Stop Press: Self-guided cycling & walking holidays 2017

We’ve revised our Backroad Discovery holidays and added some exciting new routes in Alsace.  The other good news is that many prices have reduced and that our strong exchange rate against the Euro makes a trip to Europe even more affordable.
Alsace has perfect walking and cycling terrain with the flat Rhine valley, gentle rolling vineyards and the pine clad Vosges Mountains.  It’s beautiful too with flower-filled villages, half-timbered houses, castles galore and Strasbourg’s stunning cathedral.  Itineraries range from easy to moderate, over 4 to 7 nights, and several routes can be combined.  The Medieval Walking Trail is now divided into three one-week walks and for long distance cycling look at combining the Basel to Strasbourg itinerary with the Strasbourg to Luxembourg route.  Together that’s 565kms over 14 nights (plus rest days) and travels through Switzerland, Germany and France, then back into Germany before reaching Luxembourg.  And it’s graded as easy-moderate, so aren’t you tempted?
In the Loire we’ve retained the ever-popular Chitenay holiday where you stay at a 2 star country inn with a swimming pool for four (or more) nights with a choice of seven easy excursions.  Alternatively, in nearby Cheverny, you can base yourself a charming 4 star chateau-hotel with a heated swimming pool for four nights and choose from three cycling and two walking excursions.  However, most of the itineraries are progressive with luggage transfers between hotels and there are two new routes in the Touraine region.
We’ve dropped some routes and added a new one in Brittany – Gulf of Morbihan -which is an easy five night circuit.  It starts and ends in Vannes and discovers the beaches, fishing villages, birds, megaliths and prehistory of this beautiful enclosed bay.
In Burgundy, both the walking and cycling holidays are unchanged because they work so well.
We are awaiting your call.
Robert & Barbara


Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen 
52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, New Zealand
ph 643 472 7856,  fax 643 472 7855,  freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856