Mystical Myanmar (Downstream)

18 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Yangon to Yangon with Scenic

Begin and end your 18 day (17 night) cruise in Yangon onboard the Scenic Aura and enjoy exclusive savings and cruise inclusions with Scenic and Global Journeys.

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1 Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar and your hotel in Yangon for an overnight stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant. (D)
2 Yangon - Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake towards your award-winning resort for a three night Special Stay. (B/L/D)
3 Inle Lake
Begin with an excursion by 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 traditional Intha cooking with a visit to an Intha family home for lunch. Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.  (B/L/D)
4 Inle Lake
Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by. Sundowners: Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration. (B/L/D)
5 Inle Lake - Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to Mandalay Hill for magnificent sunset views before your overnight stay. (B/L)
6 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. Enrich: Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue. Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception. (B/L/D)
7 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. (B/L/D)
8 Sagaing
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. (B/L/D)
9 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. (B/L/D)
10 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. 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. (B/L/D)
11 Bagan - Salay
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. (B/L/D)
12 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. (B/L/D)
13 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. (B/L/D)
14 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. (B/L/D)
15 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. (B/L/D)
16 Irrawaddy Cruise - Yangon
Disembark and fly to Yangon for 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. (B/L)
17 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. (B/L/D)
18 Yangon
Say ‘Thaw Dau Mal’ to Myanmar. (B)

Scenic Aura

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Scenic All Inclusive
Scenic All Inclusive
Navigate the fascinating waterways of South East Asia from the elegant and comfortable surrounds of your intimate luxury floating hotel. Read more
Scenic Freechoice
Scenic Freechoice
These are hand-selected activities for you to choose from and enjoy at a pace that suits you. Read more
Scenic Enrich
Scenic Enrich
These are experiences that offer once-in-a-lifetime multi-sensory moments that are completely inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. Read more
The Nth Degree
The Nth Degree
Scenic go above and beyond, making your trip a truly carefree, all-inclusive experience. Read more
Up to Five Dining Options
Up to Five Dining Options
Dishes inspired by the region, as well as standard western fare. Exclusive Teppanyaki Bar on board Scenic Aura, all-day River Café and the elegant Crystal or Bamar Dining.
Scenic Butler Service
Butler Service
From nightly turndown to shoeshine and drinks service included for all guests, your butler is there to make your Scenic experience extra special.

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Friday 09 Oct 2020 Monday 26 Oct 2020 Sold Out
Thursday 29 Oct 2020 Sunday 15 Nov 2020 Sold Out
Wednesday 18 Nov 2020 Saturday 05 Dec 2020 Sold Out
Tuesday 08 Dec 2020 Friday 25 Dec 2020 Sold Out
Monday 28 Dec 2020 Thursday 14 Jan 2021 Sold Out
Sunday 17 Jan 2021 Wednesday 03 Feb 2021 Sold Out
Saturday 06 Feb 2021 Tuesday 23 Feb 2021 Sold Out
Friday 26 Feb 2021 Monday 15 Mar 2021 Sold Out
Thursday 18 Mar 2021 Sunday 04 Apr 2021 Sold Out
Friday 08 Oct 2021 Monday 25 Oct 2021 Sold Out
Thursday 28 Oct 2021 Sunday 14 Nov 2021 Sold Out
Wednesday 17 Nov 2021 Saturday 04 Dec 2021 Sold Out
Tuesday 07 Dec 2021 Friday 24 Dec 2021 Sold Out
Monday 27 Dec 2021 Thursday 13 Jan 2022 Sold Out
Sunday 16 Jan 2022 Wednesday 02 Feb 2022 Sold Out
Saturday 05 Feb 2022 Tuesday 22 Feb 2022 Sold Out
Friday 25 Feb 2022 Monday 14 Mar 2022 Sold Out
Thursday 17 Mar 2022 Sunday 03 Apr 2022 Sold Out
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