Non-Group/Self-Guided Cycling Holidays
Why not enjoy some extra independence, with the flexibility of self-guided cycling? You’ll benefit from our quality research and support, but you can pace your holiday as you wish. Our self-guided routes are some of our least demanding trips, making them ideal for first-timers. Below is all you need to know about how these trips work, so why not get out there and enjoy the freedom of the open road!
Is there a group and leader?
No. On self-guided trips there is no group and no leader. We provide you with detailed route notes and the relevant local maps to get you from hotel to hotel, including accurate distances and directions. The notes also give plenty of local hints to ensure that you don’t miss the highlights of the region, acting as your guide. It is then entirely up to you how you pace your holiday and the things you stop and see. We appreciate that many people do not want to travel in a group so we work hard to put together self-guided trips which still take in all the highlights. We are constantly reviewing our range of holidays, adding new itineraries and searching for new and exciting destinations.
Your Luggage and your bikes
A luggage transfer is provided each day, which will pick your bag up from the hotel reception and drop it off at the next one. Each morning you can leave your main luggage behind and just take the things you want for the day.
Quality hybrid or touring style bikes are available for hire locally in all destinations. Racing or electric bikes are available on request on some trips. If required, we will reserve a suitably sized bike and take payment for this at the time of your booking. All bikes are supplied with at least one pannier bag to carry the items you’ll need during your ride, as well as a pump and puncture repair kit. Some bikes also feature a speedometer and plastic map holder. You are welcome to bring your own bike from the UK, but you should be aware that arranging bike transport on Europe’s rail network can be complex.
Our hotels are selected for their warm and friendly welcome, their traditional charm and their location. It is important that they fit well into the route to ease your journey and facilitate your exploration. We use a range of comfortable 2 to 4-star accommodations, including cosy family-run hotels, charming inns and farmhouses, or tourist class hotels in the larger cities. All have en suite facilities and some feature outdoor swimming pools.
If you are looking for a little more comfort, we have a range of premium departures. The hotels used have been handpicked for their luxurious or unique qualities. They are often set in stunning locations, offer fabulous cuisine, and local charm in abundance. You also have a little more support on these trips without infringing on your self-guided experience. Transfers are available from local stations to the start hotels, and also on return at the end of your trip (arranged on booking). On arrival at your hotel you will have a short briefing with our local representative who will set you up with your bikes and give you a few local hints and tips that will help you during your trip.
Families and Flexibility
Due to their flexibility self-guided holidays are perfect for families. All of the trips are in Europe and many are accessible by train, which means you don’t even need to take a flight to enjoy your family holiday. We design the routes so they are predominantly on quiet roads and cycle paths so you don’t have to worry about busy traffic. Moreover, we have bikes which are suitable for all ages – trailers, bike seats and kids bikes.
See the Family Cycling page.
Sasha Reid, Exodus' Direct Marketing Manager writes about Self Guided cycling along the Danube: Go Your Own Way (January 2013).