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Our first bike holiday but definitely not last with the best food and scenary we had in Europe.
Rising through the French countryside; looking at the homes and life going on as we passed was incredible.
Chambord is a beautiful optional ride, we had a glorious day at the chateau.
We did the self-guided tour. The trip notes were mostly easy to follow and if we took a wrong turn it only added to what we got to see.
As a non-bike rider the days left me stiff before bed. Do some riding in the lead up to the holiday to prepare yourself.
An easy to follow route through quiet country roads and villages. Only two minor hills en route. Lots of pretty countryside, nice views and places to see en route. Luggage was always at destination on arrival making the whole trip really easy.
Countryside views and Chateaus; and plenty of opportunities for picnics
1. Pack light as you will only need a change of clothes for the evening.
2. Plan interim routes for the rest days - there are lots of short routes to interesting places and given the distances you don't really need a day's rest.
3. There are plenty of nice places to stop and have a picnic on the way. Buy your picnic in the morning as the shops are likely closed at the time you want to have lunch (12.00-15.00!)
I really enjoyed the cycling trip. We had very good weather - sunshine every day. The trip was a lot of fun, accommodation was good and the food at some of the venues excellent. We really enjoyed seeing the chateaux and the villages along the route. Sometimes we found the directions a little misleading and confusing especially as we weren't given a map of the the ride to help us have a clearer picture of the route.
Overall the cycling was great and I would do another similar style trip.
The most inspirational moment of the trip was looking out the window at the nearby chateau one morning and seeing four hot air balloons float by. On a clear sunny morning it was just magical.
Our trip was self guided and often I was the 'map reader' of the group. The others in the group seemed to appreciate my map reading and often it was about keeping the group together, with some riders faster or slower than others.
Wear bike shorts if you can and pack sunscreen. Even though we all had prepared for the ride we all pleased we had bike shorts to ease the pain of sore butt muscles. Don't overpack. Even though the suitcases were transported to our hotels heavy suitcases weren't welcome.
Go with a positive attitude and have fun.
You can on this trip, as it starts and ends at the same hotel. Parking is to be paid locally at a hotel's reception. If you need an idea of costs, please contact Exodus for more information.
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Then you will need to make your own way to the next hotel by public transport, or pay for a taxi. Please remember you will also have your bikes, which need to be safely transported as well. You can also phone the local taxi company (details in route notes) who transport your luggage, and see if they can give you a lift. Please note this may not always be possible.
All adult bikes have front bag and 2 rear panniers. One of the adult front bags will have either a map holder or plastic folder for your route notes and maps. There are no panniers supplied for the child bikes. We also supply 1 repair kit per 2 people which contains a pump, lock and sealant spray to fix the inner tube. Front and rear lights are supplied.
Usually by a local representative or a taxi company. You will need to leave your luggage at the hotel reception between 08:00hrs and 10:00hrs on days of hotel change - the route notes you receive with your final documents will confirm the exact time. It must be marked with the luggage labels (provided by Exodus or at the start hotel), CLEARLY VISIBLE, showing your name and the total number of bags that you are having transferred.
In country bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size, and as there are limited amounts of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Although we do not have a 'group flight' as we would normally do on our guided trips, we will do our best to provide as much information as possible on helping you get to the start point, whether that is by train, bus, aeroplane or car. Please consult the trip notes for more details or ask a sales consultant.
Not at all. With self-guided cycling you have the whole day and can take things at your own pace, and stop wherever you choose to. The route notes will make suggestions, but in the end you can go as slowly or as quickly as you like!
On a small amount of our self-guided trips there are wearable GPS devices for hire locally - please consult the trip notes or speak to a sales consultant for more details. If there is no device to hire, the GPX routes may be available to download on your smart phone or portable device - more information on this will be sent before you depart.
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
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