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Holidays are supposed to be about relaxation and leaving behind the normal stresses and hassles of everyday life. Contrary to the opinion of those who feel exercise and relaxation are contradictory notions, a cycling holiday is one of the most relaxing holidays going. The combination of tackling a degree of exertion, being outdoors and taking in the marvellous scenery on offer is sure to lead an almost Zen-like level of serenity.
Before you point out that a cycling holiday requires a lot of planning, organisation and annoying logistics, consider the following: guided cycling tours. Whilst it’s true that trying to arrange a great cycling break off your own back can be quite a task and that the planning needed might test even the most organised folk, all that pre-trip stress can easily be avoided by letting someone else do the stressful stuff. Add to that the eradication of any concerns during your break about safety, the quality and availability of accommodation and suddenly the prospect of an organised tour might start to appeal.
You would travel in a group of around 10 people, which automatically means that safety is improved and there is support – both moral and physical – should you need it. Whether that comes in the form of someone who speaks the local lingo or simply an encouraging voice on a tough hill, it is reassuring to know that you’re not going it alone. Going one better than vocal support, how about vehicular support? Guided cycling tours will typically have a back-up vehicle so when your legs just can’t go on you can simply jump in the back: very handy for those steep inclines.
However, the assistance goes far beyond that as you will also be accompanied by an expert guide. The guide can advise on local customs, thus avoiding any awkward moments or misunderstandings, and they will have a thorough knowledge of the area and its history, wildlife and geography. In somewhere like Jordan, or along the famed Camino de Santiago, this knowledge will add real insight and enjoyment to your trip, whilst in Croatia they will be able to tell you as much – or as little – as you want to know about the historical conflicts in the region has seen over the centuries.
One of the main benefits of being on a guided tour is that from the moment it’s booked you know there is someone available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. You don’t need to worry about the unforeseen circumstances that can be a part of modern travel. While such scenarios are not common, strikes, severe weather, civil unrest and other such imponderables can happen – but if they do you have someone else to plan around them on your behalf and, of course, keep you informed about of the situation.
More often it is the simple, mundane things that become so much easier on a guided tour. You don’t need to plan (or guess) how long a ride will take to get from one hotel to another, nor do you have to spend hours on the internet trying to find the best hotel at the best price. All the hassle is taken out of the planning stage and once on the tour you can simply relax and focus on the holiday itself.
You don’t need to call ahead to make sure hotels or restaurants have your reservation. You don’t need to worry that you might be missing some wonderful church or spectacular view. You don’t need to worry about trying to find that little undiscovered bistro or unspoilt beach. In short: you don’t need to worry.
With a guided cycling holiday you have an experienced, trustworthy, knowledgeable guide who is there to make your holiday what it should be: a wonderful, relaxing, cycling adventure.