Each Bikexplore holiday really is a
unique experience. Whereas other companies run the same packages several times
the same season (but only run the dates that fill), most Bikexplore holidays
happen once only, on a specific date, and if repeated will usually be a bit
different and not until the following year – or even later.
This comes about because each
holiday is run by an individual leader, in their own free time and not for
profit, but for enjoyment. And the kind of person who is enjoys planning
holidays so much they’ll do it for fun, is not usually a person who goes back
to the same place time after time! The upside is our remarkably varied
programme of holidays – at Bikexplore there’s always something new.
For most Bikexplore leaders, your
holiday is their holiday too and if you can’t enjoy it, neither will they! Our
leaders want to be sure you won’t struggle, so our application form asks about
your recent cycling experience. You may also be contacted by the leader,
seeking more information. Ability to go the distance is especially important on
self-supported tours, where there’s no option of remaining in the resort or
riding in a support van. Even on supported tours, there may be only one
Another reason you can’t simply
book in one go is that our leaders often use smaller hotels and guesthouses,
which can’t simply change double rooms into twins and don’t have many singles.
So before your application can be accepted, the leader needs to check that
their holiday is suitable for you, that the cycling is not more demanding than
your other recent rides and that the particular accommodation you want is available.
Applications can be made by email
or by post using a form supplied by the leader of the holiday.
Please don’t transfer the deposit
until you’ve received a confirmation invoice. It’s okay to send a cheque in the
same envelope as a postal application, but if your application is unsuccessful
any cheque sent will be destroyed and not returned.
We will try hard to confirm that a place is available for by return. However on occasion we will be on holiday or doing other things as this is our hobby not our jobs. Once a place has been allocated, you will
receive a confirmation invoice and should then pay the deposit. When the
payment has cleared, your booking is made.
Under present conditions our leaders
are doing everything themselves, so you should send a cheque or make a transfer
directly to the leader concerned.
Please don’t make any travel arrangements until…
Once the holiday has enough
participants break even and accommodation is confirmed, the Leader will tell
you the holiday is going ahead. Now you can really look forward to the holiday
and make all your other preparations, such as arranging travel to the starting
Especially under current
conditions, all such arrangements had best be flexible.
A further payment will be required sooner than ten weeks
before the holiday starts. Some holidays also call for an interim payment.
A number of our tours may be advertised as ‘Planned’, for a month or more before
they’re ready to book. If you’re interested, please contact the leader.
Some of our leaders have a large
following of regular participants who inspire them to plan new holidays. And
each leader has their own way of handling expressions of interest in their plans.
So it's always worth asking leaders where they might be going next.
If you find that you cannot go on the holiday after all, you
should inform the Leader immediately and in writing.
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