Gothenburg Aug 2011

We visit Gothenburg during its festival weekend. Ballet and carnival, street theater and symphony orchestra, cuisine and jazz, film and carousels, hip hop and dance bands, fairytale and circus, stand-up, and sculpture, design and poetry, museums and markets, world-class artists and local bands . Streets and squares turn into party places with 925,000 visitors in 2010 the Gothenburg Culture Festival one of the largest urban festivals. If raining the museum has the worlds only viking ship on display (£4 entry)

Flight £40 return, accommodation £90, Bike hire £60.

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Porto

We cycle the North East coast of Portugal through fishing villages, past castles and stay in walled towns. We will see fisher-women in traditional costume selling fish, sample the many kinds of Port, stay in luxurious country resorts, sample cheap wine and saty in the walled city of Obidos in a 4 star hotel with a swimming pool under the walls. Map here

Porto

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St Malo May 2012

A fairly flat route through some splendid medieval citadels including lively St Malo and colourful, charming Dinan. A cycle path follows the scenic River Rance and Ille et Vilaine canal to Rennes, the grandiose capital of Brittany. After the fascinating old town of Vitré and the medieval chateau of Fougeres, another cycle path takes the route of a former railway towards France”s second most iconic tourist spot, the ancient and extraordinary island of Mont St Michel. A third cycle route, often on dykes, crosses beautiful and blissfully flat marshland. Next is a stunning coast road with a string of windmills and pristine sandy beaches. Once you have had your fill of oysters in Cancale, it”s back to St Malo for crepes or whatever else takes your fancy. Map here. Train lines in black

Mont St Michel

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Cycle Trips

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2014

May- Cuba
Jan – Tavira

2013

Aug – Poznan
Jul – Tuscany
April – Evora
Jan – Faro

2012

August –Porto to Lisbon
May – St Malo
March – Toulouse to Bordeaux canal du midi

2011

November – Ronda
August – Gothenburg
June – Estonia
Mar – Moselle-Rhine Valley

2010

Sep – Tuscany
Aug – Bordeaux to St Emilion
May – Bordeaux
Mar – Memmingen

2009

Nov – Girona 
Sep – Bremen
May – Danube

2008

Sep – Scottish Highlands
Apr – Madrid

2007

Oct – Canal du Midi in Southern France
Jun – the Somme in Northern France

2006

Oct – Avignon
Apr – Emporda North east Spain

2005

May – Dunfermline to Culross
Sep – Great Glen Cycle from Fort William to Inverness
Sep – Glasgow to Edinburgh by Canal
Oct – Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Northern Spain

2004

March – South Queensferry Circuit
Oct – Pyrenees to Sea

2003

March – Balerno
Jul – Pitlochry to Kingussie thru Highlands
Aug – Barbeque in West Lothian

2002

August – Isle of Bute

1980

Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, France

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Highlands

Cuba

About £1500 to £2000 per person. Flights from Manchester £550 return flights, £50 train , Cycle holiday £699 inclusive of minibus, accommodation and meals, £100 internal travel. £150 accommodation first week. Map here.

Sunday 4th May
Edinburgh17:30 train to Newcastle arriving 19:00
Newcastle 20:08 train to Manchester Airport  arriving 22:52
Stay in Bewleys Hotel at Manchester Airport

Monday 5th May

Flight to Cuba 10:30 check in from 07:30 takes 9 hours Arrive Holguin 15:05 in East of Cuba. Transfer to Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort The average temperature for the first week in May in Holguin is 33 degrees.

Tuesday 6th May 

There is no bike hire in resort despite saying so on their web site. So cycle trips probably not on. Cycle to the bay and fishing village that Christopher Columbus landed at.

Wednesday 7th May 

Cycle to Guardavalava

Thursday 8th May 

cycle to National park

Friday 9th May Holguin Town

check out and travel to Holguin to stay overnight in Hostal La Casona

Saturday 10th May Day 1 Havana

Bus at 08:40 arrive in Havana at 20:40. Stay in http://www.hotelplazacuba.com See here for details of trip.

Sunday 11th May Day 2 Pinar del Río/Viñales (B,L,D)

City tour with visit to tobacco factory and afternoon bike ride.

 Monday 12th May Day 3 Cayo Jutías/Viñales (B,L,D)

Cycle approximately 50 km and visit Cayo Jutías.

 Tuesday 13th May Day 4 La Palma (B,L,D)

Cycle the Jagua Vieja road to La Palma, approximately 28 km, returning to the Viñales Valley in the evening.

Wednesday 14th May  Day 5 Cueva de los Portales/Las Terrazas (B,L,D)

Visit historic Cueva de los Portales before a long bike ride and dinner at a local farmhouse.

Thursday 15th May Day 6 Las Terrazas/Soroa (B,L,D)

Bike around Las Terrazas in the morning, then cycle to Soroa.

 Friday 16th May Day 7 Havana (B,L,D)

Walking tour of old and modern Havana including a visit to the rum museum.

 Saturday 17th May Day 8 Havana (B) evening Spiritus Sancti

Depart at any time. Bus at 09:30 from Havana to Spiritus Sancti at 15:05. Stay in http://www.hoteldelrijo.com/ 

Sunday 18th May Holguin

Depart Spiritus Sancti  at 09:30 and arrive Holguin 15:55. arrive Holguin and stay overnight in Hostal La Casona

Monday 19th May

checkin from 14:05, 17:05 plane departs arrive Manchester 07:05. Train at 11:00

Tavira January 2014

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A trip to the Roman town of Tavira in a 4 star hotel with indoor pool for 3 days cycling. Mixture of Portuguese home cooking, 3 Indian restaurants in cobbled street town. Bike path off road (mostly) along the coast in both directions. Trains are every two hours along south coast.

Cost is £40 return plane, £30 bike hire, £30 for 3 nights 4 star accommodation with in and outdoor swimming pool  3 bars etc etc . £48 for single for three nights. Map here showing accomodation and bike routes

Temperature and rain chart Faro January 2012. shows no rain and 17 degrees max. Weather can not be guaranteed!

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