Discover France Adventures is seeing an upswing in Europe-bound travelers from the US this summer thanks to more favorable exchange rates.
"Since May we have been hearing from people who have decided to do Europe again because it has become more affordable. We have more upgraded bookings this year too. I don't know, but I would bet that people are spending a little more at dinner and more on wine," said Loren Siekman, president of Discover France Adventures, which offers cycling and hiking tours.
"Because guests new to international travel may have concerns about whether they're getting the most bang for their buck when making the US Dollar conversion to Euros, Discover France Adventures, at the time of making a booking, answers questions about how the conversion system works," according to the company.
Siekman said that in situations where people realize a currency is in their favor, they often extend their trips.
"We make sure to explain during the booking process that we charge their credit card in Euros and that the conversion and associated fees are handled directly by the client's credit card company," said Siekman.
The company owns and directs Cycling Classics (and as such it is one of only four officially licensed (by Tour de France) operators worldwide for 2010 and 2011 events.
"Another true advantage is that we are a French company with a US office. The Tour de France is our home-grown experience and we have the staff and knowledge to run a superior trip that is truly French in all good definitions of the word," said Siekman.
Accommodations and meals during the tours are in 4-star hotels in scenic French locales.
While cycling, Discover France Adventures provides all breakfasts, picnic lunches, professional cycling guides, support vehicles and motor coach transportation throughout the rides.
By David Wilkening
Monday, July 5, 2010