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Cycle the Cotswolds

Cormano CYCLE THE COTSWOLDS ~ 6 DAY SELF-GUIDED ITINERARY,
From Euro 1095.00 pps

Our Cycle The Cotswolds bike tour offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the best of the Cotswolds and pedal at your own pace. This is a magical mix of must see Cotswolds highlights and the hidden gems that dot this fabulous landscape. Your carefully chosen hotels are the best in the Cotswolds, providing wonderful cuisine and a relaxing environment to rest weary feet at the end of the day.

Day 1: North Cotswolds Introductory Ride
Guests arrive at lunchtime in Moreton in Marsh, a 90 minute direct journey from London Paddington. Our guides will meet you at the station and settle you into your hotel. We give you a full and detailed briefing on the tour and set you off on an introductory afternoon ride around the stunning North Cotswolds.
Mileage: 20 miles

Day 2: Golden Stoned Chipping Campden and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Guests ride through the beautiful countryside, through Broad Campden, famous for its topiary, and onto to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, with its honey coloured medieval buildings and market hall, built on the back of the wool trade. Our route takes you through to the wonderful Hidcote Gardens and its eccentric series of American inspired ‘outdoor rooms’. For those wishing to cycle further, you can ride down a disused railway line right into the heart of Stratford itself, the birthplace of Shakespeare, and also where he is buried. The route then winds its way back through the Cotswolds to your hotel in Moreton in Marsh.
Mileage: 20-40 miles

Day 3: Broadway Tower, Cotswolds Villages, The Slaughters’ Mill
Guests ride out towards to Broadway Tower, a striking folly perched on the top of the Cotswold escarpment, from where you can see 16 counties and all the way to Wales. Today’s route takes guests through the glorious Cotswold countryside, winding its way through tiny picturesque villages, including the famous Lower Slaughter with its old Mill house and little bridge over the gently flowing river. The route circles back to guests’ hotel in Moreton in Marsh for the evening.
Mileage: 20-33 miles

Day 4: Blenheim Palace ~ Birthplace of Winston Churchill
From Moreton-in-Marsh you cycle out over rolling hills to the palatial country birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site, is surrounded by a magnificent 2000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped estate, and you can cycle directly up to the Palace itself along its serpentine lakes and twisting paths. After an afternoon of exploring the palace, our route lead you to your new hotel in the pretty market town of Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds.
Mileage: 23-38 miles

Day 5: The Windrush Valley, Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Arlington Row
Bike out along the Windrush Valley, commonly known at the “Happy Valley” through beautiful little towns and villages, including Bourton on the Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds), Northleach, Bibury (the village that Henry Ford loved so much he wanted to ship back to the USA!) and circle back to Burford for the evening.

Day 6: Cotswolds, Bampton Village, Oxford, Farewells and Ongoing Travel
Today is a half day on the bike. Guests head out on a wonderfully flat route through the Cotswolds to the beautiful Cotswold town of Bampton, home to the hit show Downton Abbey – the village where all the outside filming is completed! Sadly this afternoon we bid you farewll. Following the morning’s cycle we transfer you to Oxford to continue with their ongoing travel arrangements.
Mileage: 15 miles

Accommodations

Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour

Our Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour is a triple delight, blazing a new trail in luxury biking in the West of Ireland. This is one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara
Gregans Castle ~ Inis Meáin Suites~Ballynahinch Castle
Luxe Country Lodge, Island Retreat & Castle Hotel
7 Days / 6 Nights Self Led Bike Tour

Introduction

Explore the limestone plateaus with breathtaking views over the Burren mountain’s and Galway Bay, onward to Inis Meain, Aran Islands and continue to Connemara where you cycle through remote mountain passes, beaches and lakes. The surprise element of Our Wild Atlantic Way Bike Tour is the award winning, luxury accommodations and the gourmet delights that await you at the end of each day! Some of Ireland’s top chefs and restaurants at each of our chosen locations.

Come join us on this terrific Wild Atlantic Adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Our Wild Atlantic Way bike tour  provides you with a terrific biking experience through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara and blends this with award winning menus and Chef’s tastings at the end of each day. Immerse in the history, the culture and local produce of the West of Ireland: a magical combination.

In the Burren, you will the Cliffs of Moher Geopark experience,  stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort! Sample local farmhouse cheeses, smoked Burren Salmon, organic. locally grown produce, burren beef and much more.

Inis Meáin, The Aran Islands, a timeless island in an endless sea showcases weathered monuments, great labyrinths of limestone, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. As the least developed of the three Aran Islands, its landscape, culture, and history can be explored in peace and at the visitor’s own pace.

“I have decided that Ireland is my favorite place on Earth! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the bike tour. It was so beautiful and amazing! I really want to go again”. Kelly Christensen, Colorado

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland: the Burren region, the Aran Islands and Connemara. We meet in the village of Ballyvaughan at you first overnight tour accommodation. Further details and transfer options will be sent to you upon booking your tour. Welcome meeting and bike fit out with briefing in the late afternoon. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballyvaughan in the heart of the Burren at the Award winning Gregan’s Castle Hotel (2 nights). Warm Up Bike Ride: 12 miles

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
This day is designed a leisurely day to bring you into the heart of the Burren, explore Ailwee Caves and the Wild Bird sanctuary where you can watch the falcons fly. A day of history and scenery, of ancient ring forts and dolmans. Onward to the environmental initiative of The Burren – the Burren Interpretative Centre in Kilfenora. Discover a world of wildlife, folklore, ancient archaeology and wonderful plant life. Explore Kilfenora Cathedral and Celtic High Crosses. Overnight in Ballyvaughan at Gregan’s Castle Hotel. Daily Miles: Minimum 22

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes taking you to the towering Cliffs of Moher. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse are amongst just some of the points of interest you view along the route this morning. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical and remote Inis Meáin Island, where Gaelic is the spoken language. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland. Overnight for the next two nights at Inis Meáin Suites. Daily miles: 19 miles & ferry boat ride

DAY 4: Island Exploration
As the island is just 5km by 3km, it is easily explorable by foot and bicycle. explore the many internal roads which wind through tiny stone-walled fields. The island is a haven for outdoor types looking for a “get away from it all” experience in a unique landscape. Home to a close-knit irish-speaking community, the island features many historical and cultural sights of note, and inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst hosting unusual, wild, flora and fauna. Shopping at the world-renowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company factory store and socializing in the traditional island pub add to the attraction of Inis Meáin as a refreshing and unique destination. The Island also offers Pre-Christian stone forts, beehive huts, ancient burial grounds, Synge’s house, Harry Clarke Studio stained-glass windows, and many more. Daily Miles: walking, hiking and biking mix today

Day 5: Ferry Boats and Foxes
Mid Day departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. You traverse a route bordered by heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. Picnic lunch is possible en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Overnight in Recess, Connemara at one of Ireland’s favourite hotels: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 36 miles with extensions possible.

DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara where traditional Galway Hooker, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. Coastal loop ride via Roundstoneand  Ballyconneely village ~ stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. Bike to the Alcock and Brown monument, dedicated to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 from New Foundland. Returning to Clifden via Ballynahinch Castle hotel by way of the scenic bog road where sheep are your only distraction! Overnight in Connemara at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: minimum 25

DAY 6: Departure
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire. Please also see our ‘trip arrival and departure’ instructions’ for transport options.

 

 

 

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Trip Highlights

  • A stunning Coast to Coast Scotland bike tour from Aberdeen to Applecross
  • Quiet roads, testing climbs and superb descents in stunning landscapes.
  • Scenic Cairngorms National Park.
  • Boat tour on the Iconic Loch Ness.
  • Amazing mountains of Torridon.
  • Fully supported

Aberdeen ~ Cairngorms National Park ~ Lough Ness ~ Applecross ~ Inverness

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Price: from £1,895 per person sharing

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

ITINERARY

This stunning Coast to Coast Scotland bike tour is not for the faint-hearted. It is a biking adventure that will take you on a coast to coast journey, from Aberdeen to Applecross and Inverness.

A combination of challenging climbs, magnificent descents offering stunning scenery each day. Combine this with along with a variety of quintessential cultural experiences, ranging from castles and distilleries to a fantastic boat trip trip along Loch Ness, this is sure to be holiday to remember.

Day 1: Aberdeen to Ballater

Early morning meet and greet at Aberdeen Train Station this morning. We begin our journey across Scotland.  A transfer takes us to our start point, on the shores of the North Sea. We begin with a  group welcome, bike fit out and a briefing from your guide. This is followed by a bike ride along the quiet South Deeside roads, arriving at the scenic village of Banchory in time for a riverside lunch.  The riverside bike ride continues,  along the River Dee, leading us to the village of Ballater. A wlecome dinner awaits. (L, D)

Distance: 64km / 40 miles, Ascent: 670m / 2,189ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 2: Biking in Cairngorms National Park

This morning, there are a few hills, including some challenging climbs rewarded with superb descents. Climbing over the Lecht pass you take a break Tomintoul village, the highest village in the Highlands. It’s also home to one of Scotland’s best whisky shops which is well worth a visit. This is followed with an easy end of day ride to the village of Grantown on Spey and your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Distance: 93km/ 58 miles Ascent: 1342m/ 4,405ft

Day 3: Grantown-on-Spey to Fort Augustus

Today starts easily with a pleasant ride through the villages of Dulnain Bridge and Carrbridge.  Following a fantastic country road, we climb over the challenging Garbole where the views of the Highlands open up. A quick descent to the village of Farr, followed by quiet backroads alongside the iconic shores of Loch Ness. We love our 5 mile descent to end the day, dropping us down to the shores of Loch Ness. From here, we transfer to our accommodation in the village of Drumnadrochit.  A well earned dinner awaits. (B, L, D)

Distance: 88km/ 55 miles Ascent: 1009m/ 3,312 ft

Day 4:  Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

This morning is a restful start. Mid-morning, we board a zodiac for a high speed trip on Loch Ness, passing historical Urquhart Castle, nestled on the shores of the loch. This is followed with a bike ride  along a lovely road alongside the River Glass.  We wind our way through the countryside to our accommodation secluded in the hills above Contin. (B, L, D)

Distance: 65km/ 41 miles Ascent: 594m/ 1,950 ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 5: Into West Highlands

This morning we climb away from the shores of Loch a’Chroisg, rewarded with one of the finest views right down the length of the spectacular Loch Maree. This descent is an absolute blast on a perfect road surface arriving at Kinlochewe. Late afternoon we ride  through the dramatic Glen Torridon. Here, the scenery offeres us the majestic mountains of Liathach and Beinn Eighe. We gently climb across the watershed, we get our first glimpse of the west coast. We end the day in the village of Shieldaig, your overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Distance: 69km/ 43 miles Ascent: 596m/ 1,958 ft

Day 6: The Applecross Peninsula

This mornings ride is a coastal one from Torridon to Shieldaig. We continue south through the hills on a winding single track road reaching the start of our final, challenging climb: The Bealach na Ba. Alpine in nature, this route crosses the rugged peak of Beinn Bhàn. Starting from sea level and rising through a series of ramps, hairpins and switchbacks to the summit at 626m (2,054ft) over a 6 mile climb. From the summit the views are panoramic, stretching accross the sea downhill all the way to the coast and journey’s end. Your Coast to Coast journey ends with a celebratory lunch at the legendary Applecross Inn. With views over the sea to the Isle of Skye, it’s the perfect end to an amazing trip.  (B, L, D)

Distance: 40km/ 25 miles Ascent: 973m/ 3,193 ft

Coast to Coast Scotland Bike Tour

Day 7: Farewell

Sadly today we bid you farewll. This morning we will have a leisurely breakfast before transferring to Inverness. The journey takes us around 1.5 hours, arriving into the city around 12 noon. You continue with your onward journey from here. (B)

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details and booking information. 

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Treasures of the Highlands

MULTI-ACTIVITY FAMILY ADVENTURE

Self Drive Tour
7 days, 6 nights from £1,215 per person sharing

This activity filled family adventure promises to be a big hit for all of the family. Immerse the family is a land of myths and legends, castle ruins, spectacular scenery and wildlife. Enjoy sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and all with knowledgeable guides. All activities are suitable for beginners.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE FORT WILLIAM

Your adventure begins at Fort William, a great location to use as a base for exploring the West Highlands. As this is a self-drive itinerary, you make your way to Fort William in the West Highlands. If you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you can drive via the stunning Glencoe valley. Or, if you are starting from Inverness, you will drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and is nestled  in the shadow of Ben Nevis. . Settle into your B&B accommodation and overnight.

DAY 2: THE HARRY POTTER STEAM TRAIN

A relaxing day to recover from your journey. After breakfast, don your wizard cloaks and grab your wands and jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train – also known as the Hogwarts Express – the Harry Potter steam train –  to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Sit back and enjoy the immense and spectacular landscape as you cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct on your way west. A lunch stop in the fishing port of Mallaig provides the perfect break  before you return to Fort William.
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DAY 3: SEA KAYAKING TO DESERT ISLANDS

Your first adventure activity is today’s sea kayaking on the beautiful coastline, in the Sound of Arisaig.  Here we will find lots of tiny desert islands, quite possibly with hidden treasure buried somewhere! This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as seals, otters or even dolphins. You will have lots of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired. Late afternoon, return to Fort William. (B)

DAY 4: CANOEING IN THE GREAT GLEN

A fun day, starting and finishing near Fort William. Your first stop will be Neptune’s Staircase – the impressive series of 8 canal lock-gates where the Caledonian Canal meets the shore of Loch Eil. Here you collect your canoe equipment and start with a canal-side briefing on how to paddle canoes. Then jump in and paddle north up the canal, enjoying the easy paddling on the calm canal waters and the beautiful views of the  hills, including the north face of Ben Nevis – the highest peak in Scotland. On reaching Gairlochy you’ll be collected and transferred back to the start point. Fort William.

 

DAY 5: CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK – MOUNTAIN BIKING

Driving east this morning to the Cairngorms National Park, 1 hour & 30 minutes away,  you have time to stop for a short walk or visit a whisky distillery. Grab lunch and then you meet your guide and pick up your bikes. We’ll take our mountain bikes on an off-road journey thorugh ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Rothiemurchus Estate. through the ancient forests, seeking out the wildlife as we ride. The trails  are well-known for wildlife, including reindeer, golden eagles, red deer, squirrels and ospreys. All in all la great biking day through magnificent scenery.

DAY 6: HIKING AND TREASURE HUNTING

During the week you will have been collecting clues as part of your great treasure hunt! Today is teh day to find the treasure! So today is the day you try our geocaching – learning basic navigation skills and then using them, combined with the clues we have already gathered, to find the treasure. So today, we take you on a guided hike, geocaching and treasure hunting along the way. Tonight, enjoy your last night in the Cairngorms.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE… OR CONTINUE WITH AN EXTENSION

Sadly today we bid you all farewell. You begin your journey home. Or if you prefer to remain in the area and do some additional exploring, we are happy to be of assistance in planning your extended stay.

Beautiful Tuscany

Our Beautiful Tuscany Bike tour is a luxury, guided bike tour that captures the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region. A stylish and unique experience!

Montepulciano ~ Pienza ~ Val d’Orcia
7 Day / 6 Night, Guided Tour

This tour has captured the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region.  Starting at the beautiful Villa Marsili, in Cortona, this tour lets you discover Montepulciano, Pienza and Val d’Orcia through a landscape of sculpted curves created over the centuries by wind, rain, and man. The mystique of this land lies not only in its landscape, but also in its nature, its vineyards and its history: oak woods, olive groves and vineyards overlook enchanting hillsides, medieval villages and historical monuments. Each day you rise, enjoy excellent coffee, cycle for five or six hours in the fresh air and spend the night in a warm, welcoming inn.  The tour ends on a high note in the magnificent city of Siena.

Day 1: Cortona

Nice to meet you! Transfer from Chiusi station to the charming Villa Marsili where your bike fitting and tour introductions  take place. Explore this delightful hill town, made famous by Frances Mayes in her bestselling novel ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Stroll through the winding narrow (and steep! ) medieval streets, then enjoy a fabulous welcome dinner at Le Loggette in main square.

Day 2: Lake Trasimeno and Val di Pierle

Your bike tour to Trasimeno lake begins with cycling to Val di Pierle and its splendid castle or “Rocca”. The castle was built prior to the 10th century and belonged to the marquises of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.  Then enjoy an uphill cycle to the top of Cima di Tuoro from where you will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Lake and its islands before beginning your welcome descent. Distance 52 km/32.5 miles.

Day 3: Pienza and Montepulciano  

Today you bike to  Montepulciano and explore rolling hills before climbing to Pienza.  Ride from Cortona to Montepulciano, a jewel in southern Tuscany and stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town. Bold cypress trees line our route to the Orcia valley where you bike through the fields that inspired Renaissance painters. Distance 50 km/ 31 miles…

 

Day 4: Val d’Orcia and Radicofani   

Enjoy a loop bike tour in the  Orcia valley and a climb to Radicofani, a medieval and enchanting village with ‘Rocca’ dating to 1200.  Then head downhill to Contignano. On the way back have a “pecorino” –  sheep milk cheese tasting –  at Pianporcino organic farm. Distance 66 km/41 miles.

Day5: Montalcino and Brunello wine

Cycle downhill to the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa and unique town, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo. The famed wine town of Montalcino is a highlight: from its fortress see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Once back in the saddle you are on your way to a winery where you will enjoy the local brunello. Distance 45 km/28 miles.

Day 6: Monte Oliveto Abbey & Siena 

Enjoy the downhill ride from Montalcino, stop at Giovanni d’asso, an ancient borgo (burough)  famous worldwide for its valuable white truffle, is rich with farms, hamlets and castles, reminiscent of the colours of the paintings of the Renaissance. Afterwards, you’ll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands. Distance 55 km/34 miles.

Day 7: Siena

Arrivederci! Your bike tour has ended – explore Siena on your own before leaving by train for your next destination in Italy.

Vermont Lake Champlain Bike Tour

Our Vermont Lake Champlains Island Bike Tour is possibly one of the most scenic lakeside bike tours in North America.

Burlington~Grand Isle ~ Champlain Islands ~North Hero ~ Burlington 
6 Day / 5 Night Guided Bike Tour, from USD $1995.00 per person sharing.

Every day on this spectacular tour includes leisurely lakeside cycling and awe-inspiring views of Lake Champlain, the sixth largest (and surely one of the loveliest) lakes in the U.S. We begin by enjoying peaceful landscapes as we ride to Charlotte, then cross by ferry to ride through the nationally recognized historic village of Essex, New York.

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Enjoy stunning views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains as we bike along the renowned Burlington Bike path. Our easy cycling includes a visit to Vermont’s oldest settlement at Fort Saint Anne (and the Saint Anne Shrine), to the oldest log cabin in the nation, and to the quarry at Chazy reef where the oldest fossils in the world are located.

We can enjoy a visit to Snow Farm Vineyard and always include the ever-popular option of riding north into Canada (bring your passport!). We also include an afternoon of professionally guided kayaking along the quiet shores of the lake.

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ITINERARY

The inns on this tour are as wonderful as the biking. We spend our first two nights at the Lang House in Burlington, a handsome 19th-century Victorian inn and one of the premier B & Bs in Vermont. Our last three nights we stay at the historic North Hero House.This lakeside inn, once the county court house and town hall, is now a local favorite that provides comfortable rooms and excellent three Diamond dining.

DAY ONE: Welcome to Vermont!
Arrival to the beautiful college town of Burlington.  Overnight at the Lang House, a historic inn built in 1881, steeped in local history. Dinner is at 7 pm and is followed by an introductory meeting with your leaders.

 

McClurkin Room at the Lang House on Main Street

 

DAY TWO: Spectacular Views and Lakeshore Biking
Monday’s ride takes us along quiet roads with great views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains to the Village of Charlotte,  stopping at the 160 year old Old Brick Store offering a vast array of Vermont products and great penny candy!

From here we bike to the Charlotte-Essex Ferry for a short ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Essex, New York. This is your first close glimpse of this fabulous 108-mile-long lake that will be your companion for the next several days. Discovered on July 4, 1609 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, this is the sixth largest lake in the U.S. and while it seems rather peaceful and quiet today, in earlier times it witnessed a great deal of tumultuous history.

After your 20-minute ferry ride you arrive in Essex, New York, where buildings on the main street comprise one of the most intact collections of pre-Civil War architecture in America. There is an antique store, a potter, an ice cream store etc. Lunch at the Old Dock Restaurant or picnic in the park.

Return to Vermont, biking over a one-way covered bridge, with vistas of the lake, ending the day with an organic wine tasting at the Shelburne Vineyard. You are on your own for dinner this evening and can select from several local options in Burlington within walking distance of the inn. Overnight at Lang House. Distance: 28, 34 or 44 miles

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DAY THREE: Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands
Today we start our cycling on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront Bike Path along the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the city of Burlington to the right. From here we are transported to Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands.

Lunch at the Accidental Farmer and a visit to the Allenholm Farmstand. From here we wind our way along the western shore of the lake and then cross a drawbridge leading into North Hero a charming 19th century village.  Explore Hero’s Welcome General Store, a quintessential general store located in a century-old building on the shore of the lake.  Overnight at North Hero House described as a ‘jewel in the crown of the Lake Champlain islands’. Distance: 33 miles

DAY FOUR: Loop ride to Canada and Back!
Today we enjoy a pleasant ride north to Alburg and then head north for an optional ride into Canada (bring your passport!). One Canadian highlight is our visit to Fromagerie Kaiser, a boutique cheese and bread shop and a great place to have a picnic before cycling back on a loop to the United States. From here West Shore Road leads down another beautiful side of the lake and to Alburg Dunes State Park. This 625-acre property is named for the sand dunes located along the long south-facing natural sand beach and we cycle along a tree shaded “beach road” before riding our last few miles back to North Hero. Distance: 25 or 46 miles

DAY FIVE: Bike and Kayak
Today we explore historic Isle la Motte biking via  “The Carrying Place” on Lake Champlain, a narrow point that was used by Native Americans to traverse canoes between sections of Lake Champlain. It was also used by rum smugglers!  Crossing the bridge over Alburg Passage we then ride the narrow neck and bridge leading onto Isla La Motte. Here we visit the site of Fort Saint Anne and Saint Anne’s Shrine, built by the French in 1666 as protection against Mohawk Indian raids and was the first white settlement in Vermont.

Leaving St. Anne we continue to hug the island shore with great views west into the Adirondacks. You can opt for a visit to the Fiske Farm and Quarry Preserve where old quarries have exposed outcroppings of the Chazy reef formation. This is the world’s oldest coral reef (450,000,000 years old and nearly a mile long).

After completing our ride we return to the North Hero House to enjoy an included professionally instructed and guided afternoon of kayaking on the beautiful eastern bays of Lake Champlain, often including a stop on Butler Island so we can hike the beautiful pathways and stretch our legs. Distance: 20 or 25 miles and kayaking

DAY SIX: Sadly We Bid Your Farewell
Today’s shorter ride takes us back over the drawbridge and then along the eastern shore of the islands where we enjoy spectacular views of the Green Mountains across the lake. We end the ride at the farmstead of the Accidental Farmer, enjoying some fresh fruit or a sandwich before our transfer back to Burlington. Distance: 19 miles

Treasures of Tuscany

Pienza~Montalcino~Val d’Orcia~Sorano~Sovano
7 Day/ 6 Nights Guided Tour, from Euro 2590.00 per person sharing

One of the top ten bike tours of Italy, our Treasures of Tuscany introduces you to the treasures of southern Tuscany, such as Montalcino and Pienza and then ride into a vastly unknown, wild and remote tuscan region: Maremma, the Wild West of Tuscany. Here we introduce you the famous Brunello and the Morellino wines of Tuscany.

Tuscan-Scene

Day 1: Pienza

We meet at Chiusi and transfer to your hotel in Pienza, the purest renaissance town in the world, welcoming meet and greet and bike fitting. Your hotel occupies a 15th-century convent in the center of town. Meet your guides and get to know the rest of the group for the bike tour. Overnight at La Bandita Townhouse, a luxury hotel tucked inside the hostoric centre of Pienza. Dinner at la Bandita restaurant.

Day 2: Montalcino & Brunello Wine

Start the bike trip on a long descent into the rolling green pastures of the Val d’Orcia, followed by a hearty uphill stretch that takes us to picturesque Bagno Vignoni, the main square is actually a thermal pool! Continue on to secluded country Sant’Antimo Abbey, pedaling through the fortress walls into Montalcino. Distance: 70 km/43 miles. Dinner at la foce Dopolavoro ~ excellent!

Day 4: Orcia Valley and San Casciano dei Bagni Hot Springs

Today is a rustic and rural bike ride ~  for the first 15 km your bike tour is downhill and after easy gentle rolling hills. We ride to Radicofani, an old little town on a top of a hill that overlooks the Orcia Valley and it is situated along the ancient Francigena road. The Orcia Valley is listed on UNESCO World Heritage for its well-preserved landscapes. After lunch at the hill town continue to Celle sul Rigo we visit the San Casciano Bagni hot spring. Dinner  at local restaurant ‘da Daniela.’ Overnight at San Casciano’s Fonteverde resort, an exclusive 17th century property. Distance: 53 km/ 33 miles

Day 5: Sorano & Sovana

This morning brings a lovely bike ride through tiny villages and borgos. The highlight today is Sorano, a collection of small and ancient homes gathered around a fortress erected in the 16th century by the Orsini family. The castle is one of the best surviving examples of Tuscan military architecture. Overnight in Sovano, at the Sovano Resort, an elegant and intimate hotel.  Distance: 51 km/31 miles

Day 6: Scansano & Pitigliano

Today we visit Pitigliano~ a pristine warren of elegant palaces and surprisingly broad cobble stoned streets, nicknamed Tuscany’s Little Jerusalem in honor of the vibrant Jewish community. Back on your saddle and continue to Scansano which is set in a scenic location between Saturnia and the sea. Most famous for Morellino, a ruby red wine with a full bodied bouquet. We visit the wine cellars at the Erik Banti Winery. Return to Sovano for our farewell dinner. Distance 45km/28 miles

Day 6: Farewell!

After a farewell breakfast all together we arrange transfer to train station

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Villa Boscarello

Villa Boscarello is private villa ideally located for visiting the most famous art and historical cities in Tuscany including Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona as well as the Chianti wine towns of Castellina, Radda and Greve.

The Villa is a great example of a large traditional Tuscan Villa dating back to the 1700’s. it is situated in the area of the Crete Senesi, 35 km south east of Siena, on the top of a hill commanding extensive views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside to the towns of Montalcino, Radicofani, the cathedral of S.Anna in Camprena, Montisi, Trequanda, the Gallico castle, Serre di Rapolano, the Mount Amiata and Siena.

The villa is part of a large wine producing estate but is completely independent and private. The surrounding land is organically farmed and guests staying at Villa Boscarello are welcome to take part in wine and olive oil tastings and tours of the estate. Moreover, for those interested in truffles, this is an area where the precious and rare “white truffle” grows naturally. Morning truffle hunting in  private truffle fields can also be arranged.

Cooking courses can be organised. Participants can learn how to prepare simple, tasty dishes with seasonal local ingredients. Recipes are explained step by step with a translation in English upon request so guests can get ‘hands on’ experience of preparing a complete Tuscan meal from the starters to the dessert. At the end of the cooking course guests are treated to a delicious dinner where they can taste all the dishes they have made.

The medieval village of Trequanda, with its ruined castle dating back to 1200, is just a few minutes drive. The village, with a restaurant, shops, small supermarket and petrol station, is picturesque on its hill surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves.

A large private garden surrounds the property. The swimming pool is private to this property and along with fabulous views, has plenty of poolside furniture including loungers and umbrellas.
The villa can be rented out to a maximum of 16 people or the villa plus Bellaria to a maximum of 20 people. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Enchanting Puglia

Our Enchanting Puglia Bike Tour is a luxury guided tour to a beautiful part of Italy. Puglia, the spur and heel of Italy’s boot, is an ideal cycling territory due to its mainly flat terrain.  It is also a food lover’s paradise, with a cuisine closely linked its local produce such as great olive oil and wine, sea food, chicory and  fava beans.

Alberobello  ~ Ostuni ~  Lecce
Luxury Guided  Tour,  7 Days/ 6 Nights

On this food and wine focused bike tour you will enjoy and learn how to cook regional specialties with a local chef including handmade Orecchiette pasta. With dishes enlivened with seafood, fruity green olive oil, fresh green vegetables and huge, bursting tomatoes, it is easy to see why Puglian cuisine is considered to be one of the most enviably healthy diets in Europe!

Here you will find wine produced from the Primitivo di Manduria, a distant cousin of California’s Zinfandel grape and Salice Salentino, a powerful red wine made primarily with Negro Amaro. Discover the unique trulli dwellings in the Itria valley, roaming the rural countryside: whitewashed houses with conical stone roofs which blend into the well-tended orchards and vineyards of this vast and historic landscape.

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia!

Welcome to Puglia! Following your transfer to the villa, there will be a briefing and a custom fitting for you to your bikes. Take a short test ride to the old town of Ostuni for delicious welcome dinner at restaurant ‘la taverna della gelosia’. You will be based at the stylish and unique Masseria Cervarolo, complete with trulli is a fortified Puglian working farm, built in the 16th century, just 6 km from Ostuni village.

Day 2: Alberobello and a Cooking Lesson

This morning we bike out to Cisternino, one of the most lovely and chic hilltop towns in Puglia, soaking in sweeping views of the beautiful Itria Valley. Enjoy the peaceful countryside while riding past olive groves and rock-scattered fields to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello with its fascinating trulli – stone houses with conical roofed topped with pinnacles or spheres. Distance 60 km/37,5 miles.

Day 3: Castellana grotte

Take a tour to the cool limestone caves of Grotte di Castellana, skirting the ocean on an relaxed flat ride past ancient olive groves and along the Adriatic coast to the pre- Roman and Roman archaeological site of Egnazia, Savelletri & Torre a Canne on the coast. The laid back pace of today’s rides allows you to take time to charmed by the sky blue of the sea which seems to melt into the white of the calcareous rock dotted. landscape. Distance 57km/36miles.

Day 4: Castellaneta and Matera

Today your destination is the ancient (even from an Italian point of view!) cave dwellings centre of Sassi di Matera. Cycle through beautiful countryside in the Murge park, with its many restored and ruined trulli, pausing in Palagianello and Castellaneta, the birthplace of Rodolfo Valentino. Here take a slight detour to see the striking “gravina” or canyon at the edge of town. Finish the day with a guided walking tour of the stunning sassi of Matera, cave dwellings dating back to the troglodyte era. Distance 82 km/51miles.

Day 5: Martina France and Olive Oil Tasting

Take a cycling tour to Martina Franca and the beautiful val d’ Itria. The former is a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, well preserved Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo. This region is world renowned for its high quality olive oil, and so on the way back stop at Frantoio d’amico for a tasting and lunch. Distance 45km/ 28 miles.

Day 6: Lecce and wine tour in Salento

Cycle at a relaxed pace to the pink city of Lecce, taking a secondary road to Cellino San Marco in order to fit in a tasting session at a winery. After lunch transfer 20 minutes to Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province for an tour of the incomparable baroque architecture. After the visit we will return home for a memorable farewell cooking lesson and dinner at your villa accommodation, accompanied, of course by excellent wine. Distance 62 km/38,5 miles.

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!

After a farewell breakfast all together at your villa we provide transfer to Bari airport/train station.

Discover the Flavours of Sardinia

Our Flavours of Sardinia Bike tour is a culinary adventure that combines cycling on the Mediterranean Island, exploring its historic sites and an unforgettable gourmet adventure. Come Join Us!

Bottarga ~ Culurgiones ~Malloreddus ~Cannonau
Guided Tour – 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Discover the best flavors of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, through all stages of cooking, from the choice of ingredients through to preparation. In addition to cooking classes, reserved for you with the most renowned chef of the  island, we will take part in Sardinian olive oil, wine and cheese tasting. While cuisine is a focus of this trip, there are also historic and natural highlights to enjoy.  Work up an appetite  while cycling through fantastic scenery, such as the Montiferru or the plain of Arborea and explore the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharos and the famous archaeological site of Barumini, where there is the Nuragic town Su Nuraxi.

Day 1: Santu Lussurgiu & bue rosso
Meet at Oristano, before taking a  private transfer to Santu Lussurgiu for your bike fitting! Take an optional bike tour test or walk: the village is developed around the small rustic church of Santa Croce (built in 1158) with characteristic historic structures such as an amphitheater and steep narrow cobbled lanes making it an ideal spot for exploration! This evening, treat yourself to your first gourmet dinner of the tour – taste the local cheese and the fabulous ‘Stinco di Bue Rosso’

Day 2: Cuglieri & Malvasia
Today we will bike along country roads passing through small villages such as Magomadas and Cuglieri before reaching the famous Siete Fuentes water sources in San Leonardo, where we can relax in the woods. Soon we will arrive on the top of Montiferru, admiring the great plateau of Ghilarza while descending. Return to Santu Lussurgiu and prepare for your first cooking class. Our chef Riccardo Porceddu will introduce you to the preparation of ravioli Culurgiones and capocollo di suino . Distance: 64 km/40 miles.

Day 3: Oristano & Vernaccia
After breakfast you’ll have time to visit the village before we set of on our bikes: in the morning it is filled with scents of homemade sweets. First we’ll pedal downhill in the region of Montiferru, a dormant volcano, passing through small towns rich in medieval history history, admiring the Campidano plain and the sea of the Sinis peninsula from the top. Finally we will arrive in Oristano, a town of fishermen and horsemen. After a wander through the cobbled streets of the city, a short transfer will take us to Cabras village, famous for the production of bottarga (Sardinian caviar), where we’ll have wine tasting at “Cantine Contini”, and will try the delicious dry wine of the area: Vernaccia di Oristano. Distance: 54 km/ 33 miles.

Day 4: Tharros & Bottarga
Our day will start in a special way: we will go with the chef Pierluigi to choose fresh products directly in Oristano open market and we’ll go on a loop with him which will take us first to the inside of the land and then to the picturesque peninsula of “Sinis”, where there are plenty of ponds and lagoons: if yo are lucky, depending on the season, you will have the chance to see wonderful pink flamingos. We’ll pass through Cabras the tour continue on to Marina di Torre Grande to taste unforgetable peppered mussels for lunch Distance: 55 km / 34 miles

Day 5: Barumini & Malloreddus
After breakfast we’ll take a relaxed ride in the region of Monte Arci.  A highlight today will be a stop at Barumini in the Marmilla area, a Nuragic city which is home to the most important and well known archeological area of the island: the Bronze Age Su Nuraxi complex. Continue on to Siddi where the chef Roberto Petza will welcome us at his renowned cooking school at the restaurant “S’Apposentu di casa Puddu” (Michelin Guide starred). We’ll  have the chance to cook our own gourmet dinner with cook pasta such as saffron malloreddus, ravioli with lettuce or tallutzas! Distance 67 km / 41.5 miles, rolling hills. 

Day 6: Costa Verde & Sheep milk Cheese
Starting from Guspini we’ll cross the Campidano by cycling along a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi. At this point we are warmed enough to face the hills of Costa Verde. Continue on until we reach the little fishing villages of Porto Palma, Tunaria and Portu Maga; here we will stop for a cheese tasting at Funtanazza farm, to try the pecorino cheese which is only produced from the black sheep of Arbus area. Afterwards we will take our last climb to Montevecchio, an old mining village. The mines of Montevecchio are now an important site of industrial archaeology and a part of the historic Parco Geominerario Distance: 70 km/43.5 miles

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour!
After a farewell breakfast all together we will  arrange  for your private transfer to Cagliari airport or town