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Luxury Irrawaddy

On this 11 day Myanmar cruise along the Irrawaddy, you'll discover the beauty of this country. Spend time in ancient capitals, marvel at the landscape.

11 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,490
  • 2016/2017 Mandalay > Yangon

    Tour Code:

    MYST

    Duration:

    11 Days

    Departure City:

    Mandalay

    Return City:

    Yangon

  • 11 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise > Mingun

      Embark on the luxurious Scenic Aura to begin your Myanmar adventure. (Please arrive by midday). Enjoy tonight’s welcome reception.

      Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 2 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

      Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the uncracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy an evening drink in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)

      Stop at the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa.

      Enrich

      During a special visit to Monastic Education School in Sagaing, you will be invited to donate a gift to the resident nuns. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch with them and learn more about the Buddhist religion in Myanmar.

      Later by horse and cart, explore Inwa, the capital of the Ava Kingdom for more than 400 years. Visit a 200-year-old teak monastery and the leaning Inwa Tower.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Myinmu > Monywa

      Sail into Myinmu and begin your road journey to Monywa to explore the sandstone grottoes decorated with spectacular mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues inside niches. Visit the extraordinary Hpowindaugn Caves. Return to the ship and cruise slowly downstream.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 craftsmen honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. En-route to Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and the time-honoured face decoration that is Thanaka. Tonight enjoy a Myanmar themed dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Bagan

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight
      Book a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be pre-booked. (Note: available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting).

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the sights of the Temple Circuit and Nyaung U, plus the Laquerware Museum and workshop, or visit Old Bagan where the largest concentration of temples are located.

      Afterwards visit the most iconic sight in this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple, before making your way to Shwesandaw Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Temple.

      Sundowners

      Travel to Clay Pot Mountain and indulge in a relaxing drink away from the crowds while soaking up magical views and grandeur over the Bagan plain.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Bagan > Salay

      Visit Ananda Temple where we will meet horse carts to ride to Mingalarzedi Pagoda. Afterwards visit a local lacquerware workshop and enjoy a demonstration.

      Enrich

      A local village monastery will invite you to attend a delicious afternoon tea event. Savour the traditional fares on offer, meet the village locals and observe the area’s unique way of life.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Magwe

      Explore Magwe by trishaw to visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Thayetmyo

      Cruise to Thayetmyo, which once marked the border between Royal and British Burma. In this quaint port town visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the local market.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Pyay (Prome)

      Berth in Pyay. Begin with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda which contains a series of five terraces. In the afternoon explore Sri Ksetra, one of the ancient Pyu Kingdoms that flourished between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. and became Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site in June 2014. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner back on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

      Disembark and drive to Yangon. Just outside of Yangon’s city limits, stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. Continue onto Yangon where your adventure ends. (Please book flights to depart after 6:00pm).

      Meals included: Lunch

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic Aura Ultimate Inclusions
    • 100% one bedroom balcony suites
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
    • Private butler for all guests
    • Choice of dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
    • Complimentary on board guest laundry
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet (when signal available)
    • Return airport transfers