Cycling holidays

Get on your bike and start pedalling towards a healthy outdoor holiday
You don’t have to be a Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome to enjoy a bike ride. With the Tour de France boosting interest in cycling, there’s a range of holidays to suit a cionados and beginners alike.


Adventure travel specialist Explore reports a surge in demand for cycling tours. The company’s programme includes the ‘easy’ graded, 13-day Mekong Delta And Angkor Tour in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The itinerary includes Ho Chi Minh City and cycling along the Mekong Delta to explore Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The next tour departs in December and costs £2,479 per person. The price includes Šflights, 12 nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, three other meals, bike hire, transport and the services of a tour leader, cycle guide, local guides and driver.

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The Healthy Holiday Company o‹ffers a fournight break based at Reads Hotel, Majorca. The hotel is well situated for less demanding, Š atter country rides as well as challenging cycling in the Tramuntana mountains. The trip costs from £1,165 per person, including return flights from London to Palma, transfers, breakfast and dinner each day, as well as one full day of private guiding with a local biking expert and three days of self-guided cycling. All cycling equipment is provided, as well as three relaxing massages. Departures are available throughout the year.

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Headwater has launched gentle self-guided cycling holidays around southern Spain’s Sherry Triangle, from £1,078 per person for seven nights with flights from Heathrow to Jerez (via Madrid). Starting and ending in the Moorish city of Jerez, highlights include Arcos de la Frontera, reputedly Spain’s most beautiful town, hilltop Medina Sidonia and coastal Cádiz. Prices include accommodation in three-to-fivestar hotels, bike hire, detailed maps and notes and transport of bags between hotels. The holiday is available until 30 April next year; add £71 per person for a nine-night version.



If you want something a little more adventurous, MudTrek Mountain Bike Breaks, close to the worldrenowned Brechfa trails in Carmarthenshire, o‹ ers a ski chaletstyle experience. You stay on Llanllwni Mountain and set o‹ straight from your front door, with expertguided ‘o‹ piste’ rides on o‹ er. A twonight, fully catered break costs from £195 per person, based on four sharing Bay Tree Barn or the Hay Barn, including breakfast, packed lunch and twocourse evening meals.


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