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Mystical Irrawaddy 2019-2020
(Mandalay to Yangon)

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Mandalay
Welcome to Mandalay and an overnight stay. Later, meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2 Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise
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

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

Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 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 4 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 5 Sagaing > Amarapura
Sagaing is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

Enrich
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.

Sundowners
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 6 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 7 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.

Enrich
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 8 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 9 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 10 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.

Sundowners
A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples, with drink in hand.

Enrich
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 11 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 12 Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon
Disembark and fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Later, settle into your hotel inYangon for a two night Special Stay. This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 13 Yangon
Freechoice: Ride a local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

Enrich
As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Yangon
Say 'Thaw Dau Mal' to Myanmar. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
From Mandalay to Yangon, the sublime Irrawaddy River and the equally enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. Only recently opened to western travellers, this land of deep spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight.

Scenic Aura will be your all-inclusive luxurious home-away-from-home. Experience traditional river village life in Kyauk Myaung, let the awe of Bagan wash over you and explore the colonial relics of Magwe and Salay before arriving in the bustling capital of Yangon. The city offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. As the sun sets on an incredible experience you’ll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony, an uplifting and magical way to conclude your time in this mystical land.
  • Pottery Village
  • Hsinbyume Pagoda
  • Scenic Enrich – Monastic school, Scenic Sundowners U-Bein Bridge
  • Cheroot and longyi factory
  • Scenic Enrich – Colonial experience
  • Trishaw ride
  • Full day sailing
  • Horse cart ride, Scenic Enrich – Temple Dinner
  • Scenic Freechoice, Ananda Temple
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • 37 meals including 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
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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