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Mystical Myanmar on Scenic Aura

Yangon, Myanmar Round-trip
Length: 18 Days - Departs: Fri, Oct 01, 2021
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Departure
Oct 01, 2021
Arrival
Oct 18, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Yangon
    Fri, Oct 01, 2021

    Settle into your Club floor room at your hotel Yangon for a two night Special Stay. This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

  2. Day 2
    Yangon
    Sat, Oct 02, 2021

    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
    Enjoy your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise
    Sun, Oct 03, 2021

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival wander through the city’s oldest market at Nyaung U, followed by a local lunch. Later, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty, before transferring to the luxurious Scenic Aura, where you can relax at the welcome reception as you set sail.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Sailing > Magwe
    Mon, Oct 04, 2021

    Spend the morning relaxing and getting to know the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the river, Scenic Aura. This afternoon arrive in Magwe, exploring the town by traditional trishaw. Take in the elevated views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Remain alongside over night for your own exploration.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Magwe > Minhla Fort
    Tue, Oct 05, 2021

    This morning continue cruising downstream to Minhla and it’s Italian built forts where their capture by the British brought to an end to an independent Burma.  Explore the fort before accepting the challenge to shop as a local in the market. Afterwards begin sailing back upstream towards Salay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Sailing
    Wed, Oct 06, 2021

    Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool, attend an on board demonstration or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Salay > Bagan
    Thu, Oct 07, 2021

    Arrive early this morning. On your exploratory walking tour of this colonial riverside town, admire the mix of old Burmese and British architecture and visit Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum. 

    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.

    Continue sailing upstream to Bagan. Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location. Upon arrival, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple.  Continue travelling by horse and cart through a local village, and as the sun begins to set, the surrounding plain filled with temple ruins. Tonight on board enjoy a string puppet show.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Bagan
    Fri, Oct 08, 2021

    For the early risers, attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

    Freechoice: Visit a toddy farm en-route to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before enjoying lunch overlooking the temple or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, either explore the Temple Circuit in more depth, or enjoy a visit to the sites of Old Bagan. 

    Enrich
    Tonight, be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and a cultural show played out in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bagan > Pakkoku
    Sat, Oct 09, 2021

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight
    Balloons over Bagan - Between 01 October and 31 March, take a 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.

    Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku. Upon arrival this afternoon, travel by local tuk tuk to a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory – perfect for shopping. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Yandabo
    Sun, Oct 10, 2021

    After a relaxing morning cruising, 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 and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. Continue sailing to Mingun.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Mingun
    Mon, Oct 11, 2021

    In Mingun, discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura
    Tue, Oct 12, 2021

    Take in the amazing views from the sundeck during the dazzling approach to Myanmar’s spiritual capital Sagaing, dotted with hundreds of gilded pagodas and monasteries.

    Enrich
    Interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special 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, 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
    Wed, Oct 13, 2021

    After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a 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 and check into the Pullman Mandalay Mingalar.

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Mandalay > Inle Lake
    Thu, Oct 14, 2021

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Inle Lake
    Fri, Oct 15, 2021

    Begin with an excursion by the most comfortable long tail boats on the lake to visit Inle Lake’s main market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich
    Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family for your lunch.

    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Inle Lake
    Sat, Oct 16, 2021

    Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to a nearby village.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Inle Lake > Yangon
    Sun, Oct 17, 2021

    Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant. Check into the club floor at Melia Yangon Hotel and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Yangon
    Mon, Oct 18, 2021

    Say farewell to Myanmar.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Burma

Rivers Visited

Irrawaddy

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
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