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Mystical Myanmar

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,995
  • 2019/2020 Yangon > Yangon

    From royal Mandalay to entrancing Inle Lake

    Myanmar’s exquisite temples might 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 Magwe to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, 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

      Mingalaba and welcome to Myanmar (Burma). Settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Oil lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda
      Freechoice

      Embark a local train for a ride 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.

      Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

      Enrich

      As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

      This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise
      Highlights:
      Bagan's Ananda Temple

      Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the Ananda Temple. Afterwards transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Salay
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Colonial experience

      On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted into a museum 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.

      Continue cruising downstream to Magwe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Magwe > Yenanchaung
      Highlights:
      Trishaw ride

      In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon begin your cruise upstream on the Irrawaddy.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Yenanchaung > Bagan
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Today, take advantage of nearly a full day of cruising on board Scenic Aura, the most luxurious ship on the river as you sail to Bagan. 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 7 - Bagan
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Temple Dinner

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 1 October and 31 March, take the chance to ride in a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. (Must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability).

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits, or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

      Sundowners

      A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples with a drink in hand.

      Enrich

      Then be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included drinks and a cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Bagan > Pakkoku
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks or watch sunrise from atop one of the temples inside the park.

      After breakfast 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. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Sailing
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Sagaing
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Monastic school and nunnery visit
      Enrich

      In the ancient capital of Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school. Continue to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Kyauk Myaung
      Highlights:
      Pottery Village

      After a morning cruising through the waters where the Irrawaddy dolphin is known to live, we arrive at the pottery village of Kyuak Myaung. Wander through the village to witness the artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing pottery

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
      Highlights:
      Scenic Sundowners U-Bein Bridge

      Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the 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 the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
      Highlights:
      Scenic 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.

      As the sun sets, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views before your farewell dinner and an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Mandalay > Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Nyaung Shwe

      Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch in town, glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your award winning resort for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – 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 life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family where your host will cook and demonstrate to you on how to prepare your traditional lunch.

      Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Sundowners Inle Lake
      Freechoice

      Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to a nearby village and spend time interacting with the locals.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Inle Lake > Yangon
      Highlights:
      Historic Yangon

      Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San.
      Check into your hotel for your last night and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell to Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • 3 Scenic Sundowners event
    • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
    • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 49 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 16 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day, every day throughout your cruise
    • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
    • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
    • All tipping and gratuities