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2013 TOUR PLANNER
Cycling - Sailing - Ballooning - Walking
Welcome to our 2013
Tour Planner -
the easiest way to find an
adventure tour in
Travelers tell us our trips are somehow different - a sense of adventure, going someplace new each day, exploring... ALWAYS FUN! - ALWAYS EXCITING!..., sometimes along the seashore, almost always near a vineyard, We sail to exotic islands, fly into the sunset in hot air balloons - and spend nights along oceans most people have never heard of. Some of our trips now combine cycling, walking, sailing, ballooning and other activities. With the frequent addition of new trips and active adventures since our beginning in 1982, our world has grown significantly as has the world of our friends who travel with us year after year through these scenic landscapes... as varied as the earth provides.
When you have selected your trip, simply call us at 1-800-800-1775 or send in the Registration Form on this Web site via mail, e-mail or fax. It is wise to register as early as possible.
Travel Agents - Please call on our agent's reservation line 1-8888-TO TOUR (1-888-886-8687)
Newsletters & Announcements & Special Prices
We publish an electronic newsletter several times a year. It contains new trip announcements, destination information, travel tips and various other information you might find interesting.
Special Prices- We also offer trips at special prices just to see if your paying attention. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please take a minute to sign up now. Your privacy is respected. We share our information with no one and you can opt off at any time.
We can tailor any of our trips to meet your group needs. If your group is ten or more, you can select your own departure date and alter the itinerary to your liking. We would enjoy working with you in planning your dream vacation.
Guided or Self-guided
If this Is your first travel to a country foreign to you and you are uncomfortable with that, or if you want to be with the supportive services of a great tour leader and a van, then our traditional guided tours are probably for you.
If you have done all that and are comfortable on your own with or without knowledge of the language (English gets you almost everywhere these days) you may want to consider a self-guided tour. The savings are great and they leave almost anytime you want to go.
Self- Guided Tours
Self-guided or individual bicycle tours offer the ultimate in economy and freedom all the while offering the amenities of mechanical backup and luggage transfer daily to the next hotel. These tours provide neither a tour guide nor a support vehicle. You must be able to fix a flat tire (or be with someone who can). Mechanical assistance is just a phone call away 7 days a week for more serious problems.
Guided Bicycle Tours
You may choose from two styles of tours:
Chateau Tours are our signature line of luxury-oriented bicycle tours, for which we have become well known enjoying the best hotels available, with all breakfasts, two dinners and a gourmet picnic lunch included.... and never more than sixteen people. You will spend nights in luxury hotels carefully chosen for authentic period furnishings and excellent service, often with beautiful gardens or grounds, swimming pool beaches and tennis courts. You may find yourself in a luxurious French chateau, Austrian castle or Italian villa; many from the renowned Relaix and Chateaux group. Of course our spirit of adventure does not always put us near an extravagant hotel every night and, on these occasions, you may find yourself in a country inn of some character or a well-located city hotel — always very comfortable.
Inn Tours are a lower priced, value line of tours featuring small, well managed, less expensive inns and hotels. Inn Tours feature breakfast every day, two dinners and slightly larger groups. Your accommodations will be in comfortable hotels and cozy country inns, which often are family owned and managed. We try to select inns with character that typify the region and present an ambiance of peacefulness and comfort, more often that not they include an excellent restaurant serving the cuisine of the countryside.
The itineraries are identical for both types of tours, allowing, of course, for the different hotel destinations.
Your Hotels - All tours
Your hotel each night will be a fitting finale to a day well spent. An oasis of solitude, comfort and service carefully selected for its cultural ambiance... often with authentic period antiques, swimming pool, tennis court or a sun splashed beach.
On each trip we try to arrange a variety of accommodations to include in your experience all that an area might offer. We plan two people to a room. Single rooms are available at extra charge. If you are traveling alone on a guided tour and would like to share a room, we will attempt to find you a roommate. We always request our rooms with a shower but if you prefer a tub to soak those tired legs at night - we can arrange it for you.
Dining With World Ventures - The Cuisine
Guided Original Tours - The dinners are leisurely and include authentic samplings of the local cuisine.., a time when conversation rivals the sparkle of the wine. Two dinners and all breakfasts are included on each guided tour. On free evenings, we are always ready with a few dining suggestions that may range from local country fare at a neighborhood restaurant to grand cuisine with a famous chef— whatever suits your evenings palate. The Champagne Reception and Get Acquainted and Farewell Dinners, as well as breakfast every day, are included on each tour, and on free evenings your guides will be ready with dining suggestions to suit your mood and your budget.
Guided Partner Tours & Self Guided Tours - Breakfast is included every day and dinners are as specified in the tour description. Cruise and Bike tours include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon snacks.
WORLD-CLASS BICYCLE & WALKING TOURS