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Mystical Myanmar

18 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 stay.(D)
Day 2  Yangon > Inle Lake

Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before exploring the local township by trishaw. Taste wine at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your hotel a three night special stay.(B,L,D)

Day 3  Inle Lake
Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market and Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda.

Learn all about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to a local Intha family home and restaurant for lunch and a hands-on cooking class.

In the afternoon, traverse a small canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.(B,L,D)

Day 4  Inle Lake
Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to the hidden ‘forest of temples’ at Kakku. Alternatively, take a local village trek.

Tonight enjoy drinks overlooking the stunning lake while sharing today’s tales of exploration.(B,L,D)
Day 5  Inle Lake > Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun sets to enjoy magnificent views before staying a night at your resort.(B,L)
Day 6  Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

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 on display at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’.

Embark on the Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception.(B,L,D)

Day 7  Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
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.

Enjoy an evening drink in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.(B,L,D)
Day 8  Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
Stop at the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa.

During a special visit to Monastic Education School in Sagaing, you will be invited to donate a gift 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 9  Myinmu > Monywa
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.(B,L,D)
Day 10  Yandabo
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.(B,L,D)

Day 11  Bagan
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).

Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats, 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.

Afterwards visit the most iconic sight in this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple, before making your way to Shwesandaw Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Temple.

Travel to Clay Pot Mountain and indulge in a relaxing drink away from the crowds while soaking up magical views and grandeur over the Bagan plain.(B,L,D)

Day 12  Bagan > Salay
Visit Ananda Temple where we will meet horse carts to ride to Mingalarzedi Pagoda. Afterwards visit a local lacquerware workshop and enjoy a demonstration.

A local village monastery will invite you to attend a delicious afternoon tea event. Savour the traditional fares on offer, meet the village locals and observe the area’s unique way of life.(B,L,D)
Day 13  Magwe
Explore Magwe by trishaw to visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda.(B,L,D)

Day 14  Thayetmyo
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.(B,L,D)

Day 15  Pyay (Prome)
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.(B,L,D)

Day 16  Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon
Disembark and drive to Yangon, stop at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. Enjoy a city tour before your two night special stay.(B,L)

Day 17  Yangon
Freechoice: Shop at Bogyoke Aung San Market. Alternatively, tour Yangon’s art scene, or explore Dhala village.

Explore the cobbled streets of Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake and Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

Wander through Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’.

Savour tonight’s farewell dinner.(B,L)

Day 18  Yangon
Say goodbye to Myanmar.(B)

Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Experience Inle Lake by comfortable long tail boats and explore the villages and towns in the surrounding countryside with Scenic FreeChoice
  • Visit Myanmar’s first World Heritage Site
  • Explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Inwa
  • Discover the village of Myinkaba, a small village 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 This Included
Yangon is the ideal introduction to Myanmar. After navigating through the vibrant streets and watching the sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, the tone is set for a journey of eye-opening beauty. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury and spend 11 glorious days cruising from Pyay to Mandalay, seeing the sights from a revolutionary vantage point. Then it’s on to Lake Inle, a giant freshwater spectacle where locals cross the placid ripples on fl at-bottomed skiffs, propelled by an ancient one-leg rowing technique that’s been perfected over centuries. This is one of many ancient traditions you will come face to face with during your mesmeric adventure through the core of this striking land.

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 Stays
  • Sule Shangri-La, Yangon in Horizon Club Rooms
  • Aureum Palace Hotel and Resort, Lake Villa
Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • Enjoy lunch and traditional cooking with a local Intha family in their home on Inle Lake
  • Help produce gold leaf and then place it on Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay
  • Lunch with local nuns at a monastery in Sagaing
  • Mingle with villagers at a traditional afternoon tea buffet at a local 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
  • Overlooking Inle Lake reflect on your experiences during your memorable stay
  • 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: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
Mandalay: To be determined
Inle Lake: To be determined
Yangon: To be determined
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices include port and sundry charges.
  • 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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