Four Tours About to Take Off
As we near the end of 2017, many of our 2018 bicycle tours in Europe are already filling up. Take a look at these four tours with departures that are guaranteed to go. Grab a friend and book your spot for your next bicycle touring adventure.
With feet on pedals, you’ll be up to your lips in local olive oil, expertly crafted wine and gourmet gems on this enchanting tour of Provence. Pedal through picture perfect villages that inspired post-Impressionist masterpieces, awash in quaint, hilltop cafes, medieval castles and Roman ruins. Come along with us and discover the relaxed pace, superb architecture and culinary highlights of the Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence. A perfect tour for folks traveling with varying cycling abilities. Some shorter cycling days, multi-night stays and lightly rolling terrain will have you enjoy this beauty without struggle (unless you decide to tackle the Giant of Provence – and do the optional climb up Mt. Ventoux).
Call it the Camino, The Road to Santiago, or The Way of St. James. Shakespeare postulated a rose by any other name still smells as sweet; the same applies to this soulful synchronicity of bike and route. For the more experienced cyclists, or those ready to embrace the pilgrimage aspect (with some suffering included) the cycling on this trip is only second to the history. Receive stamps on your Pilgrim’s Passport throughout to document your experiences: the churches, tombs, vineyards, ruins, palaces, museums and traditional foods and wines. There’s a reason National Geographic hailed our cycling tour as one of “50 Tours of a Lifetime;” join Cycling the Camino de Santiago: Roncesvalles to Santiago to discover exactly why. Enjoy “The Way” your way and at the speed of a bike.
Explore the best of traditional southern Italy while cycling through hilltop vineyards, coastal fishing towns and historic remains from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Normans. This cycling tour of Sicily explores traditional southern Italy and the heart of ancient Magna Grecia. Beginning in Siracusa (Syracuse), a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 3,000 years of Mediterranean history you’ll discover the interior towns in the Valle di Noto. You’ll visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – each town being uniquely beautiful. You will explore the medieval village of Erice with its narrow stone alleyways, and the hilltop town of Caltabellotta, and will visit Marsala to sample its fortified wines, and discover some of the finest classical Greek temples still in existence. Join us and feast on delicious Sicilian specialties, cycle the diverse terrain, and be rewarded daily with beautiful coastal views and many charming towns of Sicily.
Prepare to be romanced – from Venice and its enthralling canals to Florence’s Renaissance art, Ravenna’s mosaics and Faenza’s ceramics, this tour brings together the best Italy can offer. Cycling through Italy’s pasta heartland with a mix of wetlands, fruit orchards and one stunning mountain climb in the Apennines there is a bit of everything on this trip. What’s your pleasure? Exploring Venice’s artful shops, tiny bridges and magical canals? Or strolling the streets of the UNESCO world heritage town Ferrara? Or perhaps the lush forest of the Apennine Mountains, with the tang of local olive oil lingering on your tongue? Don’t have time for the entire 12-day Bike Across Italy? Join us for the 8-day version that started it all back in 1972, Bicycle from Venice to Florence. These magical landscapes will be a gentle start to your travels by bike.