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As someone who has done solo bike touring, I can tell you that the availability of luggage transfer and an emergency contact person makes this so much better than going on your own and is well worth paying for.

~ Pat Knauss
Rock Port, MO

View a sample of our Route Directions for a biking tour. (one page PDF)

About Self-Guided Adventures

Zephyr Self-Guided Adventures is a new company based in Boulder, CO offering self-guided active travel itineraries (and one self-guided driving tour) in the Tuscany and Umbria regions of Italy. For many years, self-guided touring has been a popular means of vacationing among Europeans. Now, more and more North Americans are finding self guided travel an excellent way to discover Italy's charms - a middle ground between a fully-guided tour and do-it-yourself travel. Watch the short video below to see how it works.

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Is Self-Guided Touring Right For You?

To answer that question, look at the table below to understand the differences between self-guided, guided and independent travel.

Ways to TravelChoose your datesTravel with your companionsHotel reservations madeItineraries and routes providedCultural information providedBikes and equipmentIn-country support and baggage port

Are You Right For Self-Guided Touring?

The answer may be YES, if...

How It Works

In a nutshell, your job is to focus on the experience; our job is to focus on the logistics and the heavy-lifting.

Here's What You Do:
Select one of our biking, hiking, or driving adventures.
Determine when you want to start your trip.
Tailor your trip to suit your needs. (For example, you can rent bikes from us or bring your own; you can have us upgrade your hotel rooms or go with the three-star standard, etc.)
Book your flight to Italy and make arrangements (we'll provide instructions) to arrive at the start city for your tour.
Enjoy your adventure!
Here's What We Do:
Reserve and pay in advance for rooms in your name at excellent hotels along your selected route.
Greet you upon your arrival in Tuscany or Umbria and provide you with detailed route directions which will take you along the most scenic and historic backroads of the area.
Provide helpful information about the cultural and culinary attractions you'll encounter.
Pick up your luggage each morning and port it to the next stop along your trip.
Have a friendly, resourceful voice on the line for you to call in case of emergency.

Sound interesting? Let's get started! Check out our list of Adventures and see which works best for you.

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