Guided Adventures

  • Small groups or private tours with all-day vehicle support. You will see the vehicle frequently, and can usually hop aboard when you want to. There will be handwashing, snacks, and drinking water available.

  • Local driver/guides (usually 1:6 ratio or better; often 1:4), all day every day. Groups are usually a maximun of 12, with two guides. Groups fewer than six may have one guide. Note that drivers will wear face masks unless six-foot distancing is maintained, and we request that you wear your own while in support vehicles, until Covid-19 concern has passed.

  • Daytime picnics and snacks. Note that buffet-style picnics will be replaced with guide-prepared lunches until Covid-19 concerns have passed.

  • All lodging and breakfasts. 

  • Most dinners. Good ones!

  • Maintain your own pace.

Guided groups are best if you like joining a small group, and want all day support including roadside picnics. You can choose from existing dates, or can request new dates - either for your private tour, or for us to open up to others.

"...espresso at lunch, hand ground beans,!" - Jim and BJ.

Self-Guided Adventures

  • Private travel with luggage transfers.

  • Responsive on-call service. Your driver is in the area in most destinations, and is available for emergencies.

  • All lodging and most breakfasts.

  • Daily contact or briefing with your driver (some exceptions on traffic-free routes). Hand-washing will be available at contact times.

  • Lifts when necessary, and if requested at other times (this sometimes incurs extra costs). Note that your driver will wear face masks when six-foot distancing cannot otherwise be maintained. You are requested to bring and do the same.

  • Choose your own dates.

Self-guided tours are all about freedom to choose your travel dates, your pace, and any customization you want. Your luggage is moved between inns so that you don't need to carry it, and with few exceptions, you will have a driver to call for help in case of difficulty or emergency. We do not propose fixed dates for self-guided trips, but we do add them to our calendar once you have booked, in case others want quick confirmation to follow the same route on the same dates. On most itineraries, your driver can give you a boost on days when your luggage is moved; otherwise, you will normally be expected to ride the entire prescribed route each day, and to be more independent than on a guided trip, including doing minor bike repairs such as flat tires. Your driver, in most cases, will be on call to help (extra cost may apply).

If you are using one of our rental bikes, you can expect a well-maintained bike in good condition, and our attention to make sure it stays so. If you bring your own bike, you will be responsible for all repairs, and we strongly recommend a thorough, professional tune-up before you commence your trip.

If you expect to need extra service on a consistent basis, or are not familiar with basic bike maintenance - flat tires and minor adjustments - please consider a guided or private guided trip. We can normally accommodate your new dates.

" delighted that Freewheeling offers self-guided... for our family, this approach provided us with freedom and flexibility to structure our days as we wished...combined with the convenience of having our bags moved and Freewheeling's expert planning for accommodations, activities, and route!" -Jennifer S.


We are accustomed to maintaining a high level of hygiene, especially as it relates to the service of our al fresco trailside picnics. In response to the pandemic, we have elevated our standards to include frequent handwashing all day, compulsory mask wearing during all transfers, full surface sanitization twice daily or more as situation demands, equipment sanitization before any transfer between guides and guests, distancing protocols, and several measures to maximize hygiene while serving those wonderful picnics.

The Cuisine

We seek and provide excellent nutrition for hungry adventurers. Breakfasts are almost always included on all adventures. On guided trips most lunches and dinners are also included, and on self-guided trips, we provide the information you need to make good lunch and dinner choices on your own. We prepare roadside picnics for you along guided routes, and we provide healthy snacks for between meals. At dinnertime, we choose the best restaurants we know of, making exceptions only when the freedom for you to explore multiple options is more appropriate, especially on the second night in one location. We ask you for information about your dietary restrictions and preferences before you arrive. We inform your guides and the restaurants included in the itinerary. Vegetarians, vegans, seafood lovers, children, and other discriminating palates can usually be well accommodated. If you have kosher, celiac, or other very restrictive dietary needs, please ask before booking.

"Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and mango allergies were all considered and we felt incredibly well cared for. " - Cliff & Peg

Activity Level

To help you choose an appropriate level of daily challenge, we use elevation profiles to represent the route, and a challenge-rating system using symbols from the skiing world. Many of you will already be familiar with it; If not, here is a brief explanation. Note that these classifications may vary with weather and/or road conditions, and you should always arrive with a sense of fun and adventure. If you are unsure, choose a guided trip. The vehicle support can help you get over any hill, and can turn even the most difficult trip into an easy one.

The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.

Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.

The most challenging trips, these include longer distances, bigger hills, long hikes, exposed paddling, and full days of activity. We recommend a higher degree of fitness and training to make the most of the experience.

There is also a rare double black diamond, reserved for only the most difficult adventures.