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					         self-guided vacations
                      by Randonnée




    making it
          simple

www.randonneetours.com
i t a l y f r a n c e u. s. a. i r e l a n d c a n a d a s p a i n




                                                                                      17 years and growing
                                                                                                                      17 years
                                                                                      I’d like to warmly welcome back both those of you who have traveled with Randonnée Tours over the past 17 years as well as our new
                                                                                      travelers. We continue to offer distinctive, self-guided active vacations in Europe, United States and Canada, and our offerings this
                                                                                      year will expand to our largest yet with exciting new tours in Ireland, France, Italy, and Spain, to name just a few!

                                                                                      We are proud to announce our partnership with Great Explorations, a company with more than 20 years of experience designing and
                                                                                      leading active trips around the globe. Through this partnership we have grown our staff, improved our bicycle fleet, expanded the range




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                                                                                      of trips we offer, and moved our headquarters to Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information about Great Explorations please
                                                                                      visit the website at www.great-explorations.com.

                                                                                      Randonnée Tours continues to offer you thoughtful trips that take the work out of travel; we look after all the arrangements, making
                                                                                      your dream cycling or walking holiday a simple reality. We’re convinced that you’ll find your next destination in this catalogue, or
                                                                                      among the more extensive listings on our web site: www.randonneetours.com.

                                                                                                                                                             Robbin McKinney, President and Owner




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     	 able	of	contents	

     	 3 about us

     	 8 where we go

     	 9 when to travel

     	11 premier european tours

     	25 north american tours
                                                 Cover photo: Chateau Chenonceau,
     	33 other tours                                           Loire Valley, France
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about us

          what is
                          Randonnée
                           Unparalled	Expertise	
                           Randonnée offers an exceptional line of self-guided active vacations
                           in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
                           Tailored	for	You
                           Each of Randonnée’s self-guided cycling, hiking, walking, and
                           multi-sport tours are custom designed by president and owner
                           Robbin McKinney and his well-traveled staff. Our customers
                           deserve the best and, no matter where you travel, our accommoda-
                           tions – the inns, chateaux, bed and breakfasts, hotels and lodges
                           – are hand picked. All the trip logistics are seamlessly prepared
                           in advance in exacting detail so that you can focus on the more
                           important parts of your trip – taking that stunning photo, learning
                                                                                                                                                                                Camino de Santiago, Spain,
                           of a rich history and culture, or selecting the perfect wine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cycling
                           The	best	of	Both	Worlds
                           Randonnée presents a balance between the freedom of traveling on
                           your own and the convenient support of an escorted tour. We offer
                           the finest choices and plenty of flexibility. You travel at your own
                           pace and let us take care of the details.




                                        Contact	us	today	and	see	how	  	
                                                     simple	it	can	be.
                                                                                                                 "I just wanted to let you know how great the trip was. I loved the small villages,
                                                                           For	more	detailed	information,		
                                                                                                                               the country-side, the culture, the people, and the accommodations"
                                                                           please	visit	www.randonneetours.com
                                                                                                                                                                        C. Aubin, Ontario – Spain cycling




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about us
             What is Self-guided Travel?                          The Advantages of Randonnée
             A	self-guided	tour	is	a	fully	organized	vacation	    There	are	many	advantages	to	self-guided		
             package	providing	a	sophisticated	style	of		         travel	with	Randonnée	including:
             travel	for	independent	travellers.	
                                                                  •	inn-to-inn	luggage	transfers	
             For	17	years,	Randonnée	has	been	taking	the	         •	prepaid	accommodation	in	lodges,	bed		       	
             time	to	do	the	planning	and	look	after	all	the	      	 and	breakfasts,	country	inns,	luxury	hotels		
             logistics.	Our	attention	to	detail	is	second	to	     	 or	chateaux
             none.	You	receive	behind-the-scenes	support	so	      •	all	breakfasts	and	typically	two	dinners
             you	can	enjoy	your	time	away.	                       •	highlighted	maps
                                                                  •	a	set	itinerary	with	room	for	flexibility
             Self-guided	is	easy.		Decide	on	the	country	or	
                                                                  •	detailed,	informative	route	instructions	for		
             region	you’d	like	to	explore,	choose	an	activity,	
                                                                  	 routes	along	scenic	country	roads	and	trails
             pick	a	date,	and	let	Randonnée	do	the	rest.
                                                                  •	tips	on	sights	and	restaurants	

             Relish	the	freedom	of	going	at	your	own	pace,	       •	historical	notes
             travel	with	exactly	whom	you	want	to	and	            •	emergency	support	just	a	phone	call	away
             experience	the	journey	in	your	own	highly	           •	fully	equipped	bicycles,	canoes	and	sea	kayaks
             individual	manner.
                                                                  Why Active Travel?
             Why Randonnée?
                                                                  Randonnée	offers	tours	custom	designed	around	
             An	owner	operated	company,	Randonnée	custom	         active	travel.	As	opposed	to	merely	visiting	a	
             designs	its	tours.	This	means	modifications	         place,	active	travel	lets	you	fully	engage	with	
             according	to	each	client’s	vision	are	always	        your	vacation.	Cycle	between	mountain	lodges	
             possible.	There	are	many	options	based	on	your	      in	the	Canadian	Rockies,	hike	inn-to-inn	
             individual	wants,	needs	or	desires.	Want	a	harder	   between	villages	on	France’s	Mediterranean	
             workout	to	burn	off	those	calories?	You	can	         coast	or	sea	kayak	from	island	to	island	in	the	
             add	extra	kilometres	to	your	schedule.	Hoping	       Gulf	Islands.	Experience	destinations	in	never	
             to	savour	more	leisure	days	of	wine	and	roses?	      before	imagined	ways.
             It’s	no	problem	to	open	up	time	in	your	itinerary.
                                                                  If	you	have	a	basic	level	of	fitness,	you	can		
                                                                  easily	enjoy	most	of	our	tours.	They’re	designed	
                                                                  to	accommodate	people	of	all	ages,	fitness	and	
                                                                  skill	levels.
                                                      	
                For	more	information	about	self-guided	
                                                                  Join	us	for	your	very	own	active	travel	adventure.
                   travel	or	more	details	on	all	our	tours	
                                                          	
                  please	visit	www.randonneetours.com	
                                                     	
                     or	give	us	a	call	at	1.800.242.1825.




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                                                                                                             where we go
                                     Randonnée	is	the	leader	in	self-guided		
                                     active	travel	in	Europe,	Canada,	and		
                                     the	United	States.

                                     Europe	
                                     We	offer	a	wide	range	of	cycling,	walking,	
                                     hiking,	multi-sport,	Walking	Discovery,	and	
                                     Short	Escape	tours	in	France.		You	can	select	
                                     from	among	the	fabled	regions	of	Dordogne,	
                                     Provence,	Burgundy,	Normandy,	Loire	Valley,	
                                     Corsica	and	the	French	Riviera.	In	Italy	
                                     we	offer	trips	to	cycle	and	stroll	under	the	
                                     Tuscan	sun	and	to	get	off	the	beaten	path	in	
                                     Umbria.		In	Spain	you	can	choose	between	
                                     the	richly	historic	Camino	de	Santiago	and	
                                     stunning	Andalucia,	while	in	Ireland	you	
                                     can	meander	among	the	romantic	moors	
                                     and	lakes	of	Donegal.

                                     North	America
                                     Canadian	tours	include	cycling,	walking,	
                                     hiking,	multi-sport,	cross-country	skiing,	
                                     and	Walking	Discovery	in	British	Columbia,	
                                     Alberta,	Ontario,	Quebec	and	Nova	Scotia.	
                                     In	the	United	States,	cycling	is	the	dominant	
                                     activity	in	both	California’s	wine	country	
                                     and	Utah’s	desert	and	canyonlands.	

                                     Worldwide
                                     These	destinations	are	only	a	starting	point.	
                                                                                      Fine Accommodations
                                     Randonnée	goes	to	many	other	locales	and	        Randonnée’s	rich	experience	in	self-guided	
                                     is	always	adding	new	and	innovative	tours.	      travel	has	resulted	in	rewarding	relationships	
                                                                                      with	its	accommodation	providers.	Many	
                                     For	updates	and	more	detailed	information	       of	the	inns,	chateaux,	bed	and	breakfasts,	
                                                                                      hotels	and	lodges	are	hand-picked.	Our	
                                     on	these	and	all	of	our	other	tours,	please	
                                                                                      regular	returns	ensure	the	rooms,	services,	
                                     visit	www.randonneetours.com.	                   and	amenities	are	up	to	par.	For	17	years	it’s	
                                                                                      been	this	kind	of	attention	to	detail	that	sets	
                                                                                      Randonnée	apart.




                               italy france u.s.a.ireland canada spain

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when to travel                                                                                                                           Mount St. Michel




           Start Dates
           Randonnée	offers	tours	for	all	seasons.	Our	tours	allow	travellers	the	flexibility		
           to	begin	on	any	day	between	the	highlighted	dates.	Start	your	journey	when		
           you	would	like	to.	It’s	simple.


            EUROPE START DATES

                               Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr May Jun   Jul   Aug Sept Oct    Nov Dec
            Dordogne
            Provence
            Burgundy
            Normandy
            French Riviera
            Corsica
            Andalucia
            Santiago
            De Compostela
            Cinque Terre
            Tuscany
            Umbria
            Ireland



            NORTH AMERICAN START DATES

                               Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr May Jun   Jul   Aug Sept Oct    Nov Dec
            British Columbia
            Canadian Rockies
                                                                                                  Not	all	our	destinations		
            Ontario
                                                                                                  and	adventures	are	listed		
            Quebec
                                                                                                  in	this	catalogue.	For	more	
            Nova Scotia
                                                                                                  information,	please	visit	
            Utah
                                                                                                  www.randonneetours.com		
            California
                                                                                                  or	call	1.800.242.1825




italy france u.s.a. ireland canada spain
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premier european tours                                                                                                                                    Provence                               At the market - Provence’s colourful
                                                                                                                                                                                                 markets are a treasure trove for tasteful
                                                                                                                                                                                                 handmade products like lavender
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                 In	the	deep	south	of	France	lies	Provence,	     featured in dried bunches, sachets,
                                                                                                                                                      a	treasure-filled	wonderland.	A	land	of	   lavender honey, bath           salts and
                                                                                                                                            kaleidoscopic	colours,	no	other	region	of	France	    lavender cosmetics. Highly coveted are
                                                                                                                                               fires	the	imagination	as	strongly	as	Provence.	   the region’s distinctive bright coloured
                                                                                                                                                 This	is	where	great	artists	such	as	Cezanne	    fabric, tablecloths and linens, exquisite
                                                                                                                                                and	Van	Gogh	were	inspired	to	create	their	      natural soaps and perfumes, Provençal
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                   masterpieces.	Hills,	mountains,	stunning	     ceramics and culinary            products
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                  valleys,	wild	gorges	and	ochre	cliffs	frame	   such as herbes de provence and olive oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                  ancient	ruins	like	those	of	a	Gallo-Roman	
                                                                                                                                               colony	in	Vaison	la	Romaine.	The	real	joy	of	
                                                                                                                                               Provence	lies	in	biking,	hiking	or	wandering	          Timeframe:     • March to June and September
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                     through	its	rural	hinterland	filled	with	                         to October recommended.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Limited travel styles available
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                     charming	and	picturesque	villages	like	                           in July and August.
                                                                                                                              Paris                                                      	
                                                                                                                                                   Gordes.	Bathed	in	sunshine	and	coupled	          Usual length:    •   8 days. Can range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         from 3 to 21 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                       with	magnificent	weather,	the	region	     Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                        features	spectacular	and	varied	flora	                       •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                            Provence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         options available.
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                        including	fragrant	fields	of	lavender	
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                     and	poppies,	olive	groves,	apricot	and	                         •   Hiking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •   Multi-sport
                                                                                                                                                             cherry	orchards	and	vineyards.                          •   Walking Discovery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     •   Short Escape




                                                  simple
                                                                pleasures
                                  “We only had 10 days and this tour provided a wonderful balance of adventure,
                                                       relaxation, culture and luxury. It was a perfect vacation.”
                                                                               Paula and Tony, Alberta – Provence cycling




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                                                                            The Dordogne                                             World class gourmet food
                                                                                                                                     and wine ahead - The Dordogne
                                                                                                                                     is one of the gastronomic centres of
                                                                              Found	in	the	southwestern	part	of	France	about	        France. Foie   gras and truffles are
                                                                                 500	kilometres	from	Paris,	the	Dordogne	is	a	       everyday fare on menus and shops sell
                                                                                                                               	
                                                                                    magnificent	tableau	offering	a	diversity	of	     these local delicacies along with
                                                                              landscapes.	Whether	you’re	on	foot,	atop	a	bike	       regional wines Cahors, Monbazillac
                                                                             or	paddling	a	canoe,	you	will	encounter	dramatic	       and Bergerac. Specialties include confit
                                                                                                                                 	
                                                                                    countryside,	idyllic	pastoral	valleys,	neatly	   of duck, cassoulet and a wide range
                                                                               patterned	farm	fields,	and	craggy	cliffs	along	the	   of food items made from locally
                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                  banks	of	the	Dordogne,	the	longest	and	most	       farmed walnuts from walnut               cakes
                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                       picturesque	river	in	France.	A	medieval	      and chocolate-dusted walnuts to
                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                       battleground,	this	is	where	Richard	the	      walnut wine liqueur.
                                                                                 Lion-Hearted	captured	the	cliffhanging	castle	
                                                                                    in	Beynac.The	Dordogne’s	villages	such	as	
                                                                                                                            	
                                                                                   Rocamadour	are	fascinating	to	explore	and	             Timeframe:     •   April to October recommended.
                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                    prehistory	can	be	unearthed	in	Les	Eyzies.	         Usual length:    •   9 days. Can range
                                                                                                                                                             from 3 to 21 days.
                                                                                                                                 	
                                                                                            The	region’s	Paleolithic	cave	art	and	
                                                                                                                                     Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic
                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                                       ancient	towns	have	been	                          •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                               	
                                                                                                    showcased	gloriously	in	the	                             options available.
                                                                                                                                        Travel styles:   • Cycling
                                                                                    Paris                 films	Clan of The Cave                         • Walking
                                                                                                                                                         • Multi-sport
                                                                                                              Bear	and	Chocolat.
                                                                                                                                                         • Walking Discovery
                                                                                                                                                         • Short Escape


                                                                                   Dordogne



                                                                                                               “The entire sejour was magnificent! I am stunned at
                                                                                                              how gorgeous the region is and of course the regional
                                                                                                                           cuisine definitely added to the experience.”
                                                                                                                                         Stephanie, France – Dordogne cycling




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  13   Randonnée 1.800.242.1825   Photo by Richard Dear.                      for more information on how we can personalize your vacation call 1.800.242.1825
premier european tours                                                                                                                        Burgundy                                   Savour the Wine - Burgundy is
                                                                                                                                                                                         home to some of the world’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                         sought after vintages. Wine production
                                                                                                                                   Burgundy	is	located	about	300	kilometres	south	       in the area began around 300 AD near
                                                                                                                                 of	Paris.	Over	the	centuries	the	region	was	inhab-      Beaune. Stop and sniff the bouquet
                                                                                                                                       ited	by	Celts,	Gauls,	Romans,	Gallo	Romans	       and sip superb reds and whites.
                                                                                                                                      and	Germanic	peoples,	and	it	remains	one	of	       Famous vineyards in the region include
                                                                                                                                   the	most	historically	and	culturally	rich	areas	of	   Chambertin, Santenay, Pommard
                                                                                                                                     France.	Cycle	past	spectacular	panoramas	fea-       and Meursault, some of France’s
                                                                                                                                    turing	sloping	vineyards	and	fertile	plains,	and	    most renowned vintages.
                                                                                                                                                                                   	
                                                                                                                                      landscape	replete	with	a	spectrum	of	colours.	
                                                                                                                                  Or	walk	into	the	rural	soul	of	France,	past	verdant	
                                                                                                                                   pastures	dotted	with	white	Charolais	cows,	and	            Timeframe:     •   April to October recommended.
                                                                                                                      Paris
                                                                                                                                  brush	shoulders	with	manor	farms	and	exquisite	           Usual length:    •   8 or 9 days. Can range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from 3 to 16 days.
                                                                                                                                   churches.	Stroll	through	the	cobbled	courtyards	
                                                                                                                                                                                         Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic
                                                                                                                                    of	tiny	villages	and	visit	towns	such	as	Beaune,	                        •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                 Burgundy                                                                                        options available.
                                                                                                                                  wine	capital	of	Burgundy,	Vézelay	with	its	famed	
                                                                                                                                                                                            Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                                   Romanesque	architecture	and	Semur-en-Auxois,	                             •   Walking
                                                                                                                                         home	of	the	Cistercian	Abbey	of	Fontenay.                           •   Short Escape




                                        “The route took us through beautiful places and deep France.
                                  Attention to details on your part left us free to enjoy our vacation.”
                                                                Phil & Carolyn, Connecticut – Burgundy cycling




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                          Loire Valley                                      Among the most striking of the Chateaux is
                                                                            Chenonceau, which stretches elegantly over
                                                                            the River Cher. First built between 1512 and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Remember WWII at landing
                                                                                                                                                                                          beaches - Normandy is perhaps best
                                                                                                                                                                                          known for the Second World War landing
                    Only	1	hour	south	of	Paris	lies	a	region	that	since	
                                                                            1521 by Thomas Bohier, the building of this                                                                   beaches used by the Allied armies.
                   the	Renaissance	has	been	a	favorite	of	kings	and	the	
                                                                            chateau was always controlled by powerful                                                                     Here, every day is one of remembrance
                      aristocracy;	the	Loire	River	valley	is	dotted	with	
                                                                            women of France. Following the initial hiring                                                                 and memorial and thought provoking
                       fine	chateaux,	vineyards,	and	some	of	the	most	
                                                                            of architects in 1515, the property changed                                                                   recollections of WWII abound. Visit Juno
                       beautiful	(and	gentle)	cycling	routes	in	France.	
                                                                            hands frequently over the years. This                                                                         Beach, Omaha Beach and other landing
                     You	will	visit	the	most	magnificent	chateaux	and	
                                                                            exquisite residence has played host to many                                                                   beaches, sites of intense D-Day battles,
                         the	extraordinary	gardens	of	Villandry,	while	
                                                                            luminaries through the centuries including                                                                    and peruse Normandy’s museums,

                                    a	region	that	has	so	much	to	offer.
                                                                       	
                         leaving	time	to	explore	the	subtler	aspects	of	
                                                                            Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Rousseau.
                                                                                                                                          Normandy                                        plaques, flags, memorials and
                                                                                                                                                                                          war cemeteries.
                                                                                                                                      The	Normandy	coast,	sitting	on	the	English	
                                                                                 Timeframe:      •   April through October
                                                                                Usual length:    •   8 days                      Channel	about	two	hours	north	of	Paris,	provides	
                                                                                                                                                                                                Timeframe:    •   May to October recommended.
                                                                            Accommodations:      •   Classic                    a	haven	of	peace	and	tranquility.	Normandy	was	a	
                                                                                                 •   Luxe upgrade                                                                            Usual length:    •   8 days. Can range
                                                                                                     options available.         rendezvous	for	Impressionist	painters	like	Boudin	                                from 5 to 10 days.
                                                                                Travel styles:   •   Cycling                     and	Monet,	who	were	bewitched	by	the	soft	and	           Accommodations:     •   Classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                              •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                                shimmering	light	and	shadow,	and	its	ambience	is	                                 options available.
                                                                                                                                showcased	in	many	masterworks.	Start	in	Bayeux,	             Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                              home	to	the	famed	tapestry	that	depicts	William	the	
                                                                                                                              Conqueror’s	conquest	of	England.	Pedalling	through	
                                                                                                               Paris             the	countryside,	you	glide	through	fertile	belts	of	
                                                                                                               Loire Valley       gentle	pastureland	where	Normandy	cows	graze	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Absolutely	outstanding!	
                                                                                                                               beneath	apple	trees,	golden	prairies	bordered	with	
                                                                                                                                 hedgerows	and	cool	beech	and	pine	forests.	Ride	                                           	
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very	professional	tour	
                                                                                                                                alongside	rugged	and	alluring	coastline	framed	by	          company	with	great	service!”
                                                                                                                                                        quaint	fishing	villages	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                        Alison and Noah, Maine – Normandy cycling
                                                                                                                                                      seaside	resorts	like	Cabourg.	
                                                                                                                                 Normandy
                                                                                                                                                       Make	sure	to	stop	along	the	
                                                                                                                                    Paris
                                                                                                                                                      way	and	sample	Normandy’s	
                                                                                                                                                            celebrated	Camembert	
                                                                                                                                                          cheeses	and	apple-based	
                                                                                                                                                         sparkling	cider,	pommeau	
                                                                                                                                                              and	calvados	liqueur.	




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                                                                     Tuscany                               Food/eating - Tuscany enjoys
                                                                                                           unsurpassed excellence in the area
                                                                                                           of gastronomy. It produces numerous
                                                  Tuscany	is	the	classic	Italian	destination,	offering	
                                                                                                           highly celebrated wines, such as
                                                   both	celebrated	sights	and	unusual	discoveries.	
                                                                                                           the Chianti Classico, that enjoy
                                                      It	is	a	magical	landscape	of	lush	countryside,	
                                                                                                           worldwide acclaim. Equally precious
                                                        with	olive	trees	and	grape	vines	in	glorious	
                                                                                                           are its scrumptious local cheeses and
                                                   abundance.		Explore	medieval	towns	including	
                                                                                                           transcendent olive oils. Tuscan cuisine
                                                   Siena,	Monteriggioni	and	Pienza	to	name	a	few.	
                                                                                                           distinguishes itself for its tasty dishes
                                                     Along	the	way,	enjoy	the	best	of	Chianti	wine	
                                                                                                           made with fresh, genuine ingredients
                                                       and	Tuscan	cooking,	with	evenings	spent	in	
                                                                                                           which transform even the simplest
                                                                                 charming	lodgings.
                                                                                                           dishes into true delicacies.



                                                                                                                 Timeframe:     •   March through early November
                                                                                                              Usual length:     •   8 days. Can range
                                                                                                                                    from 5 to 8 days.
                                                                                                           Accommodations:      •   Classic
                                                                                                                                •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                                    options available.
                                                                                                               Travel styles:   •   Cycling

                                                              Tuscany
                                                                        Rome


                                                                                                                          “The	directions	were	
                                                                                                                                        	
                                                                                                               phenomenal	and	the	hotels	
                                                                                                          that	you	selected	were	superb.”	
                                                                                                                       Faye, Florida – Tuscany cycling




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                                                             Andalucia                                          Architecture - Relatively few major
                                                                                                                Muslim buildings survived the tem-
                                                                                                                pestuous Christian era intact, however,
                                                      Andalucia	is	many	things;	sequined	matadors	              Andalucia is the home to many that
                                                  and	strumming	guitars,	torrid	flamenco	and	hot-               did. These include some of the world's
                                                   blooded	gypsies,	orange	blossoms	and	the	scent	              finest examples of Moorish architecture
                                                   of	jasmine.		Dominated	by	Moorish	architecture	              including the Mezquita in Cordoba and
                                                    and	legend,	you	will	explore	this	land	of	white	            the Giralda minaret in Seville.
                                                  hilltop	villages,	restaurants	featuring	spicy	paella,	
                                                   cooling	gazpacho	&	tantalizing	tapas,	all	served	
                                                                                                  	
                                                     with	a	generous	helping	of	splendid	sunshine.	                   Timeframe:    •   March through November.

                                                   Spring	in	southern	Spain	is	sublime;	it	is	a	time	              Usual length:    •   7 days.
                                                                                                                Accommodations:     •   Classic
                                                  of	celebration	and	love,	and	cycling	between	the	                                 •   Luxe upgrade
                                                   exquisite	white	villages	of	Andalucia	will	simply	                                   options available.
                                                                                                                   Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                               make	your	heart	sing.




                                                                                                   “Just	a	short	note	to	say	that	we	loved	
                                                                                                             the	trip	to	Andalucia.	Your	Area	
                                                                                                     Manager,	Graeme,	was	there	to	meet	
                                                          Madrid
                                                                                                           us	and	was	terrific.	It	was	our	first	
                                                       Andalucia                                  self-guided	trip	and	we	were	extremely	
                                                                                                    impressed	with	your	choice	of	routes.	
                                                                                                       The	hotels	were	all	luxurious	and	a	
                                                                                                           welcome	treat.	We	are	hooked	on	
                                                                                                   Spain	and	are	planning	on	the	camino	
                                                                                                                      de	Santiago	next	spring.”	
                                                                                                               Tom and Helen, New York – Spain cycling




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                                                                        Ireland:
                                            The Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara
                                                                                                          Pub Culture Bar owners around
                                                                                                          the world attempt to duplicate the Irish
                                                                                                          pub because they're among the most
                                                                                                          comfortable settings ever conceived
                                                        Ireland	exudes	a	Northern	and	Celtic	spirit.	     of by humans.
                                                        Green	hills	resonate	with	the	rhymes	of	past	     The pub somehow eliminates differences
                                                        and	present	poets.	Legends	float	in	on	misty	     between individuals. Lingering around
                                                    rain,	chased	by	bright	summer	sun.	Experience	        a table littered with several rounds of
                                                  proud	traditions	of	music	played	out	in	pubs	and	       empty pint glasses and lively, boisterous
                                                      sample	frothy	Irish	brews.	Explore	the	Burren	      singing in the background, everyone is
                                                  and	the	Cliffs	of	Moher	in	County	Claire,	and	the	      encouraged to speak their mind and to
                                                     Aran	Islands,	where	horse-drawn	carriages	and	       buy at least one round. No visit to this
                                                    bicycles	still	rule	the	road.	Pedal	along	the	dra-    land would be complete without a visit
                                                  matic	western	coast	in	Connemara,	past	thatched	        to the local.
                                                      cottages	under	the	watchful	peaks	of	Ireland’s	
                                                   Twelve	Bens.	Begin	your	days	with	a	hearty	Irish	
                                                  breakfast	of	eggs,	bacon,	sausages,	tomatoes,	and	            Timeframe:    •   April through October.
                                                                                                             Usual length:    •   8 days.
                                                  breads,	warm	up	with	a	pub	lunch,	refresh	your-
                                                                                                          Accommodations:     •   Classic & B&B’s.
                                                  self	at	tea	time	with	cakes,	scones	and	jams,	then	
                                                                                                             Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                               feast	in	the	evening	on	salmon	or	lamb.




                                                                                                “The	highlights	for	us	include	the	Cliffs	
                                                                                               of	Moher,	the	archaeological	site	of	Dun	
                                                                                                     Aengus	on	the	Aran	Islands	and	the	
                                                                   Connemara
                                                                                                  riding	under	the	Twelve	Bens	towards	
                                                Aran Islands        Burren
                                                                                                     Clifden.	Thank	you	for	creating	the	
                                                                                                perfect	itinerary.	We	loved	it	all!	P.S.	I’ll	
                                                                                                miss	those	pints	of	Guinness	-	they	just	
                                                                                                     don’t	taste	the	same	anywhere	else.”	
                                                                                                           Laura and Peter, Boston – Ireland cycling



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                                                                                                                                                                                                    waters and easy access help make the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gulf Islands one of Canada’s most
                                                                                                                                               The Gulf Islands are	a necklace	of	islands		         desirable paddling destinations.
                                                                                                                                                    lying	off	the	coast	of	Vancouver,	Canada.	      Enjoy a day of sea kayaking in Winter
                                                                                                                                             Consisting	of	more	than	a	dozen	large	islands	and	     Cover Marine Provincial Park, a tidal
                                                                                                                                               interspersed	with	innumerable	islets,	this	West	     wetland marsh, and paddle between the
                                                                                                                                              Coast	paradise	emanates	a	Mediterranean	aura	         historically colourful Mayne Island
                                                                                                                                               melded	with	its	uniquely	Canadian	ambience.	         and Saturna Island, the southernmost
                                                                                                                                            Surrounded	by	sheltered	waters,	strong	tides	and	       of the Gulf Islands. Out on the water,
                                                                                                                                            dramatic	coastlines,	the	green	forests	and	endless	     kayakers discover unique views of the
                                                                                                                                            stretches	of	beaches	teeming	with	intertidal	marine	    lush vistas and often espy marine life
                                                                                                                                              life	come	together	to	create	tranquility.	Explore	    like seals, orca whales and porpoise, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                	
                                                                                                                                                    the	British	influence	of	Victoria	and	stroll	   birds such as great         blue herons,
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                   Salt	Spring	Island’s	unspoiled	beaches	and	      oystercatchers and harlequin ducks.
                                                                                                                                               discover	sun-drenched	scenery	and	spectacu-
                                                                                                                                               lar	sunsets.	Bike	through	the	friendly	town	of	
                                                                                                                                                                                           	
                                                                                                                                                 Ganges	and	encounter	quaint	artisan	shops,	             Timeframe:     •   April to October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            recommended.
                                                                                                                                                                                             	
                                                                                                                                                    galleries	and	craft	studios.	Walk	through	
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Usual length:    •   7 days. Can range
                                                                                                                                                                                              	
                                                                                                                                                              Ruckle	Provincial	Park,	yielding	                             from 5 to 11 days.
                                                                                                                                                                      spectacular	ocean	views.      Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            options available.
                                                                                                                       Vancouver                                                                       Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                       Gulf Islands                                                                                     •   Walking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Multi-sport




                                  “We were in Gulf Island Heaven! Our kayaking experience was superior.”
                                                                         Janie, California – Gulf Island multi-sport




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                                                                   the Rockies                                         Lake Louise - Upon glimpsing Lake
                                                                                                                       Louise, explorer Tom Wilson wrote:
                                                                                                                       “As God is my judge, I never in all my
                                                                  The Canadian Rockies,	a	classic	travel		             explorations saw such a matchless
                                                                  destination,	is	the	world’s	most	breathtaking	       scene...I felt puny in body, but glorified
                                                            alpine	landscape.	Pedalling	through	the	soaring	           in spirit and soul.” Wilson, working for
                                                                                                             	
                                                                   peaks	and	plunging	valleys	of	the	Rockies,	         the Canadian Pacific Railway, was
                                                                                                               	
                                                                      and	along	the	shores	of	glacial	lakes	and	       brought to the site by his Stoney guide
                                                                braided	mountain	streams,	you	will	encounter	          and was the first to be awed by its
                                                                                                              	
                                                                    nature	at	its	purest	and	most	magnificent.	        iridescent turquoise            lake and
                                                           In	Banff	National	Park,	the	protected	wilderness	           spectacular backdrop of white-capped
                                                            area	offers	spectacular	and	rugged	scenery.	Visit	         mountains. Christened Emerald                 Lake
                                                                 the	picturesque	and	charming	Banff	townsite	          by Wilson, it was later renamed after
                                                          nestled	amidst	the	Bow	River,	Mount	Rundle	and	              Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, wife
                                                                                                          	
                                                                  Cascade	Mountain,	and	hike	in	and	around	            of Canada’s governor-general and
                                                           Lake	Louise	with	its	panoramic	vistas	of	jagged,	           Queen Victoria’s daughter.
                                                                                                           	
                                                            glaciated	peaks	and	impossibly	turquoise	lakes.	
                                                            If	you	prefer	the	river’s	eye	view	of	the	Rockies,	
                                                            whitewater	rafting	the	cold,	clean	glacial	waters	               Timeframe:     •   June to mid-September
                                                                                                                                                recommended.
                                                                                                              	
                                                                       of	the	Kicking	Horse	River,	flowing	out	
                                                                                                                           Usual length:    •   9 days. Can range
                                                                   of	Yoho	National	Park,	is	sure	to	leave	you	                                 from 5 to 14 days.
                                                           breathless.	Along	the	way,	catch	glimpses	of	big-           Accommodations:      •   Classic
                                                                                                                                            •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                            	
                                                                               horn	sheep,	woodland	caribou,	                                   options available.
                                                                                                               	
                                                                                  black	and	grizzly	bears,	elk,	           Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                                            •   Hiking
                                                                                                               	
                                                                                    wolverines,	eagles,	coyotes	                            •   Multi-sport
                                                                                                             	
                                                                                         and	perhaps	even	the	
                                                                                                great	gray	owl.
                                                                                                                                                       	
                                                                                                                           “As	my	husband	puts	it,	this	
                                                                                                                                                     	
                                                                                                                    was	the	first	time	he	has	been	on	
                                                            Rockies                                                                                     	
                                                                                                                             a	trip	where	he	didn’t	want	
                                                    Vancouver                                                             to	go	home	by	the	end	of	it!”	
                                                                                                                   Richard	and	Alissa,	California	–	Rockies	cycling	




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                                            Ontario                          Indulge in The Shaw Festival -
                                                                             The Shaw Festival is a major Canadian
                                                                             theatre event in the historic town of
                           The Niagara Region is	found	in	southern	
                              Ontario	between	two	of	the	Great	Lakes	
                       –	Ontario	and	Erie	–	and	contains	the	majestic	
                                                                             Niagara-on-the-Lake. One of the largest
                                                                             repertory theatre companies in the
                                                                                                                                                         Québec                                 English spoken here - English and
                                                                                                                                                                                                French are the two official languages of
                                                                                                                                                                                                Canada and have equal rights. However
                                                                             world, it’s the only one specializing in
                                                                        	
                                  Niagara	Falls.	Pedalling	in	and	around	                                                            The Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l’Est)	                  the Eastern Townships remains one of
                                                                             producing works by Irish playwright
                                                                    	
                          the	Niagara	Escarpment,	you	will	encounter	                                                                                                               	
                                                                                                                                          are	located	in	the	most	southern	corner	of	           the few regions in Québec where the
                                                                             George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
                                                                        	
                                  fascinating	rock	formations,	sparkling	                                                             La	Belle	Province.	An	hour	from	Montréal,	the	            European settlers were not French,
                                                                             and plays written by his contempo-
                                                                        	
                              waterfalls,	rare	plants	and	wildlife.	Near	                                                             region	is	situated	at	the	meeting	point	between	          but English speakers. To this day, the
                                                                             raries. The internationally respected
                                                                     	
                          Jordan,	a	rural	hamlet	deep	in	Niagara	wine	                                                                United	States	and	Canada	at	the	upper	reaches	            Eastern Townships boasts a harmonious
                                                                             event is presented in three distinctive
                           country,	explore	Ball’s	Falls	perched	on	the	                                                            of	the	Appalachian	Range.	The	natural	beauty	of	            mix of francophone and anglophone
                                                                             theatres throughout the season and also
                       	edge	of	the	escarpment.	Purchase	rare	ice	wine	                                                             the	Eastern	Townships	takes	in	rolling	farmland,	           cultures rewarding visitors from all over
                                                                             offers backstage          tours and lectures.
                                                                       	
                            directly	from	local	wineries	for	an	unusual	                                                               orchards	and	maple	woods	in	the	shadows	of	              the world with a        warm welcome no
                                                                       	
                        souvenir.	Cycle	to	the	pretty	port	town	of	Port	                                                             large	mountains.	While	exploring	an	abundance	             matter what language is spoken.

                                                                    	
                             Colborne	and	Niagara-on-the-Lake,	often	                                                                of	quaint	villages	and	covered	bridges,	it	would	
                                                                                   Timeframe:    •   May to October recommended.
                                                                         	
                                  called	the	loveliest	town	in	Canada,	to	      Usual length:    •   8 days. Can range              be	easy	to	mistake	the	area	for	New	England,	but	
                                                                                                     from 5 to 8 days.                a	discriminating	eye	will	quickly	notice	French	                Timeframe:    •   Mid-May to October for
                                                                        	
                                    discover	historic	landmarks,	partake	                                                                                                                                               summer. December to
                                                                             Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic
                                                                        	
                                           in	quaint	shopping	or	take	in	                        •   Luxe upgrade                                                                   	
                                                                                                                                           influences.	Pedal	around	scenic	lakeshore	                                   March for winter.
                                                                                                     options available.                hamlets	like	Magog	and	North	Hatley	with	its	               Usual length:    •   6 days. Can range
                                                      renowned	theatre.                                                                                                                                                 from 5 to 12 days.
                                                                                Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                                                                                      	
                                                                                                                                        century-old	residences	converted	into	artists’	
                                                                                                                                                                                                Accommodations:     •   Mixed B&B/Classic
                                                                                                                                        studios	and	discover	the	lakes,	mature	sugar	                               •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        options available.
                                                                                                                                        maple	forests	and	mountains	of	Mont	Orford	
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                                                                                                      Provincial	Park.	Cycle	along	the	shores	of	Lake	                              •   Walking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •   Winter Sampler
                                                                                                                                         Memphrémagog	and	stop	into	the	exquisite	
                                                                                                                                     Abbey	Saint-Benoît-du-Lac,	where	you	can	pick	
                                                                                                                                                                up	the	monks’	famed	
                                                                                                                                                                                    	
                                                                                                                                                                   cheeses	and	apple	                                           	
                                                                                                                                                                                               “Au	Saut	du	Lit	gave	us	a	lovely,	
                                                                                                                                                                    cider	for	a	picnic.	                                        	
                                                                                                                                                                                                 sunny	suite	with	large	cheerful	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                	
                                                                                                                                                                                                     rooms.	Hosts	were	friendly.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Breakfasts	splendid.”
                                                                                                                          Toronto
                                                                                             Niagara Region                                                                                  Nancy, California – Eastern Townships walking
                                                                                                                                                                Montréal

                                                                                                                                                                    Eastern Townships




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                                                                                                                                                                       Road riding best in the West

                  California                                  Healdsburg history beats at the
                                                              heart of Sonoma. The town possesses a
                                                              fascinating history that encompasses
                                                                                                                                                                       Most cyclists know Moab is Mecca for
                                                                                                                                                                       mountain bikers, but few realize the
                                                                                                                                                                       road biking is among the world’s best.
       California’s wine country,	located	north	              the Pomo    Indians, Russian and other                                                                   There are few more scenic             places to
          of	San	Francisco,	is	a	treasure	of	beautiful	val-   European immigrants and Mexican                                                                          road ride than around Moab with its
       leys	and	winding	roads.	Pedal	through	the	wine	        migrants. The city yields the best                                                                       hundreds of miles of paved roads in and
           country’s	lush	and	fragrant	Napa	Valley	and	       qualities of turn-of-the century America                                                                 around world-class scenery. Venture
                                                    	
              Sonoma	Valley	where	you	will	encounter	         fermented with the ambience of European                                                                  off-road on easy trails and gravel
         unexpected	history,	romance,	art	and	wineries	
          that	define	its	cultural	landscape.	Ponder	the	
          tranquility	of	winding	rivers,	shady	redwood	
                                                              countryside. At its centre is a lovely
                                                              Spanish style plaza and its charm
                                                              is accentuated by upscale restaurants
                                                                                                                                               Utah                    roads. Spend a day cycling through the
                                                                                                                                                                       Moab’s canyon country and take
                                                                                                                                                                       in breathtaking views of some of the
                                                                                                               Much	of	Utah	lies	on	a	plateau	higher	than	4,000	
                                                      	
              groves,	pine	and	cypress	lined	roads	and	       and antique shops. Indulge your senses                                                                   most astounding red rock landscape.
                                                                                                                                                                  	
                                                                                                                    feet	above	sea	level	and	the	state	possesses	a	
          horses	grazing	in	peaceful	meadows.	Start	in	       at dozens of vineyards and winery
                                                                                                                                                                	
                                                                                                                        variety	of	form	and	colours	unparalleled	
       Napa’s	core	at	St.	Helena	and	follow	a	route	that	     tasting rooms and a microbrewery.
                                                                                                                   anywhere	else	on	the	planet.	Cycling	through	
                                                       	
               takes	you	to	Calistoga	in	Sonoma	Valley,	                                                                                                                    Timeframe:     •   March to June and
                                                                                                                   Southern	Utah	presents	a	plethora	of	terrain,	                              September to November
          famed	for	its	warm,	spring	water-fed	mineral	                                                                                                                                        recommended.
                                                                                                                                                                 	
                                                                                                                      brilliantly	bold	colours,	hidden	geological	
                                                       	
               tubs	and	mud	baths	full	of	volcanic	ash.	            Timeframe:    •   Year-round destination                                                              Usual length:    •   7 days. Can range
                                                                                  •   September to June        treasures	and	cherished	national	parks.	Start	your	                             from 6 to 8 days.
        Before	completing	your	journey	in	Healdsburg,	
                                                                                      recommended.                                                                     Accommodations:         Mixed B&B/Classic
                                                                                                                 ride	into	the	American	West	at	Grand	Junction,	                           •
                                                       	
               glide	past	gushing	geysers	that	form	the	         Usual length:    •   6 days. Can range                                                                                    •   Luxe upgrade
                                                                                      from 5 to 7 days.         Colorado,	gateway	city	to	red	rock	canyonlands,	                               options available.
                                                         	
                    genesis	of	the	California	spa	culture	
                                                              Accommodations:     •   B&B, Classic                  rugged	mountains	and	ancient	Indian	ruins.	           Travel styles:   •   Cycling
                                                       	
                           and	discover	a	cornucopia	of	                          •   Luxe upgrade                                                                                         •   Multi-sport
                                                                                      options available.        Head	to	the	deep	canyons	of	Colorado	National	
                                                        	
                       historic	vineyards	that	put	North	
                                                                 Travel styles:   •   Cycling                    Monument,	where	vertical	cliff	walls	and	natu-
                              America	on	the	wine	map.	
                                                                                                                 rally	sculpted	rock	tower	overhead.	Follow	the	
                                                                                                                     gushing	Colorado	River	towards	Moab	and	
                                                                                                               encounter	Arches	National	Park	with	its	red,	arid	
                                                                                                                  desert	punctuated	by	oddly	eroded	sandstone	                        Utah
                                                                                                                   forms	and	over	2,000	arches	including	Utah’s	
                                                                                                                                                                               Las Vegas
                                                                       California
                                                                                                                   icon,	Delicate	Arch.	In	Canyonlands	National	
                                                                       Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                	
                                                                                                                               Park,	explore	red	rock	pinnacles,	
                                                                                                                                                                   	
                                                                                                                                      spires	and	cliffs	that	create	
                                                                                                                                                  beautiful	vistas.




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