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Explore unveils new Cycling Self-Guided collection

Explore, the adventure travel specialists, have today unveiled their new Self-Guided programme in Europe.

The new tours comprise of 12 cycling adventures, which offer customers the flexibility and freedom to decide on when they travel and enjoy their chosen destination at their own pace. What’s more, all of Explore’s self-guided tours include luggage transfers between hotels and the hire of a good quality bike.

As one of the new cycling Self-Guided tours for 2015/16, the Cycle Camino de Santiago is a 10 day moderate graded cycling tour along the classic pilgrimage route from Leon to Santiago in Spain. Customers will traverse through the rolling countryside; pedal over the Bierzo hills and past traditional Spanish villages along the way. Customers will also ride via the Gozo mount which offers fantastic views of Santiago Cathedral. Departures for this tour are available from 15th March 2015 until 5th November 2015 and costs from £935 per person based on two people sharing. This price includes nine nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; four other meals; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Alternatively, Cycling Canal de la Garonne provides customers with a seven day easy-to-moderate graded cycling tour following the historic canal from Bordeaux to Toulouse in France. Customers will enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the wine estates; admire the traditional architecture in Serignac and sample local wines and delicacies from the region. Departures for this tour are available from the 1st March 2015 until 30th November 2015 and costs from £990 per person based on two people sharing. This price includes six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; two other meals; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

In Italy, Cycling Pisa to Florence offers an eight day easy graded cycling tour through the Tuscan landscapes from Pisa to Florence. 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 £655 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.

Combining rich history with countryside landscapes, Danube Cycling: Passau to Vienna is an eight day easy graded cycling tour which costs from £610 per person*. Customers will cycle from Germany to Austria along the Danube River, passing medieval towns including Krems; journey through verdant scenery to Benedictine Monastery in Melk and explore Austria’s beautiful capital Vienna. In Croatia, Cycling Croatia offers an eight day easy-to-moderate graded cycling tour which costs from £705 per person**. Customers will cycle through the varied scenery of Istria; absorb the views of the Adriatic Coast and explore the charming port town of Rovijn.

Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore commented, “Cycling holidays have been steadily increasing in popularity over the last few years. This year alone we have seen a 25% rise in bookings, which is why we have introduced our Self-Guided tours to provide customers with added flexibility. Whether customers are travelling solo, as a couple or with a group, they can now choose the best date to suit them and take the route at their own pace.”

He continued, “We’re really excited about launching Self-Guided cycling, we’ve carefully designed every tour to incorporate the highlights of each region. Every customer will receive detailed and easy to follow route notes along with a high quality map for a stress free, enjoyable holiday. Additionally, unlike most other operators, we include the hire of high-quality bikes in the cost of all our trips, which eliminates any additional costs or hassle associated with taking a bike on holiday.”

For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.

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Notes to Editors

*Danube Cycling: Passau to Vienna has available departures from 15th May 2015 until 30th September 2015. The cost of the tour is based on two people sharing and includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

**Cycling Croatia has available departures from 1st April 2015 until 31st October 2015. The cost of the tour is based on two people sharing and includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

The other cycling self-guided tours in the 2015/16 collection are:

Cycling from Ronda to Seville offers an eight day moderate graded cycling tour in Spain. This tour costs from £710 per person based on two people sharing, to include seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Rioja Cycling is a seven day easy graded cycling tour in Spain. This tour costs from £630 per person based on two people sharing, to include six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Catalonia Cycling provides customers with an eight day easy-to-moderate graded cycling tour in Spain. This tour costs from £660 per person based on two people sharing, this cost includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfasts basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Loir and Sarthe Cycling offers a seven day easy graded cycling tour in France. This tour costs from £965 per person based on two people sharing, to include six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; four other meals; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Cycling Burgundy is a seven day easy graded cycling tour in France. This tour costs from £785 per person based on two people sharing. This cost includes six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

The seven day Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride provides customers with an easy graded cycling tour in Italy. This tour costs from £845 per person based on two people sharing. This cost includes six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; bike hire and the services of a luggage transfer.

Puglia Cycling offers customers a seven day easy graded cycling tour in Italy. The tour costs from £740 per person based on two people sharing. This cost includes six nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; biked hire and the services of a luggage transfer.


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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