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AnonymousWritten on December 5th, 2019Exceptionally well organized with quality equipment, luggage transfer service and accommodations. We're already planning our next trip!
GregoryWritten on October 19th, 2019Tour was fantastic from beginning to end. It was self-guided but we had all the support we needed - every hotel and add-on location expected us, luggage transpo…Read moreCycle Europe commented on this reviewThank you Gregory for the detailed feedback, it was a pleasure to have you! Until next time! The Cycle Europe team
AnonymousWritten on October 11th, 2019I had a great time with my friends and I can’t wait to do it again next year!Cycle Europe commented on this reviewThank you Priscila for your honest feedback, and thank you for choosing us for your cycling vacations! We certainly hope to have you back again! The Cycle Europe team
Nilo SérgioWritten on October 7th, 2019We had fantastic experiences at Ride Across Tuscany. The knowledge and experience that the company has in this territory is an incredible differential. Not to m…Read moreCycle Europe commented on this reviewHello Nilo - what a pleasure to have had you on tour with us, and to hear you had a great experience in Tuscany! Thank you for the detailed feedback - hope to see you again in Italy! Javier - Cycle Europe
AnonymousWritten on September 14th, 2019The bicycles were very nice. Cycling the back roads through orchards, vineyards and farmland. The food was wonderful, the fruit delicious, the wine tasty. Cycli…Read moreCycle Europe commented on this reviewDear Charles - thank you for the helpful feedback and we hope to have you back on another tour again in the future!
AnonymousWritten on July 7th, 2019The self-guided tour was extremely easy to follow. The Garmin and map with directions combination provided the information we needed to easily get around Italy …Read more
AnonymousWritten on May 13th, 2019We have gone on the amazing Taste of Italy tour this spring and the experience was awesome. The staff was friendly and very helpful all time. The quality of the…Read more
AnonymousWritten on January 18th, 2019We have been on two self guided trips with Cycle Europe and are planning our third. This latest was through Tuscany and as usual we were delighted with the pla…Read more
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Questions & Answers
Do you have bicycles and/or accessories for kids?
SELF-GUIDED: Yes, we can normally fit children taller than 4’10’’ (1m47). For smaller kids we offer “Tag- Alongs” and “Kid’s Trailers”. On GUIDED TOURS, please consult for your specific departure.
Do you provide helmets?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: We require everyone to wear a helmet on tour. We recommend you bring your own for best fit and comfort (as well as hygiene reasons). If you prefer to not travel with your own helmet, we can provide a lightly used helmet upon request. Please be sure to provide your helmet size.
Who is responsible for the bikes if they are damaged or stolen?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: You are! You’ll agree to this when you sign our contract when the bikes are delivered to you, so please be careful! That said, we offer plenty of advice and tips on how to properly store and secure your bikes every night. On Guided Tours, our tour leader will store the bikes for you every night.
Do you have any luggage restrictions?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: In our years running cycling tours in Europe, we’ve found that packing light will help you have a more enjoyable travel experience. Keep in mind that you will be toting your luggage at different times during your vacation; you may have to go from the airport to the train or bus station; you will also need to bring your bags down to the hotel lobby in the morning before leaving for the next destination. Preferably limit your luggage to two medium-sized pieces. The best combination of luggage is a medium-sized (22 -24”) suitcase on wheels and a small or medium carry-on bag, such as a backpack, overnight bag, or a small duffel bag. However, to avoid exceeding our luggage weight limit we prefer you add a third small bag as opposed to overloading the first two. If you have any additional questions about baggage limitations, please ask!
Do I need a Travel Insurance?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: We highly recommend purchasing travel and trip interruption insurance. Please let us know if we can help with suggestions.
What type of bike should I pick?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: We suggest choosing the type of bike you are most familiar with. On some tours, you will have the option of renting a road bike with drop-down handlebars, and on others we offer hybrid bikes with flat handlebars. On most tours, we also offer pedal-assist e-bikes. If you have any questions about our bike options and what is most fitting
Are there extra payments not included on this tour?
SELF-GUIDED: City taxes are not included, which you will pay upon departing each hotel (usually 1 to 3 euro per person per night, but the price will vary depending on the location). Bike-hire and other options are also available at a separate fee – please check the specific itinerary for details. GUIDED TOURS: Bike-hire options are available for a separate fee (please check the specific tour details). Also, please check the What’s Included section of each tour webpage for specific inclusions.
Is it possible to make changes on this itinerary?
If you are interested in any changes to your self-guided itinerary, please ask us. We can often add or subtract nights at different locations (depending on the itinerary). We are also experts at designing custom-tailored holidays for groups of friends and families. If there’s a specific itinerary you like, please let us know how to adapt it to your needs. We have also often custom fixed- point cycling holidays (for example, based in an Italian villa).
When does my tour start and end?
GUIDED and SELF-GUIDED: On most tours, the group will meet the tour leaders late in the afternoon or early evening of the first tour day. The bike fitting usually occurs at that point, as well as the tour briefing. Tours normally end after breakfast on the last day. You may want to consult with us on the best time to plan to arrive on Day 1 and when to leave on the last day.
If I come alone, will I have anyone to cycle with?
SELF-GUIDED: There is a good possibility that others on the same departure will want to cycle along with you, but of course we cannot guarantee this on every departure. If this is important to you, please ask us and we will try to find out for your specific departure. GUIDED: Yes! This is a group tour, so welcome on board! Depending on the itinerary, there will be days where the group can spread out, giving some participants the chance to cycle on their own or in smaller groups. But generally, the group will ride together, along with our tour leader.
If I am a solo traveler, can you find me a roommate?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: We are happy to have solo travelers and will do our best to find you a roommate. If we are not able to, you will be offered the chance to have your own room by paying the single supplement fee.
Does self-guided mean on my own completely? What if I have a flat tire? What if it rains?
Self-guided tours are normally not “supported”. That means there is no guide with you and it is your responsibility to cycle to the next hotel. To that end, you should either know to fix a flat tire or have someone with you who can. If it rains we suggest “Plan B”, - put on your rain gear and follow Plan A.
Are there any road signs that are different in Europe than in my home country?
SELF-GUIDED: Every self-guided tour begins with an introductory bike fitting and briefing, in which our English-speaking staff will share tips and information on local road safety. We also provide a Bike Safety Sheet with information on safety and road signs. GUIDED: On the first day there will be an introductory briefing, which includes a detailed safety talk given by our English-speaking tour leader. Throughout the tour our cycling guide will be your “North Star”.
Who do I contact in the event of any changes made to my stay (early departure, hotel or itinerary change, etc.)?
GUIDED OR SELF-GUIDED: We’ll provide all the necessary contact numbers for you to communicate changes to appropriate parties.
How do I get to the starting point of the tour? How do I travel home from the tour ending point?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you detailed travel instructions on how to arrive to the hotel where your trip begins – on most tours, the starting point is easily accessible by train, bus and/or taxi. On some guided tours, transportation to the tour starting point and/or from the tour ending point is included – please check the specific itinerary for details. If you’d like to reserve private airport pick-up, please ask us – we’ll be happy to help. We will also provide detailed information about the tour ending point, and how you can travel back home from there.
What about lunches and dinners? Do you have vegan/vegetarian or gluten free options?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: Most of our customers purchase picnic supplies for lunch. If you prefer to stop at a café or restaurant, there will be plenty on your route and listed in your road book (on guided tours, your tour leader will offer suggestions). For dinner we’ll suggest local restaurants, typically within walking distance. If you are vegan, vegetarian or you need a gluten free meal, you’ll find these options most days on our itineraries – please ask and we’ll be happy to help. On both guided and self-guided tours, some itineraries may include dinners – please check the specific itinerary for details.
What meals are included and what are they like?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: All breakfasts are included. A typical breakfast is served continental style and includes assorted beverages, rolls or pastries, fruit, cereal and yogurt. Some hotels provide cold cuts and/or eggs in addition to the continental breakfast. If you have any dietary needs or food allergies, please ask and we’ll be glad to help! On our Guided Tours, some dinners are included – please check the specific itinerary for details.
What kind of clothing should I pack for a bike tour?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: We recommend you start your packing list with the following items: · A few pairs of bicycling shorts and jerseys · A few non-bicycling outfits to wear for your time off the bike · Helmet (on your flight, we recommend attaching it to the outside of your carry-on if it does not fit in your luggage) · Sunglasses · Sunscreen · Toiletries · Spare glasses, contact lenses · Dress pants/skirts and shirts (layering is always encouraged) · Two pairs of shoes (one for cycling and one to wear around town after cycling) · Any prescription medication you might need and prescriptions in case you need to refill.
I am very fit, will this tour be challenging enough for me?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: Our standard routes on each tour are designed for the average recreational cyclist. That said, almost every tour allows for added mileage for those with extra energy. We’ll suggest optional longer rides on most days.
How difficult is this tour?
GUIDED or SELF-GUIDED: Most tours don’t cover more than 65 kms (40 miles) per day. Be sure to read the distance and difficulty description for the specific itinerary of your interest, and send us an email if you have questions. To best enjoy your tour, however, you should be riding your bike at least twice a week and be comfortable spending time on the saddle. For more information please see the Rating Descriptions Page of the specific tour of your interest.
What choice do I have for bicycle on this tour and what is the cost?
SELF-GUIDED: The bicycle rental price is NOT included in the base price of our self-guided tours, as we offer both titanium hybrid bike with upright handlebar, titanium road bikes with downturned handlebars, and pedal- assist E-bikes. GUIDED: The bicycle rental price is NOT included in the base price of our guided tours, and we offer rental options such as: Aluminum and Titanium hybrids (in men’s step-over frame or women’s step-through frame) with flat handlebars, as well as pedal-assist E-bikes.
Will there be luggage transfer or van support on this tour?
SELF-GUIDED: On days when you change hotels, our shuttle service picks up luggage mid-morning and delivers it to the next hotel by mid-afternoon. Most of the time, these vans are not available to shuttle people – so you will need to plan to complete the ride yourself. In cases of emergency, our staff is available, and hotels will help locate taxis or alternative means of transport. GUIDED: Our support vehicle will transport luggage from one hotel to the next every day. Vehicle support for tired cyclists is available most days, as is our accompanying cycling guide – please check the specific itinerary for details.
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