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Mystical Myanmar

From Mandalay to Inle Lake, Myanmar is full of hidden gems. Take to the waterways of the Irrawaddy on an all-inclusive river cruise on board Scenic Aura.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 13,390
  • 2018 Yangon > Yangon

    From royal Mandalay to entrancing Inle Lake

    Myanmar’s exquisite temples hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerising 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 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.

    Tour Code:

    MYMM

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Yangon

    Return City:

    Yangon

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel for a two night Special Stay in Yangon. (Please book flight to arrive by 4.30pm).

      Meals included: Dinner

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

      Board the Circle Train for a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colourful life of rural Burmese people. Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

      Later, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

      Enrich

      As the sun begins to set, wander around 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:
      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

      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. Later 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 side car. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. 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 a 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 Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

      After arriving in Bagan visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple before travelling by horse cart through a local village and the surrounding temple ruins.

      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 purchased prior to your cruise. (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 discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan.

      Afterwards, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware.

      Sundowners

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bagan > Schwe Pyi Thar
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Morning alms and traditional breakfast
      Enrich

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

      Leaving Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Yandabo
      Highlights:
      Pottery 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 craftsmen honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      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, a brick pagoda and remains of Inwa Fort.

      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. Admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

      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.

      Later, enjoy your last dinner on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      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 will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

      As the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before staying a night at Mandalay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mandalay > Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Special Stay

      Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before continuing to Nyaung Shwe. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Inle Lake:
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal

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

      Enrich

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

      Later visit 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 visit Taunggyi then stroll through Myanmar’s first vineyard estate before lunch and wine tasting. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

      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 Yangon's cobbled streets. Tonight savour your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell to Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast