Day 1 | Highlights:
Embark on the luxurious Scenic Aura to begin your Myanmar adventure. (Please arrive by midday). Enjoy tonight’s welcome reception.
Day 2 | Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura Highlights:
Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the uncracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.
Day 3 | Sagaing > Inwa (Ava) Highlights:
Stop at the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa.
Day 4 | Myinmu > Monywa Highlights:
Sail into Myinmu and begin your road journey to Monywa to explore the sandstone grottoes decorated with spectacular mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues inside niches. Visit the extraordinary Hpowindaugn Caves. Return to the ship and cruise slowly downstream.
Day 5 | Yandabo Highlights:
Arrive in Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. En-route to Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and the time-honoured face decoration that is Thanaka. Tonight enjoy a Myanmar themed dinner.
Day 6 | Bagan Highlights:
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight
Book a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be pre-booked. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).
Day 7 | Bagan > Salay Highlights:
Visit Ananda Temple where we will meet horse carts to ride to Mingalarzedi Pagoda. Afterwards visit a local lacquerware workshop and enjoy a demonstration.
Day 8 | Magwe Highlights:
Explore Magwe by trishaw to visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda.
Day 9 | Thayetmyo Highlights:
Cruise to Thayetmyo, which once marked the border between Royal and British Burma. In this quaint port town visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the local market.
Day 10 | Pyay (Prome) Highlights:
Berth in Pyay. Begin with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda which contains a series of five terraces. In the afternoon explore Sri Ksetra, one of the ancient Pyu Kingdoms that flourished between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. and became Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site in June 2014. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner back on board.
Day 11 | Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon Highlights:
Disembark and drive to Yangon. Just outside of Yangon’s city limits, stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. Continue onto Yangon where your adventure ends. (Please book flights to depart after 6:00pm).