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Cycling ADVENTURES


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Explore

Welcome to our Cycling brochure, packed full of wonderful journeys for you to enjoy by bike. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or enjoy the occasional twowheeled foray into the great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place! Cycling allows you to leave everyday life behind and totally immerse yourself in your environment. At Explore we embrace this wholeheartedly, ensuring that you get to immerse yourself in the local way of life and culture of the country in which you are travelling. We have an amazing range of destinations worldwide to experience. You could discover awe-inspiring views from a winding mountain path in the Americas; or perhaps enjoy the dappled shade of a leafy towpath, riding along the charming Canal du Midi in France. You can cycle to iconic sites too – from the Kasbahs of Morocco to the charming cities of Vietnam. You will definitely collect incredible experiences that you will remember for years to come. While cycling is certainly an active holiday you don’t have to be superfit to enjoy it. The beauty of our trips is that we grade them according to fitness and capability, so you can find the right level for you.

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If you like to meet new people, and would appreciate a leader to take care of all the daily arrangements, our small group trips are perfect. Our award-winning Explore leaders have local knowledge of the routes and customs of the country and are devoted to ensuring you have a great cycling experience. There’s no pressure to cycle with the whole group; often you can go alongside others travelling at your pace. There are also plenty of opportunities to take photos, buy refreshments and chat with local people. If you prefer to travel just with family or friends and be more independent, you could take a self-guided trip – a way of travel that is quickly gaining in popularity. So pick a trip, and come discover the world with us on two wheels.

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Why Explore? We’ve been operating inspiring trips for over 35 years and draw on this experience to ensure everything is just right. Our team of dedicated cycling experts try out our itineraries so you can rest assured that they have the ideal mix of suitable routes, whether you’re a casual cyclist or dedicated enthusiast. If you want to pedal into paradise, or belt down a jungle track and receive a friendly, local welcome and hearty evening meal, we have a trip for you. Let the adventures begin! We are proud to announce that 97% of our customers would book with us again. Independently verified reviews September 2016

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WHY EXPLORE?

EXPLORE GIVES YOU MORE Included Bike Hire and Vehicle Support The secret of cycling success is having the right equipment and on all of our trips we supply goodquality hybrid touring bikes, road or mountain bikes. These are selected to perform well on the route and their hire cost is included in our prices. Where practical a support vehicle will be nearby to provide back-up if needed. We also transport your luggage between hotels, so you just carry your day bag and are free to enjoy the cycling.

Routes and Terrain It’s not much fun cycling on main roads so we follow quieter back routes or cycle paths wherever possible, with some off-road sections on fine gravel or dirt tracks. To check cycling distances, see the guides on our trip pages. More detailed route and terrain information can be found on our website, where you can download Trip Notes for each holiday.

Small, Sociable Groups Nothing beats sharing an adventure on two wheels with other people, including those en-route laughs and mealtime stories! On our group trips there are generally around 8-12 people, with a maximum of 16, of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. Usually half are travelling on their own and the rest as couples or groups of friends. Many make new friends who become life-long contacts.

Explore Leader/Cycle Guide Each cycling trip, excluding self-guided, will be accompanied by an Explore Leader. With first-hand knowledge of the cycling routes and local customs our award-winning leaders ensure that your holiday runs smoothly and safely. They check that everyone has a chance to rest and no-one gets left behind, allowing you to cycle at your own pace wherever possible. Our leaders want to give you the BEST cycling trip!

Loyalty Discounts We are proud to say that over 60% of our customers have travelled with us before and are a much-appreciated part of our Explore family. As a way of saying thank you, we offer the following discounts: Save 5% off the base price when booking your 5th to 9th Explore trip. Save 10% off the base price when booking your 10th and all subsequent Explore trips. So go on, if you are considering another trip we will make it worth your while! explore.co.uk/loyaltydiscounts for more information.

Trusted and ATOL Protected Explore has been operating adventure holidays for over 35 years and is trusted by thousands of customers who travel with us again and again. You can rest assured that we are fully protected by ATOL so that, in the unlikely event of any problems with airlines or our other travel partners, your payment is safe.

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

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A World of Choice Whether you want to cycle off the beaten track or explore parts of the world that few see, we can help you select the perfect holiday. Our cycling trips are graded on the level of physical challenge you can expect and the type of accommodation you’ll be staying in is listed. As well as deciding on the duration of your holiday you can choose whether you would like to travel as part of a small group or just with family/friends on a self-guided adventure. The information below and the table opposite will help you find the ideal trip.

Accommodation Grade

We’ve graded our cycling holidays by taking into account daily cycling distances, as well as the terrain, altitude and the amount of ascent. When a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate grade e.g. Easy to Moderate. Each trip is clearly marked with its grade. For more detailed information, see our Trip Notes which can be downloaded from the trip pages of our website.

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

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

Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) To help take the strain, we offer the option of electric bikes on certain group and self-guided holidays. Electric IK bikes (or E-Bikes) assist you when it gets tough; especially E A VA IL A on uphill sections or longer rides. This allows you to conserve your energy for later, and makes your experience much more enjoyable if you don’t like uphill. You can then throw yourself into the easier ascents, flat parts and descents, and the bike will recharge when you’re using your own pedal power. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking.

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Easy grade trips are Medium length rides Longer and more are appropriate for demanding, these suitable for anyone trips are for cyclists who enjoys easy and cyclists who are used to relatively short rides on undulating routes with who enjoy hilly terrain flat or gently undulating occasional energetic with some challenging terrain. They are ideal climbs. You will mainly ascents. The routes if you want to explore cycle on trails and quiet require a good level of roads but should have fitness and may include a region by bike at a relaxed pace. a reasonable level of some non-technical, off-road riding. fitness.

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

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Small Group Trips Countries Easy

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Austria - Germany Burma (Myanmar) Czech Republic - Germany Finland France France India Italy Italy Italy Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia Mexico Russia Vietnam Vietnam - Cambodia

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

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

Costa Rica on Two Wheels Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle Cycle Tuscany - Pisa to Florence P2P Malta and Gozo by Bike Pedalling in Poland E-BIKE Pyrenees to the Med P2P

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Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate

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Cycle Burma Cycle the Dalmatian Coast Cycle Cuba! Velo en Provence P2P Cycle Marseille to Barcelona E-BIKE Bavaria by Bike E-BIKE Cycling Rajasthan Cycle Emilia Romagna P2P Cycle Japan Cycle Jordan Southern Oasis Cycling E-BIKE Cycle the Cape Andalucia by Bike E-BIKE Cycle the Camino de Santiago NEW Cycle Seville to Porto Cycle Sri Lanka Bangkok to Saigon by Bike Cycle Saigon to Hanoi E-BIKE

CBUR CCD CCC CVP CFS CBA CIR CER CJA CJP CSO CTC CSP CCDS CEX CSL CTV CVIE

Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

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

68 48 78 22 23 45 62 35 64 54 52 56 26 25 27 63 72 71

Cycle Albania NEW Cycle the Backroads of China Cycle the Backroads of Cuba Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal NEW Cycle the Cathar Castles P2P NEW Cycle Tanzania - Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro

CAB CCH CUC CNCP CPC CTZ

Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging

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Cycling Coast to Coast P2P | E-BIKE Cycle London to Paris P2P Cycle Italy Coast to Coast P2P NEW Dolomites to Venice by Road Bike P2P

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Easy to Moderate Costa Rica Cuba Italy Malta Poland - Slovakia Spain

Moderate Burma (Myanmar) Croatia Cuba France France - Spain Germany India Italy Japan Jordan Morocco South Africa Spain Spain Spain - Portugal Sri Lanka Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam Vietnam

Moderate to Challenging Albania China Cuba Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Panama France Tanzania

Challenging England England - France Italy Italy

Self-Guided Trips Countries Easy

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

Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy P2P Self-Guided Loir and Sarthe Cycling P2P Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Puglia Cycling E-BIKE Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike P2P | E-BIKE

CSBU CSLV CSBD CSTY CSDV CSIP CSNL CSMA CSLC

Easy Easy Easy Easy Easy Easy Easy Easy Easy

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90 91 89 92 93 93 88 97 89

Self-Guided Cycling Croatia Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne P2P | E-BIKE NEW Self-Guided Cycle Nice to Genova E-BIKE Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Porec E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal P2P Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling Self-Guided Rioja Cycling P2P Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias P2P | E-BIKE

CSCD CSVP CSNG CSGR CSIC CSPO CSPM CSRR CSAS

Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy to Moderate

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Self-Guided Alpe Adria Bike Path E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges P2P | E-BIKE Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago P2P

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Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

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Easy to Moderate Croatia France France - Italy Greece Italy - Slovenia - Croatia Portugal Spain Spain Spain

Moderate Austria - Italy Italy Netherlands - Belgium Spain

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TRIPS

Self-Guided Cycling trips If you want to experience an area with family/friends and prefer to travel semi-independently, we have a great range of self-guided cycling holidays.

Going Self-Guided

Your luggage

You have the flexibility of starting your holiday on any day of the week and even extending the trip by a day or two if you wish. We take care of all the logistical planning, transporting your luggage each day, leaving you to relax and fully immerse yourself in exploring. Cycle at your own pace using our detailed route notes and maps and experience your adventure your way.

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

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

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Accommodation Our hotels are hand-selected for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range of 2-to-4 star accommodation, all with en-suite facilities. If you want a higher standard of hotel look out for our trips with Premium grade accommodation. In many places we stay for two nights, giving you the option to cycle or take a break from the bikes and explore on foot or relax instead.

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SELF-GUIDED CYCLING TRIPS

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

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

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To help take the strain, we offer the option of electric bikes on certain self-guided holidays. Electric bikes (or E-Bikes) assist you when it gets tough; especially on uphill sections or longer rides. This allows you to conserve your energy for later, and makes your experience much more enjoyable if you don’t like uphill. You can then throw yourself into the easier ascents, flat parts and descents, and the bike will recharge when you’re using your own pedal power. If you’re interested in using an electric bike, just enquire at the time of booking.

See pages 86-98 for our collection of Self-guided cycling trips.

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FLIGHTS

Fly me from... If you would like to book a flightinclusive holiday with Explore, we are delighted to be able to offer you a range of flight options. We can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports and from Dublin. These are either direct flights or via an onward connecting point to your final destination. Flight-inclusive packages booked with Explore are fully bonded. This means that we will manage any changes required in the event of any changes to your holiday or airline schedule changes after you have booked. If however you choose to book your own flights, you are responsible for the associated costs of any changes. Group Flights On many holidays we hold a small group of competitively priced seats with a specified airline which exactly fit the departure and return dates and times. Our flight inclusive holiday price includes these flights. These flights will depart from a London airport however regional connections may also be available. When you choose to travel on a group flight you will pay only the deposit for your holiday at the time of booking and we manage any changes thereafter.

Contract Flights Where we do not hold group flights, we negotiate rates with a number of preferred airline partners. These fares are highly competitive and are a great option if you are considering extending your stay before or after your trip. You may be required to pay a higher than normal deposit for your holiday in order to secure the best available fare to match your requirements.

‘Best fare of the day’ We will seek to match the best fares available in the open market including those from low cost carriers like such as easyJet. These fares fluctuate on a daily basis and an additional non-refundable payment of the full airfare will be required. For each of the above options, Explore charge a small administration fee. Once you have booked a flight with us as part of your holiday, we are responsible for managing any changes that might affect your flight. In most instances, flight upgrades may also be available – please ask us for details when making your flight inclusive holiday booking.

Booking your own flights You may prefer to purchase your own flights and book with Explore on a ‘Land Only’ basis. Whist you may get the best available flight price, we need to make you aware of the responsibilities that this carries:

n Your flight ticket cost is not necessarily bonded in the event of either

airline failure or the failure of the travel agent you booked it through. And just like our ‘Best fare of the day’ airfares you will usually have to pay in full at time of booking.

n In the event that your trip is amended or cancelled, you will be liable

for the cost of any changes or cancellations that could affect your flight ticket which may have limited, or no refund value.

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you purchase flights (or other associated travel services) that are flexible and refundable.

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CONNECT WITH US

Connect with us

One of the best things about travel is all the interesting stories and pictures you can share with your friends and family. Here at Explore we love seeing all your holiday photos, videos, tweets and updates too. Tag or mention us in your posts so we can share your incredible stories.

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THE EXPLORE ETHOS

The Explore Ethos Our Explore travellers tell us they enjoy trips with us for many reasons. They appreciate our original, inspiring and great-value itineraries; the high level of service provided by our multi-award winning leaders - and that they can rest assured Explore has taken care of all the organisation, planning and logistics.

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THE EXPLORE ETHOS

Going local... We really believe in taking you to the heart of the country you are visiting while also helping to improve the lives of the local communities we visit. This philosophy has earned the trust of thousands of customers who travel with us year after year. n 95% of our Explore Leaders are from the place you are

visiting, ensuring you experience the country through the eyes of a local.

n We generally stay in locally-owned hotels and on some

trips, also homestays, to better understand and learn about local culture.

n We support the Born Free and Mahouts Foundations and we

are passionate about the fair treatment of animals on our trips.

n We are preventing people from cutting down the Amazon

rainforest by working with local communities through Cool Earth.

Explore Leader Awards Our amazing Explore Leaders are crucial to the success of our group holidays. In order to recognise the contribution of the best of the best, we would like to encourage you to vote for your leader in our annual Explore Leader Awards. The winning leaders receive a cash prize as well as a bursary to spend on a charity of their choice, plus the chance to visit the UK. So if your leader has made your holiday extra special, please take a few moments to vote for them by visiting explore.co.uk/leaderawards

Caring for our Planet At Explore we believe in enriching lives through adventure travel. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last 12 months.

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Europe Experience the joys of picturesque Europe close up as you journey through its varied terrain. This continent has some of the best infrastructure for cycling in the world and Explore make full use of the extensive network of quiet roads and dedicated scenic paths. We offer a choice of trips to suit your interests, from meandering through quaint villages or along leafy canal towpaths to enjoying the thrill of rolling hills and stunning coastline. Be active but discover the local culture and sites too: visit castles and cathedrals, gaze at ancient archaeological treasures and sample the culinary specialities.

Insider View “Cycling in Europe is simply a pleasure. Stunning scenery within easy reach, good weather and cyclist-friendly drivers. Round it off with fine wines and mouth-watering local delicacies such as tangy cheese or Iberico ham. I always come back with my expectations exceeded, and a few treats!� Steve Rolls, Customer Support Executive at Explore

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Albania

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Italy

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Austria

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Croatia

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Lithuania

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Czech Republic

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Malta

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England

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Russia

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ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hostel. MEALS: 3 full English breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Ridgeback Meteor hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Conquer England from the saddle

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

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

Cross the North Pennines by pedal power.

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

Fantastic trip - well led by Jason. Great bikes and great set of people on the tour. Wasn’t sure what to expect but had loads of fun and a good challenge to boot with those hills. Can’t wait for the next one. David Chandler

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: CLP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 5 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Join us on this classic cycle challenge between two iconic capital cities. Our scenic route takes us through the beautiful countryside of Surrey and Normandy, past D-Day battle sites and medieval towns and villages. Along the way you can reward your taste buds with great local cuisine, fine cheeses, crepes, cider and Calvados. We celebrate reaching Paris with a ride past historic landmarks to the Eiffel Tower and along the banks of the Seine.

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Cycle through the Normandy countryside via D-Day battle sites to Caen.

Cycle the Caen canal, through the beautiful villages of Troarn and Hotot to Lisieux.

Ride through beautiful HauteNormandie, with the River Seine.

Cycle Evreux forests, following the Seine into Paris and to the Eiffel Tower.

Trip ends in Paris. Either fly or take a train back to the UK.

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Challenge yourself on this classic cycle ride between two iconic cities

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EUROPE

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: CCM ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train, Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Follow France’s historic Canal du Midi on this gentle cycle journey

Villepinte Optional rides

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

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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.

Fantastic scenery of canal, vineyards and medieval architecture, plus a couple of opportunities to go to the beach for a well earned swim. Andrew, our tour leader was very patient, knowledgeable and accommodating. Janet Atherton

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Insider View “I have led cycling holidays along the tree-lined canopy of the Canal du Midi for many years and take delight in sharing the hidden diversity of this varied region and its UNESCO sites. The stretches along the canal path are tranquil, but be prepared to negotiate the tree roots and gravel. Every day is different with stunning views and medieval towns to discover, and there is a real sense of achievement in completing the journey to the next destination. My highlights are the views from the wonderful castles, the vineyard visits as well as the coastal scenery of the national park. Staying in three convenient yet historic locations, you can experience all the local food and sample the great local wines.� Andrew Perryman Explore Leader

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Optional single rooms are available from £275 TRIP CODE: CPC ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

FRANCE Chateau de Lastours

CARCASSONNE

NARBONNE

Limoux (wine tasting) Puivert Castle

Bike ride around Leucate Sea Lake

Rennes-les-Bains (hot springs)

SOUGRAIGNE

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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PERPIGNAN Collioure 0 km

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Day 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends at Perpignan.

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

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Rewarding cycle rides through Pyrenean foothills, between dramatic Cathar castles and medieval towns

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Loire Valley Cycling EASY

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TRIP CODE: LV ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 14.

Easy cycling among the chateaux and castles of the Loire Valley – the Garden of France

From/To Lille

FRANCE

CHENONCEAUX Château de Chenonceau

Villandry Gardens Ussé

DAILY DISTANCES

AMBOISE e

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54km

Day 5

38km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

43km

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

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Join trip in Chenonceaux.

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

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

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

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Cycle to Ride the wine Drive to St. medieval route of Chinon Pierre des Chinon, passing along the River Corps rail Chateau d’Usse Vienne. station in Tours - inspiration where the trip for Sleeping ends. Beauty.

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The flowers, the food, the chateaux, the slow meandering rivers, the green weeds under the clear water, the reflections of the bridges on the water, the picnics and the wine tasting. All were amazing parts of the Loire bike trip.

Jeri Wade

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Velo en Provence M

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TRIP CODE: CVP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear Trek hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Train from/to London via Lille Train from/to & Avignon London via Lille & Avignon

FRANCE FRANCE Vaison-la

DENTELLES DE -Romaine Vaison-la MONTMIRAIL DE -Romaine DENTELLES Seguret MONTMIRAIL Malaucene Cameret sur Seguret Codolet Malaucene Aiguessur Cameret Gigondas Mt. Ventoux Codolet ORANGE Aigues Gigondas Mt. Ventoux Vacqueras ORANGE Vacqueras Bedoin Caderouse Bedoin Caromb Caderouse Chateauneuf Du Pape Wine CARPENTRAS Caromb Chateauneuf Dutasting Pape Wine tasting CARPENTRAS Tavel Venasque Pernes PROVENCE Tavel Venasque Avignon Pernes PROVENCE (optional visit) Le Thor Avignon Murs (optional visit) Le Thor Gordes Murs optional Fontaine deGordes ride Rousillon optional Vaucluse Fontaine de ride Rousillon VaucluseLUBERON Chateau of ST REMY DE LUBERON Barbentane Chateau of PROVENCE ST REMY DE Durance Barbentane PROVENCE DES ALPILLESDurance Les Baux Les Baux DES ALPILLES optional ride Fontvielle optional ride Fontvielle 10 km 0 km 10 km 0 km

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35/66km

Day 3

47/70km

Day 4

20/48/76/80km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

41/66km

Day 7

43km

Optional challenging rides Optional challenging rides

Optional Rides

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

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

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

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 Provencal life on today’s ride.

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

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

Drive to Avignon train station where the trip ends.

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A great tour in a lovely part of the world. A perfect way to really see the region. Andrew - our tour leader - was superb and added to the pleasure. Great organisation throughout. Ascent of Le Ventoux was a memorable experience. Thanks and thoroughly recommended.

Richard Massey

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TRIP CODE: CFS ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, train, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

FRANCE Beziers

SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER Camargue N.P

SETE

MARSEILLE Panier district Old Port

Canal du Midi

COLLIOURE

Mediterranean Sea

FIGUERES

Dali Museum

SPAIN

DAILY DISTANCES

TORROELLA DE MONTGRI Empuries Greek ruins

Saint Feliu de Guixols

BARCELONA

Gaudi Modernist Architecture

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Day 4

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Day 5

50km

Day 6

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Day 7

50km

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

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Join trip in Marseille.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Barcelona.

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A cycle journey around the Mediterranean between iconic cities

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RIPOLL

Bike trails in Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa NP

GIRONA

Old fortified town Explore city ramparts

SANT FELIU DE GUIXOLS Beaches & forests

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA Catalonian Capital Gaudi Architecture Ramblas

BARCELONA

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Day 3

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Day 5

40km

Day 6

23km

Optional Rides

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

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

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

Forest ride past extinct volcanoes in Garrotxa Natural Park.

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Barcelona.

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The tour was excellent fun from start to finish. A great guide, great group and stunning scenery all served to make this an excellent trip. So many highlights - views of the Pyrenees on the descent to Olot, beautiful Girona, managing to cycle the entire route of the optional last day!

Diane Carter

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Cycle the Camino de Santiago M

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TRIP CODE: CCDS ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Stevens hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

The mix of culture, cuisine, nature and cameraderie was ideal. I have been a serious traveller for over thirty years, and I have to say that this is one of the best trips I’ve ever taken.

Dennis McFadden

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Bay of Biscay

La Coruna Airport

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DAILY DISTANCES SPAIN

ARZUA Triacastela

PORTOMARÍN SAMOS

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Guggenheim Museum

O’Cebreiro

(optional) Villafranca del Bierzo

70 km

MOLINASECA Cruz de Ferro

León

ASTORGA

Santovenia

Day 2

51km

Day 3

48km

Day 4

38/71km

Day 5

36km

Day 6

62km

Day 7

48km

Optional Rides

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 meseta. We ascend into the fertile region of the Bierzo and traverse the rolling hills of Galicia to the delightful city of Santiago where we can claim our pilgrims’ certificate.

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

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

Cycle the rolling landscape of the Bierzo mountains to Molinaseca.

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Santiago.

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Cycle the legendary pilgrim trail across northern Spain

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Andalucia by Bike M

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TRIP CODE: CSP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

COLOMBIA

ECUADOR

Discover Andalucia’s natural beauty, great diversity and rich history DAILY DISTANCES CORDOBA La Mezquita

SPAIN

GUADIX

Ecija

La Peza

SEVILLE

Alhambra

Alcornocales N.P

TARIFA

Olvera

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34km

Velez-Malaga

0 km

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MALAGA Mediterranean Sea

50km

Day 6

La Calahorra Alhama de Granada

RONDA

31km

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Day 5

GRANADA

Cathedral

Puerto Serrano Grazalema N.P

Canyons and desert

Day 2

100 km

35km

Day 9

43km

Day 10

38km

Day 11 Day 12

47km

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

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Join trip in Malaga.

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

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

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

Cycle through the desert 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.

Cycle with Ride cycle stunning path from scenery in the Ronda then natural parks time to explore of Alcornocales the beautiful and Grazalema. city of Seville. Drive to Ronda.

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Cycle Seville to Porto M

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£1189 £995

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Optional single rooms are available from £235 TRIP CODE: CEX ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Stevens hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, train, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

PORTO

Douro Valley train ride

Ermesinde

Pocinho Atlantic Ocean

ALDEA DEL OBISPO VALVERDE DEL FRESNO ALCANTARA MARVAO

PORTUGAL

ELVAS

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SEVILLE

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70km

Day 3

75km

Day 4

75km

Day 5

78km

Day 6

72km

Day 7

30km

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 before cycling into Porto where we celebrate the end of our journey with a glass of port.

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

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

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

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

We ride 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 and cycle rides to Porto. Celebrate with some Port tasting.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Cycle the backroads of Extremadura and descend the Douro Valley by train and bike

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Malta and Gozo by Bike M O D ER

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Optional single rooms are available from £110 TRIP CODE: CML ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Off the beaten track exploration of two mediterranean islands Zebbug

Xaghra Ggantija Temples

GOZO Mgarr Harbour

VICTORIA

Cirkewwa Mediterranean Sea

MALTA

SLIEMA Mdina Walking tour

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Valletta City tour Marsaskala Fishing Village

DAILY DISTANCES

Zurrieq Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Blue Grotto Temples (optional)

Day 2

18km

Day 3

19km

Day 4

20km

Day 5

21km

Day 6

11km

10 Discover the unique culture and fascinating history of the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. On the smaller island of Gozo we take two gentle loop rides that offer ancient archeological treasures, coastal panoramas and the ancient citadel of Victoria. In Malta we cycle coastal routes, visit mysterious megalithic temples, an olive estate and the impressive capital Valletta.

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Join trip at Malta Airport. Drive and ferry to Victoria, capital of the island of Gozo.

Cycle loop ride with wonderful views on quiet roads to the Azure Window and Inland Sea.

Ride to the mysterious megalithic Ggantija temples in Xaghra. Ferry to Malta.

Cycle on winding country roads past Dingli Cliffs, Hagar Qim Temples and the Blue Grotto.

Cycle past defensive towers, enjoy sea views and end our ride at Paradise Bay.

Morning ride to Marsaskala fishing village. Afternoon optional Valletta Grand Harbour boat trip.

Discover the beautiful and historic Old City of Valletta on a walking tour. Sample local food delicacies.

Trip ends at Malta Airport.

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The holiday was beyond my expectations - it was perfect in every respect - a very enthusiastic leader, the mountain bikes, accommodation and atmosphere. I cannot recommend your cycling in Malta trip more highly. April is a excellent time to visit with the wild flowers in full bloom. Dudley Baker

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Cycle Tuscany - Pisa to Florence

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TRIP CODE: CTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Focus Black Hills mountain bikes with hybrid tyres and lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Cycle through the heart of Tuscany between Pisa and Florence

Medieval Walled Town

LUCCA PISA

VINCI

DAILY DISTANCES

FLORENCE

Leonardo’s birthplace

Leaning Tower, Campo del Miracoli 0 km

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35km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

37km

Day 5

48km

Day 6

42km

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

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Join trip in Pisa.

An exploration of the countryside around Pisa by bike.

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

Enjoy a ride through beautiful Luccan countryside past Renaissance villas.

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

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

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

Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

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Beautiful weather, scenery and views, fabulous food and wine and great company!

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Cycle Italy Coast to Coast L E N GI

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: CUT ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 20 gear Focus Culebro SL 3.0 and Focus Cayo Alu 105 / Sora road bikes with drop bars. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Adriatic Sea

Bologna

PESARO

URBINO

Pisa

Medieval walled town

ITALY SIENA

Furlo gorge

GUBBIO

APPENNINES

Roman Amphitheatre

DAILY DISTANCES

MONTEPULCIANO

Medieval hill-top town Wine tasting

PUNTONE DI SCARLINO

0 km

Mediterranean Sea

60 km

Day 2

70km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

87km

Day 5

90km

Day 6

65km

Day 7

95km

Optional Rides

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rest day for relaxing and sightseeing in Siena. Optional ride into Chianti Classico region.

Cycle across the Montagnola Senese hills to finally reach the Mediterranean at Puntone di Scarlino.

Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

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Cycle Western Sicily

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EASY

£1199 £999

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Optional single rooms are available from £160 TRIP CODE: CSI ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Atala Discovery hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Discover the rich history, proud culture and rugged beauty of western Sicily

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Erice Optional cable car

Favignana Island Mozia Island Phoenician remains

PALERMO Segesta

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

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

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

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

Trip ends at Palermo Airport.

Cycle inland Ride to Cycle to to our discover the the ancient family-run outstanding salt pans of organic farm Greek Mozia. Visit temple and the Phoenician or agriturismo site. Marsala accommodation archaeological sweet wine in Bruca. site at Segesta. tasting.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our first cycling trip with Explore. It has changed how we want to holiday from now on (and opened up loads of new opportunities.) Carolyn Cawley

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice EASY

£1429 £1199

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TRIP CODE: CDV ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Maxx Crossmaxx hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, ferry, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Easy cycling through the South Tyrol past pristine lakes to Venice MERANO BOLZANO Caldaro Ora

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Day 2 Venice Guided tour

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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 Lake Garda we swap natural highlights for the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and Venice, where we end our journey. Along the way we ride on traffic-free cycle paths, sample the local wine and stay in charming and elegant alpine towns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the marvellous city of Venice.

Trip ends in Mestre.

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It was an amazing trip with wonderful scenery, culture, food, drink and people! Stephen Westall


Insider View “For me the highlight of this trip is the variety! We start from the German speaking part of Italy, on the border with Austria, in a wealthy spa town where Princess Sissi and her 19th-century noble European friends used to relax over winter. The further south we cycle the more “Italian” it gets. We ride with the Dolomites in the distance, down glacial valleys, through vineyards, we take a ferry across Lake Garda and arrive at the roman amphitheatre of Verona. From beer to wine, mountains to the Adriatic, German to Italian, goulash to Venetian cicchetti, folk songs to operas... as my mamma used to say: “the world is beautiful because of differences”. Ernesto Benfari, Explore Leader

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Optional single rooms are available from £235 TRIP CODE: CUD ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 20 gear Focus Culebro SL 3.0 and Focus Cayo Alu 105 / Sora road bikes with drop bars. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DOBBIACO Dolomites, Karst scenery

CANAZEI

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

ITALY TRENTO

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Lake Garda

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Venice PADOVA

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Join us on this challenging road bike trip from the stunningly beautiful Dolomites past the shores of Lake Garda and onto the impressive cities of Verona and Padova. The first two days are in classic Giro d’Italia territory with some amazing ascents, descents and high passes to test you, then the terrain flattens somewhat on subsequent days. We dedicate the final day to explore the majesty of Venice travelling by train and boat from our hotel in Padova. If you prefer to continue cycling there is the option of a self-guided ride to Chioggia.

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Join trip at Venice Airport. Drive to Dobbiaco in the heart of the Dolomites.

Stunning cycle route through pretty alpine towns over three Dolomiti passes into the Carnic Alps.

Classic road ride following historic Giro D’Italia routes and part of the Sella Ronda route.

We bid farewell to the high mountain passes and ride through the foothills to Trento.

Fabulous views as we skirt Lake Garda on our (now flatter!) ride to Verona.

We cycle past vineyards and fruit orchards on our ride to the beautiful city of Padova.

Free day with option to spend a full day in Venice or a self-guided return ride to Chioggia.

Trip ends in Padova.

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Classic ‘Giro’ road cycling from the Dolomites to the Adriatic


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Cycle Emilia Romagna M

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£1095 £899

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: CER ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Focus Black Hills mountain bikes with hybrid tyres and lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, train, bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Po Delta protected wetlands

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City of the Renaissence

Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

COMACCHIO Little Venice wetlands

Reggio Emilia Lambrusco wine tasting

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Balsamic vinegar tasting

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RAVENNA Bologna Piazza Maggiore

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Join us on this cycle journey through Emilia Romagna, a region considered the gastronomic capital of Italy. We explore the waterways and wetlands of the Po Delta, from historic Ravenna to beautiful Comacchio, and stepping into Veneto with a night in Chioggia, located on the Venetian Lagoon. After a rest day in the Renaissance city of Ferrara, from where you have the option to explore the great city of Bologna, we continue up valley to the hill town of Parma. Along the way we will have the chance to learn about and taste famous local specialties such as red Lambrusco, Balsamic vinegar of Modena, Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. DAY

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Join trip at Bologna Airport. Drive to historic Ravenna.

Ride cycle paths through wetlands rich with birdlife to ‘Little Venice’ lagoon town Comacchio.

Cycle through the Po Delta waterways to Chioggia, an impressive Venetian town on the lagoon.

Ride up the Po River to Ferrara – an important city of the Renaissance.

A rest day to explore beautiful Ferrara. Option to visit the art city of Bologna.

Cycle to Modena. Sample Balsamic vinegar and the original frizzante Lambrusco wine.

A scenic ride to Parma to sample the superb local Parmesan cheese.

Drive to Bologna Airport where the trip ends.

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Cycling in Italy’s culinary heartland steeped in history

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Puglia on Two Wheels EASY

£1250 £899

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TRIP CODE: CIP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Easy cycling along quiet roads in the heel of Italy and on the Adriatic coast

ADRIATIC SEA

Bari Airport 13th century castle

MONOPOLI ALTAMURA

Local bakery visit Alta Murgia National Park

San Giuliano Lake

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Egnazia Bronze-age site

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

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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, whitewashed villages and the rugged Adriatic coastline. Along the way we introduce the superb Pugliese cuisine with cheeses from a local ‘caseificio’, a visit to a family-run bakery and wine tasting.

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Cycle through Alta Murgia National Park from UNESCO Monte castle.

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

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

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

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

A coastal ride past inviting clear waters to the bronze age site of Egnazia. Evening winetasting.

Trip ends at Bari Airport.

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I’ve done lots of holidays with Explore, and I thought this was one of the best. Claire Jacob


Insider View “At the end of one of the very first trips a fellow cyclist said “more than cycling our way through Puglia we’ve been eating our way through the region!” He has a point… In Altamura we visit Giuseppe’s – the 5th generation owner of a traditional wood oven bakery. We cycle to Angelita’s centuries-old olive oil mill. We also bike to Anna and Claudio’s organic dairy farm where we learn the unique technique of fresh mozzarella making and the other typical cheeses of the area: caciocavallo and scamorza. As well as some wine tasting, there is over 150,000 years of history, folklore and tradition to experience when cycling around Puglia!“ Tullia Caballero, Explore Ground Agent

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Cycle Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

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EASY

£1395 £1099

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Optional single rooms are available from £175 TRIP CODE: CRU ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle guide, driver(s). BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Hermitage Museum, Cathedral and art treasures

ST PETERSBURG Lake Ilmen St George Monastery Novgorod Kremlin

RUSSIA

VELIKY NOVGOROD VALDAY

Valdaysky National Park Iversky Monastery

SELIGER LAKE

Historical villages

Nilov Monastery

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MOSCOW

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Kremlin Lenin’s Tomb Red Square

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

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Join trip in Moscow.

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

Drive to Lake Seliger. Cycle through to the neoclassical ensemble of Nilov Monastery.

Bus to Torzhok district where we ride between 1820th century villages. Drive to Lake Valdaysky.

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

Drive to Lake Ilmen. Cycle to the impressive fortress of Novgorod Kremlin.

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

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A cycle adventure through ‘real’ Russia between two classic cities


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Cycle Finland: Turku Archipelago

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FINLAND

EASY

£1189 £999

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Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: CFT ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 7 gear Kalkhoff Jubilee hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Pedalling through the archipelago, the views change often from bare rocky islets to green countryside with its wooden houses.

Marius Mauragas

Taivassalo Kustavi Laupunen

Naantali Teersalo

Hakkenpää

TURKU

FINLAND Nagu

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HELSINKI City tour by bike

Korpostrom Tammisaari town 0 km

Hanko

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15km

Day 3

45km

Day 4

39km

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29km

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45km

Discover Finland by bike as we explore the unspoilt nature and beauty of the Turku Archipelago. Our trip starts in the attractive and bikefriendly city of Helsinki with a cycle tour that includes some modern architectural wonders. We then drive to the southwest coast where we base ourselves in Turku, the oldest city in Finland. We spend three days exploring the Archipelago by bike - a natural phenomenon 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 and its remote fishing communities. DAY

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Join trip in Helsinki.

Explore the Finnish capital on their impressive bike path network.

Drive to Turku then cycle the beautiful islands of Storlansder, Kyrklander and Lillandet.

Turku city tour. Explore the Taivasaalo peninsula and Kivimaa Island by bike.

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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Combine cosmopolitan Helsinki with remote Archipelago island hopping

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Pedalling in Poland

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TRIP CODE: CPP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Driver. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Cycle through pristine Poland along the Dunajec Cycle Route

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Old feudal village

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White Dunajec

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Chocholow Wooden Village

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ZAKOPANE

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47km

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Day 6

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Poland is an idyllic location for a cycle holiday and we meander through its unspoilt landscapes, medieval towns and traditional timberframed villages. Surrounded by the Beskid Mountains, we cycle on cliff-cut paths along the picturesque Dunajec Gorge and into Slovakia. We will sample some delicious local cuisine and experience a warm welcome from the locals.

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

Cable car and cycle via Chocholow to historic Lopuszna.

Countryside cycling to Niedzica to explore the castle.

Cycle the Dunajec Gorge to the spa town of Szczawnica.

Pedal though old villages and past fruit orchards to Rytro.

Explore historic Stary Sacz by bike before driving to Krakow.

Cycling tour of Krakow Old Town and the local area.

Trip ends in Krakow.

Pedalling in Poland was really good. A great mix of cycling and polish culture/sites.

Katherine Busfield

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Insider View “Pedalling in Poland was such an unexpected delight. The cycling was superb; a gentle pace, relatively flat, not too many miles and on quiet country lanes as well as through pristine countryside. The food was much better than I had anticipated; traditional, homely, filling and packing a big flavour punch. Charming guesthouses with great local beers and wine were perfect for relaxing in at the end of the day in the saddle. Other highlights included cycling though the dramatic Dunajec Gorge, Zakopane street markets filled with local crafts, the spa town of Szczwnica and Niedzica Castle overlooking the beautiful Czorsztyn Lake. Now I’ve cycled in Poland I would recommend it to all my friends and family.” Alison Butler, Cycling Product Manager at Explore

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Cycling the Baltic States £1199 £975

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TRIP CODE: CBS ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 7 gear Kalkhoff Jubilee hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Gulf of Finland

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Medieval walled city

BALTIC SEA

National Park

Three Baltic countries on two wheels in one week

ESTONIA

Gulf of Riga

LATVIA Jurmala

RIGA

Art nouveau architecture

DAILY DISTANCES

RUSSIA

Palanga

KLAIPEDA

LITHUANIA

Nida Kintai UNESCO old town

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175 km

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TRAKAI

Island Castle

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Day 3

39km

Day 4

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42km

Day 6

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Day 7

41km

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37km

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

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Join trip in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.

Cycle around the lake to explore Trakai Historic National Park and castles.

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

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

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

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

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

Cycle through the Baltics exploring Tallin, the picturesque capital of Estonia.

Trip ends in Tallinn.

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A superbly organised introduction to the Baltic states. Malcolm Curtis


Insider View “Visiting three countries in one week, this trip has the perfect combination of cycling and sightseeing, taking us through national park forests, past lakes and onto pristine sandy beaches as well as exploring three World Heritage capital cities. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the past of an area only recently re-emerged onto the map of Europe. Everyone is friendly and we can hear stories from the lips of those who lived under the old ‘Iron Curtain’. We taste different cuisine from local dishes at modern restaurants to trying the fresh catch of the day at a café on the banks of the Curonian lagoon, or traditional food from a former Soviet canteen just like grandmother used to cook at home.” Egle Mickeviciene, Explore Leader

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Prague to Meissen by Bike £899 £739

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TRIP CODE: CCZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Unibike Voyager hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

MEISSEN Dresden Pillnitz Castle

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Konigstien Fortress

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Usti nad Labem

Schmilka Spa town

DECIN

Velke Brezno Strekov Ruined fortress

LITOMERICE Terezin Fortress town

Roundnice

MELNIK

Palace Vineyards

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City walking tour Wenceslas Square

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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

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

Cycle to Melnik via the ‘Garden of Bohemia’.

Pedal to Litomerice stopping to visit the vast Terezin fortress.

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

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

Cycle via Dresden to Meissen.

Drive to Prague. Afternoon walking tour.

Trip ends in Prague.

We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful cycling along the rivers and through the countryside. Lynn McLean

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TRIP CODE: CBA ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Unibike Voyager hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

BAMBERG

NUREMBERG RhineDanube Canal

NEUMARKT IN DER OBERPFALZ

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BAD Lake TÖLZTegernsee

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44km

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Day 4

46km

Day 5

75km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

53km

Explore the best of Bavaria on two wheels as we follow quiet roads and a network of river cycle paths through beautiful landscapes to historic towns. Explore the heart of Bavaria with rides through Franconia to Nuremberg and Bamberg. Later we relocate to the inspiring Alpine setting of upper Bavaria before finishing in Munich. You may like to sample Bavaria’s wide variety of world-class beers along the way!

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Join trip at Munich airport. Drive to beautifullypreserved medieval Regensburg.

Cycle along the Danube River cycle path to Essing. Boat tour to Weltenburg Monastery.

Ride along the Ludwig Canal on our way to Nuremberg, in the heart of Bavaria.

Pedal along the Pegnitz River to Bamberg, one of the beer capitals of the world.

Drive into Southern Bavaria. Visit Tegernsee Monastery and cycle to Bad Tolz.

Our final ride follows the Isar River into Munich for sightseeing and free time.

Trip ends in Munich.

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Cycle through the limestone gorges of the Altmuehl Valley to the historic town of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz. . MAY JUN JUL SEP

Brilliant tour leader and assistant, whose only concerns were to make sure that we had a great holiday (and saw as much of the country as possible). Andrew Freer

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Along the Blue Danube £1285 £1095

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TRIP CODE: CBD ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Unibike Voyager hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Cycling along first class cycle paths through stunning scenery and pretty villages and towns (with lots of historical and other interest).

John Stankey

CZECH REPUBLIC

GERMANY

AUSTRIA

PASSAU Train/bus from Vienna

Aschach

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

SCHLÖGEN

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Engelhartszell ‘Schlögener Schlinge The Great Loop’

Greifenstein Castle

VIENNA City of culture

35 km

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53km

Day 4

65km

Day 5

46km

Day 6

40km

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55km

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35km

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

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Join trip in Vienna and travel to Passau.

Cycle from Passau through small villages to Schlogen.

Cycle the ‘Great Loop’ from Schlögen to Linz.

Pedal through the fertile countryside to medieval Grein.

Cycle along the Danube from Grein to Melk.

Ride along the terraced vineyards to Krems.

Cycle the Krems and Danube tow paths to Stockerau.

Arrive in Vienna by bike for an orientation tour.

Trip ends in Vienna.

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Optional single rooms are available from £115 TRIP CODE: CAB ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 24 gear Specialized CrossTrail or Ariel hybrid bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

MACEDONIA

Durres

Tirana Airport

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

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Onufi Icons Museum

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Kelcyra Gorge

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Remote Germenj Park Vjosa gorge

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Drino

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

SARANDA

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45 km

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GREECE

50km

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72km

Day 4

58km

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67km

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40km

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33km

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

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Join trip at Tirana airport and drive to Lake Ohrid.

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

Climb into the heart of the Gammoz Mountians to Germenj.

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

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

Trip ends at Tirana airport.

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Cycle to Coastal Saranda on the cycling along Ionian coast the Albanian via Butrint Riviera to the archaeological fine beaches of treasure. Qeparo.

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Fabulous country and people. Well planned tour with a great mix of eating, exploring, cycling and resting. Katherine Klaka

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Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: CCD ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Polar Mirage or Avalanche mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Island hopping and cycling down the spectacular Dalmatian coast

Sightseeing

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Cavtat

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40km

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20km

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70km

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30km

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35km

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

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

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

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

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

Cycle through the villages of the Dalmatian Coast.

Trip ends in Dubrovnik.

Explore the Ferry to Korula. old streets and Cycling abandoned around the villages by red terracotta bike on the roofed villages beautiful island and marbled of Hvar. streets.

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A fantastic trip and a brilliant way to see the country. A good balance of cycling and sightseeing. Highly recommended! Catherine Caine

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Insider View “This was my first trip to Croatia and first cycling trip and I absolutely loved seeing this beautiful country from the saddle. Climbing to the top of Korcula and looking out over the Adriatic was really special; the island is stunning with villages dotted along the coastline. My favourite parts were the vineyards on the Dalmatian Coast, which are lovely to ride through and also meant we were constantly stopping at small wineries to try the local tipple. The food and drink throughout the trip was outstanding, I even bought some olive oil from a lady selling it from her shed! I really felt like I got under the skin of Croatia on this trip and would recommend it to anyone, no matter your level of cycling experience�. Jonny May, Product Manager at Explore

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Middle East AND

Africa Travelling on two wheels in the Middle East and Africa provides mesmerising and diverse adventures. Choose from our wonderful cycling trips in Jordan, Morocco, South Africa and – new this year – Tanzania! You can cycle from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, meeting the Masai and swapping to four wheels for a game drive. Or camp under the night sky in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Meet nomads in the Sahara desert after a camel ride in Morocco and travel through kasbahs and the Atlas Mountains. Or head to South Africa to cycle the Garden Route and enjoy the excellent food and wine, culture and stunning scenery.

Insider View “I love the Middle East and Africa, such a fragrant and colourful collection of countries. Cycling in this region is quite unique; you really get to appreciate everyday life from the saddle. Highlights include sipping sweet mint tea in Jordan to observing cute African penguins on Boulders Beach.” Alison Butler, Cycling Product Manager at Explore

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Tanzania

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Southern Oasis Cycling MO

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TRIP CODE: CSO ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, assistant cycle guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 21 gear Stockli XC mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Cycle Morocco's kasbah trail

MOROCCO

Demnate Tizi n’Outfi 2180m

MARRAKECH Jebel Toubkal 4167m

Tizi n’Tichka 2260m

Toufrine

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

Tinerhir

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Agdz

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Rissani

ERG CHEBBI SAND DUNES

ALNIF

Camel ride

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Tazzarine SAHARA

Tinififte Pass 1660m DRAA VALLEY

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Rhettaras

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Walk in Todra Gorge

Ighil M’Goun 4071m

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45km

Day 4

50km

Day 5

35km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

50km

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bike though local villages en route to El Kelaa Mgouna.

Ride down the Atlas Mountains and return to Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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Simply perfect. It is so hard to pick a highlight as the whole trip was fantastic from start to finish! Jessica Campbell


Insider View “Morocco is a lovely place to visit, so why not do it from the saddle of a bike. What an experience. The trip is rated moderate, which is a perfect fit as it wasn’t easy but wasn’t strenuous either. The cycling has a little bit of everything, from steep ascents, flat endless roads with very little traffic, to the winding bends and sharp descents through the High Atlas. The trip itinerary was able to satisfy the different types of personality and ability levels we had in the group. The hotels were lovely and the staff friendly; the food was typically Moroccan and wonderful.” Caryn Darley Waddilove, Customer Service Executive at Explore

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Cycle Jordan

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JORDAN

MO

£1395 £995

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: CJP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 24 gear Trek 3700 mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

SYRIA

AMMAN MADABA Dead Sea

PETRA

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Showbak Crusader castle Little Petra

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ASH SHOWBAK

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

36km

Day 3

42km

Day 4 AQABA

WADI RUM

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Desert Camp

63 km

Red Sea port

Day 5

20km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

35km

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 you can snorkel, swim or just relax.

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Join trip in Madaba.

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

Cycle from Shobak Crusader Castle to Petra.

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends at Amman airport.

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The whole week was fantastic and I’d do it all again without hesitation. Helene Sykes


MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cycle Tanzania - Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro

FROM

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TANZANIA

10 £2350 DAYS 8 £1699 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £180 TRIP CODE: CTZ ACCOMMODATION: Simple CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple tented camp, 3 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 21 gear Trek 4300 or Merida Matts 20D mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

A cycling adventure through iconic landscapes

OLPOPONGI MASAI VILLAGE

Mount Kilimanjaro NP

NGORONGORO Crater Game drive

ARUSHA

MOSHI

DAILY DISTANCES

LAKE MANYARA National Park Game drive

TARANGIRE National Park Game drive

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63km

Day 3

37/83km

Day 4

32km

Day 5

43km

Day 6

41km

Optional Rides

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

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Join trip in Moshi with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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

Ride towards Mount Meru through Masai villages to Arusha.

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

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

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

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

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

MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN NOV DEC JAN

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Why not extend your trip to include Tanzania’s premier National Park, the world famous Serengeti, home to a vast array of wildlife including the Big Five. The stunning scenery of endless plains and Acacia trees has one of the largest concentrations of game on the African continent alongside resident prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards. Please contact our Tailormade sales team for more information.

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Cycle the Cape SOUTH AFRICA

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£1939 £1245

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12

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10

Optional single rooms are available from £190 TRIP CODE: CTC ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 24 gear Schwinn Messa mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

This was an excellent tour. We were treated to some amazing food and wine, the landscape and coastline is very dramatic and ever changing. Anthony Fawcett

SOUTH AFRICA Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

Cape winelands

Day 2

33km

Day 3

18/25km

Day 4

18/25km

Hike in Tsitsikamma NP cycle Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley

De Poort Ostrich farm

SWELLENDAM

Riversdale

KNYSNA

Malgas

ATLANTIC OCEAN 0 km

12km

Cango Caves

Optional Marloth NR

Jonkershoek

Sea Island boat trip Cycle Cape of Good Hope

Day 1

Calitzorp

STELLENBOSCH

Hermanus Whale watching (July-Nov)

DAILY DISTANCES

Swartberg pass

Plettenberg Bay

Bredasdorp

INDIAN OCEAN

Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in Africa

100 km

Day 5

19/46km

Day 6

12/30km

Day 7

37km

Day 8

30km

Day 9

44km

Optional Rides

Cycle with Africa’s Western Cape Province. We pedal along the rugged coastline of Cape Point and through the forested C=us 10through M= 50South Y= 100 K=5 shorelines of the ‘Garden Route’. In Stellenbosch we ride through vineyards and enjoy a glass of the locally produced wine. Along the way we explore the dripstone caverns of Cango Caves and visit Boulders Beach - home to a colony of African Penguins.

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

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

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

Drive and cycle through Red Stone Hills to De Poort.

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

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

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

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

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

Drive via Hermanus to Cape Town where the trip ends.

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Cycle South Africa’s Cape, winelands and Garden Route


Insider View “With its incredibly diverse scenery of dramatic mountains, green valleys and neatly laid vineyards, and the meeting point for two oceans, the Western Cape is one of my favourite places in the world. Exploring by bike is a brilliant way to see the best the area has to offer, taking us away from the main routes along gravel tracks right into the countryside. A certain level of fitness is needed, but you really don’t need to be a pro-cyclist to enjoy this trip. Some of my best moments were seeing penguins playing on Boulders Beach, wine tasting in famous Stellenbosch and the wonderful hospitality of local people, not to forget delicious African cuisine.” Hannah Owen, Cycling Product Executive at Explore

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Asia AND THE

Pacific Experience some of the world’s best cycling in Asia, a continent bursting with variety and contrast. With cycle trips for all levels of physical fitness from easy to tough, Asia is ideal for exploring on two wheels. We’ve added the fascinating destination of China this year and travel in rural areas with colourful tribal minorities and beautiful scenery. Then there’s Japan, with its ancient culture, amazing gardens, stunning coast and verdant mountains. Cycle through tea plantations or along coastal trails. Catch charming city highlights, be amazed at floating villages, or visit colourful markets, brilliant beaches, jungle temples and lush highlands.

Insider View “Smiling locals, bike friendly countries and spicy fresh food are my reasons for heading back to South East Asia time and again. The cool breeze of a downhill ride or the slow pedal past rice paddies offers a refreshing perspective and is an experience which is hard to top.” Alison Butler, Cycling Product Manager at Explore

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Burma

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Cambodia

72

China

66

India

60

Japan

64

Sri Lanka

63

Thailand

72

Vietnam

70

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Backroads of Kerala INDIA

EASY

FROM

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£1699 £1195

14

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DAYS

13

Optional single rooms are available from £330 TRIP CODE: CKB ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, assistant cycle guide, bike mechanic, boat crew, driver(s). BIKE: 21 or 24 gear Trek 4300 mountain bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12/35km

THEKKADY

Day 3

36km

Idukki Reservoir

Day 4

36km

PLANTERS HOMESTAY

Day 5

40km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

35km

KOCHI Sunset cruise

Tea & spice plantations

Alleppey

MANCOMBU Village houses

INDIA Cruise backwaters Canoe trip

CARDAMOM HILLS

KOLLAM

10km

Day 9

32km

Day 10

VARKALA INDIAN OCEAN

Day 8

Day 11

30km

Day 12

8/65km

Optional Rides

Veli Trivandrum

KOVALAM 40 km

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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 in wooden canoes, walk through Periyar National Park in search of wildlife and relax on Indian Ocean beaches. Staying in family houses we also enjoy warm Keralan hospitality.

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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. Planter’s Homestay.

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

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

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

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

Tour of Kochi by cycle. Evening boat cruise. Trip ends in Kochi.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

60

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Insider View “My trip to Kerala had many highlights but the one that stays with me the most was the least expected. I was really unsure about a homestay, but it was such a wonderful experience. We were made so welcome by our ’mum’ Shayla, and had great fun in the evening when she shared her saris with us. The children of the village loved to stop and have a chat with everyone on the trip. And then there is the food - fresh, delicious - it was superb. I recommend you take the opportunity to help prepare a meal in the cookery class – it was great fun, everyone enjoyed it. Everywhere we went I felt we were surrounded by colour – the houses, the beautiful saris, and the stunning scenery.” Julie Holloway, Finance Executive at Explore

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Cycling Rajasthan M

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FROM

INDIA

£1699 £1149

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E E R AT

16

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

15

Optional single rooms are available from £380 TRIP CODE: CIR ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 14 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, assistant cycle guide, bike mechanic, driver(s), local guide(s). 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. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES

GREAT INDIAN DESERT

DELHI

NEEMRANA

INDIA

RAJASTHAN

Game drive

SARISKA NP

Tiger Reserve Rupangarth

JAIPUR

PUSHKAR

RANTHAMBORE NP KUMBHALGARH Ranakpur

70km

Day 3

65km

Day 5

Dausa Lalsot

Game drives

CHITTORGARH

PA KI ST AN

Day 2

Day 4

AGRA

BUNDI

Gomti

ARAVALLI HILLS UDAIPUR

una

Yam

City tour

CHINA

40km

Day 7

65km

Day 8

20km

Day 9

40km

Day 10

45km

Day 11

72km

Day 12

DELHI

Day 13

Arabian Sea

UDAIPUR

0 km

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85km

Day 6

33km

FESTIVAL DEPARTURES

INDIA

Pushkar and Holi Festival

INDIAN OCEAN

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

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

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Join trip in Delhi.

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

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

Cycle to the ancient city of Pushkar via Rupangarh.

Explore Pushkar. Drive and cycle to Kumbhalgarh via Ajmer.

Visit to Udaipur via the Jain temples at Ranakpur.

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

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

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

Cycle quiet cross-country tracks to Rathambore National Park

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

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

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Cycle Sri Lanka M

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FROM

SRI LANKA

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15 £2295 DAYS 14 £1699 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £390 TRIP CODE: CSL ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

POLONNARUWA

Ancient city

SIGIRIYA Lion Platform Sky Fortress

Bay of Bengal

Dambulla caves

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth Walapane (tea plantation)

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

NUWARA ELIYA

Airport

SRI LANKA

UDAWALAWE National Park

UNAWATUNA

Beaches

59km

Day 4

33km

Day 5

42km

Day 7

18km

Day 8

60km

Day 9

38km

Day 10

46km

Day 11

65km

Day 12

32km

YALA

Galle

0 km

41km

Day 3

Day 6

Pallegmo Kuliyapitiya

10km

Day 2

National Park Game drives

Old Dutch port

90 km

INDIAN OCEAN

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 the wide plains of the Knuckles. There is also the option to search for leopard in Yala National Park before making our way to the beach for a well-earned rest.

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

Visit Dambulla cave temple and cycle to Sigiriya.

Climb Lion’s Rock, then cycle to Polonnaruwa.

Pedal to Polonnaruwa archeological site and village.

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

Cycle along the plantation roads to Nuwara Eliya.

Ride to Bambarakanda Waterfall.

Cycle to Udawalawe. Optional safari to search for elephants.

Cycle country roads to Yala National Park. Optional safari.

Ride along the coast through Bundula National Park.

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

Trip ends at Colombo airport.

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DAY

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Cycle Japan M

FROM

FROM

JAPAN

£4399 £3649

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E E R AT

14

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

13

Optional single rooms are available from £200 TRIP CODE: CJA ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard guesthouse, 3 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, bike mechanic, driver(s). BIKE: 24 gear Specialized Sirrus hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. SEA OF JAPAN

Morning market

SUZU NOROSHI

WAJIMA Ganmon National Park

NOTO USHITSU WAKURA ONSEN

HAKUI

Hot Springs

Coastal cycling

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)

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

Ancient city Bike tour

KYOTO

Kansai International Airport

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2015

17km

Day 3

8km

Day 4

45km

Day 5

87km

Day 6

47km

Day 7

42km

Day 8

79km

Day 9

72km

Day 10

57km

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

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Join trip in historic Kyoto.

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

Morning train to Kanazawa. Bike tour of Kenrokuen Garden and the old teahouse district.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Tokyo.

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Insider View “We visit some of Japan’s most famous cities but what I really love is the Noto Peninsula. It’s here we spend our days enjoying the simple joys of a picnic next to freshly planted rice paddies and watching the Sea of Japan drift slowly by; fishermen readying their boats on one side and elderly locals tending their gardens on the other. At the end of each day there’s nothing like sharing a drink with your fellow travellers over a bowl of hot ramen noodles. This cycling trip is filled with experiences that few visitors to Japan will ever have the joy of knowing. And while I wish more people could experience this part of the country it is precisely because so few people come that it is such a special place to visit.” Tyler Palma, Explore Leader

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Cycle the Backroads of China

FROM

FROM

CHINA

14 £2960 DAYS 12 £2199 DAYS

New Trip

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £295 TRIP CODE: CCH ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, bike mechanic, driver(s). BIKE: 24 gear Giant ATX750/770 with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, train, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Ride the backroads of rural China past tribal villages and through beautiful limestone scenery

CHENGDU

Pandas, Train ride from Chengdu

GUIYANG XIJIANG

Miao ethnic village

YONG LE CHENGYANG BRIDGE CONGJIANG ZHAOXING PINGAN

Rice terraces

GUILIN

DAILY DISTANCES XINGPING

YANGSHUO

CHINA

0 km

50 km

Day 4

40km

Day 5

80km

Day 6

75km

Day 7

50km

Day 8

46km

Day 9

55km

Day 10

70km

Day 11

50km

Day 12

40km

On this remarkable journey through southwestern China we discover remote ethnic minority villages and incredibly picturesque landscapes perfect for cycling. Starting in the mega-city of Chengdu we visit the Giant Panda breeding centre. The cycling begins after a sleeper train south as we ride on back roads, sometimes driving to avoid traffic, through a stunningly beautiful, mountainous land of tribal villages with ancient traditions, unique architecture and colourful dress.

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Join trip in Chengdu. Chance to visit the popular Sichuan opera and Jinli old street.

Visit Chengdu’s Giant Pandas and take a night train south.

Our first cycle ride takes us to the Miao ethnic minority village of Xijiang.

Superb cycle ride through picturesque tea plantations.

We explore the dramatically beautiful ‘Dragon’s Back’ Longsheng rice terraces by bike.

Cycle along bamboo-lined quiet roads to charming Yangshuo. Optional cookery class.

Cycle and cruise along the meandering Li river amid stunning Karst scenery to Xingping.

Trip ends at Guilin Airport.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY SEP OCT

66

Cycle between Riding on small Miao villages country roads past terraced we see a ‘wind rice paddies and rain’ bridge with a of the Dong mountainous ethnic minority. backdrop.

DAY

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Burma by Bike

FROM

FROM

BURMA (MYANMAR)

EASY

16 £2699 DAYS 14 £1965 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £355 TRIP CODE: CBR ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), boat crew, local guide(s). BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Mingun

MONYWA

Sagaing

MANDALAY

Amarapura

Chang U Inwa

SHAN PLATEAU

BAGAN

Magnificent Temple complex

Heho

KALAW

INLE LAKE

One-leg rowers, floating gardens

BURMA

RAN

awaddy)

KAN

addy (Irr

ARA

Ayeyarw

Popa

(MYANMAR) Salaween

GE

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

RANGOON (YANGON)

0 km

100 km

DAILY DISTANCES

The highlight has to be cycling through villages totally unused to seeing foreigners. It seemed like the whole village wanted to come and say hello!

Colin Bell

Day 2

20km

Day 3

25km

Day 4

45km

Day 5

35km

Day 6

35km

Day 7 Day 8

30km

Day 9

30km

Day 10

35km

Day 11

30km

Exploring Burma by bicycle offers a fascinating insight into this beautiful country. We cycle along rural backroads between the principal attractions of Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Additionally we get closer to the locals in less visited but equally rewarding places such as Popa and Monywa. Burma is a tremendously friendly and welcoming country to visit and decades of political isolation mean that many of the traditional ways of life remain unchanged in modern times, from the lowland Buddhist beliefs to the highland animist hilltribes.

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Join trip in Rangoon. Visit the golden Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.

Explore the remarkable temple city of Bagan by bike, bus and on foot.

Cycle through picturesque countryside to Mount Popa, home to revered animist spirit gods.

Cycle and bus a little-visited route through central Burma, learning more about local life.

Bus and cycle the beautiful Shan Highlands to Inle Lake via old British Hill Station of Kalaw.

Discover the stilt villages, unique leg-rowers and floating gardens of Inle Lake by longtail boat.

Fly back to Rangoon for last-minute handicrafts souvenir hunting.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Explore Cycle around Ride to Mingun Mandalay on the ancient giant stupa. a city tour that Burmese royal Irrawaddy includes the capitals of Inwa cruise back to fascinating and Amarapura. Mandalay. fish and jade See U-Bein teak markets. bridge.

DAY

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Cycle Burma M

FROM

FROM

BURMA (MYANMAR)

£2760 £1995

OD

E E R AT

16

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

14

Optional single rooms are available from £370 TRIP CODE: CBUR ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), boat crew, local guide(s). BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Mingun Monywa

Nyaung Pin Win

MANDALAY

DAILY DISTANCES

Amarapura

SHAN PLATEAU

BAGAN

Magnificent Temple complex

Heho

KALAW

PINDAYA

INLE LAKE

One-leg rowers, floating gardens

30km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

55km

Day 6

37km

Day 7

38km

Day 8

BURMA

RAN

awaddy)

KAN

addy (Irr

ARA

Ayeyarw

Popa

Day 3

Salaween

GE

(MYANMAR)

Day 9

40km

Day 10

57km

Day 11

17km

Day 12

54/110km

Optional Rides

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

RANGOON (YANGON)

0 km

100 km

Burma (Myanmar) reopened its doors to visitors in 2012, which makes it an exciting and rewarding place to visit. On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, 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.

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

Explore Inle Lake by bike and longtail boat past floating gardens and stilt villages.

Bike across the Shan plateau with stops at the former British Hill Station of Kalaw and Pindaya.

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

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

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

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

Unique closeup of rural life on backroads cycle to Pakokku. Irrawaddy cruise down to Bagan.

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

Cycle past rural scenes to Mount Popa, home to the spirit gods. Return to Bagan by bike.

Fly back to Rangoon and visit the colonial quarter.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

68

DAY

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Insider View “My three abiding memories of Burma are the warm, friendly people; the Buddhist monks of all ages; and the sunsets – the layered browns over the Irrawaddy, the darkening yellows of the gold leaf covered Shwedagon Pagoda and the hazy greens across the Bagan plain. Travelling by bike is the only way to experience this fascinating country and see life away from the main tourist routes. Imagine riding through a shallow river where women are washing clothes upstream and exchanging gossip while the men are driving oxen across it. All wave to you and even the cattle are peaceful. Visit this magical country before modern life catches up with them!” Mike Tyler, Former Finance Director at Explore

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Cycle Vietnam EASY

16 £2049 DAYS 14 £1375 DAYS

E- B

TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from £230

E

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

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FROM

FROM

VIETNAM

E A VA IL A

TRIP CODE: CVN ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, bike mechanic, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: Different mountain or hybrid bikes are used at each location. Please refer to the trip notes for more details. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

CHINA

Red river delta cycle Cycle around Westlake Old Quarter

HALONG BAY HANOI Cruise, caves & limestone cliffs

NINH BINH Rice Paddies cycle GULF OF TONKIN

Perfume River (optional) Royal tombs

Imperial Citadel cycle

Hai Van Pass

HUE Danang

HOI AN

LAOS

Historic port

My Son (UNESCO site) ancient Cham capital

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

Cu ChiTunnels Cycle ride Mekong Delta cycle ride 0 km

HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon

SOUTH CHINA SEA

150 km

There were many highlights but our personal favourites were off the beaten track visits into the villages amongst the rice paddy fields, lunches in villagers homes and the Sampan trip to the caves at Ninh Binh.

Jillian Capstick

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

19km

Day 3

15km

Day 4 Day 5

33km

Day 6

18km

Day 7

35km

Day 8

28km

Day 9

20km

Day 10

30km

Day 11 Day 12

25km

Day 13

25km

On this trip we cycle along the rural back roads of Vietnam, where the local people share our love of travelling by bicycle. Along the way we explore the charming cities of Hanoi, Hué, Old Saigon and Hoi An and visit the beautiful Halong Bay. We also visit the hidden jungle valley of My Son, the ancient capital of the Cham Empire. Finally we discover the thriving Mekong Delta by boat and on two wheels.

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

Explore Hanoi city then cycle around West Lake.

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

Ha Long Bay cruise then drive to Ninh Binh via Nhan Muc.

Explore rural scenes of Ninh Binh by bicycle. Overnight Reunification Express to Hué.

Explore Hué by bike. Optional halfday trip along the Perfume River.

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Saigon.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

70

DAY

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FEB MAR NOV DEC

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi M

£1999 £1369

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16

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

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IK

Optional single rooms are available from £260

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14

BL

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E A VA IL A

TRIP CODE: CVIE ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk, 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, bike mechanic, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

CHINA

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Cruise through clear waters, caves & Kayaking

GULF OF TONKIN

Perfume River Royal tombs

HUE

Hai Van Pass

Cycle the citadel + Tu Doc Mausoleum LAOS

HOI AN

AL NTR DS CE HLAN HIG Quy Nhon CAMBODIA Khanh Vinh Colonial Hill station

DALAT

Offshore islands day trip

Cu Chi Tunnels Can Duoc

CAI BE

0 km

HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon Mekong Delta cruise Explore waterways

Mekong Delta

NHA TRANG

SOUTH CHINA SEA

DAILY DISTANCES

My highlights were cycling through the empty roads enjoying the rice fields and spectacular views of the coast.

David Payne

175 km

Day 2

50km

Day 3

60km

Day 4

55km

Day 5

80km

Day 6 Day 7

80km

Day 8

50km

Day 9 Day 10

75km

Day 11

50km

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

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Join trip in Saigon with an afternoon orientation tour.

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

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

Explore Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Cycle over Hon Giao Pass and drive 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.

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

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

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

Trip ends in Hanoi.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Morning Cycle and walking tour drive to Hué of Hoi An’s via the Hai Van traditional pass. Cycle wooden houses around Hue and Chinese then overnight temples. Free train to Hanoi. afternoon.

DAY

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Bangkok to Saigon by Bike M

FROM

FROM

THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

£2139 £1495

OD

E E R AT

16

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

14

Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: CTV ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

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ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, local guide(s). BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

LAOS

DAILY DISTANCES

Khao Yai National Park

NAKORNNAYOK ARANYAPRATHET Poi Pet

BANGKOK

SIEM REAP

THAILAND

Kompong Phluk (floating village trip) Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

PHNOM PENH

VIETNAM

CHAU DOC

51km

125 km

Day 6

45km

Day 7

56km

Day 8

37km

Day 10

20km

Day 11

50km

Day 12

50km

Day 13

30km

HO CHI MINH CITY

Bin Hoa Phuoc

HA TIEN 0 km

53km

Day 4

Day 9

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom Gulf of Thailand

40km

Day 3

Day 5

Angkor Wat temple complex

Night ride

Day 2

Mouths of the Mekong

South China Sea

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

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Join trip in Bangkok. Optional longtail canal trip.

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

Explore Khoa Yai National Park by bike; Rural Thailand cycling to the Cambodia 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.

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

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

Cycle the canal between Vietnam and Cambodia to Chau Doc.

Rural village cycling. Homestay with traditional Vietnamese dinner included.

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

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Insider View “Choosing to explore Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by bicycle offers one the chance to get into places that normal vehicles do not go, and the reactions from the locals as you cycle by is as much part of the experience as exploring the cultural wonders themselves. From the ‘Green Lung of Bangkok’ to the temple ruins of Angkor and the waterways of the Mekong Delta this trip offers variety and experiences that are so hard to replicate on conventional vehicle based trips. Sample the superb local foods, relax in the shade of serene temples, exchange smiles with the locals and create memories to last a lifetime.” Simon Sweet, Ground Agent at Explore

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Mekong Delta and Angkor £2189 £1549

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TRIP CODE: CVE ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple homestay. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2CHINA lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, bike mechanic, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida GULF OF mountain bikes with front TONGKING suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. LAOS

Angkor jungle temple complex

SEAM REAP

DAILY DISTANCES

CAMBODIA Sambor Prei Kuk Temple

KOMPONG THOM

Kompong Cham Mekong island City tour Weaving village ‘Killing Fields’

PHNOM PENH

Cu Chi Tunnels

VIETNAM Old Saigon

CHAU DOC HO CHI Sam Mountain Tan An My Tho sunset BEN TRE Vinh Long Homestay CAN THO Mo Cay Floating market Mekong delta cruise 0 km

MINH CITY

Day 2

33km

Day 3

43km

Day 4

38/61km

Day 5

16km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

SOUTH CHINA SEA 150 km

PREMIUM TRIP

Day 8

20km

Day 9

40km

Day 10

28km

Day 11

25km

Day 12

15km

Optional Rides

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

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

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

Visit the Cu Chi tunnels, cycling around the countryside.

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

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

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

Drive and cycle to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border.

Speedboat to Phnom Penh with an afternoon city tour.

Morning cycle. Visit Tuol Sleng and the ‘Killing Fields’.

Cycle along the Mekong River then drive to Kompong Thom.

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

Explore Siem Reap and the magnificent Angkor temples by bike and boat.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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DAY

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JAN FEB MAR OCT NOV DEC

Call our experts on 01252 883 437


Insider View “This was a fantastic trip which left me with so many wonderful memories. The emphasis is on a relaxed cycle pace for sightseeing and experiencing local culture and it suits anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Travelling by bike is an excellent way to see a country up close. We peddled through rural towns and stilted villages, stopping to peruse local markets and visit family run cottage industries. We explored the Mekong on longboats, travelled upriver to Cambodia and visited museums and temples along the way. I especially liked being able to stop wherever to chat with the locals and high-five with children as we cycled past their homes, plus our impromptu football game with children at a temple school.� Hannah Owen, Cycling Product Executive at Explore

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THE

Americas

Discover the volcanic Central American landscape of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, with its lush tropical vegetation and rich diversity of wildlife. Cycle through coffee plantations and marvel at the famed Panama Canal. In Mexico, discover the colourful Mayan villages and intriguing archaeological sites, cool off in freshwater sinkholes and swim off the white sand beaches in the Yucatan peninsula. Or choose Cuba, which has few cars so it’s great for bikes. Explore picturesque colonial towns, tropical coastlines and jungle-clad mountains. And enjoy Latin America’s great live music and delicious rum cocktails.

Insider View “Latin America is great for the colours, vibrancy and vivacious nature of the local people. Riding a bike there brings you that much closer to local life, everyday scenes and the wonderful landscapes.” James Adkin Cycling Programme Manager at Explore

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Costa Rica

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Cuba

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Mexico

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Nicaragua

85

Panama

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£2765 £1999

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DAYS

15

Optional single rooms are available from £270 TRIP CODE: CCC ACCOMMODATION: Simple CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights simple casas particulares, 5 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 24 or 27 gear Conor Avenue or Stevens Galant SX hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA Historical capital

Cayo Jutias Optional visit

VINALES

Las Terrazas

CUBA

SOROA SAN DIEGO DE LOS BANOS

San Tomas Cave Optional visit

Valle Yumuri

Cueva de los Peces swimming

CIENFUEGOS SANTA CLARA Manicaragua

Playa Bay of Giron Pigs

TRINIDAD

Playa Ancon 0 km

21km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

43/58km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

20/45km

Day 8

Topes de Collantes

Guajimico

Day 3

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Colonial architecture

Day 9

41km

Day 10

37km

Day 11

95 km

CARIBBEAN SEA

Day 12

ACCOMMODATION

35km

Day 13

17km

Day 14

23km

Optional Rides

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

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Cycle with us through Cuba as we tour the colonial capital of Havana, explore tropical forests and pedal past the striking limestone landscape of Viñales. In Viñales and historic Trinidad 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.

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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.

Cycle in and around the beautifully preserved colonial town of Trinidad.

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

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

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

Trip ends in Havana.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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DAY

Go online for departure dates

JAN FEB MAR APR OCT NOV DEC

Call our experts on 01252 883 437


Insider View “Without a doubt Cuba is a fascinating country, unique in its own way. It’s almost impossible to describe a country that has seen incredible colonial opulence, but is still recovering from the collapse of the USSR. It draws you in with its beauty and spits you out even more confused than before. It’s a magical place, where the streets seduce you with the sounds of the Rumba, Salsa or Cha-Cha. If you’re thinking of going to Cuba, stop thinking and do it! Now is the time to see Cuba, and if you can do it cycling, even better! Cycling through Cuba is a fantastic way to enjoy the lush tropical landscape, whilst giving you the opportunity to shout ‘hola’, to the numerous local people you pass.” Caryn Waddilove, Customer Experience Executive at Explore

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Cycle the Backroads of Cuba

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16 £2565 DAYS 15 £1799 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £260 TRIP CODE: CUC ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 24 or 27 gear Conor Avenue or Stevens Galant SX hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2 GULF OF MEXICO HAVANA

SANTA CLARA Che Guevara Monument

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Remedios Yaguajay

PLAYA LARGO

Manaca Iznaga

Bay of Pigs

CIENFUEGOS TRINIDAD

Moron Sancti Spiritus

CAMAGUEY

BAYAMO Campechuela

MAREA DE PORTILLO

0 km

Casas Particulares

HOLGUIN

CUBA

CARIBBEAN SEA

ACCOMMODATION

Puerto Padre

CHIVIRICO

BARACOA

Guantanamo

SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Imias

135 km

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

30km

Day 3

78km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

73km

Day 6

51km

Day 7

105km

Day 8

25km

Day 9

66km

Day 10

56km

Day 11

45km

Day 12

60km

Day 13

75km

Optional Rides

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

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Join trip in Havana.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip ends in Havana.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

80

DAY

Go online for departure dates

JAN FEB MAR AUG OCT NOV DEC

Call our experts on 01252 883 437


THE AMERICAS

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£1965 £1199

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle M O D ER

9

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £190 TRIP CODE: CSC ACCOMMODATION: Simple CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 24 or 27 gear Conor Avenue or Stevens Galant SX hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

An eye-opening trip, cycling is just the best way to get close to the real Cuba. Christine Abbott

GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA

Walking tour

CUBA

Cueva de los Peces

SANTA CLARA

Che’s Guevara’s monument Remedios

Guama

Cienfuegos

YAGUANABO TRINIDAD

CARIBBEAN SEA

DAILY DISTANCES

MAYAJIGUA Sancti Spiritus

Bay of Pigs

0 km

Cayo Santa Maria Causeway

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Manaca Iznaga Slave Watchtower

Optional ride Ancon Peninsula

95 km

Day 2

28km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

60km

Day 6

50km

Optional Rides

Experience cycling on quiet roads through the verdant countryside and along the stunning coastlines of Cuba. En route we explore the colonial towns of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Remedios and Trinidad - where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. We also visit the historic Bay of Pigs, the monument to Che Guevara in Santa Clara and the vibrant capital Havana.

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Join trip in Havana.

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

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

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

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

Cuban countryside ride then relax on white sand beaches with turquoise waters at Cayo Santa Maria.

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

Trip ends in Havana.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

ACCOMMODATION

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

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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EA

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COSTA RICA

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Costa Rica on Two Wheels M O D ER

15 £2655 DAYS 14 £1999 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: CCR ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear Trek 4500 mountain bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Lake Nicaragua

CARIBBEAN SEA NICARAGUA

LAS HORNILLAS

LA Miravalles FORTUNA 2028m

MUELLE TORTUGUERO NP

TILARAN CAÑAS

Sea turtles

Arenal 1633m

COSTA RICA

Guapiles

SAN JOSÉ PACIFIC OCEAN

Quepos

DAILY DISTANCES

MANUEL ANTONIO NP

Day 4

20km

Day 5

32km

Day 6

0 km

60 km

Day 7

27km

Day 8

28km

Day 9

30km

Day 10

26km

Day 11

24km

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

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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 Guapiles.

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

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

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

Trip ends in San José.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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Cycle Ride along through lush the lake shore countryside with impressive to La Fortuna. views of the Optional jungle classic cone of canopy tour, active Arenal hot springs or Volcano. zip line.

FEB APR AUG OCT NOV DEC

DAY

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THE AMERICAS

Cycle Mexico - The Yucatan Peninsula MEXICO

EASY

FROM

FROM

£1650 £999

10

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from £370 TRIP CODE: CMX ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle Guide, driver(s), local guide(s). BIKE: 18 gear BH Beartrack hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Las Colorados San Felipe

Progreso

Pink lagoons

San Crisanto beach Dzilam Bravo

CANCUN

MERIDA

Optional sunset kayaking

Cacalchen Izamal Colonial convent

VALLADOLID

Chichen Itza

Mayapan

Coba

DAILY DISTANCES

Cenote Nomozon

MEXICO

TULUM

SIAN KA'AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE 0 km

Caribbean Sea

40 km

Day 2

30km

Day 3

39/51km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

25km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

35km

Day 8

35km

Optional Rides

On this cycling adventure we explore the Yucatan Peninsula by bike. From the colonial towns of Merida and Valladolid we cycle through colourful Mayan villages on quiet roads. We stop to cool off in incredible cenotes (fresh water holes) and swim from beautiful beaches. Along the way we discover fascinating Mayan archaeological sites at Chichen Itza and Coba, try pre-Colombian food, sample tequila and learn some Mayan language. Our route ends on the idyllic white sand beaches of Tulum where you can relax or explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

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Join trip in Cancun.

Cycle ride and swim in cenote. Enjoy a Mexican lunch then drive to historic Merida.

Visit Mayapan Mayan site. Bike through local villages to cenote for a dip. Evening pre-Colombian meal.

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

Ride through small villages to Izamal colonial Spanish convent. Visit Chichen Itza Mayan site.

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

Cycle to Coba Mayan site and on to incredible Tulum with white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Relax on white sand beaches, optional cycle to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve with kayaking.

Trip ends at Cancun Airport.

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DAY

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JAN FEB MAR OCT NOV DEC

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Insider View “My first thought when I saw this trip was - wow! A 2 week biking adventure through 3 Central American countries – seriously? After doing several of these trips over the last couple of years I can report that it is an amazing trip filled with adventure and discovery. The 9 days of riding offer an impressive variety of biking through some beautiful parts of Central America. My favourite rides are the through Granada Market in Nicaragua, the ride along Lake Arenal to the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica and up and over the continental divide in Panama. The only drawback to the trip now is that it has become popular with other Explore leaders including my son Christopher who seems to get onto more trips than I do.” Mike Lapcevic, Explore Leader

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Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

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15 £2499 DAYS 14 £1899 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £390 TRIP CODE: CNCP ACCOMMODATION: Standard CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Cycle guide, driver(s). BIKE: 27 gear mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bicycle, bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Great cycling through a range of scenery, a chance to see three Central American countries in one go. Catherine Mayhew

NICARAGUA

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

Miravalle Volcano Arenal Volcano

CAÑAS

LA FORTUNA

Lake Arenal

Orosi Valley

DAILY DISTANCES

CARIBBEAN SEA

Siquirres

BOCAS DEL TORO

TURRIALBA

46km

Day 4

15/33km

Day 5

26km

Day 6

46/68km

Day 7

50km

Day 8

46km

Day 9

31km

Day 11

35km

Day 12

38km

Day 13

7km

Almirante

PACIFIC OCEAN

Lake La Fortuna David

0 km

11km

Day 3

Day 10

Paraiso

COSTA RICA

Day 2

Panama Canal

PANAMA

Optional Rides

PANAMA CITY

SANTIAGO Gulf of Panama

150 km

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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Join trip in colonial Granada, Nicaragua.

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

Explore the volcanic island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua by bike.

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

Into Panama where we explore and relax on the idyllic Bocas del Toro Caribbean islands.

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

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

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

Trip ends in Panama City.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Ride amid Cycle through impressive the coffee scenery around plantations Arenal Volcano. of the lush Optional hot Orosi Valley to springs and Turrialba. jungle canopy tour.

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JAN FEB APR AUG OCT NOV DEC

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Self-Guided TRIPS

Our popular self-guided cycling holidays offer you great flexibility and freedom to enjoy the destination at your own pace. The itineraries are carefully designed to help you see the best that a region has to offer. Whether you are a travelling as a couple, alone, or with friends you can choose the best date to suit your travel plans; starting on any day of the week within a season (which may also help you to find cheaper flights!). While on holiday there is no rigid schedule to stick to, so you can start each day when you are ready and make as many or as few stops along the way as you like.

Insider View “Being a self-guided trip, we were able to take in the stunning Tuscan countryside completely at our own pace; stopping for picnics and icecreams as and when the mood took us. The whole experience was a fantastic way to spend quality time together and get fully immersed in the local culture and landscapes.� Anna Sheldon, Admin Manager at Explore

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Austria

89

Italy

Belgium

88

Netherlands

Croatia

88

Portugal

97

Slovenia

94

Germany 89

Spain

95

Greece

Switzerland

89

France

94/98

90/92/94

90 98

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Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear Batavus or Gazelle hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike

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

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

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Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike or 7 gear European city bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike

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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 cycle holiday. Passing through densely-wooded valleys and green meadows you will see medieval towns, the wine-growing region of Wachau, imposing castles and glorious abbeys that pay testament to the wealth of history that has passed along this river.

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

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Self-Guided Alpe Adria Bike Path

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel. You take your own luggage with you from Salzburg to Villach and from Grado to Venice.

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Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy

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A self-guided cycle trip from Salzburg through the Alps to Venice. After a train ride to Villach, you follow the Alpe Adria bike path through superb alpine scenery all the way to Udine in Italy. From here the route is flatter as you ride south to Grado on the Adriatic coast. Leaving the bikes behind you continue by train to Venice.

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

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Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne

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ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 or 24 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Loir and Sarthe Cycling

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

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The Loir is an equally beautiful and more peaceful alternative to the ever popular Loire. On this self-guided cycle trip you ride along country lanes with almost no traffic. Vineyards, chateaux, castles, picturesque villages and lovely towns like La Fleche, all contribute to the charm of this valley. Meet the manor house owners, delight your palate at dinner and then sleep peacefully in style. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycle Nice to Genova

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence

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

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel and on day 6 the accommodation owner will take you and your luggage from Vinci to Empoli train station for your train journey to Florence.

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Discover the quintessential Tuscan landscapes of vineyards and olive groves on this self-guided cycle trip from Pisa to Florence. From the world-renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa you follow the Serchio River to the charming town of Lucca, where you can ride up on the impressive city walls. Continue on country lanes to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, before arriving in the renaissance capital Florence. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride

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ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel.. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Puglia Cycling

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

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ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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On this self-guided cycle route around the ‘heel’ of Italy, in the sun-drenched region of Puglia, you discover the natural and cultural highlights of a land forged centuries ago by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and the Spanish. Enjoy superlative rides along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, through sparsely inhabited ancient olive groves and the medieval towns of Otranto, Ostuni, Gallipoli and Lecce. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Porec

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel. You take your own luggage with you when travelling by train.

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Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome

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A self-guided cycle journey hugging the Adriatic Sea from Venice to Porec. On this fascinating route through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia we have carefully selected the best sections to cycle, while travelling other parts by train. Along the way you see important Roman ruins at Aquileia and the grand architecture of Trieste. In Istria you cycle on a converted railway to the medieval coastal town of Porec.

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard Agriturismo. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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A self-guided cycle trip that follows the historic pilgrim route from Siena to Rome. From the classic Tuscan landscapes of Val d’Orcia you ride past ancient fortresses, the amphitheatre and hilltop towns south into Lazio. Ride along the routes of ancient Etruscan and Roman roads and finally follow the River Tevere cycle path into the heart of Rome. Along the way enjoy superb local wines, cheeses and olive oil. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear hybrid bike in Garrotxa and a simple fixed gear bike in Barcelona. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel. You take your own luggage on your transfer from Girona to Barcelona.

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Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago

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

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ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights premium hotel, 4 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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

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Self-Guided Rioja Cycling

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ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights premium hotel, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 24 gear Specialized hybrid bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias

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

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 or 24 gear hybrid bike with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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

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Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 24 or 27 gear hybrid bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel.

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Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal

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

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

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Self-Guided Cycling Croatia

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Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike

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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, through ancient villages, historic citadels and through the 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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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 or 30 gear hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included between each hotel and to and from the ports. You will need to take your bags with you for ferry transfers during the trip.

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

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About Explore Cycling trips 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 if you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes.

Frequently Asked Questions Who travels on Explore trips?

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

What is a typical group size?

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 10 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.

What is our price guarantee?

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

What about trip prices?

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per-person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For self-guided trips the price stated is per person based on two people sharing and excludes flights. Flight inclusive prices are available on request. The price at the time of booking may be different. For the latest guide prices for each trip departure please visit explore.co.uk

What’s included in the trip price?

Bike hire is included for both group and self-guided cycling trips. Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual trip itinerary. Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all trips (excluding self-guided 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). Local 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). Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. For self-guided trips, we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary. We also provide route notes, destination information and maps.

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Are transfers included?

We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or Land Only trip (excluding self-guided trips) 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 overseas designated airport, 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 for the given joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and see explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: e-bike supplements (please see individual trip notes for details), visa fees, vaccinations, 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 or local guides. Some self-guided trips require payments for certain services such as arrival and departure transfers and hotel taxes to be paid locally on arrival.

What do you need to bring?

We strongly advise you to bring and wear a helmet; in some countries this is a legal requirement, so it’s worth checking up-to-date local regulations before you travel. We would also advise packing, at the very least, a pair of cycle gloves, padded shorts and perhaps a gel seat cover in case you think you’ll need extra comfort.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to self-guided trips)

Our Leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the Leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible - within the confines of the

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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. All Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small number of trips 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 are the age limits?

The minimum age on all group trips featured in this brochure is 14. If you are booking a self-guided 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! Whilst we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customers’ journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry.

What are the itineraries like?

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

How physically fit do I need to be?

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 cycling 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 challenging cycling trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling.

What type of transport will there be?

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

What about trip changes?

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

What are guaranteed departures?

We guarantee that the advertised “Land Only” itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed unless we are forced to do so by “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.

What is adventure travel?

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. If you are concerned about your safety when visiting a particular destination, please contact the Foreign Office or the appropriate embassy. For details see www.gov.uk/foreign-traveladvice.

What about seating on flights and trains?

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

Although we are unable to assign specific flight or train seats, it is possible to put special requests through to the majority of airlines and train operators. If you have a special request, please tell us at the time of booking. Please be aware that no guarantee can be made that your request will be successful. Failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes your allocated seats will not be close to other members of your party. We recommended that you check in for your flight or train as early as possible in order to have the best chance of being given alternative seats. If you require specific seats because of a disability or reduced mobility or a medical condition, please make this clear at the time of booking. Subject to safety requirements and availability, EU airlines are required to make all reasonable efforts to arrange seating to meet the requirements of individuals with a disability or reduced mobility. You may be required to provide written confirmation of your disability, reduced mobility or medical condition and fitness to travel from your doctor.

What type of accommodation is there?

What about in-flight meals?

Do I need an ability to swim?

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.) In exceptional circumstances, we may 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.

What about rooming?

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

What kind of meals are included?

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

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

What happens when there is a flight schedule change?

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

What about 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

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of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.europa.eu. In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your international flight(s) to and from an EU airport at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban and, as a result, we or the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of our Booking Conditions “If we change your trip” will apply. Please note that we will not book our customers onto banned airlines whose flights may be available for general sale and accessible to the public.

What about Foreign Office Travel Advice?

Tell me about aircraft weight restrictions

How can I best be prepared?

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.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

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 the insurer’s medical screening helpline when you make your booking. 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 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 in time if you do not fully insure your preexisting medical conditions.

What about travel insurance?

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

Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance

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

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit (www.gov.uk/foreign-traveladvice) 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: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ email-signup. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice and based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or through the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be made in the interests of your safety and security. We will make these decisions at least four weeks before departure, unless we believe that local conditions will improve before the start of the trip. Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

Tell me about brochure and website accuracy

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. 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 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. No. 5207 As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

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

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

Exclusive Membership

Monitoring Standards

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

Financial Security

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

Accurate Brochures / Web Sites

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

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What about Consumer peace of mind?

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

Sustainable Tourism

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

Customer Relations

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

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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Passports and Visas British and Irish passport holder information

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

Visas

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ below), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel. Please note all visa and vaccination information was compiled in August 2016.

Visa Swift

We have partnered with Visa Swift; 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. Visa Swift also offers a full range of passport services including; passport renewals, second passports and replacement passports. The Visa Swift service is easy to use, simply go to their website and enter the trip that you are travelling on. The website will then tell you which visas you need for your trip. At any time, you can track the progress of your visa application online. Please call 0207 405 1616 for more information or visit the Visa Swift site: www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx

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.

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.

Inoculation and Health Requirements Country

Visas

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

Immunisation

UK Minimum time required Yellow citizens to issue Fever

Hepatitis Typhoid Others Malaria A

Albania Austria

-

-

-

R -

R -

-

-

Belgium

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Burma

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R

Cambodia (1)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

China (2)

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Costa Rica

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Croatia

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Cuba (3)

Y

24 hours

-

R

R

D

-

Czech Republic

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Estonia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Finland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

France

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

India

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Japan

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Jordan (4)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Latvia

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Lithuania

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

F

-

-

-

-

Mexico

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Morocco

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Netherlands

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Nicaragua

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Panama

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Poland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Portugal (Madeira)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Russia (5)

Y

7 days

-

-

-

D

-

Slovakia

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Slovenia

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

South Africa (6)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sri Lanka

Y

2 days

F

R

R

-

R*

Switzerland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tanzania (7)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

-

R

Thailand (8)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Vietnam (9)

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart

A summary of requirements is listed in the chart on the left. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only. Y = YES, visa required. R = Immunisation/protection normally recommended. R* = Protection recommended for travel to some areas – please check with your healthcare provider. F = Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required only if coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. M = Meningitis. Immunisation may be recommended depending on area visited and time of year. D = Diphtheria. Immunisation recommended in some circumstances, seek medical advice. For more information on the subject of vaccinations and health protection, check your individual Trip Notes or consult your booking agent. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice go to http://nathnac.net – an excellent source of information on health risks. Ask your medical practitioner for the latest information and allow time to obtain the appropriate vaccinations. Cholera vaccinations are not officially required by any country. However, in practice, a cholera vaccination certificate may be asked for by border officials when arriving from, or travelling into, an infected area: especially at land borders. Please see Trip Notes for details. The UK Department of Health recommends immunisation against tetanus and polio for all countries. Vaccinations: Please note that some inoculation programmes require two injections, administered four weeks apart. You should leave plenty of time for this. As a general rule, please note that health requirements and recommendations may change and you must check the current requirements in good time before departure. For holidays in the EU / EEA you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) before departure, from the Department of Health. This is available by telephone (0300 330 1350) or online at www.ehic.org.uk An EHIC is not, however, a substitute for appropriate travel insurance.

Special notes [1] Visa may also be obtained on arrival. [2] If you intend to travel to China after visiting Tibet, note that any China visa already obtained will have been cancelled on entering Tibet (Trip Ref TB). [3] You must have a tourist card pre departure - tourist cards can be issued by Explore or Cuban Consul. [4] Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. [5] Russian Travel vouchers and authorisation must be obtained before a visa can be applied for. This process begins 8 weeks before travel. [6] Passport must have two clear blank pages for entry stamp. Please note: Adults travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show additional documentation in order to travel with a minor. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa. [7] Single entry visa only on arrival. [8] Passport must have more than six months validity and must be undamaged. [9] No visa required for British nationals making a single entry before 30JUN17 and not staying for longer than 14 days.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

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

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

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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 10% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us other than any insurance premiums and amendment fees / charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Trip participation and client responsibility You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Trip Leaders and agents whilst on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/ for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager, other supplier or third party 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 develops after your booking has been confirmed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

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

contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: September 2016. Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13.

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

17. Late bookings We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the

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How to book

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

3 easy ways to book

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Payment

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Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied. Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

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.

Booking Conditions

Final Payment

When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (p100-107) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. Although many people decide not to read the small print, you will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Fitness and Ability

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

Visas

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

Travel Insurance

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

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard for which a credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

Data Protection Legislation

Explore Worldwide Ltd is registered on the UK Data Protection Register in the UK. For our full data protection and privacy statement please see page 106.

Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 102 or visit explore.co.uk/insurance

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

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If you want to create a trip of your own, our dedicated tailor-made team can help. Using our suggested itineraries as a starting point or create a trip from scratch, we can build your perfect holiday.

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