On arrival guests will visit a local market, explore off-the-beaten-track temples near Minnanthu and take in the panoramic views from Thitsawaddy pagoda.
All guests will meet the ship at Taung Bi village. Get to know your crew before enjoying lunch on board.
Later, disembark to visit Ananda Temple, one of the most significant in Bagan. Continue on for a torchlight tour of a small temple, an experience exclusive to Belmond guests, and enjoy great views of Thatbyinnyu, one of Bagan's tallest pagodas. You'll also visit a lacquerware workshop to see the staggering amount of work that goes into creating finely detailed pieces.
As daylight starts to fade, gather to watch the sun set over plains. Continue on to a small temple to take part in a spellbinding candle-lighting ceremony.
Back on board, grilled specialities are a highlight of dinner, which is served from live cooking stations under the stars.
Start the day with a stunning breakfast before a choice of morning excursions. Explore Bagan by bicycle, horse and cart, or on an insightful walking tour. Alternatively there is an option to visit Belmond's free health clinic and participate in our ongoing community projects. There's also the chance to take to the skies in a breathtaking hot-air balloon (supplement applies).
Return to the ship and settle in for a leisurely day on board. Indulge in a treatment at the spa, relax by the pool, enjoy lunch on the Observation Deck and admire the breathtaking vistas.
Art lovers may wish to visit our exhibition of local works. In the afternoon you can sit in on longy-tying and thanaka paste-making demonstrations. Enter into the holiday spirit at the gingerbread station, enjoy a taste of local culture at our 'Burmese Tea Shop', or attend a lecture on the country's past, present and future.
In the evening, join the Captain and your fellow passengers on the Observation Deck for a special holiday toast. A live band sets the scene as the sun sets over the Ayeyarwady Rive. For dinner our Chef has prepared an exquisite four-course Christmas feast with wine pairings.
Enjoy a selection of morning activities as the ship continues north. Options include a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class, an enticing cookery demonstration and a talk on our community projects with Dr Hla Tun.
At lunch, raise a toast to the holiday season with a sumptuous Christmas feast.
Later, disembark for a choice of excursions in Mingun. Take a walking tour of the city highlights, or visit a rural village to experience Myanmar at its most bucolic.
Back on board you are invited to dress in your longyi for a special cocktail party on the Observation Deck.
Your journey continues to Mandalay, the home of traditional burmese arts. Uncover the treasures of the city with a choice of tours. Highlights of Mandalay takes you to the unmissable sights, including the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the busy Marble Quarter. Mandalay Arts and Shopping explores the city's crafts and cottage industries, visiting candy makers, sculptors, wood carvers and silk weavers.
Rejoin the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, disembark for an excursion into the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Visit a Buddhist nunnery, then end the day at the stunningly photogenic U Bein Bridge.
Tonight a sumptuous farewell dinner is served in the Restaurant.
Enjoy an early breakfast before you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.