Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Hard to pick just one. I loved all the spectacular views. Unfortunately we had a couple of days of cloudy weather at the start of the trip but the scenery was fantastic the entire trip. Take your time and take it all in.
What did you think of your group leader?
Michele is a fantastic guide - friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and deals with any issues without fuss. We came across a couple of unexpected blockages on the trip and Michele was able to quickly find us safe alternative routes and get us back on track within no time. He is very passionate about Italy, in particular Vicenza - the most beautiful city in the world!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Unlike other Exodus cycling trips I've been on the bus doesn't follow the cyclists during the day. We were provided with a waterproof pannier, a water bottle and handlebar bag if wanted. Very useful for carrying everything you need while out on the bikes. We were also given a short guide book and map of the route. There were green arrows on stickers on lampposts throughout the trip ensuring that if you lost sight of the group because you stopped to take photos you were always sure you were still heading in the right direction. Sunglasses and clear glasses are useful for on the bike as even if it's not sunny they keep the dirt and bugs out your eyes. Venice is a wonderful place to get lost in. If you have the time stay a couple of extra days and explore the non-touristy areas.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Generally the cycling is quite easy with one long climb on the way in to Vicenza.