Mystical Irrawaddy

16 Days
Yangon to Yangon
From (GBP)
£ 5,295
Dates & Pricing

2021 Yangon > Yangon

A glorious patchwork of treasures

This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the traditional culture of the friendliest people on earth.
Explore the bustling capital of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, which offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Schwedagon Pagoda. As the sun sets, Scenic Enrich will invite you to take part in the magical tradition of an oil lamp lighting ceremony, before boarding your luxurious, 5-star ship in Bagan. Scenic Aura will take you on a very special voyage revealing the vast diversity and richness of the many influences that have shaped Myanmar. Experience the colonial relics of Magwe and Salay, let the awe of Bagan wash over you and experience traditional river village life in the pottery village of Yandabo.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DYMI
Duration:
16 days
Departure City:
Yangon
Return City:
Yangon

16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Yangon

    Mingalaba and welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your room at your hotel in Yangon your two-night Special Stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Yangon

    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.

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

    Enrich

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the Ananda Temple. Afterwards, transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sailing > Magwe

    Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Arrive into Magwe later this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Magwe > Minhla Fort

    Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream to the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British brought to an end to independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards Salay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Sailing > Salay

    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 day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Salay > Bagan

    On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    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 from 1906.

    Continue sailing to Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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, 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.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bagan > Pakkoku

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

    Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Yandabo

    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. Continue sailing to Mingun.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Mingun

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura

    Enrich

    In Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a 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.

    Also take in the views over the Irrawaddy River from Sagaing Hill before sailing to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

    Sundowners

    In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

    After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery. Equally impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace.

    Enrich

    Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place gold leaf on the Buddha statue.

    This evening, enjoy an overnight stay and your farewell dinner at your resort in Mandalay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Mandalay

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover, please enquire for details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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