Spring Savings

With longer days and balmier temperatures announcing the arrival of spring, there's never been a better time to start thinking about your next cycling holiday. If you need any further excuse to venture into the great outdoors then check out our range of spring savings offers, with discounts of around £100 per person. Here are some of our favourite discounted tours this season.

Pearls of Istria in Croatia

This 11-day tour combines coastal paths and seaside villages with Croatian countryside and historic hilltop towns. Add in an old railway line and cycle routes through vineyards and forests, and you'll get a comprehensive taste of the range of scenery this country has to offer. Stop offs at coastal towns provide the ideal opportunity to sample some of the region's famous seafood specialities, such as salted anchovies – stored for months in wooden barrels and still made according to an ancient recipe. In the fishing village of Fazana you'll stay in a boutique hotel dating back to the 16th century, with views of the Mirna river, and an Istrian garden complete with open-air fireplace and traditional stone well.    


Castles, Beer and Wine along the Main

You'll begin your 9-day tour in style with a stay in a Baroque castle hotel in the heart of Franconian Switzerland. The Naturparadies Burg Rabenstein perches high above the Ailsbachtal Valley on the famous Castle Road, and the interior is suitably bedecked with antique swords and crackling log fires. The hotel even has its own falconry, as well as a beer garden and country restaurant. Specialities include rustic fare such as wild boar on the spit served in dark beer gravy. The castle tour continues from here with a trip to Kulmbach and Plassenburg Castle, home to the largest tin soldier museum in the world. There'll also be time to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Bamberg before continuing along the Main valley where vineyards start to dot the hillside as you enter the Franken wine region. Wine festivals are a regular occurrence here and culminate in Volkach where a 'wine princess' is annually selected to represent the Franken region. Keep an eye out for her image, which appears on local wine bottles for the next year.   


Appenzellerland and Lake Constance

Rolling valleys, mountain scenery and an abundance of lakes and waterfalls characterise this 11-day trip through scenic Switzerland. You'll have the chance to explore Appenzell – one of Switzerland's most undiscovered regions. Sampling the cheese here is a must, and at the Appenzeller Schaukäserei in Stein you can learn about how it's made. Stocking up on supplies in the cheese shop is, of course, highly recommended. Next, you'll cycle past Swiss farmhouses and apple orchards to reach the shores of Lake Constance. Be sure to make time to visit the nearby island of Mainau, or the 'flower island of Count Bernadotte' as it's also known. The palm house here contains 1,200 orchids, and the garden is also home to the largest butterfly house in Germany. You'll finish your trip on a high with a visit  to the magnificent Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe.

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