self-guided centre-based holidays

- pioneered at le Moulin du Chemin

The first formally organised Self-guided Centre-based Walking Holidays and Cycling Holidays anywhere in the world were probably created by the folks at le Moulin du Chemin.

Centre-based Walking and Cycling Holidays are located at a single hotel for the duration of the holiday,

from where walking or cycling itineraries are organised, starting from and returning to the hotel,

rather than following the traditional model of walking or cycling from hotel-to-hotel.

Modern tourism was almost certainly born in 1846 when Thomas Cook arranged a rail tour of Scotland for 350 clients - the venture bankrupted the company (for the first time).

Nevertheless, in 1855 he managed to arrange the first of many commercial escorted 'Grand Circular Tours of Europe'.

Tourism developed during the 20th Century with place-to-place walking holidays followed by centre based skiing holidays and sea, sex and sun package holidays. Place-to-place cycling holidays probably started in USA in 1976.

The proprietors of le Moulin du Chemin believe that formally organised self-guided centre-based walking and cycling holidays were pioneered by themselves, starting in the mid-1990s.

Centre-based holidays have less stress and are less 'touristy' than hotel-to-hotel holidays.

Without rigid itineraries, centre-based holidays tend to be more versatile and more amicable.

BENEFITS OF CENTRE-BASED HOLIDAYS

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