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Vietnam Adventure

A comprehensive north to south exploration



At a glance

* 10 nights comfortable hotels
* 1 night boat with twin share cabins
* 1 night standard guesthouse to experience some ‘Mekong Delta’ hospitality,
all en suite
* 1 night sleeper train, soft-bed berths
* Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16yrs.

A comprehensive north to south exploration

This trip encapsulates the magic of Vietnam: the conservative north, the rich
heritage of the imperial cities, coastal scenery and the vibrant life of
Saigon and the Mekong Delta. We come face to face with an outgoing culture,
where so much goes on in the streets: eating, washing, socialising, buying
and selling or impromptu games. This intoxicating parade of Vietnamese daily
life may leave us with our strongest memories, as much as the superb
landscapes and amazing cuisine.

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What’s included

* 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival & departure transfers

Food:
12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Thanks to the tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of
mountains, 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, with the exception
of the night in the Mekong Delta. Vegetarian food is widely available however
the offering will be fairly similar in most places.

Start destination: Hanoi

End destination: Saigon

Cycling profile

Day 1

The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst broad tree-lined
avenues dating from the French period. There is a faded colonial charm where
baguettes and good coffee are sold from doorways of grand buildings of a past
era. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with an optional group
dinner at a local restaurant.

*May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

In Hanoi we take a sightseeing tour of the city that includes a visit to the
Temple of Literature; the site of the oldest university in Vietnam with over
2000 graduates, Hoa Lo Prison & the Old Quarter of the city with its ’36
Streets’ where each street is home to shops selling particular products –
e.g. ‘silk street’, ‘gold street’, ‘paper street’ and ‘tourist souvenir
street’. Another stop is the grounds of the Presidential Palace where Ho Chi
Minh refused to live in the grand structure for symbolic reasons. We visit
his traditional Vietnamese stilt house here. In the evening there is the
option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets.

*May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

We make an early start for the approximately 4-hour journey to Halong Bay.
This is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with
roughly 3,000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We
cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery and enjoy a seafood lunch on board.
There may even be the chance to try a spot of fishing from the boat too. We
overnight on board in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.

*Overnight Boat*

Day 4

We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to
port. We then drive back to Hanoi, and transfer to the train station and
board the Reunification Express for the overnight train ride to Hue, 500km to
the south.

*Overnight Train*

Day 5

Arriving mid-morning in Hue we transfer to our hotel. Hue claims to be the
cultural and historical centre of Vietnam, and there is plenty to see. The
most outstanding sight is the Imperial 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, his eunuchs and concubines
were allowed. The Forbidden Purple City was almost totally destroyed during
the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still
atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the
destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. This afternoon we visit
the Imperial Citadel and the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda was a centre
for anti-government protest in the early 1960’s 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. We continue
our journey to visit the mausoleum of Tu Duc, one of the most extravagant
mausoleums of the great Nguyen emperors who ruled Vietnam from Hue between
1802 and 1945.

*Cherish Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

This morning we will take a cycle ride out to the Thanh Toan bridge and a
nearby local market. Travelling as the locals do, we discover the sights,
sounds and smells of the villages surrounding Hue. Riding past rice paddies
and small villages we arrive at Thanh Toan, a small village that is home to a
legendary market. There will be time to explore the market stalls, before
heading back to Hue for a free afternoon to further get to know this
historical centre or to simpy relax by the riverside and absorb the local
sights. This morning’s cycle is a leisurely ride (approx. 15km) on flat and
mostly even terrain. There is the option to journey to the village by
motorbike as a pillion passenger for those who would rather not cycle (there
will be a small extra charge paid locally).

*Cherish Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Leaving Hue, our 130km journey drives through the beautiful peninsula of Lang
Co between the crystal waters of a lagoon and the South China Sea, and then
passes over the spectacular Hai Van pass (‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’) where
the views are stunning. In Danang we first stop at the Cham museum where
there are altars, statues and decorative works collected from Hindu and
Buddhist temples and towers from the Kingdom of Champa that flourished
between the 7th to 17th centuries in Central Vietnam. We then climb Marble
Mountain where we explore the large caves which were used by the Viet Cong as
a hospital base during the war. From the mountain peak, there are fantastic
views over China beach and the surrounding countryside leading on to Hoi An
where we spend the night.

*Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

This morning will include a walking tour of Hoi An, the original European
trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-16th century. It 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 and great silk, clothes shopping. If you have
anything you want made up in mind, you should consider taking a picture of it
along with you. This afternoon is free, one popular option is to jump on a
bike for a ride through the countryside past local markets, schools and
villages before continuing on to Cua Dai beach (5 km).

*Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

This morning we will visit My Son, the Cham civilisation’s spiritual home,
where Cham kings were buried as early as the 4th century. Although wartime
bombing has destroyed much of the site, there are a number of interesting
stone towers and sanctuaries. Upon returning to Hoi An the rest of the
afternoon is free to carry on enjoying this historic town.

*Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel & Spa or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

We drive to Danang and then fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), 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
bustling free market city where anything goes. Our hotel is in the heart of
this incredible city. We include a visit to the Ben Thanh Market,
Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum. The
Museum has an interesting photographic record of the Vietnam/American War.
Please be aware that some images at the museum are very graphic.

*Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 11

Today we leave the city behind us and head north to visit the infamous Cu Chi
tunnels. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels
and approximately 240km of tunnels. Traditionally 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! In the afternoon
we return to Saigon and the rest of the day is free for individual
exploration.

*Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 12

In the morning we drive to Vinh Long (approx. 2.5-3 hrs) in the Mekong Delta,
known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. This region produces most of Vietnam’s
fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. We take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong
River to Cai Be. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded
and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge
being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market
and the trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale.

En route we pass many orchards and friendly locals also travelling by boat.
We stop to see some small cottage industries such as rice paper and coconut
candy, getting a chance to sample the local produce along the way. The
evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an Island 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.

*Mekong Guesthouse or similar, Guesthouse*

Day 13

This morning we take a walk through the fruit orchards and navigate our way
through the small canals in a traditional wooden sampan. Later we rejoin our
boat to rendezvous with our vehicle for the journey back to Saigon via a
little visited Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous
religion, which fuses all the great religions of east and west.

*Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

End Saigon

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Customer Feedback

Vietnam Adventure

Summary:
I cannot fault any aspect of this trip and can say without a doubt I had a
truly unforgettable experience in this amazing country. The Itinerary is
vary varied which allows you to experience the many different destinations,
activites, culture and food throughtout the north, central & southern regions
of Vietnam. All accommodation used was of a high standard and very centrally
located which is another great bonus as you can experience more of a
destination rather than spending time travelling to/from your hotel. The
weather was very hot when I travelled in May, this did not affect the
experience of the trip & I would throughly recommend this tour to anyone.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The two highlights of my trip was experience the stunning scenery & sunset
of Halong Bay and the beautiful lantern filled city of Hoi An.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our Tour guide Manh was truly amazing. Manh had a great personality, his
knowledge & passion for Vietnam was clear to see and he provided us with
endless information which we would not have learned if travelling on our own,
(Especially how to safely cross a road!) Manh worked endlessly to ensure all
aspects of our trip ran smoothly & no request was too much trouble for him.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just to go with the flow.

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

Answer:
No, I honestly cannot fault this trip.

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A seamless trip.

Summary:
From the initial pickup at the airport to being dropped off the organisation
and execution of this holiday/ adventure worked seamlessly for us. The
information and sights we saw were brilliant.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The shear ” madness” of the cities and the beauty of the coast and Halong bay
give you a insight into the whole country.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Khoa was a credit to the company and to the Vietnamese people.
He worked tirelessly to ensure we all had a complete and enjoyable trip.
His efforts made sure everything worked.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go with an open mind and immerse yourself in the country.

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

Answer:
This country needs more exploration than can be done in two weeks.

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Vietnam Adventure

Summary:
I have just returned from the Vietnam Adventure trip. It was my 6th Exodus
adventure and I have to say it was easily one of the best I have been on.

This vast country has so much to offer, there are vast differences between
the north and the south and the trip enables you to experience a lot in a
relatively short time.

When we were on the boat in Halong Bay the weather was damp and grey – it
gave a really ethereal quality to the experience and I think our photographs
are absolutely stunning.

As we moved south the weather changed and became hot and humid which was a
relief!

To me the whole trip was fantastic, it’s hard to pick favourite places but I
have to say that Hoi An and My Son were truly amazing. I have never seen
anything like them.

It is a busy trip with lots to take in and lots of variety in what you do. I
have to say that Tao, our Trip Leader, was brilliant. He must have had so
much to organise, check and manage but he did it all with total calm and good
humour. He was knowledgeable and kind and is one of the best Trip Leaders I
have had the pleasure of touring with.

The standard of hotels is excellent, the toilets are fantastic and everywhere
is spotlessly clean.

So book it and enjoy.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
My Son, Hoi An, Saigon and Halong Bay – all of it really!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tao is a total professional. Very knowledgeable, proud of his country and top
fun. Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring extra cash if you like wine (it’s a bit pricy in the hotels), and
shopping there lots of bargains to be had.

Also bring trainers and a waterproof jacket, the north of the country was not
very warm and it rained as well.

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

Answer:
I wish it had gone on for longer.

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Cambodia

Summary:
This was a great trip and Bun, trip leader, was very good. Cambodia is
blossoming as a travel destination following years of war and turmoil, they
are not yet really geared up to separate the tourist from the $ which is
really refreshing. Give it a few years and I’m sure it will be different!

The hotels are of a much higher standard than I expected including charging
facilities in hotel foyers. I was also very pleasantly surprised by the
condition and cleanliness of the toilets both in the hotel and outside in
bars etc.

Food is fantastic as well.

Bring sound shoes as there is a lot of climbing at the temples and when you
go to the Bat Cave, make sure to take the extra bus up to the Killing Cave,
they don’t focus on the cave but there are beautiful temples and things up
there.

Enjoy Cambodia xx

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Ankor Wat – it’s unbelievable.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Bun was our leader and he was knowledgable and good fun. Local guides were
good as well.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring good walking shoes and lots of Deet!

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Vietnam Adventure

Summary:
An excellent trip. As previously, super hotels, above all perfectly located,
never more than a short walk from the centre/sights.
The usual combination of comfort, with a little bit of “edge” & adventure
during the day. But go now – at current rate of development, there will be
too many of us tourists, & moped fumes in cities will be intolerable.
Our guide, T-V, was absolutely superb. Knowledgeable, caring, & always
willing to go the extra mile to deal with eg complex eating habits of the
group. Tet (New Year) was actually a great time to visit, lots of buzz, & any
downside (eg potential restaurant closure ) was anticipated & dealt with by
T-V

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Saigon Opera House performance

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our guide, T-V, was absolutely superb. Knowledgeable, caring, & always
willing to go the extra mile to deal with eg complex eating habits of the
group. Tet (New Year) was actually a great time to visit, lots of buzz, & any
downside (eg potential restaurant closure ) was anticipated & dealt with by
T-V

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go now – at current rate of development, there will be too many of us
tourists, & moped fumes in cities will be intolerable.

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Vietnam Adventure

Summary:
A busy trip that covered a lot of distance , seeing both north and south
Vietnam .
Travelling prior / during and after Tet gave a different perspective to the
country and people

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Exploring the cities ( Hanoi / Hoi An / Hue / Ho Chi Minh City ) was most
enjoyable . From 15 degrees in Feb in Hanoi to 35 degrees in HCMC was a bit
of a challenge .

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
TV ( Than Vu ) was very able and ensured everyone was having a good time. He
spoke of the history of his country as well as traditions. Managed the
logisitics of “Tet amendments ” well and always communicated upcoming
activities in a friendly , informative way .

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Dont worry about the cycling element of trip. The countryside is iron board
flat and the pace is very leisurely.
If you cant use chopsticks before you go , try to get some practice in .
Spoons and forks can be provided but might be worthwhile carrying your own
set ( i.e those given away freely by takeaways/ supermarkets in UK )

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

Answer:
Halong Bay is not really a cruise – more a one hour trip to Bay then moor up
for evening to enjoy the views and peace and quiet . Much the same as all the
other boats staying overnight , all in same place.

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Amazing experience

Summary:
I travelled on my 50th birthday, determined to conquer the ‘unknown’ and
explore a country that has always fascinated me since a young age. It’s a
hard core trip with lots of early starts but well worth any exhaustion as the
exhilaration you experience, at all the new sights, smells and scenery is
beyond any adjectives. It is a complete sensory experience and an opportunity
to participate in this beautiful country and it’s stoic people.
I believe with Exodus, that I saw Vietnam perhaps at a more authentic
perspective and for that, I am grateful.
The food is wonderful, the sights are breath taking and the history is
intricate and fascinating.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Most of my trip was inspirational as, personally I love history. A cycle tour
to Cham Island was very humbling and gave me the opportunity to speak with a
Veteran from the Vietnam/ Cambodia war. We had a family lunch in Hue, which
was amazing to experience ‘home cooked’ food.
Latterly, we visited the Cu Chi tunnels, which whilst fascinating, certainly
brought a sombre reflection to my trip ( but a good sombre!)

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Nhi Pham was our guide and a wonderful young woman. She was caring, precise
and kept us all under control ( not that we were overly wild!) Her knowledge
of local history really brought Vietnam alive for me, with antidotes and
localisms. Without her, my journey and experience would have been very poor.
Nhi takes great pride and respect her country, therefore making her a
wonderful ambassador for Vietnam.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take some warmer clothes for the north and be advised that the overnight
train journey is ‘an experience’.

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Vietnam adventure

Summary:
A feast for the senses! Amazing sights and stunning scenery! Wonderful food!
Crazy sounds of manic cities! Balmy breezes humid showers tropical heat! A
complete sensory experience! The most exotic country I have visited! Plus
friendly people and a wonderful local guide Nhi PHam. What’s not to like!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Local meal with Vietnamese family in Hue

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Absolutely fantastic! She made Vietnam come alive! Knowledgeable caring funny
and friendly

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Warm clothes for the north

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

Answer:
Train journey from Hanoi to hue can be a bit of an ordeal

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A fantastic experience

Summary:
This trip really lives up to it’s name – every day is an adventure. Most
mornings our alarm was set for 6am, sometimes earlier. There are so many
different experiences, it was exhilarating. The food is amazing. I would
thoroughly recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
It’s hard to single out one moment out of so many. Each area we visited had
its own characteristic. I loved the cycle trips in Hue and Hoi An (you don’t
need to be an experienced cyclist to enjoy it) and enjoyed meeting local
people.
The cookery class was great. I was fascinated to see the places I had read
about, such as the breathtaking cave in Marble Mountain, used by the Viet Con
as a hospital in the war.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We became very fond of Duy. He looked after us well and was great company. He
was very knowledgeable and keen to share his country with us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Read the trip notes – if you don’t like cities, want to get off the beaten
track or like restful holidays this might not be the one for you.
I was glad that I had learned something about Vietnam’s history before I
went, it made some of the places we visited more meaningful- such as the Cu
Chi tunnels, ‘Hanoi Hilton’ & Marble Mountain. It’s gruelling to see how much
the country has suffered, but humbling to see the resilience and recovery.

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Great introduction to this wonderful country

Summary:
This was a busy trip covering a lot of ground! It was my first trip to SE
Asia and I feel the itinerary was well thought out to provide an overview of
Vietnam. We also did the Cambodia extension, which was excellent

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
There were a lot of them: Halong Bay was very beautiful, though very busy
and in danger of overcrowding unless numbers are restricted. Our private
boat was a welcome refuge from the crowds.

Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum was very interesting.

The homestay in the Mekong was lovely – many of our group would have
preferred to spend an extra night there, perhaps reducing the time at Hoi An?

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Bao was excellent and really helped us share his love of his country. He was
great at finding interesting and unusual places for us to eat, even in
locations where most of the other restaurants were offering identikit
tourist-orientated menus.

Bao managed very well the balance between organising us and our activities
and giving us plenty of free time to do our own things.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t take too many warm clothes – you’ll only need them in Hanoi, if at all.
Do take lightweight clothes that are easily laundered – wherever we went,
Bao could arrange laundry services that were efficient, fast and extremely
cheap by UK standards.

Do take lightweight rain protection i.e. a lightweight folding umbrella
and/or cheap plastic waterproof with a hood. Don’t bother with ‘technical’
rain protection

Do take anti-mosquito protection. We used Incognito and found it very
effective.

I quite enjoyed the overnight train journey and slept well – it’s certainly
not luxurious but it was clean and moderately comfortable, though earplugs
and an eye mask are a good idea.

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

Answer:
The Cambodia extension was excellent and I’m very glad we did it. Angkor Wat
is superb and lived up to all the hype, and the Phnom Penh visits were very
moving.

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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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