Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy
>What type of terrain? What part of the country? Are you sure you want
>a tour company, or are you open to doing it on your own?
>Both you named are good, but there is a price differential between them
>that is difficult to justify. ExperiencePlus is another company that
>does a lot of tours in Italy (the wife of the couple who owns it is
>from near Rimini though they live in Colorado now). Hampsten, and a
>lot of others run tours in Italy as well.
>But the first step, IMO, is to figure out what you want to see, then
>narrow the choices to those companies who specialize in that area. You
>do not want to sign up with a company that does just the Dolomites and
>Alps if you do not like hills, or a company that just does slow rides
>on the flats if you love hills.
Your choice will also depend on what kind of riding you desire: Are you an
experienced group rider who would like to ride with like-minded (and
skilled) folks, or do have less experience or want to ride at your own pace?
Example: Hampsten's tours would more likely suit the former, while Backroads
would likely better suit the latter.
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