Many different factors contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including the dailyriding distance, the terrain, the altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors can change, our grades can only provide a general indication. We have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible.

Each of our cycling and mountain bike holidays is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. These grades are divided into YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE and RED sectors on the grade symbol and briefly described here. In addition to reading this information and the individual holiday description, it is very important that before booking any cycling holiday you should read the appropriate holiday dossier. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular itinerary or its suitability for you, please contact the KE office.


Suitable for most people in good health who occasionally ride a bike. Cycling holidays at this grade are predominantly on paved roads involving only gentle climbs, with daily distances between 25 kms (16 miles) and 60 kms (38 miles). Appropriate as an introduction to cycling holidays, vehicle support is always available.