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

    9 days / 8 nights

  • Start / End

    Yangon / Bagan

  • Price

    Premiere Inns: From $3,695 pp dbl. occ.
    The price is indicative and may vary due to size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy to Active Rider

Group Departures


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Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1YangonMelia Yangon1
2 – 3Inle LakeAureum Palace Resort & Spa Inle230km / 18mi
4PindayaPindaya Inle Inn165km / 39mi*
5 – 6MandalayHotel Red Canal255km / 33mi*
7 – 8BaganAureum Palace230km / 18mi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon

Arrive in Myanmar (Burma) and settle into your hotel. Our guide welcomes you at your hotel and we visit some classic highlights of Yangon. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of journey.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Inle Lake

Fly to Heho Airport where your Trip Leaders greets you at airport.

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

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

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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.