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Luxury Irrawaddy

Cruise the Irrawaddy on the ultimate 11 day river cruise. Discover Myanmar and all of its delights on an all-inclusive luxury holiday on board Scenic Aura.

11 Day
From (AUD)
$ 6,095
  • 2018 Mandalay > Yangon

    When all you want to do is cruise

    The perfect Irrawaddy River experience, featuring all-inclusive luxury aboard Scenic Aura as a parade of incredible treasures slips by the window of your private Scenic Sun Lounge.

    Myanmar is a country few have had the opportunity to visit and even fewer have travelled into its interior via the elegant Irrawaddy River. Take your time discovering all the earthly (and unearthly) delights that can be found sprinkled across this mystical land. Spend time in the ancient capitals of Inwa (Ava) and Sagaing mixing with local nuns and novices, explore sandstone grottoes near Monywa, decorated with the most delicate of paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues and stand agape at the sheer majesty of the Old Bagan temple complexes. Or simply stay on board and make the most of your beautiful cabin, butler services, fantastic dining and host of facilities. You’ll disembark in the bustling town of Pyay fighting the urge to turn around and do it all over again.

  • 11 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

      Begin your Myanmar adventure in Mandalay. Meet your local guide in the foyer of the Mandalay Hill Resort at 3:00pm. Transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura to begin your Myanmar adventure. On board meet your Cruise and Tour Directors at tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising to Mingun. Please book flights to arrive by midday.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

      In Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.


      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)

      In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.


      In Sagaing interact with novice monks and nuns during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you will partake in our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Myinmu > Monywa

      Sail to Myinmu and drive across the countryside through Monywa to explore the sandstone grottoes decorated with spectacular mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues inside niches. Return to the ship and continue your cruise to Yandabo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Yandabo > Schwe Pyi Thar

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Bagan

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - 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. (Plese note: available only from late-October to mid-March; all flights weather permitting).


      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

      Afterwards, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple.


      Travel to Clay Pot ‘mountain’ and indulge in a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views over the Bagan plain.

      Tonight attend a traditional string puppet show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Bagan > Salay

      Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks and be invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.

      Later travel by horse cart through a local village and the temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Later continue cruising downstream to Salay. On your walking tour 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.


      From the river front, 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 in the cool of the afternoon 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 - Thayetmyo

      An afternoon of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo, which once marked the border between Royal and British Burma. In this quaint port town you can try your hand at putting on a green at the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems at the local market before returning to the ship

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Pyay (Prome)

      Berth in Pyay later this morning. 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 2014. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner back on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

      Disembark with a picnic lunch and drive to Yangon. Just outside of Yangon’s city limits, stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. From here continue onto the Sule Shangri-La Yangon where your adventure ends or change vehicles and continue onto Yangon airport for your onward flight. Expect to arrive in Yangon around 4:00-4:30pm. Please book flights to depart after 6:00pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch