Frequently Asked Questions
Escorted Tour Questions
Why should I choose an active gourmet adventure?
What happens to my luggage?
Where do we stay overnight?
What do we do about meals?
How fit do I have to be?
If I choose the cycling option, do I have to ride far?
My partner wants to cycle but I don’t. Is that a problem?
I am a keen cyclist and want to do more, can I?
I am travelling alone. Will I feel left out?
How much gear do I have to carry?
What happens if the weather is bad?
What is included in the price of the tour?
Can I vary the length of the trip?
Do you have information on tours other than those in the active gourmet portfolio?
What other activities are available?
To enjoy a memorable, unique holiday that is also excellent value. We remove the hassles and pack your trip full of unforgettable experiences designed to match your interests. All our tours involve activity: cycling, walking, golf, canoeing even fishing. We also focus on savouring everything a region has to offer, especially its food and wine. We meander off-road, along riverside paths, through forests and vineyards, pausing to smell the flowers, browse antiques in the village market, absorb music in the ancient church; whatever takes your fancy.
Your luggage is transferred in our 'mothership' van. This means you can pack whatever you want without the burden of hefty panniers or backpacks. And with the van never far away, you can offload your bargains from the local markets and stores.
We handpick quality accommodation that reflects the character and history of each region. It could be a chateau, paradore, manor house or rural farmhouse even a barn or cave-hotel. We usually stay two-to-three nights, exploring the local area from our base. Without exception, our hosts are interesting, hospitable and provide a friendly welcome.
The regions we visit are renowned for their fine produce, cuisine and wines. Most evenings we dine in carefully selected restaurants, chosen for their truly memorable food experiences. At lunch, enjoy wonderful picnic foods, often selected from the local markets, or eat al fresco at country cafés. The majority of meals are included in the tour price, but occasionally you will be free to follow your nose and choose your own.
You do not need to be a finely tuned athlete, but a reasonable level of fitness will help. Remember, we cater for both walkers and cyclists.
No, usually no more than 45km a day, unless you want to. We have the mothership on hand for when you need a break or even a full day off. We offer a choice of routes or you might prefer the walking option from time to time. We take frequent breaks to admire the view, visit interesting places and people and for food.
Jump in the mothership or try our interesting walking options.
Longer and more demanding routes are available as required.
Certainly not! Our tour groups are made up of individuals, couples and friends. We cater for people with a variety of interests and energy levels, providing an exhilarating experience for everyone.
Very little. Camera and film, some cash, a light rain-proof jacket and your active gourmet water bottle.
Our tours are timed for the most settled weather periods but we cannot guarantee sunshine every day. If it rains we usually keep going. If it pours, we shelter in a little bar or café or indulge in some under cover sightseeing or shopping.
All accommodation, all breakfasts, most evening meals and lunches, guides, admission to some special events, support vehicle, luggage transfer, active gourmet hat and water bottle. Excluded entry charges (you choose) some lunches and evening meals, gratuities (tips), items of a personal nature such as phone, fax, emai and laundry.
You can join our tour (usually 12 nights) for a shorter time or we can personalise an itinerary for your extended stay.
In that case, let us design an active gourmet self-led adventure just for you, family or friends. Transport can be by car, on foot, by bike, by train, on a canal boat or any combination you prefer.
We have a database of active holidays from companies in all parts of the world, and will be delighted to help you select a suitable package.
We can organise your winter skiing holiday, golfing excursions and cooking or language schools. Your travel can be arranged to coincide with, for example, a tennis grand slam event, or the opera season in Verona. Just give us a call to discuss your needs.
Keen on a personalised tour?
We will design an itinerary for you, tailor-made to suit your needs, interests and time frame. You decide when and how long you wish to tour for, who with and on what mode of transport.
Or we can help you select the most suitable tour from our extensive portfolio of the very best of worldwide activity holidays.