Cycling Trip Mandalay to Bagan, Inle Lake 9 Days
This cycling holiday start from Mandalay, the former Royal Capital of Burma. Then we cycle to Bagan to visit the ancients capital. There is also a chance for the Baloon ride to see the temples from the sky view. Then we cycle to Inle Lake, the most beautiful lake in Myanmar surrounded by the stuning view of the hills.
We aim to take tourists to see REAL lives in Myanmar by taking the less travel routes by bike and the most highlight of this trip are Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.
|Tour Cost||Please contact us: [email protected]|
|Bike Rental|| $110 (Trek or Giant)
|Total Distance||440 km|
|Number of cycling days||6 days|
|Road Surface||Quiet countryside and rural roads but pave and good for cycling. The level of difficulty is moderate.|
|Support||Support van including spare part, cool box and back up service|
|Group||Minimum 2. Maximum 25.|
|Staff||Groups of 6 or more, a Cycling Tour Leader, plus English-speaking cycling guide, drivers and assistants. Groups below 5 will be led by our local guide and our local support team.|
|Food||All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)|
Tour Price Includes:
– Accommodation in Twin room/ Double sharing room
– Cycling experienced guide
– Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Mini bus for transfer & support mini bus with cool box
– Snack, water, fruits and cold drink (Coke light)
– All entrance fees and boat fees
Tour Price Excludes:
– International Flights
– Departure Tax
– Visa Fees
– Alcoholic, and other beverages
– Tips for guides & drivers.
– Personal travel insurance
– Any services not mentioned in itinerary
Day 1: MANDALAY
On arrival we transfer 48km to our hotel in the heart of downtown Mandalay where we meet the team that will be with us throughout the challenge. We have a lunch of local delights followed by a briefing on the challenge ahead and a bike fitting. This afternoon we visit the Maharmuni and Kuthodaw Pagodas as well as the Atumashi Monestery and end our sightseeing on Mandalay Hill to witness an incredible sunset. Tonight we have a welcome meal at a famous local restaurant and return to our hotel for a well deserved rest.
Day 2: THE IRRAWADDY RIVER (80 KMS)
After a good breakfast we get on our bicycles to start this incredible Myanmar Cycle Challenge. The route follows the flow of the Ayeyarwady (formally known as the Irrawaddy) River as it leaves Mandalay heading west then south, as we make our way through the towns and villages of central Myanmar. Throughout our challenge we will make regular stops to visit temples, pagodas and important historical sites. This afternoon we find ourselves rolling into Monywa for the end of our first challenge day. For those that wish there will be a visit to the Powintaung Caves, a 14th century complex of 947 richly decorated caves that have been carved into the sandstone. We end the day relaxing on the banks of the Chindwin River and soaking in some of the local atmosphere.
Day 3: BAGAN (90 KMS)
This morning we rise early for a very special treat as leave the hotel and cycle to our boat launch that will take us on a breakfast river cruise down the Chindwin River. After 45km we rejoin our bicycles at Yesagyo and we start riding south on the virtually flat roads with little shade so the heat and humidity can really be felt. We stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Pakkoku and this afternoon our ride is predominantly along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River all the way to Bagan. This was the capital of the first Myanmar empire, whose importance is compared to that of Rome and Jerusalem, and in an area of 42sqkm there were believed to have been 13,000 temples. Tonight we eat at a local restaurant and sleep in our comfortable Bagan Hotel.
Day 4: BAGAN TEMPLE TOUR
With over forty square kilometers and thousands of pagodas, Bagan is nothing short of breath taking. We’ll cycle the ancient plain, pausing to explore primary and secondary temples. The tour include the visit to Shawesandaw Pagoda. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella. The pagoda was built by King Anawrahta in 1057. Then we visit Htilominlo Pahto, Gubyaukgyi temple and Winido temple. Dinner and overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: MT POPA (80 KMS)
After breakfast we set off for 55kms of cycling to Mt Popa, on a tough road made a little easier as we are now better acclimatised to the heat and humidity. Mt Popa is a volcanic plug whose surrounding Volcano walls have crumpled away and whose summit is now crowned by a temple complex. We arrive in time for lunch and those with plenty of energy can climb to the top, passing the famous monkeys along the way. After lunch we transfer one hour from Mt Popa to start our last 50km stretch of cycling to the town of Meikhtila. Here we are virtually in the centre of the country in a town that is home to The National Air Force and perhaps more interestingly the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University!! Tonight we can relax with a glass of chilled Myanmar Beer and reflect on the challenge thus far.
Day 6: KALAW (90KMS)
This is one of our hardest cycling days as we leave the flatter plains behind and enter the hills, rising to 1350m at the old british colonial hillstation of Kalaw. The ride this morning passes through the towns of Thazi, Hlaingdet and Payangazu before we stop for lunch at the town of Yin Mar Bin. This afternoon as we climb steadily on good winding roads with changing vegetation we enter the pine forest that brings a welcome relief of cooler temperatures. We eventually arrive exhausted at our hotel in the pretty town of Kalaw and tonight we enjoy a good meal of local dishes.
Day 7: INLE LAKE (70KMS)
This morning we set off early on the main road, cycling alongside the old railway line to Aungpan and then on to the main town of Hehoe where we stop for our late morning break. From here is a fast and thrilling descent to our hotel in Nyaung Shwe where we have a late lunch. From here we cycle the last 10 flat kms to our final destination of Inle Lake. This is one of the areas of truly outstanding natural beauty in Myanmar and it rightly deserves its great popularity. Our good hotel is a great place to relax and recover from a tough week of cycling.
Day 8: FREE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we have a full free day to relax and enjoy the lake on your own. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 9: DEPART
This morning we transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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