Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice Ride - Excellent Trip
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were so many inspirational moments on this trip that it is hard to pick out one. Every time we turned a corner, there was another great view or some stunning scenery or the lovely Lake Garda. Every time we stopped, there was some great food and wine to be had. We kept thinking it can't get any better - and then it did! We also enjoyed an additional short early morning ride to take in a view over Verona, and the achievement of the 4km hill (day 5 we think), which was easier than we expected it to be - just keep turning those wheels!
What did you think of your group leader?
Michele was probably the best tour leader we have ever experienced (and we have been on lots of similar types of trips). His knowledge of the area is fantastic, including all the great places to stop for a well earned coffee or lunch, and he certainly goes out of his way to ensure everyone has the best holiday. Not only is he a complete professional, he is great fun to be with. We would recommend him with all our heart (and it was lovely to meet his beautiful family too).
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The trip notes were not clear enough about the fact that a pannier and handlebar bag were included so we brought some things we simply did not need (e.g. a bum bag). The pannier was excellent too, large enough for a couple of extra layers of clothing, and so easy to use, take off and carry around when necessary. We would encourage other travellers to check with Exodus as to what to bring (just in case bike hire company changes). When we first saw the bikes, we were a bit dubious, but actually they were great - good gears, tyres, saddle etc, an easy ride, and quite comfortable (although we'd still recommend bringing some chamois cream!)
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Book this trip! Whoever you are, whatever age you are, this is a great cycling holiday. Whilst there are a couple of longer days, and the odd hill, as long as you can ride a bike comfortably, you should find this trip enjoyable.