ALL of the magnificence of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River is on display throughout Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ 11-day Mandalay to Yangon cruise package. Flying into the old royal capital Mandalay, passengers hop aboard the luxurious Scenic Aura to begin a relaxing expedition down the Irrawaddy, famed for its plethora of rare wildlife which call the lengthy waterway home. The first leg of the journey affords passengers the opportunity to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin, before calling in at the quaint pottery village of Kyuak Myaung. On this stop guests can wander through the streets to observe the many local artisans hard at work honing their traditional clay craft.

Heading further south, the cruise stops in at the ancient city of Sagaing, home to a large collection of painted pagodas and monasteries. When exploring this religious mecca passengers can meet and greet with novice monks and nuns before making the short journey to neighbouring Amarapura to relax with an evening drink under the U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge. Other highlights of the trip include taking in a cultural show in Bagan, watching some cheroot cigars being made, and eating some fresh local produce on a traditional Toddy Farm.

Prices for the journey lead in at $6,495pp.

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