Murcia cycling vacation in Southern Spain

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Murcia cycling vacation in Southern Spain

Environment

Wildlife
Our cycle route travels through a region with typical Mediterranean scenery and the combination of crops, forest, rivers and lakes is ideal for birds of prey such as booted eagles, Bonelli’s eagle, golden eagles while small birds are more frequently sighted along the way. Cycling through the region is a great low impact way that doesn’t disturb the wildlife. It is also possible to encounter Barbary sheep or wild boar if we are lucky.

Transport
Cycle tourism helps to reduce the impact on the local environment of the places we visit and reduces the pressure placed on sites that are visited by motorised transport. Cycling is a quiet and sustainable way to travel that also promotes interaction with local people encountered along the way. We use local taxis for the transportation of luggage between accommodation to help support the local economy.


Buildings
Some of the hotels we use are restored historic buildings. The hotel in Caravaca is within a 16th century convent, restored in around 2005, that is still in use and partly funded by the Saint John of the Cross ecclesiastic institution. The presence and use of the hotel helps the small religious community to maintain the building and employ local people in the running of the reception, cleaning and cooking.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

Friends & neighbours and traveling with Respect
We encourage visitors to eat in local eateries and to try local dishes, specialities and the local wines. On our cycle routes wherever possible we stop in local shops to buy drinks and supplies, helping to spread the spending. The hotels we use are locally owned, employ people form the local area and use local produce for included breakfasts. The nature of the itinerary and places visited enables frequent direct contact with the friendly and helpful local people. The Tour Leader helps clients to learn the basic Spanish needed in order to be received in the best way possible when ordering food and drink in local bars and restaurants.

A fair deal
We work with a locally-owned partner and Tour Leaders in Murcia. Our client feedback shows the value added by our local Leader that has settled in the region for many years now as they share with passion the cultural and historical points of interest. We provide expert training and ongoing feedback through our operations managers. We stay in locally run hotels that employ people from the local region and in more rural and less visited areas this helps provide alternative employment opportunities away from agriculture and enables them to stay in the community without migrating for work.

Local crafts and culture
The visits of museums and attractions (fortresses, churches and basilicas) are the best way to learn about and support the heritage of the little visited inland Region of Murcia. It is also a way to support the local economy of these councils and local organizations who are in charge of the maintenance of these sites and places.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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