Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Begin your Myanmar adventure in Yangon. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travellers in the foyer of the Sule Shangri-La at 7:00am. Board your bus and drive to Pyay via Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery and stop for a picnic lunch. Upon arrival in Pyay board the luxurious Scenic Aura, relax and raise a toast to the journey ahead. Please book flight to arrive by 6:00am.
Day 2 | Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra Highlights: Discover Sri Ksetra
Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site. Later commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar.
Day 3 | Thayetmyo Highlights: Colonial architecture
A morning of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo. Try your hand at putting on the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems at the local market before returning to the ship to continue to Magwe.
Day 4 | Magwe Highlights: Trishaw ride
In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a side car. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay.
Day 5 | Salay > Bagan: Highlights: Enrich - Colonial experience
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.
Day 6 | Bagan Highlights: Freechoice, Sundowners at Clay Pot Mountain
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise. (Plese note: available only from late-October to mid-March; all flights weather permitting).
Day 7 | Bagan > Schwe Pyi Thar Highlights: Enrich - Morning alms and traditional breakfast
Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks before being invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.
Day 8 | Yandabo Highlights: Pottery village
Sail to 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.
Day 9 | Sagaing > Inwa (Ava) Highlights: Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery visit
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.
Day 10 | Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura Highlights: Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge
Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.
Day 11 | Mandalay Highlights: Farewell
After disembarkation, marvel at the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War 2. After lunch depart for your chosen hotel where your arrangements end or drive to the airport to catch your homebound flight. Flights must depart Mandalay after 4:00pm if you wish to attend all touring.