International Cycling Holidays
A number of club members took advantage of recent discounted international cycling opportunities offered by Exodus booked through Sue Flemming (who is by all accounts AWESOME!) … Camino, Tuscany, Greece, Nicaragua, and Prague/Budapest to name a few. The verdict is unanimous that great fun and adventures were had by all. Read the articles on the Tuscany and Prague/Budapest trips experienced by EBTCers in May/June 2016 under ‘Articles’ in the ‘Resources’ tab on the EBTC website or better yet, talk to the EBTCers who participated. In addition to its loyalty program that can earn you 5-10% off, Exodus is again offering a $100 discount to EBTC members on some 2017 trips that have been put together: Dalmatian Coast (May 6-13, 2017) which can be combined with Greece (May 13-20, 2017), Tuscany (Sept 16-23, 2017), and Vietnam (Oct 22-Nov 4, 2017). If the trips and/or dates for the trips we’ve put together don’t work for you, Sue Flemming can help you find an Exodus trip that will (email: email@example.com or phone 780.467.0075). Please note that each trip is limited to a maximum of 16 people so book early. If your plans change, your $300 down payment can be applied to any other Exodus trip in the future.
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Oct 5-12 Provence, France: Join us for 7 nights in charming traditional
accommodations including an authentic 18th century provincial farmhouse.
There are 6 days of self-guided cycling (including 2 optional rides) on
quiet, incredibly scenic roads (all tarmac; average of 50 km/day). The
terrain is undulating with an option to climb the mighty Mt Ventoux, a
legendary section of the Tour de France. Included: 7 nights accommodation,
luggage transfers, hybrid bike, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and detailed maps.
Self-guided cycling lends itself perfectly for picnic lunches in the
historic hillsides. This ride is an Exodus Travels trip and rated a ‘4’ in
terms of difficulty using Exodus’s scale. It is possible to do this trip back-to-back with the Jordan trip Oct 14-22.
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Oct 14-22 Jordan: The Kingdom of Jordan is the perfect place to combine a
cycling tour with some of the best sites in the Middle East. This bicycle
tour takes us through olive groves and hill top villages in the north,
while further south we will head along desert roads where the communities
are sparse and nomadic and the landscape vast and spectacular. If the
cycling alone isn’t enough to entice you, perhaps the UNESCO site of Petra;
a night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert; or, a float in the Dead Sea
will tempt you to visit this fascinating country. This guided cycling trip
includes 8 nights accommodation (1 night in the desert!), all breakfasts, 2
lunches, 1 dinner, and hybrid bike. This is an Exodus Travels trip and
rated a ‘3’ in terms of difficulty using Exodus’s scale.It is possible to do this trip back-to-back with the Provence, France trip Oct 5-12.
There is a loyalty discount you qualify for with Exodus (5% discount when you book your 2nd-5th trip; 10% for 6th and subsequent trips). We’ve added two additional trips for the Fall of 2017: a self-guided cycling trip in France (Provence-Luberon) and Petra-Wadi Rum (Jordan). Check the International Cycling Holidays link on the EBTC site for other exciting options: http://www.bikeclub.ca/
Bike/Barge Trip 8-days – Amsterdam to Bruges August 5, 2017
Price: $2,049/person based on double occupancy; cabin upgrade $480/person; single occupancy additional $520; EBTC discount $100/person (these are 2016 prices so pricing is subject to change). Contact Liz Timleck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sue Flemming (email@example.com) for more information.
Experience the great cities of Holland and western Belgium on this classic barge and bike trip between Amsterdam and Bruges. Enroute visit Antwerp and Ghent whose historic centres will enchant you with their history and refined culture. Wind your way by bike along the Vecht river with its impressive mansions and country houses, visit a cheese farm and the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Via Dordrecht and the fortified town of Willemstad, the barge cruises through the ‘delta’ province of Zeeland to Belgium. Cycling with the group and guide or on your own with a set of maps and directions – the choice is yours. In the evenings, relax on board your comfortable barge or explore the towns on foot.
DAY 1 Join barge in Amsterdam and cruise to Nigtevecht, warm up cycle on the river Vecht , cruise to Vianen (15km) DAY 2 Cycle through Dutch meadowlands to the silver city Schoonhoven and continue to Kinderdijk with its impressive windmills, continue by barge to Dordrecht (25-50km) DAY 3 By barge to Tholen, cycle to Kreekraksluis (lock) then sail to Antwerp (35km) DAY 4 Cycle to St-Amands / Dendermonde (42 or 56km) DAY 5 Cycle to Dendermonde and on to Ghent (40 or 53km) DAY 6 Cycle the Flemish countryside to Bruges (45km) DAY 7 Return cycle to the North Sea coast (50km) DAY 8 Trip concludes after breakfast. Note: trip operates in reverse each alternate departure.
*7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
*7 nights in a twin share cabin with ensuite facilities on a category A+ barge (cabins are configured with two lower beds – supplement applies for premium twin or upper deck suite on select departures, or single cabin)
*7 speed trekking bike rental with handbrake or backpedal brake and pannier (electric bike available on request – supplement applies)
*welcome drink and briefing on the first evening
*several city walks
*information pack including route notes and maps (one set per cabin)
*multilingual tour leader for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings
*daily coffee and tea until 4pm
*linen and change of towels as required
*daily cabin cleaning