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Hippie Trail

Hippie Trail

Hippie Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the flower children and cycle into a physical and spiritual kaleidoscope that is India

RIDERS AND STAFF

Cristiano Werneck

Leader

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader
Delhi to Goa

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Nirmika Athalye

Communications

Udaipur to Goa

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Nirmika Athalye

Communications
Udaipur to Goa

India

I am a travelling videographer, and the video intern for The Hippie Trail! Can't wait to meet you all and make awesome videos!

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications

Delhi to Goa

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications
Delhi to Goa

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest (Hungary). After many years of bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read an article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique. Next January I found myself in the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the tour successfully in 2006. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic

Delhi to Goa

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic
Delhi to Goa

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Bethan Jones

Medic

Delhi to Goa

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Bethan Jones

Medic
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am a doctor working in London, and am currently taking a few months out of work for travel, adventure and to indulge my passion for wilderness and expedition medicine. So far I have cycled the Camino de Santiago in Spain and through the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains to Greece, as well as hiking the Cinque Terra in Italy and trekking to Annapurna base camp in the Himalayas. I have acted as a medic at marathons in the UK and Nepal and worked in the challenging environment of the Calais refugee camps. Outside of all this I enjoy yoga, running, cooking and creating ethical handicrafts. I can’t wait for a new adventure in India!

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Maggie Williamson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Maggie Williamson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Ever since reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry I've been intrigued by India; I can't imagine a better way to experience it than from the seat of a bicycle. I'm a casual cyclist who loves the challenge, peacefulness and simplicity of life on the road. Can't wait for the sights, sounds, smells and insane traffic of India!

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

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Tres Smith

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Tres Smith

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am an RN, CRRN, doing rehab nursing for 31 years. I have officiated wheelchair rugby at every level including Paralympic and am a USQRA Hall of Fame member since 2002. I have been an avid outdoorsman, backpacker, kayaker snorkeler and cyclist. I have done many week long bike tours including Fairbanks to Anchorage. I completed C2C 2016 southern tier from San Diego to St. Augustine a little over 2900 miles. I have traveled extensively and will continue to travel. I am married for 30 years to the love of my life and that was how I was able to plan and attend the India trip in 2019.

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Wendy Holmes

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Wendy Holmes

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I was a legal assistant before I retired in 2013 and since then biking has become the main focus of my thoughts. In 2014 Dave (my husband) and I did our first supported bike tour with Adventure Cycling, riding south through Northern California. In 2015 we began self-supported biking, our first tour starting in Manchester, England and ending 16 weeks later in Paris. In 2016 we spent 5 months touring in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2018 we returned to New Zealand for another 3 months. I’ve always wanted to go to India but the logistics of figuring out where to go and what to see are more than I want to tackle. Our friends, Rae and Ursula Simpson, have done several TdA tours and highly recommend the organization and they will also be on this Hippie Trail tour.

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Dave Morriss

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Dave Morriss

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Go by my second christian name "Dave' Born in 1950 in North Wales and have lived in BC, Canada since 1998. Married to Wendy Holmes also with TDA. Pretty keen on the outdoors, I am a keen rock climber, whitewater kayaker, skier and of course cyclist, both road and mountain. The last few years have seen Wendy and I complete self supported tours of Europe, Australia and twice to New Zealand. Off the bike I also play a number musical instruments, notably the guitar.

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

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Vinnie Duncan

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Vinnie Duncan

Rider
Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

Hello! I am a keen NZ bike packer (converted ex roadie, triathlete and multi-sporter) and pretty excited about exploring the world over the next few years, as the children (all 7 of them!) ostensibly leave home, and time and $$ permit. Cycling is just the best way to travel and really absorb the surroundings. Its no longer about speed for me - but the experience. I am looking forward to meeting everyone, enjoying some great company and social times, and getting outside my comfort zone in an effort to acknowledge, absorb, respect and enjoy other cultures and surroundings.

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Evelyn Holland

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Evelyn Holland

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Looking forward to experiencing this unique and interesting part of the world on a bicycle! We just completed our first TDA tour, Tour Oceania, and we loved the experience. So far, I can still do the long tours, although I do complain at times! There is nothing better than riding a bike through amazing parts of the world!

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Greg Forst

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Greg Forst

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Have been a cyclist since '92 doing a variety of things including commuting to work, week long rides, after work group rides and more recently longer duration rides including one across the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon of Canada. I enjoyed the challenges and scenery of the Outback and the terrain of New Zealand on the 2016 Trans Oceania tour. Now I am trying to stay in shape for the Bamboo road. We just finished a month of almost daily riding in the Tucson, Arizona area and have scheduled 4 more one week trips through the summer - one each in Michigan, Ohio, New York and Oregon. See you in Hong Kong.

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico and most of Europe except the northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began on the Africa trip in 2012. Completed the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016 with a great team of people and my best trip ever was the new 2017 Odyssey - Athens to Amsterdam. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, the scenery in many places so raw and rugged and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. This year I completed Pub Ride 2...a fun trip with lots of laughs and some great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. Looking forward to the Hippie Trail...the colourful saris and Indian food smells... I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world. Looking forward to indulging in a cold beer or two when it's hot, or cold but especially after a great day in the saddle. Just love the life on the road.

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kathy herson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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kathy herson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I'm 62 years old and look it. I love to bike, meet new people, see the sights. I'm not the strongest biker, but I can do this ride and will have great adventure. I love to camp, but am willing to sacrifice and stay in pensions this trip!!

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MURIEL THOMSON

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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MURIEL THOMSON

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am a retired Professional Golfer. Since I retired I’ve hung up my golf clubs and my new passion is cycling. I enjoy travelling to other countries, especially by bicycle as it’s a great way to get a feel for the country and have a chance to interact with the local people. I’ve visited India more than a dozen times but I have never cycled there so the Hippie Trail trip seemed like an ideal opportunity. This will be my first trip with TDA. I’m looking forward to the challenge of experiencing India on a bicycle with like minded people from around the globe.

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

Germany

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Valery Jordan rubio

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Valery Jordan rubio

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Colombia

My name is Valery, I'm Pablo's mom, andres and Maria, life partner of Cesar, work in development cooperation in COLOMBIA. We love mountain biking, traveling, painting, gardening and walking through the parks of colombia

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

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Cesar Matamala

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Cesar Matamala

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Spain

My name is Cesar Matamala, father of 3 children; We will go to the tour with my wife Valery. We love to ride a bike throug Colombia and Spain and we are very happy to go on this tour throug India

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Christopher Clyde

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Christopher Clyde

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Ok, time to saddle up again....TDA 2014 rider, a few other international shorter tours since then. Looking forward to India. See you all soon. cheers Chris

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I'm a 74-year old semi-retired test pilot, fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, aircraft accident investigator, still flying jets and instructing part-time at the International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement brought an end to my running career. Along with Ursula, my wife, our TDA initiation was Africa in 2008. Since then we've done Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013, Australia in 2014, New Zealand in 2016, and Madagascar in 2017. We're now signed up for Hippie Trail and Himalayas in 2019 and Korea-Japan in 2020. We love this way of seeing the world; we love the way that TDA organizes and supports the trips; and we love experiencing with like-minded people and renewing friendships from previous trips.

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Ursula Simpson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Ursula Simpson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I am a retired database analyst. Enjoying life in Squamish, on Canada's West coast. Either hiking, biking or skiing, or entertaining my little grandson. My husband Rae and I are seasoned riders with TdA. Tour d’Afrique in 2008, Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013 and Australia in 2014. New Zealand in 2016. The Magical Madagascar tour in 2017.

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader
Delhi to Goa

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Maggie Williamson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Maggie Williamson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Ever since reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry I've been intrigued by India; I can't imagine a better way to experience it than from the seat of a bicycle. I'm a casual cyclist who loves the challenge, peacefulness and simplicity of life on the road. Can't wait for the sights, sounds, smells and insane traffic of India!

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Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

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Tres Smith

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Tres Smith

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am an RN, CRRN, doing rehab nursing for 31 years. I have officiated wheelchair rugby at every level including Paralympic and am a USQRA Hall of Fame member since 2002. I have been an avid outdoorsman, backpacker, kayaker snorkeler and cyclist. I have done many week long bike tours including Fairbanks to Anchorage. I completed C2C 2016 southern tier from San Diego to St. Augustine a little over 2900 miles. I have traveled extensively and will continue to travel. I am married for 30 years to the love of my life and that was how I was able to plan and attend the India trip in 2019.

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Wendy Holmes

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Wendy Holmes

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I was a legal assistant before I retired in 2013 and since then biking has become the main focus of my thoughts. In 2014 Dave (my husband) and I did our first supported bike tour with Adventure Cycling, riding south through Northern California. In 2015 we began self-supported biking, our first tour starting in Manchester, England and ending 16 weeks later in Paris. In 2016 we spent 5 months touring in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2018 we returned to New Zealand for another 3 months. I’ve always wanted to go to India but the logistics of figuring out where to go and what to see are more than I want to tackle. Our friends, Rae and Ursula Simpson, have done several TdA tours and highly recommend the organization and they will also be on this Hippie Trail tour.

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“To be truthful I have always wanted to go to India but was afraid because of all the negative press. The trip was an amazing eye opener. I loved all aspects. It threw out all those fears & preconceived notions that I had…I now have a love affair with India!”

“Exceeded my expectations. Everyday a sensory extravaganza. Very friendly people. Wonderful cows everywhere. Great food. Our TDA staff was wonderful. I loved India especially on a bicycle!”

“You’ll ride past the Taj Mahal, through the Thar Desert of northwestern Rajasthan, into the bustle of Mumbai, and onto the beaches of Goa’s Konkan Coast, with stops at guesthouses, forts, and palaces along the way.”

OVERVIEW HIPPIE TRAIL 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • HIPPIE TRAIL
  • ROYAL RAJASTHAN RIDE
  • TEMPLE CAVES & CITY LIGHTS
  • KONKAN COAST
  • DELHI TO GOA
  • DELHI TO UDAIPUR
  • UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
  • MUMBAI TO GOA
  • JAN 27 TO MAR 7
  • JAN 27 TO FEB 10
  • FEB 12 TO FEB 26
  • MAR 1 TO MAR 7
  • USD 8800
  • USD 4125
  • USD 4125
  • USD 1925
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • FULL TOUR
    • HIPPIE TRAIL
    • DELHI TO GOA
    • JAN 27 TO MAR 7
    • 8800 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 1
    • ROYAL RAJASTHAN RIDE
    • DELHI TO UDAIPUR
    • Jan 27 - Feb 10
    • 4125 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 2
    • TEMPLE CAVES & CITY LIGHTS
    • UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
    • Feb 12 - Feb 26
    • 4125 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 3
    • KONKAN COAST
    • MUMBAI TO GOA
    • Mar 1 - Mar 7
    • 1925 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). The full tour single supplement is US$2350. Sectional single supplements are available upon request.

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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