If you like to take your time travelling, immersing yourself in the culture that is hosting your visit, while burning off a few calories, The Slow Cyclist might be the travel company for you. Specialists in expertly guided cycling and walking holidays for small groups of up to 12 like-minded souls to Rwanda, Tuscany and Transylvania, in 2019 the team is launching a tour to Zagori in Northern Greece.

The Slow Cyclist team has immersed itself in these beautiful destinations over months, and sometimes years, working to put together the perfect trip that uncovers the food, culture, history, people and landscapes that make them special. With a firm belief that travel is worth taking time over, and that a great holiday means getting under the skin of a place, The Slow Cyclist is all about slowing-down, looking-up and enjoying the journey.

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Cycling in Transylvania, c. Tom Hanslien

The Slow Cyclist’s story began in October 2009 when, dissatisfied with a career in London, Oli Broom quit his job, jumped on a bike and cycled to Australia to watch the Ashes cricket series. A book followed, ‘Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Odyssey from London to Brisbane’ and after two years in Rwanda with weekends exploring all corners of the country by bike, Oli returned home intent on realising his dream of taking people to beautiful parts of the world, by bicycle.…The Slow Cyclist was born in 2015.

Travellers can expect gourmet picnics in hilltop pastures, experts that guide them through the stories of the region, charming, comfortable accommodation in homes, guest houses and farm stays, and total immersion in the country.

‘Slow Cycling’ is a way of life, and whether guests like pottering along dusty back-roads, inching up soaring mountains or winding through wildflower meadows, The Slow Cyclist guides and hosts make sure they get the most out of their time on – and off – the bike. Electric bicycles are also available on all trips to ensure they are open to all levels – even the slowest cyclist.

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Gathering around Lake Ruhondo, Rwanda

The Slow Cyclist runs scheduled trips departing between February and October each year, for up to 12 guests, with a fixed itinerary and focus. However, many guests choose to travel privately with family or friends, usually in groups of between eight and twelve, though sometimes fewer, and for anything from four to fourteen days. The Slow Cyclist builds every private trip from scratch, according to their guests’ needs, creating a journey perfectly suited to the group. With a network of experts, from botanists to ornithologists, historians to sommeliers, travellers can be sure they will receive the very best insight into the country they are travelling in.

The Slow Cyclist offers a five-night journey from £1,550 per person. This includes airport transfers for recommended flights and a support vehicle, Slow Cyclist host and English-speaking guides, all accommodation, meals, snacks and drinks, all activities, bicycle and helmet hire. International flights are not included.

For more information, visit: www.theslowcyclist.co.uk / +44(0)20 7060 4487.