Day 1 Yangon
Mingalaba and welcome to Myanmar (Burma). Settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel. (Dinner)
Day 2 Yangon
Freechoice: Embark a local train for a ride 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.
Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.
As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.
This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise
Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the Ananda Temple. Afterwards transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Salay
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted into a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.
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.
Continue cruising downstream to Magwe. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Magwe > Yenanchaung
In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon begin your cruise upstream on the Irrawaddy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Yenanchaung > Bagan
Today, take advantage of nearly a full day of cruising on board Scenic Aura, the most luxurious ship on the river as you sail to Bagan. Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Bagan
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 1 October and 31 March, take the chance to ride in a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. (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.
A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples with a drink in hand.
Then 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 8 Bagan > Pakkoku
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.
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. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory. (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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Sagaing
In the ancient capital of Sagaing 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 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 12 Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.
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.
Back on board enjoy the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’.
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 the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views before your farewell dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Mandalay > Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch in town, glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your award winning resort for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family where your host will cook and demonstrate to you on how to prepare your traditional lunch.
Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16 Inle Lake
Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to a nearby village and spend time interacting with the locals.
Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Inle Lake > Yangon
Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San.
Check into your hotel for your last night and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Yangon
Say farewell to Myanmar. (Breakfast)