Cycling for Softies

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Cycling for Softies offers luxurious, leisurely cycling holidays through the wine regions of France and Italy. Our trips aren’t about clocking up the miles, they're about the time you'll spend in between. Stop and explore, eat glorious meals, stay in delightful hotels (your luggage is carried for you) and indulge in the knowledge that everything else has been taken care of. Our cycling experts suggest the best trip for your requirements and tailor it to suit you. Whether you’re looking for a romantic short break for two cycling through the lavender fields of Provence, a family cycling holiday visiting the castles and chateaux in Loire or a short e-bike break visiting the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Member since: 06 Jul 2019

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

Our tours are designed to offer the best possible economic output for the local area, with all supporting local businesses and investing in local communities:
Whenever we purchase new bike equipment, we donate redundant equipment to local businesses or charities
Our tours offer the opportunity to discover lots of destinations that are off the beaten track, visiting smaller, local communities and supporting local businesses
When we’re creating new itineraries and supporting new destinations, we try to ensure travellers always enjoy the local area and natural environment, meeting locals and supporting the economy directly
We offer fair wages and conditions for all staff involved in our holidays
We support several cycle charities and often take part in charity cycle races both as a business and individually

Environmental responsibility

We are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact both at home and abroad. Here are some of our initiatives:
We provide refillable water bottles from our local bases to try and reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles
Our cycling tours are designed to ensure minimum impact on the environment by encouraging visitors to visit these regions by bike, often it also encourages them to cycle more at home too
We share information with our clients before they travel on ways to help protect the environment and reduce water consumption. Speak to our cycle experts if you’d like to see this information.
All of our Travel Documents are sent using recyclable materials
We recycle paper, cardboard, plastics and metal cans in our office and at our tour bases in France. We also encourage staff to continue this at home and use reusable bags when shopping
We do not print documents or emails unnecessarily. We also don’t print large tour catalogues and aim to print any promotional material from recycled materials when possible, and all of these are recyclable
Almost all of our data is stored electronically rather than on paper printouts
Clients book over the phone and we’ve reduced the need for paper-booking forms
All staff members take public transport, cycle or even walk to work. We’re also part of the cycle to work scheme to encourage more people to take up cycling

Social responsibility

When travelling, at home or at work we continually encourage our staff and guests to be socially responsible:
Before our guests depart, we share pre-departure advice on how to support local communities, wear appropriate dress when necessary, travel and make purchases responsibly
We recommend that our clients learn a few words in the local language to encourage more interaction with locals and a deliver a more authentic experience
Wherever possible we work with locally owned hotels, apartments and suppliers and encourage our clients to visit smaller, often family-run restaurants, bars and shops to enhance their experience by truly seeing the destination as the locals will see it
We continually monitor the government travel advice website (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) to ensure that the destinations we visit are safe for both our clients and our staff
We support the charity World Bicycle Relief who provide access to reliable, affordable transportation in rural areas of developing countries

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