15 to 28 April - Classic rural China on a cycling tour that explore Yangshuo, the Li River and Pingan as we explore this peaceful part of the country. Last 2 spaces!!
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A pretty good mix of basic and quite plush (for China!) thankfully the plush ones where at the end when a little bit of home comfort was much needed.
Every day was so varied but probably cycling up to the Longi rice fields was my favourite day. The ride varied, the views were spectacular and the village and hotel location breathtaking.
Over the years we have been on several guided trips with various companies and organisations and we both have to say that our guide here really has been the best!.
Our guide, Snow, was bright, sparky, confident, informative, cheerfully, patient and always willing to go that extra mile! Nothing was to much trouble for her!
I found every day really different, so not easy to have a favourite one!
Undoubtedly, one of the best trips...
Very friendly and helpful staff. I loved the rural hotels and guest houses and was amazed at the amount of research that must have been needed to find these in locations which were often almost hidden away. I’m not a huge fan of British Chinese cooking but this was in a different league and was both fresh and healthy.
Some fabulous views from the top of the passes of the iconic Karst mountains and wonderful trails in the country with hardly another cyclist in sight. The accommodation was really good throughout and way of the beaten tourist track providing us with a real insiders view of rural southern China. Extremely helpful pre-holiday information with relevant support.
Good value for money – especially since so many meals were included in the package price. I have been on many cycling trips abroad with companies such as Explore & Exodus with whom I have a loyalty discount but the Skedaddle experience has yet to be beaten!
As seen in the Press...
What an epic trip it turned out to be, cycling in deepest rural China with the magnificent Karst mountains providing the back-drop to a memorable nine days in the saddle.
The Liverpool Echo (July 2016)
It was a fantastic trip and holiday.
Cycling around Yanshou the scenery was stunning. However all of the trip was just brilliant, stress free. The cycling was amazing, I even enjoyed the climbs. All the crew was brilliant, helpful and welcoming. It was well organised, amazing staff, scenery and the people on the trip were great too. Thank you.
Anne Marie, Surrey
Personally I found the whole trip to be excellent
There is simply no better way to explore a new country than to cycle, having the opportunity to visit such a culturally diverse country such as China on such a well organised trip is an experience of a lifetime.
All accommodation was clean and as expected, the accommodation improved as the trip went on which is definitely the way to do it. Visiting rural China accommodation will always be different to that previously experienced by westerners.
This is rural China, food is a big part of the trip and a huge change in culture. Generally all of the meals were great and as expected, maybe a couple of dinners not to the western palate.
An amazing time with a fantastic group of people. Couldn’t have asked for more. Tour Leader Scott was very friendly and chatty and gave us loads of interesting information about the local area. Keep up the great work as I look forward to many more holidays with Skedaddle.
I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Guillin
Scott and his team are fantastic and strike a good balance between making sure everyone is having a great time and not fussing over us. They are Brilliant and as far as I’m concerned, it’s impossible for them to raise their game any further. Saying goodbye to them was like leaving old friends.
It really was a great holiday—not just the cycling, but the cultural aspects. It was really exciting to explore areas that are off the beaten path. Our guide Scott was really good—full of enthusiasm and humour, and also well-organised. The accommodation was very good by the standards of rural China.
Had a great experience and loved the itinerary...
Scott was great , a wealth of knowledge and very good company, he made sure that we were safe , plenty to eat and our health was good. I think the holiday experience was great and the fact that the accommodation was basic added to the overall experience. The holiday for me apart from some reservations about the food was as good as I had been anticipating if not better, I am already looking for our next skedaddle adventure.
Graeme, West Yorkshire
A memorable holiday
Well organised, all guides were very attentive without being intrusive. Eating lunch in the home of the family in the remote village above Pingan on our ‘rest’ day was wonderful. Seeing the vegetables picked, the food cooked on the fire in the middle of the floor by the family and very ably assisted by Tang and Mr Lii!
Food was great in all of the places we ate at! The tea stops were also great and provided the right kind of cycle snacks. Everyday was great! Highlight was the bamboo raft day! The walk on the first day was excellent and a great introduction before the cycling. Scott, Snow and the team did an amazing job looking after us. Mr T, the drivers and the mechanics were fab as well.
In short – truly amazing!
Scott and the support team are great. They cleaned the bikes each night and serviced where necessary. They also supplied lots of regular picnic stops to help break up the journey and provide energy for the next stage!
It is the whole experience that marks this out as being outstanding. You travel from rural areas (where the locals will want to photography you as being exotic!) to ways more travelled. The views, the people, the food, all what is going on, and the whole experience are all incredible – too much to put into a few short words. Even the walk to the Buddhist Temple in the Bajiaozhai National Park was worth the holiday on its own!
So. China? Go! And go now while it is being transformed about you. Probably the best cycling holiday we have done!
It just got better and better...
We had high expectations for this holiday, yet found that each day succeeded in surpassing anything we had anticipated. It just got better and better day after day. So much variety of activity and experiences which the trip notes couldn’t adequately convey!
We were pleased with the help offered by the office team for the additional requests which we made in connection with extending our trip. It is good to phone the Newcastle office, say my name, and have someone instantly know which trip I am booked on without having to quote a reference number, and to remember know that we have travelled with you in the past. It feels like a really personal service.
A privilege and a delight.
The alchemy of superb food, organisation, planning and most importantly, our enthusiastic, supportive and warm hearted team, (for whom nothing was too much trouble) made this wonderful trip both a privilege and a delight.
In China, particularly at a point in its history when change is so rapid, I think we were very fortunate to see rural landscapes and hardworking Chinese farming and going about their daily lives much as they have been for centuries. The routes and the rides were a really good mix and not without some hilly, muddy or otherwise technical interest and there was plenty of opportunity to meet and greet people as and when we stopped in colourful markets and villages.
Our brilliant team, made us laugh, kept our bikes in good condition, followed at a discreet distance, transported us and our luggage with unfailing good humour and provided us with prompt picnics in great spots. We also ate in well chosen roadside village cafes. Noodles and noodles!One of the most striking things was that everywhere we went a personal connection had already been made so that accommodation was reliable and the banquets just got better and better.
In short, Skedaddle are ‘people people’ with cycling an equal first priority. For me this meant I could confidently relax, enjoy the rides and make friends.
This trip was a fantastic experience...
The Scenery was stunning and beautiful. Tang, the Skeddadle local person is an outstanding guide and very pleasant and friendly person. He did a superb job!
Fantastic time and great company...
Scott’s (tour leader) knowledge of Chinese culture and the route was superb! The off road option in Yangshuo was a real treat!
A special mention for Mr Tang. He was a sweetie!
Overall it was a fabulous holiday and I think Scott, Mr Tang, Mr Chan and Mr Li did a great job.
Thanks to all for a truly memorable time...
Thanks for a fantastic trip and experience. We had a great day at the Wall, and some really interesting city biking!
Rick and Jean, USA
Wow – Another incredible holiday with Skedaddle...
Whilst a mountain biker at heart, I chose this trip for the mix of amazing things crammed into the itinerary and it didn’t disappoint!!
Hikes to lofty peaks, blissful river journeys, tasty food (though I am still rubbish with chopsticks!), super friendly locals (well they would be as they live there!) oh and the biking was just perfect – just the right mix of time on the bike / sightseeing and free time. Loved the scenery around Yangshuo (epic!) and snoozing on the boat as we trundled down the Li River.
Here’s to 2013 and Mongolia ..trip number 11 for me, maybe I should just start a direct debit??
Not sure excellent covers how good the guides were! Mr Tang deserved an award!
The food was excellent! Scott (tour leader) was a 100% diamond. The support vehicles were great!
Thanks to all for a fabulous trip!
One of the highlights of the trip was cruising down the Li river on a ‘bamboo’ raft and to top it all to see the cormorant fisherman was unbelievable!
Our guide looked after us all well, knows the lay of the land, what great places to have something to eat, breakfast on the street, dinner on a rooftop, lunch by the river. He said a thousand words what the days ride is all about.
Very good mixture of accommodation – well planned!
So many good days with a mixture of excellent cycling, sightseeing and culture. Wonderful!
Scott (tour guide) was knowledgable and ensured everybody in the group was enjoing themselves as much as possible!
Tang Gui Yang was friendly and worked very hard to ensure the success of the tour!
Place to place
11 nights guesthouses / hotels
1 night homestay
85% of meals provided
8 days biking, 1 day hiking, 2 days rest (optional activities)
Guided and vehicle support
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