Type of tour:Guided
Duration:6 Nights
Distance:33 Miles/day average
Dates: Sep 7; Oct 26; Nov 23; Dec 7, 31, 2015; Jan 11; Feb 8; Mar 7; Apr 4; May 9; Jun 6; Jul 11; Aug 8; Sep 5; Oct 24; Nov 21; Dec 5, 2016 (minimum 2 participants)
Tour price:US$2550
Start city:Mandalay, Burma
End city:Yangon, Burma
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Ancient Temples of Burma
Burma Heritage by Bicycle

Tour Description: Guided

Traveling around Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, you soon become aware of the immense legacy of a proud and powerful former kingdom that dates back 1,000 years or more.

As you cycle among the ancient temples on your route from Mandalay to Bagan you'll also soon be impressed by the diversity of its people, culture, and topography which all make Burma one of the region’s most fascinating and beautiful countries. Our trip takes us from Kipling’s Mandalay on the imperious Irrawaddy River, to the temples at Bagan, before flying back to the capital, Yangon.

There once was an estimated 13,000 temples and stupas at the 42 sq/km site of present day Bagan. Approximately 2,200 remain today, in various states of disrepair. Bicycling on the paths connecting the thousands of temples is the the best way to visit them.

We'll ride around Mandalay stopping at the famous 200-year-old teak U Bein bridge whilst greeting warm, friendly people. We visit the ancient city of Bagan and cycle amongst the pagodas, stupas, and temples dominating a river valley that once formed the centre of a great and deeply religious empire. The sunset view of Bagan's skyline is something you will truly never forget.

On our way back through Yangon we visit the Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious site, before heading to the airport for the flight home.

Participants must be at least 18 years old to cycle this tour.

A note about weather: Myanmar/Burma has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 80-104 degrees F (27-40 degrees C), and with night temperatures in the 60s (F). The rainy season is from July to September. The cooler season (particularly in the mountains) is from September to February, with average temperatures between 68-86 degrees F (20-30 degrees C). It can be cold at night in the hills in Yunnan and Shan state and adequate cold weather clothing – gloves, hats, jacket - is required.

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