Classic Burma Bike Tour

  • Experience the distinctive culture of Myanmar(Burma) on ‘The Road to Mandalay’
  • Bike and boat around the surreal floating villages on Inle Lake
  • Enjoy spectacular views of ‘Stupas’ stretching out into the horizon in Bagan
  • Ride around teak wood palaces from a bygone era in Mandalay Bay

Journey through Central Burma, from the upcountry hills and lakes of this less-explored country where archeological wonders are aplenty, down to Mandalay along the Irrawaddy river delta from where the plains of Bagan beckon.

The yester-years live on here, come travel through time on your cycling holiday of Myanmar(Burma).   

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    8 days / 7 nights

  • Start / End

    Inle Lake / Bagan

  • Price

    From $3,295 pp dbl. occ.

    + $1,295 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2Inle LakeInle Princess Resort230km / 18mi
3PindayaPindaya Inle Inn165km / 39mi*
4 – 5MandalayHotel Red Canal255km / 33mi*
6 – 7BaganAureum Palace230km / 18mi
8Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Pre-Tour Day:

We suggest that you arrive in Myanmar (Burma) via Yangon Airport at least one day before your tour commences. Please feel free to ask us if you need suggestions for a hotel in Yangon.  The next day, fly to Heho Airport where your Trip Leaders will greet you at airport.

Day 1: Inle Lake

On arrival, check in at the hotel at the edge of Inle Lake. Once rested, your guide will meet you and brief you about the plan for your cycle tour of Burma. You will then get to try out your bike, prepare for the tour and explore a bit of the area before setting off on your cycling holiday of Myanmar(Burma) the next morning.  

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Inle Lake

We start slow with a countryside ride. The stilt villages and floating markets around Inle Lake are a fascinating introduction to the Burmese way of life. You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with leg-rowing fishermen, lotus fibre weavers and fruit and vegetable farmers who live in this region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 3: Pindaya

The simplicity that you will witness on a bike ride from Inle Lake to Pindaya will charm you. Thrilled children watch eagerly as you cycle through terrain that has been off-limits until recently, while farmers tend to paddy fields with their buffaloes and others make their way around in horse drawn carts and cycle rickshaws. Savor the liberating ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 65km / 39mi*

Day 4: Mandalay

We leave the simple pleasures of the Shan hill forests behind as we head towards culturally diverse Mandalay. Don’t be surprised if you hear Mandarin here as the local community comprises Chinese, Thais, Laotians, Shan and Karen descendants with a sprinkling of Indian and Nepali settlers present as well.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 55km / 33mi*

Day 5: Mandalay

This is a rest day, so you can spend the day at leisure and visit the Royal Palace and the Buddhist monasteries of Mandalay if you feel like exploring. Mandalay is a great place to try out traditional cuisine of Myanmar – there’s plenty of soups, dumplings, side dishes and curries with meat and vegetables on offer. Dig in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bagan

We take a short flight out to Bagan where an estimated thirteen thousand sacred pagodas were built on the plains between the 9th and the 13th century. Three thousand of these Theravada Buddhist relics now remain. The view is breathtaking and the uniformity, diversity and subtlety of these temples will amaze and intrigue.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bagan

We explore the trails that run among the stupas by bike and return to the hotel for lunch. The evening is at leisure.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 8: Airport

Your leaders will make arrangements for your transfer to the airport in time for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers.

Premiere Inns

Inle Princess Resort: Inle Lake (2 nights)

Explore the hidden treasures of Inle Lake with the Inle Princess Resort as your hideaway. This luxurious boutique hotel is an oasis that offers plush accommodation with rain showers and private decks so you can soak up the garden, lake and mountains that  surround the place.

Pindaya Inle Inn*: Pindaya (1 night)

Pindaya Inle Inn is nestled amid the hills and lakes of Shan county. The chalet and the spa here are charming and the local market features mulberry paper makers and monk umbrella artisans if you are keen on a walkabout.

* Casual inn

Hotel Red Canal: Mandalay (2 nights)

Hotel Red Canal blends luxury and comfort with the exoticism of the East. Myanmar’s ethnic groups are well represented in the hotel’s design and the ethnic artifacts and cuisine showcased here are delightful as is the personalized service.

Aureum Palace: Bagan (2 nights)

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, this expansive resort is spread over 27 acres for an extraordinary hospitality experience.

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Premiere Inn tour, experience the best of luxury hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Burma run on some of the best mountain/hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, excellent traction and optimal comfort under gravel roads are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding.Fresh fruits, cookies, salted chips & water is provided while cycling.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in Cambodia, local associations at Burma and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.