Mystical Irrawaddy

Dip your toes into the magic of Myanmar and cruise along the Irrawaddy river on the luxurious Scenic Aura, your all-inclusive home-away-from-home.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,685
  • 2018 Mandalay > Yangon

    Dip your toes into the magic of Myanmar

    From Mandalay to Yangon the sublime Irrawaddy River and equally enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. Only recently opened to western travellers, this land of deep spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight

    Scenic Aura will be your all-inclusive luxurious home-away-from-home. Experience traditional river village life in Schwe Pyi Thar, let the awe of Bagan wash over you and explore the colonial relics of Thayetmyo and Salay before arriving in the bustling capital of Yangon. The city offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. As the sun sets on an incredible experience you’ll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony, an uplifting and magical way to conclude your time in this mystical land.

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Mandalay

      Welcome to Mandalay. Enjoy the magnificent sunset views from Mandalay Hill before your welcome dinner and an overnight stay. (Please book flight to arrive by 2pm).

      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.

      Afterwards board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising to Mingun.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - 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.

      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 4 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)

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

      Enrich

      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, the leaning Inwa Tower and remains of Inwa Fort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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).

      Freechoice

      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.

      Sundowners

      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 8 - Bagan > Salay
      Enrich

      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.

      Enrich

      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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

      Disembark with a picnic lunch and drive to Yangon. Stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. Continue to Yangon to enjoy your two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Yangon
      Freechoice

      Hunt for gifts and handicrafts at Bogyoke Aung San Market. Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Yangon’s art scene, or cross the Yangon River by ferry to Dhala village.

      Explore the cobbled streets of Yangon, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and Yangon’s largest reclining Buddha.

      Enrich

      As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition.

      Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Yangon

      Say Thaw Dau Mal to Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 5 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 6 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Sundowners events
    • 1 memorable Special Stay
    • 37 meals – 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners