Cyclist Tours is a high quality specialist travel directory, listing holidays, vacations, trips, tours, courses and weekend getaways in the UK, throughout Europe, in the USA and Worldwide – try us for adventure, activity and action or culture, crafts and relaxation.
Cyclist Tours is a properly curated directory that uses editorial discretion when selecting who to list. The majority of our entries are added by our team, often as a result of researching one of the user-submitted queries we’ve answered. Businesses can also apply directly for an entry, but please note that not all applications are listed, each one is vetted by real human beings (not computer bots!) using our own strict listing criteria. Unlike a Search Engine, we assess the actual business, not just it’s website.
Cyclist Tours was born of a passion to experience life, to spend leisure time getting out and doing things, discovering new places, trying new activities, learning new skills and seeing what the world has to offer!
We were inspired by the web itself, by the opportunities it presented for finding out about specialist travel so much more easily. Before the web we’d spent a lot of time laboriously planning our trips, trying to get information about Telemark skiing courses in Canada, sailing on square riggers, or how to experience a hands-on archeology project (as examples); we used magazines, guide books, tourist offices, postal services and phone calls – then the web came along and we could see how it could make this all so much easier.
Cyclist Tours was originally set up back in 1998/9 with the aim of organising information about specialist travel in an easily accessible way. Back then the Search Engines (remember Alta Vista, HotBot and the like?) didn’t do a good job and much was missed because the technology wasn’t capable of picking it up or site owners didn’t know how to promote it.
These days we feel that the Search Engines are still not serving our specialist niches very well. Search results these days seem to concentrate on the bigger businesses at the expense of the smaller ones, and in many of our niches it’s the smaller operators who are often the most innovative, relevant and interesting. People are missing out on some of the best trips simply because they don’t know they exist!
We want to buck the trend, we don’t want the internet to become like the high street – one homogeneous mass of the same old big name shops in every city. We want to celebrate diversity, innovation and independent business.
How we operate
Cyclist Tours is not some big money making scheme, we are run by a small group of enthusiasts most of whom earn their main living doing other things (things like graphic andd website design, writing, photography or the technical side of the internet, so usually somewhat connected to Travel-Quest in some way). Needless to say we are all keen travellers too! We operate as an informal co-operative.
Our listings, editorial oversight
The majority of the entries in the Cyclist Tours Directory have been independently researched and added by our team, often as a result of research undertaken to answer a reader-submitted specialist travel query (see Special Searches). Sites may be added as a ‘Basic Entry’ (when our time is tight) or as an ‘Expanded Listing’ (when we’ve had time to look at the business in more detail).
We also accept direct submissions from business owners. The content can be taken directly from you site or we can (fee applicable) write the content for you.
No automatic entry
There is no automatic entry, sites are listed entirely at our discretion and every site listed has to conform to our strict listing and editorial guidelines – we spend time checking this out thoroughly. If a business does not conform the application will get rejected.