This was a very challenging cycling trip, riding in the Pyrenees of Spain and France, the French Alps and Apennines of Italy. If you want the best cycling Europe has to offer, this is the trip to take. Bike Odyssey provided expert support and knowledge, found super accommodations and excellent cuisine(both with their picnic lunches and tremendous restaurant choices) and new friendships created made this trip an epic experience. Look forward to my next Bike Odyssey trip!
Review by Freeda1 week ago
Based on the Hannibal Ride, 2019...
This was a great ride -- scenery, climbs, support crew, camaraderie, food and wine: all excellent. Just a couple of gripes among the details. One -- some of the hotels were a little less than adequate, especially those that were not air-conditioned in August temperatures. Two -- the days were a little too long for us to explore/enjoy the villages we visited or stayed in.
Review by Chrriss3 weeks ago
Overall the trip was excellent. The hotels,with a couple of exceptions, were of a very high standard and there may have been some excuse for the inferior hotels insofar as they were in sparsely populated areas and we needed accommodation for a large group. Dinners were of a similarly high standard, as were lunches and snacks, which were always readily available.
Support staff were outstanding and were unfailingly cheerful and helpful.
The trip was billed as 'five bananas' but it exceeded the expectations of we seasoned Alpine tandemists with distances and ascents testing us to our limits on occasions, although the sag wagon was always easily accessible.
We were disappointed with the amount of Hannibal information provided in the early stages of the tour but this improved markedly in Italy.
Review by Crossa Aliwalas1 month ago
I enjoyed my 10 days as a non-riding partner for the stage 2 on Hannibal 2019. Whilst my husband was riding through the Alps following Hannibal’s footsteps, I was hiking to a lake, enjoying a wine tasting or two and taking part in an Italian cooking lesson. We also had time to wander through local markets and enjoy the fabulous grounds of our accommodation in Castles and Villa’s in vineyards with magnificent views! The Bike Odyssey crew are welcoming, informative and friendly, they are quite flexible with the day to day plans. I have no hesitation in recommending Bike Odyssey for the non rider, although I will definitely be riding next time on an e-bike! My husband was thrilled with his ride and is already planning the next one!
Review by Rezinkm Loeschmann1 month ago
I did this trip on an ebike as I am not a cyclist. It was a tough ask but the organisation by Bike Odessey made life a lot easier. Everything was done for us other than having to pedal every day. Our route was plotted, our coffee was planned and the picnic lunches set us up perfectly for the afternoon.
The guides were professional and motivating. The lead guide Max has a real gift with people and inspired us every day to do more. We had our bikes expertly maintained and our bodies too with a professional massage every few days. The entire team were fantastic.
We had amazing food, saw places we would never have known about, made new and special friendships and had experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Would I travel with Bike Odessey again? I’m already planning it.
Review by Savina Kesel2 months ago
I've done many tours with Bike Odyssey and they continue to exceed my expectations. I've done Hannibal before and the added Pyrenees loop and changed route for the last week in Italy made the tour even better than the original (in my opinion).
Review by Queenjordsz Derrow2 months ago
I booked this trip in late 2018 and even before we left in July 2019 I felt in professional hands. Bike Odyssey were heavily involved from that point right through to the trip itself in helping me get organised and answering any and all questions. Nothing was too much trouble and it made for a very smooth experience. The trip itself was simply brilliant. The team were outstanding in their organisation and care for us as riders and people and we had a lot of fun together. I always felt respected and cared for and very safe on the road with the support we had. Furthermore, our bikes and gear was well cared for, the food and accomodation was amazing and the riding routes extremely well scouted and thought through. Finally, we could always take some time out if required, which was vital on a long point to point journey. Overall, I would highly recommend Bike Odyssey and look forward to hopefully enjoying another adventure with them in future years.
Review by Kandare Akenuwa2 months ago
Fantastic trip and fantastic attention to detail from the team. Bike Odyssey sweats the details so you can just enjoy the riding, eating and the views.
Review by Punithan2 months ago
I just did the Lionheart tour. The Bike Odyssey routes, accommodation, food and history talks - all amazing. But what made the trip outstanding was that Sam and his team went the extra mile (often literally!) to keep us safe, healthy and happy.
Review by Cyclope2 months ago
Bike Odyssey's Hannibal trip has it all: challenging cycling (including the most noted climbs of France and some very spiky ascents in Italy); outstanding support; fine dining; quality accommodations.
Review by Eap3 months ago
If there was an option to rate 6 star, I would!
What an experience- there is nothing I would change. From start to finish, the location, the rides, the seamless transfers of my gear each day, the fantastic group of people riding, and the brilliant guides supporting us daily.
I cannot wait to book another tour. Yes it is the only bike tour I have done, however would be pretty certain it rates as one of the best.
Review by Bluesarliz Casaliggi3 months ago
Bike Odyssey's quality service is exception from first contact with the office crew to the guides on the bikes, mechanics and masseuse. Great value. Routes, hotels and food are excellent. Would not hesitate to ride trip with them again.
Review by Shaoyi Matík4 months ago
Hands down the best holiday I have had. Great food and accommodation, unbelievable levels of support from the Bike Odyssey team and the ability to completely unplug for large stints each day made this an epic break.
I'll definitely be back.
Review by Materro Fatta4 months ago
Well done Sam & team for organising another great trip. The scenery was epic throughout the two weeks. Each cycling day was spent mostly on quiet roads or cycleways alongside clear mountain streams & alpine lakes, amongst rugged snow capped mountains, through quaint villages or produce filled fields. Staying in the Chateaus, castles & boutique hotels you had arranged was truly wonderful. The food both at our accommodation and the lunch picnics provided by Sarah & the Bike Odyssey team was delicious. We have some marvellous 2019 BMC Lionheart memories. Thank you!
Review by TracyL4 months ago
Had the best guides on the best roads, the accommodation was second to none, navigation was spot on and the food was exceptional
Review by Matityahu4 months ago
Amazing way to see the world with a fantastic company. I would recommend this trip to everyone
Review by Zercurity Derrow4 months ago
Outstanding scenery, accommodation and food. Everything is taken care of for you, just get on your bike and enjoy the amazing scenery and excellent roads with very little traffic.
Thanks Sam and everyone at Bike Odyssey for a truly memorable holiday.
Review by Quatreus4 months ago
The best in the business - sensational, organised and professional sums up the Bike Odyssey Team. The route planning is impeccable taking in the quiet roads and stunning scenery. Every day ends in another top class and unique accommodation with tasty regional food and wine. Nothing to think about once on the trip except the all important riding your bike.
Review by Lma4 months ago
Everything was done exceptionally well - from the amazing route and scenery, the scrumptious picnic lunches, the fantastic accommodation and first class evening meals.The relaxed, yet organized atmosphere that Sam and Cam created among all the riders was the cherry on the cake. This was my first tour with Bike Odyssey and I give them the highest of recommendations.
Review by Alleena Shonoiki5 months ago
thank you for an amazing trip. The cycling routes, accommodation and food were 5 star.
Review by Zairitos5 months ago
Awesome route and on-road support, fantastic accommodation and food. As good as Hannibal which was my best overseas experience to date.
Review by Alyazya5 months ago
Having toured with Sam and team on Hannibal in 2017 we signed up again for 2019 for another custom tour. The quality of the whole experience was impressive, from the route choice on the most scenic and quiet roads to the exceptional accommodation and regional food. All being done in a relaxed way made us feel we were in safe hands.
Review by Kar Meirosu6 months ago
An excellent experience from the first enquiry to the last day of the holiday. The routes, accommodations, picnics and the support on the road were all excellent throughout the trip. The routes well thought out and the bike I hired from them was excellent.
Review by Shannae Owoyemi6 months ago
As inexperienced cyclists we were very capably supported throughout the wonderful Che tour, an exotic, challenging and exciting experience. Wonderful arrangements, great guides and support staff, and the ability to adapt to the different needs of the riders and local situations. They were also great at helping the group gel and work well together.
Review by Alimu Gudavicius7 months ago
I did the "Che" tour from Lonquimqy to Bariloche. There is no better way to see these countries and especially the Andes. The cycling routes were sufficiently challenging and the time off the bike was also spectacular. Accommodation was frequently a destination in itself. Sam, Max, Manuel and Shane were excellent guides/hosts. They set up some awesome rides so we could have the experiences. How could I forget the last grossing on mountain bikes? It was tough but the rewards of the scenery made every pedal stroke worthwhile. The 80km lakeside route culminating in the climb of Volcan Osorno was awesome and as always was rewarded with a pisco sour. Every day exposed us to the beauties and cultures of Chile and Argentina. Great people, great challenges and countries that took me to places I'd never imagined! I'll be lining up for another tour next year.