What is the route like on cycling tours in Asia? Is it safe to ride in Asia?
Our routes are immaculately planned and mainly through countryside of Asia. To include a route as a part of the offering, it needs to pass through strict filters: culturally relevant, scenic landscapes and safety being three most important ones. Moreover, there are always trip leaders and support vehicle with driver close at hand. Our tours are safe, unusual but refreshing and exciting.
What kind of accommodation do you provide during the tours? How are Premiere Inns different from Casual Inns?
Our accommodations are chosen carefully so that you are well rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! You can choose your accommodation as Premiere or Casual Inns for our trips. Both options are personally reviewed and experienced by us and ensure that you are comfortable after a hard day on the wheels.
Our Premiere accommodations include some of the most prestigious hotels in India. These are hotels, which have won accolades, awards or have been acclaimed as ‘the best’ by credible publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure. Heritage properties, art décor contemporary places or chic boutique stays that are a notch above the rest are a part of this list. Restored palaces, resorts on the edge of the backwaters or a plush Swiss tent in the middle of the jungle; these inns provide an unforgettable experience. Here, you can expect modern amenities like swimming pools, wi-fi, an in-house restaurant and excellent service.
True to their heritage and character, small family run places and hotels that ensure superior comfort are listed as Casual Inns. They hold within them, an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. You can expect more local interaction, warm hospitality and personalized service in this category. Simple dishes, local delicacies or just a warm cup of tea in your host’s kitchen is simply incomparable.
Do you use local guides at different destinations?
We engage with knowledgeable local guides who love to show you around as friends.
Once I’m done with cycling part of the day, are there any non-cycling activities planned during the rest of the day?
The non-cycling days are as important as the cycling ones. We research the best and most feasible sightseeing options to add interest to your cycling tour.
What kind of bikes and equipment are provided for me on my trip?
A well-maintained hybrid/mountain bike and helmet is included. You can feel free to bring your own saddle, cleats/pedals and helmet. Our guides will be happy to fit them on your bike for you.
Do you provide support vehicle during the tour?
The tours are planned in such a way that you experience destinations at your own pace. A shuttle is always there at your disposal and follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to.
What types of pre and post tour services are provided?
Your ABT Travel Coordinator will be happy to help you with recommendations on all pre and post travel arrangements, such as hotels, flight and rail tickets. We can extend the tour arrival/departure hotel as pre or post tour hotel. If the same is not available, we can recommend you few hotels which you can directly book online using hotel platforms such as booking.com We book mainly internal flights which are part of your tour. We can recommend you arrival/departure flights. Once you have reserved your bike trip, call or email us to discuss all your pre- and post-tour plans.
How can you accommodate children on tour?
Some of our tours are well-suited for families with grown up children. We encourage all families with children under the age of 14 to select their own private date. Please find a list of recommended Family Bike Tours here. We can also customize a tour as per your specific needs.
Can Art of Bicycle Trips provide me with references from past Art of Bicycle Trips guests?
We are very happy to provide you with several names and numbers of people who have participated in our most recent trips — just drop an email or call us. Or check out our guest reviews.
Do we need to bring a voltage converter so that we can charge cell phones, or will they be available to us where we are staying each night?
You should bring your own voltage convertor if your device works only per US voltage standard. In India we have 220-240V, 50Hz and USA it’s 110 -120V, 60Hz
What type of electric plug is used in India?
We use 3 pin plug socket in India.
Will the places we stay have Wi-Fi access? Will it be free or will there be a charge? If there’s a charge, about how much will that be?
Most of the places you stay will have free wi-fi. Some places may charge a wi-fi fee Please check at hotel reception on your arrival.
How readily available is local currency? Can we get them on the trip or should we bring them with us? Are US Dollars acceptable in lieu of local currency?
You can exchange US dollars on your arrival at visiting country airport. You can also use your international credit/debit cards at local ATMs for withdrawal of cash. US dollars are not acceptable in India & Sri Lanka. In Southeast Asia, USD is accepted but change is given in local currency. It’s best to change for around USD 200 on your arrival to visiting country. At most of the hotels, you should be able to use your credit card for payment and any extras.
We have bike outfits similar to those worn by riders in the Tour de France (we just dress like them – we DON’T ride like them!) Is that acceptable?