Intrepid Travel has launched a new range of Real Cycling Adventures (RCA) that combine leisure activity with unique, grassroots experiences that are only accessible on two-wheels.
Offered in 17 destinations, the tours will break ground on new trails in some of the world’s top cycling regions. Travellers will be among the first tour groups to cycle in Tanzania’s Arusha National Park and to conquer a newly minted route on Japan’s Noto Peninsula.
Other highlights include riding through tea plantations in the Sri Lankan village of Giragama, a chance to navigate Andalucia’s iconic Spanish architecture, cycling alongside the Indein Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and a Maasai guided ride into the heartlands of Tanzania.
The trips are not just for the ‘lycra-army’ and welcome all physical abilities; from veteran cyclists to people who just like to slow down and take it easy on two-wheels. Most trips also have a support vehicle available, for when travellers need to take a break.
In line with Intrepid’s commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism, proceeds from all RCA tours booked will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity, which helps send unused bikes to impoverished communities in the developing world. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Intrepid Foundation, which has distributed more than $5 million to projects all over the world since 2002. The RCA range will also be fully carbon offset and begin departures in 2017, the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism.
“The innovation from a responsible business standpoint is truly what sets these tours apart,” said Frank Cheshire, Intrepid Travel’s newly-appointed Cycling Product Manager. “Being able to launch a completely carbon-neutral tour range that will truly benefit local communities around the world is something that we are incredibly proud of.”
The new tours will range from seven to 15 days with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. Bicycles and basic cycling gear are provided along with all accommodations, most meals and activities.
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