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inclusions for the 2019
bike-it! tour

The ride price for the tour includes:

Meals - breakfast and dinner meals and non-alcoholic beverages to accompany meals being provided as part of the accommodation. Dinner meals will include two complimentary bottles of wine for the group. A basic lunch consisting of freshly made baguettes, fruit and a chilled water will be provided to each rider. Snack items and/or drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) along the way, or a meal purchased at a food outlet or restaurant outside of the meals provided with the accommodation is the responsibility of each rider.

Accommodation - accommodation at gite/hotel is typically on a twin-share basis. Dormitory rooms are only used in an emergency as a one-off situation where single/twin rooms are not available and at short notice. A single room supplement of AUD$650 can be made but as there are limited options for lodge and hotel accommodation in New Caledonia in the more remote areas of Grande Terre, the ability to provide a single room can depend on room availability at each location.

Ride Information - including a detailed itinerary with contact information for all accommodations, hard and soft copy ride map, a GPS route, and supporting information and all forward bookings for accommodations and side tours. A detailed typical gear list will be emailed to help the packing process.

Experienced Ride Guide - an Australian and French-speaking cycle guide with over 25 years touring experience, 16 years cycle touring experience in New Caledonia and current First Aid qualifications. The guide will also carry a mobile phone and emergency beacon. See more

• Support van - equipped with bike trailer, first aid kit, drinking water, and basic bike tools will be available throughout the tour and will follow the riders, except for Day 6 between Boghen and Parc des Grandes Fourgeres which is a management road closed to the public.

• Luggage carried - the support van will carry one item of baggage (max 23kg) for each person from one accommodation location to the next. It will be the responsibility of each rider to ensure that they have placed their baggage into the van prior to departing on each day's ride.

• Transits between Tontouta airport and the start of the ride, as well as return to Tontouta Airport. Transit to, or pick up from, Noumea can be arranged at a competitive additional fee. Transits from and returning to Tontouta are made using Nautilus Tours' purpose-built bike trailer and mini-van. This can comfortably carry up 8 riders, bikes and luggage.

• Bike boxes and purpose-built bike bags can be stored with us on arrival in Noumea for reuse on the return journey. Bike boxes are not allowed to be stored at Tontouta airport, they are not sold at the airport, and they are difficult to obtain in Noumea. We recmommend that you hire a bike for the tour.

The ride price does not include air fares, which need to be booked and paid for by each rider. Return economy air fares ex Sydney or Auckland are typically AUD$600-800. See the Tour Details page for airline links. The ride price is based on each rider bringing their own bicycle and associated riding equipment (eg. lights, pump, panniers etc.). Please enquire as to bike hire rates if a rented bike in New Caledonia is required.

The ride dates are fixed but hey, you can stay for a longer holiday! There are plenty of enticing options to see more of New Caledonia before or after the ride such as the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands, whale watching in the South of the main island at Prony, trekking and seeing the country's amazing natural species diversity, or scuba diving over the largest lagoon in the world. Check out the information page on New Caledonia to find out about some places, people and activities to experience if you stay longer. Bike-it! Tours can prepare for you a low-cost but high value customised-itinerary, so please contact us if you are interested.



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