Mystical Irrawaddy

Delight in a walk through the Mandalay Palace and admire the Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal, during this combined river cruise and land tour.

14 Days
Yangon to Yangon
From (CAD)
$ 10,515
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Yangon > Yangon

Dip your toes into the magic of Myanmar

From Mandalay to Yangon, the sublime Irrawaddy River and equally enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. Only recently opened to Western travellers, this land of deep spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight.
Scenic Aura will be your all-inclusive luxurious home-away-from-home. Experience traditional river village life in the pottery village of Yandabo, let the awe of Bagan wash over you and explore the colonial relics of Magwe and Salay before arriving in the bustling capital of Yangon. The city offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. As the sun sets on an incredible experience you’ll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony, an uplifting and magical way to conclude your time in this mystical land.

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Yangon > Mandalay

    Welcome to Yangon and transfer to your domestic flight to Mandalay.  Enjoy a night at your resort where you meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your briefing and welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Marvel at 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 II.

    Enrich

    Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images, male guests may place gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

    Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Mingun > Amarapura

    This morning in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

    Sundowners

    In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Sagaing

    Sagaing, regarded as the country’s spiritual capital, is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

    Enrich

    In the ancient capital of Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

    Set sail to the pottery village of Yandabo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Yandabo > Pakkoku

    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 artisans honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. Later, cruise to Pakkoku for the night to visit a cheroot cigar workshop, local market and a longyi and blanket factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bagan

    Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

    Enrich

    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of floodlit Bagan temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bagan > Salay

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability.

    This morning visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple before cruising downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating back to 1906.

    Remain alongside Salay overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Minhla Fort

    Continue cruising downstream through the morning, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some solitude on your private balcony. Later this afternoon visit the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British during the Third Anglo-Burmese War brought an end to independent Burma.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Magwe

    This morning discover the town of Magwe as you are peddled around in a local trishaw bike. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon relax on board and watch the changing scenery as you sail towards Bagan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Sailing > Bagan

    Make use of the ship’s luxury during your day of sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach this ancient location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bagan

    Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

    Freechoice

    Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

    Relax on board for the remainder of the day before your farewell dinner tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon and enjoy lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Then settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. This evening enjoy the included facilities of your Pacific Club access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Yangon

    Freechoice

    Embark on a ride on the local ‘circle’ train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village and travel by trishaw through the local neighbourhood.

    Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

    Enrich

    As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar, and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this local tradition.

    Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Yangon

    Say ‘Thaw Dau Mal’ to Myanmar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Exclusive Gala Temple View Dinner in Bagan
  • Club Floor Rooms in Yangon
  • Gold leaf and Mahamuni Pagoda activity
  • Visit a monastic school and give alms at a nunnery
  • Partake in oil lamp lighting at Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Enjoy Burmese tea in a colonial house built in 1906
  • Sundowners – U Bein Bridge, Amarapura
  • Sample authentic local transport options
  • Hotels within walking distance to attractions and shops
  • Same local Scenic Tour Director from start to finish

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 37 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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