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Sanctuary Ananda Cruise… Iconic Burma in Luxurious Style

13 days from £5,395 per person

This itinerary features in our Top 10 Romantic Holidays.

Since Burma has fully opened her doors to travellers from far and wide, there is now extraordinary demand for a limited range of luxury hotels. Recent investment has meant that some wonderful new luxury products, the finest of which is the Sanctuary Ananda, have opened up. We have designed this exciting and ultra luxurious itinerary using only the very best hotels and exceptional experiences from start to finish.

Burma’s largest city, Yangon is where your journey begins. Staying two nights at the elegant and stylish Governor's Residence, explore the city on a guided tour, taking in the eclectic mix of colonial architecture, contemporary landmarks and golden Buddhist pagodas. In the evening, enjoy sunset at the famed sky high Shwedagon Pagoda, and watch as the spectacular golden domed roof illuminates the city.

Onwards with your journey, take a short flight to Bagan where you will board the opulent Sanctuary Ananda, and spend three days taking in the beautiful sights of the Irrawaddy River. This luxurious all suite ship allows you to see places rarely seen by other visitors, as it slowly meanders through verdant jungles, rural villages and ancient towns. Disembark this haven of luxury for guided tours around the magical Bagan, one of the world's richest archaeological sites, and Mandalay which is surrounded by a fascinating collection of former capitals and Buddhist sites.

On arrival at Mandalay, catch a flight south to Heho and head to Inle Lake for a three nights’ stay at the Sanctum Inle Resort, which launched in 2015. Spend a day on a guided tour of the lake, exploring the ‘floating villages’ and learning the ways of the Intha people. In the evenings relax in the hotel’s monastic Relaxation Garden or swill a late-day cocktail in the Cloister bar.

End your trip on the powder-soft white sands of Ngapali Beach, a two mile stretch of tropical paradise, lapped by the gin-clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Nestled amongst the coconut palms on the beach, the Sandoway Resort will be your bolthole for the remainder of your trip. It is the perfect place to unwind in the spa or to enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean and promises to be the perfect finale to your luxury tailor-made Burma itinerary.

This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal tour of BurmaIf you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Honeymoons or Epic Journeys; as well as our favourite Ultimate Luxury, BoatingBeach and Spa & Wellness itineraries.


Itinerary details

13 days from £5,395 per person

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BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya BURMA - Bagan - Shwezigon Paya
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BURMA - Bagan - buddhist monk BURMA - Bagan - buddhist monk
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Client Testimonials

Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
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Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India

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