A Historical Pilgrimage in Bagan
Our journey through this Golden Land begins with a breakfast in the tranquil gardens of Bagan House, one of the oldest lacquerware workshops in the region, where this ancient craft is practiced using techniques first discovered in the 11th century. This informal gathering offers guests the opportunity to meet fellow passengers and key personnel from the R.V. Strand.
After breakfast we commence our tour of this world-famous archaeological zone, which is home to more than 2500 temples and stupas, dating from the 10th century. This world heritage site, once said by Marco Polo to be ‘one of the finest sights in the world ’offers visitors the opportunity to experience the sheer magnificence and architectural splendor created more than 250 years ago, depicting such wonders as the Ananda Temple and the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda, an original construction built by King Anawrahta, a founder of the Bagan Empire.
We join the R.V Strand, where the crew will be waiting to welcome you on-board and direct you to your cabin, after which a safety briefing and introduction will be held on the sun deck.
Enjoy a light Mediterranean lunch, refreshments and an opportunity to relax amidst the comfort of the Cruise.
The afternoon is spent exploring a few of the highlights of the Bagan region, including the Sulamani Temple, regarded as one of the most refined within the heritage site, reflected in its direct translation as ‘crowning jewel’, and the renowned Gubyaukgyi Temple, built in 1113, famed for its murals lining the main hall, depicting some exceptional stucco decorations as part of the Bagan tour.
Enjoy a sundowner or a Signature Strand cocktail as you admire the majestic sunset, with a backdrop of the surrounding temples and stupas.
We commence the evening’s entertainment with a traditional Myanmar Culture show.
A selection of Myanmar dishes are served in The Strand Restaurant, using the freshest of locally sourced ingredients to provide guests with a taste of traditional cuisine.