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Mystical Irrawaddy
(Yangon to Mandalay)

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel for a special two night stay. (D)
 
Day 2 Yangon
Hunt for antiques and handicrafts at Bogyoke Aung San Market. Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.
 
As the sun begins to set, wander through Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition. (B,L)
 
Day 3 Yangon - Pyay (Prome) - Irrawaddy Cruise
Unearth the secrets of Sule Pagoda before driving to Pyay. Stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. In Pyay board Scenic Aura and raise a toast to the journey ahead. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4 Pyay (Prome) - 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. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5 Thayetmyo
In Thayetmyo visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems on offer at the local market. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 Minhla - Magwe
Cruise to Minhla and explore the region’s famous fort. Later explore Magwe by trishaw, similar to a side car, visiting Mya Tha Lun Pagoda set on Naguttama Hill. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 Salay
Today visit Youqson Kyaung, a striking teak monastery. As your day continues, encounter the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar before visiting the trio of brick shrines at Paya Thonzu. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8 Salay - Bagan
Stop off at Myinkaba, a small village famed for its lacquerware. Pick up some unique gifts before arriving in Bagan to visit the most iconic sight of this region, the Ananda Temple.
 
A local village monastery will invite you to attend a delicious afternoon tea event. After the monastery, make your way to Shwesandaw Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Temple.
 
Enjoy a visit to Clay Pot Mountain and relish a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views over the Bagan plain. (B,L,D)
 
Day 9 Bagan
Start your day with an invigorating visit to the bustling Nyaung U market, before stopping at a local tea house.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Alternatively, take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased on tour. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting)

Venture to Mount Popa, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the sights of the Temple Circuit and Nyaung U, plus the Laquerware Museum and workshop, or visit Old Bagan where the largest concentration of temples are located. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Bagan - Yandabo
Leaving Bagan, stop off at the riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar before arriving in Yandabo. Famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and local cosmetic Thanaka. In the evening, attend a traditional puppet show. (B,L,D)
 
Day 11 Sagaing - Inwa (Ava)
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

During a special visit to a quiet nunnery in Sagaing, you will be invited to donate food to the resident nuns. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch with them and learn more about the Buddhist religion in Myanmar.

Later by horse and cart, explore Inwa, the capital of the Ava Kingdom for more than 400 years. Visit a 200-year-old teak monastery and the leaning Inwa Tower. (B,L,D)

 Day 12 Mingun - Mandalay - Amarapura
Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the famous uncracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.
 
Enjoy drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that photo of the bridge at sunset.
 
Later, enjoy a farewell dinner on board. (B,L,D)
 
Day 13 Irrawaddy Cruise - Mandalay
Partake in giving morning alms to the saffron-clad monks before returning to your ship to disembark.
 
During your visit to a gold leaf workshop, learn how to produce gold leaf. After continuing on to Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on one of the iconic Buddha statues.
 
Marvel at the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun sets to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside before a night at your resort. (B,L,D)
 
Day 14 Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your journey home. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
Scenic Highlights
  • Visit Myanmar’s first World Heritage Site
  • Explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Inwa
  • Discover the village of Myinkaba, famous for its laquerware workshops.
  • Explore the temples of Bagan with Scenic FreeChoice
  • Try local forms of transport including trishaws and horse carts
  • Visit traditional tea shops and sample local snacks with friendly locals
  • Donate to the saffron-clad monks and novices collecting alms in Mandalay
  • Visit local villages and see how the locals make their livelihood
  • ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and PORTERAGE
All This Included
This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the future looks bright for some of the friendliest people on earth. From Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Pyay to board the latest custom-built ship in Scenic’s fleet. The Scenic Aura will take you on a very special voyage revealing the vast diversity and richness of the many influences that have shaped Myanmar.

Scenic Aura Ultimate Inclusions
  • 100% one bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet (when signal available)
  • Return airport transfers
Scenic Special Stay
  • Sule Shangri-La, Yangon in Horizon Club Rooms
Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • Help produce gold leaf and place it on Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay
  • Lunch with nuns at a monastery in Sagaing
  • Mingle with villagers at a traditional afternoon tea buffet at a monastery in Bagan
  • Partake in the oil lamp lighting tradition at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
Scenic Sundowners
  • Bypass the crowds and enjoy sunset drinks overlooking Bagan Plain from Clay Pot Mountain
  • On the water overlooking U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to help capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.
Dining Experiences
  • All meals on board and as stated with Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) ashore including two local beers or soft drinks with lunches and dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Yangon: Sule Shangri-La, Yangon in Horizon Club Rooms
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
Mandalay: To be determined
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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