Cycling vacation in Italy, Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice

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23 Jun 2019
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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cycling vacation in Italy, Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice

Environment

Transport



When not traveling green on our bikes we use local transport – by public bus from Trento, public ferry across Lake Garda and train from Verona to Venice. Cycling is a quiet and sustainable way to travel that also promotes interaction with local people encountered along the way



Water



The local tap water is perfectly fine to drink and the Tour Leader encourages people to fill their bottles with tap water each day and to avoid buying plastic bottles of mineral water.
Seasonal produce
As well as suggesting local seasonal produce for picnics and meals we also encourage clients to try local wines (at the end of the day’s cycling!) to give a panorama of the local vines, terroir and wine culture - from aromatic wine in south Tyrol like Gewürztraminer to sparkling chardonnay in Trento, to Valpolicella and Soave in Verona. Visiting local growers and supporting local produce helps an area to cut down on food transport miles and encourages sustainable agriculture in the area.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

Transport



When not traveling green on our bikes we use local transport – by public bus from Trento, public ferry across Lake Garda and train from Verona to Venice. Cycling is a quiet and sustainable way to travel that also promotes interaction with local people encountered along the way



Water



The local tap water is perfectly fine to drink and the Tour Leader encourages people to fill their bottles with tap water each day and to avoid buying plastic bottles of mineral water.
Seasonal produce
As well as suggesting local seasonal produce for picnics and meals we also encourage clients to try local wines (at the end of the day’s cycling!) to give a panorama of the local vines, terroir and wine culture - from aromatic wine in south Tyrol like Gewürztraminer to sparkling chardonnay in Trento, to Valpolicella and Soave in Verona. Visiting local growers and supporting local produce helps an area to cut down on food transport miles and encourages sustainable agriculture in the area.
Friends & neighbours



Wherever possible we encourage our cyclists to try local produce, to eat in locally-owned-run restaurants and bars. We buy our delicious picnics in this way and make coffee and snack stops in local places. We offer local wine tasting experiences also. Our Tour Leaders also look for opportunities to meet local people along the way and create cultural exchange between customers and the locals.



A fair deal



We hire bicycles from a local supplier and the luggage is moved from hotel to hotel by a local company that combines the bag transfers with self-guided and other clients in order to reduce the number of local motorised journeys. We use local city guides along the way and the Tour Leader is Italian and very often from the local area. We provide expert training and ongoing feedback through our operations managers. We stay in locally run hotels that employ people from the local region.









Traveling with respect



The Tour Leader teaches basic Italian to the group and encourages people to give it a try wherever possible, e.g. ordering at bars and restaurants to break the ice with the locals.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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