A holiday can be many things – a passage of discovery through a new land, a romantic getaway in a tranquil setting, or simply an escape to the sun, blue skies and great outdoors. Unfortunately, such aspirations all too often materialize into tiresome undertakings requiring much research and organization before and during one’s trip, and before you know it you’re tense and irritated and no more relaxed than you were on a stressful day at work.
The solution? Get someone else to organize it for you.
Gone are the days when this meant being carted around in a giant bus with rainbow seats, sepia tainted windows, and a giant palm tree painted on its side. The travel-savvy take self-guided tours.
We all want some freedom and independence on our holidays. Self-guided cycling and walking holidays are ideal ways to discover an area as they give you the freedom to explore an area gently, at your own pace, without the stress of having to navigate and find comfortable places to stay.
LB Freedom Tours is an independent operator specializing in self led walking and cycling holidays through the Swiss Alps, Italy and the Med Islands. Along with organizing your hotels, you are provided with all the necessary equipment for your trip such as bikes, bike lights, and bike bags as well as detailed route notes, highlighted maps, and tips on customs and special wineries, events or activities in the region. It’s like discovering an area on your own with a little help from a friendly local.
Luggage is transported for you as you travel either on foot or by bike from one hotel to another every other day. Contrary to being a strenuous effort, most of the routes LB Freedom Tours offers are gentle hikes or bike rides through the countryside passing through local villages, descending into valleys and ending at charming lakeside hotels.
Some of LB Freedom Tours’ routes include travelling through the Swiss Alps, descending through Alpine valleys, past waterfalls, glaciers and down to crystal lakes. Whereas in Tuscany, you’ll visit stunning hilltop medieval towns and stay in atmospheric villas surrounded by vineyards, as well as discover coastal trails and volcano walks on Mediterranean islands.
Prices start at $900 for eight days, including airport and luggage transfers, half-board accommodation, and bike hire.