Luxury cycling tour operator DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. has announced new itineraries across the Azores, Thailand, Italy, Holland and Belgium, plus an opportunity to experience the Strade Bianche cycling race. Additionally, this fall, DuVine is expanding tour offerings for multi-generational families, both in new destinations and with departures on a scheduled basis.
New departures include:
- Azores Bike Tour (Level 3): This six-day itinerary will take guests to São Miguel Island. Highlights include cycling the volcanic crater in Furnas, riding the island’s lush eastern coastline, a tour of Europe’s only tea plantation and an authentic dinner hosted in the home of a local family. Guests will also join a marine biologist on a private boat ride in search of dolphins and whales, visit tropical waterfalls in Natural Parks and climb the island’s most dramatic volcano.
- Thailand Bike Tour (Level 2): In DuVine’s debut destination for 2020, guests will traverse national forests, scenic rivers, waterfalls and Thai temples on a seven-day itinerary. From Chiang Mai to the Golden Triangle, the highlights of this bike adventure include tastings at a tea plantation, traipsing with elephants, a Thai cooking class and a day exploring the intersection of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.
- Sardinia Bike Tour (Level 3): Adding to DuVine’s portfolio of Italy trips, this new destination explores Sardinia’s diversity—from the waters of the Costa Smeralda to the remote mountain villages of Barbagia, where the wine industry is flourishing. Guests are treated to fresh Mediterranean seafood and private wine tastings between biking coastal routes and climbing the Genna Silana pass (featured in the 2017 Giro d’Italia).
- Holland + Belgium Bike Tour (Level 1): Expanding on popular tour offerings in the Netherlands, DuVine’s new itinerary focuses on the less-visited side of Holland. Over six days, guests will ride from Gouda to Maastricht, including a stop in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage windmill village, to Biebosch National Park, a rare wetland reserve only accessible by bike or boat. Visits the Jezuïetenberg caves, baking classes and Michelin-starred dinners round out the experiences.
- Strade Bianche Bike Tour (Level 4): In partnership with USA Cycling Foundation, this week of riding on Tuscany’s white gravel, or strade bianche, is a must for enthusiastic cyclists. In addition to race viewings, the six-day itinerary includes exclusive insight from a Strade Bianche pro and gravel tips from cyclocross legend Tim Johnson. Massages from a pro-team soigneur to help speed recovery and accommodations at a luxury Tuscan villa is also included.
DuVine also unveiled additions to its suite of family tours. DuVine’s Family tour collection will include both scheduled and private departures designed with all ages in mind. New options include:
- Greece Family Yacht + Bike Tour (Level 1): Families will stay aboard a luxury sailing yacht as they spend eight days exploring Greek Islands. Days include cycling into hidden villages, sea kayaking, cooking with local families and exploring the ancient sites of Greece and Turkey—including the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Bodrum.
- Provence Family 4-Day Bike + Adventure Tour (Level 1): This abbreviated version of DuVine’s Provence Family Bike + Adventure Tour is an easy and accessible exploration of France’s Luberon valley. Families will tour the underground ochre caves in Gargas, canoe at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, hike the Ochre Trail and tackle a ropes course in Rustrel.
- Puglia Family Bike + Adventure Tour (Level 2): Offered for the first time on a public basis, travelers will cycle the heel of Italy’s boot while tasting fresh mozzarella at a family-run farm and sleeping in a traditional trullo in the UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello. Multi-sport activities like snorkeling the sunken ruins of Egnazia and horseback riding in the Otranto countryside are also included.
- Holland Family Bike Tour (Level 1): Guests will learn to make cheese in Gouda, bake bread and play classic Dutch lawn games on this departure. Gentle cycling follows car-free bike paths, country lanes and classic polders. Paddle a kayak down the canals of Utrecht and visit a working windmill to learn how these structures keep Dutch cities dry.