Bicycle Adventures, offering guided biking trips around the world, has some new trips in its 2017 schedule aimed at road bikers and mountain bikers of varying skill levels. And some of the trips are in destinations not often seen on cycling trips. For instance, there’s a seven-day/six-night road-bike outing in Scotland for intermediate and advanced riders, with average daily mileage of about 44 miles. For the less athletic riders there’s a nine-day/eight-night ride in Slovenia that tackles the Alpine countryside on electric-assisted bikes. For the mountain-bike crowd, there’s a tough nine-day/eight-night outing in the mountains of Peru that’s technically challenging. For those just looking to get into mountain biking, there’s also a five-day/four-night trip in Washington state designed for beginning or newer riders. The new trips, along with a handful of older trips, are $200 off if booked by Dec. 31. Depending on the itinerary, regular pricing runs from under $2,000 per person to nearly $5,000, which includes bike rental, tour guides, van support and luggage portage, lodging and most meals. Airfare is extra. Info:800-443-6060, https://tinyurl.com/z9ntms6
Long weekend picks
The folks at Jetsetter.com have another of their travel lists out, this time with their suggestions for towns in the U.S. to visit for a long weekend. Heading the roster is the popular western North Carolina town of Asheville. Sitting at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town has an artsy reputation and is home to the massive, 250-room Biltmore Estate. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the Jetsetter list, but it’s always fun to see if there are any unexpected attractions to check out. The whole list is at https://tinyurl.com/zk78kl9.
Roam Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for its wildlife, with an abundance of birds, monkeys and large cats, such as jaguars and ocelots. But, for the active traveler there’s much more. Hiking, rafting and ziplining are just a few of the adventures available. ROAM Adventures has a couple of multisport packages for both the well-heeled and the traveler looking for more of a budget experience. ROAM’s premium Costa Rica Surf & Multisport package is priced from $5,995 per person, double occupancy. It’s an 11-day/10-night tour that stays in luxe lodgings. Among the activities are rafting, surfing and/or stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, snorkeling, yoga and saltwater fishing. Find info on it at https://tinyurl.com/jkt2hfy. The Costa Rica Multisport package might be better for families or those looking for a more budget-priced experience. It’s from $2,995 per person, double occupancy and runs seven days/six nights. It shares many of the same activities as the premium tour as well as adventures, such as canyoneering, ocean and river kayaking and a boat tour in search of dolphins. Check it out at https://tinyurl.com/hhbk5kd.
Phil Marty is a freelance writer.