What to expect on a
To help you choose an appropriate level of daily challenge, we use elevation profiles to represent the route, and a challenge-rating system using symbols from the skiing world. Many of you will already be familiar with it; If not, here is a brief explanation. Note that these classifications may vary with weather and/or road conditions, and you should always arrive with a sense of fun and adventure. If you are unsure, choose a guided trip. The vehicle support can help you get over any hill, and can turn even the most difficult trip into an easy one.The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.
The most challenging trips, these include longer distances, bigger hills, long hikes, exposed paddling, and full days of activity. We recommend a higher degree of fitness and training to make the most of the experience.
There is also a rare double black diamond, reserved for only the most difficult adventures.
• Small group or private tours with van support
• Full-day local guides (1:6 ratio or better; often 1:4)
• Daytime picnics and snacks
• All lodging and breakfasts
• Most dinners
• Keep your own pace
Guided groups are best if you like all day guide support and a small group of other people with whom to enjoy your holiday. You can choose from the proposed dates, or request new dates either privately or available to others.
• Private travel with luggage transfers
• On-call service
• All lodging and breakfasts
• Daily contact or briefing
• Lifts when necessary or desired
• Choose your own dates
Self-guided trips are best if you like more independence and privacy, but still want your luggage moved between inns, and you want someone nearby to help in case of difficulty or emergency. We do not propose fixed dates for self-guided trips, but we do add them to our calendar once you have booked, in case others want the quick confirmation of following the same route on the same dates. A driver is assigned to move your luggage,and can include one “boost” per day when your luggage is moved. You will normally be expected to ride the entire prescribed route each day, and to be more independent than on a guided trip, but your driver will be on call to help if necessary (extra cost may apply).
If you are using one of our rental bikes, you can expect a well-maintained bike in good condition, and our attention to make sure it stays so. If you bring your own bike, you will be responsible for all repairs, and we strongly recommend a thorough, professional tune-up before you commence your trip.
If you expect to need extra service on a consistent basis, please consider a guided or private guided trip. We can normally accommodate your new dates.
Custom Groups, Families, & Special Interest Adventures
We welcome private requests, and will adapt with enthusiasm to your personalized needs. You can start with the itineraries we already have in place, and with enough notice can offer them on your own dates. You can also request something altered or entirely new for you, your family, or your group. If there are youngsters or elders, we alter the pace, and sometimes the plan, to suit them. If you want other families or people to join, we will do our best to attract them; please give us as much advance booking as you can! There are discounts available when three or more people share a room.
Choosing a New Date for an Existing Itinerary
You can add a new date to our schedule at any time. We will confirm it quickly,and will guarantee the departure for you, based on the conditions below. We will then advertise the trip to attract others to join, unless you want it kept private. The more lead time you give us, the better the chances of growing an enthusiastic group to travel with you.
How we Guarantee your Adventure
We require a minimum of two people to operate a self-guided or four people to operate a guided trip at the advertised price. If, a month or so before the trip starts, the minimum has not been met, you may be given the following choices:
- If there are fewer than four on a guided trip, you can simply switch to the self-guided version. We can switch back to guided if there are four or more registrants in time.
- Switch to another trip in the same year.
- Choose a private guided trip at a 20% price premium (2-3 participants).
- Cancel for a full refund.
Several adventures each year become dedicated to solo travelers. Those not specifically advertised as such are usually comprised of a combination of couples and singles. If one of the designated trips does not suit your preferences, call us. We can tell you about how the groups are shaping up, and suggest the best options for you. Once you choose to join a trip, it can raise the enthusiasm for others joining the same trip, especially if you make plans well ahead of time.
We provide excellent nutrition for hungry adventurers. Breakfasts are always included. On self-guided trips, we provide the information you need to make good lunch and dinner choices. On guided trips most lunches and dinners are included (apart from alcohol). We prepare picnics for you along the route, we provide healthy snacks for between meals, and we dine at the best restaurants we know, making exceptions only when the freedom to explore is the most appropriate option. We ask you for information about your dietary restrictions and preferences before you arrive. Vegetarians, seafood lovers, children, and discriminating palates can usually be well accommodated. If you have specific dietary needs, such as kosher or very restrictive diets, please ask before booking.
"The food was fantastic! Picnics were wholesome, tasty, unique, and fun. Restaurants we visited were all very, very good." - Andre & Paula R.