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Mystical Irrawaddy
(Mandalay to Yangon)

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Mandalay
On arrival you will be met by your Scenic representative and transferred* to your hotel. Meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing followed by a trip to the top of Mandalay Hill. (D)

Day 2 Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Mingun
Embark on the luxurious Scenic Aura to begin your Myanmar adventure. (Please arrive before 10:00am). After boarding and settling in, 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. This evening raise a toast to the journey. (L,D)

Day 3 Mandalay - Amarapura
Sail back to Mandalay and Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital.

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’.

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 4 Sagaing - Inwa (Ava)
Stop at the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa.

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 5 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 Thanboddhay Monastery, one of the most intricately decorated temples in the country, the stupa with the longest reclining Buddha. Return to the ship and cruise slowly downstream. (B,L,D)

Day 6 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 attend a traditional puppet show. (B,L,D)

Day 7 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 purchased on tour. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).

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.

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.

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 8 Bagan - Tan Kyi Paya
Explore the bustling Nyaung U market, a busy morning market where locals gather from surrounding villages. Stop for a cup of tea in a local teahouse, a key part of daily life in Myanmar. Later travel to the village of Tan Kyi located on the mountain top to view stupas that originally marked the boundaries of Bagan. Reboard your ship and continue cruising to Salay. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Salay - Magwe
In Salay admire Youqson Kyaung, the beautiful teak monastery. Later see the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar and visit Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines. Explore Magwe by trishaw to visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Minhla - Thayetmyo
Start with a morning tour of Minhla including a visit to Minhla Fort. Continue cruising 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 11 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 12 Disembark Cruise – Yangon
Disembark and begin a 5 hour drive to Yangon. Stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery.  This is the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who died during  World War II.  In Yangon visit Sule Pagoda, believed to be over 2,000 years old and containing a hair of Buddha. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Yangon
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.
ander through Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’.
Savour tonight’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Yangon
Say goodbye to Myanmar. (B)
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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 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
Mandalay: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
Yangon: Sule Shangri-La, Yangon in Horizon Club Rooms
  • 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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