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6 Awesome Things You Might Not Know About Cycling Holidays

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6 Awesome Things You Might Not Know About Cycling Holidays


When you think cycling holiday, what thoughts come to mind? Maybe you think it’s just trips for crazy enthusiasts and fitness fanatics, or maybe just for thrill seekers and those looking for a real adventure. Whatever your interpretation, it might just surprise you when find out what a cycling holiday can really entail!

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First Things First – You Lead the Way

Believe it or not, not every cycling holiday uses a group system. ‘Self-guided’ cycling holidays have exploded in popularity over recent years. Cycling holidays from tour operators such as Inntravel focus on trips tailored to your pace, the way you enjoy your holidays, and guided by you.

A typical cycling holiday in Europe for example would give you a choice of two or more routes per day, staying in each characterful hotel for two nights along the way. One day you could be exploring the rolling foothills of Tuscany, and the next day be recharging by the pool with a glass of wine and some authentic local cuisine.

Something you’d like to see? It’s easy to extend your stay by a day or two, allowing you to really soak up your surroundings, with no pressure or irritating time restraints.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Yes, many cycling holidays are enjoyed by outdoor guru’s and fitness fanatics, but increasingly tour operators have identified a gap in the market for the same enjoyment, suitable for a whole range of skill levels.

Often split into different grades of varying difficulty, it doesn’t matter whether you enjoy long rides in the hills, cycling through peaceful rural villages or short trips to the nearest beach. There is usually something for everyone, families included!

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That’s a Load off Your Mind

Perhaps a cycling holiday for you conjures up images of cycling up a hill in the rain, lugging around awkwardly shaped luggage and maybe even one of the kids. Doesn’t exactly sound much like a holiday does it?

Relax, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can have your luggage transported for you! Enjoy the freedom of having your luggage waiting for you at your next hotel, and then simply leave it in the lobby ready to be taken to your next destination.

Obviously you should carry with you some essentials, but usually a good rucksack will suffice!

You don’t have to be the next Christopher Columbus!

It’s true, a cycling holiday doesn’t have to mean years of outdoor pursuit and extensive knowledge of map navigation. We know that Inntravel cycling holidays invest heavily in providing bang up to date cycling notes, as well as an easy to read map and suggested routes.

Not just directions, your cycling notes are your tour guide. Find out about ancient monuments coming up on your route, historic villages, quiet enchanting coves, recommended places to stop for a bite to eat, or simply spots known for their spectacular views!

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No Wheels? No Problem.

Now, for obvious health and safety, having some cycling experience under your belt is recommended. Although, you don’t even have to own a bike in order to give a cycling holiday a try!

Using local specialists to provide the hardware, you’ve got every bit of independence to do as you please, with the knowledge that everything has been taken care of. Catered to the type of terrain, high quality bicycles can be provided that are comfortable, expertly maintained, equipped with saddlebags for daytime essentials, reflectors, lights, puncture repair kits, locks. Everything you need.


Last But Not Least, You’re in Safe Hands

No matter where you are, you can be assured of emergency assistance from the cycle supplier in the unlikely event that your bike encounters a significant problem. Add to that a 24-hour emergency helpline and you the peace of mind you need to enjoy every moment of you trip.

Beginning to sound much more like a holiday after reading this?

Check out Inntravel Cycling holidays for lots more information on this type of self-guided cycling holiday. Whether it’s Austria, Denmark or Holland, to the sunnier climates of Italy, Spain and the south of France, they’ve got it covered!

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