Tuesday, 23 June 2020

New cycling adventures in Victorian wine regions

Fancy a leisurely cycling tour through two of Victoria's most picturesque wine regions? 



Boutique Italian tour operator, A’qto Cycling has announced the launch of local tours in country Victoria to bring riders a ‘slice of Italy’at home; selecting Bright and Daylesford for their mountain climbs, rolling hills and views. 

Following the restriction of overseas travel due to Covid-19 and the subsequent postponement of fully-booked Italian tours across Puglia, Tuscany, Piedmont and the Dolomites, A’qto Cycling founders Nancy de Losa and Damian Hancock have put a local spin on their successful tours - both riding and non-riding components. 

The result is four-day getaways with an Italian accent. 

“We needed to innovate our business in order to keep our clients engaged for travel in 2021, so we have carefully selected local regions that encompass a true Italian adventure," Hancock says. "The destinations showcase both Italian heritage and sensational cycling experiences, all while encapsulating the natural beauty of Australia." 

The Gourmet Escapes guided tours, commencing September 2020, visit the rolling hills and backroads of Victoria’s spa country, around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, and the Australian alpine landscape of Bright, on four-day and three-night adventures.

Cyclists will enjoy daily rides throughout Hepburn, Tawonga Gap and Mount Buffalo, guided by Damian through varying elevations and levels of difficulty. 

Non-riding guests, hosted by Nancy, will enjoy activities ranging from guided walks and visits to beautiful local towns to professional cooking and photography classes.

“One of our main points-of-difference from other cycling tour companies in the industry is our non-riding partner program, which allows couples to tour together, despite varying interests," says Nancy 

"As a non-cyclist myself, my time on tour is solely devoted to the enjoyment of our guests off-the-bike, whether that is hosting atmospheric evening aperitivo hours, indulgent dinners or facilitating rewarding non-riding partner activities.” 

Post-ride, all guests will indulge in authentic Italian dining, local produce and regional wines while residing in boutique and private accommodation, simultaneously supporting local tourism.

Tours of Daylesford and Bright are priced at $1,595.00 and $1,995.00 per person respectively, which includes accommodation, meals and activities.

For details see: www.aqtocycling.com/ 

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