Questions to Ask Your Cycling Holiday Provider
As you and your travelling companions will immediately come to realise upon exploring your many cycling holiday options, there’s more to arranging a cycling holiday than putting your bikes on the roof rack of the car and heading for the countryside, because enjoyable cycling holidays require both preparation and planning.
That’s also the case when planning a cycling holiday abroad with a cycling holiday provider, perhaps a cycling holiday in France, home to the world’s most famous bicycle race and a country immensely popular with cycling enthusiasts.
Here are a few questions to ask before deciding upon and booking a cycling tour.
- Which tour is right for me and my travelling companions?
Your cycling holiday experiences will only be as enjoyable as the tour is suitable, so discuss your age, experience and any concerns you have so as to ensure the cycling tour you book is the right one for you.
In addition to asking questions of the cycling holiday provider, do your own research into the route and the places you’ll visit along the way to make sure you see what you want to see.
- What’s included in the tour?
As there are so many cycling holidays and tours to select from it suffices to say some will be more comprehensive and inclusive than others.
Think about what you want from the tour before checking with the tour operator, if you want to enjoy the freedom to eat and stay where you wish, look for a basic tour without meals and accommodation provided.
However, if you want to concentrate on cycling and sightseeing without worrying about considerations like accommodation, food and language barriers, then source an all-inclusive package.
- Can you create a custom tour for us?
Some cycling holiday tour operators are able to create custom tours for their clients whilst others only provide fixed tours. Sourcing a provider of custom cycling tours shouldn’t prove difficult at all if that’s what you’re interested in.
- I have my own bike; will you offer me a discount?
Some cycling holiday providers might provide you with a small discount but you must bear in mind that the cost of bicycle maintenance for the tour operator is minute in comparison to the other costs of the tour.
- What should I bring with me?
Easily one of the most important questions you should ask your tour operator when making arrangements for a cycling holiday in France, what you need to bring, and just as importantly, who’ll store or transport what you bring, isn’t something to overlook.
If you’re bringing a lot of luggage you’ll need to make sure that arrangements can be made for your belongings and that they’re kept safe and secure when you’re cycling through the countryside having the time of your life.
- Do I require special travel insurance?
This is a question you should ask your insurer, for although a gentle cycling tour through the French countryside could hardly be considered an adventure or extreme sport, you’ll want to confirm you’re insured just in case.
- What happens if I can’t continue the tour?
If you can’t complete your cycling holiday tour because you’re not up to it physically it’s unlikely you’ll be able to receive a refund; however, this is a question you should ask with regard to transportation arrangements so as to get to your intended destination.
If your tour is accompanied by a driver transporting luggage, etc. this shouldn’t pose a problem, though ask anyway.
Overseas cycling holidays are wonderful experiences when planned correctly, so take note of these questions before booking.
About the Author:
Eleonor Nolan is a writer from Lot Cycling Holidays, one of the leading providers of a cycling holiday in France. They do all of the organisation and planning for their clients to ensure maximum fun as well as relaxation.