We recognise there are different types of biking so have grouped our holidays accordingly and hence the new tab and section on our website for Cycling Adventures.
Seeing the world pass by from the saddle of a bike really is the best way to travel! If you’re the kind of person who is looking for stunning destinations, seeing the world from a new perspective and for who the journey is the most important part of the holiday, then these trips are for you. Making up this section are those trips that we feel do just that and whilst some may use a mountain bike as its biking mode of transport, they certainly aren’t technical mountain biking trips on which you’ll need to know your way around singletrack (if you even know what that is!) or be faced with gnarly trails.
Similarly some, such as Japan and Sikkim are totally road based, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be given a road bike with drop handlebars.
Here’s a few questions we’ve often asked about our Cycling Adventures:
When is the best time to travel?
We offer Cycling Adventures throughout the year, most individual destinations are seasonal. We pick our departure dates to coincide with the best times to cycle, some of which may be timed to fit a short season while other departures fall outside the usual peak times to take advantage of cooler weather more suited to riding your bike.
How do I arrange my flights?
We don’t sell flights, but instead work with a flight agent who we can contact on your behalf to make things even easier. By us not including flights as part of our package you are free to choose the best options for you in terms of price and convenience.
What else should I consider in the run up to my trip?
Some of the destinations may require visas or other entry permits which we will be able to advise you on in the build up to your trip. Usually this is a straight forward process, but we are on hand to help navigate any trickier bits. You may also need specific vaccinations, although often you will be covered by your usual boosters. The information on our website will offer some guidelines and we will be happy to chat through these before you speak to your doctor for the definitive answer.
I am thinking of arriving early or departing late, is that ok?
Many of our customers decide to extend their holiday before or after our trip, either by a day or so to stretch the legs after a long flight or to visit somewhere we don’t get to whilst cycling. With a great local team in each destination we can help book extra nights and arrange extensions to make things as straight forward as possible. With many of our UK team having travelled extensively in each destination (in some cases, living there), there will always be someone you can chat with to answer questions you might have.
What is the accommodation like?
Our Cycling Adventures are designed to immerse you in a destination and experience things out of reach to most tourists. This is reflected in our diverse choice of accommodation, you might stay in a more conventional hotel one night before bedding down in a village house the next. For each trip we focus on places which will give us a nice warm welcome and a feel for the destination, which sometimes means forgoing some mod cons, but our customers often tell us these make for some of the highlights of the trip.
What’s the food like?
Almost nothing brings back memories like tastes. A sip of mint tea can take your mind rushing back to the edge of the Sahara or the smell of lime can put you back in that restaurant in Cusco eating Ceviche. Our trips include breakfast, most lunches and often some evening meals where we try to give you a taste of the local cuisine, while making sure you are always fuelled for a day on the bike.
For 2014 we’ve four new trips in our Cycling Adventures range.
Morocco, Desert Discoverer – Morocco is 4 hours and 400 hundred years away. Experience some of the highlights of this incredible country by bike – see stunning scenery, explore remote villages and get to know the friendly locals.
Cuba, Cuban Wheels – The absolute ‘greatest hits’ of this amazing place concentrated into eight days of exploration by bike. Who would have thought you could fit such a lot into such a short holiday.
Vietnam, Mountains and Coast – From the minute you step off the plane, Vietnam will amaze you. Often called the Pearl of the Orient, you will soon find yourself immersed in the surround-sound experience of this stunning destination.