Myanmar by Unique Bike holiday
Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Inle – Yangon (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Cycling is a national way of life.
Cycling holidays are an increased level of comfort and interaction with the local culture during the holiday. We offer authentic experiences and unique holidays to all our guests.
When you travel with Marco Polo , you’ll discover that cycling in the great outdoors is very unique . We design our trips to exhilarate you, not to wear you out, and we tailor each of our tours to engage all the senses. We also introduce you to local luminaries, teach you a bit of the language, provide historical background, and help you truly experience regional life and culture. It’s an opportunity to enrich and transform one’s perspective—and at
Marco Polo , we feel privileged to nurture that spirit.
Moreover , we gurantee that you get a good deal by offering added value for example free excursion on arrival , and free airport transfer for departure . We organize to integrate cultural interaction components in your cycling holidays. In addition, we emphasize the advantage of cycling as a way to engage with the local people and culture.
Things we support For seniors, we provide good information on the level of fitness that is required for the cycling holiday, the distance and the kind of terrain they will be riding over.
We have good quality bicycles on-site and we also can provide safe storage facilities for the persons who bring their own bikes. We pay attention to safety issues: regularly inspect the bicycles, check, for example, if the breaks are working well, and have helmets available .
Our guides are very good experience with local knowledge and be able to explain which places and routes are safe to visit and which are not . We provide 24 hour medical assistant .
For customer safe and standard, we are now engaging with Travelife certificate .
We offer free for helmets and water bottle for each bike rental.
Our bikes are renewed every three seasons and are always fully serviced before a trip. We always carry spares for every emergency and plenty of extra tubes .
We supply helmets with all our rental bikes but you may want to consider bringing your own if you are taking a long tour as helmets are a personal item.
On all our tours we provide a water bottle, which you are welcome to keep at the end of your tour. Each bike comes with a single water bottle cage, if you prefer more you are welcome to bring your own. If you have your own saddle that you are comfortable with you are welcome to bring it and we’ll fit it. On long tours women specific seats are recommended./p>
Highlights of the tour (by bike )
Day 1: Yangon / Mandalay (by flight) & Mandalay sightseeing (by car)
In the morning you will transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay, the second largest city boasting its rich cultural heritage represents a Buddhist city of conservative culture and traditional art. Mandalay was the last capital (1860–1885) of the last independent Burmese Kingdom before annexation by the British after the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885. On the way to Mandalay city you may wander through Paleik, an unspoiled site that’s home to hundreds of temples and pagodas. Famous Mahagandayon monastery at Amarapura, may be the largest Buddhist University in the country where you can witness thousands of monks studying together. In the late afternoon, visit Golden Palace Monastery, the most well known wooden monastery in the country, famous for its intricate carvings. It is the only original building from Mandalay Palace having miraculously survived the bombings of WWII. Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the biggest book in the world with hundreds of marble slabs inscribed with the entire Buddhist Canon. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the plain.
Day 2: Mandalay sightseeing (by car)
The day begins with the colorful Zegyo market strolling around and experience the daily life of the people. Visit Mahamuni Temple – the most revered pagoda in Mandalay, the Royal Palace (read the Glass Palace), which houses a huge bronze Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold is one of the three holiest places in Myanmar. It is always crowded with pious devotees from all over the country. Mandalay is the center of arts and crafts. Here you will visit the gold leaf making workshop, where 24K gold is transformed into super thin gold leaves using only precise hammer blows, a technique which even hi-tech equipment cannot match. Witness also the marble carving street, where thousands of Buddha images are made. This afternoon before the sunset, you may visit the traditional cotton and silk weavers whose ancestors used to weave beautiful robes for the royalties. The weaving of silk longyi is so intricate and colorful that they can only finish an inch a day and it is truly astounding.
At sunset, visit the most picturesque U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake, a half-mile long teak span also known as the longest teak bridge in the world.
Day 3: Mandalay / Bagan (by flight) & Bagan sightseeing (by car)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to airport for the flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan, the Bagan Archaeological site is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and it is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar and considered as one of Asia’s holiest cities along with Varanasi and Jerusalem by archaeologists, historians and photographers thanks to the greatest collection of Buddhist sculptures, lavishly decorated with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries. During its golden age in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the city of four million pagodas”. While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that inflated number drastically, what remains is quite incredible. Over the next day’s we’ll visit several small villages, the museum and the principal pagodas, including: Shwezigon Pagoda, the first monument built in Myanmar Style, the prototype for later pagodas is one of the oldest and loveliest temples and remains an important place of devotion for the Burmese; Ananda Temple, the masterpiece of the early style temple architecture Built in 1066, the gilded and whitewashed Ananda is among the most elegant temples, with delicate decorations in glazed tiles along its base and terraces; Gubyaukgyi Temple, displays a strong influence of Indian culture; Shwesandaw pagoda- displays a strong influence of Mon influence with a steep stairway directed to the terraces for a superb view from the upper level. Late this afternoon, climb on top of one of the tall temples and watch the sun drop into distant hills and experience peaceful, tranquil moment and indescribable magical power of Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan sightseeing (by car)
This morning after breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo Market, then proceeded to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple, and Minanthu village. Bagan is also famous as the centre of Myanmar’s thriving lacquer-ware industry. In the afternoon, the tour includes a stop at a local lacquer -ware workshop to watch the skilled artisans at work on the various stages over a period of six months. Then proceed to old Bagan for a pony cart tour among the temples; Tayokpye, Htilominlo and Thatbyinnyu Temple before sunset. Evening enjoy Bagan’s most popular sunset at Bu Paya overlooking view to Ayeyarwaddy River. Enjoy these magical moments.
Day 5: Bagan / Heho (by flight) & Heho – Nyaung Shwe (by bike) ~ Inle (by boat)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to airport for the flight to Heho. Arrive at the Heho airport and bike to Nyaung Shwe (30 km) and transfer to hotel by boat to Inle lake. Leisure at hotel.
Overnight: Inle Lake
Day 6: Cooking class & Inle half day sightseeing (by boat)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to local restaurant for cooking class and you will find fresh vegetables, meals and other local product there from the lake. Then start cooking the shan cuisine with the local guy he/she will teach you to how to cook. It is really nice and you will have an amazing cooking experience. Then you can enjoy the shan dishes for lunch. After lunch visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the most famous pagoda of the shan state, visit Jumping Cat Monastery and floating gardens, local methods of fishing village life and famous leg rowers. In the evening enjoy the sunset while visiting at Inle Lake.
Overnight: Inle Lake
Day 7: Inle ~ Indein (by boat)
This morning, spend a full day aboard a boat exploring the breathtaking lake, which is surrounded on both sides by high hills. You will have an opportunity to visit the market, which is held once in every five days. It is the best opportunity to see hill tribes coming down to sell and buy their products. Indein Temple is a complex which travelers express as Mini- Angkor. After a short distance walk through the bamboo forest , the exciting vie Indein Temple complex is situated in the western shore of the lake and most of the internal wall of the ruins of 1054 shrines make you say “wow”. In the afternoon, visit Impawkhone silk weaving village, a blacksmith, Cheroot making and surrounding villages. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Day 8: Inle – Heho / Yangon (by flight)
Breakfast at the Hotel, enjoy the beauty of the Lake until the time to transfer back to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon.