TAILOR-MADE CYCLING & WALKING
Many of our guests choose to travel privately, with a partner or group of friends, in order to get exactly the holiday they want. We build every trip from scratch, according to our guests' needs. We cater for all budgets and whatever your motive, group size or specific passion we have the expertise and contacts to create your perfect adventure in Transylvania, Galicia or Tuscany. Below are just a few ideas, but really the possibilities are endless so have a look and if you have any questions, get in touch.
GORILLAS IN YOUR MIDST
Tracking mountain gorillas in the wild is, for many, the wildlife experience of a lifetime and Rwanda is the best place on the planet to get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts. Over the past few years we have hosted couples and groups of friends on guided adventures lasting anything from 2 to 10 days, with nights spent in working tea plantations, private homes and even at the national cycling team HQ. Guests not only have the chance to see mountain gorillas but also the real Rwanda, way off the tourist trail. ENQUIRE NOW
INFO: surfaces tend to be red dirt roads; expert local guides; fully supported
PRICES: 3 nights for group of 4 from £750 pp; 7 nights from £1,750 pp (excluding gorilla permits)
Each May & June, Transylvania's meadows explode with wildflowers. Its Saxon region, home to ancient UNESCO fortified churches, vast oak forests and a way of life that has changed little for 800 years, is magnificent at any time of year. It's unmissable in late spring. Allow at least 5 nights to explore the area properly, a week is perfect. Our guides are true locals. With them, you'll move through meadows and forests, along horse & cart tracks, quiet backroads and paths. You'll stay and eat in local homes and beautiful manor houses, enjoy picnics on hillsides; travel at your own pace through a land of extraordinary beauty. ENQUIRE NOW
INFO: walking, cycling or a mix; wonderful food & wine; expert local guides
PRICES: 5 nights for group of 10 from £1,400 pp; 7 nights from £1,900 pp
3-DAY ADVENTURE, TRANSYLVANIA
This is tougher than many of the rides we undertake in Romania. Fly out on Thursday and reach your beautifully restored guest house in the heart of Transylvania by early evening. For the next two and a half days ride 130 kms through villages lost in time, along ridges and through forests, occasionally sharing your paths and routes with horse-drawn carts. Our guides are true locals. With them, you'll see the best that this very special part of Europe has to offer, and you'll get back home on Sunday night exhausted but desperate to return! VIEW ITINERARY
INFO: cycling on- and off-road; expert local guides
PRICES: 3 nights for group of 4 from £1,250 pp
FUNDRAISE FOR A CAUSE
In June 2015 we were asked to host a group of supporters of the Global Heritage Fund UK, whose work to restore some of the villages of Saxon Transylvania is having a hugely positive impact on the people who live there. The cycling was relatively easy, through meadows and along quiet back-roads, the lunches were long and we have since hosted three of the group on separate trips to the region.
"You and your in-country team did a wonderful job of organising and leading our cycle tour in Transylvania. We can't wait to join forces again next year!" Cathy Giangrande
A 60TH BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
We were delighted to host a 60th birthday party for 45 people in May 2016. Our client had traveled from the UK to Transylvania with us in June of the previous year and subsequently asked us to create a weekend to remember for his friends and family. We used Viscri, the village that first lured Prince Charles to Romania, as our base and offered activities for small groups each day, ranging from riding, painting, and a a walk in rich wildflower meadows with a botanist to beekeeping, cultural tours of the region's UNESCO sites with a historian and, of course, cycling in the hills and forests around the village. Each day lunch was served in a spectacular location and parties, fuelled by plum brandy, wonderful Transylvanian wines and local gypsy musicians, continued late into the night.
RIDE RWANDA FOR HOPE & HOMES
In September 2016 we hosted a group of 11 Hope & Homes for Children fundraisers, along with members of the charity's UK and Rwandan offices, on a week-long cycling adventure from Rwanda's capital to Lake Kivu. Along the way the group spent the night on a tea estate, cycled through remote villages, trekked to see mountain gorillas and had the chance to take on the 2015 Pan-African mountain bike course under the shadow of Muha Bura volcano. In doing so they raise £36,500 for the charity, and the charity are coming back in 2017.
"I've done a decent amount of guided riding and this is the best I have been on." David Jones
A PRIVATE, TRANSYLVANIAN SPRING
In early 2015 we had an inquiry from a group of friends who couldn't make the dates of one of our group trips to Transylvania. So they came a week earlier. We made a few small changes to the itinerary, adding in a very special stay at a 15th Century Hungarian manor house and dinner with some of our local friends. Some of the group were fitter than others and we were able to offer longer, tougher rides for those who fancied it. We had a blast!
"I loved mixing with the locals and understanding their way of life. Cycling along beautiful forest trails that opened out above the mystical hills was breathtaking. Thank you for the most sensational trip. I will be back." Laura Boscawen