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Irrawaddy Valley Kingdoms Cycling Tour – 6 Days

Mandalay, Bagan
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On this 6-days Myanmar cycling tour and adventure you will explore the most famous cultural heritage sites of Burma, recently renamed Myanmar. The tour starts from Yangon where you will explore Yangon’s colonial quarters and markets on a walking tour, visit the holiest of all, the magical Shwedagon Pagoda shining bright on a hill dominating city’s skyline. From Yangon you will fly to Mandalay where our bicycles are ready for a ride to the ancient kingdom of Innwa (Ava). Near Mandalay cxplore kingdoms of Amarapura and Sagaing before taking a short cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay.

From Mandalay the cycling tour continues to Bagan, archaeological treasure of Myanmar with over 3000 temples. In Bagan we explore the picturesque temples, small and hidden roads of the archeological zone.

Shwedagon pagoda

The sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is believed to enshrine buddha’s hairs and is covered in gold and decorated with gemstones.

DAY 01 > YANGON HIGHLIGHTS WALKING TOUR  [-/-/-]

Upon arrival to the Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by our Myanmar guide and transferred to hotel. Today we visit colonial-style city center of Yangon starting from one of the landmarks Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago. We continue to the quaint Yangon old quarter, built during the British colonial era where many charming historical buildings are still located. During our stroll through bustling Market streets full of merchants and food stalls, we visit a local pharmacy and learn about Myanmar traditional medicine, stop for a tea and snack in the fashion of locals, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Yangon. We continue to one of Asia’s architectural landmarks, the elegant Strand hotel built by the Sarkies brothers. Passing old port buildings on Strand road we head to lively Chinese and Indian quarters before reaching bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color.(Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays)

After lunch in the afternoon, we walk to nearby Yangon Central Railway Station where we embark on the Yangon circle line train and travel as the locals do. The rail line ambles in a leisurely, 3-hour loop around Yangon and surrounding neighborhoods and is full of character. We disembark the train after few stops and approximately 30 minutes of travelling to continue sightseeing by our own vehicle. Late afternoon we complete the day with a sunset visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline and is frequented by pious locals. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed.

Meals Included:
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

Mingun Myanmar

Mingun unfinished pagoda.

DAY 02 > YANGON –AVA (INNWA) – MINGUN – MANDALAY [B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Yangon domestic airport for (1hr) Flight to Mandalay, the last Royal Capital of Burma. Our biking journey starts from Mandalay airport. We ride first 8km on a quiet airport road before turning to smaller unpaved road leading to the ruins of ancient capital cities and Ava/Inwa kingdom situated on an island between Myint Nge and Ayeyarwaddy Rivers. We make photo stops at Nan Myint watch tower, last remaining structure of the palace compound in the heart of the area, old Bagayar Monastery constructed entirely of teak wood well over 100 years ago and the beautiful yellow colored decorative Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery After lunch at Ava we cross Myint Nge River with small ferry and ride across bridge to Ancient Capital of Sagaing, home to 6000-7000 Buddhist monks, nuns and novices, one the most important religious centers of Myanmar. From Sagaing we cycle north along the shores of Ayeyarwaddy River through rural farming communities to Mingun. The road is paved and has very light traffic and part of the journey is travelled over rolling hills. In Mingun we make photo stops at huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda cracked by an earth quake and at the world’s biggest bronze bell before catching 1-hour sunset cruise across Ayeyarwaddy River to Mandalay. Upon arrival to Mandalay jetty transfer to hotel for check in.

Cycled distance : Approx 60km
Difficulty level : Easy/Moderate
Meals included : Breakfast
Accommodation: in Mandalay in hotel

Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay

Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay

DAY 03 > MANDALAY CITY HIGHLIGHTS [B/-/-]

In the morning we cycle to one of Mandalay’s popular tea shops and join locals for breakfast. From here we start our Mandalay exploration. Our first stop is the lively Zegyo Market in the heart of the city where we take a stroll to experience authentic local life. We continue to the Jade Market where blocks of raw jade is being traded and explore Artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We observe the process of pounding gold leaf, detailing teak wood carvings and embroidering Myanmar tapestry. We also see how bronze and marble Buddha statues are carved, cast and molded. Next, we ride to visit the major highlights of the city: the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in wars between competing kingdoms; the Golden Palace Monastery the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, offering a glimpse of the original style and architecture of the Myanmar royals; and lastly a photo stop at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, a compound housing Buddha’s teachings carved in the sacred Pali script on stone tablets and regarded the world’s largest book in terms of surface area. We end our day with sunset panoramic views over city skyline on Mandalay Hill, the highest point of the city.

Cycled distance: Approx. 20km
Difficulty level: Easy/Moderate
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: in Mandalay in hotel

Bagan cycling

Bagan cycling

DAY 04 > CYCLING IN BAGAN [B/-/-]

Morning transfer to Bagan by express coach 4hrs. In Bagan check-in to your hotel and begin our cycling journey into the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. The Dhamayazeka Zedi is our first visit, providing panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan. We continue to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan king; Taung Bi Village, a typical Bagan neighborhood where we visit Rice noodle and local cigar “Cheroot” workshops. Enroute to Nyaung U Market, the largest market in Bagan we stop by the Thanaka Museum to learn about this unique Myanmar beauty product. After lunch break we cycle to gold gilded Swezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations. We can also make a visit to a Monastic school that provides disadvantaged children with free primary level education; we have the opportunity to interact with the school children. Late afternoon we visit beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seems to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands.

Biking: 20-25 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: In Bagan in hotel

Bagan

Bagan

DAY 05 > BAGAN [B/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, we continue cycling for exploration of Bagan through smaller back roads to experience the feel of local way of living. On our way we make stops to learn about making of unique Bagan lacquerware and interact with local craftsmen. We encounter local people going on with their daily businesses and make a lunch stop at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue to cycle around the beautiful side tracks getting the feel of magical Bagan. Late afternoon, we ride down to Ayeryarwady River for a Private sunset cruise where magnificent views of the riverside temples and bustling shore can be accompanied by cocktails on board.
* All touring schedules and activities can be adjusted according to guests’ wishes.

Biking: 20-25 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: in hotel in Bagan

yangon

Colonial heritage yangon

DAY 06> AM FLIGHT BACK TO YANGON/INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE [B/-/-]

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Yangon. On the arrival, you would be welcomed by our guide and assist for your international departure. Discovery DMC will happily assist with any additional travel plans.

Meals included: Breakfast

Contact Discovery DMC reservations team for a price quotation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

• English speaking local guides in all destinations.
• Water, fresh fruits and local snacks during cycling days
• All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
• Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
• Luggage handling fees at airports
• Bike rental & helmets (Most of our bikes are Merida and Trek brand)
• Mechanic & maintenance of hired bikes (Those who decide to bring own bikes should bring spares and tool set with them)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

• Visa to Myanmar
• International air fares or domestic air fares (mentioned separately)
• Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
• Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
• Travel insurance
• Tips