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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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Trails of Vietnam

Trails of Vietnam

5.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A full on and intensive tour of the many facets of Vietnam, giving a flavour of this extraordinary country. Be prepared for long days, but you will be richly rewarded often seeing parts of Vietnam that other tourists may not see. As always the trip notes are very accurate.
There were so many different and wonderful experiences in this fascinating country.What will stay with us, were the inspirational and continually cheerful people, the delicious food and the manic driving. Just crossing the road is challenging and as for the cycling .....we loved it.

We were SO lucky to have Tham Tu as our leader. What a remarkable young lady she is. So knowledgeable and passionate about her country. She always had a smile on her face, was brilliantly organised and nothing was too much trouble. She always went the extra mile to make the Trails of Vietnam a special experience. How could we forget her making cocktails for us on the train!

Take Cycle shorts and / or a gel seat, but there is no need to take a cycle helmet, as those supplied were of good quality. Don't pack too much as there are plenty of opportunities to have laundry done very cheaply and you need the extra space for souvenirs and new clothes of course!

A brilliant trip with a great group of people and an exceptional guide.

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Wildflowers, empty roads and big, big hill climbs!

Cycling in Sicily

4.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Sicily is an intriguing place full of history that is very much alive all around you. The highlands, with empty roads and big views, were lovely. In April there were very few tourists and there were amazing wildflowers everywhere. The weather was rather 'English' though! The food was amazing.
In Syracuse, walking down a little alley, an operatic aria was playing on a sound system somewhere, and all the street traders suddenly started singing along, joining in one by one, with beautiful voices. It was magical!
Everywhere we went there were beautiful wildflowers like I've never seen before. Definitely recommend going in April for that reason, as well as the fact that the tourist draws and beaches are very quiet.

The group leaders were excellent, really worked hard to look after us and passionate about their homeland. The picnic lunches were outstanding.

Make sure you practice riding up hills! Overall level 3 is fair, but there are some really hilly sections, with sustained climbs. Also, in April, bring clothing for a range of weather.

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Trails of Vietnam

Trails of Vietnam

4.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes I really enjoyed the hilltribe trek. The food at the home stay was excellent.
our group leader was great. well informed.

This tour was very busy with many long bus rides.

Make sure you bring a padded bike seat!

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Trails of Vietnam

Trails of Vietnam

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Once again Exodus did not fail to deliver, the was an amazing holiday covering a vast area of the country. The activities were great and very well organised. Our guide, Tham, was amazing, very knowledgeable, attentive and social. She looked after out every need. The food was great and the local people were very welcoming and happy to help.
I think the local people were the main inspiration. They have turned their country around, stopped living in the past and are building a great place for people to visit and enjoy. The families at the home stays could not do enough for us and welcomed us with open arms in to their homes and were pleased to be able to show us how they lived and worked.

Tham was amazing. She is one of very few female guides in her country and has had to work really hard to hold this position. She has done this with grace and a great deal of intellegence. She dealt with everything with ease and professionalism. She was also great fun and made sure we were all happy at all times.

Take a GoPro or something of that nature as you will not be able to describe the traffic in the cities or the beauty of Kayaking down the river. Photos just don't cut it. I have never seen so many motorbikes carrying so many different things as well as so many people. It is a sight to behold. Make sure you take padded cycling shorts and a gel seat if you have one. The bikes are good and there is no need to take your own helmet as the ones provided are good.

This was a fantastic holiday, full on but well worth it. Don't think twice just book it, you'll enjoy every minute.

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I was really enjoying this cycling trip

Cycle Vietnam’s Backroads

5.0 April 2017 G Adventures Recommend: Yes I was really enjoying this cycling trip. All was organised great. The support time was the best. Thank you for all the effort and help that they did. Have to say that one of the picks of this trip for me was also a half day trip with scouters that Huyen organised and visiting Cu Chi tunnels. I was really surprised how much Huyen knows and thank you for sharing with us so much interesting stories and information about Vietnam. But unfortunately we also had two accidents on this trip and two of our group members were seriously injured. Therefore they had to leave the trip. I was on several trip with G adventures and luckily with no accidents. But in this situations on this trip I expected more support from G adventures. Since we had to book all the flights for the girl from London (Harriet). It was not a problem for me to help her but I expected faster support and more help from G adventures or CEO since you h Read more
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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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