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Cycle tours with Explore

18 Jun 2013

Adventure travel experts Explore are offering up to £200 off select cycle tours. With routes to suit all abilities, from the competitive cyclist to the casual bike rider, be inspired by the biggest cycling event in Britain and grab one of the following deals before 30 June 2013.

With its coastline of towering cliffs, rugged rocks and sandy bays, the southern region of France is the ideal destination to explore by bike. For those short on time, Cycling Basque Country takes customers on an eight day adventure through pastoral green valleys dotted with white timber frame houses, and climbs the Pyrenean foothills to the Spanish border. Search for delicious French cuisine in the ham capital Bayonne and visit the chocolate museum in Biarritz. Departing on 31 August 2013, this cycle tour starts from £871 per person (was £971) including return train; seven nights hotel with breakfast; 21 gear hybrid bike hire; and the services of a tour leader. This tour includes cycling 255 km over six days and has been graded as moderate to challenging.

For those interested in combining cycling with wine tasting, Vineyards and Steppes is a 10 day tour cycling along the acclaimed Mur River towpath, through Central Europe’s finest wine growing region. From Graz in Austria, ride through vineyard-laden valleys, grassy plains and the foothills of ancient volcanoes into Slovenia. Passing fine architecture, customers reach the vast Lake Balaton – ‘Hungary’s Inland Sea’ – and explore historic Budapest. Departing on 28 June 2013, this tour costs from £1,157 per person (was £1,257) including return flights; nine night’s hotel with breakfast; 21 gear hybrid bike hire; and the services of a tour leader and cycle guides. This tour involves cycling 330 km over eight days and has been graded as moderate.

Further afield, Cycle Nicaragua to the Panama Canal takes customers through some of the most beautiful scenery in Central America. Ride past smoking volcanoes, through cloud forest, around national parks, past lakes and along the Panama Canal. En route, visit the volcanic island of Ometepe and the tropical islands of Bocas del Toro for a little relaxation. Departing 2 November 2013, this 14 day cycle tour starts from £2,282 per person (was £2498) including return flights; 13 nights hotel bed and breakfast; 24 gear hybrid bike hire; and the services of a tour leader. This tour includes cycling 472km over eleven days and has been graded as moderate to challenging.

Or, for something truly unique, don’t miss the brand new Tour of the Thunder Dragon. Once a year Bhutan is host to one of the world’s toughest one day cycling races. Crossing four high passes and covering a distance of 268km the race ends in the capital Thimpu. This tour gives customers the chance to be there, welcoming the tired riders at the finish line. After visiting the Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro, customers will take their bikes and cycle across the country to the beautiful Bumthang Valley, along the way following sections of the race route and visiting some of Bhutan’s imposing Dzongs. Cycle up and over Dochu La (3110m), Pele La (3400m) and Yutong La passes (3400m), and enjoy a walking tour of the old city and excursion to Pashupatinath. There’s also an option to fly over the Himalaya. Departing on 24 August 2013, this NEW 17-day tour starts from £3,647 per person (was £3,847) including return flights; 16 nights hotel on a bed and breakfast basis; most meals; a 21 gear Trek 4300 mountain bike hire with front suspension, and a support vehicle; and the services of a tour leader, drivers and local guides. This tour includes cycling a total of 346km over five days, and has been graded as tough.

Please note: all offers end 30 June 2013.

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