On the Road to Mandalay - Burma by Bike
Burma, Bike - Semi Slick, 14 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €3,495 (land only) - from $3,750 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Yangon in the afternoon. A single airport transfer will be provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner, during which the local guide will brief the group about the week ahead. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: We have a morning transfer to the airport to catch the 1-hour flight north to Heho. We then make the short drive to our accommodation in the former hill-station of Kalaw. After lunch at our hotel, we have an introductory ride on dirt and paved roads. Ride distance 40 km (25 miles).
Day 3: Today we have a fabulous ride down off the plateau to the famous Inle Lake, with the last section involving 2 sweeping downhills. Riding alongside this beautiful inland waterway, we reach our hotel in Nyaungshwe. Ride distance 70 km (44 miles).
Day 4: We have a morning ride on the shores of the lake, passing through villages and visiting temples. After a lakeside lunch, we board a boat set out to explore the lake, with its temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen. We go to a vineyard for dinner. Ride distance 25 km (16 miles).
Day 5: Our route today takes us across the Shan Plateau on a mix of dirt and paved roads, with one long, low-angle climb and some downhills. Our destination is Pindaya and we will have a visit to the famous limestone caves before dinner. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 6: We have a short transfer, before setting off on our ride down to Burma's second city, Mandalay. Undulating through a patchwork of fields, we then enjoy a 30 kilometre descent, followed by a transfer to our hotel in Mandalay. Ride distance 100 km (63 miles).
Day 7: Heading out of the city, we explore the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River. We see the famous U Bein teak bridge, the Mingun Bell and the unfinished stupa of Pahtodawgyi. We take a boat back to Mandalay. Ride distance 46 km (29 miles).
Day 8: After 6 days of biking and sightseeing, it's great to have the option of a day off the bikes. We spend a rest day at Mandalay, with the chance for some independent exploration. We spend a third night at our Mandalay hotel.
Day 9: Today's ride will take us once again past Thaungthaman Lake and the U Bein bridge. Then, following pretty back roads we ride through the ancient Ava Kingdom to the provincial town of Kyaukse. From here, we have a relatively short and scenic transfer to our hotel in Myingyan. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 10: Our route takes us up onto another plateau, this one topped by the unique temple at Mount Popa. The optional climb via 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat leads to a great viewpoint. Overnight at a nearby resort hotel. Rides distance 80 km (50 miles).
Day 11: An easy descent on an alternative route snakes around the mountain, through villages and palm gardens. We ride into Bagan across a plain littered with thousands of temples, to our riverside hotel. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 12: Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan and we have a morning ride and an evening ride, separated by a return to the hotel pool. The sunset ride amongst the temples is particularly memorable. Ride distance 30 km (19 miles).
Day 13: In the morning we transfer to Bagan Airport and fly back to Yangon, viewing from the air some of the terrain we have covered by bike. Afternoon sightseeing in Yangon and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 14: We have the early morning free for final sightseeing and souvenir buying, before transferring to Yangon Airport to catch our homeward flight. KE group package services end on arrival at the airport.