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Mystical Irrawaddy on Scenic Aura 2020/2021

Mystical Irrawaddy on Scenic Aura 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Aura
Starts: Mandalay, Myanmar on Mon, Mar 22, 2021
Ends: Yangon, Myanmar on Sun, Apr 04, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Burma

Rivers Visited

Irrawaddy

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Mon, Mar 22, 2021): Yangon > Mandalay

Welcome to Yangon and transfer to your domestic flight to Mandalay.  Enjoy a night at your resort where you meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your briefing and welcome dinner.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Tue, Mar 23, 2021): 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.

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Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images, male guests may place 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

Day 3 (Wed, Mar 24, 2021): Mingun > Amarapura

This morning 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, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. Sail 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Thu, Mar 25, 2021): Sagaing

Sagaing, regarded as the country’s spiritual capital, is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

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In the ancient capital of Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

Set sail to the pottery village of Yandabo.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Fri, Mar 26, 2021): Yandabo > Pakkoku

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. Later, cruise to Pakkoku for the night to visit a cheroot cigar workshop, local market and a longyi and blanket factory.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Sat, Mar 27, 2021): Bagan

Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sun, Mar 28, 2021): Bagan > Salay

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - 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.

This morning visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple before cruising 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.

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From the riverfront, 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 back to 1906.

Remain alongside Salay overnight.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Mon, Mar 29, 2021): Minhla Fort

Continue cruising downstream through the morning, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some solitude on your private balcony. Later this afternoon visit the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British during the Third Anglo-Burmese War brought an end to independent Burma.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Tue, Mar 30, 2021): Magwe

This morning discover the town of Magwe as you are peddled around in a local trishaw bike. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon relax on board and watch the changing scenery as you sail towards Bagan.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Wed, Mar 31, 2021): Sailing > Bagan

Make use of the ship’s luxury during your day of sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach this ancient location.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Thu, Apr 01, 2021): 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, 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, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

Relax on board for the remainder of the day before your farewell dinner tonight.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Fri, Apr 02, 2021): Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 (Sat, Apr 03, 2021): Yangon

Freechoice: Embark on a ride on the local ‘circle’ 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 and travel by trishaw through the local neighbourhood.

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

Enrich
As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar, and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this local tradition.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Sun, Apr 04, 2021): Yangon

Say ‘Thaw Dau Mal’ to Myanmar.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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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.


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