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Please read this carefully before making your booking.

It sets out your agreement with us and contains important terms and conditions.

1. The agreement
Your agreement with us (“the agreement”) only comes into effect when we have received your completed and signed booking form or telephone or email instructions together with your deposit and we have issued confirmation of your booking (either written or verbal).

A deposit is payable to confirm your booking. The deposit will be the greater of £50 per person, 10% of the total holiday cost, or, for some tours, another amount specificed by us at the time of booking. The agreement is made in England and is governed in all respects by English law. Any disputes arising from this agreement will be dealt with exclusively by the Courts of England and Wales.

2. Payment of balance
When we confirm your booking with us, we will send you an invoice showing the balance of the payment due and the date by which it must be received by us. Payment of the balance must be made 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. If the balance is not received by the due date we reserve the right to cancel your booking and to apply cancellation charges as paragraph 5 below. Where bookings are made less than 6 weeks before the start of your holiday, full payment must be made when booking.

In accordance with ‘’The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Cycle Breaks are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to our insolvency.

Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its Panel of Insurers. The insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with / to Cycle Breaks (or Suffolk Cycle Breaks or Walking Breaks). For further information, please see: www.ipplondon.co.uk .

3. Price Guarantee
We guarantee that the price of your holiday will not be subject to alteration or surcharge once you have paid your deposit and we have confirmed the booking to you in writing. With the above exception, we reserve the right to increase or decrease our prices at any time.

4. Changes to arrangements
If you wish to alter your holiday arrangements we will do our best to accommodate you, subject to availability, upon payment of an administration charge of £50 per booking, provided such alterations are notified at least 28 days before the start of your holiday. After this date we reserve the right to treat the changes as re-bookings and to apply cancellation charges.

5. Cancellation
If you have to cancel your holiday you must notify us immediately in writing (email is fine) – please note that this notice is only effective once we have acknowledged receipt by email (this we will endeavour to do on the day of receipt). We will be entitled to charge cancellation charges expressed as a percentage of total holiday price on the following scale, to be calculated from the date on which we confirm receipt of written notification.

Hotel Based Holidays (All)

Days before departure
Up to 42 Deposit only
41 to 29 40%
28 to 15 60%
14 to 8 75%
Less than 8 100%

Bike & Boat Holidays Danube

Days before departure
Up to 84 Deposit only
83 to 42 30%
41 to 28 60%
27 to 4 85%
3 to No-show 100%

Bike & Boat Holidays Provence & Italy

Days before departure
Up to 90 Deposit only
89 to 60 40%
59 to 30 60%
29 to 7 85%
6 to 1 95%
Departure Day/ No-show 100%

Bike & Boat Holidays Netherlands & Belgium

Days before departure
Up to 85 Deposit only
84 to 42 30%
41 to 28 60%
27 to 1 90%
Departure Day/ No-show 100%

6. COVID 19

Special conditions apply to changes made in response to COVID related guidelines from Government.  We aim to be as reasonable and flexible as possible and would, in the first instance, seek to postpone your holiday to a later date with no financial penalty (we would however need to pass on any third party costs incurred, usually only applicable to on very late changes to an overseas holiday). A refund would be available if you preferred although in this circumstance we would look to make reasonable adjustments for work undertaken and costs incurred.

Special COVID related regulations apply in many European settings and whilst we aim to inform you of requirements, you are responsible for checking your compliance with vaccination and testing regulations in force via foreign travel advice issued by the Foreign Office (or relevant authority for non UK residents).

7. Alteration/cancellation by us
There may be occasions when it is necessary to alter itineraries. The itineraries are statements of intention only, do not constitute representations or undertakings that they will be carried out and changes to them will not constitute material alterations. We will notify you of any such alterations as soon as we can and will offer you alternative arrangements of at least equivalent standard. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel your holiday or make material alterations we will notify you as soon as possible and offer you the choice of an alternative holiday or a full refund.

8. Force Majeure
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by “force majeure”. For the purposes of these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we, our employees, agents or supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, flood, low water or unplanned maintenance on rivers (bike and boat itineraries) and all similar events outside our control.

9. Using your own bike
You should always ensure that your bicycle is in a good state of repair prior to use. If you have problems with your own bike whilst on holiday with us in Suffolk or Norfolk, we will bring you a replacement bike for the rest of your holiday.  We will make a charge for bike hire and and we reserve the right to make a mileage charge for delivery & collection.

Please note that on our overseas holidays, no provision is made for mechanical assistance for those using their own bikes.

10. Damage to or theft of your hire bike
Security deposits are not required although you should note that we will ask for reimbursement in the case of any damage (beyond fair wear and tear) to or theft of your hire bicycle.

11. Luggage transfers
There is no limit on the amount of luggage you can bring on tours – except in France where there is a maximum limit of two pieces per person (only one piece per person in the Loire & Dordogne). Please note, that in the interest of protecting staff engaged in luggage transfer, no single piece of luggage should exceed 25kg (20kg on all European tours).

We will not be liable for:

i Damage to or loss of items not normally carried in luggage (such as cameras, IT equipment or any means of payment);

ii Cosmetic damage to luggage or damage to handles and rollers/wheels;

iii Damage to any item weighing in excess of the maximum weight allowed per item on the tour as specified above.

Compensation is limited to GBP (£) 170 per person (€200).

12. Dealing with problems
12.1 Complaints
If you have a problem with our services whilst on holiday you should report it immediately to your hotelier or to us (or to our local representative on overseas holidays) so that the matter can be put right. Any ensuing complaints should be notified to us as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event put in writing to our office within 14 days of the end of your holiday.
12.2 Liability for injury or loss
We will not be liable for any injury or loss suffered by you except in the following circumstances:

  1. Death or personal injury caused by the negligence of us, our employees, agents or suppliers provided they were at the time carrying out work authorised by us;
  2. Misrepresentation made by us, our employees, agents or suppliers provided they were at the time carrying out work authorised by us;
  3. Breach of our contractual duty to exercise due diligence in making arrangements for your holiday and for consequential loss arising from any such breach.
  4. Failure to provide contractual services which are adequate or are of a reasonable standard.

13. Insurance
We strongly recommend that you are adequately insured for your holiday and consider insurance essential for overseas holidays.

It is a condition of booking that you agree to put adequate travel insurance in place for any holidays to a country where you are not resident (we do not require proof).

14. Passport
UK passport holders need to carry their passport when they travel to continental Europe. Non UK passport holders should check on passport and visa requirements for entry to either the UK or continental Europe.

Last updated March 2023

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