Munich to Rome

Welcome to our Munich to Rome Cycling Holiday. Cycling in Germany, Austria and Italy conjures up a myriad of thoughts and ideas. The lush valleys, lakes and mountains of the Tyrolean north; the romance and old world charm of regions like Tuscany and Chianti; the sheer cultural heritage of the beautiful medieval walled towns; lazy lunches, great food, history, architecture, wine and company, oh and a spot of cycling too. Perfect!

Starting from Munich, Bavaria’s ancestral home, we venture southwards past the well heeled residents of beautiful Lake Starnberg towards the Austrian border. We encounter jaw-dropping scenery in Austria and also cycle into Switzerland very briefly before crossing the border into Italy. We will use parts of the sublime “Via Augusta” cycle route marked in particular by a giggle inducing descent to Merano which will have you feeling like a kid again! From here we continue to the mighty Lake Garda and romantic Verona before arriving at the historic city of Mantova. A welcome flat day across the Po plain takes us to the Appenini mountains and on into Tuscany where we have a well earned rest day in the stunning medieval walled city of Siena. More stunning views and classic Italian towns such as the “Tufa Towns” of Pitigliano and Sorano and villages await as we continue to the final destination of Rome, where you may wish to spend an extra day or two exploring this magnificent city.

Italy is a hilly country and there are a number of climbs throughout this tour as we cross Tyrolean valleys, traverse the Appennini mountains and Tuscan hills with a number of stunning but challenging days riding. The tour is comparable to our Lands End to John O’ Groats tour in terms of difficulty (actually a little harder) although we do have a rest day in Siena which is a great place to explore and rest your legs.

The ‘Munich to Rome’ tour will be undertaken over twelve days cycling with an arrival and departure day either side. We aim to keep away from busy roads wherever possible. The tour encompasses some of these countries most spectacular countryside and exhilarating cycling. It should be noted that the road surfaces in Italy aren’t as good as in France so a minimum of 25mm tyres is recommended with hard wearing tread. Also, on the tour, there are a few sections (never usually more than a few hundred metres) that are compacted gravel. Riding on it is not as bad as it sounds really but the utilisation of these sections have been essential to the overall quality of the route, as they have enabled us to keep the route safe, scenic and enjoyable as opposed to being forced onto dangerous sections of road.

Italy can also get very hot during the summer which is why we choose slightly cooler months when the temperatures should be in the 20’s (as opposed to the 30’s – 40’s in the height of the summer.

You are provided with detailed route notes and for those with Garmins we also have TCX/GPX files of the route (or you can hire a device from us with the route loaded on). A tour leader cycles at the back of the group and there is a support vehicle on hand should you require assistance. We also carry a few spare bikes just in case you have any major mechanical problems. Most lunches are provided at a restaurant or a café each day and all your luggage is moved for you. The rest day in Siena and two other lunches are not provided for as it is better logistically for the group to sort lunch themselves those days, especially in Pitigliano where there are lots of lovely little trattorias to explore. Evening meal on the Vetrella day will be provided to compensate for this.

Whilst emphasis is always on safety we aim to provide a relaxed approach to cycle touring and wish to facilitate a fun and enjoyable tour with many laughs and memorable moments along the way. Our training days in the Peak District are designed to build confidence and discuss some of the logistics of completing a successful long distance cycling tour.

To view details of our training weekends please click here.

The distance we will travel is approximately 840 miles, with an average mileage of 70 miles per day. It should be borne in mind that a reasonably fit cyclist will average around 10 miles per hour and therefore we will be in the saddle each day for around 7-8 hours.

The arrival point for the tour is Munich. We will meet you at the airport on the first Saturday and have our first group meal and overnight in a quiet suburb of this vibrant Bavarian city. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the “S-bahn” where it is a short ride into the city centre for sightseeing for those arriving in enough time. On Sunday we begin our cycling adventure. At the end of the tour we finish cycling on Thursday and stay in a hotel close to Rome city centre. The tour guides will start the long journey home on Friday morning and the hotel can arrange transfers to the airport for onward travel. If you can get your bike to us at the start of the tour then we can take your bike over for you and also bring it back for you at the end of the tour.

You can view a blog from the first tour here or see a photo gallery of the first tour here or one from the June tour here Please note that these photo’s are from the ‘Italian Job’ tour which had about half of the same route as the Munich to Rome tour (the middle half).

2020 Tour Dates:

Sat 2nd May – Fri 15th May 2020 10 Places available – No Single Spaces left

Sat 12th September – Fri 25th September 2020 Tour Full

 

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2020 Tour Dates:

Sat 2nd May – Fri 15th May 2020 10 Places available – No Single Spaces left

Sat 12th September – Fri 25th September 2020 Tour Full

 

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Munich to Rome Route

Arrival Day – Saturday: Arrive Munich

After your arrival in the Bavarian city of Munich we will have our first group meal and initial brief.

Day 1 Sunday: Munich to Mittenwald (65 miles) Elevation Gain:  4075ft / 1242m

We stay in the south-west suburbs of the city to allow an easy route southwards to the Bavarian Alps. A lovely ride by Lake Starnberg with it’s opulent houses is a nice flat introduction to the tour before we start to see a few hills as the scenery becomes more and more spectacular and the chocolate box town of Mittenwald, nestled amongst the stunning Alpine peaks, is a great place to spend our first night on the road.

Day 2 Monday: Mittenwald to Nauders (80 miles) Elevation Gain: 4780ft / 1456m

This ride has to be one of the most stunning of any tour that we do (we do have a lot to choose from though!). This challenging day takes us across Austria for the most part along the turquoise waters of the cascading Inn river where you’ll see many thrill seekers white water rafting. Constantly surrounded by spectacular mountains, this long day in the saddle has it’s challenges but is generally easy going. There is a sting in the tail at the end of the day as we ascend from the Switzerland side and finally descend to the ski resort of Nauders on the edge of the Austrian/Italian border for a slap up meal.

Day 3 Tuesday: Nauders to Bolzano (76 miles) Elevation Gain: 2689ft / 819m

Although this is a long day you will descend 6233ft along this amazing route. After an initial short climb away from Nauders you will cross the Austrian border into Italy and start one of the best descents you are ever likely to do. Again the scenery is spectacular throughout with amazing views opening up around every corner. Our destination of Bolzano is an opulent city with a distinctly Germanic feel and many people here speak German as their first language.

Day 4 Wednesday: Bolzano to Torbole (75 miles) Elevation Gain: 4133ft / 1260m

The route continues downhill through a number of attractive Alpine towns and villages as we skirt the Dolomites where we cut west across another Alpine Valley to the stunning vista which opens up across Lake Garda. We drop down to the northern shore of this beautiful lake at Torbole and while you are tucking into a lakeside evening meal, the guides will pack the bikes away ready for our morning ferry ride.

Day 5 Thursday: Riva Del Garda to Mantova (54 miles) Elevation Gain: 1087ft / 331m

We start the day with an essential scenic ferry ride across the lake to the eastern shore to avoid some dangerous tunnels and busy road. Disembarking at Garda with twitchy, eager legs, we will meet the vans with the bikes and climb out from the lake up through the vineyards and then hook up with a cycle path by a canal to explore the beautiful city of Verona. After cutting south from Verona we head through pastoral land on to Mantova (or Mantua) a lesser known jewel in the areas crown with some fantastic architecture and, more importantly, tasty restaurants!

Day 6 Friday: Mantova to Guiglia (81 miles) Elevation Gain: 1800ft / 548m

A long cycling day is in prospect as we head south across the vast flat section of Italy called the Po Plain. Our route follows a network of raised canal levees and Po tributaries along a completely flat route for most of the day. After a hearty lunch, the afternoon remains flat until the latter sections of the day which sees us heading up on undulating, country roads towards the base of the Appeninnes and then at the base we have a final tough climb of the day up to our evenings accommodation for a well earned rest in the quaint village of Guiglia.

Day 7 Saturday: Guiglia to Pistoia (67 miles) Elevation Gain: 5308ft / 1618m

A tough but fantastically rewarding day in the saddle is in prospect today as we pick our way across the Appeninnes. These impressive mountains stretch the length of Italy and take us from Emilia Romagna into the Tuscany region. The scenery changes dramatically as we weave our way through the picturesque mountain villages and on to our Tuscan Villa for a deserved drop of something chilled and maybe a dip in the pool!

Day 8 Sunday: Pistoia to Siena (72 miles) Elevation Gain: 6423ft / 1957m

This picture postcard route takes you through immaculate olive groves and vineyards, Romanesque churches, honey coloured farmhouses and imposing castles from the Middle Ages. This is one of the toughest days of the tour with a number of climbs throughout. Our destination for the day is the perfectly preserved medieval city of Siena.

Day 9 MondayRest Day in Siena or optional Tuscan bike ride (0 – 62 miles) Elevation Gain: 5492ft / 1673m

Siena is a great city to explore. The Piazza del Campo is the vibrant heart of the old town and the historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena is well known for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. A local guide will give us a tour of the city to help get a better understanding of the city’s fascinating history. If you prefer to get a bit more cycling in then we have a fantastic optional ride to the town of Asciano before looping back through the attractive Tuscan landscape back to Siena.

Day 10 Tuesday: Siena to Casciano dei Bagni (61 miles) Elevation Gain: 4770ft / 1453m

Reluctantly leaving Siena behind we remain deep in the heart of Tuscany heading over to beautiful Asciano and on into the lunar-like landscape of the “Crete Senesi”, the waves, and hillocks formed by these clay based ploughed fields are a joy to cycle in, if a little up and down!! We finish that day’s riding in the spa town of lovely San Casciano Dei Bagni with its hot pools, some of which are free to use (if you can find them!!).

Day 11  Wednesday: Casciano dei Bagni to Vetralla (77 miles) Elevation Gain: 4467ft / 1361m

Our penultimate day to Vitrella is an absolutely delightful day’s cycling, you will be treated to lots of little nooks and crannies and twists and turns with the easily carvable “Tufa” stone a prevalent feauture throughout. We visit the amazing “Tufa Towns” of Pitigliano and Sorano so please take time to walk around and soak up these special places. We finish this cracking day’s cycling out in the sticks near Vetrella for a well-deserved dip in the pool.

Day 12  Thursday: Vetralla to Rome (76 miles) Elevation Gain: 4419ft / 1346m

On our final day in the saddle we head out into the lovely Lazio region on our way to Rome and it’s true what they say, all roads lead to Rome, but they don’t necessarily link up!! We find ourselves taking a rather circuitous route today to keep us on scenic, safe roads as we approach the bustling centre. The roads in Lazio are not as well maintained as Tuscany so expect some short sections of bumpy road and later in the day expect a few busier sections as we get closer and closer to our goal. The final section into Rome is a dedicated cycle path all the way into the finish and victory!! Prosecco corks will be popping to mark the end of what we hope will be a fantastic and memorable tour.

Day 13  Friday: Tour ends.

On Friday morning the guides will set off on their long journey home and everyone will either stay an extra night or two to enjoy this beautiful city or make their respective ways to either one of the two airports in Rome with hopefully some fond memories of a fantastic holiday. The guides will be travelling back up the M6 on the Sunday for those wanting to meet the van.

 

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What’s Included?

The tour price includes 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 1 evening meal, all snacks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes and GPS files so that you can cycle at your own pace, certificate, luggage transfer each day, transfer from Munich airport to hotel in Munich.

What’s Not Included?

Evening meals, lunch on days 2 & 11 and on the rest day, cycle hire (available for a fee), Garmin hire (available for a fee), transport to Munich, transport from Rome, transfer from hotel in Rome to the airport.

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

You have a choice sharing a double or a twin room or, if you would like your own space then you can choose the single room option or sole occupancy of a double.  All rooms are en-suite.

Route

After our arrival in Munich on Saturday we will set off south on the Sunday morning heading deep in to the beautiful Tyrolean mountains heading towards the Italian Border.

In the first 3 days, we will pass through 4 different countries – Starting in Germany we then cross into Austria for our first night on the road in the quaint mountain town of Mittenwald with its intricately muralled walls and hearty Tyrolean food. We then continue south crossing briefly into Switzerland where we parallel the Swiss-Austrian border on the Swiss side until we reach the border crossing at Martina where we cross back into Austria and ascend a glorious climb to the pretty hamlet of Nauders.

The following morning, we cross our final border, for this journey, into Italy. The scenery is breath-taking and the descent that awaits you on this first day in Italy is amongst some of the best riding we have ever seen as we take to a number of well surfaced cycle paths en-route to the opulent town of Bolzano.

After an essential morning ferry ride on Lake Garda to avoid the dangerous tunnels on the lake we head to romantic Verona and then cut south to often-overlooked Mantova home to some of the best pumpkin pasta we have ever had! (It’s their local specialty).

An easier day then sees us crossing the predominantly flat Po plain and getting some miles under our belt before heading up into the hills again en route to the ancient town of Pistoia.

We turn up the heat as we venture south into Tuscany and the surreal vistas of the “Crete Senesi” onto the amazing “Tufa Towns” of Pitigliano and Sorano and finally into Lazio and a last section of dedicated bike path all the way into majestic Rome. The people, food, weather and amazing variety of landscapes, people and places make this trip a very special one indeed.

Food

All of your breakfasts and lunches (lunch not included on day 2, 11 and the rest day) are included in the price of the trip. Breakfast in Italy is most definitely not what you will be used to as it consists mainly of cake! (there is at least one person in this office that is not too put off by that thought!) A lot of the hotels will offer some form of alternative continental and we will endeavour to press the hotels for a little more choice for our groups for your cycling legs.  Lunches (but not drinks) will be provided each day and will generally be at a restaurant or cafe with pasta salads, pizza, sandwiches and local fare . Evening meals are not included and can be bought at your accommodation or in nearby restaurants. We also have fruit, biscuits, nuts etc in the back up van that you are welcome to pick at throughout the day and if there are specific snacks you would like, as ever, just let us know.

Back Up

An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes and TCX/GPX files so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all, although they will be at the back of the group.

A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.

Bikes

We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. It should be noted that if you have your bike serviced before the tour then it is a good idea to ride it a few times to allow things to ‘bed in’ before joining the tour. Either a road bike or a touring bike is preferable. We have a range of road and touring bikes available for hire if you don’t have your own bike. We will take your bike over for you if you bring it to us before hand and we will take it back for you at the end of the tour as well (free of charge if you drop off and pick up or we can box the bike and post it to you for a charge). Please note that Peak Tours will not be held responsible for any damage cause in the transportation of the bikes, problems are very rare indeed and we have a very safe, tried and tested system. Any bikes with DI gears need to bring their chargers with them for the trip and riders also need to be aware that it may be necessary to remove the saddle and in some cases with DI gears, unplug the cable (although we try to avoid this). We also remove the front wheel of most bikes being transported and place them in wheel bags, if anyone has a wheel that requires a specific tool you would need to provide that too please.

The roads in Germany and Austria are of high quality but in Italy they are not the same quality as in France or even the UK so whilst we have laboured to provide a fantastic route there are some sections of rougher tarmac so hard wearing 25mm tyres are strongly recommended. Also, on the tour, there are a few sections (never usually more than a few hundred metres) that are compacted gravel. Riding on it is not as bad as it sounds really but the utilisation of these sections have been essential to the overall quality of the route, as they have enabled us to keep the route safe, scenic and enjoyable as opposed to being forced onto dangerous sections of road.

Fitness

This tour is suitable for someone with a good level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride. We will have a training day in the Peak District available if you would like to join the group before the main event.

It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.

Clothing & Equipment

Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate insurance to cover against, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover.

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How do I get to Munich?

You can get to Munich from all major UK airports which all have regular non-stop flights. We can pick you up at the airport when you arrive on Saturday and transport you to your first nights accommodation.

What happens when I arrive?

If you would like collecting from the airport we will meet you and take you, your luggage and your bike to the hotel in Munich where we will spend our first night. We will have a group meal 19.30 on the Saturday night so if you are arriving much earlier you have the time free to yourself. Munich central is a short “S”train/U Bahn ride away.

What happens at the end?

On the final day we finish cycling on Thursday and spend the night at hotel close to Rome city centre. We have a ‘final supper’ where we all get together for a last group meal. On Friday morning the guides will begin the long drive back to the UK. As many people will spend an extra day or two in Rome, the fact that there are a few different airports and people will be leaving at different time we don’t include the transfer to the airport.

What mechanical knowledge do I need?

We don’t expect you to be an expert bike mechanic but there are a few simple skills that will be a great benefit to you. The most important skill you need to know is how to fix a puncture. It is quite likely that at some point you will have a puncture or two so it is essential that you carry a puncture repair kit and a spare tube or two with you. It is also helpful if you know how to change your brake pads and adjust your brakes & gears however this isn’t essential. Our guides will help you with any repairs and adjustments en-route.

What are the lunches like?

We arrange a lunch at a restaurant or café each day. This will be a mixture of sandwiches, salads, soup, pizza, pasta salad etc and will be different at each place. There will always be enough to go round so don’t worry if you are at the back of the group. The lunch stops provide a good opportunity to re-group and catch up with others and compare notes.

Will I be left behind?

No, a tour leader cycles at the back of the group so that you won’t be left behind if you are worried about cycling too slowly. Throughout the group there will be a mix of abilities and cycling speeds so you will usually be able to cycle with others that cycle at a similar pace. Some people like to cycle fast whilst others prefer to take their time, stop for coffee & cake or stop to take photos etc so whether you are a ‘speed demon’ or more of a ‘tourer’ there usually will be someone to cycle with each day.

Do I need to be super fit?

No, you don’t need to be super fit but a good level of fitness is important as long distance cycling is challenging at times. The fitter you are and the more training that you do before hand will add to the enjoyment of your tour and improve your chances of succeeding the challenge. If you need any advice about fitness please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any questions and concerns that you may have.

What are the groups like?

Obviously each group is different but generally our Peak Tours customers are a fun, friendly, helpful and adventurous bunch. There will be people of all ages and from all walks of life. We tend to get quite a few older riders although there will always be a few younger riders as well. So far our youngest rider was 15 & the oldest 78. We think that a group of 20-25 is ideal as there will be plenty of people with similar interests and character without being such a big group that it becomes too much.

Generally the group will be split 50/50 between people travelling alone & people that travel as a pair such as two brothers, two friends, two partners. There will be plenty of people to socialise with throughout the day and in the evening.

How do I get my bike home at the end of the trip?

As always, if you can get your bike to Peak Tours HQ in Derbyshire then we can take it and bring it back for you free of charge.

If you are flying with your bike then you will need to box your bike or put it in a bike bag before you board the plane. If you choose to do this then please be aware that there is only room in the vans for a limited number of soft cases that will fold down. Hard cases are not generally taken as they take up too much room but we have made exceptions for people in the past in mitigating circumstances. If you use a cardboard box for your bike we can easily fold that down and lay it flat on the floor of the van.

If you would like us to post the bike back for you after the trip to your home address the way it works is that the bikes will be boxed (this usually means that they will remove the front wheel, pedals, saddle & turn the handlebars) and posted to your address. The price for this service is £80.00 per bike. If you would like to use this service please let us know & we will book it in for you.

What happens in the evenings?

Once you have arrived at your accommodation you should have chance for some time to relax, have a shower, explore etc before the evening meal. Generally we will recommend a number of places to eat each evening so that you can explore some of the fantastic towns and cities that we will stay. Sometimes we arrange group meals but we don’t do this every night as it can become a bit restrictive.

Does the support vehicle follow the group?

No, the back up van doesn’t drive behind the group at all times but the van shouldn’t be too far away if you require assistance. In the morning we have a group brief and set off cycling, meanwhile the backup driver will collect all the luggage from the various hotels. Once all of the luggage has been loaded, the support vehicle will leapfrog the group stopping when necessary. The backup driver will be at the lunch stop should you need anything from the van and in the afternoon will go on ahead to ensure that your luggage is in place before you arrive.

How much luggage can I take?

There is limited space in the back up van to store luggage. We therefore request that you try to keep your luggage size to a minimum and try not to bring too much with you.  The ideal size for luggage is 70 x 50 x 30 cm and a weight of 15 – 18kg (or less).

What training should I do?

The more the better. We will provide a training guide for you so that you can build up your cycling strength and prepare for the ride in the correct way. It is important that you cycle two long days back to back whilst training and also that you cycle on some hills. We hold a training weekend so that you can meet with others in the group, ask any questions you may have and also test yourselves amongst the hills of the Peak District.

What bike should I use?

This tour is suitable for both road bikes and hybrids. The roads in Germany and Austria are of high quality but in Italy they are not the same quality as in France or even the UK so whilst we have laboured to provide a fantastic route there are some sections of rougher tarmac so hard wearing 25mm tyres are strongly recommended. Also, on the tour, there are a few sections (never usually more than a few hundred metres) that are compacted gravel. Riding on it is not as bad as it sounds really but the utilisation of these sections have been essential to the overall quality of the route, as they have enabled us to keep the route safe, scenic and enjoyable as opposed to being forced onto dangerous sections of road.

You are going to cycle 778 miles or 840 miles long if you ride the rest day, so it is important that your bike won’t let you down. You may want to fit new brake blocks, tyres & inner tubes before you start the ride and also bring 3-4 spare inner tubes, pump, puncture repair kit and multi-tool to carry with you each day. It is essential that you are able to fix a puncture.

It is also advisable to have lights from and rear lights on your bikes and try to be a visible as possible.

Can I hire a bike from you?

It is advisable to use your own bike if possible, however we realise that it is not always possible to use your own steed so you may wish to hire one. We have two types of road bike and three types of hybrid bike available. The Cannondale Synapse road bike is a good fit for this trip. You can find the details here

All of our hire bikes come fitted with cycle computer, water bottle cage, bell, map holder, rear rack (for hybrids only) and front and rear lights. We also provide a pannier (hybrids) or seat post bag (road bikes) with a multi-tool, pump, puncture repair kit, spare tube and tyre levers at no extra cost. All bikes can have flat or SPD pedals so please let us know your preference or, if you would prefer to use your own (and maybe your own saddle) then please bring these along with you. We can also provide a helmet for you at no extra cost.

What gear should I take?

We provide a suggested kit list so please contact us if you would like a copy sending to you.

What is the male / female ratio?

This varies with each group. There are usually more guys than gals but an average would be about 1/3rd ladies & 2/3rds gents although some tours have more ladies than men.

What are the Accommodation Options?

Double or Twin room option
It is fairly obvious that if you choose this option then you will stay in a B&B/hotel every night. If you are with your partner then you can have a double room each night of the tour. If you are with a friend/relative then you would have a twin room each night of the tour. If you are travelling alone and choose this option then you will be roomed with other members of the group (same sex) and stay in a twin (occasionally a triple) room throughout. Usually you will have an en-suite bathroom but occasionally you have a separate bathroom.

Single room option
Here you are guaranteed a single room each night of the trip. All rooms are en-suite.

Sole use of a double room option
Here you are guaranteed single occupancy of a double room. All rooms are en-suite.

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Booking

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking, then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached, then you will be notified no less than two calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc and no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You

If you have to cancel your holiday, then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to a different tour date if possible. Usually if we are able to fill your place we will return your deposit to you however if your cancellation is close to the tour start date then we may need to keep your deposit and also full tour payment to cover potential losses we will incur.

Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

More than 60 days before start date: Deposit

Less than 60 days before start date: 100%

Cooling Off Period

If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.

Prices

Peak Tours reserves the right to increase the price of a tour anytime up until 28 days prior to a tour start date, even if all monies for the tour have already been paid. This maybe due to changes in exchanges rates or for any other reason. If this happens then you will be given the option of cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund if you are not happy with this increase. Peak Tours will not be liable to any additional expenses incurred such as flights. Changes in exchange rates and government-decreed price increases (e.g. in the VAT rate) may mean that the price of your package may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 28 days of departure. Where the price increase amounts to more than 10% of the offered and confirmed price for the travel arrangement, you have the right to withdraw from the contract free of charge within 5 days following receipt of notification. Payments made by you to us will be reimbursed immediately.

Accommodation

B&B Option – double or twin/triple

If you choose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin or triple room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

Single Room Option

If you choose the single room option, you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

Sole Use of a Double Room Option

If you choose this option, you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be an exceptionally rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely. Occasionally you may have a twin room to yourself if a double room isn’t available but again, this is rare.

YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

This option is only available for the fourteen day LEJOG tour. If you choose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.

No refund will be given for any unused accommodation, services or feature of the trip if you need to leave the tour early for whatever reason.

Support

On tours with eight people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 9 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling at the back of the group or both guides driving a backup van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans to provide support.

Cycle Hire

If you choose the cycle hire option, you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like to use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling.

Minimum Number

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met, then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least two calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually eight people) hasn’t been met and you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Consumer Protection

In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit and final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.

Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings and cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx

You should Satisfy yourself before booking that you have researched your destination and made an informed decision to travel, and taken any necessary precautions. You can obtain travel advise from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonweath-office).

Please note that Brexit may change the validity of this arrangement and at time of writing things are still in flux. Please check the current situation before you travel.

Bicycle Insurance

It is important that your bike is insured for the duration of your tour. This insurance should include and loss or damage to your bike that may occur during your tour an any subsequent days in transit.

Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for the loss of your bike if it is stolen during the tour. This includes if the bike was stolen from one of the accommodation providers, lunch stops or if your bike is being transported in one of our vans. It is important to be aware that we don’t have any insurance for your bike, even if your bike is in our care, either in one of our vans or at any of our premises.

Whilst we take great care to ensure that your bikes are always safe. We have been very fortunate and have never had a bike stolen whilst in our care, but it always remains a possibility. For this reason, you need to ensure that your bike is fully insured from the moment you start your tour or from the moment that you hand your bike to us, if this is earlier than your tour start date.

Safety

Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity and the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk and Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip.

Peak Tours reserve the right to abandon the day’s ride, at any point, should they feel that there are any factors compromising the safety of the group i.e. severe weather conditions. In the case of abandoning a ride, transport will be provided by Peak Tours to take all the riders to their accommodation.

Once the decision has been taken to cancel the day’s riding, and everyone is safely accounted for, any further guide support for riders wanting to continue with the ride will be withdrawn and, if you decide to continue with your ride, then you do so completely at your own risk. The decision of the Tour leader representing Peak Tours in final.

You are required to follow any safety advice provided to you including wearing a cycle helmet when cycling.

There is no official time limit set by Peak Tours for a rider to complete each days ride, however if a rider is consistently arriving at their accommodation at the end of each day with insufficient time to change and have an evening meal then the guides may intervene and offer options to allow the rider to finish at a reasonable time such as earlier starts from the rest of the group of riding in the van for sections of the ride.

In the most extreme cases where, due to a lack of fitness or any other circumstances, a rider is unable to keep suitable pace and complete the days ride in a reasonable time and other alternatives have been explored, Peak Tours reserve the right to remove you from the tour. No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances.

Medical

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate proving you are medically fit to participate in your chosen holiday. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the holiday, you must advise us before booking. If you do not do so, we may cancel your holiday at any time.​

We welcome people with restricted mobility, medical or particular care requirements or a disability, and aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as reasonably possible to all. However, in order that we may consider the possibility of making reasonable adjustments, it is important that we are fully informed of any needs or requirements before any booking is concluded. It has to be considered that a tour group may have up to 25 people and the tour guides have a responsibility to all members of the group. If it is deemed that it wouldn’t be possible to accept someone with a particular disability or care requirements even after considering any reasonable adjustments that we would need to make then we reserve the right to decline a booking as we need to consider the safety of the group as a whole and our tour guides have a responsibility to the whole group. Also, if during a tour it becomes apparent that someone is unsuitable for a tour then the tour leader reserves the right to remove the person from the tour and Peak Tours will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result.

Behaviour

We consider offensive, aggressive or illegal behaviour to be completely unacceptable. Any such behaviour directed at either our staff, other members of the group or the general public will not be tolerated. The guides reserve the right to ask you to leave the tour with immediate effect, if your conduct is considered by us to be inappropriate, likely to cause harm, or impair the enjoyment, comfort or safety of your neighbours, other members of your group, staff and/or the general public, or is likely, in our belief, to breach any terms of our agreement with you (including these conditions). No refunds or compensation will be given in these circumstances and we reserve the right not to accept any future bookings from you or any member of your party.

Flexibility

There is a natural need to be flexible in a holiday of this kind. The day to day agenda and ultimate aim of the holiday is taken as an objective and not as a contractual obligation. It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their subsequent results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible.

If there is a significant change to essential terms of your holiday after booking, but before your departure date, we will notify you of these changes as soon as possible. If you are not satisfied with these changes, we will work with you to find a practical alternative. If you are not satisfied with the alternatives, then you will be entitled to cancel your booking without penalty and any money paid for services provided by the Company will be refunded. No refund will be offered for services not booked with the Company e.g. travel costs, flights, train fares etc.

Travel arrangements to the start point and from the finish point are your responsibility. Our responsibility does not commence until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. If you fail to arrive there at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be held responsible for any additional expenses incurred by you.

Complaints

Any complaints regarding your trip should be made direct to your tour leader who will normally take appropriate action. If at the end of your tour, you feel that your complaint was not dealt with properly and you were not satisfied with the response, you must notify us in writing or via email within 28 days of the actual completion date of your tour. We will try to agree a settlement with you.

Contract

By completing your booking form, you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak Tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary and any information supplied to you.

Company Details

Peak Tours Limited 38 Storth Meadow Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6UZ.
Registered in England 7992506
VAT No 130935822

DUE TO ‘BREXIT’ AND THE EVER DECREASING VALUE OF THE POUND WE MAY HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THIS TOUR IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T IMPROVE. PRICES WERE SET BEFORE THE ‘BREXIT’ VOTE AND SINCE THEN THE POUND HAS PLUMMETED AGAINST THE EURO. IF THE POUND CONTINUES TO FALL THEN UNFORTUNATELY WE WILL HAVE TO APPLY A SMALL SURCHARGE TO THE TOUR. IF WE DO HAVE TO APPLY A SURCHARGE THEN YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO CANCEL AND HAVE A FULL REFUND. WE HOPE THAT THIS WONT HAPPEN BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS AWARE.

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Here is a customer blog, written by Vajrin during his Italian Job tour in May 2017 – Vajrin’s Italian Job Tour Blog May 2017

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