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Mystical Irrawaddy 2018-2019

14 days with Scenic  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar and settle into hotel for a two night Special Stay. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2 Yangon
Freechoice: Embark for a ride on the local 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.

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

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.

This evening enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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

Day 4 Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
Admire the view over Pyay with a visit to the Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site. Return to the ship to commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and the time-honoured face decoration that is Thanaka. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Thayetmyo
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Magwe
In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a sidecar. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill with superb views over the river. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Salay > Bagan
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, 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 local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Bagan
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 01 October and 31 March, take a chance to ride in a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

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 enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

Afterwards, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple.

Enrich
This evening, be treated to a special occasion arranged especially for Scenic guests where you will be able to partake in a magical tradition of the Burmese people. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 Bagan > Pakkoku
Enrich
Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people.

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. Depart Bagan and stop off at the Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory before continuing to Yandabo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Yandabo
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 artisans honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

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

Across the river, explore by horse and cart the sites within the ruins of Inwa’s palace, for more than 400 years the capital of the Ava Kingdom. (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 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 Scenic Aura’s crew special farewell. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

Later as the sun sets, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside before your farewell dinner and a night at Mandalay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Mandalay
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your journey home. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Journey from Yangon to Pyay on board the luxurious and all-inclusive Scenic Aura. Experience the vast diversity and influences that have shaped Myanmar.

This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the future looks bright for some of the friendliest people on earth.

From Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Pyay 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. Burmese, British, Chinese and Indian influences will reveal themselves as you journey through the 2,200-year-old kingdom of Sri Ksetra, the British colonial-influenced town of Thayetmyo and 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.
  • Welcome reception
  • Enrich - Oil lamp lighting
  • Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery
  • Discover Sri Ksetra
  • Colonial architecture
  • Trishaw ride
  • Enrich - Colonial experience
  • Freechoice, Enrich – Traditional activity
  • Enrich - Morning alms
  • Village
  • Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery
  • Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge
  • Enrich - Gold leaf
  • Farewell
  • 37 meals including 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Aura
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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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