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Mystical Myanmar

An 18 day journey through untouched Myanmar. Unearth archaeological wonders, spend time on Inle Lake and cruise along the Irrawaddy River in luxury.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,740
  • 2016/2017 Yangon > Yangon

    Tour Code:

    MYMM

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Yangon

    Return City:

    Yangon

    Selected Itinerary

    From royal Mandalay to entrancing Inle Lake

    Myanmar’s exquisite temples hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerizing country, however Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power has carved out a few spectacles of her own.

    Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Pyay to Mandalay. Encounter traditional, untouched villages, have the opportunity to visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel for a special two night stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Enrich: lamp lighting Shwedagon Pagoda
      Freechoice

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

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
      Highlights:
      Sule Pagoda

      Unearth the secrets of Sule Pagoda before commencing your drive to Pyay. Stop at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. In Pyay, board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at a champagne welcome reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Thayetmyo
      Highlights:
      Colonial architecture

      In Thayetmyo visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems on offer at the local market.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Magwe
      Highlights:
      Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

      Explore Magwe by trishaw, similar to a side car, visiting Mya Tha Lun Pagoda set on Naguttama Hill.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Salay > Bagan
      Highlights:
      Youqson Kyaung

      Today visit Youqson Kyaung, a striking teak monastery. As your day continues, encounter the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar before visiting the trio of brick shrines at Paya Thonzu. Visit the most iconic sight of this region, the Ananda Temple. Later enjoy a horse and cart through a village and ride past Shwesandaw Pagoda.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a tea house stop at Salay House.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bagan
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Sundowners at Clay Pot Mountain

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be pre-booked. (Note: Available only from late- October to late-March; all flights weather permitting)

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, 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.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy a visit to Clay Pot Mountain and relish a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views over the Bagan plain

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bagan > Shwe Pyi Thar
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Saffron-clad monks
      Enrich

      Partake in giving morning alms to the saffron-clad monks.

      Leaving Bagan, stop off at the riverside village of Shwe Pyi Thar. Leisurely walk through a typical village along the Irrawaddy River. Observe the local villagers as they process the tory palm sap to make sugar, sweets and liquor.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Bagan > Yandabo
      Highlights:
      Village visit

      Arrive in Yandabo. Famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Monastic Education School and lunch

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

      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 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 uncracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

      Sundowners

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

      Later, enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      Disembark your ship today.

      Enrich

      Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. After continuing on to Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on one of the iconic Buddha statues.

      Marvel at the intricate artistry on display at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, head to Mandalay Hill as the sun sets to enjoy the magnificent views before a night at your resort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mandalay > Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Red Mountain Estate Vineyard

      Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before continuing to Nyaung Shwe for exploration by trishaw. Relax at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards for some local wine tasting. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your hotel for a three night special stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Enrich: cooking class in local home

      Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Later, visit the Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.

      Enrich

      Learn all about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to a local Intha family home for lunch and a hands-on cooking class.

      In the afternoon, traverse a small canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Sundowners overlooking Inle Lake
      Freechoice

      Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or travel deep into the Shan Hills to the hidden ‘forest of temples’ at Kakku. Alternatively set off on foot to explore Inle’s surroundings on a local village trek.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Inle Lake > Yangon
      Highlights:
      Yangon city tour

      Fly to Yangon for one last special stay. Undertake a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Yangon. Later, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and enjoy a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Tonight savour your farewell dinner in Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say goodbye to Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • 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
    Scenic Special Stays
    • Sule Shangri-La, Yangon in Horizon Club Rooms
    • Aureum Palace Hotel and Resort, Lake Villa
    Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences
    • Enjoy lunch and traditional cooking with a local Intha family in their home on Inle Lake
    • Help produce gold leaf and then place it on Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay
    • Lunch with local nuns at a monastery in Sagaing
    • Mingle with villagers at a traditional afternoon tea buffet at a local monastery in Bagan
    • Partake in the oil lamp lighting tradition at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
    Scenic Sundowners
    • Bypass the crowds and enjoy sunset drinks overlooking Bagan Plain from Clay Pot Mountain
    • Overlooking Inle Lake reflect on your experiences during your memorable stay
    • On the water overlooking U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to help capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.
    Dining Experiences
    • All meals on board and as stated with Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) ashore including two local beers or soft drinks with lunches and dinners
    Scenic Highlights
    • Experience Inle Lake by comfortable long tail boats and explore the villages and towns in the surrounding countryside with Scenic FreeChoice
    • Visit Myanmar’s first World Heritage Site
    • Explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Inwa
    • Discover the village of Myinkaba, a small village famous for its laquerware workshops.
    • Explore the temples of Bagan with Scenic FreeChoice
    • Try local forms of transport including trishaws and horse carts
    • Visit traditional tea shops and sample local snacks with friendly locals
    • Donate to the saffron-clad monks and novices collecting alms in Mandalay
    • Visit local villages and see how the locals make their livelihood
    • ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and PORTERAGE