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Why We Love Short Break Cycling Holidays

Posted 30 Dec 2021

While we’d all like to escape for at least a week or two, it can sometimes be tricky to find the time to spare. Work and family commitments mean that it’s not always possible to jet off for as long as we'd like to.

Cycling for Softies offer short breaks of three nights or more – perfect for outdoorsy types in need of a little relaxation. Here are just a few benefits of choosing a weekend getaway.  

Cycling through lavender fields

1. Maximum time away  

As you’ll be flying to neighbouring France, you’ll enjoy a short flight time – often under two hours. We also organise quick transfers to your accommodation via taxi, which means less time spent travelling, and more relaxing. You could leave your house in the morning and be exploring the Provence countryside by the afternoon.  

What’s more, you’d be surprised at how much you can pack into three days away. To start with, how about pedalling through the medieval riverside towns in the Loire Valley, which are studded with ancient architecture and quaint cafes? Next, tuck into traditional delicacies such as Sainte-Maure cheese on crusty bread, before finishing the day with a 'dégustation', or 'tasting', of local Sancerre wine as the sun goes down behind the grapevines. And that’s just day one. 

2. Charming locations  

These short tours will lead you on a snaking route through France’s verdant countryside, past wide-open crop fields, sloping vineyards and tranquil rivers. Choose from itineraries which explore the grand Châteaux of the Loire or the lavender fields of Provence. In lush, rural France, the leisurely pace (not to mention the peace and quiet) will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. 

Château and vineyards

3. Short – but sweet – adventures 

Our short breaks provide you with a sense of escapism without multiple days off work, long-haul flights and all of the other troublesome logistics that a longer time away can entail. These fun-size trips allow you to sample some of our most sought-after destinations without signing up for a longer holiday. The getaways on offer range from three to seven nights, so you can pick the duration that best suits your schedule.  

4. Family-friendly trips

A short holiday with us is ideal for introducing young children to riding a bicycle without committing to a longer period, and can usually be fitted into the school holidays. For those trying this activity for the first time, or curious about how our holidays work, these breaks provide a fantastic taster.  

5. Spoil yourself

Alternatively, take some time out as a couple and enjoy a special weekend together. After a day's cycling, treat yourself to a Michelin-starred restaurant or a boutique chateau hotel, head to the spa or enjoy a tasting at a local vineyard. There's no doubt you've both deserved a weekend to yourselves.

Italian lunch

If you are interested in finding out more about our short breaks, view our tours here or speak to our experts on 0207 471 7760.

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