Portugal End to End

Welcome to Peak Tours’ Portugal end to end, another great adventure on two wheels!

Riding in Portugal is a pure joy, it is the antithesis of the hustle and bustle of normal life. The first thing you may notice when riding out there is the utter peace and quiet, you can’t even hear a plane or a car sometimes. The roads are generally good surface (apart from the ubiquitous cobbles you see in almost all town centres) and the traffic is minimal. Riding in this peaceful country is also like stepping into a time machine in parts, as you will find yourself riding through villages where they still use horse and cart to get around; who knows what they’ll think when a group of lycra-clad joyriders speed through their backyard! From the boulder-strewn hillsides, hilltop castles and deep-ridged valleys of the north; to the majestic sweep of the steep-sided, vineyard packed Douro river; to the beautifully restored “Pousada’s” and stately “Marble Towns”, to the tranquil rivers and pleasant farmland of the Alentejo region; all culminating in a dramatic finish at the sea! We truly hope you have a fantastic time exploring this wonderful country and come away with some great memories.

This fantastic tour is designed to be a little less rigorous than some of our more demanding end to end trips. This is still a hilly trip in parts, especially in the first four or five days and should be prepared for with adequate training, but the gradients are much more manageable ranging from around 2% to 5% typically and only ranging up to around 6% – 10% in a few short sections. The mileages are also less than on many of our end to end tours which allows more time for relaxation in the afternoon/evening. There are a few long ascents early on in the tour but these are typically on the shorter end of the percentage scale and they tend to use switchbacks to lessen the blow so we are confident that most of our Peak Tours customers will find this trip eminently achievable.

You are provided with detailed route notes and for those with Garmins we also have the GPX files of the route (or you can hire a device from us with the route loaded on). A tour leader cycles at the back of the group and there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have any major mechanical problems. Most lunches are provided at a restaurant or a café each day and all your luggage is moved for you.

Whilst emphasis is always on safety we aim to provide a relaxed approach to cycle touring and wish to facilitate a fun and enjoyable tour with many laughs and memorable moments along the way. Our training days in the Peak District are designed to build confidence and discuss some of the logistics of completing a successful long distance cycling tour.

To view details of our training weekends please click here.

The distance we will travel is approximately 641 miles, with an average mileage of 58 miles per day. It should be borne in mind that a reasonably fit cyclist will average around 10 miles per hour and therefore we will be in the saddle each day for around 6 hours.

The arrival point for the tour is Porto. We will meet you at the airport on the first Tuesday and have our first group meal and overnight in the city. On Wednesday we have an early start to transfer to the Spanish border to begin our adventure. At the end of the tour we finish cycling on Saturday and stay in a hotel near the coast in Tavira. A coach will take you to Faro aiport on Sunday morning for your return travel home.

The tour guides will start the long journey home on Sunday morning and should be back in the UK with your bikes on Tuesday evening (they will take the Santander to Portsmouth ferry then drive back to Glossop from Portsmouth).

If you can get your bike to us at the start of the tour then we can take your bike over for you and also bring it back for you at the end of the tour. Bike transport to/from Portugal is included in the tour price.

As this is a new tour we only have a few photos that we took when on our recce in March & April. You can see a few photos here

2020 Tour Dates:

Tue 21st April – Sun 3rd May 2020 Only 6 spaces left, no single room spaces left, a few sole occupancy of a double spaces available

Tue 5th May – Sun 17th May 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 19th May – Sun 31st May 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 22nd Sept – Sun 4th Oct 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 6th Oct – Sun 18th Oct 2020 Only 1 male sharing space left – No Single or Sole Occupancy Spaces Left

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2020 Tour Dates:

Tue 21st April – Sun 3rd May 2020 Only 6 spaces left, no single room spaces left, a few sole occupancy of a double spaces available

Tue 5th May – Sun 17th May 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 19th May – Sun 31st May 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 22nd Sept – Sun 4th Oct 2020 TOUR FULL

Tue 6th Oct – Sun 18th Oct 2020 Only 1 male sharing space left – No Single or Sole Occupancy Spaces Left

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Arrival Day – Tuesday: Arrive Porto

We arrive to the bustling, coastal city of Porto, hub of the north and famous for it’s Port wine! After everyone has arrived we will have a group meal and possibly an early night as we have an early 07:00am transfer the following morning to the start point.

Day 1 Wednesday: Spanish border to Mondim de Basto (57 miles) Elevation Gain:  4625ft / 1409m

We have researched and chosen a fairly innocuous start point to begin our adventure from today for a variety of reasons, not least because it’s a great route! After smiling pics at the non-existent start signs and invisible landmarks the ride soon gets really interesting through the vast, impressive, Villa Real district. We are in the true north of Portugal here with sporadic farming communities, impressive backdrops of mountain ranges, rides over large dams, deep-ridged gorges and long sweeping downhills. Although the first few days are hilly there is over 8000ft of descent on this first exhilarating day!!

Day 2 Thursday: Mondim de Basto to Quintao (56 miles) Elevation Gain:   4832ft / 1472m

Our second day in the saddle is another belter as, after we leave Mondim behind we soon hook up with the lovely “Tamega line” cycle path which utilises the old railway line used to transport goods away from this area historically known for linen production. As we wind down into distinctive Amarante don’t forget to look back over the bridge for some fantastic views before the climb out to pick up a beautiful, smooth, hill-top road which eventually climbs up out of one valley and heads into a new one to see us finally reaching the majestic Douro river, lifeblood of this region.

Day 3 Friday: Quintao to Freixinho (43 miles) Elevation Gain:   3935ft / 1199m

A short day in the saddle today sees us cycling alongside the lovely Douro again in the morning. This most tranquil of rivers is a pleasure at any time but a true delight first thing in the morning. We head over to begin a large climb out of the valley at 20 miles in. The climb can look intimidating on the elevation profile as it climbs for five miles, then goes five mile down and flat, then climbs another five miles. This belies it’s true difficulty though as the gradients are largely between 2% and 4% and eminently achievable, It is a very, very gradual easy going climb, and an extremely scenic, impressive one at that! We finish the day off in the first of our “Pousada’s”, these lovely old convents have been converted into hotels and they make a really impressive stop-over, especially in such a timeless hamlet as Freixinho.

Day 4 Saturday: Freixinho to Belmonte (63 miles) Elevation Gain:   4472ft / 1363m

Putting some miles behind us on a more direct morning route for this longer day’s ride, we find ourselves working our way round the Parque da Serra da Estrala, shunning the mammoth climbs of the centre itself. There are two notable climbs however on this day punctuated by an 11 mile descent! Our destination for this evening is the interesting little town of Belmonte, a Jewish enclave, it is home to the last of Portugal’s “Marranos” jewish community.

Day 5 Sunday: Belmonte to Monsanto (46 miles) Elevation Gain:   4318ft / 1316m

We have a short day in the saddle today to give us time to explore the surreal and impressive boulder-strewn landscape of lovely Monsanto at the end of the day, and perhaps, if you’re feeling frisky, climb the shepherds path up to the old ruined castle. We leave Belmonte behind and head out to a fair climb up to Sorthela with amazing views to accompany our cup of morning tea! Strewn around here are the huge boulders that mark our journey today, residents build houses round them and make beautiful gardens out of them. Heading south from Penamacor Castle our approach to Monsanto is on some lovely back roads ready for the final steep, but mercifully short kicker up to our accommodation.

Day 6 Monday: Monsanto to Alcantara (70 miles) Elevation Gain:   3852ft / 1174m

The purist “end to enders” may want to close one eye today as we make a foray into Spain at the back end of this day and the beginning of the next. The reasons for this are that the route is far better and it avoids the congestion and busy roads surrounding Castelo Branco, it also gives us a much more scenic and safer entrance point back into Portugal. It is a long circuitous day’s cycling today to take in the best of this area, but with a much easier gradient and some great riding along smooth, narrow, twisting, winding back roads . The impressive descent and entrance to Alcantara sees us at another, equally impressive, pousada, cool and peaceful after a long day’s ride.

Day 7 Tuesday: Alcantara to Marvao (50 miles) Elevation Gain:   4098ft / 1249m

A shorter day today starts with a morning of rolling roads, large vistas and easy navigation as we blast our way over the Spanish countryside heading for a Valencia de Alcantara lunch stop. As we approach the Portugese border again the route becomes winding and twisting with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. The scenery becomes increasingly dramatic as we enter the Parque da Serra de S.Mamede, and further into the park you will see up on the hill-top our last climb of the day, the ascent to the marvellous, magical, mesmerising, Marvao, with hopefully plenty of time to explore this enchanting, historical, hill-top village, one of the best known of Portugal’s “Marble Towns”.

Day 8 Wednesday: Marvao to Vila Vicosa (76 miles) Elevation Gain:   3440ft / 1048m

The longest day of the trip today at 76 miles but one of the easiest climbing wise, sees us riding through the gorgeous Parque da Serra de S.Mamede in the morning and beyond. We make a slight border crossing again into Espana and back to keep us on the best roads. Later in the day, we approach Elvas, it is too higgledy-piggledy for us to go straight through it and stay sane, so we cycle round it which luckily gives us ample opportunity to view the impressive viaducts and fortifications surrounding this small town. The fortifications are the largest group of bulwarked, dry ditched land fortifications in the world! Don’t say we don’t spoil you here at Peak Tours! We arrive after a good ride out in the saddle to one of the prettiest of Portugal’s “Marble Towns” the lovely Vila Vicosa another stately “Marble Town” which has an attractive plaza, a marble palace, castle and more importantly, great ice cream!

Day 9 Thursday: Vila Vicosa to Moura (65 miles) Elevation Gain:   3000ft / 914m

A decent 65 mile day of easy gradient through the lovely Alentejo region is on the cards today. A very pleasant morning’s ride through gently undulating countryside gives way to a short, steep climb up to dramatic marble-lined Monsaraz for a superb lunch spot with lots of lovely little tavernas. Following a lazy lunch we head across from the Evora to Beja districts crossing a few large bodies of water before heading to the well-preserved old Moorish quarter of working-class Moura.

Day 10 Friday: Moura to Mertola (58 miles) Elevation Gain:   1946ft / 593m

A really easy day elevation wise today sees us in the sticks for a large part of the morning soaking up the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area in splendid isolation. We later begin to see some signs of settlement as we skirt the edge of the Vale do Guadiana park on our way to a cracking descent into our evening’s accommodation with enough time to wander the ancient cobbled streets of medieval Mertola.

Day 11 Saturday: Mertola to Tavira (57 miles) Elevation Gain:   4244ft / 1293m

With the last few days having been more sedate, your legs should be nice and ready for the last dramatic day as we head through the low altitude Caldeirao mountain range today. We eventually pop out on the other side to a lovely descent followed by our final approach to the sea and victory at one of the Algarve’s most charming towns,Tavira, also home to one of the best fish restaurants we’ve had the pleasure of eating in!

Day 12 Sunday: Departure Day

As we say our fond farewells and tearful promises of a re-union the following year a coach will pick everyone up and transfer everyone to the airport with hopefully wonderful memories of another Peak Tours’ adventure.

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What’s Included?

The tour price includes 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 1 evening meal, all snacks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit, cake, jelly babies etc, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes and GPS files so that you can cycle at your own pace, cycle shirt, certificate, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Porto Airport to hotel on Tuesday & also from Tavira Hotel to Faro airport at the end of the tour on Sunday morning.

What’s Not Included?

Evening meals (one is included), 2 lunches, cycle hire (available for a fee), Garmin hire (available for a fee), transport to Porto, transport from Faro

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

You have a choice sharing a double or a twin room or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option or sole occupancy of a double.  All rooms are en-suite.

Route

After our arrival in Porto on Tuesday we will set off to the border early on Wednesday morning to get to the start point in good time.

The first 3 to 4 days are some of the hilliest of the trip as we make our way south through lovely steep sided valleys and over the large dams of the sparsely populated north heading down to the lovely region around the Douro river.

We climb out and away from the area round the Douro to an interesting geographical area typified by large boulders strewn around hillsides, hilltop enclaves of communities with ancient castles sitting atop with fantastic panoramic views.

The tour then takes on a more gentle tone as we pass through the stately Marble towns and gently undulating countryside of the Alentejo region with the occasional stunner of a hilltop castle town like Marvao and Monsaraz.

The final few days are really quite gentle riding through very pleasant countryside before a final dramatic day to the quaint, seaside town of Tavira at the end of what we hope for you, has been a fantastic trip.

Food

All of your breakfasts and most lunches (lunch not included on 2 days as it works best to spread out, 1 eve meal is included though) are included in the price of the trip. Breakfast in Portugal is fairly simple and varies from place to place. A lot of the hotels will offer some form of alternative continental and we will endeavour to press the hotels for a little more choice for our groups for your cycling legs.  Lunches (but not drinks) will be provided each day (apart from the 2 mentioned) and will generally be at a restaurant or cafe with pasta salads,sandwiches and local fare etc, sometimes there may be a picnic lunch if we are out in the sticks . Evening meals are not included (apart from the 1 mentioned) and can be bought at your accommodation or in nearby restaurants. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day and if there are specific snacks you would like, as ever, just let us know. For eating out, although we have found a few excellent restaurants, the fare in general, especially as we are away from the coastal sections, can be less sophisticated than somewhere like France. There isn’t as much choice for restaurants and they are generally quite small, but the Pousadas and hotels we stay in are of a good standard.

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes and the GPX files so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all, although they will be at the back of the group.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.

Bikes

We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage cause in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please. The roads in Portugal are generally of a good quality with the occasional rougher section on some of the narrower back roads, more notably the “C” roads, although these are some of the most pretty. Hard wearing 25mm tyres and up are fine and a road bike or hybrid are both suitable for this trip. At the end of your trip we can arrange for your bike to be sent to your address (£80 in mainland UK) if you don’t want the hassle of transporting it yourself.

Fitness

This tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride. We will have a training day in the Peak District available if you would like to join the group before the main event.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing & Equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential, the north of Portugal is colder than the south and in the mountains you should be prepared with layers. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.

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How do I get to Porto?

You can get to Porto from all major UK airports which all have regular non-stop flights. We can pick you up at the airport when you arrive on Tuesday and transport you to your first nights’ accommodation.

What happens when I arrive?

If you would like collecting from the airport we will meet you and take you, your luggage and your bike to the hotel in Porto where we will spend our first night. We will have a group meal 19.30 on the Tuesday night so if you are arriving much earlier you have the time free to yourself. We have an early 6:30 breakfast the following morning as the coach will arrive at 7:15 to transport us the 2 hours or so to the start point.

What happens at the end?

On the final day we finish cycling on Saturday and spend the night at the hotel in Tavira town centre. We have a ‘final supper’ where we all get together for a last group meal. On Sunday morning the guides will begin the long drive back to the UK. As some people will spend an extra day or two in Portugal, and people will be leaving at different time we don’t include the transfer to the airport.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is quite likely that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit and a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes & gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

We arrange a lunch at a restaurant or café each day. This will be a mixture of sandwiches, salads, soup, pizza, pasta salad etc and will be different at each place. There will always be enough to go round so don’t worry if you are at the back of the group. Sometimes there may be a picnic lunch. The lunch stops provide a good opportunity to re-group and catch up with others and compare notes.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

Do I need to be super fit?

No, you don’t need to be super fit but a good level of fitness is important as long distance cycling is challenging at times. The fitter you are and the more training that you do before hand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally our Peak Tours customers are a fun, friendly, helpful and adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 15 & the oldest 78. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests and character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.

Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone & people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.

How do I get my bike home at the end of the trip?

As always, if you can get your bike to Peak Tours HQ in Derbyshire then we can take it and bring it back for you free of charge.

If you are flying with your bike then you will need to box your bike or put it in a bike bag before you board the plane. If you choose to do this then please be aware that there is only room in the vans for a limited number of soft cases that will fold down. Hard cases are not generally taken as they take up too much room but we have made exceptions for people in the past in mitigating circumstances. If you use a cardboard box for your bike we can easily fold that down and lay it flat on the floor of the van.

If you would like us to post the bike back for you after the trip to your home address the way it works is that the bikes will be boxed (this usually means that they will remove the front wheel, pedals, saddle & turn the handlebars) and posted to your address. The price for this service is £80.00 per bike. If you would like to use this service please let us know & we will book it in for you.

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower, explore etc before the evening meal. Generally we will recommend a number of places to eat each evening so that you can explore some of the fantastic towns that we will stay, sometimes the best place to eat will be the accommodation. Sometimes we arrange group meals but we don’t do this every night as it can become a bit restrictive.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various hotels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van and in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you.  The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15 – 18kg (or less).

What training should I do?

The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training and also that you cycle on some hills. We hold a training weekend so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have and also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.

What bike should I use?

This tour is suitable for both road bikes and hybrids. The roads in Portugal are of a decent quality and we have laboured to provide a fantastic route but there are some small sections of sporadic, rougher tarmac so hard wearing 25mm tyres are strongly recommended.

You are going to cycle 641 miles so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.

It is also advisable to have lights from and rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible, however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have two types of road bike and three types of hybrid bike available. The Cannondale Synapse road bike is a good fit for this trip. You can find the details here

All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, water bottle cage, bell, map holder, rear rack (for hybrids only) and front and rear lights. We also provide a pannier (hybrids) or seat post bag (road bikes) with a multi-tool, pump, puncture repair kit, spare tube and tyre levers at no extra cost. All bikes can have flat or SPD pedals so please let us know your preference or, if you would prefer to use your own (and maybe your own saddle) then please bring these along with you. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

What is the male / female ratio?

This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3rd ladies & 2/3rds gents although some tours have more ladies than men.

What are the Accommodation Options?

Double or Twin room option
It is fairly obvious that if you choose this option then you will stay in a B&B/hotel every night. If you are with your partner then you can have a double room each night of the tour. If you are with a friend/relative then you would have a twin room each night of the tour. If you are travelling alone and choose this option then you will be roomed with other members of the group (same sex) and stay in a twin (occasionally a triple) room throughout. Usually you will have an en-suite bathroom but occasionally you have a separate bathroom.

Single room option
Here you are guaranteed a single room each night of the trip. All rooms are en-suite.

Sole use of a double room option
Here you are guaranteed single occupancy of a double room. All rooms are en-suite.

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Booking

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking, then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached, then you will be notified no less than two calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc and no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You

If you have to cancel your holiday, then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to a different tour date if possible. Usually if we are able to fill your place we will return your deposit to you however if your cancellation is close to the tour start date then we may need to keep your deposit and also full tour payment to cover potential losses we will incur.

Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

More than 60 days before start date: Deposit

Less than 60 days before start date: 100%

Cooling Off Period

If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

Prices

Peak Tours reserves the right to increase the price of a tour anytime up until 28 days prior to a tour start date, even if all monies for the tour have already been paid. This maybe due to changes in exchanges rates or for any other reason. If this happens then you will be given the option of cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund if you are not happy with this increase. Peak Tours will not be liable to any additional expenses incurred such as flights. Changes in exchange rates and government-decreed price increases (e.g. in the VAT rate) may mean that the price of your package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 28 days of departure. Where the price increase amounts to more than 10% of the offered and confirmed price for the travel arrangement, you have the right to withdraw from the contract free of charge within 5 days following receipt of notification. Payments made by you to us will be reimbursed immediately.

Accommodation

B&B Option – double or twin/triple

If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

Single Room Option

If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

Sole Use of a Double Room Option

If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn’t available but again, this is rare.

YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

No refund will be given for any unused accommodation, services or feature of the trip if you need to leave the tour early for whatever reason.

Support

On tours with eight people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 9 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling at the back of the group or both guides driving a backup van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans to provide support.

Cycle Hire

If you choose the cycle hire option, you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like to use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling.

Minimum Number

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met, then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least two calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually eight people) hasn’t been met and you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Consumer Protection

In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit and final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx

You should Satisfy yourself before booking that you have researched your destination and made an informed decision to travel, and taken any necessary precautions. You can obtain travel advise from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonweath-office).

Please note that Brexit may change the validity of this arrangement and at time of writing things are still in flux. Please check the current situation before you travel.

Bicycle Insurance

It is important that your bike is insured for the duration of your tour. This insurance should include and loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your tour an any subsequent days in transit.

Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for the loss of your bike if it is stolen during the tour. This includes if the bike was stolen from one of the accommodation providers, lunch stops or if your bike is being transported in one of our vans. It is important to be aware that we don’t have any insurance for your bike, even if your bike is in our care, either in one of our vans or at any of our premises.

Whilst we take great care to ensure that your bikes are always safe. We have been very fortunate and have never had a bike stolen whilst in our care, but it always remains a possibility. For this reason, you need to ensure that your bike is fully insured from the moment you start your tour or from the moment that you hand your bike to us, if this is earlier than your tour start date.

Safety

Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity and the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk and Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip.

Peak Tours reserve the right to abandon the day’s ride, at any point, should they feel that there are any factors compromising the safety of the group i.e. severe weather conditions. In the case of abandoning a ride, transport will be provided by Peak Tours to take all the riders to their accommodation.

Once the decision has been taken to cancel the day’s riding, and everyone is safely accounted for, any further guide support for riders wanting to continue with the ride will be withdrawn and, if you decide to continue with your ride, then you do so completely at your own risk. The decision of the Tour leader representing Peak Tours in final.

You are required to follow any safety advice provided to you including wearing a cycle helmet when cycling.

There is no official time limit set by Peak Tours for a rider to complete each days ride, however if a rider is consistently arriving at their accommodation at the end of each day with insufficient time to change and have an evening meal then the guides may intervene and offer options to allow the rider to finish at a reasonable time such as earlier starts from the rest of the group of riding in the van for sections of the ride.

In the most extreme cases where, due to a lack of fitness or any other circumstances, a rider is unable to keep suitable pace and complete the days ride in a reasonable time and other alternatives have been explored, Peak Tours reserve the right to remove you from the tour. No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances.

Medical

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate proving you are medically fit to participate in your chosen holiday. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise us before booking. If you do not do so, we may cancel your holiday at any time.​

We welcome people with restricted mobility, medical or particular care requirements or a disability, and aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all. However, in order that we may consider the possibility of making reasonable adjustments, it is important that we are fully informed of any needs or requirements before any booking is concluded. It has to be considered that a tour group may have up to 25 people and the tour guides have a responsibility to all members of the group. If it is deemed that it wouldn’t be possible to accept someone with a particular disability or care requirements even after considering any reasonable adjustments that we would need to make then we reserve the right to decline a booking as we need to consider the safety of the group as a whole and our tour guides have a responsibility to the whole group. Also, if during a tour it becomes apparent that someone is unsuitable for a tour then the tour leader reserves the right to remove the person from the tour and Peak Tours will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result.

Behaviour

We consider offensive, aggressive or illegal behaviour to be completely unacceptable. Any such behaviour directed at either our staff, other members of the group or the general public will not be tolerated. The guides reserve the right to ask you to leave the tour with immediate effect, if your conduct is considered by us to be inappropriate, likely to cause harm, or impair the enjoyment, comfort or safety of your neighbours, other members of your group, staff and/or the general public, or is likely, in our belief, to breach any terms of our agreement with you (including these conditions). No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances and we reserve the right not to accept any future bookings from you or any member of your party.

Flexibility

There is a natural need to be flexible in a holiday of this kind. The day to day agenda and ultimate aim of the holiday is taken as an objective and not as a contractual obligation. It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their subsequent results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible.

If there is a significant change to essential terms of your holiday after booking, but before your departure date, we will notify you of these changes as soon as possible. If you are not satisfied with these changes, we will work with you to find a practical alternative. If you are not satisfied with the alternatives, then you will be entitled to cancel your booking without penalty and any money paid for services provided by the Company will be refunded. No refund will be offered for services not booked with the Company e.g. travel costs, flights, train fares etc.

Travel arrangements to the start point and from the finish point are your responsibility. Our responsibility does not commence until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. If you fail to arrive there at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you.

Complaints

Any complaints regarding your trip should be made direct to your tour leader who will normally take appropriate action. If at the end of your tour, you feel that your complaint was not dealt with properly and you were not satisfied with the response, you must notify us in writing or via email within 28 days of the actual completion date of your tour. We will try to agree a settlement with you.

Contract

By completing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak Tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary and any information supplied to you.

Company Details

Peak Tours Limited 38 Storth Meadow Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6UZ.
Registered in England 7992506
VAT No 130935822

DUE TO ‘BREXIT’ AND THE EVER DECREASING VALUE OF THE POUND WE MAY HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THIS TOUR IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T IMPROVE. PRICES WERE SET BEFORE THE ‘BREXIT’ VOTE AND SINCE THEN THE POUND HAS PLUMMETED AGAINST THE EURO. IF THE POUND CONTINUES TO FALL THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THE TOUR. IF WE DO HAVE TO APPLY A SURCHARGE THEN YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO CANCEL AND HAVE A FULL REFUND. WE HOPE THAT THIS WONT HAPPEN BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS AWARE.

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