Luxury Irrawaddy

On this 11 day Luxury Irrawaddy river cruise from Yangon to Mandalay, enjoy drinks at U-Bein Bridge, partake in morning alms and venture to Mount Popa.

11 Days
Yangon to Mandalay
From (USD)
$ 5,795
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Yangon > Mandalay

The water road to Mandalay

Just like the immortal words of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, find your own story to write home about in this mystical land as you travel up Myanmar’s highway, the Irrawaddy River, to Mandalay.
Begin by exploring the ancient history of Bagan, once the capital of the thriving Burmese empire in the 11-13th centuries. Downstream, explore the British colonial history in Salay and Magwe before commencing your upstream journey to Mandalay. Enjoy sitting back and watching the ever changing scenery pass by. Stop in Pakkoku and learn some traditional crafts, be immersed in the spiritual lives of the local nuns in Sagaing and sail through the waters inhabited by the Irrawaddy dolphin to the pottery village of Kyauk Myaung. Finally end your journey in Mandalay, the legendary town so well known in literature.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
MYST
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Yangon
Return City:
Mandalay

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Meet your Scenic Tour Director this morning at the Pan Pacific hotel at 8:00am from where you transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch, then visit the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the Ananda Temple. Afterwards transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome reception as you set sail.

    Please book flights to arrive by 6am.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Salay

    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.

    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.

    Continue cruising downstream to Magwe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Magwe > Yenanchaung

    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

  4. Day 4 - Yenanchaung > Bagan

    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

  5. Day 5 - Bagan

    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).

    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.

    A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples with a drink in hand.

    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

  6. Day 6 - Bagan > Pakkoku

    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.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Sailing

    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

  8. Day 8 - Sagaing

    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

  9. Day 9 - Kyauk Myaung

    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

  10. Day 10 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura

    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.

    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 the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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.

    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.

    After lunch transfer to the airport where your journey concludes.


    Flights must depart after 4pm if you wish to attend all touring.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 32 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities

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