Mountain biking, Verbier, Switzerland
When the snow melts at this swanky ski resort, the bikes come out to play. Take advantage of the relatively empty runs and ski lifts to get to grips with your mountainbiking skills along the Tour du Mont-Fort bike trail, with spectacular views and steep ascents. From £190 per night per person at a 3-star hotel, bike rental and a day’s guiding; thebigride.ch.
Highlights of Albania tour
Freedom Treks’ moderate-to-challenging circular nine-night cycling tour takes in no fewer than three UNESCO-listed sites, plus picturesque mountains, sparkling rivers, wild countryside, thermal springs and historic towns. Starting and finishing in Albania’s capital Tirana, you’ll cross into Macedonia, traverse mountain passes, pedal down sweeping valleys and power up rocky peaks. And if the cycling gets too much, nab a seat in the support van. It costs from £933 per person (two sharing), including full-board accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels, an English-speaking tour guide, support van, bike rental, luggage transportation, all transfers described in the itinerary and the departure transfer to Tirana airport; freedomtreks.co.uk.
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Welsh National Cycle Route
Mid Wales Pedal along the best part of the Welsh National Cycle route – Lon Las Cymru in Mid Wales – during this six-day Wheely Wonderful Cycling tour. Not too tough, with stunning scenery, this self-guided holiday punctuates 126 miles of cycling with refreshment stops and stays in guest houses or hotels. From £630 (two sharing), five nights’ B&B, bike and equipment hire, route maps, luggage and transportation; wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk.
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