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Mystical Myanmar on Scenic Aura 2020/2021

Mystical Myanmar on Scenic Aura 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Aura
Starts: Yangon, Myanmar on Wed, Nov 11, 2020
Ends: Yangon, Myanmar on Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Burma

Rivers Visited

Irrawaddy

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Nov 11, 2020): Yangon

Settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Thu, Nov 12, 2020): Yangon

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
As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 (Fri, Nov 13, 2020): Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise

Fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the Ananda Temple. Afterwards transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, Nov 14, 2020): Sailing > Magwe

Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Arrive into Magwe later this afternoon.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, Nov 15, 2020): Magwe > Minhla Fort

Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream to the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British brought an end to independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards Salay.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Nov 16, 2020): Sailing > Salay

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 day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Nov 17, 2020): Salay > Bagan

On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

Enrich
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 from 1906.

Continue sailing to Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, Nov 18, 2020): 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, 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.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Nov 19, 2020): Bagan > Pakkoku

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Nov 20, 2020): Yandabo

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. Continue sailing to Mingun.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Nov 21, 2020): Mingun

Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Sun, Nov 22, 2020): Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura

Enrich
In Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a 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, 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Mon, Nov 23, 2020): Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

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 Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, Nov 24, 2020): Mandalay > Inle Lake

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Wed, Nov 25, 2020): Inle Lake

Begin with an excursion on 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Thu, Nov 26, 2020): Inle Lake

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

Sundowners
Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Fri, Nov 27, 2020): Inle Lake > Yangon

Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant. Check into your hotel in Yangon and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Sat, Nov 28, 2020): Yangon

Say farewell 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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