Loire Valley single centre cycling holiday, France
Description of Loire Valley single centre cycling holiday, France
This trip can be booked April - October
Forget Lycra-clad bottoms and ascending alpine summits; our cycling in France travel guide paints a much more inclusive and varied picture with gradua...
Oh là là – the Loire Valley is the epitome of sophistication – its UNESCO-listed portion contains over 300 chateaux and a glut of vineyards. Holidayin...
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.
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 Valley 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.
A holiday in France means that there are many environmentally sustainable ways of travelling here, such as by train. As a single-centre tour, there is also no need to transfer possible luggage between accommodations. This can really help cut down the carbon footprint of a holiday.
We also encourage our clients to stick to marked trails 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 Loire Valley. 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 farmers markets and eat in local restaurants. 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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