Tour the Loire with cycle expert Harvey Downard
Summer is a great time to break out the cycle, and there's a bounty of sun soaked landscapes to explore in neighbouring Europe. We sent intrepid cycli...Read more
Our luxurious cycling holidays aren’t about clocking up the miles, they're about the time in-between. Welcome to life in the easy lane...
From the dazzling coastline of Catalonia to the sun-kissed meadows of Tuscany, you can now peruse an even broader range of Softies locations. As well as France, brand new for this year we’re delighted to offer four new routes in Italy and Spain: Südtirol, Tuscany & Umbria, Tuscany, and Catalonia.
Whether you’d like to add an extra night here or there, or stop at a particular hotel or town, our cycle experts will create the route to suit you. If we are arranging your transport, you will be free to fly from the departure airport of your choice. While transport isn’t automatically included in our holidays, our travel experts can arrange it all for you if desired (including train connections). Think of us as a one-stop shop for your perfect cycling holiday.
If sitting back and enjoying the view with barely a finger (or a foot) lifted is your idea of wonderful, why not try an e-bike? Hugely popular with Softies guests, they take all the puff out of the hill, allowing you to instead glide effortlessly up. Delivering power smoothly and progressively, they’re easy to use and lots of fun too.
From the exotic flavours of the Mediterranean to the Michelin-stars of the Alsace, our tours take in some of the world’s most iconic gastronomic scenes. We’ve handpicked local hotspots and award-winning restaurants for your evening meals, all of which are included as standard on a Softies holiday.
We’ve hand-picked only the loveliest places to stay - from rustic country inns brimming with charm to elegant townhouses and deluxe châteaux hotels. You’ll enjoy a warm welcome at every door - and, of course, wondrous dining options: al fresco on the terrace, Michelin-starred in the restaurant or relaxed bistro-style. Whatever you choose, every bite is a delight.
From the moment you get in touch, you’re in safe hands. Whether you’re after a short break or a longer duration stay, we can help you decide which holiday best suits you, and we’ll take care of all your travel arrangements. Once you’ve booked, simply relax: every detail of your trip will be taken care of. We’ll transfer your bags from hotel to hotel, and set you off on one of our fully serviced bikes. Knowledgeable overseas assistants are on hand throughout your holiday, full of local tips, route advice and mechanical expertise. Most importantly, they are just a telephone call away throughout your holiday.
Ask any French person and they'll confirm it: Bordeaux is known throughout France for its wonderful wine. When it comes to the smoothest, the fruiti...Read more