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The Strand Cruise

Places visited: Mandalay, Bagan
4 days / 3 nights


Cruise Highlights

The luxurious Strand Cruise takes you on a lavish journey down the historical Ayeyarwady River with breathtaking views of Myanmar and its beautiful scenic heritage. Once aboard the Strand Cruise, fall in love with the wonders and sights of this wonderful country in an instant. Starting with 4 nights from Bagan to Mandalay and 3 nights from Mandalay to Bagan. Enrich your cultural knowledge in Mandalay, home to thousands of monks in the Buddhist spiritual centre. Meet the lively and friendly people who manage to keep the glory of their heritage. The many historical and memorable sights will enchant you during those authentic and exotic journeys.

Day 1: Mandalay
Day 2: Set sail from Mandalay
Day 3: Bagan
Day 4: Bagan

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Mandalay
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.

Day 2: Set Sail From Mandalay
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.

Day 3: Bagan
This morning sees our arrival in Bagan and the start of the much-anticipated Bagan Heritage Trail. Bagan is remarkable for the magnificent architecture of its buildings and the contribution they have made to Burmese temple designs. Marvel at Bagan’s wonders including the Ananda Temple, one of the most exquisite temples of the country, and the Shwezigon Pagoda, renowned for its gold leaf decor.

After a delicious buffet lunch back on board, we continue our day in Bagan with a visit to the magnificent Shwe San Daw temple, followed by a journey to the beautiful Sulamani temple and Gubyaukgyi temple. As twilight sets in, admire the sunset from the sundeck before a festive evening and farewell French dinner in the Strand Restaurant.

Day 4: Bagan
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.

From GBP 1,160 per person

(twin/double share with Deluxe Cabin category)

Available upon request.

Departure Dates Deluxe Cabin Strand Cabin State Suite Strand Suite
January
6, 13, 20, 27
February
3, 10, 17, 24
March
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April
7, 14, 21, 28 £1,160
September
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October
6, 13, 20, 27
November
3, 10, 17, 24
December
1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Rates include:

  • Round Trip Domestic airfare(s) for up to two adults ex Yangon
    • Bagan to Mandalay Cruise (4 nights) – complimentary flight Yangon/Bagan and Mandalay/Yangon.
    • Mandalay to Bagan Cruise (3 nights) – complimentary flight Yangon/Mandalay and Bagan/Yangon
  • Two nights at The Strand Yangon in a Superior Suite, complimentary nights can be taken either pre or post or combination of both
  • Accommodation on a per person basis
  • 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
  • Shuttle transportation from Point of embarking/disembarking to airport
  • Port charges
  • English speaking guide. Alternative language guides can be provided on request and subject to availability (additional cost may apply)
  • 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.

Rates exclude:

  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
  • Imported wines or spirits
  • Extra optional excursions
  • International flights
  • Medical services, travel insurance of all kinds or visas fees

*Price, quoted in British Pound (GBP), is based on the low season rate and subject to change. 

FAQ

Air Conditioning
You can personally control the air-conditioning in your suite. It is not recommended to set the temperature too low as a sudden change of temperature from outside to inside your cabin can bring on colds and respiratory illnesses.

Baggage
You are allowed to bring a sensible amount of personal belongings on board the ship. Dangerous items including but not limited to firearms, explosives, combustible & illegal substances may under no circumstances be brought on board.

Communication
Internet is available via Strand satellite communication in all public areas of the vessel as well as suites, free-of-charge for passengers who bring their own Wi-Fi capable devices. Due to the current environment and its infrastructure, the internet connection might be unstable.

Although the vessel does not offer direct dial calls from suites, in the event of an emergency, the reception desk can facilitate an international call, and associated costs will be billed to the guest’s on board account.

The Strand Cruise contact information will be included in your final travel documents, and may be provided as a contact number in the event of an emergency at home.

Dietary Requirements
Our Culinary team will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.

Disability
The Strand Cruise Suites, restaurants and public areas are distributed over four decks and unfortunately the ship’s layout does not allow for the installation of inter-connecting elevator facilities for wheelchair users. It is recommended passengers be relatively fit and able-bodied for land excursions.

Double Bed
All beds can be converted into twin or double. Default is double. Guests are invited to contact us prior the cruise should they wish a different setting.

Early Check-In On Day Of Arrival Or Morning Tour
The official check-in time for the Strand Cruise is 12 noon, however we are delighted to offer a couple of morning excursion options for passengers who are staying in a hotel local to their point of embarkation or arriving on an early flight prior to beginning their itinerary with us.

Passengers wishing to join the morning tour are given two options:

  • For those arriving by air on a flight landing at Bagan or Mandalay airport no later than 08:00, the Strand Cruise will arrange a greeting and pick up at the airport on arrival.
  • For passengers already staying at a hotel locally in Bagan prior to joining the four-night Bagan-Mandalay cruise, the meeting point for the tour is at the Bagan Lacquerware House in New Bagan.  Please arrive no later than 09:00.
  • For passengers already staying at a hotel locally in Mandalay prior to joining the three-night Mandalay-Bagan cruise, the meeting point is the U-Bein bridge in Amapura.  Please arrive no later than 09:15.
  • A complimentary welcome breakfast will be served at both locations prior to the tour.  Following the tour, passengers will be taken to the Strand Cruise in time for check-in.

Please tag your luggage and we will arrange for it to be delivered to your cabin suite in time for your arrival onboard.

Guests not wishing to join the morning tour should arrange their own local transportation to bring them to the Strand Cruise at its jetty in Old Bagan or at the Gaw Wein jetty in Mandalay.  Passengers are welcome to arrive at the ship at any time after 10:00 and enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the sun deck while they wait for their cabin suite to be available from 12 noon.

The Strand Cruise can assist in the arrangement of private transportation on request.  Please contact us for further details.

Electricity
The electrical current on board is 220V, two round pin type as found in Continental Europe.

Etiquette In Myanmar
Burmese are generally tolerant and easy going. Please do not raise political issues with people, let them raise first. In Myanmar, disrespect for the national religion, Theravada Buddhism can cause upset. Buddhists open their temples to visitors and permit photography but you must remove shoes and socks. Do not ‘Point’ with your feet or touch people’s heads or upper body. Never cross your legs in the company of monks or elders and ladies should not sit next to monks. Do not shake hands with monks, nuns and people in general, rather smile and nod. Shorts and skirts should be at knee level or below, but it is OK to expose arms.

Facilities In The Suites
All Suites have their own individually controlled air conditioning, en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryers, mini-safe, intercom phones, luggage storage, wardrobe, writing desk, kimono, slippers, satellite television and chairs. Suites do not have mini bars.

Insect Precautions
To avoid insects entering your suite, it is advisable to keep suite windows and doors closed during the late afternoon and evening. It is also recommended that you apply insect repellent if you are outside your suite or going ashore at dusk or at night.

Laundry Service
Twenty-four hour, professional laundry and pressing service is provided on board. Costs will be listed in each suite’s directory, and charged to the guest’s account.

Mail
Our reception desk staff would be pleased to mail postcards upon request. Applicable postage costs will be charged to the guest’s account.

Medical Services
The Strand Cruise will not have a full-time doctor travelling on-board. However, if medical assistance is required, the Strand crew will be in contact with local medical authorities as soon as possible to facilitate medical services under the guidance of a doctor. Guests will be liable and responsible for all related charges. It is highly recommended for guests to subscribe to a personal travel insurance prior their journey to Myanmar.

Mobile Phone
Please check with your local carrier for roaming availability and charges before travelling. Mobile coverage is usually good in main cities (Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan) however weak to none in remote sites.

Newspapers
Daily complimentary newspapers are available via digital reading devices provided on-board.

Onboard Account & Currency
The official currency on board is the US dollar. All charges for services and products on board will be placed on the guest’s shipboard account to be settled at the end of the voyage. MasterCard, Visa and US dollars are accepted for the settlement of guest accounts.

Passport & Visas
All passengers are required to have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after their scheduled departure from Myanmar. All passengers are required to verify and obtain by their own means a valid visa to enter Myanmar. The Strand Cruise Ltd. shall not be responsible or liable for delay or missed portion of any cruise due to invalid travel documentation.

Pets
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets of any kind aboard The Strand Cruise.

Security
Moored or docked, The Strand Cruise will have security personnel controlling access to the ship. However, we do recommend that you lock your suite door at all times and leave the key with reception staff when leaving for land excursions.

Smoking
The comfort and safety of our guests is our first priority. Smoking is not permitted in the suites and public areas on board. There is a designated smoking area on the Sun Deck.

Spa Services
The Strand spa and beauty salon offers a range of treatments from professional staff. A menu of services is available on board, and all costs associated with spa services will be charged to your account.

Suggested Attire
Aboard The Strand Cruise, attire is casual and comfortable with resort-style clothing. Footwear is required in all public areas.

On occasions, we will visit religious sites that may require long pants and covered shoulders. Proper footwear is recommended for excursions.

Valuables
All suites are equipped with a personal, electronic safe. The company will accept no liability for loss of any valuable items onboard.

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