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At Trek Travel, we want each moment to exceed your expectations. Imagine a day in your life on a trip with Trek Travel, whether it’s a day of luxury and cycling through the vineyards of Tuscany or tackling a world-renowned climb in the Alps and overlooking the stunning mountain landscape. We don’t just promise a cycling vacation. We promise to change the very definition of what a cycling vacation should be. 

A Perfect Day in Tuscany

Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour

Day 4: San Felice to Castello di Casole

7:00AM

You awaken in one of the most elegant hotels in the Tuscan hillside. There’s no alarm clock and the bed is so cozy it’s almost impossible to leave. But the irresistible scent of freshly made coffee and croissants floats through the air and gives you the motivation to greet the day.

8:00AM

Make your way to the hotel restaurant for a breakfast spread of Italian and European favorites: Muesli, handmade pastries and of course, eggs, yoghurt and fruit. After one more cup of coffee, it’s now up to you to decide, “Do I ride today? Or explore the village boutiques with my newfound friends?”

Wine galss and bruschetta
9:30AM

You choose to ride. Soon it’s time to gather in the bike room for a route description of your trip through the “Chianti Classico” wine region, the very heart of Tuscany. Your bottles are filled and your Garmin is set for you to embark on a delightfully charming ride through the effervescent countryside.

10:00AM

As you set out through Tuscany’s rolling hills dotted with stone farmhouses and olive groves, you take your time and snap some photos. Maybe even stop to sample some local cheeses. Here, there’s no rush.

12:00PM

Soon, you arrive in the quaint village of Scorgiano, where you’ll pause to enjoy a farm to table picnic lunch, featuring hand-cured prosciutto and local cheeses accompanied by delicious Frantoio olive oil. Together, we’ll sit outside and enjoy the sun with a mid-day glass of Chianti. It’s what you do around here, after all. 

1:30PM

After lunch, you’ll enjoy an energizing descent through the countryside as we pedal to our hotel. As you make your way, you soon realize that photos, while precious, simply won’t do this scenery justice.

3:00PM

You’ll arrive at the stunning five-start Castello di Casole, just in time for afternoon drinks by the pool. Throw on a swimsuit, grab your favorite book and relish in an hour or two of complete relaxation and downtime. Or if you feel like it, pamper yourself at the spa next door. 

Belmond Castello di Casole hotel pool
6:00PM

Take part in a private pizza-making class, where you’ll learn how to spin your own pizza dough and create the pie of your choice with a trained pizzaiolo. You’re a little new to this. How much is a dash? How do you crack an egg with one hand? More wine, please. Luckily, one of the best chefs in town is your guide.

9:00PM

It’s been an exciting day, but it’s time to turn down. Your bed is waiting, relaxing music is playing, and a gentle breeze wafts through the courtyard. Does this have to end?

A Perfect Day on a Self-Guided Bike Tour

Costa Brava Self-Guided Bike Tour

Day 3: Els Àngels and Castell de Dalí

8:00AM

You awaken in one of the most charming hotels in the Costa Brava region of Spain. There’s no alarm clock, no pressing schedule to stick to, and no need to worry about packing up and moving to a new hotel – this is your home for the week. The bed is so cozy that you may just decide to get some more sleep and enjoy a leisurely morning.

Two cyclists on a tree lined road
9:00AM

Make your way to the hotel restaurant for a delightful breakfast made of the best selection of Spanish and European favorites: Pa amb tomàquet (toast with tomato), Muesli, handmade pastries, and, of course, eggs, yogurt, and fruit. After your morning cortado, it’s now up to you to decide whether you’d like to ride, to shop, or do some cultural activities in town.

Poppy field with town in the background
10:00AM

After choosing to ride, you access the Ride With GPS app on your phone and click on “Day 3” of your itinerary to see what riding options you have and what highlights you may find on your route. You opt for the “Today’s Ride” and change into your cycling gear. In the bike room, you complete a quick safety check on your Trek Domane road bike or Verve+ e-bike, following the simple instructions shared with you by your Trek Travel host. You’ll then fill your water bottles, load your Day 3 route onto your Garmin GPS computer, and start the navigation, preparing yourself for a lovely ride on the locals’ favorite climbs and through beautiful medieval villages.

11:00AM

You set out of town, riding at your own pace on the mellow climb called Els Àngels. Once you reach the top, you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, enjoying the fantastic panoramic views, taking your time to snap some photos. You are craving a coffee and, by browsing the app loaded with carefully selected local recommendations on your phone, you learn that the coffee shop next to the church serves a good coffee in a very cozy environment. You also find suggestions about other coffee shops along the route. For now, let’s just get the first coffee here!

12:30PM

After a sweeping descent, you ride past the quaint village of Madremanya, admiring the peaceful tranquility of this medieval town, where time appears to have stopped. Following the directions on your phone, you continue your ride to the village of Púbol, famous for boasting Castell de Dalí, a castle transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala. You decide to take the opportunity of visiting it and then stop for lunch at one of the recommended restaurants listed in the app. You opt for a casual place, where you can savor some delicious tapas, perhaps with a glass of the local cava.

person cycling on a country road in girona spain
1:30PM

After this wonderful stop, you’ll continue pedaling through farm fields as the route leads you back to the hotel. On the ride, you reflect on the luxury of shaping the day as you wished, choosing your riding distance, stopping for coffee in the morning, and deciding on lunch from a helpful list of recommended restaurants, conveniently located in your Ride With GPS app.

3:00PM

Wrapping up your afternoon riding, you’ll arrive back to your home for the week, the cozy four-star hotel Nord 1901, just in time for afternoon drinks by the pool. Throw on a swimsuit, grab your favorite book, and succumb to complete relaxation. Or if you feel like it, wind through the cobbled streets of Girona’s historical center to take in the Medieval architecture and lively atmosphere.

A woman cycles down a European street. There are potted flowers in the foreground and a stone archway behind her.
6:00PM

You once again consult your Ride with GPS app to see what is on tap for tomorrow. You will see some great suggestions about the rides, including great photo opportunities on the scenic road that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. While you consider whether or not your legs are ready to take a more challenging ride to the coast, you decide that you don’t want to miss the most iconic ride of the week, cruising along craggy red rock cliffs above the turquoise water of the sea.

A cyclist cruises down a windinding road. It's a sunny afternoon without a cloud in the sky. The ocean is barely visible past the curve of the road.
7:30PM

Armed with a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants in the heart of town, you are free to select any restaurant that suits your tastes best. Enjoy an incredible dinner savoring the flavors of this beautiful land and toast to this exciting day of gorgeous riding, world-class wines, and delicious food!

Landscape of Costa Brava and the ocean
9:30PM

Your bed is waiting and a gentle breeze wafts through the courtyard. The third day of your self-guided bike tour has come to an end, and you feel more accomplished than ever, having experienced a day on your own terms, with the flexibility of choosing what to do and when to do it! Before your head even hits the pillow, you’re dreaming of tomorrow’s stunning ride!

A Perfect Day in the Alps

7:00AM

Rise and shine. Take your time, open the curtains and watch the sunrise. Today is a royal day. Today is the day that kings- and queens-of-the-mountains like you have been training for, perhaps for their whole lives. Today we climb 10,000 feet over the Col du Glandon, Croix de Fer and finally Alpe d’Huez. Of course, you don’t have to take on every climb if you don’t want to.

8:00AM

You make your way down to the hotel breakfast with the group, and the chatter is nothing but excitement for the day’s challenge. You have climbed together for four days already, but today is different. We’ll make sure your breakfast is for champions, delicious and energizing. Take your time and let the anticipation build.

Hotel Baita dei Pini: breakfast on the table
9:30AM

Gather in the bike room for a group discussion on the route, stops, photo opportunities and more. Slip on your shoes, strap on your helmet, slather some sunscreen, and fill your pockets with goodies for the trip. You might be a bit nervous, but we’ll be there every step of the way.

10:00AM

Ready to clip in and ride off? You roll out as a group, starting with a picturesque 19-mile descent from our hotel on top of Alpe d’Huez. The air smells of summer. Your legs feel good. You are ready.

Two cyclists climb toward forested mountains
11:00AM

We’ll begin our adventure via the 21km climb of Col du Glandon with an average gradient of 6.9% and featured in the Tour de France 14 times. If you’re feeling especially good, start your ride with the 18 switchbacks of the Lacets de Montvernier, which made it’s first Tour appearance in 2015. Just because we can, take a little jaunt to the summit of the Croix de Fer before starting the long descent of Glandon.

Cliff face
2:00PM

Today, you have ridden like a champion. We’ve stopped for a brief lunch along the decent of Col du Glandon, taken some photos and rested up for the final ascent up the world’s most famous Alpe.

A happy couple in front of a scenic view of cliff rocks with lakes and mountains in the distance below
3:30PM

That’s it. You’ve made it. 21 switchbacks to the top of Alpe d’Huez. Did you see the names of the Tour’s Alpe stage winners on the side of the road? Did you stop for photos? At any rate, it’s time for some well-deserved R&R at the hotel. Simply hand off your bike to the guides and spend a few minutes discussing the day’s adventure with the group over a beer. Then, make your way to your room to relax and recount the memories.

6:00PM

Tonight, you’re free to explore the lively mountain ski town known as Alpe d’Huez. Grab a quick pizza at a local brew pub, indulge in a hearty Raclette, or saddle up to some pasta. There’s plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose.

Group of people clinking glasses of champagne in the Alps
10:00PM

The day has flown by. It’s time to settle in to your room for the night, knowing full well that tomorrow is a new adventure.

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer:

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined:

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself