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 Sailing > Magwe
Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Arrive into Magwe later this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Magwe > Minhla Fort
Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream to the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British brought an end to independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards Salay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Sailing > Salay
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 day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Salay > Bagan
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to 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 while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.
Continue sailing to Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Bagan
Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.
Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan.
Alternatively, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.
Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of candlelit Bagan temple ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Bagan > Pakkoku
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.
Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 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 artisans honing their craft. Continue sailing to Mingun. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Mingun
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura
In Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.
Also take in the views over the Irrawaddy River from Sagaing Hill before sailing to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.
In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein 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 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)
On this 18 day round-trip from Yangon, cruise the Irrawaddy River in 5-star luxury onboard Scenic Aura. Visit Sagaing and enjoy drinks under U-Bein Bridge.
Myanmar’s exquisite temples might 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 Magwe to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, 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.
Scenic Enrich – Oil lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda
Bagan's Ananda Temple
Scenic Enrich – Gold leaf
Scenic Enrich – Intha meal
Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Sundowners Inle Lake
49 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches and 16 Dinners