Quaint Burma Bike Tour

  • Bike and boat around the surreal floating villages on Inle Lake
  • Enjoy spectacular views of ‘Stupas’ stretching out into the horizon in Bagan
  • Fine Burmese handicrafts and ancient fort like palaces with pagodas and wooden bridges that will amaze in Mandalay
  • Experience life on the Irrawaddy river at floating night markets and tea shops and beer halls

Explore the charm of the orient in all its myriad hues in Myanmar (Burma). Replete with animal-drawn carts, plenty of cyclists and pagodas that are ablaze under sunlit skies, Myanmar is simply irresistible.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    12 days / 11 nights

  • Start / End

    Yangon / Yangon

  • Price

    From $2,995 pp dbl. occ.

    + $775 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active 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
DayPlaceDuration~ Cycling Distance
1Yangon1
2 – 3Inle Lake230km / 18mi
4Pindaya165km / 39mi*
5 – 6Mandalay255km / 33mi*
40km / 24mi*
7 – 8Mt. Popa280km / 48mi
9 – 10Bagan260km / 36mi
30km / 18mi
11Yangon1
12Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon

Arrive in Myanmar (Burma) via Yangon Airport and check-in to your hotel. If you reach early, we recommend to visit more than 2,500 years old Shwedagon Paya, a spectacular stupa in Burma. 

Day 2: Inle Lake

Take a morning flight to Heho Airport where your Trip Leaders will greet you at airport. The flight journey is included in your tour price and the tickets will be emailed prior to your journey. On arrival, check in at the hotel at the edge of Inle Lake. Once rested, take an afternoon boat ride in the lake exploring floating gardens and life around the lake. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. 

For those who are up for riding, a ride on the opposite side Irrawaddy River is fascinating.

Meals: Breakfast

Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi* (optional)

Day 7: Mount Popa

A long ride today with a short transfer via boat and van. Ride past spectacular country farms and fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 8: Mount Popa

We climb to the top of Mount Popa, a volcano 1518m above sea level, where we see numerous Nat temples and relic sites atop the mountain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Bagan

We take a downhill ride 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

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 10: 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 11: Yangon

We take a flight to Yangon for your onward travel.  

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Departure

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

Meals: Breakfast

*with shuttle – short transfers.

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.