Combined with Randonnée’s thirty-three year experience, thoughtful trip design with meticulous planning, multiple daily routes offering more choices, distinctive hotels and top quality bicycles and equipment gives clients the best experience possible. The fact that Randonnée does not sub-contracts provides clients with better value and a more consistent trip experience. Randonnée’s knowledgeable travel advisors plan and craft trips and our local Area Managers are in region provide orientation and local assistance if and when needed. The self-guided formula, allowing clients to choose when and with whom to travel is gaining in popularity and Randonnée is at the forefront in providing this innovative experience.
At Randonnée, travel is a journey and we believe that biking and walking are the best ways to experience the world. Each trip is rated by level of activity, with daily distance options that can typically be done in 3-5 hours (longer if desired), allowing plenty of time to experience the local culture, stop for a wine tasting or artisan visit, chat with locals and check out all the sites along the way.
Compared to traveling on open departures with groups of folks that don’t necessarily know each other, an important difference with self-guided tours is that these are customized for each client booking, for individuals, couples, families and groups of friends. Itineraries include certain can’t miss meals, sometimes a walking tour, cooking course or other activity that Randonnée feels will make the trip special and unique and that clients wouldn’t find on their own.
Distinctive Hotels and Inns
For each itinerary that Randonnée offers, there are typically a range of hotel options, from Casual/B&B style through to Classic & Luxe, each hand-picked and unique. Hotel options include well known 5-star hotels such as Masseria Torre Coccaro in Monopoli, Puglia, Crillon le Brave in Provence and La Sirenuse in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, but also lesser-known but equally appealing collection of inns, and lodges, each in fitting with the character of the region they are in.
On self-guided tours with Randonnée, travelers decide where, when and how to dine, taking advantage of the extensive experience of Randonnée research and recommendations. If there is a can’t miss restaurant that we feel should be included, it is.
Area Managers Extraordinaire
The Local Area Manager is what distinguishes Randonnée from others. Many are local guides and are eager to share their knowledge of the region with guests. Their key role is to provide an orientation, fit bikes on a cycling trip and to be a point of contact should clients require any assistance during the trip.