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Mystical Myanmar

18 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel for a special two night stay. (Dinner)

Day 2 Yangon
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. (Breakfast Lunch)
 
Day 3 Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 4 Pyay (Prome) > 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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 5 Thayetmyo
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 6 Minhla > Magwe
Cruise to Minhla and explore the region’s famous fort. Later explore Magwe by trishaw, similar to a side car, visiting Mya Tha Lun Pagoda set on Naguttama Hill. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 7 Salay
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 8 Salay > Bagan
Stop off at Myinkaba, a small village famed for its lacquerware. Pick up some unique gifts before arriving in Bagan to visit the most iconic sight of this region, the Ananda Temple.
 
Enrich: A local village monastery will invite you to attend a delicious afternoon tea event. After the monastery, make your way to Shwesandaw Pagoda and Dhammayangyi Temple.
 
Sundowners: Enjoy a visit to Clay Pot Mountain and relish a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views over the Bagan plain. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 9 Bagan
Start your day with an invigorating visit to the bustling Nyaung U market, before stopping at a local tea house.
 
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Alternatively, take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased on tour. (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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 10 Bagan > Yandabo
Leaving Bagan, stop off at the riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar before arriving in Yandabo. Famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and local cosmetic Thanaka. In the evening, attend a traditional puppet show. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 11 Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.
 
Enrich: During a special visit to a quiet nunnery in Sagaing, you will be invited to donate food 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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 12 Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 13 Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
Partake in giving morning alms to the saffron-clad monks before returning to your ship to disembark.
 
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 14 Mandalay > Inle Lake
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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 15 Inle Lake
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.
 
Freechoice Dining: Choose between Aureum Palace Hotel or the Red Mountain Estate Vineyard. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 16 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, explore Sagar, a place which offers a taste of the ‘real’ Inle Lake or 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. (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 17 Inle Lake > Yangon
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. ( Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

Day 18 Yangon
Say goodbye to Myanmar. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise 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
All This Included
Yangon is the ideal introduction to Myanmar. After navigating through the vibrant streets and watching the sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, the tone is set for a journey of eye-opening beauty. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury and spend 11 glorious days cruising from Pyay to Mandalay, seeing the sights from a revolutionary vantage point. Then it’s on to Lake Inle, a giant freshwater spectacle where locals cross the placid ripples on fl at-bottomed skiffs, propelled by an ancient one-leg rowing technique that’s been perfected over centuries. This is one of many ancient traditions you will come face to face with during your mesmeric adventure through the core of this striking land.

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

Accommodations on this Tour
Yangon: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
Mandalay: To be determined
Inle Lake: To be determined
Yangon: To be determined
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices include port and sundry charges.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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