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Good tour vastly enhanced by high quality leader January 20175.0
Although I had cycled for many years and ridden in Italy before this was the first commercial trip I had ever taken. Riding with Beppe was central to the unique experience provided by this trip.
Beppe provided unique insights into Italian life and culture as well as useful commentary on cycling routes and styles. His knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine transformed the trip from simply a “ride on a bicycle” to a gastronomic adventure. He introduced me to new wines, new dishes and to the people who grew, bottled and prepared them. We discussed history, dialects, regionalisms, music and architecture.
Beppe's skills are many. Paramount among them, in my opinion, is his ability to motivate people of diverse backgrounds and with widely divergent interests into a cohesive, collaborative group enjoying the company of others while reveling in the delights of a shared ride.
Visiting in Umbria and my husband found this tour. November 20165.0
Operator Umbria Con Me Sas
Cycling and overlooking Qeparo was surprise October 20165.0
Really Enjoyed August 20165.0
Operator Discovery Bicycle Tours
Scooter heaven! August 20165.0
The biggest highlight for me was the river kayaking in Hoi An. I can't stress enough how scenic, peaceful and enjoyable this experience was. It was only my second time in a kayak after the Halong Bay kayaking but I doubt I'll ever top it.
The most inspirational part of the trip was the Vietnamese people themselves. Given how much trouble they've had to endure in their recent history, I never ceased to be amazed by their warmth and friendliness towards our group. Always smiling, waving and making us feel welcome.
Kien was great throughout the trip. He organised the itinerary and our activities well and went out of his way to try and accommodate everyone's wishes in the group. He was very knowledgeable about his homeland and provided plenty of information about the country as a whole and the different regions and sights that we visited throughout the trip. He even organised my coach transfers for my extra week to the beach after the end of the trip for which I'm extremely grateful. Thanks Kien.
Firstly I would say Exodus have pitched this holiday just right. Plenty of activities throughout but as in the trip notes with an activity level of 3 you know its not going to be particularly strenuous so most people with a moderate level of fitness will have no problems.
No need to take as many clothes as you may think because there's an option for laundry mid way in Hoi An.
Don't bother taking US dollars. Just take Vietnamese Dong because there are plenty of ATMs throughout to withdraw more Dong.
No towell needed, they are provided throughout, even in the homestays, boat, etc.
Take plenty of suncream because you'll apply loads in the south, particularly during the cycling in the Mekong Delta.
I read up on the history, culture and wars before the trip which I thoroughly recommend. I find its much easier then during the trip to understand and comprehend the country and its sights and put everything into context.
After its troubled history, Viet Nam is now a thriving and dynamic country that is on the up. On arriving in Hanoi the culture shock will hit you with its vibrant, colourful and dynamic people. Viet Nam's life is very much on the streets which provides the lifeblood of the society. Just be prepared when trying to cross those roads........
Operator Exodus Travels