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Mystical Irrawaddy

This unique holiday combines a 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy with hotel stays in the cultural cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK, unlimited complimentary drinks on board and guided shore excursions

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Learn about village life
  • Explore the Burmese markets
  • Burmese fisherman
  • Bagan temples
  • Mount Popa, Bagan
  • Leaning tower of Inwa
  • Mandalay
  • Scenic Sundowner at the U Bein Bridge

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Discover the real Burma as you journey along the mighty Irrawaddy river on this luxury cruise and land tour.

Enjoy a local train ride or take the ferry to Dhala village during your two-night stay in the lively city of Yangon, before boarding your ship to begin the cruise along the beautiful Irrawaddy. See the sights of Magwe on a traditional trishaw, experience a traditional local Burmese tea in a restored colonial villa in Salay, and enjoy an overnight stop in Bagan, one of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world.

Continue to the pottery village of Yandabo and observe craftsmen at work, admire the unfinished pagoda and the famous Mingun Bell in Mingun, and enjoy a special visit to a monastic school in Sagaing. Continue to Amarapura for a special Sundowner experience as you relax with drinks in boats under U Bein Bridge at sunset.

An overnight hotel stay in Mandalay gives ample opportunity to see the sights, from the spectacular Mahamuni pagoda to the impressive Kuthodaw pagoda, home to the World's Largest Book.

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Mystical Irrawaddy Itinerary

Days 1-2 - UK - Yangon (Burma)

Fly from a choice of UK airports to Yangon. The following day, arrive in Yangon and settle into your hotel.

Day 3 - Yangon

Today, there is a choice of excursions. Perhaps embark a local train for a ride around Yangon's suburbs, discover Yangon's thriving art scene or enjoy a ferry ride across the Yangon River to Dhala. Visit Yangon's reclining Buddha, Chautatgyi Paya. This evening, there is a unique Scenic Enrich experience. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the iconic Strand Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Yangon - Bagan

Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan. On arrival wander through the city’s oldest market at Nyaung U, followed by a local lunch. Later, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty, before transferring to the luxurious Scenic Aura, where you can relax at the welcome reception as you set sail. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Magwe

Spend the morning relaxing and getting to know the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the river, Scenic Aura. This afternoon arrive in Magwe, exploring the town by traditional trishaw. Take in the elevated views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Remain alongside over night for your own exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Magwe

This morning continue cruising downstream to Minhla and it’s Italian built forts where their capture by the British brought to an end to an independent Burma. Explore the fort before accepting the challenge to shop as a local in the market. Afterwards begin sailing back upstream towards Salay. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Scenic cruising

Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool, attend an on board demonstration or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Salay - Bagan

Arrive early this morning. On your exploratory walking tour of this colonial riverside town, admire the mix of old Burmese and British architecture and visit Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum. Scenic Enrich: 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 upstream to Bagan. Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location. Upon arrival, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple. Continue travelling by horse and cart through a local village, and as the sun begins to set, the surrounding plain filled with temple ruins. Tonight on board enjoy a string puppet show. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Bagan

Wake up early and attend morning alms for the local monks. Afterwards, visit a toddy farm en-route to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before enjoying lunch overlooking the temple or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, either explore the Temple Circuit in more depth, or enjoy a visit to the sites of Old Bagan. Scenic Enrich: Tonight, be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and a cultural show played out in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Bagan - Pakkoku

Today there is an optional hot air balloon flight which must be purchased prior to the cruise. Today's included excursion is a ride by local tuk tuk to a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory – perfect for shopping. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Yandabo

After a relaxing morning cruising, 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. Continue sailing to Mingun. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Mingun

In Mingun, discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Sagaing - Mandalay - Amarapura

Take in the amazing views from the sundeck during the dazzling approach to Myanmar’s spiritual capital Sagaing, dotted with hundreds of gilded pagodas and monasteries. Scenic Enrich: 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. Scenic Sundowner: 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. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Mandalay

Disembark in Mandalay. Admire the magnificent Shwenandaw and Kuthodaw Pagodas before enjoying a walk through the Mandalay Palace, rebuilt after being destroyed during World War II. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a visit to a golf leaf workshop before heading to the Mahamuni Pagoda where males can place a gold leaf onto the Buddha. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner this evening and enjoying an overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Mandalay - UK

Check-out of the hotel and and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 16 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons, the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note, the reverse itinerary varies slightly.

Price Includes

  • 10-night all inclusive cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Yangon
  • 1-night hotel stay in Mandalay
  • Return flights from a choice of UK airports and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary beverages on board the ship
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Scenic Enrich experiences, Scenic FreeChoice inclusions and Scenic Sundowners
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Cruise Extensions

  • Mystical Myanmar: A 19-night itinerary is available which includes an additional night in Yangon and three-night stay at Inle Lake. Please contact us for details and pricing

Special Features

  • Scenic Enrich Experiences:
  • Welcome Dinner at the iconic Strand Hotel
  • Enjoy a traditional Burmese tea in a restored colonial villa in Salay
  • Exclusive mystical themed dinner in Bagan
  • Interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans on a visit to a monastic supported school in Sagaing, followed by a nunnery visit
  • Visit a gold leaf workshop and males guests can then place a gold leaf on a Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
  • Scenic FreeChoice excursions:
  • Yangon and Bagan
  • Scenic Sundowner Experience:
  • Enjoy a drink in a boat as you cruise under the U Bein Bridge at sunset
Map for Mystical Irrawaddy