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Self-Guided and Group Cycling Holidays

Whether you’re a keen cyclist or enjoy the occasional bike ride at the weekend, Explore have plenty of cycling holidays to choose from to suit every ability. We have graded our bike holidays from easy to challenging by taking into account daily cycling distances, as well as the terrain, altitude and amount of ascent.

We passionately believe that a cycling holiday is the best way to totally immerse yourself in the destination. You will collect incredible experiences that you will remember for years to come. Explore offer an amazing range of cycling trips to experience. You could discover awe-inspiring views from a winding mountain path in the Americas; or perhaps enjoy the dappled shade of a leafy towpath along the charming Canal du Midi in France. Bike holidays are an active way to see the iconic sites, from the Kasbahs of Morocco to the temples of Bagan in Burma.

Our small group cycling trips are perfect if you want to meet new people, and would appreciate a leader to take care of all the daily arrangements. To be as flexible and unobtrusive as possible, we cycle in small groups, usually with around 12 people and are accompanied by a specially trained Explore Leader whose knowledge of the route and passion for the destination will ensure you get the very most from your cycling holiday.

If you prefer to travel just with family or friends and be more independent, Explore also offer self-guided cycling holidays.

Explore have been planning and running cycling trips with real care for 20 years now, combining the best routes with all the destination has to offer. You’ll enjoy not just the challenges along the way and the sense of achievement at the end of each day, but also the joy of exploring on two wheels: watching the landscapes unfold ahead of you, meeting the local people and experiencing everyday life well beyond the reach of conventional tourism.

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Self-Guided and Group Cycling Holidays

What about bike hire?

You are welcome to bring your own bike on our Explore cycling trips but you really don’t need to. We include bike hire and provide a bike that is suitable for the terrain and in your size. The Explore Leader can help with any technical problems and there is often a pannier, saddle-bag or handlebar bag to store your things.

Electric Bikes (E-bikes)

To help take the strain, we offer the option of electric bikes on certain group and self-guided cycling trips. E-bikes assist you when it gets tough; especially on uphill sections or longer rides. This allows you to conserve your energy for later, and makes the experience much more enjoyable if you don’t like uphill. You can then throw yourself into the easier sections and the battery will recharge while you are using your own pedal power. They are a great leveller and enable couple or friends with different abilities to do the same ride. Just enquire at time of booking.

Will I be fit enough?

Don’t worry – it isn’t a race, it is an active holiday. Just have a look at the daily distances so you choose the trip that has the level of activity that you want. Wherever possible you will have the freedom to ride at your own pace, regularly regrouping for rest stops or to visit local sites.

Is a Group trip for me?

With a group cycling trip you can enjoy getting to know others and enjoy experiences together but you can still retain your independence. For example, you can choose to have meals with others in your group or not – the choice is yours. It isn’t a race and there is no pressure to cycle with the whole group; often you can go alongside others travelling at your pace. We make regular stops to refuel and there are plenty of opportunities to take photos and chat with locals.

Often Explore holidaymakers tell us they have had the best of times because they went in a group with like-minded people who have become good friends.

What does the Explore Leader do?

One of our trusty Explore tour leaders, who will speak the local language and know the area, will look after you throughout your trip, to ensure it goes smoothly. They check that everyone has a chance to rest and no-one gets left behind, allowing you to cycle at your own pace wherever possible. They are there to help with any problems, enable interaction with the locals and provide background information to help you learn more about the places you are visiting.

What happens to my luggage?

We transport your luggage from hotel to hotel, so you just carry enough for the day and are free to enjoy the cycling.

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