Cycle tour these two significant Burmese cities on a three-day adventure from Mandalay to Bagan. On a map, the start and finish points of this ride don't appear far apart, but geography alone cannot explain the significance of Mandalay and Bagan. From the 9th to 13th centuries, Bagan was the center of the Kingdom Of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify regions that would later form modern Myanmar. Mandalay was the last royal seat of power in the country before the British took control and is now a bustling, commercial city.
The territory between the two locations is the subject of this tour, and for good reason. We ride some really lovely landscapes as we pass through the Ancient Court Of Ava, along the Irrawaddy River and stay a night in enchanting Mount Popa. Quiet back-roads, palm trees and friendly villagers working the fields are the images that await you on this compact, achievable and highly enjoyable tour.
194 Km riding. The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on secondary roads and quiet country lanes. We aim wherever possible to be away from main roads with traffic and have adjusted the itinerary over time to achieve this. There is only one sustained climb over the trip, and the length of this is around 6km split into two sections with a fairly flat bit in between. It is important to understand that you must be comfortable with riding on rough surfaces. The dirt trails do feature holes, gravel, sand and other obstacles, while the roads are often potholed. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.
Peak Season Surcharge: For tours commencing from Dec 23 to Jan 3 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the tour price due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.
Stay in a resort overlooking the Taung Kalat temple, where you will have the chance to explore and learn about Nat spirits.
Cycle through a weaving town and dry zone villages and pass temples, monasteries and nunneries.
Immerse yourself in Burmese culture with snacks at a traditional tea house and wander a local market.
Photograph some stunning views as you cycle uphill to Mount Popa.
WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
We’ve carefully crafted this itinerary in order to take you off the beaten path to explore a part of Myanmar you otherwise wouldn’t discover. This three-day trip complements our tours in Bagan, or your own travel exploring this region of Myanmar. Cycle hidden paths through small villages that rarely, if ever, see foreigners and take in plenty of cultural stops along the way. Our expert guides are full of knowledge and will look after your comfort and safety for the duration of the tour, ensuring you have a premium tour experience. Enjoy fun cycling and a great itinerary on your bike exploration of Mandalay and Bagan.