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Cycle Burma

Trip Code

CB

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

14 days

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442

Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Rangoon, Heho, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Pindaya, Mandalay, Sagaing, Monywa, Bagan, Mount Popa National Park

Start and end in Rangoon! With the Bicycle tour Cycle Burma, you have a 14 days tour package taking you through Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma) and 9 other destinations in Myanmar (Burma). Cycle Burma includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Join trip Rangoon (Yangon)

Our adventure starts in Rangoon (Yangon) - the cultural and commercial heart of Burma (Myanmar). The Tour Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 3.30pm for the welcome meeting followed by an excursion departing at about 4.30pm to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma. Towering some 99 metres over the city, the pagoda's impressive golden stupa dominates the city skyline to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, making it the ideal spot from which to watch the sunset. Originally believed to be over 2,500 years old, this is the oldest pagoda in Burma and certainly one of the most beautiful in the whole of Asia. This visit could be postponed to day 13 if needed. For those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner afterwards. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Yangon at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Yangon International Airport (RGN), which is 30 minutes from our hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up the next morning, after breakfast. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you might choose to visit the lively downtown area of Yangon. Here you will find a number of colonial buildings, which can be taken in from the circular train ride of Yangon. Perhaps even, finish with High Tea at the historic Strand Hotel.
Day 2

Day 2: Fly to Heho and explore Inle Lake by boat

A morning flight to Heho, followed by a drive to Nyaung Shwe, brings us to the beautiful setting of Inle Lake, one of the highest lakes in the country. Devout Buddhists, the local population live in simple stilted houses, fishing in the lake and growing their food on floating gardens of grass and seaweed. Heading out in a boat later today, we have a chance to witness some of the lake's famous 'one-legged' fishermen at work, as well as paying a visit to Phaungdaw U Pagoda. No cycling
Day 3

Day 3: Ride around Inle Lake to Nampan village; optional wine tasting

After allowing time for bike fitting and once you are comfortable with your bike for the holiday we start our first ride - around the eastern side of Inle Lake to the village of Nanpan. The ride is pretty flat with some small undulations and along the way there will be views of the lake, villages and surrounding hills. After some free time in Nanpan we make our way back to Nyaung Shwe and the hotel by long tail boats. The rest of the afternoon is left free to either relax, explore Nyaung Shwe or there is even to option to do some local wine tasting. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (200 metres total accumulated ascent and 200 metres descent).
Day 4

Day 4: Cycle Inle Lake to Aung Ban via Indein Pagodas; drive to Kalaw

Today's cycle ride takes us on an undulating route around the lake to the Shwe Indein Pagoda followed by an uphill push to Aung Ban village. We plan to make a stop to visit to visit the pagoda complex built above Indein village, comprising of around one thousand stupas of varying sizes, built in the 17th and 18th centuries. We then cycle mostly uphill to Aung Ban where the ride ends and we stop for a well deserved lunch. Afterwards we will drive to Kalaw, set high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. Popular with the British during their time in Burma, Kalaw still retains a little something of its colonial charm. This afternoon, time permitting, we then have a chance to continue exploring the town by bike. Attractions include the gold lacquered bamboo Buddha of Nee Paya and the Catholic church of Christ the King. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 60 kilometres (870 metres total accumulated ascent and 470 metres descent).
Day 5

Day 5: Ride north to Pindaya; Visit Pindaya Caves

Following breakfast this morning we head north, leaving the main road to take a vehicle-less track, cycling off road through a lovely rural landscape of farmland and pretty villages. This first section is challenging with most of today's climbing but the views are stunning. After rejoining the road we cycle through a rolling countryside of rice fields and vegetable gardens, accompanied by ox carts full of cabbages and open top vehicles being taken to market by Pao and Danu villagers. After lunch we have one more ascent as we approach Pindaya, a small pretty lakeside town, which sits beneath a limestone landscape dotted with cave shrines and stupas. Before checking in to our hotel we plan to visit the famed Pindaya Caves, a revered pilgrimage site that is home to some 8,000 images of the Lord Buddha. Extending into the limestone hills above the town, the chambers are filled with a rich assortment of iconography that dates back to the middle years of the 18th century. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 39 kilometres (510 metres total accumulated ascent and 550 metres descent).
Day 6

Day 6: Cycle backroads to Myaing then drive to Mandalay

We start the day with a drive through a patchwork of green countryside and mountain scenery to Kyone where we commence our ride. We plan to cycle along quiet back roads for the first three hours today, on a road rarely used by travellers, starting with a 5km ascent. We make our way towards the village of Myaing on undulating terrain with some sharp ascents and descents where we end today's beautiful ride through the Shan highlands with another 5 km climb. There is a 1 hour drive to Saim Yaung where we stop for lunch. Continuing on this afternoon we complete the remaining 130km by bus arriving into Mandalay in the early evening. Our route passes through spectacular mountain scenery alongside the Zawgwi River, and amongst the variety of produce along the way we will see cotton, turmeric, mangos and teak. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 57 kilometres (700 metres total accumulated ascent and 790 metres descent).
Day 7

Day 7: Morning ride then Irrawaddy Boat back to Mandalay

Mandalay was Burma's last royal capital and, for many, the centre of its most historic and culturally rich region. Today we explore the countryside around the city, starting first with a ride out to Sagaing, some 20 kilometres away. Overlooking the waters of the Ayeywaddy River, Sagaing is considered one of Burma's most important religious centres and its hillside is covered in pagodas and temples. From the Soon U Ponya Shin Paya atop of Sagaing Hill we will enjoy spectacular views of the river and more than 500 pagodas dotted around the countryside. From here we continue along the river to the ruins of the Mingun Pahtodawgyi which, had it been completed, would have been the world's largest pagoda. We will have time to take a look around the site, before taking a scenic Irrawaddy river boat ride back to Mandalay. Today's ride is generally on the flat. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres (80 metres total accumulated ascent and 50 metres descent).
Day 8

Day 8: Visit Ubein Bridge followed by a tour of Mandalay city

The former royal capital of Amarapura is a short drive south from Mandalay and is perhaps best known for Ubein Bridge - the 1.2 kilometres footbridge that spans Lake Taungthaman. We will have the opportunity to see the bridge from the lake on an optional short boat ride. Returning to Mandalay via the jade market, we then spend this afternoon exploring some of the city's major highlights, including the world's largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the intricate wooden majesty of the Shwenanda (Golden Palace) Monastery and Mandalay Hill. No cycling today.
Day 9

Day 9: Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex

Our morning starts with a vist to the 17th Century Kuang Madaw Pagoda, which houses the biggest dome in Burma - modelled on the Mahaceti in Sri Lanka. We continue by bus to Chaung U village where we begin the day's cycling. Taking the quiet backroads towards the bustling river hub of Monywa allows us to visit some of the most unique Buddhist structures in Burma. A giant 128-metre tall standing Buddha and a 95-metre long reclining Buddha look out over Bodhi Tataung, a garden of over 1000 sitting Buddhas - all facing the same direction. A little further through the villages we arrive at the bizarre Thanboddhay Paya complex, the result of a monk's dreams and visions which resulted in him designing a stupendous pagoda containing 582,363 Buddha images. We continue our journey by bicycle arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon, in time to relax beside the lake. The ride today is mostly on the flat with one long gentle and gradual ascent and descent. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 33 kilometres (70 metres total accumulated ascent and 70 metres descent).
Day 10

Day 10: Morning on the bikes; afternoon cruise to Bagan

Heading out of Monywa on the bikes, we leave the main road to cycle the back roads towards Pakkoku. Our route takes us along a dusty path through traditional wooden villages, bisecting fields of rice, sesame and peanuts and giving a unique close-up of rural life. Ox carts amble through the villages, some of which conceal impressive frescos inside small temple complexes. Later we rejoin the main road, cross the impressive Chindwin River and cycle to Aung Moe junction, where we end our cycling for today. Later this afternoon we drive to Pakkoku, where we take a local ferry down the Irrawaddy River to the once imperial capital of Bagan, one of the most impressive religious archaeological sites anywhere in Asia. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 55 kilometres (650 metres total accumulated ascent and 625 metres descent).
Day 11

Day 11: Bagan sightseeing by bike

Bagan rose to prominence during the 11th to 13th centuries. At its height it presented a sea of colour and spectacle, with over 13,000 temples and pagodas spread across its expansive plains. Today just over 2,000 remain and we visit some of the most important ones today. We begin our day with the option of enjoying sunrise from the terraces of the stunning 12th century Dhammayazika Temple, which puts the enormity and majesty of this ancient capital into perfect perspective. We will then cycle along flat and sandy tracks between the temples visiting the distinctive Shwezigon and Ananda Pagodas, as well as the 13th century Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi cave temple. After enjoying the wonders of Bagan, the rest of the afternoon is left free for you to relax or explore further, maybe enjoying the sunset from one of the temples or taking an optional late afternoon boat ride on the Irrawaddy River. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 24 kilometres (on the flat).
Day 12

Day 12: Return cycle ride to Mount Popa

This morning we cycle our final ride across the Bagan plateau out to Mount Popa, Burma's sacred abode of the Nats (spirit gods). A volcanic plug that rises to a height of 1,500 metres above the surrounding landscape. The road steadily inclines the whole way on our ride and we use our vehicles to climb the very steep sections to the base of the mountain. Depending on time available and your energy levels there may be the opportunity to climb on foot the 777 steps that lead to the summit and temple. The summit is covered by rare flora and fauna and is designated a national park as well as boasting some fine panoramic views of the surroundings. The small temple on the summit is also home to troops of wild monkeys. After taking lunch we return to Bagan on bike by way of a local farm producing traditional 'toddy' palm juice. There are various options to return by bike either part of the way or the entire route back to Bagan. The remainder of the day is free in Bagan with the option to see the sun set from a temple. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 49 kilometres (470 metres total accumulated ascent and 30 metres descent).
Day 13

Day 13: Fly to Rangoon (Yangon); afternoon city tour

After flying back to Rangoon this morning we enjoy a tour of the city, taking in the ancient relics housed in the unusual (and hollow) Botataung Pagoda before exploring a little of the city's downtown area. A stroll along Pansodan Street takes in the rich colonial architecture and bustling street markets, whilst the immense Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott's Market, is filled with handicrafts from all over the country (closed on Mondays, full moons and public holidays). No cycling today.
Day 14

Day 14: Trip ends Rangoon

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Rangoon (Yangon). There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Yangon International Airport (RGN), which is 30 minutes from our hotel.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 3190 USD 2790 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 3390 USD 2990 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

 12 nights accommodation
 Breakfast  and lunch daily
 All transfers and road transport in air-conditioned vehicles
 Four domestic flights
 All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
 Expert local guides throughout
 Tour arrival and departure transfers

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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