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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 £4245pp

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

Day 1 - UK - Yangon (Burma)

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester via Doha to Yangon with Qatar or fly from London Heathrow or Manchester via Singapore with Singapore Airlines.

Days 2-3 - Yangon

On arrival in Yangon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Sule Shangri-La Hotel, for a two-night stay. Dinner is included tonight. The following day, 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. Dinner is not included tonight.

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 - Sri Ksetra

Discover the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the capital of the ancient Pyu Kingdom. It was also Burma's first World Heritage Listed site. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Thayetmyo

Spend the morning exploring Thayetmyo. Visit Burma's oldest golf course, admire the spectacular colonial buildings and experience the bustle of the local market. Later, the ship sets sail to Magwe. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 spending the remainder of the day cruising to Salay. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - 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 (Aug 2018 departures onwards). The Scenic Enrich experience gives the opportunity to partake in a magical Burmese tradition. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Bagan - Schwe Pyi Thar or Pakkoku

Jan - Apr 2018 departures: Scenic Enrich: Wake up early and attend morning alms for the local monks and enjoy mohinga, a traditional breakfast. Leaving Bagan, stop at the riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar. Aug 2018 departures onwards: 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 11 - Yandabo

Scenic Aura cruises upstream to Yandabo. Observe craftsmen making the pottery as you walk through the village. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Sagaing - Inwa

Explore the ancient capital of Inwa by horse and cart, home to spectacular monasteries and pagodas. There is a special Scenic Enrich experience. 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 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

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,D)

Day 15 - Mandalay - UK

Check-out of the hotel and and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK with Qatar or 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 (2018/19)
  • 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
  • Savour a drink overlooking the Bagan plain (2017)

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Price Information

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