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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 two night Special Stay in Yangon. (Please book flight to arrive by 4:30pm). (D)

Day 2 Yangon
Freechoice: Board the Circle Train for a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colourful life of rural Burmese people. 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 around 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
On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, you'll board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception. (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. Later commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Thayetmyo
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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Magwe
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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Salay > Bagan:
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar. (B,L,D)

Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

After arriving in Bagan visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple before travelling by horse cart through a local village and the surrounding temple ruins.

Day 8 Bagan
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).

Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan.

Afterwards, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware.

Travel to Clay Pot ‘mountain’ and indulge in a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views at sunset over the Bagan plain. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Bagan > Schwe Pyi Thar
Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks before being invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.

Leaving Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Yandabo
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. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

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

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

Day 12 Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
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.

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.

Later, enjoy your last dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
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.

Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

As the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before staying a night at Mandalay. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Mandalay > Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before continuing to Nyaung Shwe. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your three night Special Stay. This afternoon relax at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards for some local wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Inle Lake:
Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Then, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.

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

Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Inle Lake
Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or stroll through Myanmar’s first vineyard estate before lunch and wine tasting. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Inle Lake > Yangon
Fly to Yangon for one last Special Stay. Undertake a walking tour through Yangon's cobbled streets. Later, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Tonight savour your farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Yangon
Say farewell to Myanmar. (B)

Tour Map
All This Included
From Mandalay to Inle Lake, Myanmar is full of hidden gems. Take to the waterways of the Irrawaddy on an all-inclusive river cruise on board Scenic Aura.

Myanmar’s exquisite temples hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerising country, however Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power has carved out a few spectacles of her own.

Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Pyay to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, have the opportunity to visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.
  • Welcome reception
  • Enrich - Lamp lighting Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery
  • Discover Sri Ksetra
  • Colonial architecture
  • Trishaw ride
  • Enrich - Colonial experience
  • Freechoice, Sundowners at Clay Pot Mountain
  • Enrich - Morning alms and traditional breakfast
  • Pottery village
  • Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery visit
  • Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge
  • Enrich - Gold leaf
  • Red Mountain Estate Vineyard
  • Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal
  • Freechoice, Sundowners overlooking Inle Lake
  • Yangon city tour
  • Farewell
  • 49 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches and 16 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
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