We all know cycling has great benefits: you can get fit, de-stress, travel at your own pace and take in the fresh air. It’s also a great low-carbon, low-impact green form of transport. All perfect reasons to book yourself a cycling holiday this summer and hit the roads of Europe.
Specialist bike touring company Beespoke Tours has just announced its tours for 2015. With cycle routes available from London to Amsterdam, Paris and Bruges, the tours offer a stress-free experience enjoying the scenic outdoors. Depending on the selected route, the tours pass idyllic scenery including rivers, ancient woodlands, farmlands, sand dunes, tulip fields and windmills, before arriving at the final destination.
Each route will be led by company co-founders Simon Izod and Clarissa Carlyon so you know you’re in safe hands. With everything from accommodation and most meals catered for (plus a support vehicle following the cycle group with all of your luggage) all you need to worry about is making sure you can pedal 65 miles a day!
London to Amsterdam
This 3-day trip will pass quiet villages and provide plenty of beautiful outdoor scenery. There will be delicious pub meals, local cheeses and the chance to sample plenty of CAMRA real ales. Accommodation includes a cosy lodge tent with a wood-burning stove.
Tour dates: 7th to 9th May; 28th to 30th May; 30th July to 1st August 2015
London to Paris
On the London to Paris tour travellers cycle through historic Normandy and the Bois de Boulogne, as well as passing a transformed railway, lakes, and rolling countryside over four days. Accommodation will be varied and includes a night in a woodland bell tent, another at a converted station house and the final night at a boutique Parisian hotel.
Tour dates: 18th to 21st June; 1st to 4th October 2015
London to Bruges
The 4-day London to Bruges tour takes in the beautiful Essex countryside via Maldon, and across the sea to Hoek van Holland before heading south on unique coastal bicycle paths through Holland. Accommodation comes in the form of a tipi, with the last day spent cycling through Belgium before arriving at the stunning medieval city of Bruges.
Tour dates: 3rd to 6th September 2015
Recommended for… Those inspired by this year’s Tour de Yorkshire or fancy a break from their daily cycle commute.
Be aware that… Although suitable for beginners, a reasonable level of fitness is required and you should be able to cycle 65 miles a day.
Prices and booking: Tour prices range from £650 to £750. For more details and booking visit www.beespoketours.co.uk.