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Mystical Irrawaddy

Journey from Yangon to Pyay on board the luxurious and all-inclusive Scenic Aura. Experience the vast diversity and influences that have shaped Myanmar.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,290
  • 2018/2019 Yangon > Mandalay

    A glorious patchwork of treasures

    This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the future looks bright for some of the friendliest people on earth.

    From Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Pyay 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. Burmese, British, Chinese and Indian influences will reveal themselves as you journey through the 2,200-year-old kingdom of Sri Ksetra, the British colonial-influenced town of Thayetmyo and the astounding temples of Bagan. Enjoy Burmese tea in a colonial villa in Salay, interact with Sagaing nuns and novices and bask in auburn sunsets on board, complimentary cocktail in hand, as the Myanmar of your imagination comes to life.

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Myanmar and settle into hotel for a two night Special Stay. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel. Please book flights to arrive by 4.30pm.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Oil lamp lighting
      Freechoice

      Embark for a ride on the local train 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.

      Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

      Enrich

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

      This evening enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
      Highlights:
      Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery

      On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, you'll board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
      Highlights:
      Discover Sri Ksetra

      Admire the view over Pyay with a visit to the Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site. Return to the ship to commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Thayetmyo
      Highlights:
      Colonial architecture

      A morning of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo. Try your hand at putting on 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 to continue to Magwe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Magwe
      Highlights:
      Trishaw ride

      In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a sidecar. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill with superb views over the river. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Salay > Bagan
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Colonial experience

      On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the beautiful teak monastery 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.

      Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bagan
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich – Traditional activity

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - 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.

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

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

      Enrich

      This evening, 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, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bagan > Pakkoku
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Morning alms
      Enrich

      Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people.

      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. Depart Bagan and stop off at the Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory before continuing to Yandabo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Yandabo
      Highlights:
      Village

      Sail to 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery

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

      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 12 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge

      Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

      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.

      Back on board enjoy Scenic Aura’s crew special farewell.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Gold leaf

      After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’. 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 will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

      Later as the sun sets, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside before your farewell dinner and a night at Mandalay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mandalay
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your journey home.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

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