Day 1 Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise
Welcome to Myanmar. This afternoon, meet your guide at Mandalay Hill Resort at 3:00pm and transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura. Enjoy a welcome on board reception whilst cruising to Mingun.
Please book flights to arrive by 12 midday. (Dinner)
Day 2 Kyauk Myaung
After a morning cruising through the waters where the Irrawaddy dolphin is known to live, we arrive at the pottery village of Kyuak Myaung. Wander through the village to witness the artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing pottery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Mingun
This afternoon 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Sagaing > Amarapura
Sagaing is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.
Interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school. Continue to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Pakkoku
Cruise through the morning to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Salay
Cruise 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.
From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Magwe
Enjoy the morning sailing to Magwe, where you will experience a tour of the town by trishaw. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Sailing
Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Bagan
Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and it’s temple ruins, before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.
A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples, with drink in hand.
Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included drinks and a cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Bagan
Freechoice: Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks or watch sunrise from atop one of the temples inside the park.
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 1 October and 31 March, 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).
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, explore the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.
Later this afternoon visit the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the impressive Ananda Temple before returning on board for your farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon
Disembark and fly to Yangon. After lunch and sightseeing, continue to Yangon International airport where your adventure ends. Please book flights to depart after 6pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)
From Mandalay to Yangon, cruise in 5-star luxury along the Irrawaddy River. Visit the impressive Ananda Temple in Bagan and venture to Mount Popa.
Enjoy the perfect Irrawaddy River experience as you cruise in all-inclusive luxury on board the boutique Scenic Aura. Sit back and relax as a parade of incredible treasures slips by the window of your private Scenic Sun Lounge.
Myanmar is a country few have had the opportunity to visit. Take your time discovering all the earthly (and unearthly) delights that can be found sprinkled across this mystical land. Spend time in Sagaing mixing with local nuns and novices; cruise to the rarely visited Kyauk Myaung pottery village located upstream of the known habitat of the Irrawaddy dolphin, and stand agape at the sheer majesty of the Old Bagan temple complexes. Or, simply stay on board and make the most of your beautiful cabin, fantastic dining and host of facilities.
Scenic Enrich – Monastic school, Scenic Sundowners U-Bein Bridge
Cheroot and longyi factory
Scenic Enrich – Colonial experience
Full day sailing
Horse cart ride, Scenic Enrich – Temple Dinner
Scenic Freechoice, Ananda Temple
30 meals including 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners
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.