Mystical Myanmar

Cruise the Irrawaddy River in 5-star luxury during this 18 day tour. Visit Inle Lake's floating market and enjoy a magical themed temple dinner in Bagan.

18 Days
Yangon to Yangon
From (USD)
$ 8,695
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Yangon > Yangon

Uncover a gem of a land

Myanmar’s many wonders are beloved by the people of this unique and mystical land. Jaw-dropping temples, delicate artwork and a transcendent spirituality are but a few of the many beautiful things you’ll encounter on this journey.
Yangon is a truly lovely place to begin your travels. Spend time immersing yourself in the tapestry of cultures that live along the banks of the grand waterway, Inle Lake. Get in touch with your spiritual side in the ancient capital of Sagaing. Bagan will take your breath away with the sheer scope of its temple complexes and spending time amongst them is a moment you’ll always treasure.

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Yangon

    Welcome to Myanmar and your ovenight stay in Yangon. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Yangon > Inle Lake

    Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your resort for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Inle Lake

    Take an excursion by long tail boats to visit Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich

    Learn all about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to an Intha family home for lunch.
    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Inle Lake

    Freechoice

    Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy evening drinks while overlooking the stunning lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Inle Lake > Mandalay

    Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to Mandalay Hill for magnificent sunset views before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - 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

  9. Day 9 - 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

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon and take lunch at the House of Memories Restaurant. Then settle into your Pacific Club floor room at the Pan Pacific Yangon for a two night Special Stay. This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - 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
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 48 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L) and 15 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

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