This cycle trip was in most parts beautiful. The first three days coming through the Dolomites was beautiful with off road cycle routes made it an absolute joy. The others day were mostly beautiful too, along the canal river route but there were a couple of long stretches on busy roads which were not so good but mostly beautiful cycling.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The stunning scenery of being up near the Austrian border and being in cool fresh clean air.
Off road, down hill, cycle paths through stunning scenery
The evening and day we had in Venice, it has to be the most beautiful city in the world. My top tip is to keep away from the main tourist parts and just explore the back routes.
Great Great food and at least two ice creams a day!
My morning expresso en route
- What did you think of your group leader?
- He was fine, lacked the Joie de Vivre that I think is so important for a Tour Leader, but he could mend bikes and read a map.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It is all in the Trip dossier, what to take etc. I would recommend a Fleece for first 2 nights in mountains, as was a little chillier than I had expected in the evenings. I had also rang Exodus twice re panniers on bikes to be told there were no panniers, so brought some and in fact the bikes did have panniers to carry daytime stuff. agh!!!!annoying.
Apart from Venice which is incredibly expensive the rest of the trip the food, drinks etc were good value considering the Euro is so bad at the moment.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The dolomites are a great place to see and cycle through, stunning scenery, we had a great trip. As it is a review though I would like to add these observations -
The back up vehicle that is mentioned in the dossier was not available to us on this trip, which was fine as was not too hard the cycling but it is a bit misleading if people are relying on it.
( see Trip Notes )
The bikes were fine on this trip, they did the job but were nothing special. We had been on the Tuscany cycle trip last year and the bikes there had been good so did not bother taking ours this year. I would look into the kind of bike a bit more next year before deciding on which cycle trip to do! SO YES of course, we will be cycling again with Exodus. Every trip will have bits you prefer to others but was still a great trip in beautiful Italy with great cycling, fabulous company and just hoping Exodus can keep coming up with new bike trips every year for us to enjoy.