Arrive to Yangon on March 23rd. You will be collected at the airport and transported to your five star hotel in the Capitol Yangon. Spend 2 nights in the Capital of Myanmar, Yangon. Yangon originated as a small town called Dagon on the outskirts of the ancient kingdom of Okkalapa. In 1755 the founder of the Third Myanmar Empire, King Alaungpaya – who reigned from upper Myanmar – conquered the southern parts of the country and renamed the town Yangon, meaning End of Strife. After the British colonised the south they turned the town it into a busy port. The British have long since departed but they left a legacy of beautiful colonial architecture and tradition. Check into your 5* hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
March 24th Foodie excursion in Yangon. - After a morning free to explore we will take a transfer and start our foodie activity, because it would be tragic for someone to visit a new land where flavour and life can be encountered in local cuisine and not know where to go to encounter this experience to its full extent with a local expert to help and explain the variety and history of the dishes on offer. The tour includes up to 5 courses eaten at up to 5 separate, well established eateries in Yangon. You will see the sites, smell and taste the flavour that is quickly becoming world renown. - Afterwards, we will transfer to Shwedagon, the landmark of this country and unforgettable sacred place of Myanmar. You will learn the history and observe local life within the pagoda, plus you will also enjoy participating in a candle ceremony. (If the weather is kind). This is a fascinating visit so have cameras at the ready. Evening at Leisure. Overnight in Yangon.
March 25th - Early morning transfer to the airport for a very short flight to Bagan. From there our Strand Cruise will begin and our butler will meet you at the airport to transport you to the place we will be having breakfast. The Strand’s four-night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay begins with breakfast in the tranquil gardens of the oldest lacquerware house in Bagan, before passengers visit the nearby Shwezigon Pagoda, famous for its gold leaf décor, and the Ananda temple, one of most exquisite temples in Myanmar. After enjoying lunch on board, passengers continue their exploration of the Bagan Heritage Trail, including the beautiful Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi temples.
March 26th - The ship casts off on day two for a relaxing cruise upstream towards Mandalay to enjoy the passing landscapes and villages along the river bank, with scenes reminiscent of the days of Rudyard Kipling and other intrepid explorers who have visited this rugged landscape over the centuries.
March 27th - After a leisurely breakfast, day three brings a visit to Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese Kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks.
March 28 th - Day four sees The Strand Cruise arrive in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second- largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Our passengers first stop is the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, before visiting the Mahamui Buddha temple and the Shwe In Bin monastery. Following lunch back on board as we cruise, the ship stops in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals. Guests will visit the unfinished pagoda, as well as the Hsinbyume pagoda and Mingun bell. Our final night is spent at an exclusive mooring overnight close to a temple in Ava, while guests say farewell to their fellow passengers with a gastronomic dinner.
March 29th. Morning flight to Bangkok where we start our Thailand Itinerary.
This fabulous once in a lifetime is at special rates and is all in US$ Prices include ground transportation and hotel in Chatrium Hotel or Similar for 2 nights and flight from Yangon to Bagan - Priced per person based on double occupancy.
- Deluxe room $2400 US$ per person.
- Strand Cabin $2800 US$ per person
- Strand Suite $3100 US$ per person.
Transfers to and from the airports, One foodie excursion, Flight from Yangon to Bagan included.
- Flight from Yangon to Bagan
- Fully escorted by your concierge from Canada
- Accommodation on a per person basis double occupancy
- Ground Transportation
- Cruise - Three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation
- All sightseeing as stated in set itineraries
- Soft drinks & local beer.
- House wine during meals
- Transfer from Point of embarking/disembarking to airport or hotel in either Bagan or Mandalay
- Port charges
- English speaking guide.
- Wi-Fi available in all cabins and public areas with satellite internet connection. Due to the current environment and its infrastructure, the internet connection might be unstable.
- Complimentary International daily newspapers.
Optional Upgrade to Strand Luxury Hotel $300 per person