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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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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Yangon > Mandalay
    Mon, Mar 22, 2021

    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: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021

    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, 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Mingun > Amarapura
    Wed, Mar 24, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Sagaing
    Thu, Mar 25, 2021

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

    Enrich
    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Yandabo > Pakkoku
    Fri, Mar 26, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Bagan
    Sat, Mar 27, 2021

    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.

    Enrich
    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Bagan > Salay
    Sun, Mar 28, 2021

    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.

    Enrich
    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Minhla Fort
    Mon, Mar 29, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Magwe
    Tue, Mar 30, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Sailing > Bagan
    Wed, Mar 31, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Bagan
    Thu, Apr 01, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon
    Fri, Apr 02, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  13. Day 13
    Yangon
    Sat, Apr 03, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Yangon
    Sun, Apr 04, 2021

    Say ‘Thaw Dau Mal’ to Myanmar.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Burma

Rivers Visited

Irrawaddy

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Ship Information

Scenic Aura


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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

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3

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