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Cycle Indochina & Angkor

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam



At a glance

* 10 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights standard hotels, 1 night standard
guesthouse to experience some ‘Mekong Delta’ hospitality, all with en
suite facilities
* 9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
* Good tarmac in Thailand and Cambodia, with some easy dirt roads in Vietnam
* Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable
riding occasionally in traffic

Cycle through 3 countries from Thailand to Vietnam

This journey takes us through three countries with divergent histories and
subtly different cultures. From the bustling streets of Bangkok, to the
serene tranquillity of the shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of
Angkor’s temples, we see a little piece of everything these amazing
countries have to offer. In Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular
patchwork of rice paddies and waterways. Our journey ends in Saigon where the
frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas
we have cycled through, and will leave a lasting impression.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 1 dinner
* All accommodation 
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

The food on this trip is a real highlight for many. Southeast Asian cuisine
is known for its abundance of freshly prepared dishes with strong aromatic
flavours. There is a focus on herbs and citrus to ensure each dish packs a
punch; chilli does feature highly too but is easily avoided if desired.
Typically most dishes will come with rice and many are often served in a
banana leaf with a variety of dips and herbs served separately. The three
countries visited ensure a different culinary experience every time you cross
the border; ensure you try the freshly made Pad Thai noodles from the street
stalls of Bangkok, the fish amok curry in Cambodia for a creamy coconut-based
fragrant curry and the Banh Xeo (huge sizzling pancakes) found in Vietnam
cannot be missed!
Western food is readily available almost everywhere. Vegetarians are well
catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary
requests. Please note that the availability of certain specialized products
for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or
non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary
items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some ‘cycling snacks’
with you from home if you have high energy bars or gels that you like to use
during a ride. For those who wish to contribute a kitty is normally arranged
(see extra expenses) – fresh fruit, nuts, biscuits and local snacks are all
provided from the snack kitty along with soft drinks and electrolyte powders.

Start destination: Bangkok

End destination: Saigon

Cycling profile

Day 1

There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening followed by an
optional group dinner for those that would like to join. Your main luggage
will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so
please bring this with you to the meeting; just hang on to what you need for
the night/morning – you will be with your luggage again mid-morning tomorrow.
*Rembrandt Bangkok Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town
of Ayuttaya. Our two-hour transfer takes us into the heart of this
fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of
the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will
cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate
the past magnificence. We will finish today’s warm-up ride at Aranyik
village, famed for traditional knife making, and will pause to learn a little
about this age-old tradition that has been passed through generations. Cycle
approx. 46km.

*Ingtharn Resort or similar*

Day 3

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber
and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. There are a
few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat.The ride ends when we
join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Sa
Keaw by bus. Cycle approx. 90km.
*River Resort or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we
can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the
other side. We will break for lunch before carrying on cycling on quiet but
well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the
Cambodian border. Cycle approx. 85km.
*Station One Resort or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

After breakfast we drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities
as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. We then drive to Siem Reap. Due to years
of civil war the country is poorer and less developed than its neighbours.
Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the
countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. This
afternoon’s ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in
the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and
picnic area outside of Siem Reap. Cycle approx. 20km.
*Angkor Holiday or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds
drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide
area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike
gives us a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered
Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the
ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers
(originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of
course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and
massive towers – it is the largest temple complex in Asia. Cycle approx.
25-30km.
*Angkor Holiday or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of
Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields,
and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and
contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much
smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in
exquisite carvings. In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can
stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is
pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interest and excellent
shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene. This afternoon there should
also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong
River. This optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing
villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the
ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding
the full distance to and from Banteay Srei.
*Angkor Holiday or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Today we take a bus journey of approx. 7 hours along National Road 6 to Phnom
Penh. We will have a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk,
Cambodia’s most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the
oldest structures in the country. We’ll also pause for a traditional Khmer
lunch at a local house before stopping in the town Skuon, which is known for
its local delicacy of fried spiders. The road is currently undergoing some
resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive
in Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the
Mekong.
*Ohana Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and
the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through 1970s
and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites which
give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide
Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng,
in the centre of the city. 15 km. of out of town is the area known as the
‘Killing Fields,’ a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of
S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to
everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country
and its people had to endure just a few decades ago.
On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a
fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We tour
the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda. There is also excellent shopping at
the ‘Russian’ market, and the lively Mekong waterfront area, where our hotel
is located.
*Ohana Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here
the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the
Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once border formalities have been completed we
meet our Vietnamese leader and cycle approximately 30km to Chau Doc. Cycle
approx. 80km.
*Chau Pho hotel or similar, Standard Hotel*

Day 11

A morning transfer by road to Long Xuyen where we take a public ferry across
the river. From here we ride along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small
villages and dwellings, towards Vinh Long. Leaving the bikes on the mainland,
we take another boat (20 mins) to reach our homestay on an island in the
Mekong Delta, known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. After settling in we can
explore the area on foot. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an
amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice
production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable
fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing. The evening is tranquil as we
have dinner at the homestay and enjoy some ‘Delta’ hospitality. We spend the
night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house.
Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided. Cycle approx. 50km.
*Homestay*

Day 12

We leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market.
Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and
vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly
‘wholesale’ market. A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage
industries producing such items as popped rice, popcorn and other homemade
products. We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route
through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My
Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still
usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where
scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern
developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city
where anything goes. Our hotel is in the heart of this incredible city. Cycle
approx. 35km.
*Huong Sen hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 13

The whole day is free to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There
are a number of interesting things to see – the Saigon River, Ben Thanh
Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy
walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you
to the War Remnants Museum with an interesting (if a little gruesome)
photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. For those that are
interested your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels,
located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war the
network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these
were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to
explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the
sunshine!
*Huong Sen hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

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Customer Feedback

Indochina is fantastic

Summary:
I booked this trip after doing the Vietnam cycling trip in February. I had
really enjoyed that one and suddenly found myself with time off before
Christmas, and with the threat of a cold Canadian winter looming, I decided
to get some sun while I could.
For a Canadian the logistics of this trip required getting the Vietnam visa
ahead of time (Thailand didn’t need one and Cambodia offered the ability to
get one ahead or at the border). Luckily, having been there recently, my
Visa came back quickly. The cost was prohibitive for the few days I would be
there, but I enjoyed the country so much last time that I couldn’t resist.
Our guide was professional and knowledgeable. We also had local guides for
Cambodia and Vietnam to augment his knowledge. The organization was top
notch and things went smoothly, despite having to cross two land borders and
meet up with bus drivers and local mechanics, trucks, and bikes. Everything
was waiting and prepared for us. I needed pedals installed, but that was
taken care of very quickly (three times) and efficiently.
Three countries provided lots of different scenery, different food, and
slightly different riding conditions. I saw rolling countryside, lots of
livestock, rivers, rice paddies, lakes, vegetation….I am biased, but I
liked Vietnam the most.
The sights built into the tour were awesome and important. I am glad I went
and I do not regret it for an instant.
The accommodations on the Vietnam only trip were better than the ones on this
trip, but there is nothing to complain about on this trip. Rooms were clean
and air conditioned.
Our group was small so that allowed for a bit more customization to meet our
needs that might not have been possible with a bigger group. I appreciated
that our guide worked with us.
If you want to read more about my trip, I blogged about it almost every day
(December 2 onward). Here is a link to the blog. If you have trouble
finding it through the dates, look under the My Travels heading.
https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/ [1]
I will definitely do another cycling holiday (when finances allow) though I
am not sure where. When I got home, the new catalogue was waiting in my
mailbox.

[1] https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing Angkor Wat was amazing.
Eating delicious street food for pennies was pretty awesome too.
Sitting in the Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penn, drinking a cocktail
while overlooking the waterfront was brilliant.
Cycling over the new Dam in Thailand was fantastic.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
My group leader was knowledgeable about the locations, terrain, history and
took time to answer any questions we had. He was a good cyclist, and took
care of the group. Because our group was so small, we had more options than
a bigger group would have had.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pack light. There are several opportunities to do laundry for a low price in
each country.
The food is amazing–and the beer tastes pretty good too.
There is quite a bit of cycling packed into the first few days, so be
prepared.
There are not too many hills on this trip so you needn’t worry about your
ability.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
You will not regret taking this trip.

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Cycling, food, temples, boats, villages, history, villages and cities – a great and varied fortnight!!

Summary:
Like cycling Kerala & the a Tropical South (which I can totally recommend)
this was another wonderfully varied trip. Loved the fact that there were many
cultural, religious, historical and culinary experiences intermingled with
cycling in a great part of the world. The cycling in Thailand was not as
scenic as we’d hoped but the food and stops to see temples, rubber
plantations, etc. made the long cycling days more interesting. We changed
bikes 3 times (different bikes and back up teams in each country) which was
not ideal but crossing the busy border between Thailand and Cambodia was a
highlight for us (like India without the saris!). It was very hot and humid
and some of the fairer people were sunburnt on the cloudy days!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
No one thing! The variety of experiences was the best thing about the trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nut was great – he looked after us all very well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pad your saddle (take your own if comfy) and not yourself – padded cycling
shorts were very unpleasant (they just became tight, sweaty/wet and hot). We
ended up cycling in loose thin white t-shirts with loose thin shorts and
walking sandals and found that to be most comfortable. You are on a holiday
cycling through rural villages after all and not in the Tour de France!!).
Despite the trip notes advice most of our group avoided taking anti-malarials
and just used repellant (Incognito worked well and avoided nasty DEET
products) and many didn’t cover up but only one or two bites across the 18 of
us were had!

As always, an extra day or two at the end of the trip to just decompress and
reflect on all you have seen and done is a good call – cocktails and
reminiscence by the pool on our first full day in Saigon was a real
highlight! And the Water Puppet show in Saigon is a must – bizarre but
totally mesmerising!!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you don’t like cycling with your bottom in the air, a handlebar extender
may be worth taking as in Thailand and Cambodia the bikes had wide and low
handlebars which several of us found uncomfortable.

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Cycling Three Countries

Summary:
The whole holiday was a great adventure and turned out to be even better than
we hoped it would be!
So much to see and do, we packed so much in it felt like we had been away for
a month!
Cycling allowed you to get to see bits of the countries that you would never
normally get close too on other types of holidays -Brilliant!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Depends what you call inspirational but the thing that sticks in my mind , is
coming around a corner in Vietnam to be faced by hundreds of children, who
all turn and look at you and start screaming “hello” and waving at you -made
you feel like some sort of Rock Star!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai was excellent and looked after us all the way.
His knowledge allowed us to stop and try local things as we cycled through
the countryside, something you would think twice about if he wasn’t with us.
Learnt a lot about the local culture from him.

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Absolutely Fabulous Holiday.

Summary:
Well where do I start? This holiday was one big adventure from the start,
right to the end. I saw and learnt so much.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many inspirational moments but I think meeting so many Cambodian people
who so friendly and happy, even though their country went through such a
terrifying ordeal. They always had a big smile on their faces.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our tour leader Chai was always so professional and calm and so
knowledgeable. He always greeted us with a big smile and always did his
absolute best to look after us. I just hope Exodus realise what an asset he
is to their company.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t bother taking Cambodian and Vietnamese currencies. Just take Thai Baht
and US Dollars.

Baggy shorts over your cycling shorts was enough to get you into most
temples.

Take your own saddle or saddle gel cover. I took the saddle I did all my
training in and I didn’t have a sore bottom all holiday.

Try as much of the different food you can.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I am already looking at booking another Exodus holiday for next year.
Everything was looked after and prepared for us and the whole holiday ran on
rails (or should I say ran on bicycles?).

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Fantasitc trip

Summary:
Three countries with fabulous experiences in each. A great group and a
fantastic group leader made this a truly great trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many. Angkor Wat is a sight to behold; the Mekong Delta is
fabulous and the lovely feeling you get when children in rural villages
literally jump up and down with joy as you pass by will stay with you for a
long time. However the most inspirational part of the trip – as well as the
most difficult – was our visit to the Killing Fields and TS21. Our guide
helped us to understand this terrible part of Cambodia’s history, but also
how the country and its people have moved forward.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chai made the trip. He is genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
He went out of his way to make this a trip to remember and always had a smile
on his face.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You can buy cycling tops in both Cambodia and Vietnam – both tops are very
colourful and a great memento of the trip. There are some great restaurants
in Seam Reap, Phnom Penh and Saigon that work with street children – giving
them opportunities in the hospitality industry; Lonely Planet book has
details.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is a great trip – if you book it you won’t regret it!

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Amazing cycling holiday as an introduction to South East Asia

Summary:
My first holiday in South East Asia and my first cycling holiday! I
absolutely loved every moment. It won’t be my last cycling trip: seeing
beautiful countryside, meeting locals, eating delicious food, great
accommodation ranging from hotels to homestay, lovely cycling group and great
memories that will stay with me!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I wouldn’t say inspirational but it’s something that has stuck with me, and
is very humbling: learning and understanding the culture and histories each
of these three countries has lived through.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chaiya: what an amazingly professional and knowledgable guide! Greeted every
morning with his smile and great sense of humour!
The trip wouldn’t have run so smoothly had it not been for him. From the
cycling to lunch breaks, to organised visits. Got to see, taste and do so
much thanks to Chai.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As always I over packed, but make sure you have really (really) good padded
cycling shorts, breathable cycling tops, and just go for it.
Book this trip!!
Make the most of it and enjoy!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This will not be my last cycling trip with Exodus!! I’ve had a fantastic life
experience that has got me hooked onto cycling even more!

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Cycling South East Asia

Summary:
Cycling South East Asia . We cycled from Bangkok to Saigon – crossed borders
, through jungles , stayed in accommodation varying from hotels to homestay –
all seamlessly organised by our group leader Chiaya .

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It’s difficult to explain the insight we got into the history , religion
,countryside and cuisine in such a short time but it was very powerful and
will stay with me.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chiaya , our group leader was the most professional group leader I have ever
encountered . He anticipated every problem and diffused any tension with
great intelligence , charm and kindness . His knowledge of the history and
religions of the countries is comprehensive , but it is his unfailing good
humour and positivity that will remain with me and my husband and I’m sure
all the group .

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Perfect introduction to a cycling trip.

Summary:
Absolutely the best thing we have ever done. Loved every second of this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Meeting the group we travelled with, the group leader Chai and all the
support team. The scenery was fantastic, as was the cycling. The organisation
of the whole trip was faultless and smooth, from check in to the hotels to
the bikes up and ready to go each day. The snacks along the way were
wonderful (especially in Thailand).

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Absolutely fantastic, knowledgeable, helpful with a great sense of humour.
Chai made the trip what it was….amazing.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do it…you will love it. Pack light and spend more money on some decent
cycling shorts.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This was our first cycle holiday and it won’t be our last….we have the bug
now and will certainly be looking for our next one.

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Cycling Indochina

Summary:
Fascinating cycle across three countries. All of them different. Very thought
provoking. Showed how privileged we are to live in Western European
democracies with checks and balances on the despotic use of power. Also
showed the importance of free education and health services in Europe. One
informed local told us “you get sick, you go to hospital, you can’t pay, you
die in the corridor!”

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The whole trip was very good. Possibly the most noteworthy moments were not
so much inspirational as sobering. Visits to the killing fields and detention
centre left most of us musing on man’s inhumanity to man.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Brilliant. Helpful, well-informed, very sociable. Managed the logistics of
crossing three countries and having to change bikes and guides at every
frontier very well. Also a great guitar player.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for the heat and humidity, high-fiving children in rural areas
and a very educational experience.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The support on the road was excellent. The picnics set up for each rest stop
were an inspiration to keep going. Fresh lime drink is something to look
forward to at every break in Vietnam.

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IndoChina cycle ride

Summary:
A fantastic experience and we really enjoyed every moment. The organisation
and back up were exceptional and all the people who supported us were first
class in every aspect.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the people in particular the children smiling and being so welcoming
along the whole route.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The leader was always taking our safety and well being as the number one
priority.
He also made it a totally enjoyable and fun holiday. The group dynamics
worked so well because the leader included everybody in all aspects and
ensured everyone enjoyed their time. He always explained what was happening
so nobody was left unsure as to what was happening. Above all Chai was the
nicest guy you could ever meet.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The only advice I could give is you can travel light as you don’t need lots
of clothes etc.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The entire holiday was excellent value for money!

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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