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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)
$ 6,395
  • 2018/2019 Mandalay > Yangon

    When all you want to do is cruise

    Enjoy the perfect Irrawaddy River experience as you cruise in all-inclusive luxury on board Scenic Aura. Sit back and relax 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. 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, 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

      Welcome to Myanmar. Meet your guide at Mandalay Hill Resort and transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura. Enjoy a welcome on board reception whilst cruising to Mingun. Please book flights to arrive by 12.00pm.

      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 stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

      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 3 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava):
      Enrich

      In the ancient capital of 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.

      Across the river, explore by horse and cart the sites within the ruins of Inwa’s palace, for more than 400 years the capital of the Ava Kingdom.

      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 > Pakkoku

      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 and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. Further downstream, stop at Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory. Then relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand as you approach Bagan.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Bagan

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 01 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. 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.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a special occasion arranged especially for Scenic guests where you will be able to partake in a magical tradition of the Burmese people.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Bagan > Salay
      Enrich

      Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

      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. Later continue cruising 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 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 local market before returning to the ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Pyay (Prome)

      Berth in Pyay later this morning. In the afternoon explore Sri Ksetra, one of the ancient Pyu Kingdoms that flourished between 200 B.C. and 900 AD and became Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site in 2014. Then visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda, which contains a series of five terraces. Later, enjoy a special dinner and farewell from Aura’s crew.

      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. Continue onto Yangon airport where your adventure ends later this afternoon. Please book flights to depart after 6.00pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 3 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners events
    • 30 meals – 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners