Frequently Asked Questions
What does the price tour includes?
The price, generally includes lodging, breakfasts and dinners, van support, maps. It does not include transportation to/from the tour, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, and guide gratuities.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes. Please see our "Discount Page" for more details.
We always schedule the tours during the best time of year to go for each destinations. For example, Spring and Fall for Europe, November/December/January for Asia.
How long has Far and Away Cycling been in business?
We have been leading tours worldwide since 2002.
You can reserve a spot (and lock in the price of the trip) by sending a check for $300 (payable to "Far and Away Cycling Tours LLC").
Make your check payable to: Far and Away Cycling LLC
Mail your check to: Robert E Thompson, 1016 S. Wayne #709, Arlington VA 22204
See the sign up form for details.
What does it cost to get there?
Depends from where you are flying and when you book. If you have flexibility you can get the price down with Priceline, Orbitz or your own creativity. Always ask about any charges for bringing a bike as one of your two pieces of luggage.
What if I can’t keep up?
Everyone rides at their own pace. Guests of all abilities come on our trips. We will ensure that no one is left behind.
Will I be the youngest or oldest guest on the tour?
The average age of our guests is 48. The oldest guest has been 77, and the youngest 22.
Can I register at the last minute?
Sure, if we have space available, we would love to have you.
What distances are involved? Average distance is 40 to 50 miles a day.
How long are the days?
We'll start between 8 and 9 am after breakfast. You should be done between 2pm and 4pm. Time to relax and check out the town and surroundings.
How do I know if I can do it?
We indicate on our website the distance and profile of the rides. There is a good amount of climbing and the rides are intended to be challenging. You can judge from your own experience if this is appropriate for you. Our support vehicle is always available to pick you up if you get too tired.
Can you provide references?
Happily! Most of our customers are repeat customers and referrals. We can set you up to contact any customer through the “customer only” section of our website.
What kind of places do you stay in?
2 or 3 star inns and hotels usually.
Do I need to speak a foreign language?
No. You just need to attempt an "Hola" or "Bonjour" as a start. These are biker friendly places. Even if English is not spoken, people go out of their way to help you.
What clothes/articles should I bring?
These are casual places and the trips are scheduled during periods when the weather should be very comfortable. We will send you a list in advance of what to bring. We eat dinner at nice places so bring so bring some pants/skirt.
How many guests are on the tours?
Our groups are no larger than about a dozen riders. This allows for more flexibility. You decide if you want to visit that church, you decide if you want to ad-lib a route. With a limited group size, we have the flexibility to explore new things on each and every tour.
How much money should I bring for lunch/incidentals?
You can have a nice lunch for approx $10. The rest is really up to you. It depends on whether you want to visit some places, which may have an entry fee, or buy beer and wine with dinner, gifts for friends and relatives etc. etc. My experience is that you should probably plan on no less than $20 per day.
Is there internet access?
For the most part, yes, you can almost always find a cafe or store with access available.
Are there cash machines available?
Yes, but it is a good idea to call your bank or credit card company to let them know that you are headed overseas. They all have security systems designed to detect usage outside your norm. It is possible that your card may become suspicious. Credit can also be used but you will want to carry some cash for incidental purchases
What travel documents are needed?
Your passport. Keep a copy of it elsewhere, in case you lose it. Also, it is a very good practice to keep a copy of all your credit cards, driver's license etc. elsewhere. Not just overseas, but all the time. Visas for certain countries might be required.
How about insurance coverage?
You need medical insurance. Call your insurance company and make sure you are covered. Bike riding, like almost any activity, carries risks. You are riding at your own risk. You must sign a waiver releasing Far and Away Cycling. You should ensure that your bicycle is in good working order. Trip insurance is at your option.
Will I be the only solo traveler?
Approximately 60% of our guests are solo travelers. Unless you request otherwise, we’ll pair you with a roommate , if possible.
Can I rent a bicycle?
We can arrange for rental bikes at all our destinations, prices vary.
Can I bring my own bike?
Several of our clients prefer to bring their own bikes. Most airlines now charge for any oversized luggage. Travel bikes that fit in a regular size suitcase will not encounter any extra charges.
Must be signed advance. Bicycling is a dangerous activity and the trip is undertaken at your own risk.