You’ve done your holidays by air, by boat, by car, even by train. Why not go slow the next time and do it on a cycle? Explore the countryside at your own pace. Stop where you want. Make that lunch long and lazy. Go up that hill for a look over. Do what you want. At your own pace. You get detailed notes and maps to help you along the route that you choose to follow.

Travelling in a small group? Take along a leader who can guide you with his or her knowledge and experience. Plus, the support vehicle following your route can provide tired legs some rest, should anyone in the group find things becoming a bit strenuous.

Having set the basics, time to move on to the exciting part: where do you go on a cycling holiday?

South Africa comes to mind immediately. Cycle eastwards from Cape Town across the verdant vineyards of The Winelands, the stark, soaring peaks of the Swartberg Mountains and finish the ride in the lush forests of Tsitsikamma National Park. You cycle for 2 – 5 hours each day as you soak in the beauty of the landscape around you.

Bicycle up from Vermont in the USA to Quebec in Canada. This trip takes you through charming villages and rural farmland along the major rivers of Quebec, Canada’s French-speaking province. Explore historic Quebec City with an engaging local guide. Walk narrow streets lined with bistros and boutiques in classic European style in the Petit-Champlain, the oldest commercial district in North America.

Explore the Loire Valley in France by bike. Go up to the region’s grand chateaux, visit local markets, and partake in a private cooking class.A Michelin-rated dinner at the end of the trip is the perfect way to cap off a week of gastronomic exploration. After all, gastronomy and France go together, n’est-ce pas?

If you are a serious cyclist, then consider the Yellowstone and Beartooth Pass trip. This is an advanced level excursion, biking up to 100+ km a day at altitudes up to 11,000 feet. However, the reward is staying at the park’s top hotels where a hot shower and comfortable bed await. Begin in West Yellowstone and work your way around the park. First to Old Faithful, then on the Yellowstone Lake and beatuiful Hayden Valley. Then head east out of the park and on to Chief Joseph Highway and the grand finale is Beartooth Pass.

If you find yourself in England, the Wye Valley is a popular 5-night cycling circuit taking in the quintessential British Wye Valley: Iron Age forts, the Black Mountains, the Welsh Marches and the lovely market town of Ludlow, food capital of central England!

Enjoy quintessential landscapes of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards in Italy as you follow the circular, Flavour of Tuscany route, beginning and ending with the Renaissance grandeur of Siena. Admire the celebrated towers of Monteriggioni and savour the winning combination of Tuscan regional cooking, with its renowned meat and pasta dishes, and world-class wines such as Chianti and Brunello.

You may like to know more before you start packing your cycling kit, for which you can call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in

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