Depart from Mandalay on bike as you head into the Chindwin Valley, a place of deep jungles and lofty mountains. Visit the villages of Myitche and Monya, filled with glittering temples in whose shadows the farmers gather to sell their produce. Continue your journey down the mighty Irrawaddy river to the plains of Bagan. See what life is like for the city's inhabitants as you join in the haggling at the Nyaung Oo Market and peek into a lacquer ware workshop. Then head out of the city, to bike through verdant plains among dozens of gracious stupas and pagodas. Come join us on this fascinating voyage. No one knows Myanmar's secrets like us.
Day 1: Arrive Yangon - Upon your arrival at the Yangon airport, you'll be welcomed by your guide, and transferred to your hotel. You'll have the day on your own, to discover this fascinating multicultural city however you'd like, whether browsing at the market or sipping coffee in a Chinatown cafe. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay. Depart early from Yangon on a morning flight to Mandalay, the royal capital of old Burma. You'll be welcomed at the airport and have a day to explore the city as you wish. Visit the delicate teak temple of Shwenandaw, the massive marble slabs at Kuthodaw Pagoda, or take in the local atmosphere as you wander alongside the moat that surrounds the palace of this regal city. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay. You'll be climbing onto your bike this morning and heading out of Mandalay to the nearby town of Amarapura. After crossing the longest teak bridge in the world, ride further to the Mingun, whose enchanting temple ruins are situated amongst peaceful villages. A languid boat ride down the Irrawaddy River will take you back to Mandalay, where you'll get back on your bike for a ride to a gold leaf workshop, Mahamuni Pagoda, and Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa. Continue your adventure this morning as you set off on your bike through the Chindwin Valley to the riverside town of Monywa. A typical Burmese town, Monywa is a major trading center for local farmers. There, you'll visit the Thanbokde Pagoda, where you'll gaze at its 6,000 Buddha images, and the Boddhi-tataung Pagoda, home to a grove of ancient banyan trees. Overnight in Monywa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan. After breakfast, bike to Myitche, a small hamlet where local handicrafts are produced. Learn about Myanmar's cottage industries as you witness woven baskets, Burmese slippers, and paper-mache animals being crafted. Continue on to Pakkoku where you will catch a private boat and traverse the Irrawaddy River downstream to Bagan, just under 50 kilometers away. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Bagan. Prepare to be astounded by Bagan, a grassy plain scattered with pagodas. A full day of cycling will take you to the city's most fascinating sites, including the teeming Nyaung Oo Market, the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, and the atmospheric cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi. In the afternoon, you'll peek into a traditional workshop to observe how lacquer ware is made, then visit the architecturally magnificent monastery of Ananda as the sun is setting. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan. After breakfast, you'll cycle through groves of palm trees, where men climb the soaring trunks to collect juice to make liquor. Your destination is Mount Popa, home to Myanmar's spirts, the Nats, and along the way you will venture through villages and scenic countryside perfect for taking photos. Upon arrival at Mount Popa, climb to the top of this former volcanic peak and learn about the religious customs at the spirits' shrine. After enjoying the commanding view from the top, return down for a road transfer back to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Bagan - Yangon. Your last day of cycling takes you around more of Bagan's neighboring towns. As you pass through the villages of Myinkaba and Minnanthu you'll get a glimpse into an artisan's workshop, visit several local temples, and continue across the plains. These rarely visited towns are home to some of the most unusual temples in Myanmar. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan for your flight to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Depart Yangon. After breakfast, enjoy the day free at your leisure until it is time for your departure flight. We will transfer to the airport, and wish you farewell. Includes: (B).
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