Mystical Myanmar 2021 Scenic River Cruise
Myanmar's precious temples hold pride of place in the centre of this fascinating country, but nature's unrelenting power has carved a few spectacles of its own. After navigating the vibrant streets of Yangon, the tone is set for a journey of eye-opening beauty along the waters of the Irrawaddy, on board the luxurious Scenic Aura.
Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports available on request at an additional supplement. Please call for details.
Settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.
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.
Fly to Bagan. On arrival, enjoy a local lunch before visiting the Ananda Temple. Afterwards transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.
Today, take advantage of nearly a full day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Late this afternoon arrive in Magwe for the night.
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 to an end to an independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards 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 full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town.
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.
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 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.
Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.
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.
Then be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins.
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.
Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and it’s temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory.
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.
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.
In Sagaing 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.
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.
Admire the intricate artistry of Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace.
Learn how to produce gold leaf. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.
Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake towards your award winning resort for a three night Special Stay.
Cruise to Inle Lake’s moving market. Then, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.
Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family for your lunch.
Later visit a Pa-Oh village.
Visit Pindaya Caves, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to a nearby village.
Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration.
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
Say farewell to Myanmar and transfer to the airport for your flight home with Singapore Airlines. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
|30 September 2021||£5,795|
|20 October 2021||£6,140|
|09 November 2021||£6,890|
|29 November 2021||£6,645|
|19 December 2021||£6,445|
- Return flights from London (regional departures may be available at a supplement)
- All meals on board and as stated with Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners ashore including two local beers or soft drinks with lunches and dinners
- Complimentary beverages all day, every day
- Private butler for all guests
- Choice of dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
- Complimentary on board guest laundry
- Complimentary Wi-Fi internet (when signal available)
- Return airport transfers
- Stays in Luxurious Hotels
- Experience Inle Lake by comfortable long tail boats and explore the villages and towns in the surrounding countryside with Scenic FreeChoice
- Visit Myanmar’s first World Heritage Site
- Explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Inwa
- Discover the village of Myinkaba, a small village famous for its laquerware workshops.
- Explore the temples of Bagan with Scenic FreeChoice
- Try local forms of transport including trishaws and horse carts
- Visit traditional tea shops and sample local snacks with friendly locals
- Donate to the saffron-clad monks and novices collecting alms in Mandalay
- Visit local villages and see how the locals make their livelihood
- Tipping, gratuities and porterage are all taken care of
It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here
If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.