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Mystical Myanmar

20 Day
Between Yangon and Yangon
Irrawaddy
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Travel the mystical lands of the Irrawaddy on board the luxurious Scenic Aura, and discover a world that’s far from ordinary. For over two weeks, you’ll explore Myanmar’s exquisite temples, pagodas, and beauty spots, participating in exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences that promise unforgettable moments of wonder.

Yangon proves the perfect introduction to this remarkable country. Seek out antiques and treasures at the Bogyoke Aung San Market, or journey the Yangon River to the village of Dala. As evening falls, partake in a special Scenic Enrich encounter at Shwedagon Pagoda, and learn about the time-honoured tradition of ‘oil lamp lighting’.

Your Irrawaddy River journey begins in Sri Ksetra, home to the ancient Pyu Kingdom, Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed site. Explore the colonial gems of Thayetmyo, visit Magwe’s spectacular Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, and soak up the spiritual ambience of Salay, where you’re invited to a traditional Burmese tea ritual in a restored villa, dating from 1906.

In Bagan, venture to Mount Popa, or savour stunning views over the ancient city during an optional hot air balloon excursion. Upstream, a special Scenic Enrich experience welcomes you to a quiet Sagaing nunnery, while an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event beneath Amarapura’s U-Bein Bridge is the perfect opportunity to raise a toast to the enriching lands of the Irrawaddy.

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Day 1
Highlights: Your holiday begins

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details.

Day 2
Yangon
Highlights: Welcome reception

Welcome to Myanmar and settle into your executive floor room for a two night Special Stay in Yangon. Your welcome dinner is at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Yangon
Highlights: Enrich - Oil lamp lighting

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

This evening enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access.

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
Highlights: Welcome Reception

On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery before arriving at the luxurious Scenic Aura. Settle in and relax at the welcome cocktail reception. (Please note drive from Yangon to Pyay is approximately 7 hours).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
Highlights: Discover 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Thayetmyo
Highlights: Colonial architecture

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Magwe
Highlights: Trishaw ride

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Salay > Bagan
Highlights: Enrich - Colonial experience

On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Bagan
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich – Traditional activity

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.

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

Freechoice

Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Bagan > Pakkoku
Highlights: Enrich - Morning alms

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.

Enrich

Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Yandabo
Highlights: Village

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
Highlights: Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery

In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
Highlights: Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge

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.

Back on board enjoy Scenic Aura’s crew special farewell.

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
Day 14
Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
Highlights: Enrich - Gold leaf

Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive is Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

As the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before staying a night at Mandalay.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
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 resort for a three night Special Stay. This afternoon relax at your hotel and take in your serene surroundings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Inle Lake
Highlights: Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal

Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Later, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.

In the afternoon, traverse a small canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Inle Lake
Highlights: Freechoice, Sundowners

Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Tauggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively take a local village trek close by to your hotel.

Sundowners
Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

Freechoice

Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Tauggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively take a local village trek close by to your hotel.

Sundowners

Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
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. Later check into your hotel for your last night. Savour your farewell dinner at the Le Planteur Restaurant on Inya Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Yangon
Highlights: Farewell

Say farewell to Myanmar treasuring many wonderful memories and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 20
Arrive UK
Highlights: Arrive home

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