Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise

From£5114 Per Person
Highlights
  • Door to Door Transfers 
  • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 9 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 37 meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • EXCLUSIVE DEPARTURE 29 JAN 2020
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Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise

An enchanting Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise on board the Scenic Aura. From Mandalay to Yangon, the Irrawaddy River and the enchanting landscape of Myanmar will accompany you on this adventure of a lifetime. We invite you to step into a world of unprecedented luxury on board the 5-star ship, Scenic Aura — an elegant floating hotel carefully designed to offer seamless luxury travel on the Irrawaddy River.

Exclusive Departure 29 January 2020 includes door to door pick-up!

Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise

 

Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise – the Scenic Aura

First launched on Myanmar’s great river in 2016, Scenic Aura is a 213-foot ship which affords a sense of intimacy and luxury quite unlike any other ship on the Irrawaddy River. The ship hosts just 22 one-bedroom balcony suites capable of accommodating 44 guests in absolute luxury and comfort, and benefits from an almost 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, allowing guests to take complete advantage of Scenic’s signature all-inclusive service.

From the sleek swimming pool and wellness facilities to the spacious suites and exclusive dining venues, every inch of Scenic Aura has been considerately designed to offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation on the waters of the Irrawaddy — so you can explore the landscapes of Myanmar in sophisticated comfort.

 

Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise

Setting a course through the mystical heart of Myanmar, the Irrawaddy grants passage through some of the most enigmatic landscapes on earth, where ancient temples emerge above the jungle treeline, and people hold true to traditions centuries in the making. Rudyard Kipling once described Myanmar as “unlike any place you know”, and you’ll discover the truth of this sentiment yourself with an Irrawaddy river cruise from Scenic.

Join us for a luxury river cruise on the Irrawaddy, and prepare to immerse yourself in the colourful wonders of Myanmar. Our 5-star ship, Scenic Aura, has been custom built to cruise the waters of the Irrawaddy, and offers an intimate and luxurious base from which to savour the cultural highlights and fascinating heritage dotted along the banks of this charming waterway. From the enchanting waters of Lake Inle to the architectural splendour of royal Mandalay, you’ll experience life on the Irrawaddy through the eyes of a local with Scenic.

 

Scenic invites you to step into a world of unprecedented luxury on board our 5-star ship, Scenic Aura — an elegant floating hotel carefully designed to offer seamless luxury travel on the Irrawaddy River.

First launched on Myanmar’s great river in 2016, Scenic Aura is a 213-foot ship which affords a sense of intimacy and luxury quite unlike any other ship on the Irrawaddy River. The ship hosts just 22 one-bedroom balcony suites capable of accommodating 44 guests in absolute luxury and comfort, and benefits from an almost 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, allowing guests to take complete advantage of our signature all-inclusive service.

From the sleek swimming pool and wellness facilities to the spacious suites and exclusive dining venues, every inch of Scenic Aura has been considerately designed to offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation on the waters of the Irrawaddy — so you can explore the landscapes of Myanmar in sophisticated comfort.

Price Includes

  • Door to Door Transfers
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Meals as specified
  • Signature All-Inclusive Service

Itinerary

Mystical Irrawaddy Luxury River Cruise
Mingalaba and welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel in Yangon for your two-night Special Stay. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the iconic Colonial Strand Hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner
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.
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
Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan, one of South East Asia’s most significant and richest archaeological sites. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple. Later, transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception as you set sail.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted into a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.
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 cruising downstream to Magwe.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon begin your cruise upstream on the Irrawaddy.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, take advantage of nearly a full day of cruising on board Scenic Aura, the most luxurious ship on the river as you sail to Bagan. Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 1 October and 31 March, take the 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).
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.
A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples with a drink in hand.
Then 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
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.
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. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the ancient capital of Sagaing 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.
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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After disembarkation, admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful 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.
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.
Later, as the sun sets, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, before your farewell dinner and overnight stay.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Say farewell to Myanmar after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound Stopover.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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