Self Guided Bike Tours

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Let Breaking Away organize a custom itinerary for you. These trips are perfect for couples, families or groups looking for a more a flexible and affordable cycling vacation to match their different interests and abilities. Just tell us when, how long and where you want to travel- we’ll handle all the details. We’ll put together a custom itinerary that is perfectly suited to your needs. Let our 30 years experience create an unforgettable experience with the best routes, hotels, restaurants and shopping each region has to offer! Our Self-Guided trips allow you to savor one village at a time for multiple nights before moving on to another town depending on your trip length. This gives you daily mileage choices for your cycling loops and allows flexibility for each guest’s needs- including non-cycling guest’s wishing to take art, cooking or language classes. Some may choose to skip a day cycling and instead browse the local markets, relax by the pool with a book or take the car for a beach day! Prices range from $2398. – $2798. per person for a 7 day/6 night cycling trip (cost depends on dates, destination & number in your party- 2 people minimum). You may add extra days for additional fees. Contact us for specific details and trip suggestions. We also offer special child pricing.

Self-Guided Tours:

Alpe D’Huez & Mt. Ventoux

Italian Lakes @Swiss Alpes

Alpes- King of the Mountains

Pyrennes- King of the Mountains

Tour of Tuscany

Tour de Provence

Tour of Umbria

Italian Abruzzo Tour

Giro delle Dolomiti

Italian Alpes

Ligurian & Maritime Alpes

Spain Villa (14km from Gerona)

Napa/Sonoma Tour

California Sierras

L’Alpe D’Huez & Mt. Ventoux: An amazing trip that visits the Alpes and Provence. You’ll ride L’Alpe D’Huez, the Col de la Croix de Fer, the Col d’Ornan and the fearsome Mount Ventoux! Includes overnights in L’Alpe d’Huez and two dinners. Geneva airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Tour of Tuscany: Enjoy riding under the Tuscan sun on this incomparable trip. Your cycling routes will take you to Volterra, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Pienza! You can also add extra days to include Siena or Florence. Rome airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Tour de Provence: Experience the landscapes of Provence on this amazing cycling trip. You’ll ride through the scenic Luberon and Vaucluse regions with an option to challenge Mount Ventoux! Add extra days to shop and sightsee Nice. Nice airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Alpes – King of the Mountains: Ride all the famous climbs of the Tour de France including the Galibier. Madeleine, Cormet de Roselend, Saisies, Croix de Fer and L’Alpe d’Huez! Overnights include L’Alpe d’Huez. Includes two dinners. Geneva airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Italian Lakes: Enjoy the most spectacular vistas in the world on this trip set against the backdrop of Italy’s famous lakes region. You’ll visit Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta and Lake Lugano. Rides include the Mattarone and visiting the famous chapel of cyclists- the Madonna di Ghisallo! Milan airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $1898. (4-6 people); $1998. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Pyrennes – King of the Mountains: Challenge the historic routes of the Tour de France on this spectacular itinerary. You’ll ride Luz Ardiden, Hautacam, Peyresourde, Aspin, Val Louron, Pla d’Adet, Soulor, Aubisque & the Tourmalet! Includes two dinners. Toulouse airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Tour of Umbria: Tuscany’s sister region is less discovered but just as beautiful. Your rides will take you to Cortona, Montepulciano, Orvieto and Todi! You can also add extra days to include Siena or Florence. Rome airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Italian Abruzzo Tour: A fantastic trip that explores the Southern Appennines of Italy. Enjoy riding through the Abruzzi Nature Parc as well as taking on Monte Terminillo. You’ll visit Leonessa, Rieti and Pescasseroli. Add extra days to sightsee Rome! Rome airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Giro delle Dolomiti: The Dolomiti mountains are the most awe inspiring mountains in the world. You’ll challenge the famous routes of the Giro d’Italia including the Passo Pordoi, Gau, Sella, Gardena, Pellegrino, Valles and Marmolada! Includes two dinners. Stay a couple extra days and visit Lake Como and the Madaonna di Ghisallo. Milan airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Italian Alpes: Challenge the famous climbs of the Giro d’Italia on this spirited trip set in the Northern Italian Alpes! Enjoy riding the historic Passo di Gavia, Mortirolo, Tonale, Foscagno and the epic Stelvio! You’ll even get to ride the amazing climb to the Madonna di Ghisallo. Milan airport arrival/departure. 7 days/6 nights. Cost: $2398. (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

Ligurian & Maritime Alpes: Start in Nice on the French Riviera. 5 nights in Italy.Multiple nights in a seaside gem of a village on the Ligurian Coast. One night in the mountains of Maritime Alpes and one night in San Remo. Nice airport arrival/departure.7 days/6 nights.Cost:$2398 (4-6 people); $2698. (2 -3 people) Call for larger group rates.

ALL Custom Self-Guided Tours include: Vehicle with unlimited mileage (2 people- station wagon; 3 or 4 people- minivan; 5 or 6 people- minibus); bike box storage at your arrival/departure airport hotel for the duration of your trip (Paris, Milan, Geneva, Nice, Rome or Toulouse); Deluxe 3 to 4 star hotels with daily breakfasts and specified dinners; Daily itinerary with written vehicle driving instructions/maps for all transfers; Detailed daily cycling routes with profiles, Q-sheets and highlighted maps; Personal European cell phone (1 per vehicle); Dining, shopping & sightseeing information; Custom Pre-Trip planning consultation specific to your reservation & needs. Call for pricing on children and single room options.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS GENERAL INFORMATION

ALL Custom Self-Guided Tours include: Vehicle with unlimited mileage (2 people- station wagon; 3 or 4 people- minivan; 5 or 6 people- minibus); bike box storage at your arrival/departure airport hotel for the duration of your trip (Paris, Milan, Geneva, Nice, Rome or Toulouse); Deluxe 3 to 4 star hotels with daily breakfasts and specified dinners; Daily itinerary with written vehicle driving instructions/maps for all transfers; Detailed daily cycling routes with profiles, Q-sheets and highlighted maps; Personal European cell phone (1 per vehicle); Dining, shopping & sightseeing information; Custom Pre-Trip planning consultation specific to your reservation & needs. Call for pricing on children and single room options.

Reservations & Deposits: To Reserve space, please fill out a web reservation form or mail a completed Reservation Form along with your deposit of $600. per person, per Tour. The balance is due 90 days prior to your trip departure date. An additional $700. “Security Deposit” per group reservation will also be due with your final payment. This is fully refundable 60 days after your trip ends and is used as a deductible in the event of non-payment of possible optional incidentals (meals, drinks, telephone calls at the hotels, Etc.) and to enforce compliment with Breaking Away’s “Self-Guided Tour Rules” against sharing hotel rooms, trip itineraries, race viewing information and cycling routes with non-registered friends or relatives during your trip. All itineraries are subject to change in order to follow this exclusive cycling event.

Rates: All trip costs are per person in a shared double room. If you have an odd number of guests in your group you may request a single room option for an additional fee (very limited space). If you want to reserve a triple room (space limited) there is no additional charge as the room cost savings are offset by a more expensive, larger vehicle needed for the 3rd or 5th guest. Children age 6 or under in a shared room are free as long as a larger vehicle is not needed. Breaking Away’s “Self-Guided” itineraries and cycling routes are produced for the sole use of confirmed clients only and use by others (including confirmed guest’s friends or relatives) is prohibited.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your trip, your deposit will be returned less a 50% cancellation fee if we are notified up to 110 days before your trip departure date and there is no refund of the deposit if we are notified less than 110 days before trip departure date. If you cancel once the final payment has been made (due 110 days before trip departure date) there is a full refund minus the deposit if we can fill your space. Trip cancellation insurance is available and strongly suggested as we make no exceptions with our refund policy. This optional policy refunds your Tour costs in full should you be unable to travel due to an illness or family emergency.

Accommodations & Meals: We provide 3 & 4 star hotels- all with private bathroom. Select dinners and daily breakfasts are included. Additional airport hotel nights are available @ $199. per double room (including Breakfast)

Custom Itinerary/Additional Days: You may arrive earlier or depart later than our “Basic Tour Dates” if you wish to add your own custom itinerary. We can book additional Geneva or Paris hotel nights as well as design a special custom pre or post trip itinerary. Perhaps you want to visit Provence and ride Mt. Ventoux or sightsee the Burgundy wine region. Pre-Trip Planning: All guests must have a valid passport. Please apply immediately if you do not have one or if your current passport will be expiring before your return to the USA. We suggest arriving one day early to ease jet lag. A complete “Pre-Trip” planning packet will be provided to you once you are confirmed with receipt of your deposit.

Rental Vehicle/Driving Info: Self-Guided tours participants receive an French or Italian Rental agency vehicle from Hertz, Avis, etc. Breaking Away Tours acts as an agent in reserving the vehicle and the size is dependant upon the number of guests in each reservation. Rental policies include basic vehicle insurance and each registered driver should check with their own personal insurance policies to make sure they have proper coverage with relation to additional liability and collision. Specific additional insurance is available through the rental agency as well as adding additional drivers for an additional cost paid in person at time of rental.

As an option and for an additional fee you may also reserve a brand new Renault or Peugeot vehicle. This is a “Short term lease” program and the registered driver will be asked to sign a contract with the vehicle provider and a promissory note for the value of your vehicle to assure that you return the vehicle on the agreed upon date of return. Pricing includes up to 17 days use of your vehicle- additional days cost approx. $45-$70. per day depending upon the type of vehicle (station wagon, minivan or 9 passenger minibus).

Release of Liability: There are inherent risks involved with any type of travel and Breaking Away Bicycle Tours, Inc. is not liable for any part of this travel package. All clients will be provided a “Release of Liability” waiver in their confirmation package that must be agreed upon/signed. Breaking Away Bicycle Tours, Inc. is acting as an agent in the reservations of your vehicle & hotels. Our driving and cycling routes are suggestions only.

WHAT’s NOT INCLUDED in the “Self-Guided” Packages:
Vehicle fuel or maintenance, highway toll fees, rental vehicle local airport or road tax fees, parking violations, or theft of personal items (including your luggage or bicycle in your vehicle or hotel) Beverages or additional ordered items during any group dinner & hotel telephone charges/incidentals “On the Road” support- We offer no assistance to you during your vehicle driving or cycling itineraries. If you have an accident on the road you must use the local public authorities to handle an emergency and any costs are your responsibility. We are also not responsible for providing care in the event of ill health. Personal airport pickup or drop-off is not provided. Some of our airport hotels offer this service if notified in advance.