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Top Trip Memories
  • Recounting and relishing the events and accomplishments of the day with fellow cyclists.
  • Feeling physically stronger every day while breathing in the fresh air.
  • Engaging in conversations with locals around the world.
  • Waking up each day with a goal in mind.
  • Enjoying wine, cheese and stops at cafes in France, or being invited to join a local for food and drink.
  • Savoring the excellent lamb and dairy products while pedaling through ever-changing countryside in New Zealand.
  • Stopping by the side of the road in Spain and enjoying fresh olives straight from the tree.
  • Reliving history and viewing gorgeous antebellum homes along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • Visiting wineries and playing Lewis and Clark in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.
  • Pedaling unencumbered with no panniers and still building an appetite for a great dinner at a bed and breakfast.
  • Taking advantage of a strong tailwind and coasting at 20 mph.
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Tour Tips
  • Be aware that many trips have several levels of difficulty; the easiest rating may mean limited miles in the saddle or riding in a vehicle to avoid difficult sections.
  • Research the destination carefully. Is New Zealand really an easy place to bicycle?
  • Take note of how long a company has been in business, but don't automatically eliminate newer companies. Check on their bicycle touring experience.
  • Ask about sleeping arrangements. In many bed and breakfasts, for instance, sharing a bed is the norm.
  • Whether the operator rents or provides bicycles, you should be sure they can accommodate your height.
  • If you have a preference for a recumbent, tandem or electric-assist, be sure to ask. Same holds true for clipless pedals.
  • Ask if your guides are available and accessible after the cycling part of the day is done. Some guides use different accommodations than the guests.
  • Ask the company for a list of past participants, and then call a few if you wish. Post a message on an online discussion board that focuses on the activity that you plan to do. People are typically willing to share experiences.
  • You will enjoy yourself more if you train before your bicycle tour or are in good physical shape. Some hours in a saddle prior to your trip will prevent saddle sores and/or sore bottoms.

Once You’re on Your Way…

  • Enjoy your surroundings. Don't just stick your nose to the ground and pound out the miles. The pavement looks pretty much the same wherever you are.
  • Be flexible. Routes change, roads close and weather doesn't always cooperate.
  • Be prepared for any weather. Wear cycling clothes and fabrics that breathe. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Layering works well.
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Tour Reviews

Puglia and Matera cycling

Cycling Puglia & Matera

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Excellent tour.
Visting Masseria and also cycling along coasts.


Marinella did an excellent job - she did the job of two


We had one morning of rain, be prepared for that.


Puglia is a great place to visit.


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Cycling Puglis

Cycling Puglia & Matera

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes The sun shone,the bikes were sturdy to cope with the bumpy roads and the food
was outstanding. After a long and undulating first day I thought I'd
never keep up. But my legs did get used to the speed of the others and the
hills became just a small challenge. A great holiday with lovely people.
I cycled to the top of a coastal hill encouraged by our guide Marinella. I
thought I would have to walk but No........


Marinla worked so hard she made our holiday. Fixing bikes, sorting out the
route and places to eat,making picnics giving encouragement.


Good sense of humour required!


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Cycling in puglia and matera

Cycling Puglia & Matera

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Beyond expectation in all ways, culture, food, architecture, and a guide that
was simply perfect and a credit to the company
Seeing the wonderful cities and the pleasurable cycling combined with a guide
second to none


It would not be possible to find a better guide. Marinella was attentive, had
a great knowledge of history and culture and a great sense of humour


Request Marinella and book today


Thank you to all the exodus team for your hard work behind the scenes


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Giro De Sicily

Cycling in Sicily

4.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A great 6 days cycling and eating in a very picturesque and quiet region of
Sicily, First day was full on but days did get easier although some long
climbs. Some fantastic views and towns visited.
Descending through countless hairpins on last but one day.


Paolo was a character and kept us safe throughout the week but could have
been more informative if his English was to improve.


We stayed a couple of days before in Taormina to see Etna and a couple of
days after in Syracuse as there are many sights to see there.


Thoroughly enjoyable and once again a mixed bag of people that all got on
really well.


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Jane Stirling

Cycling in Sicily

4.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I have just returned from a week's cycling in Sicily that covered 45-65 k a
day. The 15-person group - Icelandics, Canadians and Brits - were immensely
kind and supportive.
Improving in fitness over the week and not being too far behind the real
cyclists was, for me, inspirational. Off the bike, the historical sites,
especially the catacombs at Syracuse, and the beautiful coastline, were also
stimulating.


Leah was a an excellent leader and very knowledgeable on the history of
Sicily. Giuseppe provided wonderful lunches and van back up.


I am fit, but not particularly cycling fit. I did intend to get cycling fit
but the poor weather meant that I cycled in the gym whilst watching a film on
the TV screen. Reality was much tougher and Sicily was hillier than I
expected! So my advice would be to prepare a little better than I did. A
'moderate' ride was for me 'challenging'.


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What could be more exhilarating than exploring a country from the seat of a bicycle?

The call of the open road; the wind at your back; the views that lie ahead. Every sense becomes stimulated: You become acutely aware of the scent of freshly ripened strawberries, the panorama of distant mountains, the jolt from every bump or defect in the road, the thrill of smooth pavement, the song of a bird and the taste of salt on your lips.

Bicycle touring is truly about both the destination and the journey. It will take you at just the right pace to meet the people, enjoy the views and savor the food and the culture of your chosen destination.

And what better way is there to combine fitness with something as pleasant as a bicycle tour?

What Can You Expect from a Bicycle Tour?

The brochures show sunny days, smiling faces, gourmet lunches and plush accommodations. And while the sun may not always shine, the rest of the pictures can be a good reflection of a typical luxury bike tour (there are less plush tours for the budget-minded).

What is virtually certain is that you will immerse yourself into a new region that may come complete with new foods, wines and customs.

Fuel for the day's ride includes both food and vital information. At breakfast, maps may be disbursed and suggestions for the daily route and attractions are discussed. Somebody has already checked out the mechanical condition of your bicycle, but it's still OK to squeeze your tires and make sure that they suit your style.

Wining and Dining

Especially if it's an intended stopping point on your tour, you might find that your lunch has been prepared for you. (If you have dietary needs, notify your tour operator in advance.)

In many cases, welcome and farewell dinners are included as part of your tour. Depending on the tour operator and style of the tour, other meals may be on your own. But that provides the advantage of dining with whomever you want and at whatever time you want -- while enjoying the types of food and drink you prefer.

Don't think that because you are bicycling that you need forget about fine dining. Is there a Michelin rated restaurant in the area? How about a favorite wine that you would like to enjoy right where it is produced? What about a spectacular restaurant view that overlooks the region where you just bicycled?

Route Choices

Options provide guests with not only dining choices, but also with route choices. Are you looking for a leisurely shorter route with plenty of time for shopping, people-watching at a cafe or wine-tasting? Are you ready to challenge yourself and pedal long and hard to accomplish your own fitness goals? Do you want to take it easy one day and push yourself the next?

Keep in mind that your traveling partner, if you have one, needn't necessarily follow the same route and pace that you do. You’re likely to meet new people along the way and perhaps form new friendships in fellow cyclists or locals -- there’s just something about people on bicycles that makes them seem more approachable than other types of travelers.

At the end of the day, when you reach your final destination, you usually have free time to dine, explore or relax with your traveling partner, if you did take separate rotes or travel at different speeds.

Choosing Your Destination

Where do you want to cycle? Has following the Tour de France been a dream or yours? Or does Vermont immediately bring bicycling to mind? Perhaps you would like to enjoy a bike and barge tour or cycling combined with another sport. Maybe a long distance journey suits you best. 

You may be surprised by the number of appealing destinations. Popular destinations include France and Italy, but almost every country in Europe offers cycling. The Netherlands offers relatively flat areas, while Ireland takes you through those thousand shades of green.

Riding along canals or waterways, such as the Danube River, is another pleasant possibility. Of course both the U.S. and Canada offer varied terrain for exploration, but don't forget more far-flung cycling destinations like New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and parts of Asia.

Once you’ve weighed all your options and settled on the  right bicycle tour for yourself, you’ll have the advantage of knowing just what to expect – and chances are your adventure will be exactly what you had hoped for and dreamed about.

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FranceSpainNew ZealandUnited StatesCanadaScandinavia & Ireland.

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The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Austrailia - 243 km; Route of the Haiwatha, Idaho-Montana, U.S. - 24km; Route des Grand Crus,  Brugundy, France - 800km; Molesworth Road, Christchurch, New Zealand - 320km; Cycle Route 10, Amsterdam, Holland & many more.

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