route to your hotel. After a short rest, continue your journey to see the Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. At sunset, Ride Like a Local as you weave your way through the ancient temple ruins on the back of a horse cart.

Day 4: Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over Bagan, as the dawning sun illuminates the gold- and sand-colored stupas. After breakfast, visit Ananda Temple. Built in 1090, it is the best preserved temple in the region. Next, travel to the little village of Wetkyi-In to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless Irrawaddy River. After lunch on board, visit a local lacquerware workshop before proceeding to the Gunee Temple complex to enjoy the sunset. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 5: The Irrawaddy River | A Timeless Journey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

After breakfast on board ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe the locals selling and bartering for goods. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing. Listen to a special onboard talk about Myanmar’s history and vision for the future, followed by demonstrations of the longgi (traditional Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and thanakha (a white cosmetic paste made from ground bark that is used on the face and arms by women and girls).

Day 6: Sagaing/Amarapura | U Bein Bridge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sanctuary 'Ananda'  

This morning, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking class at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for the many monasteries, pagodas and stupas that dot its green hillsides. Proceed to Amarapura, where you embark on a local boat to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world — for a spectacular Scenic Sundowner. Watch as locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting from work cross this tall, iconic wooden landmark, offering an insight into everyday life here and a sunset photo opportunity not to be missed.

Day 7: Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort  

Visit Sinjun village in the early morning hours, to experience village life before the heat of the day weighs on its inhabitants. After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop, where the metal is hammered paper-thin and prepared for use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery and view the more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book in the world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery.

Day 8: Inle Lake | Floating Gardens

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake  

Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to explore the 19th century Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, a structure still in use built entirely out of teakwood. Next, stop at a Shan paper workshop. The paper, made from the fibers of the mulberry bush, is best known for its use in Burmese parasols. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who produce this distinctive paper and craft a wide range of items from it. After lunch, board a boat and explore the ingenious floating gardens of Inle Lake. 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. Also, visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which stands on stilts beside the lake, to view the Buddha statues on display in intricately decorated shrines. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening.

Day 9: Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake  

After breakfast, visit the Fifth-Day Market, where hill tribe people in traditional dress barter for goods and produce. Stop at a blacksmith’s workshop and a weaving factory, and try your hand at making a cheroot (Burmese cigar). Stop for lunch at the Intha Heritage House, savoring dishes made from recipes handed down for generations. Then, witness a private Intha boat race with afternoon tea. Marvel at the coordinated effort required by the 20 participants per boat, each using the traditional single-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ.

Day 10: Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon  

Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. After time at leisure, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil lamp lighting ceremony. Tonight, toast your time in Myanmar at a special farewell dinner.

Day 11: Depart Yangon

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,495

Price Per Day:

$ 500 per day

Journey Details

  • Internal Air: Economy class from $475 (Yangon/Bagan; Mandalay/Heho/Yangon)
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Itinerary will operate with routing changes in the case of low water levels.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Ship Name

Sanctuary Ananda

Ship Stats
  • 21 spacious cabins and suites, each with its own private balcony
  • One 807-square-foot Aloungpayah Owner’s Suite
  • Panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows for easy viewing
  • Air conditioning and TV in all cabins and suites
Ship Description

Custom built for cruising the Irrawaddy River by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials, ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ transports you into a world of luxury and comfort with the modern amenities of a fine hotel.

Elegant, Ample Cabins

‘Sanctuary Ananda’ offers the most elegant accommodations on the Irrawaddy River. The decor of every cabin and suite is a contemporary fusion of traditional Burmese handicrafts, local fabrics, teak wood and lacquerware. Each ample cabin or suite (290 to 334 square feet) is named for a historic Irrawaddy Flotilla ship and adorned with a vintage photograph of its namesake vessel. The comfortable beds feature luxurious Malaika Egyptian cotton sheets. You may also upgrade to the ship’s one, lavishly outfitted, 807-square-foot Aloungpayah Owner’s Suite.

Trip Includes
  • Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Internal transportation
  • Fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions
  • Local bottled water during sightseeing
  • Hotel taxes
Trip Excludes
  • International transportation
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to the Tour Director/Extension guide/safari driver-guides
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Limited to 18 guests
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information:
  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Bangkok (3 days from $895) and a post-tour extension to Luang Prabang (4 days from $1,595).

Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok, Days: 3 | From: $895

Internal Air from: $425

Internal Air Routing: Bangkok/Yangon

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

The Peninsula Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: The Peninsula Bangkok

Depart the hotel by boat. Onshore, explore the Royal Grounds of the Grand Palace by tuk-tuk, and then tour the palace. Next, behold the spectacular Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Later, glide along the Chao Phraya River and klongs (canals) by boat and visit a colorful market. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, fly to Yangon to begin your main journey.

*Includes upgrades at all hotels except Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake where guests will enjoy private villas.


Post-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang, Days: 4 | From: $1,595

Internal Air from: $1,285

Internal Air Routing: Yangon/Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Fly from Yangon to Luang Prabang via Bangkok. On arrival, transfer to your boutique hotel before enjoying a baci ceremony in a local home this evening.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Observe locals giving alms to monks. Visit an organic rice farm and Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy a sunset cruise and a farewell dinner.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Kili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Visit the Royal Palace and Phousi Hill on a city tour. This evening, fly to Bangkok.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast

Today, transfer to the airport and depart.

*Includes upgrades at all hotels except Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake where guests will enjoy private villas.


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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (from $3,295)

Add a Remarkable Stopover to Your Journey

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Days 1-3

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2

Meals: Breakfast on Day 3

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach or Burj Al Arab

Fly glamorous Emirates to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. The next day, discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

*Includes upgrades at all hotels except Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake where guests will enjoy private villas.

  • Suite Upgrade Package | Upgrade to suites at select hotels* throughout your journey from $385.
  • Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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