It's Not All About the Bike!

From al fresco spas to barge voyages, serene temples to ancient wonders - take a journey by bike, and it’s often the time off the saddle that lingers longest in the memory. The best reward after a long day’s ride? Has to be one of our cycle trips with rest and relaxation built in.

“Personally I can never get enough of riding my bike. There’s no better antidote to an office-based job than logging some overseas miles,” says Exodus Head of Product, Andy Ross. “That said, a cycling holiday should still  be a holiday, so it’s equally important that you make the most of some downtime out of the saddle too.” 

TAKE AN ISLAND CRUISE

Sleep in Vietnam’s bay of dreams

It’s otherworldly and ethereal - and the only way to experience Halong Bay is to park up your bike, and take a cruise around its forest-topped, sheer-sided islands. It’s a suitably soporific reward after a week spent cycling from Saigon in the south. And it’s a cruise that will revive and recharge your spirits - as will your kayak expedition into the bay’s hidden nooks and anchorages before spending a night aboard your boat.

CAST OFF IN A CATAMARAN

Island-living, Cuban style

Tiny Cayo Macho is where Cuba meets the Caribbean: an idyllic offshore island fringed by soft sands. Take a day off, jump onboard a catamaran and enjoy a day spent snorkelling the clear, emerald seas, and a beach barbeque lunch of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat. This is Cuba at its most laid-back and lovely - just the ticket after soaking up the island’s dizzying history and culture. And relax...

EXPERIENCE A HAMMAM

Moroccan massage hits the spot! Cycling in the foothills of Morocco’s fabled Atlas Mountains is its own reward - it’s a magnificent experience. But give your tired muscles a treat, and submit them to the tough love of a traditional hammam. Steamy relaxation suites offer the ultimate top-to-toe MOT, perfected over many centuries. Sit, soak, let your masseur soothe your saddle-sore body, and emerge ready to cycle another day!

SINK INTO THERMAL POOLS

Recharging in Reykjavik

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Forget your hot tubs and Jacuzzis. For sheer bliss, few things in life come close to a dip in Iceland’s geothermal pools. And after a day’s cycle in this elemental land, it’s the perfect prescription for saddle-weary muscles. The thermal pools at Laugardalur, Reykjavik’s spic-and-span bathing facility, pump water directly from the crust of the Earth, into a series of increasingly hotter tubs. Instant relaxation guaranteed.

FEAST ON THE FINEST

Gastronomy in the heart of France

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If France is a magnet for food lovers, then surely the Dordogne is the main course. Eating (and drinking) in this rural, farm-studded region is all about terroir - that authentic sense of place you only get from passionate local producers. And you can sample the best of it at day’s end: the rich, earthy flavours of the Dordogne showcased in the region’s bistros, farmer’s markets and vineyards. This self-guided tour takes in gastronomic hot spots such as Les Eyzies - try the ‘canard confits’ – sautéed duck on a warm salad, drizzled with walnut oil. Delicious.

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