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Cycling ADVENTURES


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Explore We think that exploring on two wheels is one of the best ways to see the ‘real’ side of a country. With cycling trips just a hop across the channel to far-flung adventures around the globe, we hope you feel inspired to get on your bike. Cycling offers the best of both worlds for those who want to see the sights, but also delve a little deeper into different cultures, enjoying details and experiences that you would ordinarily miss when in a car, or on a train. On an active Cycling holiday the journey feels authentic every turn of the way, bringing you closer to new cultures and stunning scenery and giving you a sense of achievement at the end of each day. We have a wide range of group cycling holidays to choose from, with destinations across four continents ranging from 4-day short breaks to 16-day adventures. This year we’ve introduced destinations, including the diverse island of Madagascar and a journey along a route less travelled from modern Bangkok to the gilded stupas of Rangoon. In Europe we’ve introduced culturally fascinating Belarus (no visa required for a 5-day break!), and a winter cycle escape in the guaranteed sun of Murcia in southern Spain. Discover a different side to Northern Cyprus by pedalling around the unspoilt Karpaz Peninsula, or cycle the scenic countryside of Romania – largely untouched by Western tourism. Our growing collection of self-guided holidays offer flexibility and the chance to choose your travel companions. This year we’ve added five new routes so you can navigate around Normandy, the Veneto, Murcia, along the Danube and the Loire Valley. So pick a trip and join us to discover the world on two wheels.

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The Americas

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WE ARE EXPLORE

We are Explore Over 36 years’ experience in planning adventurous trips around the world means we’ve had plenty of time to perfect our holidays.

The Explore way Sending you around the world is important business – discovering new cultures, meeting friendly communities and trying different experiences. We don’t take this lightly and as such we follow five values to ensure that we’re always providing the best service to our staff, our suppliers, the communities we visit and most importantly: you.

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Trusted

Adventurous

Fun

Responsible

Passionate

To do the right thing, and provide a safe and honest experience from start to finish.

Our trips are tried and tested for adventure, and we never stop seeking pioneering new ways to explore.

Fun is first and foremost: from start to finish, every element of your trip is designed to be exciting.

From sustainable tourism to supporting family-run hotels, we’re responsible in all that we do.

About travel and discovering the world, but also providing the best customer service we can – every time.

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WE WHY AREEXPLORE? EXPLORE

Going local We believe in supporting communities through initiatives and responsible travel, wherever we visit.  95% of our Explore Leaders are local to the destination where

they guide, ensuring you experience the country through the eyes of a true local  Staying in locally-run hotels and homestays supports communities

and families, and offers a better understanding of their lives  Supporting charities such as the Born Free Foundation and Mahouts

Foundation looks after the animals we see on our trips  Working with communities in the Amazon through Cool Earth, we

help to prevent deforestation of the rainforest

Explore new cultures the Explore way  We’ve timed our visits to the Angkor temples to avoid the masses,

cycling through the jungle away from the tour bus routes  As well as visiting Tokyo and Kyoto, explore the lesser-visited Noto

Peninsula and stay in ryokans to experience rural Japanese life  Our Puglian Explore Leader will introduce you to the local cuisine

with tastings and visits to a family-run bakery, olive producer and a caseificio cheese maker  Cycle the Rift Valley with Kilimanjaro as your backdrop, spending

the night in Olpopongi Village to learn about Maasai culture  Stay in family-run casas particulares and dine in private paladar

restaurants to properly experience Cuban hospitality  Drink masala chai with villagers from Sariska, Kerala and take a

dip in the holy waters of Varkala Beach, said to purge the body and soul

Caring for our Planet Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last few years.

At Explore we believe in enriching lives through adventure travel.

2.5 BILLION

Non-recyclable coffee cups thrown away in the UK each year

STOPPED

EXPLORE BOUGHT ALL HQ STAFF A REUSABLE CUP

ALL ELEPHANT RIDES

and continue to work with Mahouts to ensure best animal practice

10,200

HOURS INVESTED

5 TOILETS

around the world in education and training

built in Inndein Village Burma

175 EXPLORE STAFF AND CUSTOMERS

cleaning beaches throughout the world in July

£56,000 DONATED TO MORE THAN 45 DIFFERENT CHARITIES

and projects all over the world

7,100

SUNDAY LUNCHES

for the homeless in Vietnam

12 MONTHS OF GIVING

400 ACRES

£3,600 DONATED

to local schools, hospitals and charities by HQ staff raised through cake sales, raffles and marathons

OF RAINFOREST PROTECTED

in the Amazon with Coolearth

EXPLORE STARTUP

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to local communities in Morocco, Borneo and Malawi

with our roof top solar panels at Explore HQ

FUND LAUNCHED - £3,000

OF CO2 EMISSIONS SAVED

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WHY TRAVEL WITH EXPLORE?

Why travel with Explore? We have been running inspiring trips around the world for the last 36 years, drawing on our experience to plan the perfect holidays. From small group journeys across four continents to self-guided breaks in Europe, each of our cycling holidays is tried and tested down to the last detail. 

Leading the way

Each of our cycling trips is accompanied by an Explore Leader, chosen for their first-hand knowledge of your chosen region and personally trained to Explore’s high standards by our team in the UK. They are your insider – better than any guide book – with a specialist understanding of the routes and local customs. Our leaders ensure you are able to cycle at your own pace wherever possible while keeping everybody on track.

Small, sociable groups

Sharing your adventure with like-minded travellers is all part of the small group trip experience. Our groups generally comprise of eight to 14 people, with a maximum group size of 16 on our most popular trips. You’ll meet people from different walks of life and usually half of the group are solo travellers – with no compulsory single supplements – while the rest are couples or friends.

A company of travellers

We build all of our trips with passion, travelling far and wide to seek out the most unusual and inspiring elements to add to each one, making sure each trip is the best it can be. These little extra touches are called our ‘Explore twists’, and you’ll find them on every trip we sell.

Your loyalty: rewarded

Around 60% of our customers book with us again, including our longest-standing traveller who has travelled on 90 trips with us. We’re very proud of these numbers, so to reward our repeat customers we offer a loyalty discount of 5% off when booking 5-9 trips, and 10% off when you reach your 10th trip and beyond. It’s just a small way to say thank you.

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Included bike hire and vehicle support The secret to making your trip run smoothly – besides your Explore Leader – is having the right equipment. Every one of our cycling trips includes the cost of bike hire; we choose good-quality hybrid touring bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes best-suited to the terrain, and we have experienced bike mechanics on hand to provide back-up. On most trips a support vehicle will be nearby to provide back-up if needed and we’ll always transport your luggage between hotels, so you’re free to take a light rucksack or use panniers, where provided.

ascents, flat parts and descents, and the bike will recharge when you’re using your own pedal power. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking.

Transfers On all our group trips we provide a complimentary transfer, provided you arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. This is a great way to start your travels, offering you that little extra peace of mind and comfort.

Price Guarantee

Route and terrain Our routes are designed to follow quieter back roads or cycle paths wherever possible, with some off-road sections on fine gravel or dirt tracks. Each trip in this brochure features a daily breakdown of the distances cycled. More detailed route and terrain information can be found on our website, where you can download detailed Trip Notes for each holiday.

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee that the price won’t change. Unlike many other travel companies, we won’t pass on any unexpected aviation, fuel or currency exchange surcharges once we have received your deposit payment and your booking is confirmed.

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We are proud to announce that 98% of our customers would book with us again. Independently verified reviews August 2017

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A WORLD OF CHOICE

A World of Choice There’s an Explore cycling trip for everyone, whether you want to discover hidden regions and lesser-visited routes, or take in the highlights of an iconic trail.

Cycle grades

Accommodation grade

Our cycling holidays are graded by taking into account daily distances covered, as well as the terrain, temperature, altitude and the amount of ascent. If a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate grade, for example Easy to Moderate. Each trip is clearly marked with its grade and you can find more detailed information in our Trip Notes which can be downloaded from our website.

We’ve given an accommodation grade to all of our trips. Standards may vary depending on which country you are visiting, though most of our holidays use standard quality three-star hotels chosen for their location and suitability for our style of travel.

Easy

Moderate

Challenging

Easy grade trips are suitable for anyone who enjoys easy and relatively short rides on flat or gently undulating terrain. They are ideal if you want to explore a region by bike at a relaxed pace.

Medium length rides are appropriate for cyclists who are used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs. You will mainly cycle on trails and quiet roads but should have a reasonable level of fitness.

Longer and more demanding, these trips are for cyclists who enjoy hilly terrain with some challenging ascents. The routes require a good level of fitness and may include some non-technical, offroad riding.

Premium On a few trips we use more comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities and a higher level of service, providing the perfect wind down after active days.

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Standard Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will have en suite facilities. On some trips which are graded standard, there may be a night or two in more basic – or more comfortable – accommodation; see trip pages for details.

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Simple These are usually small, family-run hostels or guesthouses which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards.

We offer e-bikes on an increasing number of our trips, providing a little assistance along the way. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking.

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SMALL GROUP TRIPS Countries

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Austria - Germany Belarus Czech Republic - Germany Finland France France India Italy Italy Italy Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia Mexico Russia Vietnam Vietnam - Cambodia

Along the Blue Danube P2P | E-Bike  NEW Cycle Belarus Short Break Prague to Meissen by Bike P2P | E-Bike Cycle Finland: Turku Archipelago Canal du Midi P2P Loire Valley Cycling P2P | E-Bike Backroads of Kerala Cycle Western Sicily Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice E-Bike Puglia on Two Wheels E-Bike Cycling the Baltic States E-Bike Cycle Mexico - The Yucatan Peninsula Cycle Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg Cycle Vietnam E-Bike Mekong Delta and Angkor E-Bike

CBD CBE CCZ CFT CCM LV CKB CSI CDV CIP CBS CMX CRU CVN CVE

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48 46 47 40 20 22 64 38 34 36 44 85 39 76 74

Costa Rica Cuba Italy North Cyprus Poland - Slovakia Spain

Costa Rica on Two Wheels Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle Cycle Tuscany - Pisa to Florence P2P  NEW Cycling North Cyprus P2P Pedalling in Poland P2P | E-Bike Pyrenees to the Med P2P

CCR CSC CTY CNC CPP CPM

14 8 8 8 8 8

84 83 32 53 42 26

Burma (Myanmar) Croatia Cuba France France - Spain India Italy Japan Jordan Madagascar Morocco Poland - Slovakia - Hungary Portugal Romania South Africa Spain Spain Spain Sri Lanka Thailand - Burma (Myanmar) Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam Vietnam

Cycle Burma Cycle the Dalmatian Coast Cycle Cuba! Velo en Provence P2P | E-Bike Cycle Marseille to Barcelona E-Bike Cycling Rajasthan  NEW Cycle Sardinia P2P Cycle Japan P2P Cycle Jordan  NEW Cycle Madagascar Southern Oasis Cycling  NEW Cycle Krakow to Budapest P2P  NEW Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve  NEW Cycle Romania Cycle the Cape  NEW Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia P2P | E-Bike Andalucia by Bike E-Bike Cycle the Camino de Santiago Cycle Sri Lanka  NEW Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon Bangkok to Saigon by Bike Cycle Saigon to Hanoi E-Bike

CBUR CCD CCC CVP CFS CIR CSD CJA CJP CMG CSO CPI CAL CRT CTC CMU CSP CCDS CSL CTB CTV CVIE

14 8 15 8 8 14 8 13 9 14 8 8 8 9 10 7 13 8 14 14 14 14

70 50 80 23 24 66 31 68 58 61 56 41 30 52 60 25 28 27 63 69 72 77

Albania Cuba Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Panama France Spain - Portugal Tanzania

Cycle Albania Cycle the Backroads of Cuba Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal Cycle the Cathar Castles P2P | E-Bike Cycle Seville to Porto Cycle Tanzania - Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro

CAB CUC CNCP CPC CEX CTZ

8 15 14 8 8 8

49 82 85 19 29 59

England Italy

Cycling Coast to Coast P2P | E-Bike Cycle Italy Coast to Coast P2P

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Moderate

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SELF-GUIDED TRIPS Countries

Trip Name

Austria - Hungary France Germany - Austria Italy Italy Italy Netherlands Spain Spain Switzerland - Germany - Austria

 NEW Self-Guided Cycling Vienna to Budapest P2P Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy P2P Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Puglia Cycling E-Bike Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike P2P | E-Bike  NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Murcia, Southern Spain P2P Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CSVB CSBU CSBD CSTY CSDV CSIP CSNL CSSM CSMA CSLC

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91 93 91 96 96 97 90 98 101 92

Croatia France France France - Italy Greece Italy - Slovenia - Croatia Portugal Spain Spain Spain

Self-Guided Cycling Croatia P2P Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne P2P | E-Bike  NEW Self-Guided the Loire Valley by Bike P2P Self-Guided Riviera Cycling - Nice to Genoa P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike E-Bike Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Porec E-Bike Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal P2P Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling P2P Self-Guided Rioja Cycling P2P Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias P2P | E-Bike

CSCD CSVP CSFL CSNG CSGR CSIC CSPO CSPM CSRR CSAS

8 7 8 7 8 7 8 8 7 8

102 94 94 95 102 97 101 99 100 100

Austria - Italy France Italy Italy Netherlands - Belgium Spain

Self-Guided Alpe Adria Bike Path P2P | E-Bike  NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Normandy P2P  NEW Self-Guided Cycling along Italy’s Prosecco route P2P Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges P2P | E-Bike Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago P2P

CSAA CSFN CSIV CSVF CSAB CSCS

8 8 7 9 8 10

92 93 95 98 90 99

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TRIPS

Self-guided Cycling trips Going self-guided

Finding your way

Choose your departure date – any day you like! You have the flexibility of starting your holiday on any day of the week and even extending the trip if you wish. We take care of all the logistical planning and transport your luggage each day, leaving you to relax and fully immerse yourself in exploring at your own pace using our detailed route notes and maps.

We’ll supply you with detailed, accurate and easy-to-follow route notes and maps. They often contain choices which allow you to extend a ride or go via a more challenging route if you wish. To ensure you get the most out of your stops as well as the rides, we provide you with useful information and insider tips including everything from ‘must sees’ to finding the best ice cream or cappuccino.

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Our hotels are selected for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range of two- to fourstar accommodation, all with en suite facilities. Higher standards of hotel can be found on trips with premium-grade accommodation. In many places we stay for two nights, giving you the option to explore further or take a break from the bikes.

We offer the option of electric bikes on an KE increasing number of our self-guided holidays. AVA I L Electric bikes (or E-Bikes) provide you with a little assistance; especially on uphill sections or longer rides. This allows you to conserve your energy for later, and makes your experience much more enjoyable. You can then throw yourself into the easier ascents, flat parts and descents, and the bike will recharge when you’re using your own pedal power. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking. I

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Your main luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel for you. While cycling you will just need to carry your essentials in a lightweight rucksack or pannier (provided on most trips). You’ll be reunited with the rest of your belongings when you reach your next night’s accommodation.

A good-quality bike suited to the route and terrain is included in your holiday price. More details are provided on each trip page and on our website but generally these are hybrid or touring bikes. All bicycles come with a lock, puncture repair kit and a pump and many are fitted with a pannier bag to carry the items you’ll need during the ride. Local support is on hand in the rare event of a problem with your bike.

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We suggest the most suitable airports or train stations to use for each trip and provide the recommended latest arrival and departure times to fit with public transport options. We offer detailed information to help you reach your start hotel and leave your end hotel by public transport – or we can arrange private transfers.

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TRIPS

A varied, well-planned route with countryside, coast and a nature reserve, mostly on quiet roads. Friendly people, wonderful food, comfortable accommodation. All in all, a delight. Barbara, Granada. Travelled on Self-Guided Puglia Cycling in April 2017

Five reasons to go self-guided 1. Flexibility – choose your departure date, cycle as fast or slow as you want and add extra days to your trip at the beginning or end of your holiday.

2. You’ll have full support from our local partners on the ground, who’ll transport your luggage and provide around the clock emergency back-up should you need them.

3. Travel as a couple or with friends and family – you choose your companions, we’ll provide the perfect trip.

4. There’s nothing like the sense of achievement you get from navigating your way from point to point by maps and route guidance.

5. Without lengthy transfers, expensive hotels and private guides and drivers to think of, you’ll find our prices to be extremely competitive.

FOR OUR COLLECTION OF SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TRIPS SEE PAGES 88-102

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WHAT’S NEW?

What’s new? We work hard to keep our trips current and exciting, so each year we add new adventures to the mix. In Europe we’ve added cycling holidays to laid-back Murcia, the wild southwestern corner of Sardinia and the golden beaches of Portugal. We’ve also added trips around Eastern Europe, including Krakow to Budapest and a short break cycle trip to culturally-fascinating Belarus. In Madagascar we cycle through diverse landscapes, visit national parks and spot endemic wildlife. In Asia, Thailand and Burma’s ancient temples, stupas and colourful markets provide a vibrant backdrop to a route less travelled between Bangkok and Rangoon.

“We launched our first cycle adventure (Loire Valley) some twenty years ago and haven’t stopped since. Creating new trips has to be one of the most rewarding, interesting and fun things we do.” James Adkin Cycling Programme Manager

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WHAT’S NEW?

New trips for 2018 Cycle Madagascar A moderate cycling route from the capital of Antananarivo to the southern Indian Ocean coast at Ifaty.

For Trip Details See Page 61

Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon Cycle from Bangkok to Rangoon with six days in the heart of Thailand and eight days in unspoilt Burma.

For Trip Details See Page 69

Cycle Romania Discover the dramatic scenery of Transylvania, including Dracula’s Castle, on this cycle holiday around Romania.

For Trip Details See Page 52

Cycling North Cyprus Discover a different side to Northern Cyprus by pedalling around the unspoilt Karpaz Peninsula.

For Trip Details See Page 53

Cycle Belarus Short Break Offering great value, accessibility (no visa required) and fascinating culture, Belarus makes for a fantastic short break cycling holiday.

Did you know? Our most popular (booked) trip for 2017 is the ‘Backroads Of Kerala’ (CKB). Here are some of the highlights you will get to experience on the trip: • Explore a large area of chilled and relaxed Kerala • Superb local food • Lots of positive local interaction, on the roads and in the homestays See page 64-65 for more details.

For Trip Details See Page 46 There are more fantastic new trips to choose from but we couldn’t list them all here. Spot other new trips by looking for the New Trip logo on the trip pages.

New self-guided trips Our self-guided trips have proved extremely popular so we’ve added a further five inspiring destinations to tempt you into the saddle. Cycle between the grand capitals of Vienna and Budapest, or from the D-Day beaches to Mont St Michel in Normandy. Foodies will enjoy our Prosecco tour of the Veneto, the farm-to-fork cuisine of Murcia or the wine-soaked Loire Valley – see page 88 for more details.

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FLIGHTS

Flights We can offer you a wide range of options including flights from a variety of airports and a choice of over 90 airlines. All of our flight-inclusive packages are fully bonded, so if there are changes to your holiday once you have booked we will manage this for you, offering total peace of mind. Should you choose to book your own flights you would be responsible for any cancellations or delays.

Why book your flights with Explore? • Total financial protection and security • Any pre-flight delays or cancellations will be handled by our UK team; it’s our job to get you there • Management of your holiday if the airline changes flight times

Upgraded air travel For a special occasion or if you’re just looking to push the boat out, consider travelling in premium economy, business or first class. For a great start (or end) to your trip treat yourself to extra legroom, premium dining, superior service and that satisfied feeling of turning left on the plane. Just ask us for a quote at the time of booking.

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Fly me from... Wherever you’re travelling from, we can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports, as well as Dublin. You can choose from direct flights which get you to your destination as quickly as possible, or if the route isn’t available we can arrange indirect flights changing en route. We can even fly you out earlier (or to return later) if you want to extend your trip.

British Airways Preferred Partner We’re proud to be a British Airways Preferred Partner, maintaining an excellent relationship with the airline to offer you the best possible choice of flights.

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STAY IN TOUCH

Stay In Touch Explore Leader Awards

Get social

Our Explore Leaders are what make our group trips so successful, so to recognise their contribution we award a yearly prize for the best of the best. We encourage all of our customers to join in by voting for their Explore Leader in our annual Explore Leader Awards – did your Leader go the extra mile? Did they have you in stitches throughout? If your Leader made your holiday extra special then take a few moments to vote for them at explore.co.uk/leaderawards

One of the best things about going away is all the interesting stories and pictures you can share with family and friends when you return – you can share them with us too on our social media pages!

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Calendar Photo Competition

WIN £250

When you look back at your photos of your holiday, are there any that you’re particularly proud of? If you consider yourself a budding photographer then why not enter your favourite photographs from your Explore trips into our Calendar Photo Competition? You could win up to £250 in Explore holiday vouchers and even see your photo in print in next year’s Explore annual calendar. Entering is easy – just send your photos as attachments to marketing@explore.co.uk by 31 October 2018 to be in with the chance of winning – but don’t forget to include your name and details of where the photo was taken! For full details and terms and conditions please visit explore.co.uk/calendar

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Europe Europe is the perfect destination for cycling holidays, with gentle riverine routes designed for an easy cycle to mountainous regions perfect for a challenging trip. Just a short flight away yet so diverse, Europe’s natural beauty is showcased on every single one of our holidays, from Portugal’s stunning coastline to the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. Explore hidden corners of Europe, or embark on a journey along a popular route. Choose to follow a historic path, such as the Camino de Santiago or along the Canal du Midi, or go off-piste with a culturally-rich journey around Saxony, Albania or little-visited and surprisingly accessible Belarus.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Cycling the leisurely Canal du Midi

Refuelling on tapas in Seville

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Exploring the Baltic States by bike Pedalling around unspoilt Puglia


DESTINATIONS Albania 49 Austria

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 Belarus 46 Croatia

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Czech Republic

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England

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Estonia

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Finland

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France

19-24

Germany

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 Hungary 41 Italy

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Latvia

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Lithuania

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 North Cyprus

53

 Poland

41-43

Portugal

29-30

 Romania 52 Russia

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 Slovakia 41-42 Spain

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 Regions with a new trip

INSIDER VIEW “Rather than the cities and the daily destinations being the stars of the show when cycling through Europe, it was the countryside in between that captured my heart. Cycling enables you to fully immerse yourself in your surroundings. My personal highlights were picnicking in an olive grove and cycling under the canopy of trees running adjacent to the Serchio River in the midday sun – and the delicious ice-creams obviously!” ANNA SHELDON Admin Manager

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EUROPE

Cycling Coast to Coast FROM

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TRIP CODE: C2C CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hostel. MEALS: 3 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Ridgeback Meteor hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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On this cycling trip we cross the breadth of England on two wheels from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth on the North Sea. This classic coast to coast challenge cycles through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in the north of England, discovering the dramatic beauty of the Lake District, Eden Valley and the rugged North Pennines.

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Cycle through the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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The highlights for me were cycling through the Lake District on a glorious summers day, the views coming up out of Nenethead across the borders of Durham and Northumberland and also finishing in Tyneside. What an achievement. Marc, Beaconsfield

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EUROPE

Cycle the Cathar Castles

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Optional single rooms are available from £280 TRIP CODE: CPC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Chateau de Lastours

43km

Day 3

58km

Day 4

40/83km

Day 5

96km

Day 6

46km

Day 7

CARCASSONNE Narbonne (Optional visit by train) Limoux (wine tasting) Puivert Castle

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Rennes-les-Bains (hot springs)

Bike ride around Leucate Sea Lake

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP Combine with CCM for a 2 week cycling holiday in France.

Enjoy a week of superb cycling in southwest France as we ride from the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, through a land of impressive Cathar castles and pretty villages, to the Mediterranean coast and historic town of Perpignan. The rides are varied and mostly on quiet lanes, taking us into the Pyrenean foothills and along the Vermillion Coast, and along the way we stop for wine tasting or to sample local delicacies. Four of the rides are optional, giving you the chance to blend sightseeing and cycling to suit your interests. DAY

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Ride south into the Corbieres hills, try sparkling wine in Limoux, bathe in healing hot springs.

Optional loop ride to Puivert’s Chateau of the Troubadours with wine tasting in Quillan.

Cycle Pyrenean foothills to Perpignan via the formidable castles of Peyrepertuse and Quéribus.

Optional visit to Roman influenced Narbonne or circular ride to beaches and Salses fort.

Free day or return cycle along the Vermillion coast to the charming seaside town of Collioure.

Trip ends at Perpignan.

Join trip Circular cycle in Carcassonne. ride to the Evening Cathar Castles walking tour of Las Tours, of the fortified including a medieval citadel. stretch of the Canal du Midi.

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This trip is brought to life and made fascinating by Andrew, the tour leader, who lives locally, understands the culture, gastronomy and wines and is a fount of knowledge about this area of France. Mike, Kent

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Canal du Midi FRANCE

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\\ Cycle along the Canal du Midi, one of the greatest works of civil engineering

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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TRIP CODE: CCM

\\ Ride through picturesque landscapes and historic villages

BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes.

Optional single rooms are available from £270

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

\\ Enjoy sampling regional delicacies and excellent local wines

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This was a great introduction to cycling in France, and now I’m hooked so will be booking another cycling holiday in the near future.

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Catherine, Edinburgh

Optional Rides

Chateau de Lastours

Villepinte Optional rides

FRANCE

Oppidium d’Ensérun

Minerve

Optional swim Jouarres

Bram

BÉZIERS Eteang de Thou

Canal du Midi

CARCASSONNE

9 Locks of Fonserannes

Valras Plage

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Narbonne Plage Optional rides Mediterranean Eteang de Sea Peyriac Bages

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It was an excellent holiday. A good balance between organisation and flexibility enabled us to to have a very relaxing, stress free time. Caroline, Chester

COMBINE YOUR TRIP This trip can be combined with Cycle the Cathar Castles for a 2 week cycling holiday in France (pg. 19)

Cycling some of the tree-lined path along the Canal du Midi, this trip leads us from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast. Ride through the natural beauty of the Corbieres region and absorb the rich history, from the 12th century cathedral in Narbonne to the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne.

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Join trip at Carcassonne Airport then drive to historic Beziers.

Optional ride to Valras Plage. Circular route back to Beziers.

Cycle south along waterways and country lanes. Ride to Narbonne.

Optional circular cycle routes via Gruissan and Fontfroid back to Narbonne.

Cycle the vineyards, farms and towpaths. Ride to Carcassonne.

View the walled fortress of Carcassonne; cycle locally.

Trip ends in Carcassonne.

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“The dreamy images of the warm Mediterranean become a reality once you start pedalling along the tree lined paths of the canal. Although this trip is called “Cycling the Canal du Midi”, many of the routes take us away from the canal side to experience much more of the varied landscape; wildlife of the sea lagoons, pine scented forest lanes and picturesque Mediterranean villages. With the wonderful wines of the region, seafood, and not forgetting the cassoulet, this trip is sure to awaken all your senses. Immerse yourself in both the Roman and Cathar history, there is so much more to this trip than cycling along the canal path!” ANDREW PERRYMAN Explore Leader

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Loire Valley Cycling FRANCE

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Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: LV CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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35km

Day 3

30/40km

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Day 5

38km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

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From/To Lille

FRANCE

CHENONCEAUX Château de Chenonceau

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Villandry Gardens Ussé

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Bountiful vineyards, fruit orchards and delightful villages all explain why the beautiful Loire Valley is known as ‘the garden of France’. On this relaxed ride we follow quiet country roads from Chenonceax to Chinon, exploring the medieval chateau perched on an island in Azay-le-Rideau, visiting Leonardo da Vinci’s final home at Clos Luce and discovering the elegant Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou.

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Join trip in Chenonceaux.

Optional rides to the 17th century chateau of Gue Pean or to one of the local vineyards.

Cycle the tranquil forest and pretty villages to Amboise. Ride to the elegant town of Azayle-Rideau.

Explore Azay chateau rising out of the Indre River; or visit the pristine gardens of Villandry.

Cycle to medieval Chinon, passing Chateau d’Usse - inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.

Ride the wine route of Chinon along the River Vienne.

Drive to St. Pierre des Corps rail station in Tours where the trip ends.

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The cycle routes were great – riverside, countryside, through forest and the occasional hill which everyone seemed to cope with. Each day we’d buy ourselves a picnic lunch and Andrew would recommend a good place to eat it, usually by a lake or a river or with a good view. Nigel, Leatherhead

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Velo en Provence

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£999 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: CVP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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FRANCE

Train from/to London via Lille & Avignon

DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL Seguret Cameret sur Aigues

Caderouse Chateauneuf Du Pape Wine tasting

CARPENTRAS

PROVENCE

Optional Rides

Avignon (optional visit)

Malaucene

Gigondas Mt. Ventoux Vacqueras Bedoin Caromb

ORANGE

Pernes

Venasque

Le Thor Gordes Fontaine de Vaucluse

ST REMY DE PROVENCE Les Baux

LUBERON

DES ALPILLES

Durance

optional ride Fontvielle

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Riding our bikes through the heart of Provence, we visit ancient vineyards and hilltop villages and discover the landscapes that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint here. We cycle past the ancient ‘bories’ (stone houses) in the Luberon and the Roman remains in Orange and St-Remy-deProvence, perhaps stopping to visit the region’s elegant Romanesque abbeys or to enjoy mouth-watering Provençal cuisine and local wines. DAY

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Join trip at Avignon train station. Drive to historic Orange.

Circular ride south to Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards and back along the River Rhône.

Travel deep into Provence towards Carpentras. Sample great Grenache wines in the Dentelles.

Enjoy a free day in the Luberon. Explore Avignon or ride up Mount Ventoux.

Experience a taste of Provençal life on today’s ride.

Cycle to St Remy de Provence, the birthplace of astrologist Nostradamus.

Scenic ride through olive groves to the village of Les Baux to see its 11th century fortifications.

Drive to Avignon train station where the trip ends.

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Wow what a wonderful challenge cycling up the hills in Provence! Highlights were cycling to Gordes and lunch in Fontaine de Vaucluse. I also really enjoyed the wine tasting evening at the hotel in Carpentras. Sian, Derbyshire

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Cycle Marseille to Barcelona FRANCE - SPAIN

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Optional single rooms are available from £205 TRIP CODE: CFS CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens GalantSX or similar hybrid bikes.

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31km

Day 3

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Day 4

51km

Day 5

50km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

50km

FRANCE

SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER Camargue N.P

Beziers

SETE

MARSEILLE Panier district Old Port

Canal du Midi

COLLIOURE

Mediterranean Sea

FIGUERES

Dali Museum

TORROELLA DE MONTGRI

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Empuries Greek ruins Saint Feliu de Guixols

BARCELONA

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Join us on this cycling exploration of the Mediterranean coast from Marseille to Barcelona. Along the way we discover medieval towns and villages, the wild beauty of the Camargue, the Canal du Midi, vineyards, cork oak forests, Greek and Roman remains and the inviting beaches of Catalunya. We also travel by train and bus as we cycle the most interesting sections between the historic port cities of Marseille and Barcelona.

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Join trip in Marseille.

Explore old Marseille on foot then cycle the protected wetlands of the Camargue.

Spot flamingos and white horses on our ride to the ancient port city, Sete.

Cycle the Canal du Midi to historic Bezier. Train ride to medieval coastal town Collioure.

Inland mountain ride on back roads through the Pyrenees to Figueres, home to Dali museum.

Cycle through rolling hills of the Emporda with great beaches and Greek settlement remains.

Ride through medieval villages and cork oak forests to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean.

Trip ends in Barcelona.

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Wonderful trip, great guide Goyo and driver Luis could not have done anymore for us. It was my first European cycling tour and I hope to go on many more. Therese, Perth, Australia

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Cycle Southern Spain – Murcia

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£699 £569

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Optional single rooms are available from £145 TRIP CODE: CMU CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Bergamont Horizon hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Day 3

45km

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Day 5

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MURCIA

CALASPARRA Moratalla

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CIEZA

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ

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MURCIA

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On this cycling adventure in southern Spain we discover Murcia’s whitewashed villages and Moorish towers, endless orchards, ancient irrigation channels and layers of history. Pedal along peaceful ‘via verde’ cycle paths and quiet roads, enjoying historic towns and a variety of landscapes. Murcia enjoys mild winters, a semi-arid climate and averages more than 320 days of sun per year, making it an ideal escape for an active holiday.

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Join trip in Murcia. Optional loop ride to Fuensanta Sanctuary.

Follow via verde cycle path to Caravaca de la Cruz, one of the Vatican’s five Holy cities.

A circular bike route from Caravaca past historic irrigation channels, elm groves and tiny villages.

Cycle on via verde cycle path to Calasparra via the 15th century fortress in Moratalla.

Ride along peaceful country roads past almond and apricot orchards to the lively town of Cieza.

Complete our circuit with a cycle through the deep and scenic Ricote Valley back into Murcia.

Trip ends in Murcia.

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Pyrenees to the Med

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£979 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: CPM CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Bike trails in Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa NP

GIRONA

Old fortified town Explore city ramparts

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SANT FELIU DE GUIXOLS

Beaches & forests

MEDITERRANEAN SEA Catalonian Capital Gaudi Architecture Ramblas

BARCELONA

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Ride with us on scenic dedicated cycle paths from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. We pedal through northern Spain’s volcanic countryside and ancient walled villages to the port town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. We also stroll along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, explore the medieval back streets in Girona and enjoy some delicious Catalan cuisine.

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Join trip in Barcelona. Walking tour of the old quarter and downtown area.

Train to Ripoll. Beautiful ride on tranquil cycle paths to Olot, in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Forest ride past extinct volcanoes in Garrotxa Natural Park.

Cycle the greenway bike path to medieval Girona with fine views from the old city walls.

Continue on cycle path to the Mediterranean port town of Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Scenic coastal ride to Tossa del Mar (optional) or relax on the beach.

Bus to Barcelona then free time to discover its charm and Gaudi’s modernist architecture.

Trip ends in Barcelona.

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Riding through fields of poppies, forests and and ancient towns; bustle and colour of the produce market in Barcelona and the camaraderie ofa great group and leader. It was a long- held dream come true. Katharine, Kelowna, BC, Canada

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Cycle the Camino de Santiago

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£1069 £879

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: CCDS CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 6

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Day 7

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Loved everything about this trip, the scenery, cycling, hotels, food and guide were wonderful and best of all the group was a lot of fun. It was inspiring to be cycling alongside many other pilgrims and a real sense of achievement arriving in Santiago de Compostela. Helen, Windsor

Optional Rides

ATLANTIC OCEAN La Coruna Airport SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Bay of Biscay

SPAIN

ARZUA

PORTOMARÍN SAMOS 0 km

BILBAO

Guggenheim Museum

Triacastela O’Cebreiro

(optional) Villafranca del Bierzo

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MOLINASECA Cruz de Ferro

León

ASTORGA

Santovenia

Following the route of ancient pilgrims we cycle sections of the legendary trail to Santiago de Compostela – the resting place of Saint James. The trip follows the last 200 kilometres of the scenic route through northern Spain, starting on the high plains of the Castilian plateau. We ascend into the fertile region of the Bierzo and traverse the rolling hills of Galicia to the delightful city of Santiago completing our pilgrims’ passport as we go.

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Join trip in Bilbao, and admire the remarkable architecture of the Guggenheim Museum.

Visit medieval Leon for sightseeing, then cycle across the Meseta high plateau to Astorga.

Cycle the rolling landscape of the Bierzo mountains to Molinaseca.

Ride through the rural heartland of Galicia from charming O’Cebreiro to Samos.

Bike the unspoilt rolling green hills of Galicia via the medieval village of Sarria.

Ride to Arzua and try the delicious traditional Galician dish of octopus.

Cycle to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Discover the city’s magnificent architecture.

Trip ends in Santiago.

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The scenery was magnificent, the sense of achievement was great, the accommodation varied and Isi, the tour guide, made the trip – he was excellent. Geoffrey, Ross-on-Wye

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Andalucia by Bike SPAIN FROM

£1699 13 DAYS £1499 13 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: CSP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant Lite hybrid bike.

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Day 3

50km

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A great trip. Will recommend it without reservation.

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Anthony, Naivasha, Kenya

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Day 8 Day 9

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Day 10

35km

CORDOBA

La Mezquita

SPAIN

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GUADIX

Ecija

Day 12

La Peza

SEVILLE

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GRANADA Alhambra

Cathedral

Puerto Serrano Grazalema N.P

Olvera

Alcornocales N.P

TARIFA

Canyons and desert

La Calahorra Alhama de Granada

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Andalucia as we explore the region by bike. We cycle on quiet backroads with varied scenery, from stunning natural parks to deserts, canyon lands and mountains. Along the way we discover a rich Moorish heritage reflected in the food, language and architecture, most notably in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. We also spend time in the windsurfing town of Tarifa, the impressive location of Ronda and a unique cave hotel in Guadix. DAY

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Cycle in the natural park with great views over the straits of Gibraltar to charming Tarifa.

Cycle with stunning scenery in the natural parks of Alcornocales and Grazalema. Drive to Ronda.

Ride cycle path from Ronda then time to explore the beautiful city of Seville.

Cycle on quiet backroads up the Guadalquivir Valley to the important Moorish city of Cordoba.

Rest day in Cordoba and chance to visit the remarkable Mezquita mosque.

Cycle through the semidesert and canyon lands of Hoya de Guadix. Stay in unique cave hotel.

Ride the old road to Granada passing through the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Explore the historic city of Granada. Visit the Alhambra, Moorish quarter and Arabic Baths.

Scenic cycling through the mountains of Alhama. Drive to Malaga.

Trip ends in Malaga.

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Cycle Seville to Porto

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£1175 £999

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Optional single rooms are available from £245 TRIP CODE: CEX CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Premium 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Day 3

87km

Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Ermesinde

PORTO

Port wine tasting

Douro Valley train ride Pocinho

ALDEA DEL OBISPO

Atlantic Ocean

SAN MARTIN DE TREVEJO ALCANTARA MARVAO

PORTUGAL ELVAS

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From the beautiful city of Seville this cycling adventure takes us across a well-kept Spanish secret – the vast and beautiful open landscapes along Europe’s oldest border between Spain and Portugal. Along the way we see the legacy of Roman Iberia, the Moors and the land of the conquistadores in Extremadura. Finally we travel by train along the Douro Valley into Porto where we celebrate the end of our journey with a glass of port. DAY

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Join trip in Seville, one of Spain’s finest cities.

Cycle through a landscape of cork oak estates and Iberian pigs to UNESCO listed Elvas.

Scenic ride criss-crossing the SpanishPortuguese border to medieval hill-top village Marvao.

Enjoy wide open spaces riding to the Spanish city of Alcantara and its impressive Roman bridge.

Cycle through the hinterland of the Extremadura region, dotted with huge ‘finca’ estates.

Ride through the Sierra de Gata mountains to our spectacular hotel in Aldea del Obispo.

Beautiful Douro Valley train into Porto. Celebrate with some Port tasting.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Tour took us through beautiful unspoilt countryside of Extremadura. Fabulous accommodation in restored castles, monestries and a convent. Very knowledgable and likeable tour leader. Lesley, Melton Mowbray

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Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

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£979 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £180 TRIP CODE: CAL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant or similar hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Sintra

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59km

Day 4

35km

Trafaria

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27km

Day 6

66km

Lagoa de Albufeira

Day 7

61km

Cape Espichel Lighthouse

LISBON

SETUBAL

Arrabida Natural Park

SESIMBRA

PORTUGAL Sines

ATLANTIC OCEAN

VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES Costa Vicentina Natural Park

ALJEZUR Cape Sao Vicente Lighthouse

SAGRES

Faro

On this cycling adventure we journey south from Lisbon, through wild coastal landscapes to the remote south-westerly corner of Europe. From the cobbled streets of Lisbon we follow the Caparica coast to the rolling hills of Arrabida Natural Park. Further south we cycle through the Costa Vicentina – Europe’s largest coastal natural park – through an unspoiled coastline of white-washed fishing villages, pristine coves and superb beaches. Never far from the Atlantic Ocean, there are plenty of chances to have a swim or sample the seafood. DAY

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Discover the royal sanctuary of Sintra. Free afternoon in Lisbon.

Ferry across the Tagus and follow the Caparica coast on our ride to Cape Espichel.

Cycle through the rolling hills, beaches and bays of Arrabida Natural Park to Setubal.

Drive south into the Alentejo region for our cycle to Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Continue cycling south through the Costa Vicentina Natural park to historic Aljezur village.

Cycle past great wild beaches to Cape Sao Vicente lighthouse.

Trip ends at Faro Airport.

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Cycle Sardinia

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£1149 £999

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CSD CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 30 gear custom hybrid bikes ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

46km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

39km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

48km

Day 7

49km

SARDINIA

ARBUS

Optional Rides

NEBIDA CAGLIARI

Portovesme Carloforte Calasetta

SANT’ ANTIOCO

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Pula

TEULADA

30 km

The southwestern corner of Sardinia offers an abundance of unspoilt beauty, wild dramatic coastlines and crystalline waters perfect for a cycle adventure. We ride our way down the Costa Verde, past cliffs and inviting beaches, discovering ancient abandoned mines and friendly local people. Along the way we explore the islands of Sant’Antioco and Carloforte and have the chance to enjoy the local Carignano wine and pecorino sardo cheese. We end the week on a high, cycling along the stunning ‘costa del sud’ and spend our final night in lively Cagliari. DAY

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A beautifully wild and scenic loop route via Piscinas beach. Visit abandoned mine.

After a long downhill to surf town Portixeddu we ride past the Sugar Loaf cliff to Nebida.

Discover the island of San Pietro and continue by ferry to Sant’ Antioco Island. Carignano wine tasting.

An optional loop ride to explore the island of Sant’ Antioco or choose to relax.

Return to the main island and ride to Teulada via Zuddas cave and Santadi for wine tasting.

Finish on a high with the best ride – with breathtaking views of the coast and sea and plenty of ups and downs!

Trip ends in lively Cagliari.

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After my sunset ride by the salt marshes on the island of Sant’Antioco, I had spaghetti with monkfish and a glass of vermentino – perfetto! Ernesto Benfari, Explore Leader

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Cycle Tuscany - Pisa to Florence ITALY

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8

Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: CTY CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts. BIKE: 27 gear Focus Black Hills mountain bikes with hybrid tyres and lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

37km

Day 5

48km

Day 6

42km

Day 7

52km

Well planned trip...Good mixture of cycling and city visit...Clean, well located hotels. Leslie, Harrow

Optional Rides

Medieval Walled Town

LUCCA VINCI

Leonardo’s birthplace

PISA

FLORENCE

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We discover the varied and beautiful scenery of Tuscany with a rewarding ride between two incredible cities. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa we follow the Serchio River to the charming walled town of Lucca, riding on country lanes to the birthplace of Leonardo in Vinci before arriving into the Renaissance city of Florence.

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Join trip in Pisa.

An exploration of the countryside around Pisa by bike.

Pedal along the Serchio River to charming Lucca. Cycle on the medieval city walls around this ancient town.

Enjoy a ride through beautiful Tuscan countryside past Renaissance villas.

Cycle past the vast wetlands of Fucecchio Nature Reserve on our ride to Vinci.

Rewarding cycle past olive groves, following the Arno Valley into Renaissance city Florence.

A full day to enjoy Florence. Option to cycle in the Chianti Classico or visit Siena.

Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

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The mixture of cycling and culture was spot on and we were expertly guided through our itinerary with Ben. The Italian food and wine was ample reward for the effort put into the rides. Joanna, London

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Cycle Italy Coast to Coast

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£1299 £1095

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Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CUT CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 18, 20 or 22 gear Focus Culebro or Cayo road bikes with drop bar. Hybrid bikes available upon request. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

70km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

87km

Day 5

90km

Day 6

65km

Day 7

95km

Adriatic Sea

Bologna

PESARO URBINO

Medieval walled town

Pisa

Optional Rides

ITALY SIENA

Furlo gorge

GUBBIO

APPENNINES

Roman Amphitheatre

MONTEPULCIANO

Medieval hill-top town Wine tasting

PUNTONE DI SCARLINO

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Mediterranean Sea

On this road cycling trip we cross the breadth of Italy from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean, taking a beautifully scenic route through the regions of Le Marche, Umbria and Tuscany. Along the way we pass medieval towns, lakes, mountains, vineyards and Roman ruins. Each evening you can relax and reflect on the day’s cycling over a glass of local wine and fine Italian cuisine.

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Join trip at Bologna Airport. Drive to Pesaro on the Adriatic coast.

Ride from the coastal plains up to the picturesque medieval walled town of Urbino.

Beautiful cycling across the Apennine Mountains, through the Furlo Gorge and onto Gubbio.

A classic ride through great Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to the historic hilltop town of Montepulciano.

A panoramic ride through Tuscan badlands to the grand city of Siena.

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Rest day for Cycle across relaxing and the Montagnola sightseeing Senese hills to in Siena. finally Optional ride reach the into Chianti Mediterranean Classico region. at Puntone di Scarlino.

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Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday, everything was well organised and went very smoothly. The cycling was rewarding and ranged from good fun to challenging climbs. The views made even the toughest of those worthwhile. Kenneth, Leicester

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice ITALY

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CYCLE GRADE: Easy

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\\ Cycle with a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, pristine lakes and gentle alpine meadows

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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TRIP CODE: CDV

BIKE: 21 gear custom hybrid bikes.

Optional single rooms are available from £220

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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\\ Ride on a dedicated cycle path away from traffic \\ End the tour on a cultural high in Venice and Verona

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The tour is very well designed, with most of the climbing early in rides. The scenery is spectacular. I recommend it without hesitation. David, Watertown, MA, USA

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

42km

Day 5

29km

Day 6

35km

Marten our tour guide was a consummate professional. The trips scenery was stunning, our refreshment stops excellent and the mountains, lakes and cities provided infinite variety. We had a fabulous time.

MERANO BOLZANO Caldaro Ora

RIVA DEL GARDA

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ITALY

Lake Garda

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Bardolino

Soave

VERONA 0 km

Venice Guided tour

50 km

Susan, Llantwit Major, S. Wales

On this cycle journey we ride down the magnificent glacial valleys of the South Tyrol, past the jagged backdrop of the Dolomites to the beautiful setting of Lake Garda. After a catamaran ride across Lake Garda we swap natural highlights for the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and Venice, where our journey ends. Along the way we ride on traffic-free cycle paths, sample the local wine and stay in charming and elegant alpine towns.

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Join trip at Venice Airport. Drive to the elegant Alpine town of Merano.

Cycle on the Adige bike path through a broad glacial valley to Tyrolean capital Bolzano.

Bike down the ‘wine route’ to Trento, past the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro.

Be rewarded with stunning views of Lake Garda on our descent by bike to Riva del Garda.

A scenic catamaran ride across Lake Garda. Ride the cycle path to beautiful Verona.

Ride quiet country roads to wine producing Soave. Return by train to Verona for free afternoon.

Explore the marvellous city of Venice. Trip ends in Mestre.

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“I have taken so many highlights away from this trip, from the stunning landscape to the indulgent cuisine. Cycling through the mountains on dedicated cycle paths meant we could see much more of the country than by coach. The scenery was spectacular, it almost didn’t seem real. There’s nothing more rewarding than authentic spaghetti bolognese after a day of cycling. It’s relaxed pace and gentle rides would make for a great first cycling trip. “

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Puglia on Two Wheels ITALY

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\\ Matera ancient city ‘sassi’ cave dwellings, one of Europe’s oldest settlements

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CIP

BIKE: 21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid bikes

Optional single rooms are available from £165

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SELFGUIDED SEE PAGE 97

\\ Try local delicacies such as primitivo wine, mozzarella di bufala, fresh antipasti \\ Whitewashed towns of Monopoli and Alberobello with its fairytalelike ‘trulli’ dwellings

I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip. It was a gastronomic and cultural delight interspersed with some ‘undulating’ cycling. We went from an antipasti tasting menu in Altamura to fabulous seafood in Monopoli, along the way taking in olive oil tasting, wine tasting, home made mozzarella, not to mention gelato! Ernesto was the perfect guide making the trip seem effortless, and imparting plenty of knowledge about the lives and loves of his country. David, Maidenhead

DAILY DISTANCES

ADRIATIC SEA

Bari Airport

Day 2

53km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

33km

Day 5

44/10km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

45km

13th century castle Local bakery visit

Alta Murgia National Park

Optional Rides

ALBEROBELLO

Egnazia Bronze-age site

ITALY

Trulli town, Cisternino Caseificio cheese tasting Locorotondo MATERA Troglodyte Vineyard visit Town

San Giuliano Lake

A great week’s cycling around Puglia combining some culture and plenty of great food; a perfect little introduction to Italy.

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Cycling along quiet provincial roads we discover the ‘heel’ of Italy in the sundrenched region of Puglia. On easy rides we enjoy wide panoramas and big skies as we traverse a gently rolling land with endless fields of grain, gnarled olive trees and ancient vines. We explore Alta Murgia National Park, the famous ancient ‘sassi’ troglodyte town of Matera, whitewashed villages and the rugged Adriatic coastline. Along the way we introduce the superb Pugliese cuisine with cheeses from a local ‘caseificio’, a visit to a family-run bakery and wine tasting. DAY

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Join trip at Bari Airport. Drive to the quaint small town of Altamura.

Cycle through Alta Murgia National Park from UNESCO Monte castle.

Ride across wide open vistas under blue skies to the unique troglodyte settlement of Matera.

Cycle past olive groves to the distinctive dry stone conical ‘trulli’ buildings of Alberobello.

A circular ride that explores beautiful villages. Enjoy a local wine tasting.

Cycle past ochre fields and the Adriatic coast to Monopoli. Sample local cheeses.

A coastal ride past inviting clear waters to the bronze age site of Egnazia. Evening winetasting. Trip ends at Bari Airport.

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“People often inevitably ask me which is my favourite Explore tour... and without hesitation I answer: ‘This one, of course, because it’s my baby!’. When we travelled to the region to design this tour, some four years ago, everything came together so naturally and smoothly that my sensation was that this land and the people are special! I’m talking about Giuseppe the baker in Altamura, Vivian the Brazilian girl in Matera, Gianni the winemaker or Anna and Paolo working in their organic farm, all lovely people that we met riding through land of Federico II, the Stupor Mundi! Come along and join us in Puglia...” ERNESTO BENFARI Explore Leader

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Cycle Western Sicily

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Optional single rooms are available from £195 TRIP CODE: CSI CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard agriturismo MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Atala Discovery hybrid bikes ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

25km

Day 4

52km

Day 5

34km

Day 6

33km

Day 7

23km

An enjoyable cycle ride through an ever-changing landscape with an intriguing cultural and historical backdrop. Denis, Stirling, Scotland

TRAPANI

Erice Optional cable car

Favignana Island Mozia Island Phoenician remains

MARSALA

PALERMO Segesta

BRUCA

SICILY

Wine tasting

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Explore the western corner of beautiful Sicily on this cycle trip and discover a melange of cultures, stunning beaches, the ancient Greek temple of Segesta and the capital Palermo. We base our rides from Marsala, Bruca and Trapani with a day trip for tranquil cycling on Favignana island. Experience the relaxed and friendly island lifestyle and sample delicious Sicilian culinary specialties accompanied by great local wines.

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Join trip in Palermo.

Guided tour of the Sicilian capital then we drive to the coast and Marsala.

Cycle to the ancient salt pans of Mozia. Visit the Phoenician site. Marsala sweet wine tasting.

Cycle inland to our family-run organic farm or agriturismo accommodation in Bruca.

Discover the outstanding Greek temple and archaeological site at Segesta.

Cycle to the busy port town of Trapani with its Spanishfounded 12th century old quarter.

Explore the wonderful beaches of traffic-free Favignana island by bike.

Trip ends at Palermo Airport.

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A well designed itinerary that visits delightful towns, classical sites, coastal scenery and a delightful island. Highlights were the visit to Segesta, the salt flats and the islands. David, Sandhurst

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Cycle Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

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£1569 £1199

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: CRU CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bikes with front suspension ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

38km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

37km

Day 6

38km

Day 7

32km

Hermitage Museum, Cathedral and art treasures

ST PETERSBURG Lake Ilmen St George Monastery Novgorod Kremlin

RUSSIA

VELIKY NOVGOROD VALDAY

Valdaysky National Park Iversky Monastery

SELIGER LAKE

Nilov Monastery Staritskiy BELARUS

Balashutino

MOSCOW Kremlin Lenin’s Tomb Red Square

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Completing our journey by bicycle and bus we travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg to gain a glimpse of the real Russia between these great cities. From the iconic buildings of Moscow’s Red Square we travel through a rural landscape dotted with onion-domed Orthodox churches, enormous lakes, forests and vast horizons. Finally we discover the contrasting and flamboyant architecture of St. Petersburg.

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Join trip in Moscow.

Ride the iconic Moscow metro to visit Red Square, the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

We travel by train, bus and bicycle to Staritskiy. Drive to Lake Seliger.

Cycle to the neoclassical ensemble of Nilov Monastery. Drive to Valday.

Cycle in Valdaysky National Park to the historically important Valday Iversky Monastery.

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A very enjoyable tour and easy cycling. I would recommend this tour as a lovely way to see two wonderful cities with leisurely cycling in between.

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Drive to Lake Bus to St. Explore one Ilmen. Cycle to Petersburg. of the world’s the impressive Cycle ride to see most beautiful fortress of the beautiful cities, including Novgorod gardens of a visit to the Kremlin. Peterhof Grand must-see Palace. Hermitage.

Trip ends in St. Petersburg.

Mary, Maidenhead

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Cycle Finland: Turku Archipelago

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£1199 £1059

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Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CFT CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Valkeakoski

Day 2

15km

Day 3

55km

Day 4

45km

Day 5

29km

Day 6

45km

Eura

RAUMA

HÄNEENLINNA Loimaa

FINLAND Naantali Teersalo

TURKU

Nagu

HELSINKI City tour by bike

Korpostrom Tammisaari town Hanko 0 km

35 km

Discover Finland by bike as we explore the unspoilt nature and beauty of the Turku archipelago. Our trip starts in the attractive and bike-friendly city of Helsinki with a cycle tour that includes some modern architectural wonders. We then drive north to Hameenlinna where we explore medieval churches and ancient tombs. Finally we visit Turku and spend two days exploring the archipelago by bike – a beauty spot with 20,000 Baltic islands. Hopping between islands by ferry and over bridges we cycle on quiet roads to enjoy the natural beauty of Turku. DAY

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Join trip in Helsinki.

Explore the Finnish capitals impressive bike path network.

Drive to Hameenlinna, cycle the highlights of Hame region through forested countryside.

Short ferry crossing to Storlandet Island, cross the island by pedal power. Drive to Turku.

Turku city tour. Cycle more of the 20,000 - island archipelago, including Livonsaari and Otava islands.

Coastal cycling from Tammisaari town to Hanko, the southernmost point of Finland.

Trip ends in Helsinki.

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A great tour to a beautiful country. Once out of the city and in the Archipelagos the scenery is stunning as you island hop. Neenah, Wisconsin

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Krakow to Budapest POLAND – SLOVAKIA – HUNGARY

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Optional single rooms are available from £180 TRIP CODE: CPI CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Bird custom hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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POLAND

Day 2

20km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

KRAKOW CZECH REP.

60km

Day 6

70km

Day 7

45km

Tatranska Lominica

Kežmarok Historic town

SLOVAKIA

Levoča UNESCO Walled town

PLEJSY Košice

Sátoraljaújhely Tokaj

HUNGARY BUDAPEST 0 km

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This Central European cycling holiday encompasses three countries through a variety of landscapes and historical regions, from the alpine Tatras Mountains to the Hungarian steppe. Cycling on minor roads, cycle paths and following river valleys for much of the route, we discover peaceful wilderness, historic towns and sleepy villages, receiving a warm welcome everywhere we go.

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Join trip Krakow, afternoon cycle ride.

Drive to Tatranska Lomnica in Slovakia then cycle mostly downhill to historic Kezmarok.

Cycle to Hradisko Village, along the ridge and downhill to historic walled town of Levoca.

Cycle through scenic countryside, enjoy views of Levoca and the Tatras. Visit the castle ruins of Spissky Hrad.

Pedal along the Hornad River valley through the Carpathian range to Kosice.

Ride to Slanec Castle, through vineyard villages and cross the Hungarian border.

Follow an abandoned railway line to Sarospatak, visit riverside castle then cycle to Tokaj.

Drive to Budapest, explore Buda old town and castle.

Trip ends in Budapest.

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Pedalling in Poland POLAND - SLOVAKIA

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£899

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ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel.

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£729

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CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

Optional single rooms are available from £125

BIKE: 21 gear Bird custom hybrid bike ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

38km

Day 4

24km

Day 5

52km

Day 6

18km

Day 7

20km

\\ Cycle through traditional villages like Chochołów, comprised almost exclusively of heritage wooden houses

A lovely group, a great tour leader. The food was really good and the cycling was varied giving us a unique opportunity to see parts of a beautiful country that could be easily missed.

54km

Day 3

\\ Pedal through the spectacular cliff-cut path in the Dunajec Gorge \\ Visit Krakowa wonderful gem of a city with a magnificent medieval square

MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included.

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TRIP CODE: CPP

Elizabeth Ann, Cardiff

To KRAKOW & city cycle tour

From Krakow Airport

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Kacwin

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Niedzica Reservoir Dunajec Gorge 14th Century Castle

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B MO ESKID UNT AIN S

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Old feudal village

‘Green Dunajec Gorge’

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Funicular to Gubalowka 1120m

Bialka Gorge

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White Dunajec

Chocholow Wooden Village

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Lopuszna Debno Church

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Stary Sacz

POLAND

NOWY TARG

Nowy Sacz

Cerveny Klastor Museum

Spa town ‘Pieniny Way’

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SLOVAKIA 0 km

ZAKOPANE

9 km

A relaxed way to see rural Poland. Christina, Dover

Poland is an idyllic location for a cycle holiday, meandering through unspoilt landscapes, medieval towns and traditional timber-framed villages. Surrounded by the Beskid Mountains, we cycle on cliff-cut paths along the picturesque Dunajec Gorge and into Slovakia, sampling some delicious local cuisine and experiencing a warm welcome from the locals.

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Join trip in Krakow. Drive to the wood-built mountain town of Zakopane.

Cable car and cycle via Chocholow to historic Lopuszna.

Countryside cycling to Niedzica to explore the castle.

Cycle the Dunajec Gorge to the spa town of Szczawnica.

Pedal though old villages and past fruit orchards to Rytro.

Explore historic Stary Sacz by bike before driving to Krakow.

Cycling tour of Krakow Old Town and the local area. Trip ends in Krakow.

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“Rural cycling along tree lined paths, small villages with traditional wooden churches and cycling the impressive Dunajec Gorge were all highlights for me. Cycling in Poland and Slovakia was wonderful, my friendly group and fantastic Explore Leader made the trip extra special. Refuelling on delicious local cuisine and trying a few local beers and wines rounded the trip off nicely!”

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Cycling the Baltic States LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA

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ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel.

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£899

MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

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\\ Explore three Baltic capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CBS

BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar.

Optional single rooms are available from £200

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

\\ Cycle the rural Baltics - Curonian lagoon and Lahemaa national Park \\ Relax on Jurmala Beach, the largest on the Baltic Sea

Gulf of Finland

Day 2

18km

Day 3

39km

Day 4

36/58km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

28km

Day 7

41km

Day 8

37km

TALLINN

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LAHEMAA National Park

Medieval walled city

ESTONIA

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Gulf of Riga

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Excellent itinerary for a short trip to have a taste of the Baltic countries. Our tour guide, Linas was excellent, so much local knowledge and historic information, kept the group on schedule and made sure everyone in the group was comfortable. Also he was so very friendly and professional and seemed to really enjoy being with the group.

Jurmala

RIGA

Art nouveau architecture

Palanga

STAFF PICK

LITHUANIA

KLAIPEDA Nida Kintai

UNESCO old town

KALININGRAD 0 km

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VILNIUS

175 km Island Castle

Sheri, Calgary, Canada

Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Cycle through national parks and medieval towns, past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages. The mild climate makes touring by bicycle an especially appealing way to discover the lovely countryside and coastal cycle routes of the Baltics.

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Join trip in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. Cycle around the lake to explore Trakai Historic National Park and castles.

Cycle through fishing villages to the Curonian Lagoon and on to the Baltic port of Klaipeda.

Explore the peaceful and beautiful Curonian Spit National Park on cycle paths and forest trails.

Cycle through the Giruliai forest to Palanga Botanical Park and the Amber Museum.

Cycle on Jurmala’s white sand beach and explore Riga, capital of Latvia.

Discover the beauty and interest of Lahemaa National Park by bike.

Explore Tallinn, the picturesque capital of Estonia. Trip ends in Tallinn.

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“This seemed like the perfect choice of trip for me; an area that I knew little about, visiting three countries and three historic capital cities, and beautiful national parks by bike. The reality was all these things and so much more; the food was excellent which I didn’t expect, as were the beer and the local herbal liqueurs, and great value too. Our Explore Leader, Linas really brought the local culture and history of each country to life, including an amazing insight into life behind the Iron Curtain. It really was an eye opener for me, and I will be going back for sure.”

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Cycle Belarus Short Break

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£899 £599

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Optional single rooms are available from £50 TRIP CODE: CBE CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

27km

Day 3

41km

Day 4

28km

Rosy Eco Village Taste local food

Ales Los Farm folklore, local music

MINSK

Ivianiec

Mir Castle

City tour by bike and on foot

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Nesvizh Castle UNESCO World Heritage site

Join us on this short break exploration of Belarus by bike. Starting in Minsk we dedicate a full day to explore the monumental Stalinist architecture of the capital by bicycle and on foot. Leaving the city behind, we discover the countryside on a cycle ride between 15th century Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Finally we cycle through self-sufficient ‘eco village’ Rosy, a community project where we can learn about post-soviet transition and life in modern day Belarus, as well as trying the local delicacies they produce. DAY

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A full day to discover Minsk by bike on dedicated cycle paths, on foot and by bus.

Drive to and visit UNESCOlisted Mir and Nesvizh Castles. Cycle between the castles.

Cycle to self-sufficient ‘eco-village’ Rosy and taste local produce. Return to capital.

Trip ends in Minsk.

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This is a long weekend with a real difference! Cycle past statues of Lenin, tractor factories, markets and street art on an industrial scale. John Telfer, Director of Product and Operations

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Prague to Meissen by Bike

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£879 £699

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: CCZ CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Bird custom hybrid bike ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Dresden Pillnitz Castle

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Bad Schandau

Konigstien Fortress

Usti nad Labem

Elbe

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Schmilka Spa town

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Velke Brezno Strekov Ruined fortress

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Terezin Fortress town

Roundnice

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City walking tour Wenceslas Square 0 km

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Explore this ancient landscape as we cycle through the basalt hills of the Czech Republic to the sandstone canyons of ‘Saxon Switzerland’. The Vltava and Elbe Rivers meander throughout this delightful region and link some of central Europe’s finest historic towns and cities. Along the way we visit the fortress town of Terezin and explore the beautiful Czech capital of Prague.

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Join trip in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Cycle to Melnik via the ‘Garden of Bohemia’.

Pedal to Litomerice stopping to visit the vast Terezin fortress.

Ride through wooded valleys, rolling hills and along the river via Strekov Castle to Decin.

Cross into Germany, visit the impressive Konigstein fortress and continue on to Pirna.

Cycle via Dresden to Meissen.

Drive to Prague. Afternoon walking tour.

Trip ends in Prague.

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A culturally interesting tour with varied scenery and pleasant cycling mainly on cycle paths along the lovely River Elbe. Lynn, Herefordshire

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Along the Blue Danube AUSTRIA - GERMANY

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Optional single rooms are available from £190 TRIP CODE: CBD CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Bird custom hybrid bike.

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44km

Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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39km

Loved the fact we cycled the whole thing without having to sit on a coach for any parts of the trip. Karin, Brighton

CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

AUSTRIA

PASSAU Train/bus from Vienna

KREMS

Danube ‘Wachau’ ‘Strudengau’ Maria Taferl Wilhering MELK Burg Clam Danu Benedictine be Castle Ybbs Monastery LINZ Optional GREIN Historic cycling Greinburg town centre Castle

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Aschach

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Engelhartszell ‘Schlögener Schlinge The Great Loop’

Greifenstein Castle

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35 km

Imposing castles, glorious abbeys and pretty farms line the banks of the River Danube. We cycle along the most famous section of the river between Passau in Germany and Vienna in Austria, through densely-wooded valleys and green fertile countryside. Highlights along the route include Wilhering, the medieval city of Krems and the wine-growing region of Wachau.

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Join trip in Vienna and travel to Passau.

Cycle from Passau through small villages to Schlogen.

Cycle the ‘Great Loop’ from Schlögen to Linz.

Pedal through the fertile countryside to medieval Grein.

Cycle along the Danube from Grein to Melk.

Ride along the terraced vineyards to Krems.

Cycle the Krems and Danube tow paths to Stockerau.

Arrive in Vienna by bike for an orientation tour.

Trip ends in Vienna, Austria’s wonderful capital.

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A fun trip cycling along the scenic countryside, roads and river. Emma, Saigon

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Cycle Albania

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ALBANIA

£899 £699

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Optional single rooms are available from £105 TRIP CODE: CAB CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Specialized hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

50km 72km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

67km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

33km

Durres

MACEDONIA

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Tirana Airport

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

ADRIATIC SEA

POGRADEC Onufi Icons Museum

BERAT

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Kelcyra Gorge

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Remote Germenj Park Vjosa gorge

Llogora NP St Theodor’s QEPARO Permet Monastery GJIROKASTËR Ala Pasha Piqeras Muzina fortress Lukova Pass Blue Eye SARANDA Spring 0 km

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Butrint NP Lagoon

GREECE

Discover the highlights of this fascinating, little-visited destination from the saddle. Cycle along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the heart of the Grammoz Mountains and the tranquil Germenj Valley. Descending through the spectacular Vjosa Gorge we reach the Ionian Sea and start our exploration of the turquoise Albanian Riviera. Along the way we visit the UNESCO listed sites of Gjirokaster, Butrint and Berat and explore Albania’s rich cultural heritage through its archaeological ruins and local traditions. DAY

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Join trip at Tirana Airport and drive to Lake Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid to Korca. Cycle up to the elevated plateau with fine views over the lake.

Climb into the heart of the Gammoz Mountians to Germenj.

Pedal amid dramatic mountain scenery in the Drino Valley and Kelcyra Gorge onto Gjirokaster.

Cycle to Saranda on the Ionian coast via Butrint; an archaeological treasure.

Coastal cycling along the Albanian Riviera to the fine beaches of Qeparo.

Ride through coastal towns and forests then drive through Llogora National Park to Berat.

Trip ends at Tirana Airport.

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Albania is an incredible country so the whole trip was filled with highlights. The combination of cycling and seeing some of the historic sights was perfect. Pamela, Merseyside

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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast CROATIA

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ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

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\\ Explore the coastal plains and breath-taking valleys of Dalmatia by bike

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CCD

BIKE: 21 gear Polar or Mirage Mountain Bike

Optional single rooms are available from £150

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SELFGUIDED

\\ Split – The historic heart of one of the region’s oldest cities \\ Cycle around Hvar, one of Croatia’s scenic gems

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Fantastic trip, well put together in a beautiful country. Our guide Jacob was well organised, passionate about his country and a perfect guide. Susan, Essex

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

26km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

10km

Day 5

70km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

40km

Sightseeing

SPLIT

CROATIA

STARI GRAD

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

HVAR

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KORCULA

A wonderful way to explore the islands and the mainland of Croatia.

STAFF PICK DUBROVNIK

Cavtat

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Frances, West Midlands

The south Dalmatia stretch from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, dotted with medieval towns, fishing villages and a myriad of islands. Local ferries take us to the islands of Hvar and Korcula which we explore by bike on quiet roads, riding past vineyards, olive groves, dramatic limestone cliffs, forested hills and hidden coves. We end our route on a high in historic Dubrovnik.

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Join trip in Split, one of the region’s oldest cities.

Morning sightseeing in Split. Ferry to Hvar Island and explore by bike.

Explore the old streets and abandoned villages by bike on the beautiful island of Hvar.

Ferry to Korcula. Cycling around the red terracotta roofed villages and limestone streets.

Full day’s cycling on Korcula experiencing the rural elegance of the island.

Morning ferry to Orebic. Cycle to Zuljana, then drive to Dubrovnik.

Opportunity to cycle through the villages of the Dalmatian Coast or explore Dubrovnik. Trip ends in Dubrovnik.

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“This was my first cycling trip and I loved exploring the Dalmatian Coast from the saddle. Cycling through little villages and seeing farmers just going about their daily lives was fascinating, even though Croatia is a developed country this area still has a traditional feel to it. The island of Korcula has probably the most stunning views of the Adriatic, from the top of the island you can see for miles and as we cycled back down to sea level we stopped at a few wineries. The food and drink throughout the trip was outstanding, I even bought some olive oil from a lady selling it from her shed!”

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Cycle Romania ROMANIA

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£999 £899

9

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DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from £180 TRIP CODE: CRT CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike.

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35km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

50km 40km

Day 6

65km

Day 7

40km

N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

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SIGHISOARA

UNESCO Listed Medieval town

AGNITA SIBIU

BUCIUM

Historic town

ARPASU Rasinari

Bran castle

BRASOV ZǍRNESTI Libearty bear Sanctuary

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Pelos castle

ROMANIA BUCHAREST 0 km

85 km BULGARIA

On this cycling holiday in Romania we discover beautiful countryside, experience local hospitality and explore historic towns. We get well off the beaten track travelling deep into the Transylvanian Alps, the legendary home of Dracula. Along the way we cycle through the imposing Bran Valley and to the foot of the Piatra Craiului Mountains. Visit the imposing castles of Peles and Bran, as well as the Libearty Bear Sanctuary.

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Join trip at Bucharest Airport, drive to Brasov.

Ride to the Libearty Bear Reservation then visit Dracula’s castle in Bran.

Cycle through a beautiful forest valley in Piatra Craiului National Park.

A scenic ride through the Carpathian Mountains. Visit Sambata monastery.

Drive to Rasinari, cycle to the foot of the Cindrel Mountains. Stroll through Sibiu.

Cycle to Agnita and visit the impressive Saxon-German fortified churches.

Cycle to the medieval town and castle of Sighisoara, the largest lived-in castle in Europe.

Drive to Bucharest via ornately decorated Peles Castle.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Cycling North Cyprus NORTH CYPRUS

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£945 £695

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DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CNC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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55km

Day 3

55km

Day 4

32km

Day 5

50km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

40km

DIPKARPAZ ELEOUSA KYRENIA

Eleousa Monastery

CAPE ANDREAS Turtle beach

Zimyamet

BOGHAZ

Optional Rides

NORTH CYPRUS

Ancient Salamis

FAMAGUSTA

Larnaca Airport 0 km

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The ‘panhandle’ Karpaz Peninsula of Northern Cyprus is the most unspoilt and beautiful part of the island. We cycle through traditional villages where churches and mosques stand side by side and hibiscus, jasmin, bougainvillea, orange and lemon trees line our path. Visit Ancient Greek Salamis and the Royal Tombs, Saint Barnabas Monastery, medieval Famagusta and the beautiful harbour town of Kyrenia – the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’. On this trip we enjoy Turkish hospitality, delicious food and 340 days of sunshine a year. DAY

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Join trip in Famagusta.

Cycle to ancient Greek city of Salamis; cycle to the small fishing village of Bogaz.

Cycle across the Karpaz Peninsula to Eleousa.

Pedal along the north coast and inland to Dipkarpaz.

Cycle through the Karpaz National Park to Golden Beach and Cape Andreas.

Free day; swim in the Mediterranean or relax on Golden Beach.

Cycle to Ziyamet, drive to the picturesque harbour town of Kyrenia via Kantara Castle.

Trip ends in Kyrenia

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Middle East AND

Africa Africa and the Middle East are vibrant and full of life: ideally explored on a cycling holiday that allows you to see the fascinating detail up close. From amazing wildlife in the safari parks to the endlessly rolling dunes of the Sahara, the sights that you’ll pedal past are some of the most stunning in the world. From the iconic flattened top of Table Mountain to the glacier-topped giant of Kilimanjaro, from the wide, rose-hued vistas of Jordan to the lush migration corridors of the bush, Africa is the perfect destination for adventurers looking for an exciting escape with a difference.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Cooling off in a Moroccan oasis

Freewheeling down the side of Table Mountain

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Spotting wildlife in the Rift Valley

Cycling past magnificent baobab trees


DESTINATIONS Jordan  Madagascar Morocco

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INSIDER VIEW “Cycling in this region is a sheer delight as you are greeted with warm friendly smiles. You can cycle through fragrant markets in Morocco or the Rift Valley in Tanzania with Kilimanjaro as your back drop. Refuel on the sumptuous food and wine of South Africa or learn how to make cardamom coffee in the desert of Wadi Rum.” ALISON BUTLER Product Manager

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Southern Oasis Cycling MOROCCO

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FROM

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£749

TRIP CODE: CSO

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ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping.

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£599

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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\\ Discover Marrakech with its atmospheric medina and lively Djemma-el-Fna Square

MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £80

BIKE: 27 gear Cannondale Off Road or Trail Mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

45km

Day 4

50km

Day 5

35km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

50km

Helen, Clwyd

MOROCCO

Jebel Toubkal 4167m

Walk in Todra Gorge

Tizi n’Outfi 2180m

Ighil M’Goun 4071m

Toufrine

Tizi n’Tichka 2260m

Tizi n’Fedrhate 2180m Assermo HIGH ATLAS Skoura Taourirt Kasbah

Tinerhir

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“Loved this trip! It was my first cycling trip with Explore and definitely won’t be my last. Initially I was slightly nervous as to what to expect, but that soon passed, thanks to the amazing group, Explore Leader (Said) and itinerary. Everything was so well planned and it showed. The hotels were lovely and the staff friendly; the food was typically Moroccan and wonderful.”

A great tour overall – very glad I went. The scenery out of the towns while you are cycling is incredible, especially up in the Atlas Mountains, absolutely stunning. Ingmar, London

Surrounded by the Jebel Sahro mountain range, we cycle through kasbahs, tribal villages and cool oases in the Draa Valley. Trek by camel to a nomadic desert camp in the Sahara, explore one of the world’s most impressive canyons, Todra Gorge, and ride through remote Berber heartland in the High Atlas.

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Join trip in Marrakech. Take in the sunset from the lively Djemmael-Fna square.

Explore Marrakech. Drive over a High Atlas pass to the garrison town of Ouarzazate.

Cycling in the picturesque Draa Valley, then drive to Alnif.

Cycle the foothills of Jebel Sahro. Camel trek to camp.

Enjoy the sunrise in the sand dunes then pedal to Erfoud.

Bike though local villages en route to El Kelaa Mgouna.

Ride down the Atlas Mountains and return to Marrakech. Trip ends in Marrakech.

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\\ Ride camels through impressive Saharan sand dunes and camp overnight in a desert wilderness

It was a brilliant week! The highlight was camping in the Sahara Desert, watching the sunset and sunrise over the dramatic landscape.

Demnate

MARRAKECH

\\ Enjoy a thrilling descent from the High Atlas mountains

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Cycle Jordan

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JORDAN

£1499 £999

9

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: CJP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear Trek 3700 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

SYRIA

Day 2

36km

Day 3

42km

AMMAN

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20km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

35km

MADABA Dead Sea

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Red Sea port

Join us on a cycle journey that uncovers the wild beauty and cultural heritage of Jordan. After the crusader castle of Shobak and a float in the Dead Sea, we follow the King’s Highway to the rock-hewn ‘lost city’ of Petra. We ride down to the southern desert and spend a memorable night under the stars in Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp, ending our journey on the Red Sea with the chance to snorkel, swim or just relax.

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Visit Madaba and cycle to Mount Nebo and descend to the Dead Sea for a dip.

Cycle from Shobak crusader castle to Petra.

Explore Petra, the world-class UNESCO site. Evening Bedouin cookery class and meal.

Free time in Petra. Cycle to Little Petra and El Beidha.

Cycle to Wadi Rum and overnight under the stars in desert camp.

Cycle from Wadi Rum and continue on to Aqaba by bus.

Free day to relax by the Red Sea in Aqaba, returning to Amman in the evening.

Trip ends at Amman airport.

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The tour exceeded my expectations and Mo was a very knowledgeable leader who gave us a very good insight into Bedouin life. David, Fleet

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Cycle Tanzania - Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro

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TANZANIA

£2599 10 DAYS 8 £1795 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £195 TRIP CODE: CTZ  oderate to CYCLE GRADE: M Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple tented camp, 3 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Trek 4300 or Merida Matts 20D mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

63km

Day 3

37/83km

Day 4

32km

Day 5

43km

Day 6

41km

A cycling adventure through iconic landscapes

Optional Rides

OLPOPONGI MASAI VILLAGE Mount Kilimanjaro NP

NGORONGORO Crater Game drive

ARUSHA

MOSHI

LAKE MANYARA

National Park Game drive

TANZANIA TARANGIRE National Park Game drive

0 km

50 km

Join us on this cycling adventure from Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic caldera. We cycle on a mixture of rough dirt tracks and paved roads from the slopes of Kili past Mount. Meru to the spectacular Rift Valley, traversing savannah, bush, forests and wildlife migration corridors. We go on safari game drives in Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks and the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way we gain an insight into local life as we pass lively towns and remote Maasai villages. DAY

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Join trip in Moshi with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Enjoy panoramic views of Kilimanjaro on our ride to Olpopongi Maasai village.

Ride towards Mount Meru through Masai villages to Arusha.

Morning cycle. Optional game drive in Tarangire National Park famous for huge baobab trees.

Great views of the Rift Valley cycling to Lake Manyara. Optional afternoon game drive.

Cycle through small villages and townships on our final ride to the Ngorongoro main gate.

Ngorongoro Crater game drive, a great place to see rhino, elephant and buffalo. Drive to Moshi.

There’s the chance to take an optional game drive in the morning before the trip ends in Moshi.

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Why not extend your trip to include Tanzania’s premier national park, the world-famous Serengeti, home to a vast array of wildlife including the Big Five. The stunning park of endless plains and acacia trees has one of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent with resident prides of lion, cheetah and leopard. Please contact our Tailormade sales team for more information. OCT

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cycle the Cape

FROM

FROM

SOUTH AFRICA

£1995 12 DAYS £1245 10 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: CTC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear Schwinn Messa or Trek mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

Wonderful country and excellent support from the ground crew. Highlight was seeing a new country from the saddle with all the immediacy of sunshine, smells and chances to stop at points of interest along the way.

12km

Day 2

33km

Day 3

18/25km

Day 4

18/25km

Day 5

19/46km

Day 6

12/30km

Day 7

37km

Day 8

30km

Day 9

44km

Sandra, County Down

SOUTH AFRICA

Swartberg pass Cango Caves

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

Optional Rides

Cape winelands

STELLENBOSCH

SWELLENDAM

Riversdale Malgas

Hermanus Whale watching (July-Nov)

ATLANTIC OCEAN

De Poort Ostrich farm

Optional Marloth NR

Jonkershoek

Sea Island boat trip Cycle Cape of Good Hope

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Calitzorp

KNYSNA

Hike in Tsitsikamma NP cycle Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley

Plettenberg Bay

Bredasdorp INDIAN OCEAN

Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in Africa

100 km

Cycle with us through South Africa’s Western Cape Province. We pedal along the rugged coastline of Cape Point and through the forested shorelines of the Garden Route. In Stellenbosch we ride through vineyards and enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine. Along the way we explore the dripstone caverns of Cango Caves and visit Boulders Beach – home to a colony of African Penguins.

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Join trip in Cape Town. Optional introductory ride on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Drive to Cape Point Nature Reserve via Hout Bay. Cycle to Simon’s Town, visit Boulders Beach.

Drive to Stellenbosch. Cycle through wine farms to Jonkershoek Reserve.

Drive and cycle through Red Stone Hills to De Poort.

Cycle down the dramatic Swartberg Pass. Optional visit to Cango Caves.

Drive to Plettenberg Bay via George to Knysna. Cycle through the Knysna Harkerville Forest.

Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park. Cycle Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley Passes.

Drive to Witsand, cycle to Malgas Pont and drive to Swellendam.

Cycle to the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas. Return to Swellendam.

Drive via Hermanus to Cape Town where the trip ends.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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It wasn’t just about getting the miles in, more about what you can achieve and in a really nice setting. Kathleen, Manchester

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cycle Madagascar

FROM

FROM

MADAGASCAR

£2999 16 DAYS £2199 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £395 TRIP CODE: CMG CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches are included. BIKE: 27 or 30 gear Cube or Rock Machine mountain bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

16km

Day 3

60km

Day 4

59km

MADAGASCAR

Day 5

ANTANANARIVO

Day 6

44km

Day 7

67km

Day 8

70km

ANTSIRABE AMBOSITRA

Day 9 Day 10

SAHAMBAVY

27km

Isalo National Park Wildlife, natural swimming pools

RANOMAFANA National Park Rainforest wildlife Lemurs

AMBALAVAO

Anja Reserve, Ring tailed lemurs

RANOHIRA

IFATY

Ilakaka

Beach

INDIAN OCEAN

Toliara

0 km

220 km

Highland plains, verdant rainforest and tea plantations are the setting for this cycling adventure in Madagascar. We travel from the Malagasy capital to the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, cycling the most rewarding sections on largely quiet roads to bring you closer to the sights, sounds and smells. Along the way we explore Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks on foot, hoping to see some species of lemur as well as endemic reptiles, birds and plants. Finally, we reward ourselves with time on the golden beaches of Ifaty. DAY

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Join trip in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Journey to the historic town of Antsirabe with its colonial architecture. Introductory cycle ride.

Cycle to Ambositra and visit traditional wood carving artisan workshop.

Cycle to Ranomafana National Park. Rainforest trek looking for endangered golden bamboo lemur.

Picturesque cycling amid tea plantations to Sahambavy.

Discover the beautiful historic centre of Fianarantsoa. Visit local artisan paper manufacturer.

Cycle to Anja Reserve villagers’ conservation project, home to ring-tailed lemurs.

Isalo National Park. Walk amongst sandstone landscapes. Relax in natural pools.

Cycle to Illakaka and learn about the local sapphire mining. Drive to the coast.

Free time by the rich turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in Ifaty.

Transfer to Toliara for flight to island’s capital. Walk through typical highland landscapes.

Trip ends in Antananarivo.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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Asia AND THE

Pacific

What better way to explore Asia’s fascinating sights and beautiful scenery than from the saddle? A surprisingly accessible destination to explore on two wheels, cycling is the ideal way to experience the vibrant colours, friendly communities and natural beauty that Asia has to offer. Staying in authentic and comfortable accommodation, cycling routes across Asia visit gilded stupas, white sand beaches, lively markets and temples lost to tangled jungle. Along the way, refuelling on delicious and great value Asian cuisine means fragrant curries, spicy street food and exotic fruit, so you can tour not just with your eyes but also with your stomach.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Staying in a Keralan homestay

Cycling past Burma’s stupas

Discovering the Mekong Delta markets

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Pedalling past paddy fields


DESTINATIONS  Burma

69-71

Cambodia

72-75

India

64-66

Japan

68

Sri Lanka

67

 Thailand

69-73

Vietnam

72-77

 Regions with a new trip

INSIDER VIEW “There is no doubt in my mind the best way to explore – and more importantly – experience the exotic sights, smells, colours and scenery of Asia – is by bike. Cycling through the countryside and past rural villages connects you to Asia in a way that sitting behind a glass window of a bus simply cannot. The freedom of the bike allows you to get away from the main tourist sights and visit small villages and communities that seldom see other tourists, and where a warm and friendly welcome is always received.” CHRIS ELLIS, Product Manager

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Backroads of Kerala INDIA

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FROM

FROM

£1999 14 DAYS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CKB

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

£1429 13 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple homestay.

TRIP ONLY

\\ Pedal along beautiful coastlines, through tea and spice plantations and tropical forests

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £365

BIKE: 21 or 24 gear Trek or Merida mountain bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

\\ Stay in traditional village houses with local families \\ Relax on the stunning beaches of the Arabian Sea

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10/32km

Day 3

37km

Day 4

36km

Day 5

39km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

33km

Day 8

9/32km

Day 9

36km

THEKKADY

KOCHI

Idukki Reservoir

Sunset cruise

PLANTERS HOMESTAY Tea & spice plantations

Alleppey

MANCOMBU

Day 10 Day 11

30km

Day 12

10km

Village houses

INDIA Cruise backwaters Canoe trip

Optional Rides

CARDAMOM HILLS

KOLLAM

Loved the cycling. Every day was very different in terms of the terrain we cycled through. The delighted reactions of many of the locals to seeing us ride past was lovely too.

VARKALA INDIAN OCEAN

Veli Trivandrum

40 km

0 km

STAFF PICK

KOVALAM

Douglas, London

On this cycling trip in southern India we travel into Kerala’s rural backwaters. We ride inland through a landscape of spice, tea and rubber plantations. We also travel along the waterways, walk through Periyar National Park in search of wildlife and relax on Indian Ocean beaches. Staying in family houses we also enjoy warm Keralan hospitality. DAY

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Join trip in Kovalam.

Morning cycle ride. Afternoon free to relax on the Malabar Coast.

Drive to Veli Lagoon. Visit Anjengo Fort and cycle to Varkala.

Cycle through traditional Keralan villages to Kollam.

Boat trip along Backwaters. Cycle to Mancombu.

Full day cycling through backwater villages. Afternoon canoe trip.

Drive and cycle to Wagamon. Stay at Planter’s Homestay.

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Free to explore Wagamon on foot. Optional cycle rides available.

Drive and cycle to Thekkady to visit plantations and a tea factory.

Periyar National Park forest walk in search of wildlife. Explore the spice gardens of Thekkady.

Drive to Kuuttikkanam. Cycle to Malayattoor and drive to Kochi.

Tour of Kochi by cycle. Evening boat cruise.

Trip ends in Kochi.

FEB

MAR

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

“Pedalling around Kerala on two wheels was the best way to experience the sights, sounds and the tastes of this fabulous relaxed part of India. Waves crashing beside you whilst cycling coastal routes, the huge smiles from excited children screaming and waving ‘hello’ as we cycled by, meandering through lush green tea plantations and of course stopping en route for a refreshing chai. Refueling before, during and after on the fabulous Keralan food was a real highlight – the Paratha being a must.”

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Cycling Rajasthan

FROM

FROM

INDIA

£1999 16 DAYS £1539 15 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £380 TRIP CODE: CIR CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 or 27 gear Trek 4300, 3900, 3700 Mountain bikes or Merida M-20 and Matt-40 bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

Pushkar and Holi Festival Special Pushkar and Holi Festival departures are available for this trip. See dates and prices on our website.

DAILY DISTANCES 64km

Day 3

68km

GREAT INDIAN DESERT

Day 6 Day 7

68km

Day 8

22km 30km

Day 10

55km

Day 11

74km

JAIPUR

PUSHKAR

Fatehpur Sikri Bharatpur

RANTHAMBORE Game drives NP KUMBHALGARH BUNDI

Gomti Ranakpur

ARAVALLI HILLS UDAIPUR

CHITTORGARH

PA K

Day 12 Day 13

AGRA

Game drive

SARISKA NP

Tiger Reserve Rupangarth

IS TA N

Day 9

RAJASTHAN

INDIA

85km

una

NEEMRANA

Day 4 Day 5

DELHI

City tour

Yam

Day 2

34km

CHINA

DELHI

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Arabian Sea

UDAIPUR

160 km

INDIA

INDIAN OCEAN

Leaving the chaotic streets of the capital this trip takes us through the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur and on to the beautiful lakeside setting of Udaipur. Along the way we take time to look for the elusive Bengal tiger in Sariska and Ranthambore national parks. We cycle through remote villages to gain a glimpse of daily life in this traditional region, stopping along the way to see Rajasthan’s incredible Mughal architecture and dramatic forts.

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Join trip in Delhi.

Drive and cycle to Sariska National Park via Neemrana and Kesroli.

Game drive. Cycle the Aravali Hills. Visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort and City Palace.

Cycle to the ancient city of Pushkar via Rupangarh.

Explore Pushkar. Drive and cycle to Kumbhalgarh via Ajmer.

Visit to Udaipur via the Jain temples at Ranakpur.

Explore Udaipur’s temples, palaces and gardens by bike.

Morning ride to Chittorgarh. Afternoon visit to the remarkable fort.

A morning ride to Bundi, an historic, sleepy town known for its palaces and intricate step wells.

Cycle quiet cross-country tracks to Rathambore National Park

Game drives in Rathambore National Park. Drive and cycle to Agra.

Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal and visit Agra Fort. Return to Delhi. Trip ends in Delhi.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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Cycle Sri Lanka

FROM

FROM

SRI LANKA

£2279 15 DAYS £1699 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £380 TRIP CODE: CSL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

10km

Day 2

41km

Day 3

50km

Day 4

33km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

0km

Day 7

18km

Day 8

60km

Day 9

38km

Day 10

46km

Day 11

65km

Day 12

32km

Ancient city

POLONNARUWA DAMBULLA

Sigiriya, Lion Platform Sky Fortress

Bay of Bengal

Dambulla caves Pallegama

Kuliyapitiya

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth Blue fields (tea plantation)

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

NUWARA ELIYA

Airport

SRI LANKA

UDAWALAWE National Park

Galle Old Dutch Port

UNAWATUNA

Optional Rides

Beaches

I give this tour an unreserved 10 out of 10, 5 stars, top marks!

0 km

YALA

National Park Game drives

INDIAN OCEAN

90 km

Bernadette, Ayrshire

Completing a circular journey this trip takes in ancient temples and fortresses, cycling through tea plantations and across the scenic trails of the Knuckles Range. Leaving the coast behind we explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa on two wheels before steadily climbing to wide plains. There is also the option to search for leopard in Yala National Park before making our way to the beach for a well-earned rest.

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Join trip in Negombo. Cycle the beaches and villages that line the coast around Waikkal.

Cycle along backroads and through lush forest. Visit Dambulla UNESCO cave temples.

Climb Lion’s Rock, then cycle to Polonnaruwa.

Pedal to Polonnaruwa archeological site and village.

Cycle and drive to Kandy. Visit spice gardens en route and explore Kandy on foot.

Cycle in the beautiful highlands and past tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya.

Cycle country roads to Yala National Park. Optional safari.

Ride along the coast through Bundula National Park.

Cycle the coastal backroads and visit Galle. Day at leisure in Unawatuna.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

Continue cycling Spectacular through the ride to highlands to Udawalawe. Bambarakanda Optional jeep Waterfall. safari to search for elephants in Udawalwe National Park.

JUL

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Cycle Japan

FROM

FROM

JAPAN

£4799 14 DAYS £4099 13 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: CJA CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear Specialized Sirrus or Vita hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

POINT

SEA OF JAPAN

2

POINT

Morning market

Ganmon National Park

DAILY DISTANCES

NOTO USHITSU WAKURA ONSEN

HAKUI

Day 2 Day 3

8km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

66km

Day 6

47km

Day 7

49km

Day 8

71km

Day 9

71km

Day 10

57km

Hot Springs

Coastal cycling

17km

SUZU NOROSHI

WAJIMA

Takaoka

SHOKAWA ONSEN

KANAZAWA Kenrokuen Gardens

Hot Springs, mountain scenery

SHIRAKAWA-GO

UNESCO rural village, traditional farmhouse stay

JAPAN

Shinkansen Bullet train to

TOKYO (optional city tour)

Ancient city Bike tour

KYOTO

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Kansai International Airport

55 km

2015

From the ancient city of Kyoto we cycle along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula and into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track and providing us with a glimpse of old Japan. Along the way we will see one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa and enjoy varied mountain scenery and coastal paths. We end our journey travelling by bullet train to modern Tokyo.

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Join trip in historic Kyoto.

Kyoto sightseeing by bike along the Philosopher’s Path to temples. Visit Tofukuji rock gardens.

Morning train to Kanazawa. Bike tour of Kenroku-en Garden and the old teahouse district.

Cycle around the beautiful Noto Peninsula including the Chirihama Beach Road.

Cycle the coastal road to Wajima, stopping off at the Sojijiso-in temple.

Explore Wajima Market. Continue along the stunning coastal road to Suzu.

Cycle to Noto Ushitsu as we head down the eastern side of the peninsula.

Cycle to Wakura Onsen where ancient, healing hot baths await our arrival.

We begin our journey inland as we head up to Shokawa Onsen.

Visit stunning Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

Take the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo. Explore the Japanese capital.

Trip ends in Tokyo.

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Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon

FROM

FROM

THAILAND – BURMA

£2699 16 DAYS £1999 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £395 TRIP CODE: CTB CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 18 or 21 gear Giant and Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

BURMA (MYANMAR)

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

50km

Day 3

77km

Day 4

77km

Day 5

30km

Day 6

45km

Day 7

60km

Day 8

60km

Day 9

35km

Day 10

55km

Day 11

69km

Day 12

33km

Day 13

40km

KYAIKTIYO BAGO

Golden Rock

Thaksin Maharat National Park

SUKHOTHAI

HPA AN MAE SOT

RANGOON (YANGON)

Ancient city

KAMPHAENG PHET

MAWLAMYINE Colonial Town

THAILAND

ANDAMAN SEA

Lopburi

Optional Rides

Ayutthaya Old capital Airport

0 km

100 km

Damoen Saduak Floating market

BANGKOK Night ride

On this cycle adventure we journey through the heart of Thailand and the sleepy backwaters of southern Burma (Myanmar). From vibrant Bangkok we visit floating markets and cycle north through the ancient Siamese temple cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Once in Burma we discover the golden temples, palpable colonial past, impressive limestone scenery, traditional way of life and charming villages of the friendly and little-visited Mon State. We make our own pilgrimage to the Golden Rock Buddhist shrine and end our journey in Rangoon. DAY

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Join trip in Bangkok, optional longtail canal trip.

Cycle between floating markets of Damoen Saduak and Amphawa. Bangkok night bike ride

Ayutthaya the ancient capital of Siam. Ride past rice paddies to Kamphaeng Phet ruins.

Cycle the ancient temple city of Sukhothai. Drive to Taksin Maharat National Park.

Cross border into Burma (Myanmar). Cycle through Karen State to Kawkareik. Drive to Hpa An.

A beautiful cycle ride amid fantastic karst scenery and rice paddies along the Thanlyin River.

Cycle flatter roads to the charming old capital of Mawlamyine. Explore the city.

Discover ‘real’ Burma with an off the beaten track ride through villages and rubber plantations.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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MAR

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DAY

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Climb the Cycle through Ride past typical Golden Rock to countryside, rural scenes. take in the awesmall Finally reach inspiring Mount plantations and Rangoon and Kyaikhtiyo in tiny traditional visit golden time for sunset. villages to Bago. Shwedagon Pagoda.

OCT

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Rangoon (Yangon).

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ASIA

Cycle Burma BURMA (MYANMAR)

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FROM

FROM

£2599 16 DAYS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CBUR

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

£1949 14 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel.

\\ Cycle through untouched Burma on the road less travelled \\ Ride across the Shan Plateau from Inle Lake to the ancient capital of Mandalay

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches are included.

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £395

BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

\\ Discover Bagan by bicycle – one of South East Asia’s most spectacular archaeological sites

Mingun

Day 3

30km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

55km

Day 6

37km

Day 7

38km

Monywa

PINDAYA Heho

17km

Day 12

54/110km

Popa

KALAW

RAN

BURMA

waddy)

Optional Rides

INLE LAKE

One-leg rowers, floating gardens

KAN

57km

Day 11

ARA

Day 10

SHAN PLATEAU

BAGAN

addy (Irra Ayeyarw

40km

Amarapura

Magnificent Temple complex

Day 8 Day 9

MANDALAY

Nyaung Pin Win

(MYANMAR) Salaween

GE

Fantastic tour jam-packed from start to finish. Cycle routes well off the beaten track and it was a great insight into seeing how locals live their daily lives.

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

0 km

RANGOON (YANGON)

100 km

Paul, Ipswich

Burma (Myanmar) only recently reopened its doors to visitors, which makes it an exciting and rewarding place to visit. On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle to the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, the colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. We also cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and admire jewel-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon. DAY

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Join trip in Rangoon. Dusk visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Fly up to Inle Lake and explore the floating gardens and stilt villages by longtail boat.

Cycle around Inle Lake to Shwe Indein Pagoda followed by optional wine tasting.

Bike across the Shan plateau to the former British Hill Station of Kalaw.

A scenic ride past rice fields and vegetable gardens. Visit Pindaya Cave with 8000 images of the Lord Buddha.

Combining time in the saddle and on the bus we take the road to Mandalay.

Cycle to former capital Sagaing and the giant stupa of Mingun; Irrawaddy cruise back to Mandalay.

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Explore the remarkable ancient temples of Bagan by bike and on foot.

Cycle through the countryside to Mount Popa, home to the spirit gods. Return to Bagan by bike.

Fly back to Rangoon and visit the colonial quarter.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

See monks collecting alms, the lively jade market and enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Ride off the See rural life beaten track on a backroads to discover cycle to Pakokku. real Burma on Irrawaddy cruise the way to the down to Bagan. thriving river town of Monywa.

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“Myanmar is a country awash with colour from the dark reds of the ubiquitous Buddhist monks to the blinding yellows of the gold leaf covered Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. It is a photographer’s paradise and best seen by bike as you meet wonderfully friendly people and witness the rural life of a bygone era where the plough is pulled by oxen. This is a country of peaceful, lovely and relaxed people. Touring through Bagan, Mandalay, the Shan Plateau and Inle Lake is equally peaceful and relaxing, always fascinating and definitely, good karma.” MIKE TYLER Former Finance Director

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Bangkok to Saigon by Bike THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

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£2189 16 DAYS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE:CTV

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

£1579 14 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple homestay.

TRIP ONLY

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £295

BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension

SELFGUIDED

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES 40km

Day 3

53km

Day 4

51km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

56km

Day 8

37km

Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Angkor Wat temple complex

Night ride

SIEM REAP

THAILAND

Kompong Phluk (floating village trip) Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

Day 9 Day 10

20km

Day 11

50km

Day 12

50km

Day 13

30km

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

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PHNOM PENH

CHAU DOC 125 km

VIETNAM HO CHI MINH CITY

Bin Hoa Phuoc

HA TIEN

Fabulous trip. Just enough cycling allowing plenty of time to stop and enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of the different countries. Visited some very interesting places, and learnt so much about the countries and their history from our local guides.

STAFF PICK

Tracy, Reading

Join us for a cycling trip that explores the classic highlights of South East Asia in an active way. We travel by bike, bus and boat to discover the cultural diversity, natural beauty and fascinating history of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Along the way we visit Khao Yai National Park, the Khmer temples of Angkor, the Killing Fields and silk weaving villages on the Mekong Delta.

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Join trip in Bangkok. Optional longtail canal trip.

Cycle Bangkok’s hidden urban oasis. Night bike ride with food tour.

Explore Khao Yai National Park by bike.

Cycle past typical scenes of rural Thailand to the Cambodian border.

Silk farm visit and drive to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Sunset visit to Angkor temples.

Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by bike including Angkor Wat, the Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Visit Tonle Sap floating village by boat, see Banteay Srey temple and try a home hosted lunch.

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Drive and cycle to Phnom Penh via Koh Dach silk weaving village.

Explore Phnom Penh. Visit National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the Killing Fields.

Cross the border to Vietnam then cycle around Ha Tien on the Mekong Delta.

Cycle the canal between Vietnam and Cambodia to Chau Doc .

Rural village cycling. Homestay with traditional Vietnamese dinner included.

Cycling on Binh Hoa Phuoc Island then drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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“This was my first cycling tour and I was impressed! It allowed a far greater insight into the countries we visited. You can literally feel the country (not just the saddle!); the smells and sounds bring you much closer to everything. It is by far the most interactive way to travel and experience it in an alternative, active and healthy way. We cycled just enough to provide a challenge but to also enjoy each country and everything it had to offer. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves cycling, loves travel and wants to visit this amazing part of the world!” JAKE CORKE Explore Leader

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\\ Discover the labyrinthine waterways of the mighty Mekong by bike and boat

NAKORNNAYOK ARANYAPRATHET

Day 5

FEB

\\ Taste some of the world’s best food in Thailand and Vietnam

Khao Yai National Park

Day 2

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\\ Cycle through the jungle between the remarkable Temples of Angkor

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Mekong Delta and Angkor VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

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£2239 15 DAYS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CVE

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP PACE: Easy

£1549 13 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel.

TRIP ONLY

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £240

BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension.

SELFGUIDED

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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\\ Cycle and cruise through the mighty Mekong Delta discovering the local way of life \\ Explore bustling Saigon and Cambodia’s enigmatic capital of Phnom Penh \\ Discover the fabulous jungle temples of Angkor on two wheels

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

33km

Day 3

43km

Day 4

38/61km

Day 5

16km

Day 6

30km

Angkor jungle temple complex

SEAM REAP

Day 7 Day 8

20km

Day 9

40km

Day 10

28km

Day 11

25km

Day 12

15km

CAMBODIA Sambor Prei Kuk Temple

KOMPONG THOM

PHNOM PENH

City tour ‘Killing Fields’

Kompong Cham Mekong island Weaving village

VIETNAM

Cu Chi Old Saigon Tunnels CHAU DOC HO CHI Sam Mountain Tan An MINH My Tho sunset CITY BEN TRE Vinh Long Homestay CAN THO Mo Cay Floating market SOUTH Mekong delta cruise CHINA SEA

Optional Rides

COMBINE YOUR TRIP On certain departure dates we have upgraded the standard of hotels that have been carefully hand-picked for their character, comfort and location. Please refer to our website and Trip Notes for more details.

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Excellent holiday! All of the holiday overall was amazing, it’s my first Explore holiday and I have never cycled regularly either and found the holiday perfect. Our tour guide was fantastic! Nicola, Leeds

Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. We travel past paddy fields and fruit orchards to remote villages where we experience the warm hospitality of local families. We cycle into the jungle to explore the ancient temple city of Angkor and swap our bicycles for traditional boats to cruise the mighty Mekong River. DAY

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon orientation walk.

Visit the Cu Chi tunnels, cycling around the countryside.

Bike to the Mekong Delta then enjoy a boat trip to the islands.

Cycle and drive via Vinh Long to Can Tho – famous for rice fields and floating markets.

Cruise the floating markets and explore villages of Can Tho provence.

Drive and cycle to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border.

Speedboat to Phnom Penh with an afternoon city tour.

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Morning cycle. Visit Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields.

Cycle along the Mekong River then drive to Kompong Thom.

Early cycle to Sambor Prei Kuk temple. Drive to Siem Reap.

Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat. Cycle to see beautifully ornate Banteay Srei and jungle-clad Ta Phrom temple.

Final day in Angkor. Ride to Angkor Thom to see the Bayon Temple and its superb 12th century bas reliefs.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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MAR

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“One of the best ways to experience a country is by cycling through it. Riding at an easy pace on the flat, stopping for impromptu visits to chat with villagers is a very special experience and offers a unique insight into rural life. The warmth of the people left us with incredible memories. Highlights included visiting Koh Dach island where a lady showed us silk scarf weaving on her wooden loom, watching fisherman set their nets as we floated past in sampans, trying Vietnamese coffee at Cai Rang floating market, visiting cottage industries and the incredible ancient Angkor complex.” HANNAH OWEN Adventure Travel Consultant

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Cycle Vietnam VIETNAM FROM

£1975 16 DAYS £1399 14 DAYS

FROM

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £245 TRIP CODE: CVN CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches are included. BIKE: Giant, ATX and Trek mountain bikes are used during the trip, please refer to trip notes for more details. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

CHINA Red river delta cycle

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Cycle around Westlake Old Quarter

Cruise, caves & limestone cliffs

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NINH BINH

AVA I L

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HALONG BAY HANOI

Rice Paddies cycle GULF OF TONKIN

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

19km

Day 3

15km

Perfume River (optional) Royal tombs

Day 4 Day 5

33km

Day 6

18km

Day 7

35km

Day 8

28km

Day 9

20km

Day 10

30km

A wonderful experience! Every day was special, with beautiful scenery, interesting visits, good food (and beer), and great company. Chuong, our guide, was friendly, helpful, patient and funny.

Day 11 Day 12

25km

Day 13

25km

Hai Van Pass

HUE

Imperial Citadel cycle

Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

Historic port

My Son (UNESCO site) ancient Cham capital

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

Cu ChiTunnels Cycle ride Mekong Delta cycle ride 0 km

HO CHI MINH CITY

SOUTH CHINA SEA

150 km Old Saigon

Elizabeth, Glenrothes

On this trip we discover the highlights of Vietnam by bike. Explore the charming cities of Hanoi, Hue, Old Saigon and Hoi An and experience the natural beauty of Halong Bay. Visit the ancient capital of the Cham Empire at My Son and discover the thriving Mekong Delta by boat and on two wheels.

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Join trip in Hanoi. Orientation tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Explore Hanoi city then cycle around West Lake.

Drive to Dong Ho. Cycle through the villages of the Red River Delta.

Halong Bay cruise then drive to Ninh Binh via Nhan Muc.

Explore the countryside of Ninh Binh by bicycle. Overnight Reunification Express to Hué.

Explore Hué by bike. Optional half-day trip along the Perfume River.

Bus and bike to Hoi An, via Hai Van Pass, Danang and Thuan Phuoc Bridge.

Enjoy a river cruise cycling and free time to explore Hoi An.

Visit to My Son World Heritage Site with ruins of structures from ancient Champa Kingdom.

Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Explore the Mekong Delta by bike and boat - a fascinating hub of local culture and activity.

Trip ends in Saigon.

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Cycle Saigon to Hanoi

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VIETNAM

£1879 16 DAYS £1299 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £245 TRIP CODE: CVIE CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

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GULF OF TONKIN

AVA I L

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Cruise through clear waters, caves & Kayaking

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

50km

Day 3

51km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

80km

Perfume River Royal tombs

HUE

Cycle the citadel + Tu Doc Mausoleum LAOS

HOI AN

L RA DS NT CE HLAN HIG

Day 6 Day 7

60km

Day 8

59km

Day 9 Day 10

80km

Day 11

32km

Hai Van Pass

Quy Nhon

CAMBODIA

Fantastic tour. Rides were varied and scenic. Opportunities for experiencing the true Vietnam were many.

Khanh Vinh Colonial Hill station

DALAT

Can Duoc

CAI BE

Mekong Delta 0 km

Ken

NHA TRANG Offshore islands day trip

Cu Chi Tunnels

HO CHI MINH CITY

Old Saigon Mekong Delta cruise Explore waterways

SOUTH CHINA SEA

175 km

On this adventurous trip we bike along the rural backroads and into the highlands of Vietnam. Along the way we discover the cultural highlights of Saigon, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi. There is also time to explore the Mekong Delta, the tropical beaches and islands of Nha Trang and the majestic beauty of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise.

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City with an afternoon orientation tour of old Saigon.

Cycle to Cu Chi Tunnels. Late afternoon free to explore Saigon.

Drive to Mekong Delta then cycle the backroads to Cai Be.

Explore Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Stay in old French city of Dalat.

Pedal over the Thi Nai sea bridge. Drive to historic Hoi An.

Morning walking tour of Hoi An’s traditional wooden houses and Chinese temples. Free afternoon.

Cycle and drive to Hué via the Hai Van pass. Cycle around Hue then overnight train to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay for overnight cruise.

Morning cruise of the bay and then drive to Hanoi for a tour of the city.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

Cycle over Cycle and drive Hon Giao Pass from Nha Trang to Nha Trang. to Quy Nhon. Rest day from the bikes. To relax, take a boat trip to tropical islands.

MAR

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THE

Americas The Americas offer the perfect backdrop for an active adventure by bike. With jungle-clad active volcanoes, spectacular coastlines, lively cities, scenic routes, challenging climbs and exhilarating descents, each country offers plentiful sights and experiences that contrast nicely with its neighbours. You could find yourself freewheeling past vintage pastel cars in colourful Cuba, or exploring Costa Rica’s magnificent cloud forests on two wheels. Mexico’s temple-dotted Yucatan Peninsula is perfect for food lovers and history hunters, while Nicaragua offers a very different and totally unspoilt side to Central America.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Exploring historic Havana by bike

Experiencing Mexico’s temples, tacos and tequila Pedalling along the Panama Canal 78

Riding through a volcanic landscape in Costa Rica


DESTINATIONS Costa Rica Cuba Mexico

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Nicaragua

86-87

Panama

86-87

INSIDER VIEW “Latin America is a whirlwind of colours, smells and sounds, diverse nature and wonderful scenery. Each moment brings something new and exciting – one day you could be cycling through vivid green forests listening to the birds calling, while the next you might be under the shadow of volcanoes or pedalling along the Caribbean coast. For me, Mexican food is a real highlight – it’s worth clocking up the miles to tuck into some local tacos at the end of the day!” CARMEL HENDRY Product Manager

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Cycle Cuba! CUBA

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£2245 16 DAYS

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

TRIP CODE: CCC

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

£1699 15 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple casas particulares, 5 nights standard hotel.

TRIP ONLY

MEALS:14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included.

Optional single rooms are available from £345

BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

ACCOMODATION

\\ Quiet roads make Cuba a perfect destination to explore on two wheels \\ Cycle through the strikingly beautiful karst scenery of Viñales \\ Spectacular ride through the central Sierra Escambray Mountains

DAILY DISTANCES

Casas particulares We aim to bring you closer to real life in Cuba by staying in individual homes in colonial Trinidad and Viñales. Casas particulares (Spanish for private house) offer a unique opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality whilst staying in homes adapted for visitors.

We thoroughly enjoyed our cycle tour of Cuba and would highly recommend it... The cycling was wonderful.

Day 3

21km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

43/58km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

20/45km

Day 8 Day 9

41km

Day 10

37km

Day 11 Day 12

35km

Day 13

17km

Day 14

23km

Optional Rides

Veronica, Canada

HAVANA Historical capital

Cayo Jutias Optional visit

Valle Yumuri

Las Terrazas

CUBA

SOROA

VINALES

SAN DIEGO DE LOS BANOS

San Tomas Cave Optional visit

CIENFUEGOS SANTA CLARA

Cueva de los Peces swimming

Manicaragua Playa Giron

0 km

Topes de Collantes

Guajimico

95 km

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TRINIDAD

Playa Ancon

Colonial architecture

Cycle with us through Cuba as we tour the colonial capital of Havana, explore tropical forests and pedal past striking limestone landscapes in Viñales. In historic Trinidad and Viñales we go local and stay in privately run casas particulares. We also ride through the forests of Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve and along the Caribbean coast to Trinidad, stopping to swim in tropical pools and see the infamous Bay of Pigs. DAY

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Join trip in Havana.

Walking tour of Old Havana. Drive to forested mountain setting of Soroa.

Cycle through tropical forests to San Juan river for a refreshing dip.

Ride to the spa town of San Diego de los Baños.

Explore the stunning limestone scenery of Viñales by bike.

Free day to relax, cycle some more or explore the island of Cayo Levisa.

Drive to colonial Cienfuegos past the infamous Bay of Pigs.

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Cycle to the beautifully preserved colonial town of Trinidad.

Ride through the beautifully scenic ‘valley of the sugar mills’. Return to Trinidad.

A free day to explore the cobbled streets of Trinidad or take a catamaran trip to Las Iguanas Island.

Scenic downhill ride in Escambray Mountains. Visit Che Guevara’s tomb in Santa Clara.

Cycle through the quiet Yumuri Valley and try Cuba’s best piña colada at Bacunayagua canyon.

Explore the old capital of Havana on foot or by bike.

Trip ends in Havana.

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MAR

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“I’d always wanted to visit Cuba, and I wasn’t let down - what a unique and fascinating country! It’s almost impossible to explain what to expect from Cuba – a country that has seen incredible colonial opulence, but is now recovering from the collapse of the USSR. You cannot help but be drawn in by its vibrant atmosphere and beautiful architecture. It’s a magical place where you will be seduced by the sounds of rumba, salsa or cha-cha-cha. Cycling through Cuba really allows you to enjoy the lush tropical landscape, and say ‘hola’ as you cycle past the locals.”

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Cycle the Backroads of Cuba CUBA FROM

£2399 16 DAYS £1899 15 DAYS

FROM

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CUC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

ACCOMMODATION

Casas particulares We aim to bring you closer to real life in Cuba by staying in individual homes in colonial Trinidad and Viñales. Casas particulares (Spanish for private house) offer a unique opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality whilst staying in homes adapted for visitors.

Very enjoyable tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about Cuban history and kept us informed.

DAILY DISTANCES

Richard, Bedford

30km

GULF OF MEXICO

Day 3

78km

HAVANA

Day 4

30km

Day 5

73km

Day 6

51km

Day 7

105km

Day 2

Day 8

25km

Day 9

66km

Day 10

56km

Day 11

45km

Day 12

60km

Day 13

75km

SANTA CLARA Che Guevara Monument

ATLANTIC OCEAN Remedios Yaguajay

PLAYA LARGO

Manaca Iznaga

Bay of Pigs

CIENFUEGOS TRINIDAD

Moron Sancti Spiritus

CAMAGUEY

CUBA

CARIBBEAN SEA

Puerto Padre

HOLGUIN BAYAMO

Campechuela 0 km

MAREA DE PORTILLO

135 km

CHIVIRICO

BARACOA

Guantanamo

SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Imias

Optional Rides

A remarkable cycle journey across Cuba that explores the island’s revolutionary history, diverse landscapes and its unique brand of Caribbean culture. Riding on relatively quiet roads, this moderate to challenging tour discovers rich colonial heritage, tropical coastlines, jungle-clad mountains and historic sites such as the Bay of Pigs and Che Guevara’s mausoleum. In Havana and Trinidad we go local and stay in privately run casas particulares. DAY

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Join trip in Havana.

Cycle the infamous Bay of Pigs. Enjoy a refreshing dip in a freshwater hole. Explore colonial Cienfuegos.

A coastal ride to beautifully preserved colonial Trinidad where we explore, relax and cycle.

Cycle through the ‘valley of the sugar mills’ then drive to Camaguey on the central plains.

Cycle past authentic rural Cuban scenes. Impressive coastal ride on flanks of the Sierra Maestra.

Discover Santiago Cuba’s second largest city and the heart of Cuban culture and history.

Cycle ‘La Farola’ mountain road to charming Baracoa where we spend a day exploring.

Ride on scenic and quiet roads to Camaguey via Alexander Humboldt National Park.

Enjoy more everyday Cuban scenes whilst cycling along quiet roads. Visit beautiful Remedios.

Visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum in Santa Clara. Time to explore the fascinating city of Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle

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CUBA

£1755 £1099

9

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: CSC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple casas particulares, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

ACCOMMODATION

Great trip and really good itinerary. Cycling was huge fun and the guy who did the bike setups very helpful and highly skilled. Staff were really kind, helpful and positive throughout the trip and couldn’t do enough for us.

Casas particulares We aim to bring you closer to real life in Cuba by staying in individual homes in colonial Trinidad and Viñales. Casas particulares (Spanish for private house) offer a unique opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality whilst staying in homes adapted for visitors.

Simone, London GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

Walking tour

CUBA

SANTA CLARA Che Guevara’s monument

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

28km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

60km

Day 6

35km

Cueva de los Peces

Guama

Manicaragua

Cienfuegos

Topes de Collantes

Bay of Pigs

YAGUANABO TRINIDAD

0 km

95 km

Optional ride Ancon Peninsula

CARIBBEAN SEA

Sancti Spiritus Manaca Iznaga Slave Watchtower

Optional Rides

Cycling on quiet roads we explore Cuba’s verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana we cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. Along the way we learn about modern-day Cuba and excellent live music is never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

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Join trip in Havana.

Cycle past the Bay of Pigs followed by a refreshing swim in the Cueva de los Peces.

Caribbean coastal ride to the beautifully preserved colonial town of Trinidad.

Explore the cobbled streets of Trinidad. Optional catamaran trip to nearby islands.

Cycle through the ‘valley of the sugar mills’ and visit Sancti Spiritus. Return to Trinidad.

Downhill ride in Escambray Mountains. Visit the site of the battle for the armoured train in Santa Clara.

Visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum at Santa Clara. Explore the heart of Old Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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CUBA BEACH EXTENSION Why not extend your stay with a two-night beach extension in Playa Jibacoa. See website or call us for more details. Trip code: CSCB

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Costa Rica on Two Wheels

FROM

FROM

COSTA RICA

£2795 15 DAYS £1999 14 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £395 TRIP CODE: CCR CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Trek 4500 mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

20km

Day 5

28km

Lake Nicaragua

Day 6 Day 7

28/40km

Day 8

22/37km

Day 9

27km

Day 10

37km

Day 11

29km

CARIBBEAN SEA NICARAGUA

LAS HORNILLAS

Miravalles 2028m

LA FORTUNA MUELLE TORTUGUERO NP

TILARAN

Sea turtles

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On this cycling trip in Costa Rica we discover a diverse land rich with nature, towering volcanoes and abundant wildlife. We start in the lush rainforest of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast before cycling through the ever-changing landscapes of the interior past active volcanoes, lakes and cloudforest in the Arenal and Miravalles areas. Finally we reach the Pacific Coast and beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Discover the incredibly rich and diverse wildlife of Tortuguero National Park on foot and by boat.

A warm up ride past farmland and banana plantations to Guapiles.

Cycle through lush countryside to La Fortuna. Optional jungle canopy tour, hot springs or zip line.

Ride along the lakeshore with impressive views of the classic cone of active Arenal Volcano.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific coastline on a cycle to Cañas.

Discover great scenery and hot springs cycling in the foothills of Miravalles Volcano.

Explore the jungle trails, resident wildlife and golden beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Trip ends in San José.

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THE AMERICAS

Cycle Mexico - The Yucatan Peninsula

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Las Colorados San Felipe Pink lagoons

San Crisanto beach Progreso Dzilam Bravo

Cancun

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Cacalchen

City ride and Tacos dinner

Izamal Colonial convent

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Discover the beaches, ancient temples and colourful villages of the Yucatan Peninsula by bike. From Playa del Carmen we catch the ferry and cycle on beautiful Cozumel Island. From the colonial towns of Merida and Valladolid we cycle through colourful Mayan villages on quiet roads with chances to swim from beautiful beaches and in an incredible cenote (fresh water hole). Along the way we discover fascinating Mayan archaeological sites at Chichen Itza and Tulum. Our route ends on the idyllic white sand beaches of Tulum where we explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. DAY

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Boat to Cozumel Island, explore this quiet island by bike with a chance to swim.

Visit Chichen Itza Mayan site. Swim in Ik Kill cenote. Early evening ride in historic Merida. Tacos for dinner.

Cycle to the beach, enjoy a seafood lunch grill and learn to make cocktails. Sunset kayak.

Ride to colonial Spanish convent of Izamal. Visit interesting Mayan villages. Tamales for lunch.

Ride sand paths to coastal towns and colourful pink lagoons. Taste and learn all about tequila.

Ride and drive to incredible Tulum with Mayan temple, white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Dawn cycle to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Relax on white sand beaches or revisit Tulum ruins.

Trip ends at Cancun Airport.

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Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal NICARAGUA - COSTA RICA - PANAMA

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£2049 14 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £420

BIKE: 27 gear mountain bikes with front suspension ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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\\ Bike around the traditional Nicaraguan island of Ometepe with its perfect volcanic cone \\ Watch ships pass through the Panama Canal as they make their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

A fantastic tour with a month’s worth of activity packed into two weeks. The Explore Leader had an incredible knowledge of the countries visited and cycling. The itinerary was really interesting and visually stunning. I would love to do the whole trip again.

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\\ An adventurous and exciting way to see the best of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

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The trip was excellent, everything was easy and hassle free thanks to our tour guide Mike, his professionalism, experience, knowledge and easy-going attitude made the entire trip amazing.

Managua Masaya Volcano NP GRANADA Mombacho Lake Nicaragua Volcano NP ISLA OMETEPE Sao Jorge Ferry

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This trip takes us cycling through some of the most beautiful scenery in Central America. We ride past smoking volcanoes, through cloud forest and around national parks. We also cycle by lakes and see the famous Panama Canal. En route we visit the volcanic island of Ometepe and the tropical islands of Bocas del Toro for a little relaxation.

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Ride to the shores of Lake Nicaragua and visit Masaya Volcano National Park.

Discover the central Nicaraguan highlands and traditional villages by bike.

Explore the volcanic island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua on two wheels.

Drive to Costa Rica and on to Cañas where we spend the night.

Ride around Arenal Lake with spectacular backdrop of Arenal Volcano.

Optional hot springs, jungle canopy tour by zip wire or a jungle walk across hanging bridges.

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Cross the border into Panama and the idyllic Bocas del Toro Caribbean islands.

A free day to relax or snorkel, dive or take a boat trip around the archipelago and marine park.

Cross the continental divide to the Pacific side. Cycle and drive to Santiago.

Cycle through the traditional farmland and ranches then drive to Panama City.

Visit the Panama Canal and ride the shoreline cycleway for fine views of the Panama City skyline.

Trip ends in Panama City.

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“An amazing traverse of Central America, on this adventure we travel through varied scenery, jungles, rainforests, past smoking volcanoes, across continental divides and dip into both the Pacific and Caribbean before ending up at the Panama Canal. Each country has a different feel, history and culture but my personal favourite has to be Nicaragua thanks to the wonderful people we met along the way.” MARTIN MULLER Explore Leader

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Self-Guided TRIPS

Self-guided cycling holidays provide the best of both worlds, combining the highlights with hidden regions and spectacular scenery that can only be seen from the saddle, travelling at a pace that suits you. Offering great value for money, flexibility, freedom and a real sense of achievement at the end of each day – never mind the health benefits – there are so many reasons to choose a self-guided holiday.

IT’S ALL ABOUT Discovering one of France’s wine routes

Easy cycling along Mallorca’s quiet interior roads

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Pedalling Italy’s Prosecco route Cycling the mighty Danube bike trail


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INSIDER VIEW “We cycled as a family from the Austrian border in the South Tyrol to Italy’s Lake Garda, a fabulous ride through Alpine meadows, mountain villages, apple orchards and vineyards. Being self-guided meant we could leave when we were ready, stop where and when we wanted, and there was no anxiety about holding anyone up. Route-finding was easy, our luggage was carried for us and the hotels were really well chosen.” PETER CRANE Head of Product Strategy

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Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges FROM

NETHERLANDS - BELGIUM

£885

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On this self-guided cycling journey through the Low Countries you ride on dedicated cycle paths from the Netherlands to Belgium. Starting in Amsterdam you cycle through some of the most picturesque towns in the Netherlands and Flanders including Gouda, Willemstad and Damme before ending in historic Bruges.

Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike FROM

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On this self-guided exploration of the highlights of Holland by bike your route visits the cultural highlights of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda. Along the way you cycle on the country’s superb network of cycle paths and in the countryside you’ll see the beautiful countryside, including polders, dikes, windmills, fields of flowers (in spring), lakes and rivers. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna FROM

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Ride the most famous section of the mighty Danube River, between Passau in Germany and Vienna in Austria, on this easy self-guided cycling holiday. Passing through densely-wooded valleys and green meadows you will see medieval towns, the wine-growing region of Wachau, imposing castles and glorious abbeys that pay testament to the wealth of history that has passed along this river.

Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Vienna to Budapest FROM

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On this self-guided holiday through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary you’ll cycle along the Danube on Europe’s most famous cycle path. Pedal through lowland forests, wide floodplains and follow the Danube River through three capital cities. This wonderful cycling trip from Vienna to Budapest combines unspoilt nature, hidden artistic treasures, charming monuments and peaceful cycling. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike FROM

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£685

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The beautiful Alpine setting of Lake Constance, shared by Austria, Germany and Switzerland, is home to one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe. On this self-guided cycling holiday you follow the flat, car-free and gentle cycle path around the lakeshore. The trip starts in the charming university town of Konstanz and along the way you will see thermal spas, idyllic villages and vineyards.

Self-Guided Alpe Adria Bike Path FROM

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A self-guided cycling trip from Salzburg through the Alps to Venice. After a train ride to Villach, you follow the Alpe Adria bike path through superb alpine scenery all the way to Udine in Italy. From here the route is flatter as you ride south to Grado on the Adriatic coast. Leaving the bikes behind you continue by train to Venice. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Normandy FROM

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On this self-guided holiday in northern France you cycle from the great beaches and cliffs of Normandy to the fairytale setting of Mont SaintMichel. The route is mostly on peaceful cycle paths as you traverse the Cotentin Peninsula through beautiful countryside, forests and marshes home to many bird species. Journey through history, with the chance to visit significant World War II battlefields and strategic towns.

Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy FROM

FRANCE

£899

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This gentle-paced cycling trip takes in the best of Burgundy’s ‘Golden Slope’ – the Côte d’Or. Riding through the famous wine districts of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, there is plenty of time to stop off at the many vineyards, chateaux, villages and ancient churches that line your route. Along the way, enjoy traditional local cuisine, accompanied by ‘grand cru’ wines which are produced in the region. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne FROM

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£955

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The Canal de la Garonne in the southwest of France makes the perfect setting for an easy self-guided cycling holiday. From the city of Bordeaux start cycling through winelands over gently rolling hills before connecting with the Garonne canal, which leads you all the way to elegant Toulouse. Along the way you pass chateaux, historic towns and villages and countless age-old plane trees that line the tow path.

Self-Guided the Loire Valley by Bike FROM

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Bountiful vineyards, fruit orchards and delightful villages all explain why the Loire Valley is known as ‘the garden of France’. Cycle a historic route filled with history from Blois to Angers through the Loire Valley. Best explored by bike, the riverbanks reveal a landscape dotted with castles and medieval towns. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Riviera Cycling - Nice to Genoa FROM

FRANCE - ITALY

£1099

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Explore the Côte d’Azur and Italian Riviera on this self-guided cycle journey along the coast from elegant Nice to the grand old city of Genoa. Cycling on mostly quiet roads and bike paths where the Alps meet the Mediterranean Sea, the route passes through beautiful villages steeped in history. Along the way you can rewards your efforts with the wonderful food and local wines.

Self-Guided Cycling along Italy’s Prosecco Route FROM

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Pedal through the vine-covered hills of the Prosecco region on this self-guided cycling holiday. Your route wends its way from winery to winery where you can learn more about the local frizzante wine. Make your way through the Veneto region following the River Sile to the medieval town of Bassano del Grappa where you can turn your attention to the famous spirit. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence FROM

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£835

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Discover the quintessential Tuscan landscapes of vineyards and olive groves on this self-guided cycling trip from Pisa to Florence. From the worldrenowned Leaning Tower of Pisa you follow the Serchio River to the charming town of Lucca, where you can ride up on the impressive city walls. Continue on country lanes to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, before arriving in the renaissance city of Florence.

Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride FROM

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On this beautiful self-guided cycle trip you descend from the magnificent glacial valleys of the South Tyrol to the dramatic setting of Lake Garda. The route starts on the border with Austria at Passo Resia. Along the way you see charming alpine villages, historic towns, premium vineyards and grand views of the Alps and Dolomites. Most of the journey is traffic-free as you follow well-paved cycle paths. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Puglia Cycling FROM

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On this self-guided cycling route around the ‘heel’ of Italy, in the sun-drenched region of Puglia, you discover the natural and cultural highlights of a land forged centuries ago by the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Spanish. Enjoy beautiful rides along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, through sparsely inhabited ancient olive groves and the medieval towns of Otranto, Ostuni, Gallipoli and Lecce.

Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Porec FROM

ITALY - SLOVENIA - CROATIA

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This self-guided cycling journey hugs the Adriatic Sea from Venice to Porec. On this fascinating route through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia we have carefully selected the best sections to cycle, while travelling other parts by train. Along the way you see important Roman ruins at Aquileia and the grand architecture of Trieste. In Istria you cycle on a converted railway to the medieval coastal town of Porec. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome FROM

ITALY

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A self-guided cycling trip that follows the historic pilgrim route from Siena to Rome. From the classic Tuscan landscapes of Val d’Orcia you ride past ancient fortresses, amphitheatres and hilltop towns south into Lazio. Ride along the routes of ancient Etruscan and Roman roads and finally follow the River Tevere cycle path into the heart of Rome. Along the way enjoy superb local wines, cheeses and olive oil.

Self-Guided Cycling in Murcia, Southern Spain FROM

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Ride past white-washed villages and Moorish towers, endless orchards, ancient irrigations channels and layers of history on this self-guided cycling holiday in Murcia. Pedal along country lanes, peaceful cycle paths and quiet roads, enjoying historic towns and a striking variety of landscapes. On three days there is the option to extend or shorten your rides if you wish. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Discover Catalonia on this self-guided cycling trip that travels from the foothills of the Pyrenees to medieval Girona and on to modernist Barcelona. Ride through a forested landscape past dormant volcanoes and picturesque villages in the low Garrotxa and along the cycle path to the gothic city walls of Girona. Ride on Barcelona’s cycle paths to see the beaches, parks and Gaudi’s famously quirky architecture.

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Cycle the legendary trail from Leon to Santiago de Compostela - the resting place of Saint James. On this self-guided cycle trip you follow the route of ancient pilgrims on a scenic route through northern Spain, starting on the high plains of Castile in the impressive city of Leon. Crossing the Bierzo hills you then traverse the rolling countryside of Galicia, often in the company of other pilgrims. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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This self-guided cycling trip takes you through the vineyards, rolling countryside and picturesque villages of La Rioja. Planting, harvesting and wine-making rule the local calendar, while historic towns adorn the countryside. Along the route you can visit impressive wine estates and soak up the history and culture of this fascinating region. Each evening, look forward to the famous regional gastronomy.

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A self-guided cycle trip that explores the green north coast of Spain, sandwiched between the Cantabrian Mountains and Atlantic Coast. Cycle on quiet country roads, passing tiny coves and charming coastal villages on an exploration of Asturias. Along the way you can enjoy great seafood, cheeses, local delicacies and the cider-making capital of Villaviciosa. The route ends at the friendly seaside town of Gijon. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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On this self-guided cycling trip you explore attractive Mediterranean landscapes on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Ride on quiet roads through the fertile rolling countryside, past sandy beaches, impressive cliffs and woods of pine, carob and oak. The final three nights are based in the beach town of Port de Pollenca from where you can explore the Albufera wetlands.

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On this self-guided cycle journey you follow Portugal’s beautiful coastline from the Algarve into Alentejo. Your route starts in Cabo Sao Vicente, the most south-westerly point of Portugal and continental Europe. You cycle off-road through the natural park of ‘Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina’ between villages. Enjoy the local food and wine along the way. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Explore the heart-shaped peninsula of Istria on this self-guided cycling holiday. Travel on peaceful roads and tracks as you pedal alongside the cobalt-blue Adriatic waters, and through the ancient villages, historic citadels, forests, vineyards and olive groves of the interior. Along the way, discover a wealth of fascinating Roman, Byzantine and medieval architecture and enjoy superb food, wine and hospitality.

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Explore the Greek islands of Poros and Aegina in the Saronic Gulf on this self-guided cycling trip. From Athens you travel by boat to the islands, each with its own unique charm. On cycling routes you explore the beaches, wetlands, beautiful coastlines, villages and ancient sites. The temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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ABOUT EXPLORE CYCLING TRIPS

About Explore Cycling trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Cycling Adventure. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes.

Frequently Asked Questions Who travels on Explore trips?

Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel.

What is a typical group size?

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 18 people; the average group size is usually 14 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included.

What is our price guarantee?

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price of your confirmed services won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

What about trip prices?

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Private Guided Walks and Treks the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found by visiting explore.co.uk

What’s included in the trip price?

 Bike hire is included for both group and self-guided cycling trips. E Bikes can be hired locally on some trips for an additional charge. See tour notes for details. T  ransport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual Trip Notes. E  xplore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). L  ocal crew: as well as drivers and local guides, interpreters, cooks, helpers and porters may be provided on some trips (details will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). A  ctivities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. F  or Private Guided cycle trips we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary.

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Are transfers included?

We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip starts and departs on the day the trip ends at the designated airport or train station. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport or train station, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport or train station for the given joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your Trip Notes or joining information for further details and see explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes. Please note transfers are not included for Self-guided trips.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccination charges, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a ‘Land Only’ basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Self-guided trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader.

What do I need to bring?

We strongly advise you to bring and wear a cycle helmet. In some countries it is a legal requirement to do so therefore please check up to date local regulations before you travel. We also advise packing a pair of cycle gloves, padded shorts, and perhaps a gel seat cover in case you think you need extra comfort.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to Self-guided Trips)

Our Leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the Leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible - within the confines of the itinerary. For example, they can arrange group meals for those that would like to eat with their travel companions. Alternatively, if you would prefer to make your own plans they may offer suggestions for local restaurants. They will also try to make sure that everyone has as much free time during the trip as they wish.

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In order to keep the trip running effectively, Explore Leaders give regular briefings to talk about what is happening in the next few days, to remind you of timings and what you need to bring for excursions, sightseeing and activities. Often this will be reiterated on notices put up in hotel receptions or other appropriate places.

What should I expect from adventure travel?

Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. All Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small number of trips and Private Walks and Treks are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

Travelling to far-flung corners of the earth involves adapting to living conditions that are often very different from your own. Please be prepared for unusual situations, local differences and unpredictable events. Adventure holidays are not necessarily suitable for people who expect to be pampered or who like everything to go exactly as planned. You should also be aware that some countries around the world have security problems. Unsavoury characters are likely to be active in big cities and street markets; and certain areas may be considered ‘out-of-bounds’ for tourists. However, most crime is opportunistic. Using your common sense will reduce the risks. Unfortunately, no destination can be guaranteed to be safe from terrorism. We constantly monitor the political situation in the regions we visit and will re-route or cancel a trip if we feel it is necessary.

What are the age limits?

What about Foreign Office Advice?

The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips travelling at high altitude is 16 years old. Trips to certain destinations (for example, Chernobyl) have a higher minimum age limit. Please refer to individual trips notes and our website where this is mentioned if applicable. A parent or adult must accompany people under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! Whilst we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customer’s journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry.

What are the itineraries like?

We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing so we build in free time for you to either take part in an optional excursion or to explore independently – an important part of any trip.

What type of accommodation do we stay in?

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may also use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) provides detailed information about your destination. We strongly recommend that you read their comments about the country you are planning to visit, both when you book and again just before you leave and that you sign up to the government travel alert service. For the UK, the FCO alert service can be found here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/email-signup. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice and based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or through the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be made in the interests of your safety and security. We will make these decisions at least four weeks before departure, unless we believe that local conditions will improve before the start of the trip.

How can I be best prepared?

Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

What about seating on flights and trains?

Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Although it is possible to request specific seats from the majority of airlines and train operators, it’s important to note that the carrier may ask you for an additional fee to pre-book your seats in advance. To ensure your request is fulfilled we recommend that you contact the airline/train operators directly via their website and use their ‘manage my booking’ facility. Although this facility will be available for the majority of flights and train bookings, there are some airlines that don’t enable this option. If you find you’re not able to access your booking directly through the airline/train website, then please contact Explore with your seating request and we’ll submit it on your behalf. It’s important to note that we are unable to guarantee your seating requests and that failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes seats are booked as part of a block booking (allocation) – the relevant airline/train will automatically allocate your seating and so it is possible that you might not be close to other members of your party. For these journeys you’ll be unable to check in online and so we recommend arriving and checking in at the airport/train station as early as possible so that you have a better chance of selecting alternative seats should the need arise. If you require specific seats because of a disability/reduced mobility/a medical condition, please make this clear at the time of booking. Subject to safety requirements and availability, EU airlines are required to make all reasonable efforts to arrange seating to meet the requirements of individuals with a disability or reduced mobility. You may be required to provide written confirmation of your disability, reduced mobility or medical condition and fitness to travel from your doctor.

What type of transport will we travel in?

What about in-flight meals?

What about rooming?

Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities.

What meals are included?

The variety of transport used is another important aspect of any Explore Adventure. We use everything from buses, boats and trains to camels and donkeys. You may even find all these on the same trip. Please refer to individual trip notes for details.

What about trip changes?

From time to time, some elements of our trips may change from those that have been published. This could be the result of inclement weather, a change in the local political situation or in flight or train schedules or other circumstances beyond our control. We will keep you as well informed as possible about these changes. Significant changes to your holiday will be notified as soon as we feasibly can. Minor amendments to your trip will be detailed on your final trip documentation, although our website will be regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. Whilst we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time.

What are guaranteed departures?

We guarantee that the advertised Trip Only itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed after the first booking is confirmed unless we are forced to do so by a “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions.

Although meals are still provided on most international flights, you should be aware that there is a trend towards them not being included on shorter flights, and particularly those within Europe. On many routes with connections within Europe, a meal will be provided on the inter-continental sector, but not on the sector between the UK and the connecting European airport. We cannot therefore guarantee that a meal will be provided on all flights. If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know at the time of booking. We will send an automated request through to the airline. Please be aware that in most cases airlines do not confirm individual meal requests, so it is worth double checking that the meal has been ordered at check-in.

What happens when there is a flight schedule change?

When you book a flight-inclusive trip with Explore, your holiday confirmation will contain provisional flight details. The timings, flight numbers or route could change several times before departure. We will confirm final timings with your final documents. We will notify you immediately of any significant airline schedule change which occurs after your tickets have been issued. We recommend that you defer booking any connecting travel to the airport or arrangements such as car parking or overnight hotels until you have received your final documents, with confirmed travel times. Where Explore are arranging domestic regional flights, these will be automatically rebooked to connect with your international flights. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible, non-refundable connecting rail, air or bus tickets, as they usually incur cancellation or penalty charges in the event of a change to the departure time or date.

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What are banned airlines?

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community List” which contains details of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.europa.eu. In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your international flight(s) to and from an EU airport at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban and, as a result, we or the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of our Booking Conditions “If we change your trip” will apply. Please note that we will not book our customers onto banned airlines whose flights may be available for general sale and accessible to the public.

Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. If you have not already arranged cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers www.campbellirvinedirect.com/explore who offer Travel insurance specifically designed to cover travel with Explore or call Campbell Irvine direct on 0207 938 1734. Explore Worldwide is an Introducer Appointed representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

For the purposes of flight safety, it is essential that you adhere to the luggage weight restrictions imposed by the airline you are flying with, particularly when flying on internal flights on smaller aircraft. Please refer to your Trip Notes for full details.

If you, your travelling companions, or anyone upon whom your travel depends (such as a friend or family member) have a pre-existing medical condition, you must disclose this to your Travel insurer’s medical screening helpline when you purchase your insurance policy. Failure to do so may result in your claim being declined. Please ensure that you receive written confirmation from them 2595 that the condition is covered. You must take this written confirmation with you on trip, in addition to the insurance policy itself. If you don’t, you may not have appropriate cover. If you have any concerns in this respect please call us.

How physically fit do I need to be?

What about brochure and website accuracy?

Tell me about aircraft weight restrictions

All our trips require some level of active participation. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling.

Do I need to be able to swim?

On some of our trips there will be water-based activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended.

What about travel insurance?

You must have valid travel insurance. You will need to confirm to your Explore Leader that you are covered by a travel insurance policy at the start of the trip. Please ensure that your documentation shows you as the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for the entire period of travel. It must also indicate that you have cover for (at least) Medical Expenses and Emergency Repatriation in the event of illness or injury. Please ensure that a 24 hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company is written on your documentation in case of an emergency. If you are unable to provide this information at the start of the trip you will not be able to continue with us unless you purchase a suitable insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any point in time if you do not fully insure your preexisting medical conditions.

The information contained in our brochure, website and other advertising material is believed to be correct at the time of printing or publication. However, this information may subsequently change. Please ensure that you check all the details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking.

What about consumer peace of mind?

Explore is a fully bonded Tour Operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence No. 5207 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays* in this brochure or on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay, you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

The Association of Independent Tour Operators AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Its member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

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Monitoring Standards

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct.

Financial Security

An AITO member is required to arrange financial protection for all holidays and other arrangements (including accommodation only) booked by customers with the member under the AITO logo. This financial protection applies to customers who are resident in the UK at the time of booking and to most overseas customers who have booked directly with the member. In doing so, the member must comply with UK Government regulations. Members are required to submit details of their financial protection arrangements to AITO on a regular basis.

Accurate Brochures / Websites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.

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All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays. They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards. AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire, the results of which are scrutinised by the Association.

Sustainable Tourism

All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Sustainable Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating.

Customer Relations

All members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion. Explore is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. To contact the association visit www.aito.com

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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Passports and Visas British and Irish passport holder information

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity and appropriate number of blank pages for your chosen destination. You must also have all visas and vaccination certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through any countries involved in the journey or trip. Visa requirements are listed in individual Trip Notes, but please note that this information is subject to change. If required, visas can be obtained through a Visa Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Visas

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ opposite), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel. Please note all visa and vaccination information was compiled in July 2017. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current information in good time before departure and that you act on it.

Travcour

We have partnered with Travcour; a company who specialise in visa processing. Please visit their website to download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites or make general enquiries about their visa service. Please call 020 8543 1846 for more information or visit the Travcour site: www.travcour.com

Immigration advice

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with any person under the age of 18. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Inoculation and Health Requirements Country

Visas

We normally recommend immunisation against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A.

Immunisation

UK Minimum time required Yellow citizens to issue Fever

Hepatitis Typhoid Others Malaria A

Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart

A summary of requirements is listed in the chart on the left. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only.

Albania

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Y = YES, visa required.

Austria

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

R = Immunisation/protection normally recommended.

Belarus (1)

Y

-

-

R

R

D

-

Belgium

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

R* = Protection recommended for travel to some areas – please check with your healthcare provider.

Burma

Y

4 Days

F

R

R

D

R

Cambodia (2)

Y

On Arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Costa Rica

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Croatia

-

-

-

R*

M = Meningitis. Immunisation may be recommended depending on area visited and time of year.

Cuba (3)

Y

1 week

F

R

R

D

R

Czech Republic

-

-

-

R*

-

-

-

D = Diphtheria. Immunisation recommended in some circumstances, seek medical advice.

Estonia

-

-

-

R

R*

D

-

Finland (4)

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

France (5)

-

-

-

-

-

-

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

D

Hungary

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

India

Y

4 Days

F

R

R

D

R*

Italy

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Japan

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Jordan (6)

Y

On Arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Latvia

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Lithuania

-

-

-

R

-

D

-

Madagascar

Y

On Arrival

F

R

R

-

R

Mexico

-

-

-

R

R

D

R

Morocco

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Netherlands

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Nicaragua

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

North Cyprus (7)

-

-

-

R*

-

D

-

Panama (8)

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Poland

-

-

-

R*

-

D

-

Portugal (Madeira)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Romania

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Russia (9)

Y

10 Days

-

R

R*

D

-

Slovakia

-

-

-

R

R*

D

-

Slovenia

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

South Africa (10)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sri Lanka (11)

Y

2 Days

F

R

R

D

R*

Switzerland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tanzania (12)

Y

On Arrival

FR

R

R

M

R

Thailand (13)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Vietnam (14)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

F = Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required only if coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For more information on the subject of vaccinations and health protection, check your individual Trip Notes or consult your booking agent. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice go to http://nathnac.net – an excellent source of information on health risks. Ask your medical practitioner for the latest information and allow time to obtain the appropriate vaccinations. Cholera vaccinations are not officially required by any country. However, in practice, a cholera vaccination certificate may be asked for by border officials when arriving from, or travelling into, an infected area: especially at land borders. Please see Trip Notes for details. The UK Department of Health recommends immunisation against tetanus and polio for all countries. Vaccinations: Please note that some inoculation programmes require two injections, administered four weeks apart. You should leave plenty of time for this. As a general rule, please note that health requirements and recommendations may change and you must check the current requirements in good time before departure. For holidays in the EU / EEA you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) before departure, from the Department of Health. This is available by telephone (0300 330 1350) or online at www.ehic.org.uk An EHIC is not, however, a substitute for appropriate travel insurance. Special notes [1] A visa is not required for the majority of nationalities (five day trip visa-free). Please see trip notes for more information. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Belarus. [2] Visa may also be obtained in advance. [3] You must have a tourist card pre departure - tourist cards can be issued by Explore or the Cuban Consul. [4] Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination and a Tetanus booster is recommend for travel to some parts of the country. [5] A yellow fever certificate is required for travellers coming from South American or African countries. [6] Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. [7] Tetanus booster recommended. [8] Yellow fever in only recommended for those travelling east of Panama City. [9] Russian Travel vouchers and authorisation must be obtained before a visa can be applied for. This process begins approximately 8 weeks before travel. [10] Passport must have two clear blank pages for entry stamp. Please note: Adults travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show additional documentation in order to travel with a minor. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa. [11] The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) can be obtained online. [12] Only a single entry visa is available on arrival. [13] Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged. [14] No visa required for ‘British Citizen’ passport holders making a single entry before 30JUN18 and not staying for longer that 14 days. After this date and all other nationalities should consult the embassy.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (‘the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “Frequently Asked Questions” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website also form part of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

2. To secure your booking (Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and general information pages contained in our brochure and/ or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements. d) the person making the booking confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Selfguided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a position to do so, we collect the necessary deposit on the basis that the price you have agreed to pay will be the one applicable to your holiday after confirmation of all costs. Once we have confirmation of all applicable costs, we will issue a confirmation which will show the confirmed price. This price may be higher or

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lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 10% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us and amendment fees / charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

3. Payment for your trip The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. Deposit and balance payments must be made in the same currency and sufficient payment should be sent to ensure the company receives the total invoiced price as guaranteed. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard for which a credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

4. If you change your booking a) A confirmed group departure booking can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. A £50 per booking admin fee applies to any amendments made to all non-group holidays up to 60 days before departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either transferred or cancelled your booking. You can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking, less any non-refundable charges incurred by us or imposed by our suppliers. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue against a new booking. No further credit vouchers can be requested against the new booking. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. No cash refund will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. b) If you are unable to travel, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, the booking or your place on the booking may be transferred to another suitable person (introduced by you) up to 60 days prior to departure. Any costs or charges incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any supplier(s) in making the transfer must be paid before the transfer can be made. Any overdue balance payment must also be paid. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight.

5. If you cancel your booking Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by us or our authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit

No. 5207 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 2595.

b) 59-42 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of deposit if higher c) 41-28 days before trip start date – 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 4b.

6. If you have a complaint If you have a complaint about any of your trip arrangements, you must tell both the relevant supplier and our representative at the time. It is only if we and the supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. If you don’t complain on the spot this may affect your ability to claim compensation. If your complaint cannot be resolved on trip you should notify us in writing within 28 days of the end of your trip. If we are unable to mutually resolve your complaint you may call upon the low cost AITO Independent Dispute Settlement Service (details on request). Claims which exceed £2,500 per person or £10,000 per booking or claims which apply principally or exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or physical injury are not admissible for settlement under the service. Alternately you can refer your complaint for arbitration under the ABTOT Travel Industry Arbitration Service. An Independent Arbitrator will review the documents relating to any complaint and deliver a binding decision to bring the matter to a close. Details of this scheme are available from The Travel Industry Arbitration Service, administered by Dispute Settlement Services Ltd at 9 Savill Road, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2NY or from ABTOT, Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HG. This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £1,500 per person or £7,500 per booking, or for claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequence thereof. Please also see clause 1: Your Trip Contract.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance You must have travel insurance when you travel with us. You and your belongings are at all times solely at your own risk. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance. You must ensure that you have personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter rescue. If you make your own arrangements you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

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9. Consumer protection We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists the flight, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable).You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www. atol.org.uk. The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Explore Worldwide Ltd and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; 2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; 3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland, which are sold to customers outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland; 4. additional services provided, if part of the package as required by AITO. 1, 2, 3 and 4 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK and Republic of Ireland are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Explore Leaders and agents whilst on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the

suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person in your party develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on our website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. If a significant change has to be made, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible, if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary once the first booking has been confirmed unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, if a trip, including a “Guaranteed Departure” consists of a group size of 3 or less, we reserve the right to substitute your Explore Leader with one or more local representatives and we may utilise public transport and/or taxis for the whole or part of your trip instead of the advertised trip vehicle. Where this is the case, we will tell you as soon as we are able. Any such change(s) will not be a significant change. This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. Significant changes are likely to include the following changes when made before departure; a change of the outward or return international flight departure time to/from the UK (where we have booked your international flight) or of the duration of your trip (excluding international flights) of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between any London airport including Stansted and Luton) to one which is more inconvenient for you (where we have booked your international flight) and, a major itinerary re-routing. Please note, a change of airline, any advertised mode of transport, named accommodation, flight time(s) for any flight other than any international flight to / from the UK or of the flight time(s) for the international flight to / from the UK we have booked this for you of less than 12 hours are not significant changes unless otherwise expressly stated. If advised of a significant change before departure you will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available trip from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. If we have to make a significant change before departure we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exception. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. Such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post trip accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Period of notification given Compensation to you or your travel agent per person More than 42 days: Nil 41-28 days: £20 27-14 days: £30 13 days or less before the date of travel: £40 Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your trip after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

12. If we cancel your trip We reserve the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 6 weeks before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or your failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable, we are entitled

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to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 6 weeks before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. In addition, we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation set out in the table in clause 11 above depending on the circumstances and when the cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care (such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”) or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of participants necessary for us to operate your trip has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).

13. Force majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our responsibility for your trip Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate and accept the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured in our programme at your own volition. (1) We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these conditions and the other information which forms part of your contract with us, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted trip arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted trip arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) you or any member(s) of your party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 above (3) Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract. Any optional excursions or activities booked during your holiday do not form part of our contract as these are all arranged for you directly by the suppliers concerned – please see clause 15: Optional excursions and activities below. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use

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reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. Please bear in mind that standards of, for example, safety, hygiene, and quality may vary throughout the destinations, services and transport your trip involves and may be lower than or different to those applicable in the UK. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the trip in question. (5) As set out in these conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. We do not, however, limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under clause 14(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 14 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your trip. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question were that claim made against it (for example, the Warsaw Convention 1929 as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention 1999 for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention 1974 for international travel by sea and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses incurred by or relating to any business including self-employed loss of earnings. (8) You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in clause 6. If asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to cooperate fully with us and our insurers if we or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred.

15. Optional excursions and activities We and our Explore Leaders may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are

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entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. Optional excursions and activities do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore Leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore Leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator /provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Flights/Transport/Delays The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “If we Change your Trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during your trip whether any change, cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling by a transport supplier, airline or airport authority, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, industrial action or any other event or circumstance outside our control. Where long flight delays result in lost trip time, no refunds are given by hotels or suppliers. Similarly, except where the Denied Boarding Regulations apply, airlines do not offer compensation for flight delays. It is in recognition of the above that our travel insurance policy offers compensation for flight delays over 12 hours (not applicable to flights within a trip itinerary). However, at their discretion your carrier will endeavour to reduce the inconvenience of any delay by providing meals and accommodation, as appropriate for the time of day or night (dependent on local availability), if you are delayed for more than 12 hours. If you incur payments for any services in the event of a delay, we will not accept responsibility for payment unless we have given our prior consent. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstance, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/ or refreshments under the EC Regulations No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 where applicable you must pursue the airline directly for the compensation or other payments due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the CAA at caa.co.uk.

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Data Protection Privacy Statement Your privacy is important to us. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“data protection laws”). You confirm that you will only enter information about yourself and those in your party and that such information is true. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we, Explore Worldwide Limited are a data controller. In order to process your booking, brochure and Trip Note requests, provide your trip and to help us provide you with a more personal service, we need to collect certain personal details from you. These details will include, where applicable, the names and contact details of party members, credit/ debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen trip arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details, we will tell you before we obtain them from you. We need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your trip can be provided (for example your airline, hotel, other supplier, credit/debit card company or bank). Such companies and organisations may be outside the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if your trip is to take place or involves suppliers outside these countries. We would also like to store and use your personal details for future marketing and trip review purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or details of new features, trips or special offers which we think may be of interest to you, including by email). All details you give us in connection with your booking (including those relating to any disability or medical condition or your religious beliefs) will be kept by us but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have indicated that you do not wish us to do so). We may also send you promotional information about selected third parties’ products and services that may be of interest to you. Occasionally we hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, for example providing holiday reviews and mailing information to our customers. We only provide those companies with the personal details relating to our clients which they require in order to deliver the service. They are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose. We will ensure that anyone to whom we pass your details for this reason agrees to treat it with the same level of protection we are obliged to provide. If you do not want us to do any or all of these things, please let us know as soon as possible. Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act, we will only deal with the personal details you give us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect this information. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal details which we are processing are inaccurate or incorrect, please contact us immediately. Please note telephone calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including pictures of our customers. These pictures may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish for your family to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. As our privacy statement may change due to developments in the law, we would encourage you to re-read our privacy statement at explore.co.uk/privacy-policy from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use personal information.

17. Late bookings We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking.

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Book early Our Cycling Adventure trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of trip and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

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 Names Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

Passenger Information (API/APIs)  Advance Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

Conditions  Booking When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (p104-110) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. Although many people decide not to read the small print, you will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

and Ability  Fitness You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip.

 Visas Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps.

Insurance  Travel Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips.

Payment Deposit

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

Final Payment

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard for which a credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card. From January 2018 no credit card fee will be charged.

Data Protection Legislation

Explore Worldwide Ltd is registered on the UK Data Protection Register in the UK. For our full data protection and privacy statement please see page 110.

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Medical Conditions  Pre-existing Must be declared to your insurers.

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