Mystical Irrawaddy

Start your 14 day luxury river cruise from Mandalay and journey to Yangon. Discover the temples of Bagan, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda & visit Amarapura.

14 Days
Mandalay to Yangon
From (USD)
$ 7,295
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Mandalay > Yangon

Dip your toes into the magic of Myanmar

From Mandalay to Yangon, the sublime Irrawaddy River and the equally enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. Only recently opened to western travellers, this land of deep spirituality and spectacular treasures will entrance and delight.
Scenic Aura will be your all-inclusive luxurious home-away-from-home. Experience traditional river village life in Kyauk Myaung, let the awe of Bagan wash over you and explore the colonial relics of Magwe and Salay before arriving in the bustling capital of Yangon. The city offers up many surprises including a thriving arts scene and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. As the sun sets on an incredible experience you’ll take part in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony, an uplifting and magical way to conclude your time in this mystical land.

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Mandalay

    Welcome to Mandalay and an overnight stay. Later, meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. 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 may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

    Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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

  4. Day 4 - Mingun

    This afternoon in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sagaing > Amarapura

    Sagaing is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

    Enrich

    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.

    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

  6. Day 6 - Pakkoku

    Cruise through the morning to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory in the afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Salay

    Cruise downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    From the riverfront, 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

  8. Day 8 - Magwe

    Enjoy the morning sailing to Magwe, where you will experience a tour of the town by trishaw. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 towards Bagan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bagan

    Arrive into Bagan this morning. 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.

    Sundowners

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

    Enrich

    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

  11. Day 11 - Bagan

    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.

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight -  Between 1 October and 31 March, take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. (Flights last approximately 45 minutes and 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.

    Later this afternoon visit the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the impressive Ananda Temple before returning on board for your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Later, settle into your hotel inYangon for a two night Special Stay. This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Yangon

    Freechoice

    Ride a 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 sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

    Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Yangon

    Say 'Thaw Dau Mal' to Myanmar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 37 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability