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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Mystical Irrawaddy

This unique holiday combines a 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy on brand new ship, Scenic Aura 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

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15 nights from £5595pp

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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Mystical Irrawaddy Special Offer

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

Experience the hustle and bustle of Bogyoke Aung San Market and take part in the oil lamp tradition at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda during your two-night stay in the lively city of Yangon. Travel to Pyay and embark brand new, luxurious ship, Scenic Aura, to begin your Irrawaddy river cruise. Explore Sri Ksetra, capital of the ancient Pyu Kingdom and enjoy a trishaw tour of Magwe.

Enjoy a two-day 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, enjoy a special visit to a monastic school in Sagaing and join a horse and cart tour of Inwa with highlights including the renowned leaning Inwa Tower.

The beautiful town of Mingun is home to an unfinished pagoda and the famous Mingun Bell, while the U Bein Bridge at sunset is the perfect place to enjoy a special Scenic Sundowner experience. 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 London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. The following day, arrive in Yangon and settle into your hotel. Meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the iconic Colonial Strand Hotel. (D)

Day 3 - Yangon

Today, there is a choice of excursions. Perhaps 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. At sunset, learn about the oil lamp lighting tradition before taking part in this tradition at the Shwedagon Pagoda. (B,L)

Day 4 - Yangon - Bagan

Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagan and then 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 enjoy a welcome cocktail. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Salay

This morning, enjoy a walking tour which takes in Youqson Kyaung, a stunning teak monastery, and the largest lacquer Buddha in Burma at the Shinbin Maha Laba Man Pagoda. Scenic Enrich: Soak up the atmosphere of Salay whilst enjoying a traditional Burmese tea in a restored colonial villa. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Magwe - Yenanchaung

See the sights of Magwe on a traditional trishaw and enjoy breathtaking views from the magnificent Mya Tha Lun Pagoda situated on Naguttama Hill, before rejoining the ship and cruising upstream. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Yenanchaung - Bagan

Enjoy the ship's luxurious facilities as you spend the day cruising. This evening, relax on deck with a cocktail and admire the view of temples and pagodas as you cruise into Bagan. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Bagan

An optional hot air balloon ride over the Bagan temples is available but must be booked prior to your cruise. Perhaps travel to Mount Popa which is home to Burma's nats, or explore Nayaung U markets and the Temple Circuit, or head to Old Bagan. Afterwards, learn about Burmese lacquerware production and visit the iconic Ananda Temple. The Scenic Enrich experience this evening is a themed dinner and cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Bagan - Pakkoku

Scenic Enrich: Wake up early and attend morning alms for the local monks and enjoy mohinga, a traditional breakfast. Enjoy a horse and cart ride through a local village and past temple ruins then learn about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Leave Bagan and visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory in Pakkoku. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Cruising the Irrawaddy

Enjoy the ship's facilities and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or relax on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Sagaing

Visit a monastic school in Sagaing and interact with the nuns and monks, before heading to a nunnery to partake in a donation to the nuns before their meal. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Kyauk Myaung

In the pottery village of Kyauk Myaung, wander through the streets to see the local artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing pottery, (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Mingun - Mandalay

Scenic Aura cruises to Mingun, home to an unfinished brick pagoda and the renowned Mingun Bell, plus the magnificent white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Later, cruise to Mandalay, from where you can visit Amarapura. Enjoy a special Scenic Sundowner as you board boats and cruise under the U Bein Bridge at sunset with a drink in hand. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Mandalay

Disembark in Mandaley. 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 to place your gold leaf onto a Buddha. Later, climb to the top of Mandalay Hill for spectacular views before dining at the Mandalay Hill resort this evening and enjoying an overnight stay. (B,L)

Day 15 - Mandalay - UK

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

Day 16 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

For navigational reasons, the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night all inclusive cruise
  • Two-night stay at the Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Yangon
  • One-night stay at the Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
  • Return flights from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham 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:
  • Take part in the oil lamp lighting ceremony at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
  • Enjoy afternoon tea in a restored colonial villa in Bagan
  • Partake in a magical Burmese tradition
  • Attend morning alms with the monks and a traditional breakfast in Bagan
  • Visit a nunnery in Sagaing
  • Visit a gold leaf workshop and 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
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 1st - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £5690
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5890 Brochure Price from: £6490 Brochure Price from: £6890 Brochure Price from: £7590
      Blue Water Price from: £5690 Blue Water Price from: £6290 Blue Water Price from: £6690 Blue Water Price from: £7390
    • Oct 21st - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £5690
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5890 Brochure Price from: £6390 Brochure Price from: £6490 Brochure Price from: £6890 Brochure Price from: £7590
      Blue Water Price from: £5690 Blue Water Price from: £6190 Blue Water Price from: £6290 Blue Water Price from: £6690 Blue Water Price from: £7390
  • November
    • Nov 10th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £6390
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6590 Brochure Price from: £7090 Brochure Price from: £7190 Brochure Price from: £8290
      Blue Water Price from: £6390 Blue Water Price from: £6890 Blue Water Price from: £6990 Blue Water Price from: £8090
    • Nov 30th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £6090
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6290 Brochure Price from: £6790 Brochure Price from: £6890 Brochure Price from: £7290 Brochure Price from: £7990
      Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6590 Blue Water Price from: £6690 Blue Water Price from: £7090 Blue Water Price from: £7790
  • December
    • Dec 20th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £6390
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6590 Brochure Price from: £7090 Brochure Price from: £7190 Brochure Price from: £7590 Brochure Price from: £8290
      Blue Water Price from: £6390 Blue Water Price from: £6890 Blue Water Price from: £6990 Blue Water Price from: £7390 Blue Water Price from: £8090

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 9th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £6090
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6290 Brochure Price from: £6790 Brochure Price from: £7290 Brochure Price from: £7990 Brochure Price from: £8790
      Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6590 Blue Water Price from: £7090 Blue Water Price from: £7790 Blue Water Price from: £8590
    • Jan 29th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £6090
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite
      Brochure Price from: £6290 Brochure Price from: £6790 Brochure Price from: £6890 Brochure Price from: £7290 Brochure Price from: £8790
      Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6590 Blue Water Price from: £6690 Blue Water Price from: £7090 Blue Water Price from: £8590
  • February
    • Feb 18th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £5595
      Cat CA Balcony Suite Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite Cat RD Grand Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5795 Brochure Price from: £6290 Brochure Price from: £6790 Brochure Price from: £6890 Brochure Price from: £7290 Brochure Price from: £7990
      Blue Water Price from: £5595 Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6590 Blue Water Price from: £6690 Blue Water Price from: £7090 Blue Water Price from: £7790
  • March
    • Mar 9th - Yangon to Mandalay - Sailing on: Scenic Aura From: £5690
      Cat C Deluxe Suite Cat BA Deluxe Suite Cat B Deluxe Suite Cat A Deluxe Suite
      Brochure Price from: £5890 Brochure Price from: £6390 Brochure Price from: £6490 Brochure Price from: £6890
      Blue Water Price from: £5690 Blue Water Price from: £6190 Blue Water Price from: £6290 Blue Water Price from: £6690

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a cabin.
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