Mystical Myanmar

From Inle Lake to the Buddhist temple, this combined cruise and land tour is sure to be an enlightening history lesson on religion, art and architecture.

18 Days
Yangon to Yangon
From (AUD)
$ 11,695
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Yangon > Yangon

Uncover a gem of a land

Myanmar’s many wonders are beloved by the inhabitants of this unique and mystical land. Jaw-dropping temples, delicate artwork and a transcendent spirituality are but a few of the many beautiful things you’ll find as you journey through this once hidden nation.
Yangon is a truly lovely place to begin your travels. Spend time immersing yourself in the tapestry of cultures that live along the banks of the grand waterway, Inle Lake. The former royal city of Mandalay is your next stop before settling into your all-inclusive luxury suite on board Scenic Aura. Get in touch with your spiritual side in the ancient capital of Sagaing where hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries await. Bagan will take your breath away with the sheer breadth of its temple complexes and spending time among them is a moment you’ll always treasure. By the time you return to Yangon, enlightenment will be yours.

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Yangon

    Welcome to Myanmar and your hotel in Yangon for an overnight stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Yangon > Inle Lake

    Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake towards your award-winning resort for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Inle Lake

    Begin with an excursion by the most comfortable long tail boats on the lake to visit Inle Lake’s main market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich

    Learn about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to an Intha family home for lunch.

    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Inle Lake

    Freechoice

    Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Inle Lake > Mandalay

    Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to Mandalay Hill for magnificent sunset views before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

    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 may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

    Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Mingun > Amarapura

    This morning in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Sagaing

    Sagaing, regarded as the country’s spiritual capital, is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

    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 nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

    Set sail to the pottery village of Yandabo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Yandabo > Pakkoku

    Arrive in 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 and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. Later, cruise to Pakkoku for the night to visit a cheroot cigar workshop, local market and a longyi and blanket factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bagan

    Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

    Enrich

    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of floodlit Bagan temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bagan > Salay

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability.

    This morning visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple before cruising downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating back to 1906.

    Remain alongside Salay overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Minhla Fort

    Continue cruising downstream through the morning, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some solitude on your private balcony. Later this afternoon visit the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British during the Third Anglo-Burmese War brought an end to independent Burma.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Magwe

    This morning discover the town of Magwe as you are peddled around in a local trishaw bike. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon relax on board and watch the changing scenery as you sail towards Bagan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Sailing > Bagan

    Make use of the ship’s luxury during your day of sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach this ancient location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Bagan

    Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

    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, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

    Relax on board for the remainder of the day before your farewell dinner tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Then settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Yangon

    Freechoice

    Embark on a ride on the local ‘circle’ 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 and travel by trishaw through the local neighbourhood.

    Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

    Enrich

    As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar, and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this local tradition.

    Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Yangon

    Say ‘Thaw Dau Mal’ to Myanmar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Exclusive Gala Temple View Dinner in Bagan
  • Club Floor Rooms in Yangon
  • Lunch with an Intha family in their home
  • Visit a monastic school and give alms at a nunnery
  • Gold leaf and Mahamuni Pagoda activity
  • Partake in oil lamp lighting at Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Enjoy Burmese tea in a colonial house built in 1906
  • Sundowners – U Bein Bridge, Amarapura
  • Sample authentic local transport options
  • Hotels within walking distance to attractions
  • Same Scenic Tour Director from start to finish

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 48 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 15 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

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