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Cycling Vietnam

Enjoy the best of Vietnam on two wheels



At a glance

* 11 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night boat, 1 night sleeper train
* 9 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with 90% vehicle support
* Surfaces are nearly all good tarmac
* The route is flat with the exception of Dalat and the Hai Van Pass
* Group normally 5 to 18, plus local leaders

Enjoy the best of Vietnam on two wheels

This superb trip combines some of the best cycling routes in Vietnam with
time to explore this beautiful country with its long coastline of broad,
sandy beaches, shimmering paddy fields and mountains cloaked in forests. Our
route takes us from the vibrant streets of Saigon northwards to the more
conservative capital Hanoi. There is time to relax on a small tropical island
as well as enjoy laid-back Hoi An with its wooden merchant houses, pagodas
and bustling market. Finally, we take a cruise around the incredible seascape
of Halong Bay with its limestone spires rising directly from the sea.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 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, 10 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

 

Thanks to Vietnams tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of
mountain, Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings
and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines
in the world that still packs a punch with delicious fresh and fiery
flavours. Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole
myriad of verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all
play an important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is
felt throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh
Mi (stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup).
Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five
elements) meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty
and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national
beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a
real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is
served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are
perfect for sharing.

Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you
wish. 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 in SE Asia the availability of certain specialised
products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or
non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized 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 snacking kitty along with soft drinks and even homemade
lemonade if the season is right!

Start destination: Saigon

End destination: Hanoi

Cycling profile

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting and
absorbing city where bicycles battle with lorries and temples stand defiantly
alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, Saigon is now a
bustling free market city where anything goes. The Ben Thanh Market and Notre
Dame Cathedral are within easy walking distance from our hotel and are highly
recommended.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

This morning we drive out of the city, before riding to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
This offers a great introduction to cycling in Vietnam and a chance to
fine-tune the bikes. The tunnels were Viet Cong sanctuaries, used by the
guerrillas as living quarters and escape routes, the network covers 3 levels
and approximately 240kms of tunnels. Although originally very narrow some
parts have been widened for tourists, but even so it is still necessary to
crawl on hands and knees. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the
sunshine! If you prefer not to visit the tunnels you can have an unguided
free day in Saigon. Places of interest include: the Emperor of Jade and Giac
Lam pagodas, the former Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Hall), Ben
Thanh market and the War Remnants Museum. Cycle approx. 30km.
* Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

After an early breakfast we head out of Saigon by bus and start cycling
towards Mui Ne on the coast. We spend approx 4-5 hours on the bus today. We
hit the backroads and head through tropical fruit and rubber plantations also
passing some small fishing villages as we make our way closer to the coast.
We finish the ride in Mui Ne, a tranquil white sand beach where we can
witness our first sunset over the South China Sea. Cycle approx. 50km.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

We cycle towards Dalat; the route is undulating with occasional climbs. Along
the way we pass coffee and tea plantations as well as flower gardens and pine
forests as we reach higher altitude. We rejoin the bus before the road climbs
steeply to the mountain town of Dalat. We spend approx 3.5 hours on the bus
today. Dalat is a pleasant hill station, formerly known as Le Petit Paris,
and has been described as the most beautiful town in Vietnam. It was favoured
by the French for its climate, and is now a popular honeymoon resort for the
Vietnamese. Cycle approx. 60km.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

Today’s ride is predominantly downhill through pine forests and paddy fields
as we descend nearly 1,500m travelling through the Bidoup Ba National Park.
This area is home to rare pine forests as well as small villages inhabited by
the ethnic minority people of the central highlands. Once we arrive at the
coast, we head by bus (approx. 1.5 hours) to the coast near Nha Trang before
boarding a boat to our tropical island retreat of Whale Island for the next
two nights. Cycle up to 100km according to preference.
*Basic Hotel*

Day 6

Having a rest from the bikes today we get the opportunity to really relax and
unwind. We will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and
swimming in the turquoise sea before a seafood lunch is served. In the
afternoon there is the option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale
temple or walk around the island to the viewpoint for a 360 degree view of
the stunning mountainous coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand
beaches.
*Basic Hotel*

Day 7

We set off early in the morning and ride to the beautiful fishing village of
Dai Lanh. A short transfer out of town past the Po Nagar Cham towers brings
us to a high point and from here today’s ride is predominantly flat. The
beautiful beach at Dai Lanh is a perfect place to stop for a swim (if road
conditions and time permit) and lunch before continuing by bus around the
spectacular coastal cliff road towards the town of Tuy Hoa and on to Quy
Nhon. (Approx 4 hours in the bus today).Cycle up to 90km. according to
preference.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Leaving Quy Nhon we travel through a new economic zone over the Thi Nai
Peninsula and Nhon Hoi Bridge, the longest sea bridge in Vietnam. Getting off
our bikes we will visit a market, where its not unusual to be pulled aside
for a photo as this part of the country does not see many western tourists.
The coast line features secluded bays, sand dunes and beaches with colourful
fishing boats bobbing on the South China Sea. We will cycle until we arrive
at Phu Ly and then drive to Hoi An. If time permits, we will cycle the last
12 km once we turn off Highway 1 into Hoi An.
Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the
mid-sixteenth Century is now a living museum, with attractive wooden
merchant’s houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese
and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to
wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market. We spend two nights in
Hoi An which is also a fantastic place to buy local art or have some clothes
tailor-made for you. Its best to bring a picture or a sample of what you want
made. Approx 6 hour in the bus today. Cycle approx. 50km.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

This morning we take a guided walking tour of Hoi An to explore some of the
structures of historical significance in the Old Town, including bridges,
temples, wells and houses. Those less interested in architecture can cycle
the 5km to the lovely Cua Dai beach or cycle to the Marble Mountains, which
are 19km from town. These five marble hills, formerly islands, contain many
caves, some of which were used as Buddhist (and Vietcong) sanctuaries. Also
nearby is China beach, a famous US R & R spot in the war, and Danang where
there is a Cham Museum, which despite being in poor condition, is very
interesting. It is also possible to visit My Son, one of the most important
Cham temple sites in Vietnam where Cham kings were buried as early as the
fourth century. Although wartime bombing has destroyed much of the site,
there are a number of interesting stone towers and sanctuaries.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

Today we turn north again for the drive/cycle to Hue. The route passes over
the spectacular Hai Van Pass – the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’. The views are
stunning though those who prefer to avoid the 580m climb can always take a
lift in the support vehicle. Once at the top it will all seem worth it as you
plummet back to the ocean, then continue through small villages and timeless
rural scenes to the outskirts of Hue, from where we transfer to our city
centre hotel. Approx 2.5 hours in the bus today. Cycle approx. 80km.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 11

Hue is often claimed to be the cultural and historic centre of Vietnam and
there is plenty to see. We take a guided tour of the city and surrounding
tombs. The most memorable site is the citadel, with walls six miles in
length: inside are the palaces and halls of the Mandarins, and the remains of
the Forbidden Purple City, where only the emperor and his eunuchs and
concubines were allowed. Then we take a boat along the Perfume River to the
elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors, who ruled Vietnam from Hue. Tu Duc’s
Tomb is very elaborate and set in beautiful gardens, along the way we will
visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda was a centre for anti-government
protest in the early 1960s and it houses the Austin car that transported a
monk, Thich Quang Duc, to Saigon in 1963 where he burned himself as a protest
against the president. The photograph of his self-immolation was printed in
newspapers all around the world. In the afternoon we will board the
Reunification Express for the overnight ride to Hanoi, 600km to the north.
Cycle approx. 25km.
*Overnight Train*

Day 12

We usually arrive in Hanoi in the early morning and stop for a local
breakfast and a stretch of the legs, before we are met by our bus for an
approximately 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly
beautiful sights in South East Asia with around 3000 limestone peaks rising
directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst
scenery, stopping to kayak in the sea allowing us to get to places
inaccessible by boat (weather permitting) and enjoy a seafood lunch on board.
* Overnight Boat*

Day 13

We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to
port. We then drive back to Hanoi, and take a sightseeing tour of the city:
this will include visits to the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison and the
Old Quarter of the city. This charming city contains many beautiful old
buildings and the atmosphere is completely different from that in Saigon in
the south, mainly due to the much more conservative nature of the North
Vietnamese. Also, unlike its industrial counterpart, the centre of Hanoi has
a faded charm with broad tree-lined avenues dating from the French period as
well as some attractive lakes and pagodas. In the evening there is the option
to enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets.

*2018 itinerary*

Visit Me Cung cave and enjoy further time to cruise the many islands of
Halong Bay. Return to Hanoi late afternoon. This charming city contains many
beautiful old buildings and the atmosphere is completely different from that
in Saigon in the south, mainly due to the much more conservative nature of
the North Vietnamese. Also, unlike its industrial counterpart,
the centre of Hanoi has a faded charm with broad tree-lined avenues dating
from the French period as well as some attractive lakes and pagodas. In the
evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famous water
puppets.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

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Customer Feedback

What an amazing holiday

Summary:
Brilliantly lead, excellent fellow travellers and a very full and varied
itinary. Probably the best of many great Exodus holidays…so far.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The fact there were so many speaks volumes, nbut the 34km downhill definitely
was one of the best

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Extraordinarily good. Nothing was too much and he never faltered. Without
doubt the best of many good leaders.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Its hot and it is humid so nothing dries. The humidity can really limit your
physical ability, certainly around mid day, but there is always the support
vehicle to jump into.

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

Answer:
This holiday was a lot of fun and passed in a flash. We all had an absolute
ball and acted as one big family. A real joy.

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Great fun, great memories

Summary:
I booked this trip after reading positive reviews on the Exodus website.
From booking and right through this trip I have nothing but positive things
to say. Our guide Chi and his team were first class. Nothing was too much
trouble. We were a small group of 13 and I can say that we all became
friends along the way. Accomodation was good, food was excellent and our
guide gave us some great evening meal recommendations. I was a solo female
traveller and never felt alone the whole trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
We all made it up Hai Van Pass and great effort by 2 who thought they might
not make it.
Dancing at a petrol station. [You had to be there]
Halong Bay. Amazing

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Chi was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a busy trip so be prepared.

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Ms

Summary:
The customer service before departure was excellent, the organisation from
start to finish was excellent, the accommodation was better than expected,
the group leader was excellent, the itinerary was excellent. As a solo female
traveller I felt completely comfortable with the rest of the group whether
they were traveling alone, with friends or with partners. The mix of
activities, geographical locations, sights, sounds, terrain and communities
left you feeling like you had experienced and encountered Vietnam, its
history, its people and its landscape.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
For me there were many inspirational moments on this trip. these centred
around the group members coxing, motivating, encouraging and supporting
others to achieve their goals, this was particularly evident when two members
became slightly unwell but were determined to continue with the cycling.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The Group leader was excellent. His passion for his job was evident in
everything he did. He created an environment which allowed everyone to
participate according to their own skill, ability and desire. No one was left
behind or left feeling like they were moving too fast or too slowly.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
For a trip like this it is important to accept that other cultures have a
very different relationship with their environment, each other, their food
and how they view health and safety. If you are someone that embraces
difference, loves cycling, and desires authenticity when traveling, then this
holiday could be for you.

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

Answer:
I am looking forward to being able to book my next holiday with Exodus. In
the meantime I am recommending Exodus to all my friends.

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Best Way to See Vietnam!!!

Summary:
We had an absolute blast on our recent cycling tour of Vietnam! We had a
great group with diverse and interesting backgrounds with a common love of
cycling and touring. Great weather (albeit a tad on the warm side), great
food, enjoyable cycling, an excellent leader and team….. and a lot of good
laughs! An absolutely fantastic way to see Vietnam, both the scenery as well
as how the people live.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
To me the Vietnamese people were a wonder. Industrious, friendly,
enthusiastic! They have overcome many obstacles over the past 50 years or so
and are moving forward rapidly! The country is incredibly beautiful and lush
and a pleasure to cycle through.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Long was and excellent leader for the group. A font of information about his
country! Very knowledgeable about agriculture, industry, history, cuisine and
just about any other topic we raised. His organizational skills were great
and he looked after all of the details and requests made of him! And a great
sense of humour too! Bravo all in!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A few long stretches on the bus but nicely broken up and still a great way to
see the country. Don’t get sun burned! Be prepared for the heat. But don’t be
hesitant to book! Great food, great people.

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

Answer:
This is an excellent program from just about every angle.

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Cycling Vietnam

Summary:
What a fantastic trip. Cycling Vietnam was a great way to see an amazing
country with its stunning scenery and really friendly people. Our tour leader
Long was superb throughout with excellent organisation and support from this
team.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Every day brought new experiences and sights from the busy streets of Ho Chi
Min to the quite backwaters and fishing villages we cycled through. Hoi An
was a great location for a stop over.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Long was a great tour leader. His organisation was excellent and he was very
knowledgeable about Vietnam and the areas we travelled through. Great sense
of humour and worked well with his support team ensuring that during the
cycling days we were frequently fed and watered.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a great way to see Vietnam. Accommodation was good throughout and no
safety concerns at all. The cycling was rated as moderate, but in reality was
verging on easy and the only challenging part (if you wanted it to be) was
Hoi Van Pass. Be prepared for some long stints in the coach though……

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

Answer:
An amazing must do trip, made even better by a great group of fellow
travellers and the leadership of Long.

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Cycling Vietnam April 2017

Summary:
One of the best holidays I have had, although very hot at times for cycling,
best when we were on the move. The scenery is wonderful and great to see it
from the bike. Bikes were of a good standard, but take your own saddle and
pedals if you can.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The descent from the stop after Dalat, scenery was awesome, the climb and
descent on Hai Van Quan was impresive, very hot and most of the group made it
– impressive.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Thang was excellent, worked hard to ensure everyone got a lot out of the
holiday.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take your own saddle and pedals. Do not get sun burn snorkling on Whale
Island. The insects were not nearlr as bad as we expected.

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

Answer:
Brilliant, Thank you.

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Fabulous!

Summary:
I felt we experienced the best of Vietnam with this varied, action packed and
scenic trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The two cycle climbs and descents – awesome views!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastic.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t hesitate to book, you will not be disappointed. I had 5 first hand
positive referrals before booking so my bar was high and it was even
exceeded.

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

Answer:
The only negative, I felt the group at 18 was too large.

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The best of Vietnam in two weeks.

Summary:
Great way to see Vietnam from Ho Chi Min City in the South all the (long) way
to Hanoi in the North. The cycling allows you the opportunity to see lots yet
at a pace where you take it all in – and stop to take a photo or take in the
view whenever you feel like. A terrific selection of big cities (Ho Chi Min
and Hanoi), smaller towns (Dalat, Hoi Van & Hue) , off shore activity
(Snorkelling trip from Whale Island , Sea kayaking in Halong Bay), riding on
the flat (mostly) but with some uphill (Hai Van pass) and down (30km from
Dalat). Throw in great company with fellow travels of all ages and from all
over the world, good food and the occasional drink – what more can you ask.
Highly recommended.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Dining with a local family in Hue with dinner followed by Linh our guide
playing guitar and the family’s three year old granddaughter singing along
with gusto. Closely followed by Dalat, Hue, the Hai Van pass climb (and
descent) and naturally the splendid Halong Bay.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Linh was enthusiastic, well organised, frank and informative, amusing in his
presentations, honest about the good and bad of his country, and a very good
cyclist to boot. Backed by a strong and enthusiastic support crew in Tam, Tan
and Ho. All four were excellent.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Lot of time on the bus between venues and rides (it is a long country) so
bring reading material. ATMs are plentiful so no issues obtaining cash. Bring
lots of sun cream and I’d recommend a supply of re-hydration sachets. If you
forget there are pharmacies in all the towns/cities en route.

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MOV170312

Summary:
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of cycling through parts of Vietnam,
seeing the different parts of the country, experiencing its food, culture and
learning about a variety of historical events which included its rapid
political, economic and social development since the end of the Vietnam War.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cycling 10km up HaiVan Pass as well as completing the challenge of cycling
100km on 2 separate occasions, visiting Halong Bay including the overnight
stay was just superb

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our Group Leader, Mr Linh Vo did an exceptional job. Leading a group of 14
people from the England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with their
different cultural and social backgrounds is always going to have its
challenges especially keeping all the people happy all the time!! I wouldn’t
care to do it!
Linh managed the group extremely well, was very patient, informative, funny,
organised and dealt with the inevitable individual person’s concerns as best
he could and appeared to resolve them. I’d be very happy to recommend him to
anyone going on a tour to Vietnam in the future.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Accept the challenges that are part of these types of active, busy holidays
with their full daily schedule. The mix of physical activity and exploring
the countryside on a bike and in the bus allows you to see how the people
live, observe how the country is developing and learn about the associated
culture makes for really positive life experience

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

Answer:
If the group is going kayaking, try to ‘pair’ the paddlers more effectively.
Please note, some people will only want to paddle with their partner or
friend, so trying to get an effective ‘pair’ may not be possible for the
leader of this group.
Check to see if they have participated in this type of activity in the past
so they can be given some instruction on what to do or what not to do may
help to avoid surprises for the particpants.

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Vietnam is Amazing

Summary:
I had never signed up for a group tour before. I never thought it was “for
me.” After this trip to Vietnam, I am rethinking my past judgements. I
loved this trip and I really enjoyed the people on the trip. I am definitely
going to book another Exodus cycling trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
There were many. The 30km descent was incredible, from the feeling to the
scenery. All of the rides were interesting. I had time to see the country
from ground level. I remember riding along, thinking, “Hey! I’m in Vietnam,
under a blue sky rather than at home shuffling through the snow.”
The food was amazing, and our hotels were incredible. The people were so
friendly.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader really cared about us. I could see how hard he worked and
how concerned he was for everyone’s safety.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you have any interest in this country, definitely book this trip. It is
such a beautiful country and the guides are prepared to guide you to some of
the best parts of it.

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

Answer:
If you would like to see some of my photos and some of the words I wrote at
the time, please check out my blog (late February to early March 2017)
https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/ [1]
or
https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/ha-long-bay/ [2]
https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/descent-from-dalat/ [3]

[1] https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/
[2] https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/ha-long-bay/
[3] https://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/descent-from-dalat/

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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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