The Strand Cruise

The Strand Cruise

Bagan To Mandalay– 4 Night / 5 Days

The Strand Cruise Four Nights Cruise Program

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Day 1. A HISTORICAL PILGRIMAGE IN BAGAN

We begin our journey through this golden land with a freshly made welcome breakfast in the tranquil shaded gardens of the oldest lacquerware house in Bagan. Lacquerware is a traditional art that began when the Pagodas of Bagan were
first being built in the 11th century and is still practiced today. We will then move onto the nearby Shwezigon Pagoda, famous for it’s gold leaf décor, and the Ananda temple, famous as being one of the four great temples of Bagan and one of most exquisite temples in Myanmar. A short scenic transfer takes us to The Strand Cruise for check-in and to meet fellow passengers over lunch on the Sundeck. For those arriving in Bagan later in the day, our rendezvous point is aboard the ship. Once settled into your cabin, meet your fellow passengers for lunch prepared by our Chef. During the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of the Bagan Heritage Trail, including the beautiful Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi temples. As the sun sets, admire Bagan’s magnificent sights over
the Ayeyarwady river from the ship’s sundeck, sipping a Strand signature cocktail. After sundown, enjoy a traditional
Myanmar cultural show before joining your fellow travellers in our fine dining restaurant for a Myanmar dinner.
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Day 2. OVERLOOKING THE GRANDIOSE MAJESTY OF BAGAN

Early risers this morning can enjoy tea, coffee and pastries in the Sarkies Bar before joining an excursion to view sunrise over Bagan from the Shwe San Daw temple. This pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella. From the top you get an impressive 360-degree view of the entire area of Bagan.
A leisurely brunch will then be served in the restaurant as we begin cruising upstream to Mandalay. The passing landscapes and typical Ayeyarwady villages have inspired many authors and artists throughout history, including Rudyard Kipling.
As we spend the afternoon drifting on the gentle waters of the Ayeyarwady, relax on the sun deck, meditate, visit the spa or enjoy the many activities and workshops arranged by our experienced crew, before enjoying a traditional Strand afternoon tea.
As night falls, our ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, our Captain invites you to a cocktail and tapas dinner in the Sarkies Bar, followed by a traditional Myanmar puppet show in the restaurant. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs. We also offer additional activity options today, including a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, where you can gently float above the 2,000 pagodas of Bagan.
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Day 3. THE WAVES OF THE RIVER

Enjoy a late breakfast this morning as the ship will cruise until mid afternoon when we arrive in Mingun. Throughout the morning, relax by the pool with a book or participate in the many activities and workshops prepared by the crew as we
pass through the wonderful countryside, such as a cooking demonstration or an introduction to the traditional Myanmar thanaka and longyi. After a generous Asian family style lunch taken on the Sundeck, we will stop in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagoda’s ever constructed in the history of Myanmar.
We will visit the pagoda by a popular local means of transportation, the Tuk Tuk. The pagoda is home to the magnifi-cent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world. We will also visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the centre of the
Buddhist universe. Once back on-board, relax with a glass of champagne on the Sundeck before a grilldinner in the Strand Restaurant.
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Day 4. WONDERS AND VISTAS OF THE ROYAL CAPITALS

We begin our day with a freshly prepared breakfast while surveying the next and most awaited stop, Mandalay, the second- largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. After making a traditional food offering to the monks in their monastery in Mandalay, our first stop is the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. We continue the Mandalay Heritage Trail by visiting the Mahamui Buddha temple. Legend has it that the great Buddha himself visited the city of Arakan in 554 and that King Sanda Thuriya ordered a likeness of Buddha’s face to be created and placed in the temple. From here we visit the Shwe In Bin monastery before re-joining the Strand Cruise. After a buffet lunch on board as we cruise, we will explore 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. We will have an exclusive mooring overnight at Ava next to a remarkable temple, allowing Strand Cruise passengers access to the site after the crowds have departed in the late afternoon until the following morning. As we reach the end of the day, a sunset cocktail will be held on the Sundeck, before a French dinner in the Strand Restaurant.

BAGAN - MANDALAY

4 NIGHTS

MONDAY SAILING

Per person per cruise sharing, in USD

Departure Dates

 Month Dates
January 2018 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 2018 5, 12, 19, 26
March 2018 5, 12, 26
April 2018 9,23
September 2018 3, 10, 17, 24
October 2018 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 2018 5, 12, 19, 26
December 2018 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
January 2019 7, 14, 21, 28
February 2019 4, 11, 18, 25
March 2019 4, 11, 18, 25
April 2019 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

MANDALAY TO BAGAN

3NIGHTS CRUISE PROGRAM

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Day 1. WONDERS AND VISTAS OF THE ROYAL CAPITALS

We begin our day in Mandalay with a welcome breakfast in a private area by the illustrious Royal Lake, before visiting the magnificent U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. It is also believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. After a tour of the bridge, we travel onwards to discover the Mahamuni Pagoda and the Shwe In Bin monastery, a beautifully carved teak monastery known as the perfect spot for meditation in the heart of Mandalay. At midday, the Strand Cruise crew will be waiting to greet you on board and welcome you with a generous buffet lunch of Mediterranean cuisine. After lunch we will stop in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in the history of Myanmar. We will visit the pagoda by a popular local means of transportation, the Tuk Tuk. The pagoda is home to the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world. We will also visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the centre of the Buddhist universe. As the sun sets, admire the magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwady river from the ship’s Sundeck, sipping one of the Strand Hotel’s signature cocktails, before joining your fellow travellers for a Myanmar dinner in the Strand restaurant.
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Day 2. VIEWS AND WAVES OF THE RIVER

Our day begins with 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. A once prominent city, throughout history Ava has been ravaged by war and natural disasters and rebuilt numerous times. Today, all that is left are the ruins and remains of an abandoned kingdom forever imprinted in history. Here we will visit the Yadana Shemee and Wingaba, temples, as well as the Bopaya monastery and the brick monastery. Once back on board the Strand Cruise, an Asian family style lunch is served on the Sundeck while enjoying the beautiful landscape passing by as the ship cruises onwards to the ancient city of Bagan. Throughout the afternoon, relax, meditate, or just lie by the pool, enjoy activities and workshops arranged by the crew as well as a number of performances by talented local artists and entertainers before enjoying a sunset cocktail. As night falls, our ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, our Captain invites you to a cocktail and grill dinner in the Strand Restaurant. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs.
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Day 3. A HISTORICAL PILGRIMAGE IN BAGAN

This morning sees our arrival in Baganand the start of the much-anticipatedBagan Heritage Trail. Bagan isremarkable for the magnificentarchitecture of its buildings and thecontribution they have made to Burmesetemple designs. Marvel at Bagan’swonders including the Ananda Temple,one of the most exquisite temples of thecountry, and the Shwezigon Pagoda,renowned for its gold leaf decor.After a delicious buffet lunch back onboard, we continue our day in Bagan witha visit to the magnificent Shwe San Dawtemple, followed by a journey to thebeautiful Sulamani temple andGubyaukgyi temple.As twilight sets in, admire the sunset fromthe sundeck before a festive evening andfarewell French dinner in the StrandRestaurant.
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Day 4.A WONDERFUL SUNRISE

After a last breakfast, guests disembark in Old Bagan and will be accompanied onwards to
the airport or their hotel.
Another exhilarating option at sunrise is a hot air balloon ride, where you can gently float
above the 2,000 pagodas of Bagan.

MANDALAY - BAGAN

3 NIGHTS

FRIDAY SAILING

Per person per cruise sharing, in USD

Departure Dates

 Month Dates
January 2018 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2018 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2018 2, 9, 16, 30
April 2018 6, 13, 20
September 2018 7, 14, 21, 28
October 2018 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2018 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 2018 7, 14, 21, 28
January 2019 4, 11, 18, 25
February 2019 1, 8, 15, 22
March 2019 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 2019 5, 12, 19, 26

 

MANDALAY - BAGAN

2 NIGHTS

FRIDAY SAILING

Per person per cruise sharing, in USD

Departure Dates

 Month Dates
September 2018 7, 14, 21, 28
October 2018 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2018 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 2018 7, 14, 21, 28
January 2019 4, 11, 18, 25
February 2019 1, 8, 15, 22
March 2019 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 2019 5, 12, 19, 26

 

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