Day 1 : Arrive Yangon, Yangon fly to Heho (Inle Lake) ( D )
After arrival in Yangon, meet and transfer to the domestic terminal for our short flight to Heho and then by van to sublime Inle Lake. We’ll spend the late afternoon cruising by boat on the picturesque lake until sunset, enjoying the spectacular views. After, enjoying a dinner on the deck while going over our plans for the overall tour and the next day.
(Cycling distance 25-35 km with flat quiet country road)
Day 2 : Inle Lake Cycling ( B , L )
In the morning, we’ll set up and test our bikes before departing by bus to Kakku, a lesser known but impressive site comprised of several thousand small stupas in the Pa O region. From here, we’ll begin riding back to Inle with a wonderful descent dropping nearly 2,000 feet to the lake basin. After lunch on the lake, loading our bikes onto our boat, cruising across Inle Lake, passing stilted villages with their unique floating gardens. After reaching shore, we’ll mount our bikes, riding through lake front villages, pausing at temples, markets and to meet with local families.
(Cycling distance 40-60km with flat quiet country road)
Day 3 : Inle Lake Cycle to Kalaw Highlands ( B , L )
After a leisurely breakfast admiring the sun rising over the lake, we’ll depart by bikes climbing up from the lake on quiet roads for the short but challenging climb into the scenic country side to Kalaw, a hill station filled with interesting mix of colonial-era architecture and hilltribe villages. Depending on the time, we can wander through the market or ride around the city looking at the decaying colonial mansions or hoof it on a leisurely hike through the foothills surrounding the town.
(Cycling distance 50-65km with flat quiet country road and climbing and rollers)
Day 4 : Kalaw Cycle to Pindaya ( B , L )
Today, cycling due north to Pindaya on a rolling empty road flanked by beautiful manicured fields from where much of Myanmar’s produce comes from. The area is rich with a diversity of hilltribes and we will pause to visit some of the villages en route. After we reach Pindaya, strolling the small town’s sites and lake front. Before dinner we will also trek up to visit the famous Pindaya caves, filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. After, we’ll enjoy the sunset from the hill side over the lake.
(Cycling distance 40-55km with climbing hill and rollers)
Day 5 : Pindaya Cycle to Mandalay ( B , L )
The longest travel day of our bike tour goes northwest on a recently-paved, rolling road through mountains and jungle-lined roads to Kyaukse where the bus will transfer us the remaining distance “on the road to Mandalay.” Mandalay is the historic old capital, but remains the center of Myanmar culture and religion. It is also where traditional arts and crafts are centered. Myanmar abounds with historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist monuments and we will explore some of them after arrival. In the evening, dinner overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy River.
(Cycling distance 80-120km with flat quiet country road )
Day 6 : Mandalay Tour ( B , L )
Today, touring Mandalay by foot and by bike, the religious and cultural center of Myanmar. From ancient wooden palaces to massive pagodas to serene monasteries, Mandalay has it all. After breakfast, traveling outside Mandalay to the former royal capital of Amarapura, including an interesting stop at the Mahagandayon Monastery, a school for novice monks. Also visit to U Bein Bridge, a 200 year-old bridge and the longest teak one in the world. In the afternoon, sightseeing in central Mandalay, including Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf hammering, Shwe Inbin Monastery; Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned for its stone slabs of the Buddhist scriptures, and panoramic Mandalay Hill, ending the day with a sunset view from the peaceful Sagaing Hill across the Ayeyarwaddy River.
(Cycling distance : 25-30 km )
Day 7 : Mandalay to Monywa ( B , L )
After breakfast, we’ll transfer out of Mandalay mid-morning by bus to Ondaw. Today features a ride west into the desert landscape and heartland of central Myanmar where bullock carts outnumber cars. There are several interesting sites to explore on the way to the provincial capital of Monywa including a pagoda with over 300,000 Buddha images and a monumental reclining Buddha. We’ll also stop to visit a village, meeting with a local family in their home and visiting a local school to meet with children before biking onto to pleasant Monywa.
(Cycling distance 80-95km with flat quiet country road )
Day 8 : Monywa to Bagan ( B , L )
Heading south out of Monywa we’ll bike a road with light traffic meandering through a rice growing region along the Chindwind River to Pakokku, passing through hilltribe villages where we’ll break for lunch. After reaching Pakokku, we board our boat to cruise on the famed Irrawaddy to Bagan. After arrival in Bagan, we’ll enjoy a short ride to our hotel near the world famous ruins. Dinner and delightful, traditional puppet show in Old Bagan.
(Cycling distance 80-110 km with flat quiet country road )
Day 9 : Bagan Cycling ( B , L )
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. If there is time, we can visit the market which has a pleasant mix of local and tourist shops before returning for dinner along the river. Dinner will include another Burmese cultural show of dance, athletics and puppetry with excellent photo opportunities.
(Cycling distance 40-55 km with flat quiet country road and sandy roads)
Day 10 : Bagan to Mt. Popa ( B , L )
Mt. Popa and the final day of riding. We bicycle round trip to an extinct volcano, Mt. Popa, which dominates the area. Mount Popa was for centuries where kings of central Burma made pilgrimages to confer with the sacred statues about the future of their reigns.
We’ll climb the hundreds of steps to the monkey-populated hill (feeding them if your brave enough), for a expansive, panoramic views of the surrounding area. Optional return ride to Bagan. Another dramatic sunset in Bagan.
(Cycling distance 40-50 km with flat quiet country road and sandy roads)
Day 11 : Bagan fly back to Yangon ( B , L , D )
Due to the increased traffic in recent years, we no longer ride in Yangon (right). Rather, we’ll spend a relaxing morning packing up our bikes here before we transfer to the airport for our one-hour flight to Yangon.
In the afternoon visiting the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. After, strolling the downtown area, historic sites, and shopping areas, before we celebrate our farewell dinner at one of the city’s popular local restaurants.
Day 12 : Departure Yangon ( B )
Breakfast and fee until time to transfer to the airport for departute .
(End of Tour Program)