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Mystical Irrawaddy 2020-2021
(Yangon to Mandalay)

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon
Settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. Enjoy your 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.

Enrich
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
Today, take advantage of nearly a full day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Late this afternoon arrive in Magwe for the night. (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 to an end to an 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 full 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.

Enrich
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 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.

Enrich
Then be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Bagan > Pakkoku
Between 01 October and 31 March, take a 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.

Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and it’s temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty. 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
Enrich
In Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special 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.

Sundowners
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. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace.

Enrich
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.

Enjoy your farewell dinner and overnight stay in Mandalay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Mandalay
Transfer to the airport for your journey home. (Breakfast)

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

All This Included
Settle into Yangon for two nights before transferring to the luxurious Scenic Aura in Bagan for a remarkable river cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the traditional culture of the friendliest people on earth.

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.
  • 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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