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Mystical Irrawaddy

16 Day
Between Yangon and Mandalay
Irrawaddy
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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.

The ancient city of Yangon reveals a tapestry of cultural highlights, from the reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi Paya to a thriving art scene that celebrates the diversity and heritage of the region. As evening falls, you’ll visit Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda to participate in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony – just one of the exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences available over the course of this unforgettable journey.

In the ancient capital of Sagaing, interact with nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to the teachings of Buddhism. This special experience allows you to visit a quiet Sagaing nunnery, where you’ll offer alms to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

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* From price is for a 30 November 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

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

Day 2
Yangon

Mingalaba and welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel in Yangon for your 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
Day 3
Yangon
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Oil lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda

Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

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.

Enrich

As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
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 hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple. Later, transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception as you set sail.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Salay
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Colonial experience

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.

Continue cruising downstream to Magwe.

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 6
Magwe > Yenanchaung
Highlights: Trishaw ride

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
Day 7
Yenanchaung > Bagan
Highlights: Full day cruising

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
Day 8
Bagan
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Temple Dinner

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
Day 9
Bagan > Pakkoku
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Sailing
Highlights: Full day cruising

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
Day 11
Sagaing
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Monastic school and nunnery visit

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.

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
Day 12
Kyauk Myaung
Highlights: Pottery Village

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
Day 13
Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
Highlights: Scenic Sundowners U-Bein Bridge

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.

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

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

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.

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 overnight stay.

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
Day 15
Mandalay

Say farewell to Myanmar after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound Stopover.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 16
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