What are the options of mileage per day?
There are three mileage options to choose between, varying from challenging to low key.One day you might opt for the most challenging. The next day, you may take it easy by choosing the shortest route, leaving more time for relaxation, exploration, or mingling with the locals. You and your fellow travelers may spread out over several miles, or you may choose to ride or walk together. For your peace of mind, one guide covers the route in a Kara Mia van, ready to offer assistance, refreshments, or a lift to the hotel.
How should I train for my Biking trip?
You’ll get the most enjoyment out of your active adventure if you are reasonably fit. Try any aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes , three times a week. The best training is to get out and ride—hills and flats—several hours at a time on consecutive days. The key is to just do it—and want to do it again the next day.
Do I have to carry any of my own luggage or gear?
The leaders transport all luggage between hotels. They’ll also gladly pick up and transport any purchases you make along the way. You need only carry snacks, clothing and personal items for the day’s activities. We provide bike bags that go on your bike for this.
Who travels with Kara Mia?
About half of the people who travel with us are between the ages of 35 and 55. Older and younger travelers are also well represented. They’ll exhibit a diversity of interests and occupations and share a love of active travel, beauty, rich experiences and of course the outdoors.
What is the first step I need to take in possibly registering for a trip? How can I determine if I’m a good match for this kind of trip?
Contact Kara Mia at our toll free number 1-888-973-7926 – and let’s chat! We will get to know one another, and get a sense of what you are looking for in order to match you to the perfect experience.
What are experience levels or credentials of the Guides?
We choose guides that are personable, genuine, capable and have a ton of experience bicycling on active travel adventures. All guides are first aid certified, ensuring a safe and fun trip.
What is the weather going to be like?
Daytime temperatures can reach 80F and can increase upwards from there in the low-lying valleys. Temperatures and conditions can change quickly and evenings tend to be cool and fresh. Be prepared by bringing layers for cool descents and rain gear for possible rain showers.
What are the daily rides like?
On all of our vacations, Kara Mia strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Some of our routes are mostly on a paved bike only path with a small amount of time on secondary roads. We always choose and ride the routes ourselves so we feel confident sharing them with our guests.
We can also easily accommodate “easy” Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van and those who want will enjoy the extra mileage the longer route options offer.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
The destinations are best suited to guests who like to do some cycling, that being said we will do everything possible to accommodate non riders and offer walking/hiking options throughout the day. However, they would need to spend extra hours in the van and/or at the hotels/towns on the trip.
How long will we be active each day?
2-5 hours per day, with 3-4 being the average for the basic route and 4-6 for the challenging route.
Will we have some kind of group warm-ups before our daily cycling?
Yes – your safety is our first priority and each day begins with an optional mix of stretching, yoga, meditation, and/or tai chi to get your minds and bodies ready for the day’s adventures.
What if I have dietary restrictions (ie: vegetarian or gluten free)?
We will certainly do everything possible to accommodate your dietary and often in Italy there are many salad and vegetable options. Once in a while, there may be a particular restaurant that cannot accommodate strict gluten allergies needs, but you can speak with your guide for alternatives.
Are the bikes kept locked up when not in use?
We take care of the bikes each day – checking gears, tires, etc . We just ask that you put them in a designated spot at the hotel at the end of the day. From there we take care of locking them for the evening.
Is there any kind of travel insurance?
We do not provide travel insurance and recommend that you discuss with your travel agent the appropriate insurance that is common. We do require each guest to have insurance before the trip start.
Are the Tour Guides first aid certified?
Yes. Your safety is our first priority.
Should I bring any medical supplies such as bandages, aspirin, muscle rubs, etc?
We have some basic first aid necessities such as bandages and ointments, however, you are welcome to bring any extra items that may add to your comfort and experience, such as soothing muscle rubs cream, etc.
What level of accommodations will we be staying at? Any nights of ‘roughing it’?
All Kara Mia accommodation are inns and lodges, with private bathrooms and are 3 star and up or the equivilant of.
What kind of clothing and gear will I need to bring?
We will send you a list of things to pack before your trip.
(Beyond what is provided on your trip, you are welcome to bring your own gear: a helmet, seat, pedals, shoes, etc. Just label and pack it in a separate, easily accessible bag. Remember also to bring spare cleats for your clipless pedals, as replacements during your trip are difficult to find).
How are my valuables kept safe?
We recommend you leave valuables at home, or if you need to bring them, keep them close to you, in a purse or backpack. We do not take responsibility for loss or damage to your valuables.
Is there a limit to how much luggage I can bring?
Yes, like airlines we allow one carry on and one checked bag.
How large will our group be?
Generally 6-15 people accompany our tours.
Are there any additional fees or taxes?
Posted rates do not include applicable tax. For a list of all that is included in the trip price please see “whats included”.
How do I register for a trip?
Best to call our toll free number 1-888-973-7926 to have a free, in-depth consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides.
How far in advance do I need to book trip?
We recommend booking at least 4 months in advance.
Is a deposit required for trip?
Yes, we require $500 in advance. See our cancellation policy below for more information about your deposit.
What are some of the safety precautions that Kara Mia takes?
All guides have a cell phone with them. We are all certified first aid and know the location of the closest medical assistance if necessary. We greatly value safety on our trips, and begin each trip with an in-depth safety overview. We check the bikes regularly, and make sure everything is tight and fitted properly.
What are Kara Mias’ limitations of liability?
Kara Mia is not liable for bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): physical exertion for which a guest is not prepared; forces of nature; travel by plane, train, auto, boat or other conveyance, or by bicycle, ski, horseback, foot or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention once provided. Kara Mia is also not liable for: expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) not specified as included in the trip cost but which may be required to get to or from a trip start or end. Kara Mia reserves the right to make route and hotel modifications as necessary to improve the trip’s quality or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests. Guests grant Kara Mia express permission to take photographs or make film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, as well as approving such use by third parties with whom Kara MIa may engage in joint marketing, without financial remuneration