About Self-Guided Vacations
The Best of Both Worlds
A self-guided vacation is a fully organized travel package that combines the freedom of traveling on your own with meticulously planned routes and support when needed. It's a sophisticated style of travel for independent travelers.
Randonnée Tours offers custom designed trips around active travel.
We believe that active travel - cycling, walking, hiking - allows you to fully engage with the places you visit.
Randonnée Tours researches and plans absolutely unique vacations.
Our attention to detail is second to none. Our support teams are behind the scenes but always at your service.
Here's how it works:
Decide on the country or region you'd like to explore, choose an activity, pick a date and let Randonnée Tours do the rest.
We guarantee choice and flexibility. Many of our tours let you choose the number of days of trip length and you can pick from Luxe (generally 4 star), Classic (generally 3-star), and B&B options. Select add-on kilometers if you wish - many tours have two nights in each location, with a choice of activities on the layover days.
Start on virtually any day of the week and build tours in a modular way to create exactly the vacation you want. No other company delivers as much self-guided variety and quality.
We book the hotels, arrange the luggage transfers, and hand you the detailed route notes, maps, and behind-the-scenes support. Upon arrival at your destination, our area manager (and local expert) greets you and provides orientation.
Your role? Ride, walk, explore, dine, enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
I usually plan trips with my friends - how would we benefit by booking with you instead?
We know that for some travelers, doing the research is half the fun. We also know that it can get complicated and time-consuming trying to accommodate everyone's wishes, foreign languages and unfamiliar regions!
Think of Randonnée as your personal trip planner - your favorite travel agent, local expert, and guide book rolled into one. Bring your ideas to us and we'll work with you to plan a complete itinerary custom-designed for your friends, family or partner.
What does a trip include?
Every Randonnée vacation includes: information kits with itinerary, route instructions, and guide book; meet-and-greet with a local area manager upon arrival; bicycle rental and fitting; accommodation reservations, payment and luggage transfers; hot breakfasts (and typically two dinners); emergency support; and a stylish water bottle keepsake. Ask about souvenir hydration backpacks too!
Browse tours by Activity or Destination to read detailed itineraries.
What does a trip cost?
Less than you'd expect. Randonnée's experience in self-guided travel has resulted in rewarding relationships over the years with our hand-picked accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Our regular returns ensure that desirable rooms, services and amentities are available for much less than you'd pay booking it yourself. Depending on a trip's destination and duration, those savings can really add up.
Browse tours by Activity or Destination and pick your trip to view rates.
Does the price include airfare?
No, but Randonnée Tours can recommend an air travel provider that has offered excellent terms to Randonnée Tour participants in the past.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
Not unless you want to! Randonnée bike vacations include a comfortable 21-speed Trek or Cannondale hybrid-style touring bike complete with bike fitting and set-up, lock, handlebar bag, pump, repair kit, and water bottle.
How hard are the tours?
Most tours are rated as moderate to intermediate. The average daily cycling distance is 45-50 km (about 30 miles). Walking tours average
8-12 km per day (5-8 miles). This usually requires 4-5 hours of pedaling or walking per day. With stops and rests, add more time. Browse tours by Activity or Destination to read detailed itineraries.
What is the terrain like?
Throughout most of Europe, the terrain is hilly. In general, you can expect some hills on each cycling day some of which may take 10-15 minutes to ride up. Hills include a decline as well as an incline! Riding hills introduces variety into the day's ride which can be less fatiguing than constantly riding on a level surface. The key exception is the Loire Valley tour, which is relatively flat. Similar circumstances apply for the walking tours. Read each tour's description for specifics.
What kind of shape do I have to be in?
A basic level of fitness is needed. The fitter that you are, the more you will enjoy the tour.
I consider myself fairly fit - will this tour be challenging enough for me?
For very fit riders, there are extra distances and hills that you can add as an option. There are some longer routes for the walking tours as well, but we can help you select a tour that is more challenging in terms of average distances walked.
What can I do if I find the cycling or walking too tiring?
To reduce difficulty during the tour, we encourage you to walk up the hills if you are cycling, rest frequently (pull your bike off the road, drink some water and have a snack). We spend two nights in some hotels, and you are welcome to take a day off from cycling or walking if you would like to on the second day of each stay.