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Pedal Power - Explore Riding on Cycling Tour Success

Adventure travel specialists, Explore, has seen a continued growth in demand for cycling tours with a 20% year on year* increase in bookings. 

The popularity of cycling has been fuelled by recent British cycling successes from Mark Cavendish and Ian Stannard and the tour operator has seen more customers choosing to jump on a bicycle to discover inspiring destinations such as Burma, Vietnam and Cuba.

Explore’s Cycling Programme Manager, James Adkin commented on 2015’s hottest trend:

“We’ve noticed that our cycling tours attract a high percentage of Explore ‘first-timers’, with our most popular tours being easy and moderate graded. These are designed for those who enjoy anything from a gentle cycle on the flat, to daily rides in the region of 40 to 60 km with the occasional energetic ascent. The easy graded tours particularly appeal to those who want to stop and explore the destination as they go, not just spend their whole day in the saddle.”

He continued, “In particular, destinations such as Burma, Morocco and Cuba are all selling well as well as Western Europe; which can be attributed to the current strength of the pound against the euro.”

“With the upcoming Tour de France and London to Paris bike ride, it’s likely the general public are going to be inspired by cycling. We have been able to provide customers with a wider breadth of product since launching our new Self-Guided collection – allowing more flexibility and freedom while they travel.”

Explore has a huge selection of cycling tours to 42 different destinations around the world including 12 new Self-Guided trips in Western Europe. Explore is currently offering customers £50 off all cycling tours when they book before 31st March 2015**.


Cycling the Baltic States

Discover Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by bicycle on Explore’s easy graded Cycling the Baltic Statestour, taking in the National Parks and capital cities of the region. During this nine day tour, customers will cycle along 12km of Jurmala beach, visit Trakai Castle situated on LakeGalvė and enjoy the views of Curonian Lagoon. Customers will also spend time soaking up the atmosphere of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. Tours depart in May, August and September 2015 and cost from £1,169 per person. This price includes return flights; eight nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport; bike hire and the services of a tour leader. For more information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 888 723.
 

Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle

Explore’s Highlights of Cuba by Bicycletour provides a unique insight into the revolutionary country of Cuba. Customers will experience warm Cuban hospitality while staying in Casa Particulares, explore the colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Remedios and cycle beside the infamous Bay of Pigs. Customers will journey along quiet backroads and pristine beaches and spend time wandering through the heart of Havana. Tours depart in May, August, October, November and December 2015 and costs from £1,499 per person. This price includes return flights; five nights’ hotel and two nights’ homestay accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire; transport and the services of a driver and tour leader. For more information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 888 723.

Cycle Burma

Discover untouched Burma by bike on Explore’s 14 day easy graded Cycle Burma tour. Customers pedal along quiet back roads to explore the colonial grandeur, golden temples and street markets of Myanmar.  Along the way experience long tail boat trips across Inle Lake and cycle across the Shan Plateau as well as uncover one of South East Asia’s most spectacular archaeological sites, Bagan. Tours depart in October - December 2015 and January – March 2016 and cost from £2,749 per person. This price includes flights; 13 nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport; bike hire and the services of a tour leader, driver and cycle guide. For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.


Southern Oasis Cycling

Explore’s eight day Southern Oasis Cycling provides a moderate graded cycling tour to Morocco. Customers will cycle through the picturesque Draa Valley, enjoy the thrilling descent of the High Atlas Mountain and discover the vibrant Red City of Marrakech. There will also be time for customers to ride camels through the vast Sahara and camp overnight under the stars in the desert. Tours depart from March – May 2015 and September 2015 – April 2016 and cost from £799 per person. This price includes return flights; six nights’ hotel and one night camping accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire; transport and the services of a tour leader, driver and local guide. For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.


Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence

Explore’s Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence offers an eight day easy graded cycling tour through the Tuscan landscapes. Customers will pedal through the heart of Pisa past the leaning tower; follow the Serchio River to the charming town of Lucca and discover the small village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. Customers will also have time to enjoy the many monuments and churches in the renaissance city of Florence. Departures are available from 1st March 2015 to 30th November 2015 and costs from £780 per person based on two people sharing. This price includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer. For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.

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Notes to editors

*2014 compared to 2013.

**Terms and Conditions can be found here
 

For more media information, interview requests or images, please contact:

Laura Dewar, PR Manager Laura.dewar@explore.co.uk, 01252 379501

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