LYNX club members Dana & Morten recently headed to Italy for a cycling holiday. They had a wonderful time and sent me this review of their trip. This is Dana & Morten:
And this is what they said about their trip…
“We stayed in a small beach town called Riccione, which is in the northeast part of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. This town is full of so-called “bike hotels”. We stayed at a fantastic one called Hotel Dory, but the concept is similar at all of them. Our package included 7 nights accommodation, all of our meals and 5 rides with guides provided by the hotel. Each day, cyclists could choose between 4-5 different pace groups with routes differing in terms of distance and total climbing. There was something for every ability level – beginners could even rent an e-bike for an extra boost. In our pace group, we rode approximately 90-120 kms each day, with all rides starting and ending back at the hotel. There were no flat routes in the area – each day had between 1000-2000 m elevation gain. Most of the riding was done on small roads that wind through beautiful countryside. We’d ascend up to small villages perched on a hilltop, follow some tight turns on the cobblestone and suddenly find ourselves in a quaint little piazza where we’d stop at a café for a fresh croissant and a cappuccino.
In terms of cost, the price really can’t be beat. At our hotel, it was about $800/person for the package including accommodation, meals and rides. They offer high-end Scott road bikes to rent and that costs around $300 for the week. What was really fantastic about Hotel Dory was the selection of other activities for non-cyclists. They had guided hikes and other excursions available and the beach was only a block away. We chose to do a light recovery swim every day, either in the ocean or at a fantastic facility that had two outdoor pools – both 50m and 25m. Pool access was even free for hotel guests.
They don’t offer the bike hotel deal year-round, but have it as a shoulder season option in May-June and also in the fall, I believe. We could definitely see ourselves returning one day. The only downside is that flights to Europe aren’t cheap. The best way to make the most of it would be to spend a couple weeks in Europe, combining the cycling trip with some other destinations or activities.”
This holiday sounds amazing! Thanks to Dana & Morten for talking about their cycling experience abroad.