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Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong 2020

26 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon
Disembark and fly to Yangon for lunch at the House of Memories Restaurant, former office of General Aung San. Later, settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay.

Meals included: 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Yangon > Siem Reap
Bid farewell to Myanmar and fly to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 Siem Reap
Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Enrich
Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16 Siem Reap
Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a NGO supported local bakery school.

Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Enrich
Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

Enrich
Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Later sail downstream to Koh Dach, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Sundowners
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Upon arrival revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi or cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy your private balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Visit historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice: Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board and learn to make cocktails.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories.

Meals included: Breakfast

All This Included
Over 26 days, explore the best of Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia in 5-star luxury. Visit ancient pagodas and temples and admire the beautiful landscapes.

Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey through Myanmar and then onto Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

After exploring Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Bagan to board the latest custom-built ship in Scenic’s fleet. Scenic Aura will take you on a very special voyage revealing the vast diversity and richness of the many influences that have shaped Myanmar. Discover the astounding temples of Bagan. Moving on to Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you’ll spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences that will allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, and let you become one with this magnificent waterway.
  • Scenic Enrich – Gold leaf
  • Historic Yangon
  • Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Welcome on board
  • Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing
  • Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea
  • Royal Palace, Border crossing
  • Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice
  • Scenic Freechoice Dining
  • Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum
  • Farewell
  • 70 meals including 25 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches and 23 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.
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* 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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