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Thursday 21 February 2008
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Horse riding in Bermuda
This week: Holidays In The Saddle
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This weeks programme featured riding holidays. Our experts were Fran Griffiths and Carlton Reed, as well as regular travel writer and broadcaster Charlie Connelly. Here are some of the suggestions, as mentioned on the programme.

Cycling holidays around the globe

Moroccan mountain biking excursions: http://biking.skedaddle.com/holiday/150/view.rails/

Cycling for Softies: http://www.cycling-for-softies.co.uk/ a typical trip includes cycling around the Mayenne region, in the Pays de la Loire, gentle hills and lots of farm shops. Seven nights, including bike hire and a gourmet meal each night, cost about £886.

Alsace wine route: 105-mile 8-day wine trail tour by Hooked on Cycling: http://www.hookedoncycling.co.uk/. Starting in Strasbourg, about £650, half-board, including bike hire.

The New Forest: There are 100 miles of traffic-free tracks to explore. You can download maps from Hampshire county council’s website http://www3.hants.gov.uk/cycling/.

For low mileage excursions in Malta you could try a self-guided trip, which costs about £800 for a week half-board, including bike hire and http://www.headwater.com/

Cycling holidays for the whole family

Denmark HF Holidays http://www.cyclingandrivercruising.co.uk/

Eurocamp has a site on Ile de Ré: http://www.eurocamp.co.uk

Salzkammergut in Austria. A 10-day self-guided tour between St Gilgen and Schladming is half cycling, half resting, and costs £949 (children aged 2-12 £649) in July or August, including airport transfers, with Freewheel Holidays http://www.freewheelholidays.com/

For more extreme cycling holidays

Tafika is a bush camp on the South Luangwa River, Zambia. http://www.expertafrica.com/

Cappadocia in Turkey http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/

Downhill mountain biking through Morocco's High and Anti Atlas mountains http://www.exodus.co.uk/

Our listener tape this week featured tandem riding around France.

For tandem holiday ideas in France check out http://www.tandeming.co.uk/

Find ideas for tandem holidays in Ireland at http://www.irishtandemtours.com/

Get involved in the UK national tandem rally by logging onto http://www.tandem-club.org.uk/
www.thetandemlink.com/

Horse riding holidays around the globe

Chianti Rufina in Tuscany http://www.simplesite.com/chiantitrails/

African horseback safari’s and riding excursions: Ride Kenya http://www.ridekenya.com/

Triple B http://www.ridinginafrica.com/

South African Horseback Safaris http://www.sahorsebacksafaris.com/

Okavango Horse Sarafirs http://www.okavangohorse.com/

Andalucía training to ride holidays http://www.horse-e-world.com/Pages/Epona.html

Dude ranch in Arizona http://www.tanqueverderanch.com/

Transylvania carriage tours http://www.riding-holidays.ro/rides-carriage-trips/carriage-driving-holidays/

Romany caravans in Ireland http://horsedrawn.mayonet.com/MayoCaravan.htm/

Our experts selected the above as good examples of the sort of riding holidays that are available at home and abroad, however this is by no means intended as a comprehensive list. If you have any further suggestions, want to discuss the show or pose a question then log on to our messageboard.

Tel 08700 100444 or e-mail: travellers.tree@bbc.co.uk or log onto the Traveller’s Tree message board.
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