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Bike Rides For Ordinary People
European Cycling Adventures

Fulfill Your Fantasy at a Price Within Reach

Join us this year on one of our bike tours. This year, we will be going to Italy to ride in Apulia (also know as Puglia).

Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy that includes the heel part of Italy’s boot, suspended between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards.

We welcome solo travelers, so don’t hesitate to consider one of these rides just because you are traveling alone. Want to share a room? We’ll pair you up with someone else who is traveling by themselves.

2019 Tours – Apulia, Italy – Coastline and Culture of Italy’s Heel

Note: The 6 day routes is the same as the 7 day routes, but skips the hillier portion on the way to Lecce where it starts.

August 24th-31st (8 days/7 nights)

Pricing:

  • $1900/person
  • $200 single suppliement
  • Upgrade to eBike $100

Price includes:

  • Hybrid bikes suitable for this kind of travel
  • 7 nights’ accommodation (3-star or better hotels and guesthouses)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 4 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions, maps and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Emergency Hotline

Price does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Expenses related to getting to and from start and finish including airfare and transfer to/from airport
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Itinerary and Registration

September 1st – 6th (6 days/5 nights)

Pricing:

  • $1650/person
  • $200 single suppliement
  • Upgrade to eBike $100

Price includes:

  • Hybrid bikes suitable for this kind of travel
  • 5 nights’ accommodation (3-star or better hotels and guesthouses)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions, maps and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Emergency Hotline

Price does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Expenses related to getting to and from start and finish including airfare and transfer to/from airport
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Itinerary and Registration

Bicycles

City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models.
Choose either:
– City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore (included)
– E-bike ($)

Features:

– aluminium frame
– mudguard
– rear rack
– comfort gel saddle
– anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
– ergonomic bicycle grips
– Speed Lifter system

Accessories

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock

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How We Ride

We started doing these kinds of rides in 2003. At the time, I called them group self-guided tours. Now I call it a very natural way to tour in Europe.

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Traditional guided tours provide one or more bilingual guides, a van to help you along the way with anything from drinks and snacks to repairs and many other great amenities that all add to the cost of your tour. By eliminating some of these services, we save quite a bit of money while still experiencing the most exciting aspects of a European cycling tour. Our bikes are high quality hybrids, so mechanical problems are rare and we have a local emergency contact just in case.

On our tours, people come together to form a community where some people may speak a little of the local language, others are comfortable changing flat tires or making minor repairs, or map reading…..you get idea; everybody contributes in whatever way they can.  It’s very much like the comfort of cycling with a group of friends. Only you are doing it in a grand new plPiedmontace.

We generally ride together, stopping to see interesting sights along the way and free to be spontaneous. The focus is on the experience rather than getting to the destination as quickly as possible. Really, our only deadline is to be at our hotel in time for dinner.

Fitness Level Expectations

On our tours, we ride together as a group and, therefore, need people to come adequately prepared. We design the rides keeping a minimum fitness level in mind. If people do not meet the fitness requirements and come on a tour, it means that the rest of the group might

  • spend much of their day waiting for people,
  • have less time to enjoy the sights and
  • have to bypass some wonderful attractions.

Not meeting the fitness level expectations is just not fair to the rest of the group

If you cannot keep up the recommended pace, we recommend that you rent an E-Bike, but you must still be comfortable with the speed and with coasting downhill at a same speed equal to what we do on flat ground.

Our minimum fitness level requires that you:Evolve Image

  • Be comfortable riding for several miles at 12 mph (on flat ground) without stopping.
  • Have been able to ride 25 miles at least two days in a row in the month before the tour.
  • Are able to ride up and down moderate hills coasting at the same speed as on flat ground.

Of course, the better condition you are in, the more fun you will have.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are subject to a fee:

  • $200 per person if done 60 days before tour departure date.
  • $350 per person if done 31 to 60 days before tour departure date.
  • No refund will be given if cancellation occurs less than 30 days prior to tour departure date.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover trip cancellation or interruption, medical expenses,  lost luggage, transportation issue and other losses incurred while traveling, either internationally or within one’s own country.

Like most insurance, one rarely needs it. But we believe it is something that you should be aware of and consider purchasing just in case something happens before or during your trip. In case you want to know more about. If you want to know more about travel insurance, here is a fairly comprehensive article on the subject

Below are several reputable insurance companies we know of that you might want to review.  We do not personally recommend any one company and there are many other companies out there to choose from.


Travelex Insurance http://www.travelexinsurance.com/


 

https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/


 

HTH Worldwide Travel Insurancehttps://hthtravelinsurance.com/trip_protection.cfm