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Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam: Bangkok to Saigon is fully booked Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam: Bangkok to Saigon

Explore three countries in two weeks of fascinating cycling. From Thailand's capital through Cambodia's major sites and finishing in Vietnam. River culture, iconic temples and fascinating culture on this multifaceted trip. Local guides. 65kmpd average. Fly London Heathrow to Bangkok, return Saigon to London Heathrow.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Neil Wheadon

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£2,700

Grade
Challenging

Etape du Dales

26th April 2019 (4 days)

Etape du Dales is fully booked Etape du Dales

Based at Hawes and riding the classic Etape du Dales sportive over 2 days. Famous Yorkshire Dales climbs, spectacular scenery and plenty of good cafes. Suitable for riders with a good level of fitness who enjoy hilly terrain.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Lynn Bland

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£180

Grade
Challenging

France - The Causses

Available 1st May 2019 - 15th October 2019 (Self-Led Holiday)

France - The Causses

This self-led tour takes you from the Quercy Causses in the west to the larger, higher Grands Causses in the east. These limestone plateaux cut by deep river gorges offer some of the most dramatic scenery in France. 14 nights.

Holiday Type
Self-Led

Tour Manager
Peter England

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,000

Grade
Challenging

France - Vivarais to Causses

Available 1st May 2019 - 20th October 2019 (Self-Led Holiday)

France - Vivarais to Causses

This self-led tour takes you from the Vivarais Mountains where the Central Massif meets the Rhône valley to the bleached limestone hills as you approach the Mediterranean. Dramatic limestone gorges cut by the rivers Tarn and Jonte through the Causses are visited as well as the volcanic landscapes of the Mont Mezenc region. 14 nights.

Holiday Type
Self-Led

Tour Manager
Peter England

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,000

Grade
Challenging

France - Auvergne

Available 1st May 2019 - 1st October 2019 (Self-Led Holiday)

France - Auvergne

Unique volcanic landscapes are at the heart of this region which offers the highest climbs of the Central Massif. The tour would normally start and finish at Lyon Sud European Bike Express pickup/dropoff point. Aimed at the experienced self-reliant cyclist. Moving-on, self-led. 14 nights.

Holiday Type
Self-Led

Tour Manager
Peter England

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,000

Grade
Challenging

France - Causses to Pyrenees

Available 1st May 2019 - 1st October 2019 (Self-Led Holiday)

France - Causses to Pyrenees

Several Pyrenean climbs are included on this moving-on, self-led tour. The Corbières with their Cathare castles, the lower slopes carpeted with vines, and the Espinouse Mountains provide a scenically contrasting link between the Pyrénées and the high limestone plateau. 14 nights.

Holiday Type
Self-Led

Tour Manager
Peter England

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,000

Grade
Challenging

North Wales - Mountain Biking

2nd May 2019 (5 days)

North Wales - Mountain Biking

Four days of mountain biking based in the Conwy Valley. Mountain scenery and epic trail riding, with the emphasis on having a sociable few days away. Suitable for all who have a reasonable level of fitness, with leaders on hand to guide you on world-class off-road tracks

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Paul Rogers

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£215

Grade
Challenging

Spain - El Comtat in Spring (Self-guided)

Centre-based holiday, staying in the County Town of Cocentaina in the Sierra Mariola. Cycle deep into the Sierra Aitana, journeying along an ancient trading route from the Mediterranean and through remote landscapes unchanged for centuries. Mostly hilly terrain with largely good quality roads and a change of scenery with every turn. Explore the ancient town of Cocentaina during the evenings.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Marjorie South

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£450

Grade
Challenging

Spain - End to End (Biscay to Gibraltar) is fully booked Spain - End to End (Biscay to Gibraltar)

An end to end tour exploring the huge diversity of Spain. Ferry Portsmouth/Santander to the finish point at the Rock of Gibraltar. Crossing the Picos de Europa into Castilla y León then Extremadura  and on into Andalucia. A total of 1,275km, averaging 85kmpd with one rest day.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Julie & Nic Hodgetts

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,850

Grade
Challenging

Scotland - North West & Orkney

8th May 2019 (11 days)

Scotland - North West & Orkney

Starting in Inverness, cycle to Ullapool and then north following the coastline, then east round to Thurso. Ferry to Orkney, staying for 4 nights. Last night in a cabin on the ferry back to Aberdeen. Hotels with dinner included on 5 evenings.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Martin Jamieson

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,170

Grade
Challenging

Coast to Coast - St Bees to St Abbs

11th May 2019 (8 days)

Coast to Coast - St Bees to St Abbs is fully booked Coast to Coast - St Bees to St Abbs

Starting on the Cumbrian coastline at St Bees Head, travel across Hadrian's Wall and up into the Scottish Borderlands, through some magnificant country including the Cheviot Hills and the Pennines. 3 nights in one location allows for a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne before moving on to St Abbs for the final night.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Gary Cummins

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£450

Grade
Challenging

Spain - El Comtat in Spring (Self-guided)

Centre-based holiday, staying in the County Town of Cocentaina in the Sierra Mariola. Cycle deep into the Sierra Aitana, journeying along an ancient trading route from the Mediterranean and through remote landscapes unchanged for centuries. Mostly hilly terrain with largely good quality roads and a change of scenery with every turn. Explore the ancient town of Cocentaina during the evenings.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Marjorie South

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£450

Grade
Challenging

Albania (with flight)

17th May 2019 (15 days)

Albania (with flight)

In 2014 the New York Times rated Albania 4th among 50 recommended destinations and in 2011 Lonely Planet ranked it number 1. Now is the time to visit Albania as it emerges from its political constraints. Stunning mountains, lakes and coastal scenery. Quiet roads and Heritage towns. Fully supported tour. Fly London Gatwick/Tirana.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Pat and John Ashwell

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,525

Grade
Challenging

Albania (Land Only)

17th May 2019 (15 days)

Albania (Land Only)

In 2014 the New York Times rated Albania 4th among 50 recommended destinations and in 2011 Lonely Planet ranked it number 1. Now is the time to visit Albania as it emerges from its political constraints. Stunning mountains, lakes and coastal scenery. Quiet roads and Heritage towns. Fully supported tour. 

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Pat and John Ashwell

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,120

Grade
Challenging

France - Manche to Med

25th May 2019 (16 days)

France - Manche to Med  is fully booked France - Manche to Med

Classic ride from Caen to the Mediterranean, using the ferry from Portsmouth, returning by Bike Bus from Montpellier. Moderate pace, 50-110kmpd. Rural route: Normandy, Loire, Limousin, Auvergne, Languedoc.  Chateaux, medieval towns, spectacular lakes and gorges. Family hotels. Suitable for regular fit cyclists.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Lynn Bland

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,770

Grade
Challenging

Portugal - End to End (Faro to Santander) is fully booked Portugal - End to End (Faro to Santander)

This moving-on tour explores the huge diversity of Portugal and Northern Spain visiting parts of Iberia that many tourists never see. From Faro through Portugal's central heartland, cycling through cork and eucalyptus forests,  the Duoro Valley, crossing mountain ranges to the border with Spain and northern Spain to Santander.

 

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Julie & Nic Hodgetts

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,895

Grade
Challenging

Lands End To John O'Groats

31st May 2019 (20 days)

Lands End To John O'Groats

Cycle from the bottom to the top of Great Britain. This very scenic tour uses mostly good quality hotels. With a longest day of 80 miles and many hills it is designed for the more experienced road cyclist. Truly the experience of a lifetime and a great challenge!

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Chris Ellison

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£2,195

Grade
Challenging

Montenegro

31st May 2019 (12 days)

Montenegro

Montenegro is Europe’s newest country and, although small, it packs in a large variety of scenery. The route visits all of the country's highlights including Kotor Bay, Lake Skadar, Tara Canyon, Durmitor National Park and the Piva River Canyon. There are several demanding climbs and long descents. The tour starts and ends in Shkodër, Northern Albania. Fly London Gatwick/Tirana.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Michael Stainer

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,480

Grade
Challenging

Yorkshire Dales

31st May 2019 (4 days)

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is much quieter than the central areas and lends itself to some good cycling. There will be two full cycling days - one to the Howgill Fells and one to Tan Hill, Buttertubs and Hawes. The final day ride will be to Appleby and on to Great Dun Fell, the highest road in the British Isles.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Richard Hakes

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£170

Grade
Challenging

Italy - The Stunning Dolomites

1st June 2019 (9 days)

Italy - The Stunning Dolomites

The Dolomites are indeed stunning with the pinkish hues of the unique rock formations visible from the high passes. The rides are amazing with long climbs over magnificent passes then sweeping down into the valleys. Start/finish in Bolzano with 2 nights at each hotel to allow a thorough exploration of many of the famous Dolomites passes and views. Please note that the dates and prices shown are provisional.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Greg Woodford

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£950

Grade
Challenging

Mongolia

26th June 2019 (21 days)

Mongolia

A challenging tour for fit adventurous cyclists, all off-road and travelling through remote areas. From Ulaanbaatar fly to the Gobi desert. The route to Karakorum traverses desert, mountains and vast open plains, home to the remaining traditional nomadic people. Some accommodation will be in tents (wild camping) and in yurts (tourist Ger camps). Fly London Heathrow/Ulaanbaatar via Istanbul.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Neil Wheadon

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£3,790

Grade
Challenging

France - Dordogne to Limousin

24th August 2019 (15 days)

France - Dordogne to Limousin

A moving-on tour characterised by scenic variety. The rugged landscapes of the Millevaches Plateau and the hills of the Monedieres Massif contrast sharply with those seen from the banks of the Dordogne river with its many attractive villages.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Peter England

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,400

Grade
Challenging

Albania - Accursed Mountains (Land only)

30th August 2019 (15 days)

Albania - Accursed Mountains (Land only) is fully booked Albania - Accursed Mountains (Land only)

In 2014 the New York Times rated Albania 4th among 50 recommended destinations and in 2011 Lonely Planet ranked it number 1. Visit Albania as it emerges from its political constraints. Stunning mountains, lakes and World Heritage towns. Suitable for fit cyclists able to cycle up to 90km. 

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Pat and John Ashwell

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,240

Grade
Challenging

Albania - Accursed Mountains (with flight)

30th August 2019 (15 days)

Albania - Accursed Mountains (with flight) is fully booked Albania - Accursed Mountains (with flight)

In 2014 the New York Times rated Albania 4th among 50 recommended destinations and in 2011 Lonely Planet ranked it number 1. Visit Albania as it emerges from its political constraints. Stunning mountains, lakes and World Heritage towns. Suitable for fit cyclists able to cycle up to 90km. Fly London Gatwick/Tirana.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Pat and John Ashwell

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,630

Grade
Challenging

Land's End to John O'Groats

30th August 2019 (20 days)

Land's End to John O'Groats

Cycle from the bottom to the top of Great Britain. This very scenic tour uses mostly good quality hotels. With a longest day of 80 miles and many hills it is designed for the more experienced road cyclist.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Chris Ellison

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£2,195

Grade
Challenging

France - Pyrenean Tour Climbs

31st August 2019 (15 days)

France - Pyrenean Tour Climbs

An opportunity to tackle many of the famous Pyrenean Tour de France cols including the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin and Peyresourde. This is a 2-centre tour with luggage transfer between the hotels. Challenging riding with stunning scenery.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Lynn Bland

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,450

Grade
Challenging

France - Manche to Med Supported

6th September 2019 (17 days)

France - Manche to Med Supported is fully booked France - Manche to Med Supported

Classic ride from Caen to the Mediterranean, using the overnight ferry from Portsmouth, returning by Bike Bus from Montpellier. Moderate pace, 45-102kmpd (average 74km). Rural route: Normandy, Loire, Limousin, Auvergne, Languedoc. WW2 sites, chateaux, medieval towns, spectacular lakes and gorges. Family hotels. Suitable for regular fit cyclists.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Julie & Nic Hodgetts

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,850

Grade
Challenging

Spain - El Comtat (Self-Guided)

7th September 2019 (8 days)

Spain - El Comtat (Self-Guided)

Ride deep into the Sierra Aitana, journey along an ancient trading route from the Mediterranean and through remote landscapes unchanged for centuries. Mostly hilly terrain with largely good quality roads and a change of scenery with every turn. Explore the ancient town of Cocentaina during the evenings.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Marjorie South

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£450

Grade
Challenging

Spain - El Comtat (Self-Guided)

14th September 2019 (8 days)

Spain - El Comtat (Self-Guided)

Ride deep into the Sierra Aitana, journey along an ancient trading route from the Mediterranean and through remote landscapes unchanged for centuries. Mostly hilly terrain with largely good quality roads and a change of scenery with every turn. Explore the ancient town of Cocentaina during the evenings.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Marjorie South

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£450

Grade
Challenging

Spain - Cuenca & Albarracin

7th October 2019 (17 days)

Spain - Cuenca & Albarracin

Discover the ruggedly scenic border country of Castile and Aragón and its surprisingly spectacular show of early autumn colours. See the hanging houses of Cuenca, the fortified town of Albarracín, the source of the mighty River Tagus, the Devil's Window, the Enchanted City, numerous stunning gorges and other remarkable sights. Two rest days.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Tony Gore

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,000

Grade
Challenging

Morocco - Souks & High Atlas

31st October 2019 (15 days)

Morocco - Souks & High Atlas

A supported tour that takes in the best of wild Morocco. Ride deserted moonscape roads of the Anti-Atlas, explore walled cities, ancient souks and markets. Climb the stunning Tizi-n-Test pass crossing the High Atlas Mountains. Rest for a day in the madness of Marrakesh ending on the sea front of Agadir.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Greg Woodford

Booking Status
Places Available

Price
£1,380

Grade
Challenging

Sri Lanka - North to South

9th February 2020 (18 days)

Sri Lanka - North to South is fully booked Sri Lanka - North to South

Recognised by Lonely Planet in 2012 as their top holiday destination, Sri Lanka certainly packs in a lot of interest for the cycle tourist. This new end-to-end tour has been designed to show this diversity and take in many of the country’s main highlights.

Holiday Type
Guided

Tour Manager
Julie & Nic Hodgetts

Booking Status
Fully Booked

Price
£1,250

Grade
Challenging