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Cycling SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES


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Explore From the medieval villages of the Spanish Pyrenees to the rice paddies and floating markets of Vietnam, exploring on two wheels enables you to get closer to the sights, scents and tastes of your destination. Get in the saddle and explore more – from rural landscapes and ancient cities to dramatic deserts and rugged coastlines. Discover the natural beauty of France, iconic buildings of Havana, temples of Angkor, archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula and the volcanoes of Costa Rica. Whatever you want to see, exploring on two wheels lets you go further. If you love food and drink, why not combine it with a cycling trip? Indulge in delicate ravioli in Italy, sample world-class beers in Lithuania or sip Bordeaux wine in France. Our cycling trips are graded from Easy to Challenging. We take into account how far you’ll go, as well as the terrain, altitude and temperature you’ll be cycling in. So whether you want a gentle cycle between great restaurants and vineyards or you want a more challenging ride, there is sure to be something to suit all abilities – even if you’re not a regular cyclist. Our local, award-winning Explore Leaders are enthusiastic and passionate about their region. Whether you’re curious about culture, history or community, your leader will share first-hand knowledge and unique insight you wouldn’t get elsewhere. This year we’re launching nine brand new trips, including a ride in the Caucasus in Georgia and cycling through Turkey’s Lycia region to the Turquoise Coast. We’ve introduced a cycle journey between Porto and Lisbon, a ride in Cilento in Italy that ends with a walk on the Amalfi Coast and an exploration of amazing Sicily on two wheels. Further afield we have introduced a second cycle itinerary in Japan and a ride through South Korea. If you prefer to travel independently and not as part of a small group, we have a growing collection of self-guided trips to choose from. Explore the Prosecco route in Italy, navigate the coastal paths in Portugal or cycle the Danube.

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Why travel with us? Expert knowledge We’re a company of travellers who’ve been exploring every corner of the globe for over 37 years. We started our group cycling holidays over 20 years ago. From Italy to Vietnam, Cuba to South Africa, we’ve been there, done that, so you know you’re in good hands.

Small groups Embrace new experiences and share them with others. Like pedalling along the Panama Canal, sailing the backwaters of Kerala or exploring the temples of Bagan in Burma. Our small groups have a maximum of 16 people, so you enjoy the perfect balance between travelling on two wheels and socialising with like-minded people in the world’s most incredible destinations.

Explore Leaders Our award-winning leaders are passionate about their region. Usually leading in their home country, they’re hand-picked and trained by our UK team. Sharing their first-hand knowledge and unique insight, they ensure you make unforgettable memories in the most extraordinary destinations.

Included bike hire, E-bikes and vehicle support

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Every one of our cycling trips includes the cost of bike hire; we choose goodquality hybrid touring bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes best-suited to the terrain, and we have experienced bike mechanics on hand to resolve any problems. 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. We offer the option of electric bikes on an increasing number of our holidays. 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 KE AVA I L experience much more enjoyable. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking.


See more on two wheels A cycling holiday means you can really get under the skin of a country, go further and see more. Whether you choose a small group trip or self-guided. Small groups Sharing your adventure with likeminded travellers is all part of the small group trip experience. Our groups generally comprise of 8 to 14 people, with a maximum group size of 16 on our most popular trips.

Self-Guided Set your own pace on a self-guided cycling holiday in Europe. We’ll provide you with detailed route notes and transfer your luggage, you choose the date, your travel companions, even

what time you get started and what pace you cycle at. You’re in complete control. After all, it’s your holiday. See page 90 for more details.

Point-to-point You won’t need any other mode of transportation on a point-to-point (P2P) cycling POINT holiday. Just hop on your bike and your entire journey is made by pedal power. POINT

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Choosing your cycling holiday Our cycling trips are as much about the journey as the destination. From dense green forests to idyllic coastal vistas, challenging mountain climbs to meandering country paths, we have a cycling holiday to suit everybody, no matter your fitness level.

Cycling grades We grade our cycling holidays as easy, moderate or challenging, taking into consideration the daily distances covered, the terrain, temperature, altitude and the amount of ascent.

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Easy

Easy to Moderate

Moderate

Relatively short rides on flat or gently undulating terrain, our easy grade is ideal if you want to explore, but at a relaxed pace.

A mix of easy and moderate rides cycling through flat or gently undulating terrain with the occasional energetic ascent.

Perfect for cyclists used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs, and those who have a reasonable level of fitness.

Moderate to Challenging Combining moderate rides with challenging ones, this grade is perfect for reasonably fit cyclists who want to challenge themselves.

Challenging This grade is for longer, more demanding trips, suiting cyclists who enjoy hilly terrain, challenging ascents and offroad riding, and who have a good fitness level.

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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.


Small group experiences Countries

Trip Name

Trip Code

Days

Page

Easy Belarus

Cycle Belarus Short Break

CBE

5

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Czech Republic - Germany

Prague to Meissen by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CCZ

8

54

Finland

Cycle Finland - Turku Archipelago

CFT

7

55

France

Canal du Midi P2P

CCM

8

22

France

Loire Valley Cycling P2P | E-Bike

LV

8

24

India

Backroads of Kerala

CKB

13

66

Italy

Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice E-Bike

CDV

8

36

Italy

Puglia on Two Wheels E-Bike

CIP

8

40

Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia

Cycling the Baltic States E-Bike

CBS

9

50

Mexico

Cycle Mexico - The Yucatán Peninsula

CMX

9

88

Vietnam

Cycle Vietnam E-Bike

CVN

14

75

Vietnam - Cambodia

Mekong Delta and Angkor E-Bike

CVE

13

80

Costa Rica

Costa Rica on Two Wheels

CCR

14

87

Cuba

Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle

CSC

8

86

Italy

Cycle Western Sicily E-Bike

CSI

8

38

Italy

Cycle Tuscany - Pisa to Florence P2P

CTY

8

35

North Cyprus

Cycling North Cyprus P2P

CNC

8

44

Poland - Slovakia

Pedalling in Poland P2P | E-Bike

CPP

8

48

Easy to Moderate

Moderate Burma (Myanmar)

Cycle Burma

CBUR

14

74

Croatia

Cycle the Dalmatian Coast E-Bike

CCD

8

42

Cuba

Cycle Cuba!

CCC

15

84

France

Velo en Provence P2P | E-Bike

CVP

8

25

France - Spain

Cycle Marseille to Barcelona E-Bike

CFS

8

26

Georgia

 NEW Cycling Georgia

CGE

10

45

India

Cycle India - The Golden Triangle

CIR

10

68

Italy

 NEW Cycling in Italy – Cilento to the Amalfi Coast P2P

CAC

8

39

Italy

 NEW Cycling in Sicily – Trapani to Mount Etna

CPE

11

37

Italy

Cycle Sardinia P2P

CSD

8

34

Japan

Cycle Japan P2P | E-Bike

CJA

13

72

Jordan

Cycle Jordan

CJP

9

60

Madagascar

Cycle Madagascar

CMG

14

61

Morocco

Southern Oasis Cycling

CSO

8

58

Poland - Slovakia - Hungary

Krakow to Budapest Cycling P2P

CPI

9

47

Portugal

 NEW Cycling Portugal - Porto to Lisbon

CPL

8

32

Portugal

Cycle Portugal - Lisbon to Algarve

CAL

8

33

Romania

Cycle Romania E-Bike

CRT

8

46

South Africa

Cycle the Cape

CTC

10

62

South Korea

 NEW Cycle South Korea

CSK

11

70

Spain

Andalucía by Bike E-Bike

CSP

11

30

Spain

Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia P2P | E-Bike

CMU

7

28

Spain

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

CCDS

8

27

Sri Lanka

Cycle Sri Lanka

CSL

14

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Thailand - Burma (Myanmar)

Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon

CTB

14

73

Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam

Bangkok to Saigon by Bike

CTV

14

78

Turkey

 NEW Cycle Turkey

CTT

8

49

Vietnam

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi E-Bike

CVIE

14

76

Albania

Cycle Albania

CAB

8

53

France

Cycle the Cathar Castles P2P | E-Bike

CPC

8

21

Japan

 NEW Cycle Japan – Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea

CJH

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71

Nicaragua - Costa Rica - Panama

Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

CNCP

14

89

Spain - Portugal

Cycle Seville to Porto P2P

CEX

8

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Cycling Coast to Coast P2P | E-Bike

C2C

4

20

Moderate to Challenging

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Explore Leaders

Passionate and knowledgeable, they help bring to life and explain local traditions, cuisine and local life, so you get a sense of your destination’s unique identity. Our award-winning leaders are more than just your typical guide. They’re your local expert, your itinerary organiser and travel guru. Carefully chosen and trained by our UK team, they are passionate about their region, sharing first-hand knowledge and unique insight so you experience new cultures, authentic experiences and make unforgettable memories in the most extraordinary destinations.

Lifelong memories

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On every cycling trip, there are moments you’ll treasure forever. From pedalling alongside the waterways of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, you’ll never forget an Explore holiday. Whether you’re looking for something adventurous or a more relaxing trip, our leaders will help you find those special memories that last forever.

We know the best deserve to know they’re the best. We honour our top Explore Leaders with annual awards, recognising their hard work, passion and dedication to your holiday’s success.

Hassle-free travel Our leaders’ goal is to make sure your trip goes smoothly every step of the way. From the moment you arrive to the moment you return home, they organise all your tour logistics.

Each year we choose four winners from all of your nominations. The winners receive a cash prize and a trip to the UK to enjoy some of the sights we have to offer here. They donate 50% of their prize money to a registered charity or a local project in the area the Explore Leader works, benefitting replanting schemes, orphanages and crisis assistance centres. We use four criteria to choose our winners: local knowledge, people skills, organisational skills, and respect for local people, culture and environment. Vote for your Explore Leader by visiting explore.co.uk/leaderawards

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Accommodation 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. Simple

Premium

Usually small, family-run hostels or guesthouses which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple and bathrooms may be shared.

Hand-picked and chosen for its character, location or local importance, these properties often feature excellent facilities such as a gym or spa and a higher level of comfort. They provide the perfect wind down after an active day.

Standard Mid-range accommodation offering a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or pool. Generally rooms will have en suite facilities.

Unique places to stay

Explore the semi-desert and canyonlands of Spain’s Andalucía region on two wheels, before spending the night in the tranquil setting of your cave hotel. Andalucía by Bike - Trip code: CSP, page 30

Cycle along quiet roads through fishing villages on Japan’s Noto Peninsula, before spending the night in a Ryokan (guesthouse) and experience traditional Japanese hospitality complete with onsen (hot springs). Cycle Japan - Trip code: CJA, page 72

After a day cycling in Jordan’s vast Wadi Rum Desert, watch the sunset over the lunar-like landscape, before sitting around a campfire in a traditional Bedouin camp under the stars.

Stay with local families in casas particulares and get closer to local life in Cuba in the vibrant towns of Trinidad and Viñales. Cycle Cuba - Trip code: CCC, page 84

Cycle Jordan - Trip code: CJP, page 60

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Flights Book one of our cycling trips with flights for a completely hassle-free holiday. All you have to do is pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

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 any 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.

Upgraded flights

For your peace of mind

Fancy more legroom? Or maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion and you want a little more on your flight. For a great start (or end) to your trip, upgrade your flights to premium economy, business or first class. Just ask for a quote for upgrading when you book.

Transfers We offer complimentary transfers to help your holiday go as smoothly as possible. That way you have that extra peace of mind knowing someone’s there to pick you up. Check our website for exclusions that may apply.

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Explore benefits Your loyalty rewarded Once you travel with us, you’re part of the Explore family. To thank you for your loyalty, we offer a 5% discount on your fifth to ninth trip you book with us and 10% on your tenth and all subsequent trips. You can use this discount on all Explore small group, selfguided and private trips and you can combine it with group discounts, available for parties of six or more.

Travelling as a group? We love group travel. So if you travel with six or more people, you save 5% on all our trips. If you’re an even bigger group of 10 or more, you save 10%.

Recommend a friend Did you enjoy your holiday with us? Recommend us to a friend, and we’ll give you an extra £100 off your next trip with us. And as a little thank you, we’ll give them £50 per person off their first Explore holiday. Give us a call on 01252 884 255 or visit explore.co.uk/friend to find out more.

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What our customers say “

The trip was extremely varied with three cities explored and a fabulous week cycling round a rural peninsula where we really felt we experienced the real Japan. We learned so much about the customs and lifestyle.

Cycle Japan Susan, Scarborough | Trip code: CJA

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Very well constructed tour with a good itinerary, good accommodation and a good mixture of cycle and culture.

Great trip, well organised and well guided. Highlights were the guided tour of Prague, the visit to Konigstein Castle, the restaurants, the lovely preserved architecture all along the route.

Prague to Meissen by Bike

Cycle Seville to Porto John, London Trip code: CEX

John, Lochgilphead | Trip code: CCZ

Cycle Sri Lanka | Sue, London | Trip code: CSL

An excellent trip that went far beyond any of my expectations. Book this without hesitation. Petra, Mt Nebo and the Dead Sea were amazing and memories of these places will remain engraved in my mind.

This trip was OUTSTANDING. Our Explore Leader was simply brilliant - he could not have done more to make this trip THE most enjoyable I have ever experienced.

Cycle Jordan Explore Traveller, London | Trip code: CJP

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Ask the experts We are passionate about travel and adventure and we pride ourselves on our expertise. Our knowledgeable team of Cycling experts who create our two wheeled adventures bring you the answers to your questions…

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Will I be fit enough?

A While it is an active holiday, you won’t be racing from

place to place. We grade our cycling trips from easy; with flatter, shorter rides and plenty of rest-stops, ideal for active first timers or new cyclists; to challenging rides with more time in the saddle and more hill-climbs. On most trips a support vehicle will be nearby to provide back-up if needed. We stop and regroup along the ride regularly and rest breaks vary but should be about every hour. If in any doubt choose a grade within your comfort zone and it is worth doing some James Adkin, training rides leading up to the holiday. Cycling Programme Manager

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Is a group cycling trip for me?

A Small group cycling trips provide the ideal

opportunity to get up close and personal to a destination and those who live in it. It isn’t a race and wherever possible people have the freedom to ride at their own pace, regularly regrouping for rest stops or to visit local sites. On sections where there is more traffic or complicated directions the leader will keep the group riding closer together. Hannah Owen, Specialist Travel Consultant

If it’s a cycling trip, how much sightseeing will I get to do?

A Our itineraries are designed to be active and take in the ‘must-see’ highlights in the area you

are visiting. Our easy grade trips spend 2-4 hours in the saddle, giving you more free time so you can experience more of the sights. Moderate (4-6 hours) and challenging (6 hours +) grade trips inevitably spend longer in the saddle and focus more on the cycling. Ali Butler, Cycling Programme Manager

Photo competition WIN £250

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. To enter, simply email your photos as attachments to marketing@explore.co.uk to be in with a chance of winning. For full details and terms and conditions please visit explore.co.uk/calendar

Get Social Everybody loves to share their holiday stories and pictures, so why not share yours with us - we’d love to hear from you. Tag or mention us in your posts so we can share in your incredible adventures.

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Responsible travel

We care about the destinations we visit and are committed to enriching the lives of the local people we meet along the way. Whether it’s getting under the skin of the culture, engaging with the communities who live there or helping to protect the animals we see and their natural environments, we aim to leave only footprints and take only memories.

Community

Environment We work together with our Explore Leaders to ensure we have a positive impact on the places we visit. From kickstarting small, self-sustaining businesses, such as vertical vegetable gardens in Cambodia, to raising funds to provide basic sanitation to families in Asia or farming tools to families in Africa; we’re committed to supporting sustainable economic growth within the communities we visit.

We’re proud to partner with Cool Earth as our carbon offsetting initiative helping to protect 937 acres of rainforest and 225,000 trees. New this year, we are now working with Water-to-Go to offer our customers 15% discount on filter bottles which provide safe drinking water worldwide, therefore reducing the number of plastic bottles used on our trips. On top of that, another 15% from every bottle purchased goes back to Explore’s Start-Up Fund.

Education Education is the key to a sustainable and responsible tourism industry. We work with the University of Surrey, lecturing Travel, Tourism and Hospitality students on a number of topics relating to running a tour operator, as well as supporting with work experience placements and post-graduation job opportunities. We’re also proud to partner with the German government on an initiative which aims to develop staff, at all levels, within the tourism industry in a selection of countries, including Macedonia and Georgia. By sharing our skills and knowledge of risk management, we’re improving the health and safety standards for visiting travellers.

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15% Discount on all Water-to-Go products Travel responsibly and ensure you have a reliable and safe source of drinking water on your travels while helping the environment. Visit explore.co.uk/water-to-go to find out more.

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Caring for ourPlaNet planet CarIngfor for our caring planet

£3,000

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DONATED TO MORE THAN 20 DIFFERENT CHARITIES

DONATED TO THE CLEAN WATER PROJECT

18 CALVES AND 3 COWS

and projects all over the world

in Kenya to help provide 150 water filters

£37,000

gifted to families in Africa with our partnering charity Send a Cow

12 MONTHS OF GIVING

£4,000 DONATED

225,000 TREES PROTECTED AGAINST DEFORESTATION

to local schools, hospitals and charities by our staff raised through cake sales, raffles and doughnut deliveries

in the Amazon Rainforest through our carbon offsetting initiative with Cool Earth

4 ASIAN ELEPHANTS

FOR EVERY

WATER-TO-GO

SAVED FROM A LIFE OF WORKING

filter purchased using the 15% discount code, the use of 400 plastic bottles is avoided

in tourism camps and now living wild in forest homes protected by Mahouts Elephant Foundation supported by annual donations from Explore

OVER £6,000

THE GREEN ENERGY PRODUCED BY OUR HQ ROOFTOP SOLAR PANELS

in 2017/18 is the equivalent of planting 72 trees

RAISED SINCE PARTNERING

with charity Toilet Twinning in 2014, providing 110 toilets to families around the world without access to basic sanitation

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What’s new?

We’re always working hard to find new destinations to visit and new experiences to have in the saddle. From riding through the natural beauty of Cilento National Park in Italy’s rural Campania with an iconic hike on the Amalfi Coast, or cycling around Japan’s Inland Sea to Hiroshima, there is a whole world waiting to be explored. If your are in search of something new, want to meet the locals, be amazed by vast landscapes or indulge in the local cuisine; we have exciting routes to take in your surroundings from the saddle. See below for a few highlights of our latest additions and where you could be exploring next.

Cycling in Georgia

Cycle South Korea

Explore untouched Georgia on rides between ancient Silk Road towns and into the fascinating Kakheti wine region.

Discover the lesser-known volcanic island of Jeju and its unspoilt villages by bike before heading to the modern metropolis of Seoul.

Trip code: CGE, see page 45

Trip code: CSK, see page 70

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Cycling Portugal Porto to Lisbon

Cycle between Porto and Lisbon and take in historical towns, dramatic coastlines and delicious seafood cuisine.

Cycle Turkey Experience Turkish life through the food and people while cycling on beautiful mountains roads to the Turquoise Coast. Trip code: CTT, see page 49

Trip code: CPL, see page 32

Cycling in Sicily Trapani to Mount Etna

Discover ancient Greek temples, typical fishing villages, Baroque masterpieces and the imposing Mount Etna. Trip code: CPE, see page 37

Cycle Japan -

Cycling in Italy -

Follow the picturesque Inland Sea’s cycle ways and visit historic and traditional Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Explore the pristine beauty and traditional villages of Cilento National Park by bike and hike the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ on the Amalfi Coast. Trip code: CAC, see page 39

Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea

Cilento to the Amalfi Coast

Trip code: CJH, see page 71

New self-guided trips

SELFGUIDED SEE PAGE

90 To give you even more options we’ve added some inspiring destinations to our self-guided trips to tempt you to explore further on two wheels. Cycle past crystal clear waters and discover Roman ruins in Sardinia or take in the Marsala salt pans and quiet country roads in Sicily. Not forgetting the usual culinary delights and friendly locals to be encountered along the way – see page 90 for more details.

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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast - Trip code: CCD

Cycle Southern Spain - Trip code: CMU

Puglia on Two Wheels - Trip code: CIP

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Cycling the Baltic States - Trip code: CBS


Europe Take to two wheels in Europe and discover historic paths, coastal trails and beautiful valleys, all accompanied by delicious local food and wine. Just a short flight away and offering something for every cyclist, Europe is the perfect spot for your next twowheeled adventure. Whether gentle rides on the quiet cycle paths of the Baltic States are up your street, cycling through historic towns and past medieval castles, or you’re after the thrill of Albania’s fresh mountain air and spectacular scenery – cycling is the perfect way to take in all that Europe has to offer.

•D  iscover warm hospitality and delicious food and wine on a cycle ride through little-known Georgia in the Caucasus. (Trip code: CGE, page 45) • C  ycle through the hills of ancient Lycia to Turkey’s inviting Turquoise Coast. (Trip code: CTT, page 49) • U  ncover a different side to Europe on a short cycle break in former Soviet Belarus. (Trip code: CBE, page 52)

Insider View “For me the real highlights of cycling in Europe are the lesser-known regions. I loved pedalling in the foothills of the Transylvania Alps in Romania and along the stunning Adriatic coast in Albania as well as traversing the untouched Karpaz peninsular in North Cyprus. Refuelling on delicious local cuisines like a plate of simple fresh pasta in Italy or grilled prawns in Northern Spain is a wonderful guilt-free treat and usually best enjoyed with a cold drink to wash it down.” Ali Butler Product Team

Albania 53

France

Belarus 52

Georgia 45

Poland

47-48

Croatia

Germany

Portugal

31-33

42-43

21-26 54

North Cyprus

44

Czech Republic

54

Hungary 47

Romania 46

England

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Italy

34-41

Slovakia 47-48

Estonia

50-51

Latvia

50-51

Spain

Finland

55

Lithuania 50-51

26-31

Turkey 49

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EUROPE

Cycling Coast to Coast ENGLAND

FROM

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. Discover the dramatic beauty of the Lake District, Eden Valley and the rugged North Pennines.

£425 TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: C2C CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel. 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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POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

86km

Day 3

54km

Day 4

85km

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NORTH SEA e Newcastle upon Tyne Tynemouth

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Solway Firth

Greystoke

Keswick

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WHITEHAVEN CUMBRIAN MOUNTAINS

IRISH SEA

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Join trip in Whitehaven on the Irish Sea.

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

Cross the North Pennines by pedal power.

Cycle to Tynemouth on the North Sea, where the trip ends.

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EUROPE

Cycle the Cathar Castles FRANCE

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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. 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.

£999 £845

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 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.

POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

43km

Day 3

58km

Day 4

40/83km

Day 5

96km

Day 6

46km

Day 7

34/68km

FRANCE

Chãteau de Lastours

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

Rennes-les-Bains (hot springs)

Optional Rides

Bike ride around Leucate Sea Lake

SOUGRAIGNE

Combine your trip

PERPIGNAN

This trip can be combined with our Canal du Midi trip to make a two-week holiday. See page 22.

Collioure

Trip code: CCM

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Join trip in Carcassonne. Evening walking tour of the fortified medieval citadel.

Circular cycle ride to the Cathar Castles of Lastours, including a stretch of the Canal du Midi.

Ride south into the Corbières hills. Try sparkling wine in Limoux and bathe in healing hot springs.

Optional loop ride to Puivert’s Château 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.

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Our Top Pick “While the Canal du Midi itself provides the ‘backbone’ of this trip, this is not just about cycling along a waterway. Each of the cities where we stay has a unique history, wonderful architecture and, of course, markets with great fresh local produce. By leaving the canal path, we are able to cycle though sleepy villages, vineyards and forests therefore, experiencing the Canal du Midi and much more.” Carol Perryman Explore Leader

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“I just loved the countryside and getting to see some of rural France. I liked the chance to visit out of the way places - Lastours was fantastic. Stopping for coffee in the villages was great, as was the chance to sample French cuisine.” David, Hampshire “Excellent trip with a lovely group. There was flexibility in the itinerary so we had choices about the length of rides and free time. The scenery was wonderful and our Explore Leader had plenty of information about the locations.” Veronica, Liverpool

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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

Cycling part of the tree-lined path along the Canal du Midi, this trip leads us from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast.

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Ride through the natural beauty of the Corbières region and absorb the rich history, from the 12th century cathedral in Narbonne to the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne.

• Ride through picturesque landscapes and historic villages

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• Sample regional delicacies and excellent local wines

£1170

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£965

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: CCM CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

Villepinte Optional rides

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Château de Lastours

Minerve

Optional swim Jouarres

Bram

Canal du Midi

CARCASSONNE

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BÉZIERS Oppidium d’Ensérun

Étang de Thau 9 Locks of Fonserannes

Valras Plage

NARBONNE

LEZIGNANCORBIÈRES

Narbonne Plage Optional rides Mediterranean Étang de Sea Peyriac Bages

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

45km

Day 3

35km

Day 4

30/46km

Day 5

56km

Day 6

55km

Day 7

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Join trip at Carcassonne Airport then drive to historic Béziers.

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

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.

Optional Rides

Combine your trip This trip can be combined with Cycle the Cathar Castles for a two week cycling holiday in France. See page 21. Trip code: CPC

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Loire Valley Cycling FRANCE

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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 Chenonceaux to Chinon. Explore the medieval chateau perched on an island in Azay-le-Rideau, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s final home at Clos Lucé and discover the elegant Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou.

£1379 £930

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: LV CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 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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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

30/40km

Day 4

54km

Day 5

38km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

43km

From/To Lille

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CHENONCEAUX Château de Chenonceau

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Villandry Gardens Ussé

AMBOISE e

Loir

Tours

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Fontevraud Abbey

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Join trip in Chenonceaux.

Optional rides to the 17th century château of Gué-Péan or to one of the local vineyards.

Cycle the tranquil forest and pretty villages to Amboise. Cycle south along waterways and country lanes.

Ride along country lanes and beside the river Indre to the elegant town of Azay-le-Rideau.

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

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Cycle to medieval Chinon, passing Château d’Ussé the 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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Velo en Provence FRANCE 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 ancient bories (stone houses) in the Luberon and Roman ruins in Orange and St-Rémy-de-Provence; perhaps stopping to visit the region’s elegant Romanesque abbeys or to enjoy mouth-watering Provençal cuisine and local wines.

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£1129 £890

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Optional single rooms are available from £300 TRIP CODE: CVP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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35/66km

Day 3

47/70km

Day 4

20/48/76/80km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

55/66km

Day 7

41km

FRANCE

Train from/to London via Lille & Avignon

DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL Seguret Camaret sur Aigues

ORANGE Caderouse Châteauneuf-Du-Pape wine tasting

CARPENTRAS

PROVENCE

Optional Rides

Avignon (optional visit)

Malaucène

Gigondas Mt. Ventoux Vacqueras Bédoin Caromb

Pernes

Venasque

Le Thor Gordes Fontaine-deVaucluse

ST-RÉMY-DE -PROVENCE Les Baux

LUBERON

DES ALPILLES

Durance

optional Fontvieille ride

Optional challenging rides

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

Circular ride south to Châteauneufdu-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-Rémy-deProvence, 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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Cycle Marseille to Barcelona FRANCE - SPAIN

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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 ruins and the inviting beaches of Catalunya. We also travel by train and bus to cycle the most interesting sections between the historic port cities of Marseille and Barcelona.

£1299 £1099

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Optional single rooms are available from £220 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. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

31km

Day 3

87km

Day 4

51km

Day 5

50km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

50km

FRANCE

SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER Camargue N.P

Béziers

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MARSEILLE Panier district Old Port

Canal du Midi

COLLIOURE

Mediterranean Sea

FIGUERES

Dali Museum

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TORROELLA DE MONTGRI

Empuries Greek ruins Sant Feliu de Guixols

BARCELONA

Gaudi Modernist Architecture

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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, Sète.

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

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

Cycle through rolling hills of the Empordà 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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Cycle the Camino de Santiago SPAIN

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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.

£1175 £945

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 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 Day 3

48km

Day 4

38/71km

Day 5

36km

Day 6

62km

Day 7

48km

Bay of Biscay

ATLANTIC OCEAN La Coruna Airport

51km

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

SPAIN

ARZUA Triacastela

PORTOMARÍN SAMOS

O’Cebreiro

Villafranca del Bierzo

Optional Rides

MOLINASECA

LEÓN

Cruz de ASTORGA

Santovenia

Ferro

Madrid

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Join trip at Madrid Airport and drive north to historic León.

Start the camino with a cycle ride 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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Our Top Pick “Murcia is Spain’s kitchen garden and its best kept secret. After getting on a bike to explore the region for the first time, I started raving to everyone within whatsapp-reach. How green the inland, how rich the cultural heritage, how genuinely Spanish the villages and people and how tasty the fruit! In spring the valleys are covered in a huge pink blanket of apricot blossom; absolutely magical.” Maria Local Expert

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“What a wonderful way to spend a week in January! A wonderful area of Spain, cycling through areas of almond, peach, pear, olive, orange and lemon groves. We were very fortunate with the weather, blue skies and warm temperatures. The bikes were excellent.” Frances, Shropshire “This was my first experience of an organised cycling holiday. I was most impressed with the itinerary, comfortable hotels and the expertise of a dedicated Explore Leader. A wonderful holiday – thoroughly enjoyed.” Gerald, New Romney Independently verified reviews


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Cycle Southern Spain – Murcia SPAIN

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• Ride along scenic, quiet backroads and cycle paths

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On this cycling adventure in southern Spain we discover Murcia’s white-washed villages, Moorish towers, endless orchards and ancient irrigation channels in 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.

• Reward yourself with delicious Spanish food and wine

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• Discover white-washed Spanish villages in the Ricote Valley

£870

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£730

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Optional single rooms are available from £150

MURCIA

TRIP CODE: CMU CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel.

CALASPARRA Moratalla

MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Bergamont Horizon hybrid bikes with front suspension.

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

18km

Day 2

39km

Day 3

45km

Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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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.

Optional Rides

A circular bike Cycle on ‘via Ride along Complete our route from verde’ cycle path peaceful country circuit with a Caravaca past to Calasparra via roads past cycle through historic irrigation the 15th century almond and the deep and channels, elm fortress in apricot orchards scenic Ricote groves and tiny Moratalla. to the lively Valley back into villages. town of Cieza. Murcia.

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Andalucía by Bike SPAIN

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Andalucía as we explore the region by bike. We cycle on quiet backroads with changing 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.

£1549 11 DAYS £1399 11 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: CSP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant Lite hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

31km

Day 3

34km

Day 4 Day 5

55km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

43km

Day 8

40km

CORDOBA

La Mezquita

SPAIN

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39km

Ecija

SEVILLE

Canyons and desert

GRANADA Alhambra

Cathedral

Puerto Serrano

GUADIX La Peza

Olvera

La Calahorra Alhama de Granada

RONDA

Velez-Malaga

Gaucín

MALAGA TARIFA

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Join trip in Malaga.

Cycle through rolling countryside to Ronda, dramatically perched high above El Tajo gorge.

Explore the historic town of Ronda. Cycle on a converted railway cycle path towards Seville.

Rest day in beautiful Seville and chance to visit the remarkable Alcazar Moorish palace.

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

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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Mediterranean Sea

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Cycle Seville to Porto SPAIN - PORTUGAL

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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.

£1359 £1145

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Optional single rooms are available from £255 TRIP CODE: CEX CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Premium 5 nights premium hotel and 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. POINT

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

72km

Day 3

87km

Day 4

82km

Day 5

77km

Day 6

75km

Ermesinde

PORTO

Port wine tasting

Douro Valley train ride Pocinho

ALDEA DEL OBISPO

Atlantic Ocean

SAN MARTIN DE TREVEJO ALCANTARA MARVÃO

PORTUGAL ELVAS

SPAIN

SEVILLE

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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 the medieval hilltop village of Marvão.

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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Cycling Portugal – Porto to Lisbon PORTUGAL

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A cycle journey between the great cities of Porto and Lisbon, taking in the cultural highlights and natural beauty of central Portugal. Our first two scenic bike rides head inland up the Douro Valley and down the Dão cycle path to the oldest university town of Coimbra. After a train journey to Aveiro – the ‘Venice’ of Portugal – we spend the next three days following the beautiful Atlantic Coast past inviting beaches and typical fishing towns. Along the way we can reward and refuel our rides with excellent fish and seafood dishes, as well as local wines.

£1295 £1075

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: CPL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant or similar hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Pala

Douro Valley cycle ride Peso da Régua

Day 2

47km

Day 3

49km

Day 4

78km

Day 5

48km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

43km

PORTO VISEU Aveiro ‘Portuguese Venice’

Atlantic Ocean

Dão cycle and walking path

COIMBRA FIGUEIRA DA FOZ

Optional Rides

PORTUGAL Nazare

FOZ DO ARELHO

Alcobaça Obidos Optional visit by bike or taxi

Peniche

LISBON

Optional Fado

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Join trip in Porto.

Cycle ride up the scenic Douro Valley on quiet roads to Peso da Régua.

Ride the Ecopista Dão cycle path with a downhill bias. Drive to university town of Coimbra.

Train ride to Aveiro – the Portuguese ‘Venice’. Cycle on coastal plains to Figueira da Foz.

Drive to historic Alcobaça. Scenic coastal cycling via Nazaré to Foz do Arelho.

Free day. Relax on the beach or visit charming walled town of Óbidos.

Coastal ride to traditional fishing port of Peniche. Drive to Lisbon for the final night.

Trip ends in Lisbon.

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Cycle Portugal – Lisbon to Algarve PORTUGAL

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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.

£1099 £899

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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.

DAILY DISTANCES Sintra

Day 3

59km

Day 4

35km

Trafaria

Day 5

27km

Lagoa de Albufeira

Day 6

66km

Day 7

61km

LISBON

Cape Espichel Lighthouse

SETÚBAL

Arrabida Natural Park

SESIMBRA

PORTUGAL

Sines

ATLANTIC OCEAN

VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES

Costa Vicentina Natural Park

ALJEZUR Cape São Vicente Lighthouse

SAGRES

Faro

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Join trip in Lisbon.

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 Setúbal.

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 São Vicente lighthouse.

Trip ends at Faro Airport.

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Cycle Sardinia ITALY

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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.

£1259 £1099

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Optional single rooms are available from £155 TRIP CODE: CSD CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 30 gear custom hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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SEE PAGE 99

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

53km

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

Pula

TEULADA

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Join trip at our agriturismo.

A beautifully wild and scenic loop route via Piscinas beach.

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

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

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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Cycle Tuscany – Pisa to Florence ITALY

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We discover the ever-changing 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 in the Renaissance city of Florence.

£1199 £999

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Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CTY CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 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. SELFGUIDED

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

37km

Day 5

48km

Day 6

42km

Day 7

52km Medieval Walled Town

LUCCA

Optional Rides

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Leonardo’s birthplace

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Leaning Tower, Campo del Miracoli

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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 the beautiful Tuscan countryside surrounding Lucca, past Renaissance villas.

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

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

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

Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice ITALY

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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 the lake 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.

£1529 £1299

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Optional single rooms are available from £245 TRIP CODE: CDV CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear custom hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SELFGUIDED SEE PAGE 100

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

42km

Day 5

29km

Day 6

35km

MERANO BOLZANO Caldaro Ora

RIVA DEL GARDA

TRENTO

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Lake Garda

MESTRE

Bardolino

VERONA

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

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

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Venice Guided tour

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

Soave

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Cycling in Sicily – Trapani to Mount Etna ITALY

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On this extraordinary traverse of Sicily by bike and bus, we explore the diversity of the largest Mediterranean island. Starting in Trapani we cycle along a ruggedly beautiful coastline, discovering traditional fishing ports, fascinating ancient ruins and inviting beaches. Further east, we strike inland and ride between beautiful Baroque towns, culminating our journey with a ride around the flanks of Mount Etna. As well as the wealth of historical and cultural sights, Sicily impresses with picturesque landscapes and some of Italy’s finest food and wine.

£1745 11 DAYS £1499 11 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

68km

Day 3

45km

Day 4

52km Mt Etna (Optional ascent)

Day 5 Day 6

35km

Day 7

51km

Palermo Airport

TRAPANI Marsala

Day 8 Day 9

MAZARA DEL VALLO

57km

Malletto

SCIACCA

SICILY

Selinunte

PORTO EMPEDOCLE Agrigento Valley of the Temples (optional)

Taormina (optional)

MASCALI Catania airport

Palazzolo Acreide

Ancient Syracuse (optional)

RAGUSA Modica

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Join trip in busy port town of Trapani, with Spanishfounded 12th century old quarter.

Cycle through salt pans to Marsala (optional wine tasting). Coastal riding to Mazara del Vallo.

Coastal ride to Selinunte, visit the Greek archaeological site. Drive to Sciacca historic port.

Coastal and hinterland ride to a wonderful beach near Heraclea Minoa. Cycle to Agrigento.

Free day. Optional visit to impressive Valley of the Temples. Walk to Scala dei Turchi cliffs.

Drive into hilly interior to medieval Palazzolo Acreide. Cycle to the Baroque pearl of Ragusa.

Cycle to Modica to explore and chocolate tasting. Ride to beautiful Scicli and drive onto Noto.

Free day. Optional visit to the remarkable ancient Greek capital of Syracuse and Ortygia Island.

A spectacular bike ride around the northern flanks of Mount Etna from Malletto to the sea.

Free day. Optional ascent of Mount Etna or stroll through nearby Taormina.

Trip ends in Mascali.

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Cycle Western Sicily ITALY

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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.

£1449 £1199

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: CSI CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Atala Discovery hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. SELFGUIDED SEE PAGE 98

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

25km

Day 4

52km

Day 5

34km

Day 6

33km

Day 7

23km TRAPANI

Erice Optional cable car

Favignana Island Mozia Island Phoenician remains

MARSALA

PALERMO Segesta

BRUCA

SICILY

Wine tasting

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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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Cycling in Italy – Cilento to the Amalfi Coast ITALY

On this active adventure through Campania we cycle the dramatic coastline, fishing villages and rugged interior of Cilento National Park and trek on the Amalfi Coast. Riding off the beaten track, along secondary roads towards mountain hamlets, we discover the unspoilt nature and beauty of Cilento. We visit Greek archaeological sites at Velia and Paestum and sample local delicacies including mozzarella di bufala and Cilento wines. After our five day ride, we discover the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast on the ‘Walk of the Gods’ and a cruise to Amalfi.

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£1495 £1229

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CAC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 8 Breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Atala Planet mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

54km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

48km

Day 5

60km

Day 6 Day 7

ITALY

Naples Airport

Naples Airport Bomerano

Gulf of Naples

25/50km

MINORI

Positano

13km

WALK

Amalfi Coast & Cilento

Amalfi

ITALY

‘Walk of the Gods’

Optional Rides Paestum Greek Temple

AGROPOLI

Cilento National Park

Tyrrhenian Sea Velia

MARINA DI ASCEA

SAN SEVERINO

Palinuro

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Join trip at Naples Airport. Drive to San Severino in Cilento National Park.

Loop ride around Mount Bulgheria into the rugged interior with superb views of the coastline looking south.

A linear ride along the jagged coastline to Marina di Ascea. Learn about and try traditional Cilento dried, white figs.

Another loop ride with superb panoramic views; through olive groves, chestnut forests and charming villages. Visit ancient Greek Velia.

We ride north following the coast through the fishing villages of Pioppi and Acciaroli to Agropoli. Cilento wine tasting.

Visit Greek temples and forum of Paestum before our final loop ride with a mozzarella farm visit.

Enjoy the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast on the ‘Walk of the Gods’ and a cruise to Amalfi.

Trip ends in Naples Airport.

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“This trip was a lovely balance of cycling, sightseeing, culture and food. The towns and villages we visited were beautiful with old cobbled piazzas and stunning architecture. Matero was amazing with all the houses built into caves. Our guide took us to fantastic restaurants where we tried all the local specialities. The visits to a bakers, winery, organic farm and olive factory were great stop offs along our cycling routes.”

“Great cycling in lovely countryside – olive groves, farmland, woods, beautiful old towns – plus the Adriatic Sea at the conclusion of the trip. The rides are easy, and the distances not long – the day is full of interesting sights and meetings with local people. The food is great too!” Dorothy, East Lothian

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Puglia on Two Wheels ITALY

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• Discover one of Europe’s oldest settlements in Matera with Sassi cave dwellings

• Try local delicacies such as primitivo wine, mozzarella di bufala and fresh antipasti

Cycling along quiet provincial roads, we discover the ‘heel’ of Italy in the sun-drenched 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, white-washed 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.

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• Explore the white-washed towns of Monopoli and Alberobello with its fairytalelike trulli dwellings

£1399

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£1199

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local bakery visit

Alta Murgia National Park

BIKE: 21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

53km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

33km

Day 5

44/10km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

45km

ALBEROBELLO

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

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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 wine tasting. Trip ends at Bari Airport.

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

Cycle through Ride across Cycle past olive Alta Murgia wide open vistas groves to the National Park under blue skies distinctive dry from UNESCO to the unique stone conical Monte castle. troglodyte trulli buildings settlement of of Alberobello. Matera.

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Egnazia Bronze-age site

ITALY

San Giuliano Lake

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MONOPOLI ALTAMURA

MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Optional Rides

ADRIATIC SEA

Bari Airport 13th century castle

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Our Top Pick “This cycling tour is my absolute favourite! Scents of lavender, the sea and pine trees in the air... Every ascent comes with a priceless reward: phenomenal scenery. Cycling through vineyards, lavander fields and olive trees. In addition, you truly get to enjoy traditional cuisine and wines from the islands and swim in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean... What more can you ask for? Explore the Dalmatian coast in the best way possible, from a saddle.” Milan Mitic Explore Leader

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“This trip exceeded our expectations. Croatia is an amazingly beautiful country. We loved all the breaks that were built in each day, including coffee and lunch breaks at wonderful local places, swim breaks, wine tastings, and time to just walk around.” Marne, USA “Fantastic trip – highlights were the longer cycles on Hvar and Korcula with incredible scenery and the challenging hills so it felt like a great achievement at the end of those days. Plus the great company of the Explore Leader.” Andi, Newtownands Independently verified reviews


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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast CROATIA

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• Explore the coastal plains and breathtaking valleys of Dalmatia by bike

• Discover the historic heart of one of the region’s oldest cities in Split

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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• Cycle around Hvar, one of Croatia’s scenic gems

£1179

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£995

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Optional single rooms are available from £195 TRIP CODE: CCD KASTLE KAMBELOVAC

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

Sightseeing Split

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

STARI GRAD

MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

HVAR

BIKE: 21 gear Polar or Mirage hybrid bike.

CROATIA

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

KORCULA

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DUBROVNIK

Cavtat

SELFGUIDED SEE PAGE 107

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

34km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

10km

Day 5

70km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

40km

Optional Rides

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Join trip in the coastal town of Kastel Kambelovac.

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

Cycle the old streets and abandoned villages on the beautiful island of Hvar.

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

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

Morning ferry to Orebić. 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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Cycling North Cyprus NORTH CYPRUS

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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 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 and delicious food on an island that typically has 340 days of sunshine a year.

£1099 £835

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Optional single rooms are available from £165 TRIP CODE: CNC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 26 gear Marlin Trek mountain bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12km

Day 3

50km

Day 4

52km

Day 5

25/47km

Day 6

48km

Day 7

38km

Aphendrika

Andreas Monastery

Aylos Phllon Karpaz Gate Marina

KYRENIA

Kantara Castle

Cape Andreas

DIPKARPAZ Eleousa Monastery

Turtle beach

Zimyamet

Optional Rides

BOGAZ

NORTH CYPRUS

Ancient Salamis

FAMAGUSTA

Larnaca Airport

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Join trip in Famagusta.

Orientation ride round Famagusta. Explore the old town and its Venetian fortifications.

Cycle to ancient Salamis, then on to the fishing village of Bogaz.

Pedal across the Karpaz peninsula to Karpaz Gate Marina.

Follow the North coast then cycle inland to Dipkarpaz.

Ride through Karpaz National Park to Golden Beach and Cape Andreas.

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

Trip ends in Kyrenia.

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Cycling in Georgia GEORGIA

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A cycling adventure in the Caucasus – a land steeped in history that straddles two continents. Travelling by bus and bike, we discover a proud and welcoming people emerging from the shadows of the Soviet Bloc. We cycle to ancient Silk Road cave towns, past castles and into the wine producing region of Kakheti. Experience Georgian hospitality with a hosted lunch, visits to local farms, vineyards and delicious traditional homecooked food in guesthouses. All toasted with plenty of wine in the Georgian way!

£1635 10 DAYS £1275 10 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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Optional single rooms are available from £225 TRIP CODE: CGE CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners. BIKE: 21-24 gear mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

45km

Day 4

65km

Day 5

35km

Day 6

65km

Day 7

25km

Day 8

28km

GEORGIA

TELAVI

Food market

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Gremi fort

KVARELI

Wine tasting

Mtskheta ancient capital

TBILISI

AKHALTSIKHE Rabati Castle

Gavazi walnut sweet making

Gombori Pass

Velistsikhe wine tasting

Tsalka

AKHALKALAKI VARDZIA

AZERBAIJAN

Cave town

ARMENIA

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Join trip in Tbilisi.

Explore Old Tbilisi on foot. Afternoon cable car ride to Narika Fort and the sulphur baths.

Visit the ancient capital Mtskheta. Cycle to the great Silk Road cave town of Uplistsikhe.

Ride from Akhaltsikhe to the ancient cave town of Vardzia which is cut into the side of the mountain.

Scenic cycle amid mountain foothills and through a gorge via Khertvisi fortress to Akhalkalaki.

Pedal past Lake Paravani and across Georgian ‘Siberia’. Continue by bus back to Tbilisi.

Cycle over Gombori Pass into the Kakheti wine region – rich with history and culture.

Ride past green fields and vineyards. Sample local wines, learn about Qvevri and try Chacha.

Cycle past vineyards. Visit family farm for typical Georgian sweet making. Family hosted lunch.

Trip ends in Tbilisi.

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Cycle Romania ROMANIA

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On this cycling holiday in Romania we discover beautiful countryside, experience local hospitality and explore historic towns. We get far 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 to the foot of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, visit the medieval castles of Peles and Bran, as well as the Libearty Bear Sanctuary.

£1225 £939

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Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: CRT CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard guest house. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Merida or B’TWIN mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

23km

Day 3

55km 53km

Day 5

55km

Day 6

38km

Day 7

74km

SIGHISOARA

N HIA AT INS RP TA CA OUN M

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UNESCO listed Medieval town

DEALU FRUMOS Agnita Carta

SIBIU

BUCIUM

Historic town

ARPASU Talmaciu

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Bran castle

MOIECIU

CHEILE GRADISTEI

Peles castle

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

ROMANIA BUCHAREST

BULGARIA

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Visit Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Cycle through Piatra Craiului National Park.

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

Cycle to the foot of the Cindrel Mountains. Stroll through medieval Sibiu.

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.

Join trip at Bucharest Airport, drive to Moieciu.

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

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Krakow to Budapest Cycling POLAND - SLOVAKIA - HUNGARY This Central European cycling holiday encompasses three countries through a variety of landscapes and historical regions; from the alpine Tatra 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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£1059 £850

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Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: CPI CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24-27 gear Unibike Voyager, Cross Trans or B-Twin hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

17km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

60km

Day 6

60km

Day 7

58km

POLAND KRAKOW CZECH REP.

Tatranská Lominica

Kežmarok Historic town

SLOVAKIA

Levoca UNESCO Walled town

PLEJSY Košice

Sátoraljaújhely Tokaj

HUNGARY BUDAPEST

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Join trip in Krakow. Afternoon cycle ride.

Drive to Tatranská Lomnica in Slovakia. Cycle mostly downhill to historic Kežmarok.

Cycle to Hradisko Village, along the ridge and downhill to the 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 a 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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£970

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Poland is an ideal location for a cycle holiday. Meander 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.

£760

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8

Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: CPP CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 24-27 gear Unibike Voyager, Cross Trans or B-Twin hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

54km

Day 3

38km

Day 4

24km

18km

Day 7

20km

najec Black Du

Łopuszna

Bialka Gorge

Niedzica Reservoir Dunajec NIEDZICA Gorge th 14 Century Castle

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Bialk

White Dunajec

Funicular to Gubałowka 1120m

Zabrzez

Debno Church

PSZCZYNA MOOR Chochołów Wooden Village

POLAND

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Kacwin

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52km

Day 6

Nowy Sącz

Stary Sącz Pop

Day 5

To KRAKOW & city cycle tour

From Krakow Airport

B MO ESKID UNT ‘Green AIN Dunajec S Gorge’

Cervený Kláštor Museum

RYTRO

Old feudal village

SZCZAWNICA

Spa town ‘Pieniny Way’

SLOVAKIA

ZAKOPANE

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

Cable car and cycle via Chochołów to historic Łopuszna.

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 Sącz by bike before driving to Krakow.

Cycling tour of Krakow Old Town and the local area.

Trip ends in Krakow.

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Cycle Turkey TURKEY

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Cycle with us through farmland, hills and forests as we travel along Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast. Cycle along the shores of Lake Köycegiz, visit hillside villages and relax on the golden sands of Patara Beach. We also take a boat cruise across Fethiye Bay, visit the ancient sites of Patara and Xanthos and savour the fresh local food.

£999 £645

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Optional single rooms are available from £125 TRIP CODE: CTT CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel and 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 24 gear Sedona mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Lake Köycegiz

Day 2

35km

Day 3

40km

Sultaniye

Day 4

33km

DALYAN

Day 5

29km

Day 6

45km

Day 7

42km

Optional tour Kaunos, Iztuzu beach

TURKEY Göcek

Dalaman

FETHİYE Gökben Tlos Minare

SAKLİKENT

Arsaköy

SÜTLEGEN

Islamlar Xanthos

MEDITERRANEAN SEA PATARA

Optional beach and ruins

Kalkan

KAS

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Join trip in Dalyan.

Cycle and river taxi to the hot springs of Sultaniye. Ride along the shores of Lake Köycegiz.

Ride along country roads to the fertile plain of Dalaman. Private boat from Göcek Bay to Fethiye.

Ride through the hills to Sütlegen. Visit ancient Tlos with views over the Xanthos Valley.

Descend through Cedar forests to Patara. Visit the ancient site of Xanthos en route.

Ride along the Turquoise Coast to Kas. There will be a chance to swim during the ride.

Trip ends at Dalaman Airport.

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Visit Telmessos on foot. Drive to Gökben and then to Saklikent. Lunch in a village house in Minare.

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Our Top Pick “Cycling the Baltic States was my first trip into Eastern Europe and won’t be my last! There was great variety from the three grand capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the endless forested plains and undeveloped coastlines. One of my highlights was learning so much more about what life was like on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Not forgetting the superb local beers of course!” James Adkin Product Team

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“Biking the Baltic countries was a fantastic experience, far exceeding my expectations. It had it all – biking on lovely safe bike paths through beautiful countryside, along the coast with huge sand dunes and through national parks.” Gunilla, Chichester “The trip was excellent with very good cycle rides balanced with cultural walks led by an extremely knowledgeable and all-round superb Explore Leader. The group was a very good mix of people with good fun had by all.” Susan, UK Independently verified reviews


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Cycling the Baltic States LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA

Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

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• Explore three Baltic capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

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• Cycle the rural Baltics in the Curonian lagoon and Lahemaa National Park

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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• Relax on Jurmala Beach, the largest on the Baltic Sea

£1299

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£995

TRIP ONLY

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Gulf of Finland

BALTIC SEA

DAYS

9

LAHEMAA

TALLINN

National Park

Medieval walled city

ESTONIA

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from £210

Gulf of Riga

LATVIA

TRIP CODE: CBS

Jurmala

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

RIGA

Art nouveau architecture

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Palanga

KLAIPEDA

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

LITHUANIA

Nida Kintai

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

UNESCO Old Town

KALININGRAD

TRAKAI

VILNIUS

Island Castle

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

18km

Day 3

39km

Day 4

36/58km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

28km

Day 7

41km

Day 8

37km

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

Discover the beauty of Lahemaa National Park by bike.

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

Join trip in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. Cycle around the lake to explore Trakai’s historic island castle.

Cycle through Explore the Cycle through fishing villages peaceful and the Giruliai to the Curonian beautiful forest to Lagoon and on to Curonian Spit Palanga the Baltic port of National Park on Botanical Park Klaipeda. cycle paths and and the Amber forest trails. Museum.

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Cycle Belarus Short Break BELARUS

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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.

£980 £699

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Optional single rooms are available from £55 TRIP CODE: CBE CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 7 gear Kalkhoff hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

20-27km

Day 3

41km

Day 4

24km

Rosy Eco-village Taste local food

Ales Los Farm folklore, local music

Ivianiec

Mir Castle

MINSK

City tour by bike and on foot

BELARUS

NESVIZH

Nesvizh Castle UNESCO World Heritage site

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Join trip in Minsk.

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

Drive to and visit UNESCO listed 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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Cycle Albania ALBANIA

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Discover the highlights of this fascinating, little-visited destination from the saddle. Cycle along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the heart of the Gramos Mountains and the tranquil Gërmenj 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.

£1133 £876

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Optional single rooms are available from £120 TRIP CODE: CAB CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Specialized hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES 50km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

67km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

33km

Durrës

MACEDONIA

Day 2

Tirana Airport

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

ADRIATIC SEA

POGRADEC Onufri Icons Museum

BERAT

‘Baba Tomor’ 2416m

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Llogara Pass

GЁRMENJ

Drino

Llogara NP

Këlcyrë Gorge

Himara

QEPARO

Dhermi

Piqeras Lukovë

SARANDE

KORÇË

Remote Gërmenj Park Vjosa gorge

BenjaHot springs

Permet

GJIROKASTËR Muzina Pass Blue Eye Spring

Butrint NP Lagoon

GREECE

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Join trip at Tirana Airport and drive to Lake Ohrid.

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

Climb into the heart of the Gramos Mountians to Gërmenj.

Pedal amid dramatic mountain scenery in the Drino Valley and Këlcyrë Gorge to Gjirokaster.

Cycle to Sarande 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 Llogara National Park to Berat.

Trip ends at Tirana Airport.

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Prague to Meissen by Bike CZECH REPUBLIC - GERMANY

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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 through 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.

£999 £799

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £165 TRIP CODE: CCZ CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24-27 gear Unibike Voyager, Cross Trans or B-Twin hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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MEISSEN 50km

Day 3

41km

Day 4

48km

Day 5

44km

Day 6

46km

Dresden Pillnitz Castle

PIRNA

GERMANY

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BI GE ERZ

RY OValtírov

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UŠ KR

Bad Schandau

Königstien Fortress

Usti nad Labem

Elbe

Day 2

Schmilka Spa town

DECIN

Velké Brezno Strekov Ruined fortress

LITOMERICE

Terezín Fortress town

Roundnice

MELNIK

Palace Vineyards

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CZECH REPUBLIC

PRAGUE

City walking tour Wenceslas Square

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

Cycle to Melník 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 Königstein 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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Cycle Finland – Turku Archipelago FINLAND

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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 Hämeenlinna 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.

£1375 £1195

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

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DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £265 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

HÄMEENLINNA Loimaa

FINLAND Naantali Teersalo

TURKU

Nagu

HELSINKI City tour by bike

Korpoström Tammisaari town Hanko

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Join trip in Helsinki.

Explore the Finnish capital’s impressive bike path network.

Drive to Hämeenlinna. 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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Cycle Madagascar - Trip code: CMG

Cycle the Cape - Trip code: CTC

Cycle Jordan - Trip code: CJP

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Southern Oasis Cycling - Trip code: CSO


Middle East AND

Africa Discover the colours, sounds and flavours of Africa and the Middle East as you cycle through ancient settlements, vast landscapes and traditional villages. From cycling past the Dead Sea to reach ancient rock cities in Jordan, to free-wheeling down the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, cycling experiences in Africa and the Middle East are both diverse and memorable. Exploring by bike offers a slower pace, with time to appreciate the warmth of local hospitality and the atmosphere of these beautiful landscapes.

•S  ip refreshing wine after a day in the saddle while overlooking the spectacular South African landscape (Trip code: CTC, page 62) •C  ycle through striking red highlands and verdant jungle towards Madagascar’s azure coast (Trip code: CMG, page 61) •B  e tempted by fragrant tagines and the aromas of sweet mint teas in lively Berber villages (Trip code: CSO, page 58)

Insider View “The vitality of Africa and the Middle East is inescapable, especially when cycling. Whether it’s in the vast desert dunes or high mountains, the locals are so friendly. And being in the saddle really gives you the chance to meet them, learn more about their way of life and the customs and traditions that make them who they are. Cycling the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, then spending the night under stars in a Bedouin camp eating traditional food with the locals is a definite favourite!” Caryn Darley Waddilove Customer Relations Team

Cycle the Cape - Trip code: CTC

Jordan 60 Madagascar

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Morocco

58-59

South Africa

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“The trip was excellent from start to finish. Our Explore Leader created a welcoming atmosphere from the first morning and worked hard along with his team to make it rewarding at all times. We, the group, then added our own personalities and mixed together incredibly well. The weather, scenery, local people and history all made for a great trip.” Christopher, Surrey

“Highlights were camping in the Sahara Desert, watching the sunset and sunrise over the dramatic landscape, cycling through the traditional villages, seeing the amazing architecture, and experiencing the madness and contrast of Marrakech, with its noise, souks and music.” Helen, Conway “Both our Explore Leaders were excellent, very attentive and exceptionally knowledgeable. It is a delight to see how proud they are of their country and customs.” David, Peterborough Independently verified reviews

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Southern Oasis Cycling MOROCCO

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• Discover Marrakech with its atmospheric medina and lively Djemaa el-Fnaa Square

Surrounded by the Jebel Sahro mountain range, we cycle through kasbahs, tribal villages and cool oases in the Draa Valley.

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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.

• Enjoy a thrilling descent from the High Atlas mountains

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

£999

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£795

TRIP ONLY

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DAYS

8

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Optional single rooms are available from £85 TRIP CODE: CSO CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

MOROCCO

Demnate

MARRAKECH Jebel Toubkal 4,167m

BIKE: 27 gear Cannondale Off Road or Trail Mountain bike with front suspension.

Walk in Todra Gorge

Tizi n’Outfi 2,180m Tizi n’Tichka 2,260m

Ighil M’Goun 4,071m

Toufrine

Tinerhir

EL KALAAT

Tizi n’Fedrhate ’ M’GOUNA 2,180m HS BA S s Assermo e KA Dad HIGH ATLAS 00 Skoura 10 JEBEL SARHRO Taourirt Kasbah OF

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ALNIF

Oasis

ERG CHEBBI SAND DUNES Camel ride

Tazzarine

Agdz

SAHARA

Tinififte Pass 1,660m

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Rissani

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OUARZAZATE

Optional visit Maadid

Rhettaras

Dr

DRAA VALLEY

ALGERIA

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

45km

Day 4

50km

Day 5

39km

Day 6

40km

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Join trip in Marrakech. Take in the sunset from the lively Djemaa el-Fnaa Square.

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

Cycle in the Draa Valley. Drive to Alnif.

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

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

Bike through local villages en route to El Kalaat M’Gouna.

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

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Cycle Jordan JORDAN 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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£1625 £1075

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from £155 TRIP CODE: CJP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner 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

Day 4 Day 5

20km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

35km

MADABA Dead Sea

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ISRAEL

ASH SHOBAK

PETRA

AQABA

JORDAN

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Shobak Crusader castle Little Petra

WADI RUM Desert Camp

Red Sea port

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Join trip in Madaba.

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

Cycle from Shobak crusader castle to Petra.

Explore Petra, the worldclass UNESCO site. Optional Bedouin cookery demonstration and meal.

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

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

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

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

Trip ends at Amman airport.

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Cycle Madagascar MADAGASCAR

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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 sounds, smells and sights. Along the way we explore Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks on foot, hoping to see lemurs, as well as endemic reptiles, birds and plants. Finally, we reward ourselves with time on the golden beaches of Ifaty.

£3149 16 DAYS £2295 14 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £390 TRIP CODE: CMG CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 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 ANTANANARIVO

Day 5 Day 6

44km

Day 7

67km

ANTSIRABE

Day 8

70km

AMBOSITRA SAHAMBAVY

Day 9 Day 10

Isalo National Park Wildlife, natural swimming pools

27km

RANOMAFANA National Park Rainforest wildlife Lemurs

AMBALAVAO

Anja Reserve, Ring tailed lemurs

RANOHIRA

IFATY

Ilakaka

Beach

INDIAN OCEAN

Toliara

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Join trip in Journey to the Cycle to Cycle to Picturesque Discover Cycle to Anja Isalo National Antananarivo, historic town Ambositra. Ranomafana cycling historic Reserve – a Park. Walk the capital of of Antsirabe. Visit a National Park. amid tea Fianarantsoa. villagers’ among Madagascar. Discover traditional Rainforest plantations to Visit local conservation sandstone colonial wood carving trek looking Sahambavy. artisan paper project. Home landscapes. architecture. artisan for endangered manufacturer. to ring-tailed Relax in Introductory workshop. golden lemurs. natural pools. cycle ride. bamboo lemur.

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Cycle to Free time Transfer Trip ends in Ilakaka and by the rich to Toliara Antananarivo. learn about the turquoise for flight local sapphire waters of the to capital. mining. Drive Indian Ocean Walk through to the coast. in Ifaty. highland landscapes.

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Our Top Pick “This trip is a truly unique experience. The diverse nature and cultures of South Africa from a bicycle... Our cycle paths take you through spectacular ever-changing scenery. Start cycling at the iconic Table Mountain, towards our beautiful winelands and along the lush green garden route which runs along breathtaking coastline and between magnificent forests and mountains. A holiday experience that you will not forget.” Maria Silverman Explore Leader

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“There were so many highlights, including the steep ride up Swartberg Pass (and hitting 88.4 kph on the descent), snow on the Swartberg Range, the penguin parade, a spectacular sunset and reaching the southernmost point of Africa.” Glenn, Australia “What a brilliant experience – all sorts of terrain to cycle, places to visit, wildlife to see, lovely guest houses and excellent eating/drinking! A great group of people on this trip, plus our Explore Leaders were very knowledgeable.” Explore traveller, UK

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Cycle the Cape SOUTH AFRICA

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Trip Highlights

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• Discover Cape Town on two wheels and ride on the slopes of Table Mountain

• Cycle through Stellenbosch and its beautiful vineyards and farmlands

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 the Cango Caves and visit Boulders Beach – home to a colony of African Penguins.

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• Ride through the Knysna Harkerville Forest and Tsitsikamma National Park

£2195 12 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1360 10 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £200

SOUTH AFRICA

Swartberg pass Cango Caves

TRIP CODE: CTC

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights comfortable hotel and 2 nights simple log cabins.

Cape winelands

Optional Marloth NR

STELLENBOSCH

Outshoorn

SWELLENDAM

Jonkershoek

Sea Island boat trip Cycle Cape of Good Hope

KNYSNA

Meiringpoort Pass

Uniondale Tsitsikamma NP cycle Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley

Port Elizabeth

Malgas Bredasdorp

ATLANTIC OCEAN

INDIAN OCEAN

MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in Africa

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

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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.

Visit Cape Agulhas. Drive and cycle to Swellendam river camp.

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

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Cycle the Meiringspoort Pass and gorge with waterfall stop.

Drive to the foot of the Prince Alfred Pass and cycle to Knysna.

Explore Knysna. Cycle and drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Enjoy a circular ride through the forest in Tsitsikamma National Park.

Drive to Port Elizabeth where the trip ends.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

12km

Day 2

33km

Day 3

18km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

46km

Day 6

36km

Day 7

58km

Day 8

12/30km

Day 9

65km

Optional Rides

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Cycle Burma - Trip code: CBUR

Cycle Japan - Trip code: CJA

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi - Trip code: CVIE

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Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon - Trip code: CTB


Asia AND THE

Pacific From quaint fishing villages to vast temple complexes; uncover the sheer diversity and vibrancy of Asia from your saddle. An adventure by bike is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Asia’s rich and varied cultures and landscapes. Discover historic and contemporary cultures in vibrant Sri Lanka; cycle through Japanese countryside before relaxing in traditional onsen hot springs or stop to catch your breath at Cambodia’s captivating temples. Soak in Asia’s atmosphere and meet the friendliest locals from your saddle.

•C  ycle through the mighty Mekong Delta taking in colourful floating markets in Vietnam (Trip code: CVE, page 80) •D  iscover hidden beaches as you pedal around South Korea’s little-known Jeju Island (Trip code: CSK, page 70) •A  dmire the splendour of India’s Taj Mahal at sunrise and experience rural Rajasthan on two wheels (Trip code: CIR, page 68)

Insider View “Packed full of vibrant contrasts at every turn, this rich and diverse region is an incredible country to explore on two wheels. Escape tourist hotspots and uncover the quiet villages and vast countryside unseen by most who visit. From bustling Bangkok to tranquil Japanese villages, prepare to sample amazing food and meet some of the friendliest people on the planet – a truly unforgettable experience and one that will keep me going back!” Hannah Owen Reservations Team

Bangkok to Saigon by Bike - Trip code: CTV

Burma

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Cambodia

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India

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Japan

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South Korea

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Sri Lanka

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Thailand

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Vietnam

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Our Top Pick “The food was a huge highlight for me, feasting on Keralan curries, chicken momos and fresh coconut. All this fuelled me for the superb mixture of cycling that I got to experience. From winding my way through tea plantations, stopping to absorb the views and admiring the tea pickers hard at work, to the gentle backwaters flanked by rice fields. Not forgetting the coastal paths where the cooling sea breeze was delightful.”

“So many highlights – the Holi fun at the rockpool, Nish (our fantastic Explore Leader’s) singing, the martial arts display, the food, the new friends, the seaside, the hills, the cruise. Well-planned, well-organised, well-run. Tremendous.” Carol, Ikley “I wanted to see day to day life in rural areas and this trip certainly did not disappoint – from rice harvesting to tea picking to rope making and fishing – you see it all.” Gillian, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Backroads of Kerala INDIA

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Trip Highlights

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

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• Stay in a family mansion surrounded by lush gardens with lots of bird life

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 for two nights, we also enjoy warm Keralan hospitality.

FROM

FROM

• Relax on the stunning beaches of the Indian Ocean

£2099 14 DAYS

THEKKADY

KOCHI

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

Idukki Reservoir

Sunset cruise

£1499 13 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

PLANTER’S HOMESTAY Tea & spice plantations

Alleppey

Optional single rooms are available from £360

MANCOMBU

INDIA

TRIP CODE: CKB

Cruise backwaters Canoe trip

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

Ashtamudi Lake

KOLLAM

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple homestay.

CARDAMOM HILLS

VARKALA INDIAN OCEAN

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Veli Trivandrum

KOVALAM

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

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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 Vagamon on foot. Optional cycle rides available.

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

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

Drive to Kuuttikkanam. Cycle to Malayattoor. Drive to Kochi.

Tour of Kochi by bike. Evening boat cruise.

Trip ends in Kochi.

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

Day 10 Day 11

30km

Day 12

10km

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Cycle India – The Golden Triangle INDIA

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Explore the cultural heart of vibrant northern India on this cycling holiday. Discover the Golden Triangle by bike; cycle country lanes and through traditional villages from Old Delhi to the city of Agra and Jaipur in the Rajasthan Desert. We take time to look for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal, visit the ancient red-sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the famous ‘Pink City’.

£1875 11 DAYS £1135 10 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CIR CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 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.

DAILY DISTANCES

40km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

65km

Day 8

75km

Day 9

30km

TA N

Day 5

CHINA

IS

70km

PA K

34km

Day 4

Arabian Sea

Day 3

DELHI

DELHI

INDIA

Chandni Chowk & Humayun’s Tomb

INDIAN OCEAN

INDIA

Optional Rides

BHARATPUR

BHANDAREJ

Keoladeo National Park

Festival Departures

JAIPUR

Amber Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

KARAULI

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

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

Game drives

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Join trip in Delhi.

Drive to Agra. Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and dramatic Agra Fort.

Visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Cycle backroads through rural India to Bharatpur.

Pedal through scenic villages, agricultural land and past red-sandstone quarries to Karauli.

Cycle to Ranthambore National Park home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles.

Game drive in Ranthambore National Park. Search for big cats in the former royal hunting ground.

Cycle through villages passing Hindu settlements, temples and shrines. Sleep in a Maharaja’s Palace.

Ride on a quiet country roads with views of hill-top forts silhouetted against the sky to Jaipur.

Full day sightseeing, including the old Maharaja’s residence, the City Palace and the Amber Fort.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

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NOV

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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Lalsot

AGRA

Fort & Taj Mahal

Spend the night in a Maharaja’s Palace

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FEB

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Cycle Sri Lanka SRI LANKA 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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£2365 15 DAYS £1745 14 DAYS

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: CSL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 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

POLONNARUWA

Day 4

33km

DAMBULLA

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

Sigiriya, Lion Platform Sky Fortress

Bay of Bengal

Dambulla caves Pallegama

Kuliyapitiya

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth Bluefields (tea plantation)

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

NUWARA ELIYA

Airport

SRI LANKA

UDAWALAWE National Park

Galle Old Dutch Port

Optional Rides

UNAWATUNA Beaches

YALA

National Park Game drives

INDIAN OCEAN

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Ride along the coast through Bundala National Park.

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

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

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

Cycle along Climb Lion’s Pedal to backroads Rock, then Polonnaruwa and through cycle to archeological lush forest. Polonnaruwa. site and Visit village. Dambulla UNESCO cave temples.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

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

Cycle in the Continue Spectacular Cycle beautiful cycling ride to country highlands through the Udawalawe. roads to Yala and past tea highlands to Optional Jeep National plantations Bambarakanda safari to Park. to Nuwara Waterfall. search for Optional Eliya. elephants in safari. Udawalawe National Park. MAY

JUN

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Cycle South Korea SOUTH KOREA

Ride the country roads on the island of Jeju, uncover the natural beauty and fascinating geology of the Hallasan volcano under the watchful eye of the old stone harubangs (statues). On the mainland, explore the historical temples and ponds of Gyeongju, ride the attractive modern corniche at Pohang, and enjoy the long coastlines and sleepy fishing villages of the East coast. Finally, discover the impressive urban architecture, friendly nature, and traditional cuisine of Korea’s thriving modern capital. FROM

£3199 12 DAYS £2699 11 DAYS

FROM

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £325 TRIP CODE: CSK CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple guest house. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Giant ToughRoad mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SAMWHASA TEMPLE

DAILY DISTANCES

NORTH KOREA

Day 2

64km

Day 3

63km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

45km

JAPAN SEA SAMCHEOK

SEOUL (city tour)

ULCHIN

Seongryugul cave

Day 6 Day 7

63km

Day 8

65km

Day 9

65km

YEONGDEOK

Visit fish market

SOUTH KOREA

GYEONGJU

Bulguksa Temple and Anapji Pond Busan

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Hike in Hallasan National Park

SEONGSAN

SEOGWIPO

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Join trip on the volcanic island of Jeju.

Ride Jeju’s north coast to the white beaches and cobalt sea of Hyeopjae.

Cycle among waterfalls, mountains and temples on Jeju’s coastal bike path.

Ride the beaches and estuaries of Jeju’s west coast to the volcanic plug at Seongsan.

Walk lava tubes at Manjanggul Cave. Watch the Haenyeo freedivers at Seongsan.

Drive to Gyeongju. Atmospheric night-time visit to Anapji Pond. Stay in a traditional Hanok.

Cycle the seafront in modern Pohang. Taste the famous local crab dishes at Yeongdeok.

Cycle the coastal road to Ulchin caves and traditional stone pagoda.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

70

(Manjanggual cave)

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FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

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Continue Enjoy a day of along stunning sightseeing, in coastal roads South Korea’s to the pretty capital, and beaches of a farewell Jangho. Drive dinner at a to Seoul. traditional Korean restaurant. NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Seoul.

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New Trip

Cycle Japan – Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea JAPAN

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Starting in Kyoto, we journey around Japan’s scenic Inland Sea dotted with verdant islands. Our cycling begins in earnest on the quiet backroads of rural Awaji Island. Discover the impressive Naruto whirlpools before traversing Shikoku Island on two wheels to enjoy views of impressive mountain peaks and equally beautiful seascapes. Along the way explore some of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, see its most impressive castle and delve into the history of Hiroshima.

£4399 13 DAYS £3499 12 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £335 TRIP CODE: CJH CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts and 4 dinners. BIKE: 8-gear Orbea hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

25km

Day 3

60km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

66km

Day 6

99km

Day 7

76km

Day 8

82km

Day 9

70km

JAPAN

KYOTO

Ancient City Bike tour

Himeji Castle and Gardens

HIROSHIMA

Peace Park and Miyajima Island Sazanami Cycle Way

OSAKA D LAN

Neon and nightlife

SEA

IN

IMABARI Shimanami Cycle Way

Osaka airport Awaji Island Countryside cycle

TAKAMATSU Ritsurin Gardens

KAN’ONJI

Naruto Whirlpools

Shikoku Island

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Another stunning coastal ride on the Sazanami Cycle Way overlooking the Inland Sea.

Encounter friendly locals and quiet roads cycling on peaceful islands in Hiroshima Bay.

Join trip Cycle in Kyoto, through local Japan’s neighbourcultural hoods to capital. Enjoy Arashiyama an izakaya to see the welcome Oi River, dinner. bamboo grove and temples.

A train and Boat ride via ferry ride to the Naruto Awaji Island. whirlpools Discover to Shikoku rural beauty Island. Cycle and island to the famous culture on Ritsurin the bike ride. Gardens.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

Great vistas of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea on our rolling coastal ride to Kan’onji.

MAR

APR

A longer day Shimanami in the saddle Cycle Way – discovering Japan’s most the island’s famous ride interior and with majestic fishing towns. views of many small islands.

MAY

JUN

JUL

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SEP

OCT

Visit the Train ride to Hiroshima Osaka via Peace Park Himeji Castle and museum and beautiful on foot. Japanese Public ferry gardens. to sacred Neon final Miyajima night out. Island. NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Osaka.

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Cycle Japan JAPAN 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 visit 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.

FROM

£4735 14 DAYS £3999 13 DAYS

FROM

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: CJA CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 2 nights simple ryokan, 1 night premium ryokan. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear Specialized Sirrus or Vita hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT BLE

Morning market

SUZU NOROSHI

WAJIMA

AVA I L

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Ganmon National Park

SEA OF JAPAN

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

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

Kansai International Airport

2015

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

Cycle the coastal road to Wajima. Visit the Sojijiso-in Temple.

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

Begin our journey inland heading up to Shokawa Onsen.

Visit stunning Shirakawago, famous for its traditional gasshozukuri farmhouses.

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

Trip ends in Tokyo.

Join trip in historic Kyoto.

Kyoto Morning train sightseeing to Kanazawa. by bike Bike tour of along the Kenrokuen Philosopher’s Garden and Path to the old temples. Visit teahouse Tofukuji rock district. gardens.

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FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

Cycle to Cycle to Noto Ushitsu Wakura as we head Onsen where down the ancient, eastern healing hot side of the baths await peninsula. our arrival.

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AUG

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Cycle Bangkok to Rangoon THAILAND - BURMA (MYANMAR)

FROM

FROM

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.

£2625 16 DAYS £1995 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 and 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

60km

Day 4

70km

Day 5

30km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

40km

Day 8

60km

Day 9

35km

Day 10

55km

Day 11

35km

Day 12

60km

Day 13

40km

KYAIKTIYO BAGO

Golden Rock

Taksin 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

Damnoen Saduak Floating market

BANGKOK Night ride

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Join trip in Bangkok. Optional long-tail canal trip.

Cycle Cycle between Ayutthaya floating the ancient markets of capital of Damnoen Siam. Ride Saduak and past rice Amphawa. paddies to Bangkok night Kamphaeng bike ride. Phet ruins.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

Cycle the Cross border A beautiful ancient into Burma cycle ride temple city (Myanmar). amid karst of Sukhothai. Drive to scenery and Drive to Hpa-An. Cycle rice paddies Taksin to the cave along the Maharat of 10,000 Thanlyin National Buddhas. River. Park. FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

Cycle flatter Discover Climb the Cycle through Ride past roads to the real Burma Golden Rock countryside, typical rural charming riding off the to take in the small scenes. Arrive old capital of beaten track awe-inspiring plantations in Rangoon. Mawlamyine. through Mount and tiny Visit golden Explore the villages Kyaiktiyo traditional Shwedagon city. and rubber in time for villages to Pagoda. plantations. sunset. Bago.

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SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Rangoon (Yangon).

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Cycle Burma BURMA (MYANMAR)

FROM

FROM

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 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.

£2560 16 DAYS £1885 14 DAYS FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £360 TRIP CODE: CBUR CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 9 lunches are included. BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

Mingun

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

40km

Day 4

60km 39km

Day 6

57km

Day 7

37km

Monywa

One-leg rowers, floating gardens

BURMA (MYANMAR) Salaween

49km

INLE LAKE

GE

Day 12

KALAW

ddy)

24km

RAN

55km

Day 11

KAN

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Magnificent Temple complex

Ayeyarwa

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Explore Inle Lake by bike and long-tail boat past floating gardens and stilt villages.

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 8,000 images of the Lord Buddha.

Combine time in the saddle and on the bus along the road to Mandalay.

Ride off the beaten track to discover real Burma on the way to the thriving river town of Monywa.

See rural life on a backroad cycle to Pakokku. Irrawaddy cruise down to Bagan.

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

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

Fly back to Rangoon. Visit the colonial quarter. Trip ends in Rangoon.

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Cycle to See monks former capital collecting Sagaing and alms, the the giant lively jade stupa of market and Mingun. sunset from Irrawaddy Mandalay cruise back to Hill. Mandalay. MAY

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Cycle Vietnam VIETNAM On this trip we discover the highlights of Vietnam by bike. Explore the charming cities of Hanoi, Hué, 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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£2085 16 DAYS £1425 14 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: CVN CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 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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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

Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

25km

Day 13

25km

Historic port

My Son (UNESCO site) ancient Cham capital

Day 11 Day 12

Hai Van Pass

HUÉ

Imperial Citadel cycle

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

Cu ChiTunnels cycle ride Mekong Delta cycle ride

HO CHI MINH CITY

SOUTH CHINA SEA

Old Saigon

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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. 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, Da Nang and Thuan Phuoc Bridge.

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

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Visit explore.co.uk

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Visit to My Fly to Old Explore the Son World Saigon (Ho Mekong Heritage Site Chi Minh Delta by bike with ruins of City). Cycle and boat – a structures to the Cu Chi fascinating from ancient Tunnels. hub of local Cham culture and Kingdom. activity.

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Trip ends in Old Saigon.

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Our Top Pick “I loved exploring Vietnam from the saddle – the best way to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of this beautiful and fascinating country. It was so varied, from the steamy heat of the Mekong Delta to the crazy hustle and bustle of downtown Hanoi. The food was superb and every meal was a pleasure – packed full of flavour and super healthy with an emphasis on fresh herbs, veggies and spices.” James Adkin Product Team

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“Well balanced sums up this trip, with the right mix of cycling, travelling and exploring. I loved the balance between transport from bike, to junk, to boat, to train and luxury coach.” Amanda, North Wales “Fantastic tour, all accommodations were excellent, rides were varied and scenic, opportunities for experiencing the true Vietnam were many. The best aspect of the trip was how well our guide Hoan coordinated everything. He was awesome!” Ken, UK

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Cycle Saigon to Hanoi VIETNAM

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• Overnight Halong Bay cruise amid stunning landscapes

• Cycle Vietnam’s lush hill country and cycle over Hon Giao Pass

On this adventurous and active trip we experience Vietnamese culture on two wheels. Discover the cultural highlights of Old Saigon, Hoi An, Hué and Hanoi. There is also time to explore the Mekong Delta, Central Highlands, tropical beaches and islands of Nha Trang and the majestic beauty of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise. Along the way we refuel with delicious Vietnamese cuisine. CHINA

VIETNAM

• Refuel on incredibly tasty and healthy Vietnamese cuisine

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Cruise through clear waters, caves & Kayaking

FROM

FROM

GULF OF TONKIN

£1970 16 DAYS

Perfume River Royal tombs

HUÉ

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1359 14 DAYS

Cycle the citadel & Tu Doc Mausoleum LAOS

Hai Van Pass

HOI AN

L RA DS NT CE HLAN HIG

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £275

Quy Nhon

CAMBODIA

TRIP CODE: CVIE

Khanh Vinh Colonial hill station

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

DALAT

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk and 1 night simple overnight train.

NHA TRANG

Cu Chi Tunnels Can Duoc

CAI BE

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Mekong Delta

Offshore islands day trip

HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon Mekong Delta cruise Explore waterways

SOUTH CHINA SEA

BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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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 Old Saigon.

Drive to Mekong Delta. Cycle the backroads to Cai Be.

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

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

Cycle and drive from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon.

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Arrive in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay for overnight cruise amid stunning karst scenery.

Morning cruise of the bay. Drive to Hanoi for a tour of the city.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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Day 9 Day 10

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20km

Pedal over the Thi Morning walking Cycle and drive Nai sea bridge. tour of Hoi An’s to Hué via the Hai Drive to historic traditional wooden Van Pass. Cycle Hoi An. houses and Chinese around Hué then temples. Free overnight train to afternoon. Hanoi.

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“I had never been with Explore or to South East Asia before. It surpassed all my expectations. Cycling through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with very informative Explore Leaders, seeing places and people I’ve never seen before.” Penelope, Surrey

“This trip was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I’ve travelled quite a bit but the people we met in Cambodia and Vietnam were some of the most friendly, welcoming and fun I’ve ever met.” Sarah, Eyam “A most amazing trip [that] allowed us to see ‘real life’ in each of the three countries including cities, memorable sites such as temples (Angkor Wat etc) and the way of life in the countryside for ordinary people.” Peter, Farnham Independently verified reviews

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Bangkok to Saigon by Bike THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

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• Cycle through the jungle between the remarkable Temples of Angkor

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

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.

FROM

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

£2225 16 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1645 14 DAYS

Khao Yai National Park

NAKHON NAYOK ARANYAPRATHET

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £295

Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Angkor Wat temple complex

Night ride

SIEM REAP

THAILAND

Kompong Phluk (floating village trip)

TRIP CODE: CTV

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple homestay.

Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

PHNOM PENH

CHAU DOC

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

VIETNAM HO CHI MINH CITY

Binh Hoa Phuoc

HA TIEN

BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Join trip in Bangkok. Optional long-tail 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. 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.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

40km

Day 3

53km

Day 4

51km

Day 5 Day 6

25km

Day 7

56km

Day 8

37km

Day 9 Day 10

20km

Day 11

50km

Day 12

50km

Day 13

30km

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MAR

APR

Visit explore.co.uk

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

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

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Our Top Pick “Cycling past the legendary citadels of Angkor and taking in the sprawling temples now engulfed by the jungle, is a moment I will never forget. For me, pedalling my way around was the best way to explore this flat and fertile region, passing the stilted villages, bartering in the colourful floating markets and cycling along the lush river-side paths of the Mekong Delta. Perfect!”

“A most excellent trip – could not have been better organised. Cycling through the villages on the Mekong was special and being able to go into some of their homes and talk to them was wonderful.” Heather, County Down “Sightseeing by bike is a great way to get to know a country. You don’t just see the place, you hear it and smell it. One of the best things was the “hellos” and high-fives from the children in the villages.” Nigel, Surrey

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Mekong Delta and Angkor VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

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Trip Highlights

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• Cycle and cruise through the mighty Mekong Delta, discovering the local way of life

• Explore bustling Old Saigon and Cambodia’s enigmatic capital of Phnom Penh

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

FROM

FROM

• Discover the fabulous jungle temples of Angkor on two wheels

£2335 15 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1675 13 DAYS

Angkor jungle temple complex

TRIP ONLY

SIEM REAP

Optional single rooms are available from £250

KAMPONG THOM

PHNOM PENH

TRIP CODE: CVE

City tour ‘Killing Fields’

TRIP PACE: Easy

CAMBODIA Sambor Prei Kuk Temple

Kampong Cham Mekong Island Weaving village

VIETNAM

Cu Chi Tunnels CHAU DOC Sam Mountain My Tho sunset Vinh Long

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

CAN THO Floating market Mekong Delta cruise

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

Old Saigon HO CHI Tan An MINH CITY BEN TRE Homestay Mo Cay SOUTH CHINA SEA

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

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

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cycle 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 province.

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 Kampong 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.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

33km

Day 3

43km

Day 4

38/61km

Day 5

16km

Day 6

30km

Day 7 Day 8

20km

Day 9

40km

Day 10

28km

Day 11

25km

Day 12

15km

Optional Rides

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Cycle Mexico - The Yucatan Peninsula - Trip code: CMX

Costa Rica on Two Wheels - Trip code: CCR

Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle - Trip code: CSC

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Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal - Trip code: CNCP


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Turquoise waters, delicious aromas and the sound of birdsong and howler monkeys – a cycling trip in the Americas is a treat for all the senses. No two days of cycling are the same in the Americas’ beautiful and welcoming countries. Ride through tobacco plantations in Cuban countryside, savour the flavours of Mexico after a day in the saddle or spot tropical wildlife in the Costa Rican rainforest. Pedalling through Central America’s vibrant countries will leave a lasting impression that will give you stories to tell for a lifetime.

•D  iscover secluded Mayan temples and hidden cenotes, as you ride through Mexico (Trip code: CMX, page 88) •P  edal under lush tree canopies towered over by huge, conical volcanoes (Trip code: CCR, page 87) •D  iscover the rich colonial and revolutionary history of vibrant Cuba and stay with local families (Trip code: CCC, page 84)

Insider View “Latin America is mind-blowing; covered in smoking volcanoes and lush rainforests, steeped in history and flanked by the Pacific and Caribbean; a bike makes this region so much more accessible. Whether covering several distinct countries in one trip, or exploring one in depth, it’s so easy to get under the skin of the country. Locals shout ‘hola’ as you pedal past, Latin music follows you everywhere, and there’s nothing better than relaxing at the end of a ride with a rum cocktail!” Carmel Hendry Product Team

Cycle Cuba! - Trip code: CCC

Costa Rica

87/89

Cuba

84-86

Mexico

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Nicaragua

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Panama

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Our Top Pick “I travelled on Explore’s Cycle Cuba trip and fell in love with the country! Cuba is an assault on the senses – vibrantly colourful and full of life; and cycling is the perfect way to travel with such little traffic. I absolutely loved exploring the colonial town of Trinidad, whizzing past stunning scenery in Viñales and waving to the locals as we weaved through the back streets of Havana.” Lisa Tyrell

“Cuba is unlike any country I’ve travelled to, it’s stepping back to a simpler time, the generosity of its people with their friendly, relaxed ways, and the joyful ‘Hola’ from children as we rode by.” Karen, Vancouver “Cycling was a really brilliant way to see Cuba, we got to see a lot of the countryside and how Cubans live. It was an amazing experience cycling through the spectacular jungle and scenery.” Helen, London

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Cycle Cuba! CUBA

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• Cycle through the strikingly beautiful karst scenery of Viñales

FROM

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• Listen to superb live Salsa and Son music everywhere we go

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.

£2680 16 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

£1875 15 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: CCC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

HAVANA

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

Historical capital

Cayo Jutías Optional visit

MEALS:14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

VIÑALES Santo Tomas Cave Optional visit

BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes.

Valle Yumurí

Las Terrazas

CUBA

SOROA SAN DIEGO DE LOS BAÑOS

CIENFUEGOS SANTA CLARA

Cueva de los Peces swimming

Manicaragua Playa Girón

Topes de Collantes

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

TRINIDAD

Guajimico

Playa Ancon

Colonial architecture

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

21km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

43/58km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

20/45km

Day 8 Day 9

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Day 10

37km

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

Cycle to the beautifully preserved colonial town of Trinidad.

Ride through A free day to Scenic Cycle through Explore the the beautiful explore the downhill ride the quiet Yumuri old capital of scenic ‘valley of cobbled streets of in Escambray Valley and try Havana on foot the sugar mills’. Trinidad or take Mountains. Cuba’s best or by bike. Return a catamaran trip Visit Che piña colada at to Trinidad. to Las Iguanas Guevara’s tomb Bacunayagua Island. in Santa Clara. canyon.

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Visit explore.co.uk

Trip ends in Havana.

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle CUBA

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Cycling on quiet roads, we explore Cuba’s verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana 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 with excellent live music never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

£1760 £1099

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

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DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: CSC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple casas particulares and 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.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

28km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

60km

Day 6

35km

Optional Rides GULF OF MEXICO

Accommodation

HAVANA

Walking tour

CUBA

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

Extend your trip 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 DEPARTURE MONTHS

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Cueva de los Peces

SANTA CLARA Che Guevara’s Mausoleum

Guama

Manicaragua

Cienfuegos

Topes de Collantes

Bay of Pigs

Sancti Spíritus

YAGUANABO TRINIDAD

Optional ride Ancon Peninsula

CARIBBEAN SEA

Manaca Iznaga slave watchtower

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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 beautiful colonial town of 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.

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Explore the Cycle through cobbled streets the ‘valley of Trinidad. of the sugar Optional mills’ and visit catamaran Sancti Spíritus. trip to nearby Return to islands. Trinidad.

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Costa Rica on Two Wheels COSTA RICA On this cycling trip in Costa Rica we discover a diverse land rich with nature, towering volcanoes and abundant wildlife. 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 cloud forest in the Arenal and Miravalles areas. Finally we reach the Pacific Coast and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

FROM

£2995 15 DAYS £2195 14 DAYS

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FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £400 TRIP CODE: CCR CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 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

Lake Nicaragua

Day 4

20km

Day 5

28km

28/40km

Day 8

22/37km

Day 9

27km

Day 10

37km

Day 11

29km

NICARAGUA

LAS HORNILLAS

Day 6 Day 7

CARIBBEAN SEA

Miravalles 2028m

LA FORTUNA

TILARÁN

MUELLE

TORTUGUERO NP Sea turtles

Arenal 1633m

CAÑAS

COSTA RICA

Guápiles

SAN JOSÉ

Optional Rides PACIFIC OCEAN

Quepos

MANUEL ANTONIO NP

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Join trip in San José, Costa Rica’s capital.

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 Guápiles.

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 the 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 the 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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Cycle Mexico – The Yucatán Peninsula MEXICO Discover the beaches, ancient temples and colourful villages of the Yucatán Peninsula by bike. From Playa del Carmen we catch the ferry and cycle on beautiful Cozumel Island. From the colonial towns of Mérida 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. FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: CMX CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 10 gear Specialized hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

40/60km

Day 3

10km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

25km

Day 6

23km

Day 7

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Day 8

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Las Coloradas San Felipe Pink lagoons

San Crisanto beach Progreso Dzilam de Bravo

Cancún

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Cacalchén

City ride and Tacos dinner

Izamal Colonial convent

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VALLADOLID

Chichen Itza

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Cozumel Island

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Join trip in Playa del Carmen.

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

Visit Chichen Itza Mayan site. Swim in Ik Kil cenote. Early evening ride in historic Mérida. 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 Cancún Airport.

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Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal NICARAGUA - COSTA RICA - PANAMA 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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Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: CNCP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear mountain bikes with front suspension ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 6

46/68km

Day 7

50km

Day 8

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Day 9

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

Miravalles Volcano Arenal Volcano

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Lake Arenal

Orosi Valley

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

Enter Costa Rica and ride around Arenal Lake with a spectacular backdrop of Arenal Volcano.

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

Cycle through the traditional farmland and ranches. Drive to Panama City.

Visit the Panama Canal. Ride the shoreline cycle way for fine views of Panama City’s skyline.

Trip ends in Panama City.

Join trip in colonial Granada, Nicaragua.

Ride to Discover the shores the central of Lake Nicaraguan Nicaragua. highlands and Visit Masaya traditional Volcano villages by National bike. Park.

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Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike - Trip code: CSNL

Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Porec - Trip code: CSIC

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Self-Guided TRIPS

Self-guided trips offer complete flexibility – start when you like and cycle at your own pace. Combine cultural must-sees with little-known villages, all under your own steam. Explore at your own pace along tried and tested cycle paths. Take your time pedalling along the peaceful Danube, dotted with historic towns, or stop to discover thermal spas or quaint villages while cycling around the Alpine Lake Constance. With detailed, step by step route notes and your luggage transported for you, all you need to do is ‘enjoy the ride’.

•A  fter a rewarding ride through Spain’s beautiful Rioja region, relax for an evening of wine tasting and sampling local delicacies (Trip code: CSRR, page 104) •T  ake in the awe-inspiring mountain valleys of the Italian Alps, one of Europe’s top cycling spots (Trip code: CSDV, page 100) •M  eander through Greek villages, past ancient temples and their white, marble columns on the Saronic Islands (Trip code: CSGR, page 107)

Insider View “For those looking for a little more flexibility and choice, going self-guided provides the ideal opportunity to explore at your own pace. With your luggage transferred for you and route notes provided to help you navigate your way around, it’s a great way to discover your sense of adventure. Whether it be cycling through beautiful medieval villages or enjoying tasty local cuisine to fuel you for your next ride, Europe is your oyster!” Amy Maurice Reservations Team

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Go self-guided Choose your departure date, take your time and choose your companions (or go it alone) – the choice is yours. You have the flexibility of starting your holiday on any day and even extending the trip. We take care of all the logistical planning and transport your luggage each day, leaving you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the joy of the ride and exploring a new region.

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Easy Austria - Slovakia - Hungary

Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Vienna to Budapest P2P | E-Bike

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Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy P2P

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Germany - Austria

Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna P2P | E-Bike

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Italy

Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence P2P | E-Bike

CSTY

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Italy

Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride P2P | E-Bike

CSDV

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Self-Guided Puglia Cycling E-Bike

CSIP

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Netherlands

Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CSNL

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Self-Guided Cycling in Murcia, Southern Spain P2P | E-Bike

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Spain

Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca P2P | E-Bike

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Switzerland - Germany - Austria

Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike P2P | E-Bike

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Croatia

Self-Guided Cycling Croatia P2P

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France

Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne P2P | E-Bike

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Self-Guided the Loire Valley by Bike P2P | E-Bike

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Greece

Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike E-Bike

CSGR

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Italy

 NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Sicily P2P | E-Bike

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Italy - Slovenia - Croatia

Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Poreč E-Bike

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Portugal

Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal P2P

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Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling P2P

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Self-Guided Rioja Cycling P2P

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Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias P2P | E-Bike

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Self-Guided Cycling along Italy's Prosecco route P2P | E-Bike

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Italy

Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome P2P | E-Bike

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 NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia P2P | E-Bike

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Netherlands - Belgium

Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges P2P | E-Bike

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Spain

Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago P2P | E-Bike

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SELF-GUIDED

Here are our top five reasons to go self-guided We make the travel arrangements We’ve done all the research so you don’t have to. Travel from and to the most convenient airports and train stations. Arrive and depart at times that suit you and match public transport timetables or have private transfers arranged for you. We offer detailed information before you go so you know what to expect and when, without arranging it yourself.

You are in safe hands You have emergency contact details in case you need them while cycling so help is never far away. We also transfer your main luggage from hotel to hotel for you while you cycle. You just need to carry your essentials in a lightweight rucksack or pannier (provided on most trips) and then you’ll be reunited with the rest of your belongings at your next night’s accommodation.

Accommodation Our hotels are selected for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range of two to four-star accommodation, all with en suite facilities. They’re all situated to make the most of sightseeing and rest stops along your route, and in some places you’ll stay for two nights, giving you the option to explore further. Higher standards of hotel can be found on trips with premium-grade accommodation.

Finding your way We give you detailed, easy-to-follow route notes and maps and, if you prefer using technology or worry about your map reading skills, we can also provide GPX route files. They often contain choices which allow you to extend a ride or challenge yourself. To get the most out of your stops as well as the rides, we provide useful information and insider tips including everything from ‘must-sees’ to finding the best ice cream or cappuccino.

Sense of achievement Making your own way from place to place, even with the help of maps and route guidance is an impressive feat. Discovering new places under your own steam means you can justify a cool glass of wine or dessert, knowing that you’re making the most of your holiday, your way.

We offer electric bikes as an optional extra on many of our self-guided holidays, which you can ask for at KE the time of booking. Electric bikes (or E-Bikes) give AVA I L you a little assistance; especially on uphill sections or longer rides. This allows you to save your energy for later, so you can make the most of your journey by throwing yourself into the easier ascents, flat parts or descents. A

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A good-quality bike suited to the route and terrain is included in your holiday price. Generally these are hybrid or touring bikes and they all come with a lock, puncture repair kit and a pump. Many are also 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. All you need to bring is your own helmet.

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Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges NETHERLANDS - BELGIUM

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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 Flanders region including Gouda, Willemstad and Damme before ending in historic Bruges.

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Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike NETHERLANDS

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This self-guided trip explores the Netherlands by bike, visiting the cultural highlights of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda. Cycle on the country’s superb network of cycle paths and discover typical scenes with polders, dikes, windmills, fields of flowers (in spring), lakes and rivers.

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TRIP CODE: CSNL CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear Batavus or Gazelle hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Danube Cycling – Vienna to Budapest AUSTRIA - SLOVAKIA - HUNGARY

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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.

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TRIP CODE: CSVB CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 7 gear European city bike or 21 gear hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Danube Cycling – Passau to Vienna GERMANY - AUSTRIA

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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 all paying testament to the wealth of history that has passed along this river.

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TRIP CODE: CSBD CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 7 gear European city bike or 21 gear hybrid bike. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

Combine your trip

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Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike SWITZERLAND - GERMANY - AUSTRIA

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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 follow the flat, car-free and gentle cycle path around the lakeshore. The trip starts in the charming university town of Konstanz and passes thermal spas, idyllic villages and vineyards along the way.

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TRIP CODE: CSLC CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear hybrid bike.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

45km

Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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ÜBERLINGEN STEIN AM RHEIN KONSTANZ

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Trip starts in Konstanz. Lake Constance’s biggest city on the lake and located in Germany.

Cycle around the German northern shores to Stein am Rhein in Switzerland.

Ride on the southern shores through picturesque Swiss fishing villages to Überlingen.

Explore baroque Meersburg. Cycle through vineyards and orchards to Kressbronn.

See Castle Montfort. Bavarian towns and an estuary nature reserve en route to Höchst.

Cycle through huge apple orchards along the lake shores back to Konstanz.

Trip ends in Konstanz.

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GERMANY KRESSBRONN Lake Constance

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Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne FRANCE

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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 ride 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 châteaux, historic towns and villages, and countless age-old plane trees that line the tow path.

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TRIP CODE: CSVP CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 or 24 gear hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy FRANCE

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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, châteaux, villages and ancient churches that line your route. Enjoy traditional local cuisine, accompanied by ‘Grand Cru’ wines which are produced in the region.

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TRIP CODE: CSBU CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided the Loire Valley by Bike FRANCE

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Bountiful vineyards, fruit orchards and delightful villages all explain why this region 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.

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TRIP CODE: CSFL CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 18 gear Arcade Cambridge hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Sicily

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Slowly cycle along the western coast of Sicily on this self-guided cycling holiday. Discover colourful landscapes as you ride on quiet coastal roads through the countryside. Explore imposing Greek ruins and Favignana Island, a hidden gem in the Mediterranean. At the end of the day, meet some of the charming locals and enjoy mouth-watering Sicilian specialties.

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TRIP CODE: CSSI CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia

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Explore the remote Costa Verde by bike on this self-guided cycling holiday in Sardinia. Along the way you will see breathtaking views of the crystal clear Sardinian sea. Discover ancient abandoned mines and Roman ruins near Pula. Enjoy wine from Carignano and pecorino sardo cheese to fuel your ride along this wild coastline. The trip ends with a stunning cycle along the ‘Costa del Sud’ and a final night in vibrant Cagliari.

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Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence ITALY

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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, 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.

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TRIP CODE: CSTY CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike.

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Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride ITALY On this beautiful self-guided cycle trip 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 discover 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. FROM

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Trip starts in Silandro. Stroll around this traditional South Tyrolean town.

Private transfer out of town. Bike back to Silandro, via Lake Resia, Glorenza and Lasa.

Descend the Venosta Valley by bike to the spa town of Merano, via lively Naturno.

Bike to crystal clear Lake Caldaro via South Tyrol’s capital, Bolzano.

Wind through rolling vineyards along the Strada del Vino to Trento.

Follow the Adige River towards the town of Rovereto. Descend to Lake Garda.

Trip ends in Riva del Garda.

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Rovereto Lake Garda


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Self-Guided Puglia Cycling ITALY

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Discover the natural and cultural highlights of a land forged centuries ago by the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Spanish, on this self-guided cycling route around the sun-drenched ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia. 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.

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Self-Guided Cycling along Italy’s Prosecco Route ITALY

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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.

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Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Poreč ITALY - SLOVENIA - CROATIA

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This self-guided cycling journey hugs the Adriatic Sea from Venice to Poreč. 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 cycle on a converted railway to the medieval coastal town of Poreč.

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Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome 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 south past ancient fortresses, amphitheatres and hilltop towns 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.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Murcia, Southern Spain SPAIN

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Ride past white-washed villages and Moorish towers, endless orchards, ancient irrigation 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.

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Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling SPAIN

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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 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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TRIP CODE: CSPM CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike in Garrotxa and a simple fixed gear bike in Barcelona. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago SPAIN

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Cycle the legendary trail from León to Santiago de Compostela – the resting place of Saint James. On this self-guided cycle trip 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 León. Crossing the Bierzo hills you then traverse the rolling countryside of Galicia, often in the company of other pilgrims.

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TRIP CODE: CSCS CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Premium 5 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear mountain bike with lockable front suspension.

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Self-Guided Rioja Cycling SPAIN

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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, in the historic towns that 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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Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca SPAIN 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 Pollença where you can explore the S’Albufera wetlands. FROM

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Circular countryside ride. Admire plenty of the classic Mallorquín windmills.

Head north cycling through the wine producing district of Mallorca to medieval Sineu.

Circular ride to the traditional rural town of Petra known for its sand coloured houses.

Cycle north to Port de Pollença, one of the most enchanting beach towns of Mallorca.

Pedal to beautiful beaches on the north coast, including Playa St Vicente or Playa de Coll Baix.

Ride to the wetlands of S’Albufera, where you can see many interesting birds.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias SPAIN

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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 Gijón.

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Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal PORTUGAL

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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 de São 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. Enjoy local food and wine along the way.

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Self-Guided Cycling Croatia CROATIA

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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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Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike GREECE

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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. Explore the beaches, wetlands, beautiful coastlines, villages and ancient sites. The temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina.

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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. The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Explore will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole. Additionally, as required by law, Explore has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes/they become insolvent. More information on your key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found here: www.explore.co.uk/travel-regulations Travelling on an Explore cycling trip

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. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently – an important part of any trip. 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 to bring on your cycling trip

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.

Guaranteed departures

We guarantee that for departures advertised on our website as being guaranteed, the trip only itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed once 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.

Itineraries

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. While 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.

Group size

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 16 people; the average group size is usually 12 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. While every group make up is different, we occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people.

Age limits

The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips overnighting at high altitude (4,000m +) 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. If you are booking a Private Guided cycling trip please talk to us at the time of booking about the ages of your party. 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! While 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.

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Fitness and trip participation

All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. 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. Several trips reach elevations of 2,500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes.

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 cycling trips and Self-Guided holidays 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: www.explore.co.uk

No surcharge 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’s included in the trip price?

 Bike hire is included. E-Bikes can be hired locally (subject to availability) on some trips for an additional charge. See Trip 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.

Included transfers 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. Where trips join and end at the designated

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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 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 www.explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

Meal plan

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.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to Self-Guided cycling 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. 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. Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. 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 Guided cycling trips 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.

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.

Accommodation and rooming arrangements

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. 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.

Preparing for your holiday

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. While 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 they type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most from your holiday.

Foreign Office travel advice?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit – www.gov.uk/foreigntravel-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 based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or throughout the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be 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.

Travel insurance and pre-existing medical conditions

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 policy holder 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.

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 020 7938 1734. Explore Worldwide is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 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 that the condition is covered. You must take this written confirmation with you on the trip, in addition to the insurance policy itself. If you don’t, you may not have appropriate cover. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any point if you do not fully insure your pre-existing medical condition. Please also tell us about any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking.

Seating on flights and trains

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.

In-flight meals

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.

Changes to flight information

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

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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.

EU 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 or cancel 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.

Aircraft weight restrictions

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.

Lost luggage

In the rare event that your luggage is either misplaced or damaged during a flight, a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) will need to be filed with the airline before you leave the airport to allow an insurance claim to be processed at a later date.

cancellation or amendment charges) in the event of any change to, or cancellation of, our trip; or for any other reason that makes you unable to use your booked travel arrangements.

Consumer peace of mind

Explore are proud to be the first tour operator to be approved by Trading Standards. 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 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 2595 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. The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Explore Worldwide Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: non-flight packages. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the unlikely event that you require assistance while abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access the The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2018/9780111168479/contents.

Land only packages

Our land only packages start and finish at the designated overseas joining and ending point. Land only packages do not include any connecting flights to or from the joining or ending point. If you are planning to book a land only package on one of our trips, then we strongly recommend that you only purchase flights/train/ bus tickets that are totally flexible and refundable. This is because by their very nature, adventure holiday itineraries can change and it’s important that you’re able to amend your connecting travel arrangements should the need arise. In the event of a trip being cancelled it is important that you are able to get a refund if you no longer wish to use the associated flight, bus or train. We regret that we cannot accept liability for any connecting travel arrangements that you make (including any

The Association of Independent Tour Operators Monitoring standards

Exclusive membership

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

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.

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

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

Please note:

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.

Professional service and continual improvements

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.

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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.

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Passports and Visas

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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.

Visas

Many countries require a visa to be obtained before travel or on arrival. A summary of requirements for British passport holders is listed in the chart opposite. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only and you must check with the relevant embassy or consulate before travel. 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. Unless otherwise stated 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 some countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) from certain countries. Please bear this in mind when booking/traveling to these destinations as it can negatively affect your future travel plans. All visa information was compiled in August 2018. 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 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.

Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct vaccinations required for all countries that you will visit on your trip. Explore Trip Notes detail the recommended vaccinations for each trip but you must consult with your doctor or a travel health clinic to ensure you have the most up to date advice. 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. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk For country-specific advice http://nathnac.net is an excellent source of information on health risks.

Albania Austria Belarus (1) Belguim Burma Cambodia (2) Costa Rica Croatia Cuba (3) Czech Republic Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary India Italy Japan Jordan (4) Latvia Lithuania Madagascar Mexico Morocco Netherlands Nicaragua North Cyprus Panama Poland Portugal (Madeira) Romania Slovakia Slovenia South Africa (5) South Korea Spain Sri Lanka (6) Switzerland Thailand Vietnam (7)

Visas UK citizens

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Special notes [1] If travelling for 5 days or less, and arriving and departing from Minsk, it is possible to travel without a visa. [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] Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. [5] 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. [6] The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) can be obtained online. [7] No visa required for ‘British Citizen’ passport holders making a single entry before 30 June 2021 and not staying for longer than 14 days.

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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 Ireland 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 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, will be the point person for all communications relating to the booking, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. That person also consents to the use of personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy and is authorised on behalf of all persons named on the booking to disclose their personal details to us, including where applicable, special categories of data (such as information on health conditions or disabilities and dietary requirements). 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. It is your responsibility to ensure we have up to date contact information for you at all times. 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). Self-guided 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

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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 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 8% 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.

4. If you change or transfer your booking A confirmed group tour departure booking (excluding Private Groups and Self-Guided) 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 changes and transfers made to non-group holidays and Private Groups 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. Transfer of Booking: If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions: a) That person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday; b) Be are notified not less than 7 days before departure; c) You pay any outstanding balance payment, an amendment fee of £50 per person transferring, as well as any additional fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer. 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; and d) The transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out in clause 5 will apply in order to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services.

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 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 4. Cancellation by you due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances: You have the right to cancel your confirmed holiday before departure without paying a cancellation charge in the event of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” occurring at your holiday destination or its immediate vicinity and significantly affecting the performance of the holiday or significant affecting the transport arrangements to the destination. In these circumstances, we shall provide you with a full refund of the monies you have paid but we will not be liable to pay you any additional compensation. Please note that your right to cancel in these circumstances will only apply where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to your destination or its immediate vicinity. For the purposes of this clause, “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” means warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination.

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. We will provide you with a 24 hour emergency duty telephone number to enable you to contact us directly if your complaint cannot be resolved in country by our representative. 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 the spot 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.

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

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(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.

9. Consumer protection We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE (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 and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Explore Worldwide Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: Non-flight packages. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the unlikely event that you require assistance while abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Explore Leaders and agents while on a 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 that of 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 or cancel 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 insignificant. 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. 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 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, we promise not to make any significant changes to the land only once the first booking has been made itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 12). 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 we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible and if there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of: i (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements; or ii having a refund of all monies paid; or iii accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable or higher standard from us, if available (at no extra cost); or iv if available, accepting an offer of alternative arrangements of a lower standard, with a refund of the price difference between the original arrangements and the alternative arrangements. You must notify us of your choice within 7 days of our offer. If we do not hear from you within 7 days, we will contact you again to request notification of your choice. If you fail to respond again we will assume that you have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking arrangements. 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,

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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. Compensation: In addition to a full refund of all monies paid by you, we will pay you compensation as detailed below if we cancel your booking and no alternative arrangements are available. 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 *IMPORTANT NOTE: We will not pay you compensation in the following circumstances: - where we make an insignificant change; - where we make a significant change or cancel your arrangements more than 42 days before departure; - where we make a significant change and you accept those changed arrangements or you accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements; - where we have to cancel your arrangements as a result of your failure to make full payment on time; - where the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking requested by you; - where we are forced to cancel or change your arrangements due to Force Majeure (see clause 12).

12. Force majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances”, meaning any event beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the travel destination, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control. Brexit implications: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. This could include an unavailability of certain flight routes, access to certain ports and airports and changes to the visa requirements of British citizens travelling to, within or through the EU. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Force Majeure, and while we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.

13. 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. We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, as set out below and as such, we are responsible for the proper provision of all travel services included in your package, as set out in your confirmation invoice. Subject to these Booking Conditions, if we or our suppliers negligently perform or arrange those services and we don’t remedy or resolve your complaint within a reasonable period of time, we will pay you reasonable compensation. The level of such compensation will be calculated taking into consideration all relevant factors such as but not limited to: following the complaints procedure as described in these conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees’ or suppliers’ negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us. (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.

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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 of 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 unavoidable and extraordinary or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 12 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 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 holiday maker 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 13(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 three times the price (excluding any amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 13(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

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(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 us 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. (9) Where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point as per the agreed return date of your package, due to “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances”, we shall provide you with any necessary accommodation (where possible, of a comparable standard) for a period not exceeding three nights per person. Please note that the 3 night cap does not apply to persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women or unaccompanied minors, nor to persons needing specific medical assistance, provided we have been notified of these particular needs in advance. For the purposes of this clause, “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” mean warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely back to your departure point.

14. Prompt assistance If, while you are on holiday, you find yourself in difficulty for any reason, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is appropriate in the circumstances. In particular, we will provide you with appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, and assistance with distance communications and finding alternative travel arrangements. Where you require assistance which is not owing to any failure by us, our employees or sub-contractors, we will not be liable for the costs of any alternative travel arrangements or other such assistance you require. Any supplier, airline or other transport supplier may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these Booking Conditions, we will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if you fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel arrangements. Furthermore, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for our assistance in the event that the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or a member of your party, or otherwise through your or your party’s negligence.

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 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 13(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.

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 www.caa.co.uk.

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. Building and development Many resorts and hotel are continuing to develop. We will endeavour to inform you of any building work of which we are aware in advance of your holiday, which we consider may have a material effect on your contracted holiday services. However, it may be difficult to foresee the extent and impact such activity will or may have at any particular time.

19. 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. Issue date: August 2018 Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13.

16. Flights/transport/delays The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “if we change or cancel your trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during

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You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip. Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps. Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 109 or visit www.explore.co.uk/insurance Must be declared to your insurers.

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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.

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

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Data protection privacy statement Explore takes your privacy extremely seriously. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect any personal information provided to us when you enquire about or book a holiday or another travel service with us, when you visit our website, or when you engage with us by other means. This equally applies if someone else makes arrangements on your behalf. For full details of what, why and how we collect and use your personal information, how we protect it and how you can contact us, see our online Privacy Centre at www.explore.co.uk/essential-information/terms-and-conditions/privacy-policy or call us on 01252 379438 so that we can send the details to you. If you handle the arrangements for other travellers, please ensure they are aware of the information contained within our Privacy Centre and they consent to you acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. To enable us to make holiday arrangements for you, we may ask you to provide information such as: • your name, gender, date of birth, contact details; • your preferred rooming arrangements and other special requests (including special categories of personal data such as dietary requirements, which may disclose health matters or your religious or philosophical beliefs, and information about any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen holiday arrangements); • the name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (whom we will only contact in urgent circumstances while you are away); • your passport and travel insurance details; • details of your payment card or your bank account (this information is processed using a third party payment services provider and is not stored by us); When you call us or correspond with us about your booking, we may record the call for training and quality control purposes and/or keep information on why you contacted us, and the advice we gave you. On your return from holiday we email or post a satisfaction questionnaire to you. This gives us specific feedback on any issue you may have experienced, and statistical data we can amalgamate in order to monitor the quality of our holidays; We will need to share your data with third party service providers, used in the delivery of your purchased holiday arrangements, some of which may be based outside the EEA. These providers include accommodation, restaurants and transport providers; local ground partners and agents, where we use them; equipment hire operators, including our cycling partners and guides, tutors and local attractions where booked on your behalf. We keep the information related to your booking for a period which enables us to handle or respond to any complaints or queries and to fulfil our obligations to our third party suppliers who provided your holiday arrangements. The information may also be retained so that we can continue to improve your experience with us while you engage with and purchase from us. By law we have to keep basic information about our customers for legal and tax purposes for up to 7 years after they cease being customers. If you fail to provide personal information Should you fail to provide data required either by law, or necessary to provide your chosen travel arrangements, we will not be able to provide the services you have booked or are attempting to book. This may result in Explore being unable to process your booking and be forced to cancel the booking. In this case, we will treat this as a

‘cancellation by you’ in accordance with the relevant Booking Terms & Conditions and notify you accordingly. Marketing communications We may use your information to provide you with brochures, newsletters and other communications if you have provided your prior consent or we are permitted under an identified and assessed legitimate interest. We sell our holidays directly to customers and so sending out brochures and other marketing communications by post from time-to-time is very important to the way we do business. We use data we have collected from bookings, brochure requests and other forms of engagement to decide what marketing information our customers may like to receive, and we have identified this as in our legitimate interest. We do provide an opportunity to opt-out of this direct marketing during the booking or enquiry process and in subsequent communications, or you may contact us at any time to do so. We have found over the years that the majority of people welcome these communications and those who do not are happy to let us know so we can ensure no more are sent. If you ask us to stop sending marketing information, you may continue to receive communications for up to 4 weeks after your requested change while our systems are fully updated. Images From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including photos and video footage of our customers. You will be invited to sign a model release form to consent to this. These images may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish 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. Website use In order for us to provide you with the optimum service, we use ‘Cookies’ on our website. Cookies are small text files sent to your computer when you access our site. Cookies used on our site are anonymous and contain no personal information, but do identify your computer so that you can navigate our site more easily and our website can remember your preferences. For more information about what cookies we use and how to manage them please refer to our Cookie Policy at www.explore.co.uk/privacy/ cookies Contact us It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if any of the details you provide to us should change during the course of your relationship with us. If you need further assistance, would like to make a comment or update your marketing preferences, you can contact us: • By telephone on 01252 379438 • By email: dataprivacy@explore.co.uk • By mail to Data Privacy Manager, Explore, Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK You also have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact them on 0303 123 1113 or go online to www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

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