Mystical Irrawaddy

From Yangon to Mandalay, navigate the Irrawaddy River in 5-star luxury on board Scenic Aura. Visit Bagan's Ananda Temple, Sagaing, Salay and Mingun.

14 Days
Yangon to Mandalay
From (AUD)
$ 9,495
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Yangon > Mandalay

A glorious patchwork of treasures

This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the traditional culture of the friendliest people on earth.
After exploring Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Bagan 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. Discover 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

  1. Day 1 - Yangon

    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

  2. Day 2 - Yangon

    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

  3. Day 3 - Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan, one of South East Asia’s most significant and richest archaeological sites. 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 and relax at the welcome cocktail reception as you set sail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Salay

    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

  5. Day 5 - Magwe > Yenanchaung

    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

  6. Day 6 - Yenanchaung > Bagan

    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

  7. Day 7 - Bagan

    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

  8. Day 8 - Bagan > Pakkoku

    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

  9. Day 9 - Sailing

    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

  10. Day 10 - Sagaing

    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

  11. Day 11 - Kyauk Myaung

    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

  12. Day 12 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

    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

  13. Day 13 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

    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 a night at Mandalay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Mandalay

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

    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 9 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 37 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all 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

Pricing & Availability