Before signing up on a guided bicycle tour with Adventure Travel Group, you may have some questions. To make things easy, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you accommodate guests with special diet requirements?
Yes, we can accommodate special diet requirements. Please be sure to specify your special needs when reserving your trip.
Can you help us with pre- and post-trip travel arrangements?
Our hotels will gladly store your boxed bike either before or after your Adventure Travel Group bicycle tour. We’re happy to share our experience and help you plan additional activities before or after your vacation.
Do you cater to non-cyclists?
Yes, since we most often spend two or three nights in each hotel, you and your companion can sleep in, enjoy a leisurely day sightseeing or enjoy other activities such as hiking, boating, spas, shopping and more (depending on the location). The flexibility of our tours allows you and your companion to enjoy the same tour, while doing the things that interest you most. On transfer days, non-cyclists can ride in the support van. We’ll be happy to provide suggestions for non-cycling companions.
Do you provide bicycles?
We strongly recommend that you bring your own bike to ensure you’re comfortable. Since all of our tours feature major airport/train access, it’s easy to bring your own bicycle. We’ll send you complete bike-packing instructions and are happy to help you assemble and fine tune it when you arrive. For those of you who are unable to bring your own bike, we can provide high-quality rental bikes for an additional charge.
How do I choose the right trip for me?
We recommend that you assess your personal health and level of fitness before signing up for an Adventure Travel Group bicycle tour to ensure the most enjoyable experience. We’ve rated our trips from intermediate to advanced, so each trip has an ability level based on miles and elevation gain to help you decide which trips match your degree of fitness.
How do I travel with my bike?
Bringing your bike is the same as checking any other piece of luggage at the airport. Packing your bike in a cardboard bike box (usually available free at bike shops) works just fine, or you may want to invest in a more convenient and durable custom travel case. We’ll provide you with detailed instructions on how to properly pack your bike. If needed, we’ll help assemble/disassemble your bike upon arrival/departure.
How fit do I need to be?
We have a wide variety of trips, from intermediate to advanced ability levels. Look for the ability level listed for each trip and see our Routes and Abilities page to select a trip that’s appropriate for your skill level and ability.
How many people will be on our tour?
We limit our tours to 16 guests so we’re able to select small, family-run inns and restaurants that aren’t an option for the larger tour groups. Our smaller group size allows us to dine in quaint, quality restaurants that the locals enjoy. We believe we can offer a more relaxed traveling and dining experience and give our guests an opportunity to get to know each other.
What are the group dinners like?
Just as with accommodations, we select smaller restaurants that feature the local cuisine and wines. We stay away from the tourist spots to give you a real taste of the region. We select restaurants with excellent food, comfortable ambiance and great service. You’ll enjoy delicious four-course meals with wine. Gary and Lise will provide you with menu translations so you don’t have to be fluent in the local language.
What if I have a mechanical problem?
Your guides should be able to assist you with most routine mechanical issues. Otherwise, you guides can assist you in getting you bike repaired at the nearest bike shop. It is important to have you bike in excellent mechanical conditon when you arrive on the tour to minimize mechanical issues.
What bike gearing will I need?
For trips in the mountains, we recommend a compact crank (34/50) and a 12/27 minimum rear cassette or a triple chainring. Your pre-trip information package will provide trip-specific gearing recommendations. For more information, visit ATG Gear Ratio Chart or contact us with any questions. To purchase speciality cassettes, visit Harris Cyclery.
What is a typical day on the tour like?
This depends on the bicycle tour you select. All tours allow you to decide whether you want to ride with the group or on your own. We provide you with multiple ride options. The support van is usually available if you decide you want to get a “boost” up a certain hill. Our flexible tours allow you and a companion to share the same trip even if you have different interests or cycling abilities. Each day you’ll receive detailed maps, route sheets, Garmin GPX files if you have a Garmin 705 or 800 with the correct Mapset and other pertinent information for the day.
Breakfast usually starts around 8 a.m. Most of our guests begin riding at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at our night’s lodging in the early afternoon. The van usually arrives by 3 p.m., so you can check in, wash your cycling gear and still have time for a dip in the pool or a stroll around town before our nightly briefing. On days when we return to the same hotel, you can depart and return at any time, though we generally follow the same schedule. Dinner usually begins around 7p.m., depending on the region.
What type of pre- and/or post-trip information do you provide?
Once you’ve booked your trip, we’ll email you a pre-trip information package containing all of the details you need to plan and prepare for your vacation, such as the daily trip itinerary, where to stay before and after your trip, how to get to the tour start and how to return at the tour’s conclusion. It also includes practical information about arranging flights to and from the tour, a packing list, and hotel and guide contact information.
What type of clothing do I need to bring?
If you choose a tour that includes riding in the mountains (Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites) then you will need warm, waterproof bicycle clothing. A day in the Pyrenees in the summer can vary from a sunny 90 degrees to 40 degrees with freezing rain. Your pre-trip information package will provide trip-specific clothing recommendations.
What type of ride support do you offer?
A support van accompanies our tours to carry luggage, day bags, water, snacks and offer mechanical assistance. At least one guide will ride each day with the cyclists.
What’s included on one of your bicycle tours?
- Hotel accommodations.
- Hearty, cyclist-friendly buffet breakfasts every day.
- Most dinners (four-course), including wine.
- Daily snacks and drinks during the ride.
- Experienced tour guides and van support.
- Detailed route notes with elevation profiles, points of interest and maps.
- GPX files if you have a Garmin 705 or 800 loaded with the correct maps.
- Entrance fees to most group events.
- Transportation and luggage transfers during the tour.
- Gratuities for special events, local guides, transfers, hotels and restaurants.
- Souvenir map with tour route.
- Custom ATG bike jersey.
What’s not included?
- Airfare, travel and medical insurance.
- Lunch. We offer riders the flexibility to eat what and when they want so there’s no need to be at a particular place and time during the day.
- Dinners on free nights. We’ve found that people enjoy having a few nights to eat a little lighter or explore local restaurants on their own. We’re happy to make recommendations for the best local restaurants.
- Bikes are not provided, but are available at an additional fee.
- Personal services, such as laundry, telephone, hotel minibar charges, etc.
- Cycling tour guide gratuities (suggested amount is 5-10% of tour price).
When should I book my flight?
We will confirm your trip details 120 days before departure. We suggest that you don’t book non-refundable flights prior to receiving this confirmation. Because of the time zone change, you must leave the U.S. one or two days before the tour start date in order meet us in Europe in time for your tour. On your return flight, you will arrive in the U.S. the same day you departed due to the reverse time change. Please allow enough time for packing your bike and airport check-in. We suggest a minimum of two hours for any outbound flight connections.
Where will we stay?
We carefully select smaller inns and hotels that reflect the charm and uniqueness of each region. We choose accommodations that meet our needs as a cycling group: comfortable rooms, secure overnight bike storage and hearty, buffet-style breakfasts. Our inns are primarily 3-4 star hotels, with rooms that have a bathroom ensuite.
Who are our guides?
All tours (except for Chile/Argentina) are designed and guided by Adventure Travel Group owners/operators Lise Fleury and/or Gary Bezer. Lise and Gary are your only contact from your initial inquiry to the end of your tour. Because they serve as your tour coordinators, leaders, guides, restaurant hosts and hotel and travel liaisons, there’s no disconnect between the “front office” and what happens on your tour; they do it all! You’ll have the benefit of their extensive travel and cycling experience and enjoy the places that only the locals know about.
What are accomodations like?
We carefully select smaller inns and hotels that reflect the charm and uniqueness of each region. We ensure that each inn meets our standards: comfortable rooms, secure overnight bike storage and hearty breakfasts. Accommodations are primarily 3-4 star hotels, with rooms with private bath/shower.