E-bike holiday in the Loire Valley
5 day itinerary also available E-Bikes included as standard Full Half Board Supplements: 7 Nights - £120pp
Description of E-bike holiday in the Loire Valley
This trip can be booked April - mid October
TRAVEL BY TRAIN:
We offer the possibility of travelling by train to and from the UK for this trip and can book this for you if required. Please enquire for further details.
1 Reviews of E-bike holiday in the Loire Valley
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 15 Jun 2023 by Nick Swales
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cycling through the Loire valley in the June sunshine
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If it is hot start early. Our newish iPhone battery was on its knees by midway and it is essential so take a Power Pack for your mobile phone. I would study the proposed route on the GPS app prior to starting - it's sometimes not as obvious as one would imagine. Finally, lots of the smaller villages have little (read nothing) to offer in the way of respite and refreshment so make sure that you have plenty of water and some snacks.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I am not qualified to answer that question
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent. The e-bikes were easily up to the task and the support when needed from Quintin (& Chris) was courteous, prompt and efficient.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe've been delivering holidays by bicycle for over 30 years, encouraging this environmentally friendly activity is at the absolute core of our business.
Our destination managers in the Loire provide all cyclists with a refillable water bottle and share some top tips on how to support the local environment. Ideas such as turning off lights when leaving a room, considering if you need clean towels and bedding regularly and taking no more than one shower daily when possible. We also encourage our clients to stick to marked trails, in this case the excellent Loire a Velo cycle route, and to take away any waste when stopping off for a picnic or to explore the local area.
At our head office in the UK we recycle paper, card, plastic and metal cans and we always try to use fully recyclable materials for our printed travel documents and marketing communications. We encourage all our staff to cycle when they can and are part of the Cycle to Work scheme. We also like to take part in charity bike rides together each year.
PeopleEach year when we purchase new equipment, we will donate our previous bikes and accessories to local businesses and charities in the local area. We also work with World Bicycle Relief to support bike-led charity projects in developing nations.
All our tours encourage cyclists to get off the beaten track and discover the lesser-known parts of the Loire valley, visit small wine producers and eat in local restaurants. On this tour we pass a number of excellent independent organic wineries that we recommend to our guests, including Domaine de Noblaie. This is also an incredibly traditional part of France and we encourage are guests to learn about and engage with a host of local traditions. We also work with local suppliers to organise activities that support the local economy wherever possible and offer advice on bartering to offer a fair price for both the client and the vendor.
Our cycle experts and destination managers will also advise our clients to respect local cultures and traditions when visiting the area and its historic or religious sites, including appropriate dress. They will also discuss other ways you can consider your impact on the community such as asking for permission before taking someone’s photograph and learning a few words in the local language – often hello, goodbye and thanks is a good place to start.
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