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NEW cycling trips for 2014 include…

Cycle from Mount Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - from £2,099 pp

Kilimanjaro is incredibly popular with trekkers, but what about cyclists? This life-changing 229-mile challenge sees riders cycle the base of Kilimanjaro in Moshi. Participants then move westwards through bush-covered hills and vibrant villages to Ngorongoro Crater National Park, often named the eighth Wonder of the World. Celebrate reaching the finish line with a day’s safari at Ngorongoro, home to an awesome diversity of species including lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. Departing 28 February and 17 October 2014, the trip costs from £2,099 pp (two sharing) and includes nine nights’ accommodation (four nights’ camping and five nights’ hotel), flights (London), transfers, camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), most meals, entry to sites listed in the itinerary, bike hire and Discover Adventure support team.   

Cycle through three countries - from Budapest to Krakow - from £899 pp

Tick off three of Eastern Europe’s most alluring countries on this 325-mile cycling trip through Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. Begin in the elegant city of Budapest and head north to cross into Slovakia. Ride past forests, lakes, traditional farming villages and well-preserved medieval buildings that offer a wonderful insight into the history of these fascinating countries. The terrain gets progressively hillier before reaching the slopes of the towering Tatra Mountains, taking cyclists to heights of over 1,000 metres. Continue downhill to Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland. Departing 12 July and 20 September 2014, the trip costs from £899 pp (two sharing) and includes six nights’ hotel accommodation, most meals and Discover Adventure support team. Flights extra but at least one airport transfer is included.

Coastal cycle from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - from £2,399 pp

This journey, between two famous Brazilian cities, deserves an award for the world’s most scenic coastal cycling trip. Riders can expect to have their breath taken away countless times on this 325-mile adventure alongside lush rainforest-covered mountains, glittering ocean and fishing villages. Visit the Portuguese colonial town of Paraty en route, with its quaint cobbled streets and historic white buildings. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will shine a strong spotlight on this colourful country so it’s a particularly exciting time to visit. Departing 9 May and 9 October 2014, the trip costs from £2,399 pp (two sharing) and includes nine nights’ accommodation (four nights’ camping and five nights’ hotel), flights (London), transfers, camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), most meals, entry to sites listed in the itinerary, bike hire and Discover Adventure support team.

Coast-to-coast cycle across the Sri Lanka Highlands - from £1,899 pp

Sri Lanka is renowned for its natural beauty, fascinating culture and dreamy shorelines. Take it all in on this cycling trip from the north east coast to the south west coast, crossing the central highlands that form the spine of the country. Journey along paddy fields and lowland jungle to the twisting roads of the Knuckles Mountains - passing tea plantations and British hill stations surrounded by cloud forest and waterfalls - and culminate the challenge on an idyllic beach. There’s the chance to witness the medieval ruins of Polonnaruwa and the historic city of Kandy, too. Departing 5 April and 2 October 2014, the trip costs from £1,899 pp (two sharing) and includes ten nights’ accommodation (hotels and guesthouses), flights (London), transfers,most meals, entry to sites listed in the itinerary, bike and Discover Adventure support team.  

Cycle through Laos - from the Mekong valley to Luang Prabang - from £1,699 pp

Take in the diverse landscape of Laos from the saddle of a bike. Cover 285-miles on this ride from the Mekong valley to ancient Luang Prabang, one of the most impressive cities in South-East Asia. Witness spectacular scenery every pedal of the way - dense forests, rugged mountains, green rice paddies, the Mekong River, Buddhist temples, graceful French colonial houses and picturesque hill-tribe villages where the local people still wear traditional dress. Visit the Plain of Jars en route too - a mysterious landscape dotted with ancient burial jars which was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War. Departing 11 March and 11 November 2014, the trip costs from £1,699 pp (two sharing) and includes ten nights’ accommodation (hotels and guesthouses), flights (London), transfers, most meals, entry to sites listed in the itinerary, bike hire and Discover Adventure support team.   

Tour de France 2014: from Leeds to Harrogate – from £399 pp

The Tour de France 2014 will makes its Grand Départ from Leeds in Yorkshire next year. Ride the 120-mile route of the first stage, from Leeds to Harrogate, the day before the Tour starts. And then witness the start of the actual Tour the next day, cheering the world’s best cyclists as they embark on the same route! The route itself is tough, taking in the twisting, narrow stone-walled roads of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With some challenging climbs, riders will need to ensure they are fit enough to manage the distance and the terrain. Experiencing the extreme buzz of the Tour de France the next day will be a great way for participants to celebrate their efforts. Taking place 3-5 July 2014 (participants cycle on 4 July), the trip costs from £399 and includes two nights’ accommodation in Leeds (a University Halls of Residence), transfer from Harrogate at the end of the cycle trip, all meals, route marking and support of Discover Adventure team.

NEW treks for 2014 include…

Trek the Grand Canyon and celebrate in Sin City - from £2,200 pp

This trip includes an unforgettable four-day trek of the Grand Canyon, taking in the sublime landscape of striking colours, fascinating rock formations and numerous waterfalls (great for a dip when the temperatures are soaring). Participants are based at the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the west - away from the main tourist areas of the Grand Canyon - and will then head to Vegas for the two final nights to toast their achievements in appropriate style. Departing 1 March and 11 October 2014, the trip costs from £2,200 pp (two sharing) and includes seven nights’ accommodation (three nights’ camping and four nights’ hotel), flights (London), transfers, most meals, camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), entry to sites listed in the itinerary and Discover Adventure support team.   

Trek the Chapada Diamantina National Park and visit Salvador and Rio de Janeiro - from £2,399 pp

Trek the remote trails of Chapada Diamantina National Park, set in Bahia in North East Brazil and boasting spectacular natural beauty, over six days. Stay in friendly homestays and take in the dramatic flat-topped mountains, waterfalls plunging down cliff-sides, blue pools and lush rainforest. Participants spend the rest of the trip sightseeing in the famous cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Departing 18 January and 27 September 2014, the trip costs from £2,399 pp (two sharing) and includes ten nights’ accommodation (hotels, guesthouses and home stays), international (London) and domestic flights (Salvador to Rio de Janeiro), most meals, entry to sites listed in the itinerary and Discover Adventure support team.    

Trek the mountains and national parks of Madagascar - from £2,249 pp

Genuinely get away from it all on this trek through remote Madagascar. Witness diverse scenery every step of the way - from canyons and gorges to bush-covered plains, dense forests, rocky ridges and towering mountains. The route takes walkers through the sandstone rock gorges of Isalo National Park, home to ring-tailed lemurs, before heading east to the valleys and ridges of Andringitra National Park to summit Pic Boby (2658m), Madagascar’s second-highest mountain. Departing 15 May and 30 October 2014, the trip costs from £2,249 pp (two sharing) and includes 11 nights’ accommodation (five nights’ camping and six nights’ hotel), flights (London), transfers, most meals, camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), entry to sites listed in the itinerary and Discover Adventure support team.   

Trek Ladakh and Stok Kangri, India - from £2,149 pp

Embark on this expedition through Ladakh in North East India, home to Himalayan panoramas of snow-capped peaks, sweeping high-altitude plains dotted with ancient villages and rare wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard. The trek sees participants summit Stok Kangri, one of the ‘easiest’ 6000m peaks in the world because it does not require technical climbing experience – but it does require good physical fitness! The sunrise views following a night-time ascent of Stok Kangri (6153m) are truly magical. Departing 18 August and 8 September 2014, the trip costs from £2,149 pp (two sharing) and includes 12 nights’ accommodation (six nights’ camping and six nights’ hotel), flights (London), transfers, most meals, camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), entry to sites listed in the itinerary and Discover Adventure support team.

Pyrenees Freedom Trail Trek – from £1,049 pp

Trek the Pyrenees from France to Spain, following the ‘Freedom Trail’ - one of the escape routes followed by thousands of allied servicemen and Jewish refugees seeking to escape Nazi-occupied France by fleeing to neutral Spain. Local people risked their lives to help, and walkers will pass plaques and memorials dedicated to their bravery. The trek is arduous and steep, passing through spectacular scenery of cirques, rocky ridges, beech forests and mountain lakes. Walk on remote trails, reaching approximately 2500m before descending into Spain. Whenever the going gets tough, walkers only have to think of those who undertook the same paths in fear of their lives for inspiration to continue. Departing 28 July and 15 September 2014, the trip costs from £1,049 pp (two sharing) including six nights’ accommodation (family-run hotels, mountain refuges and camping), most meals, flights (London), camping equipment (except sleeping bag and sleeping mat), entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary and Discover Adventure support team.

 

 

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