Cycling holiday anyone?07 June, 2014 0 comments
TOP CYCLING HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
A recent report has revealed that active adventure travel tops the list of how people are hoping to holiday in 2014. The reports suggests that we are increasingly looking for trips that promise not only sun, sea and sand, but more importantly a once in a lifetime experience.
Growth in the adventure travel market has accelerated at a phenomenal rate of 65 percent year on year since 2009, and one area that is proving to be a real hit with travellers is cycle holidays. Here are our top three cycling tours that promise an adventure filled with memories that will stay with you for life.
Cycle the Dalmatia Tour from Split to Dubrovnik
From fish markets to Egyptian sphinx, lavender fields and olive groves to island hopping in a private boat, this cycling tour is perfect for cyclists of all levels of cyclist. From fairweather to competitive.
The Dalmatia seven day tour runs in small groups from May to September 2014, and starts in Split. You'll be met by your guides and pick up your wheels for the week, and explore the historic town before a sociable welcome dinner.
Ride around the island, indulge in incredible local cuisine and wine from vineyards you will cycle past, breathe in the aromas of rosemary gardens and pine forests, take a dip in the clear blue Adriatic sea, and pack in some serious hill climbs and descents!
The tour takes in Korcula, Peninsula Peljesac and finishes in Dubrovnik, with a farewell dinner in this beautiful gothic city. The tour is run by Cycling Croatia tours and includes hotels, transfers, meals and entry to attractions.
Classic Cols of the Pyrenees from Lourdes to Pau
If you’ve ever fancied riding some of the Pyrénéen climbs made famous by the Tour de France, this is the trip for you. The Classic Cols route takes in the all the great climbs of the worlds greatest cycling race, plus several lesser known but equally breathtaking passes.
Most day's cycling will cross at least one of the legendary cols of the Tour but, unlike the professionals, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you go. Optional shorter or longer routes are also available on each day's ride, so that cyclists with a wide range of abilities will be able to take part.
Trip goers will stay in three-star hotels, selected for their character and ambience to ensure that your time off the bike is just as enjoyable as your time on it. Evening meals offer the chance to indulge in some of the fine food of the region, and of course, what better way to digest the day's events than by enjoying a glass or two of wine with new friends! The Classic Cols is available from French Cycling Holidays.
South Coast Tour from Wadebridge to St Just
Discover the hidden side of Cornwall on the sheltered South Coast, with this fabulous stay-cation cycle holiday. This gentle tour passes through scenic bays and coves, with overnight accommodation in fishing villages and bustling port towns.
Starting in Wadebridge, this trip will take you through 104 miles of coastal beauty, with an average daily distance of 17 miles. You will check in for your first night's accommodation in the north Cornish town of Wadebridge, where you have a free afternoon to explore the area, and cycling the Camel Trail to Padstow.
As your cycle adventure begins, you will visit the award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway where steam locomotives still ride the rails, the historic port of Charlestown which was used as a location for filming Poldark and Jane Austin’s Persuasion, the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, and the breathtaking views over St Michael's Mount and Mounts Bay before heading towards St Just. This is just one of the many tours offered by Cornish Cycle Tours in South West England.