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83 Reviews

  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous

    DOLOMITES, LAKE GARDA & VENICE RIDE

    All in all probably the best holiday I have ever had and that includes skiing in USA & Canada.Why ?  Scenery, weather (35 deg), good bikes, the people, food, local wines but above all Michele, our guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    That's a difficult one ...... something every day, but probably cresting the valley leaving Bolzano and riding through the vineyards or was it cresting the saddle at Lake Garda or was it the last meal in Venice with Michele and family ..... so many things were magical.Overall, the simplicity of going at your own speed soaking it all in ......  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This was my first orgnised cycling trip and Michele has set the standard for my future trips.He was organised, punctual, very knowledgable about the history of the region, really looked after us, had on occassion to be firm but was always fair in order to pack everything in for the day and keep the group together.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I thought 35 deg would be too hot to ride (coming from Scotland) but it was excellent as the breeze made by cycling was suffient to keep you comfortable.No need to take your own bike on this trip as the hired ones were more than adequate and comfortable.No mechanicals or punctures - 12 people - 220 miles - not bad ? 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were given an excellent purpose-made map and guide booklet when we arrived - I think having these before we started the holiday would have given prior information about the towns and cities before we arrived at them.Other than that - perfect. 
  • Reviewed September 2012
    Anonymous

    DOLOMITES, LAKE GARDA & VENICE RIDE

    This was a well organized event, with two very conscientious leaders.  There were some slip ups, but nothing serious, and not the fault of the leaders.  One was having no hotel in Trento when we arrived, but they found a very good one nearby before too long.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the last hill!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Personable, organized, and spoke English well.  Michele was an inspiration.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring better rain gear.
  • Reviewed July 2011
    Anonymous

    DOLOMITES TO VENICE RIDE

    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 sceneryThe  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.