Friday, 18 December 2015

Cycling Holidays

The popularity of cycling holidays has grown significantly in recent years and for good reasons. Faster than walking and slower than driving it’s a great way to explore new places and countries whilst getting all the health benefits of regular exercise.

You’ll find lots of specialist companies offering holidays to suit all abilities and to destinations around the world. Some are self-led, where hotels and baggage transfers are arranged, but you need to use the information provided to get from A to B. Others provide a tour leader and back-up vehicle. Many provide hire bikes so you don’t have the hassle of taking your own bike.

When choosing you need to be careful that the holiday is suitable for you. Its also a good idea to use companies that are fully ABTOT or ATOL bonded.

The two biggest UK operators are Exodus and Explore . The biggest independent is Saddle Skedaddle. The latter has also now partnered up with the largest UK walking holiday company HF Holidays to offer easier cycling holidays in the UK and Europe.

CTC Cycling Holidays is also worth checking out. Owned by the national cycling charity, its run by experienced volunteer leaders. You need to be a CTC member but their holidays are almost always cheaper than the commercial operators.

As it’s the leader who chooses where to go the programme varies from year to year and often includes destinations not offered by the main commercial operators. Their 2016 programme will be on their website at the end of November. If you’re interested in any of their holidays it’s best to book as soon as possible as many sell out within weeks. 
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