Loire Valley cycle tour 8 days

Loire Valley cycle tour 8 days

Sunday 12th May –  Saturday 18th May 2019

The Loire Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site. It offers ideal conditions for this 7 day exclusive cycling holiday. The Loire bike paths are routes guaranteed to delight cyclists keen on seeing the Loire Valley’s finest chateaux – from the likes of the world-famous Chenonceau and Chambord, to smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur, the Jardins Renaissance in Villandry, and the Parc Leonardo da Vinci in the city of Ambroise. By following the Loire, Europe’s last untamed river, you will also be crisscrossing its most prestigious vineyards: Vouvray, Chinon, Montlouis, not to mention the great wines of the Saumur region. 

Our tour starts at Orleans and ends in Saumur, a total distance of 244 Kms or 152 miles. Daily stages will vary from 20 to 40 miles and, being along the course of the river, will be mostly flat. This makes the tour ideal for cyclists of all levels of fitness

PRICES START FROM £649 (initial deposit of  £150)

To go ahead and book this tour, please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01344 989666 or email info@escapeyoureveryday.com

 

Sunday 12th May –  Saturday 18th May 2019

The Loire Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site. It offers ideal conditions for this 7 day exclusive cycling holiday. The Loire bike paths are routes guaranteed to delight cyclists keen on seeing the Loire Valley’s finest chateaux – from the likes of the world-famous Chenonceau and Chambord, to smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur, the Jardins Renaissance in Villandry, and the Parc Leonardo da Vinci in the city of Ambroise. By following the Loire, Europe’s last untamed river, you will also be crisscrossing its most prestigious vineyards: Vouvray, Chinon, Montlouis, not to mention the great wines of the Saumur region. 

Our tour starts at Orleans and ends in Saumur, a total distance of 244 Kms or 152 miles. Daily stages will vary from 20 to 40 miles and, being along the course of the river, will be mostly flat. This makes the tour ideal for cyclists of all levels of fitness

PRICES START FROM £649 (initial deposit of  £150)

To go ahead and book this tour, please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01344 989666 or email info@escapeyoureveryday.com

 

Description

Sunday 12th May –  Saturday 18th May 2019

The Loire Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site. It offers ideal conditions for this 7 day exclusive cycling holiday. The Loire bike paths are routes guaranteed to delight cyclists keen on seeing the Loire Valley’s finest chateaux – from the likes of the world-famous Chenonceau and Chambord, to smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur, the Jardins Renaissance in Villandry, and the Parc Leonardo da Vinci in the city of Ambroise. By following the Loire, Europe’s last untamed river, you will also be crisscrossing its most prestigious vineyards: Vouvray, Chinon, Montlouis, not to mention the great wines of the Saumur region. 

Our tour starts at Orleans and ends in Saumur, a total distance of 244 Kms or 152 miles. Daily stages will vary from 20 to 40 miles and, being along the course of the river, will be mostly flat. This makes the tour ideal for cyclists of all levels of fitness

PRICES START FROM £649 (initial deposit of  £150)

To go ahead and book this tour, please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01344 989666 or email info@escapeyoureveryday.com

 

Day 1: Sunday 12 May 

Arrive Orleans under own arrangements and meet your fellow cyclists and collect your bike. 

Day 2: Monday 13 May 

Cycle to Beaugency (40 km/25 miles) 

An easy starter day along the river, with the opportunity en route to visit the historic and beautiful town of Beaugency, which, like so many towns along the Loire, boasts its own castle. 

Day 3: Tuesday 14 May 

Cycle to Blois (60 km/38miles). 

Blois, again, has its own chateau, but the highlight of the day will be the visit to the Chateau de Chambord, perhaps the most impressive of all the Loire Chateaux. After visiting the chateau, we rejoin the line of the River Loire before arriving at Blois for the night. 

Day 4: Wednesday 15 May, 

Cycle to Amboise (40 km/25 Miles) 

Following the left bank of the river, we pass the famous Chateau of Chaumont, high above us overlooking the river and the cycle path and, some ten miles further on, we reach the imposing Chateau d’Amboise, set high up above its charming and picturesque riverside town. 

We shall be staying about one and a half miles out of town, giving plenty of opportunity to visit the town centre. 

Day 5: Thursday 16 May 

Cycle to Villandry (60 km/37.5 miles). 

We detour from the left bank of the River Loire to call in on the highly photogenic Chateau of Chenonceau, renowned for its arches across the river, follow the River Cher towards its junction with the Loire and then until we reach the imposing chateau of Villandry, famous for its beautiful and formal gardens. Our hotel is in the main street, just a minute or two away from the Chateau. 

Day 6: Friday 17 May 

Cycle from Villandry to Saumur (70 km/44 miles) 

From Villandry we head the few miles south to another of the major attractions on this trip, the village and chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. After a stop to explore, we move on past the Chateau d’Usse – known as the Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant and the inspiration for the story of the Sleeping Beauty. We then reach the Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud (burial place of the Plantagenets Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard I Coeur de Lion, the only kings of England to be buried outside our country) 

Our day’s ride finishes in the large town of Saumur, from where the train network connects with Paris and Orleans. 

Day 7: Saturday 18 May 

Depart under own arrangements by train, bus or car and return to Orleans, Paris or London.

What’s Included?

7 nights hotel accommodation in twin room sharing  6 Breakfasts  6 Lunches  Your bike transported from a UK designated collection point to/from Orleans  Daily guided routes with Cycle Tour Leader  Back up support vehicle throughout tour 

What’s Not Included? 

Evening meals Bike hire if necessary (can be arranged in advance) Group Size  The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded. 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is in clean and comfortable 2 and/or 3 star hotels. Either sharing a twin or a double room, or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option, or sole occupancy of a double option. All rooms are en-suite. 

Food 

All of your breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of the trip. Evening meals can be eaten in the hotels or local restaurants. 

Back Up 

An experienced tour leader will be with you each day and be on hand to help with any problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader(s) if you prefer to not ride with the group.  Fitness  This tour is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and who wants to participate on a gentle cycle holiday.

Clothing & Equipment 

 A full recommended kit list is provided and we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Insurance 

It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. This should cover you in the event that you have to cancel the tour any time after the final payment has been made as we may be unable to fill your place. There are many insurance companies out there and we prefer not to get involved with recommending a particular company as there are so many policies available depending on your own personal circumstances. 

What happens at the start of the tour?

The tour starts in Orleans on the first Sunday. The easiest airport for Orleans is Paris and then by train. Our guides will be around in Orleans on Sunday morning ready to meet you when you arrive. If you are arriving earlier then you can leave your bags with our guides if you want to have a look around orleans before the other participants arrive. We have a group meal on Sunday night with full briefing on what to expect for the week ahead and then the cycling starts on Monday. We will take your bikes over for you so that you don’t have to take them on the plane. You can either drop them off with us beforehand in the Reading area or meet us on the Thursday before the tour starts as we drive down to Dover. Alternatively you can post your bike to us and we will take it over for you.

What happens at the end?

The final days riding is on Saturday and we will take the train from Samur back to Orleans or Paris. One of the guides will drive a van with all of your bikes in back to England and you can pick up your bike from us at some point (no charge) or alternatively we can box your bike and post it back to you (approx £70).

How do I transport my bike?

Your easiest option is to drop your bike off with us beforehand and will will take it over for you and bring it back at the end of the tour – there is no charge for this option. We are based near Reading, Berkshire so this may not be a convenient option for you. Another option is to take your bike with you at the start of the tour and at the end of the tour you can either take your bike with you on the plane. Alternatively we can take your bike back to the UK for you and box your bike and post it too you – there is a charge of £70 for this option. Another option is to rent a bike from us. Whatever arrangements you make we will be happy to help.

How difficult is the tour?

The fitter you are and the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour. The tour is easier than most of our tours although you do have the option to extend your daily route for longer days in the saddle if you prefer. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is possible that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes and gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

Lunches will be a mixture of picnic lunches and lunches in cafe’s or restaurants situated in some picturesque places. We will source local specialities and provide plenty of delicious French food every day of your tour, you certainly won’t go hungry. We will have plenty of food available and will cater for any special dietary requirements.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 18 & the oldest was 82. We think that a group of 8-16 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests & character without being such a big group that it becomes too much. Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone and people that travel as a pair such as two friends or partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening. Many of the people on this tour will have cycled on a tour with us previously so you may even bump into someone you know!

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together & you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).

What bike should I use?

The most suitable bike for this trip is a road bike or hybrid, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use. Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip. You are going to cycle over 150 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture. It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have hybrid bikes available. It may be possible to arrange a electric pedal assisted (eBike) to be hired at an additional charge, All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, pump, 2 water bottle cages, bell and front and rear lights. There is also a small saddle bag with a spare tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit & tyre leavers. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

Why France?

France is a wide and diverse country which contains a variety of different and changing landscapes. France is also 1/4 as densely populated as the UK and much more rural so the roads are quieter and cyclists are treated with much more respect. France is the cultural home of cycling and everyone has heard of the Tour de France. We will cycle through some of the iconic landscapes that you will have seen whilst watching the tour. France enjoys much better weather than the UK so chances of a dry and sunny tour is much more likely than if tackling LEJOG although it must also be noted that it can get very hot in the summer months. France is also well known for it’s gastronomy and also fine wines and we will do out best to ensure that you sample plenty of the delights on offer. Added to that a rich culture, medieval villages and stunning architecture all of which makes France an ideal place for a long distance cycle tour.

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Booking

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of 20% of total trip price per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full trip cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the trip is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your trip within 8 weeks of the trip start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You

If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

Cooling Off Period

If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

Accommodation

Room Option – double or twin

If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

Single Room Option

If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

Sole Use of a Double room Option

If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.

Support

On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you. Tours with 9 – 20 people in the group will have two tour guides.

Minimum Number

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Consumer Protection

In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your belongings while on holiday.

EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC

Safety

Cross-country skiing is a strenuous activity & all person undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Escape Your Everyday cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.

Data Protection

Please ensure you have permission from all people involved in the booking to give us their contact details. We take all reasonable precautions to ensure our customer’s data is kept safe and secure and only use the contact details we have to send information connected the booking and the occasional email newsletter. You can update your communication preferences with us at any time, please see our full privacy policy here.

Contract

By signing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Escape Your Everyday will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.

Description

Sunday 12th May –  Saturday 18th May 2019

The Loire Valley is a UNESCO world heritage site. It offers ideal conditions for this 7 day exclusive cycling holiday. The Loire bike paths are routes guaranteed to delight cyclists keen on seeing the Loire Valley’s finest chateaux – from the likes of the world-famous Chenonceau and Chambord, to smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur, the Jardins Renaissance in Villandry, and the Parc Leonardo da Vinci in the city of Ambroise. By following the Loire, Europe’s last untamed river, you will also be crisscrossing its most prestigious vineyards: Vouvray, Chinon, Montlouis, not to mention the great wines of the Saumur region. 

Our tour starts at Orleans and ends in Saumur, a total distance of 244 Kms or 152 miles. Daily stages will vary from 20 to 40 miles and, being along the course of the river, will be mostly flat. This makes the tour ideal for cyclists of all levels of fitness

PRICES START FROM £649 (initial deposit of  £150)

To go ahead and book this tour, please complete the booking form below or if you have any queries then please call us on 01344 989666 or email info@escapeyoureveryday.com

 

Day 1: Sunday 12 May 

Arrive Orleans under own arrangements and meet your fellow cyclists and collect your bike. 

Day 2: Monday 13 May 

Cycle to Beaugency (40 km/25 miles) 

An easy starter day along the river, with the opportunity en route to visit the historic and beautiful town of Beaugency, which, like so many towns along the Loire, boasts its own castle. 

Day 3: Tuesday 14 May 

Cycle to Blois (60 km/38miles). 

Blois, again, has its own chateau, but the highlight of the day will be the visit to the Chateau de Chambord, perhaps the most impressive of all the Loire Chateaux. After visiting the chateau, we rejoin the line of the River Loire before arriving at Blois for the night. 

Day 4: Wednesday 15 May, 

Cycle to Amboise (40 km/25 Miles) 

Following the left bank of the river, we pass the famous Chateau of Chaumont, high above us overlooking the river and the cycle path and, some ten miles further on, we reach the imposing Chateau d’Amboise, set high up above its charming and picturesque riverside town. 

We shall be staying about one and a half miles out of town, giving plenty of opportunity to visit the town centre. 

Day 5: Thursday 16 May 

Cycle to Villandry (60 km/37.5 miles). 

We detour from the left bank of the River Loire to call in on the highly photogenic Chateau of Chenonceau, renowned for its arches across the river, follow the River Cher towards its junction with the Loire and then until we reach the imposing chateau of Villandry, famous for its beautiful and formal gardens. Our hotel is in the main street, just a minute or two away from the Chateau. 

Day 6: Friday 17 May 

Cycle from Villandry to Saumur (70 km/44 miles) 

From Villandry we head the few miles south to another of the major attractions on this trip, the village and chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. After a stop to explore, we move on past the Chateau d’Usse – known as the Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant and the inspiration for the story of the Sleeping Beauty. We then reach the Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud (burial place of the Plantagenets Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard I Coeur de Lion, the only kings of England to be buried outside our country) 

Our day’s ride finishes in the large town of Saumur, from where the train network connects with Paris and Orleans. 

Day 7: Saturday 18 May 

Depart under own arrangements by train, bus or car and return to Orleans, Paris or London.

What’s Included?

7 nights hotel accommodation in twin room sharing  6 Breakfasts  6 Lunches  Your bike transported from a UK designated collection point to/from Orleans  Daily guided routes with Cycle Tour Leader  Back up support vehicle throughout tour 

What’s Not Included? 

Evening meals Bike hire if necessary (can be arranged in advance) Group Size  The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded. 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is in clean and comfortable 2 and/or 3 star hotels. Either sharing a twin or a double room, or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option, or sole occupancy of a double option. All rooms are en-suite. 

Food 

All of your breakfasts and lunches are included in the price of the trip. Evening meals can be eaten in the hotels or local restaurants. 

Back Up 

An experienced tour leader will be with you each day and be on hand to help with any problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader(s) if you prefer to not ride with the group.  Fitness  This tour is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and who wants to participate on a gentle cycle holiday.

Clothing & Equipment 

 A full recommended kit list is provided and we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Insurance 

It is highly recommended that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. This should cover you in the event that you have to cancel the tour any time after the final payment has been made as we may be unable to fill your place. There are many insurance companies out there and we prefer not to get involved with recommending a particular company as there are so many policies available depending on your own personal circumstances. 

What happens at the start of the tour?

The tour starts in Orleans on the first Sunday. The easiest airport for Orleans is Paris and then by train. Our guides will be around in Orleans on Sunday morning ready to meet you when you arrive. If you are arriving earlier then you can leave your bags with our guides if you want to have a look around orleans before the other participants arrive. We have a group meal on Sunday night with full briefing on what to expect for the week ahead and then the cycling starts on Monday. We will take your bikes over for you so that you don’t have to take them on the plane. You can either drop them off with us beforehand in the Reading area or meet us on the Thursday before the tour starts as we drive down to Dover. Alternatively you can post your bike to us and we will take it over for you.

What happens at the end?

The final days riding is on Saturday and we will take the train from Samur back to Orleans or Paris. One of the guides will drive a van with all of your bikes in back to England and you can pick up your bike from us at some point (no charge) or alternatively we can box your bike and post it back to you (approx £70).

How do I transport my bike?

Your easiest option is to drop your bike off with us beforehand and will will take it over for you and bring it back at the end of the tour – there is no charge for this option. We are based near Reading, Berkshire so this may not be a convenient option for you. Another option is to take your bike with you at the start of the tour and at the end of the tour you can either take your bike with you on the plane. Alternatively we can take your bike back to the UK for you and box your bike and post it too you – there is a charge of £70 for this option. Another option is to rent a bike from us. Whatever arrangements you make we will be happy to help.

How difficult is the tour?

The fitter you are and the more training that you do beforehand will add to the enjoyment of your tour. The tour is easier than most of our tours although you do have the option to extend your daily route for longer days in the saddle if you prefer. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is possible that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit & a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes and gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

Lunches will be a mixture of picnic lunches and lunches in cafe’s or restaurants situated in some picturesque places. We will source local specialities and provide plenty of delicious French food every day of your tour, you certainly won’t go hungry. We will have plenty of food available and will cater for any special dietary requirements.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally they are a fun, friendly, helpful & adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 18 & the oldest was 82. We think that a group of 8-16 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests & character without being such a big group that it becomes too much. Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone and people that travel as a pair such as two friends or partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening. Many of the people on this tour will have cycled on a tour with us previously so you may even bump into someone you know!

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower etc before the evening meal. We usually arrange somewhere to eat for the evening meal so that we can all get together & you won’t be left alone if you would like to eat with others. Quite often will simply arrange a certain pub to meet up & just drift in when you are ready whilst at other places we have a set time to eat – it just depends on the location.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van & in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you. Washing clothes can be done en-route so you shouldn’t need to bring a clean set of clothes for every day. The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15-18kg (or less).

What bike should I use?

The most suitable bike for this trip is a road bike or hybrid, however it is entirely up to you what type of bike you use. Please ensure that your bike is fully serviced and in good working order before the start of the trip. You are going to cycle over 150 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture. It is also advisable to have lights from & rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have hybrid bikes available. It may be possible to arrange a electric pedal assisted (eBike) to be hired at an additional charge, All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, pump, 2 water bottle cages, bell and front and rear lights. There is also a small saddle bag with a spare tube, multi-tool, puncture repair kit & tyre leavers. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

Why France?

France is a wide and diverse country which contains a variety of different and changing landscapes. France is also 1/4 as densely populated as the UK and much more rural so the roads are quieter and cyclists are treated with much more respect. France is the cultural home of cycling and everyone has heard of the Tour de France. We will cycle through some of the iconic landscapes that you will have seen whilst watching the tour. France enjoys much better weather than the UK so chances of a dry and sunny tour is much more likely than if tackling LEJOG although it must also be noted that it can get very hot in the summer months. France is also well known for it’s gastronomy and also fine wines and we will do out best to ensure that you sample plenty of the delights on offer. Added to that a rich culture, medieval villages and stunning architecture all of which makes France an ideal place for a long distance cycle tour.

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Booking

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of 20% of total trip price per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full trip cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the trip is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your trip within 8 weeks of the trip start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You

If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

Cooling Off Period

If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

Accommodation

Room Option – double or twin

If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

Single Room Option

If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

Sole Use of a Double room Option

If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.

Support

On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you. Tours with 9 – 20 people in the group will have two tour guides.

Minimum Number

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Consumer Protection

In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your belongings while on holiday.

EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC

Safety

Cross-country skiing is a strenuous activity & all person undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Escape Your Everyday cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.

Data Protection

Please ensure you have permission from all people involved in the booking to give us their contact details. We take all reasonable precautions to ensure our customer’s data is kept safe and secure and only use the contact details we have to send information connected the booking and the occasional email newsletter. You can update your communication preferences with us at any time, please see our full privacy policy here.

Contract

By signing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Escape Your Everyday will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.

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Book Online

10 in stock

Please select trip date :
  • May 16, 2019

Room Preferences *

Please select according to the number of people in your group. If you are booking for 1 person and select the Twin Room option, you will be placed with another person picked at random.

This must be a number!

This must be a number!

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