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What is a Granfondo / Sportive?

Granfondos and sportifs are semi-competitive, mass participation cycling events taking place on awe inspiring, challenging routes. They cater for a wide range of abilities with an emphasis on taking part and usually with the option of two different length events. France, Italy and Germany have a long tradition of these events with the most popular events regularly attracting fields in excess of 5000. With La Fuga you will benefit from our extensive knowledge of these events and receive the support you need to maximum your enjoyment.

What’s included in the price?

All accommodations; most meals; energy drinks and snacks for each day’s ride; the knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides; private tours and tastings; entrance fees to all group and individual events; daily route support; all transportation during the trip; luggage transfers; and trip literature. The trip specific itineraries can provide more detail on inclusions. Airfare is not included in the price.

How do I choose the right trip?

At La Fuga we offer two length of trip. Choose our Corto break for an extra special long weekend, transported from working routine to sporting luxury with a sportif event to really get the adrenalin pumping. Our Lungo break offers an opulent ten day, two centre escape giving you extra time to challenge, stimulate and revitalise mind and body before tackling the formidable challenge of a sportif event.

All our tours include a granfondo or sportif event. If you have a specific event in mind you can search by event. On all La Fuga trips you can do as much or as little cycling as you wish but our tours do require a minimum level of fitness to really get the most out of your tour. If you are thinking of travelling with a non-cycling partner on one of our tours we recommend you contact a La Fuga Tour Consultant to discuss your requirements. Some tours offer more interest to a non-cycling partner than others. Armed with intimate knowledge of all La Fuga destinations and trips, they are sure to have the information and insight to assist in planning your tour of a lifetime.

How do I reserve a place?

To reserve you spot please book online by visiting www.lafuga.cc/our-tours/ and choosing the relevant tour, or call us on +44 (0)208 876 5665 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant.

If you make a reservation before 90 days prior to the trip, a £400 deposit is due at the time of booking. If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Please see below for information on when to book and what to do if you need to cancel.

Custom Tour deposits equate to 50% of the tour value.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking your tour at least 90 days prior to departure. Tours do sell out or become otherwise unavailable, so booking early is the most reliable means of reserving spots on your dream vacation. Based on availability, last-minute bookings can be accommodated up to one week prior to departure.

What kind of trip information does La Fuga provide?

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. Approximately 6 weeks prior to departure you will receive an exclusive La Fuga Tour Information Pack which includes destination and trip-specific information, local and regional history, training tips, as well as suggestions for packing and general trip preparation. Once you arrive at your destination your guide will provide frequent briefings along with daily route guides along and detailed maps allowing you to ride with complete confidence as you explore your new surroundings.

What if I have to change or cancel my trip?

Should you or any member of your party be forced to cancel your booking, we must receive notice in writing or by email from the person making the original booking. The cancellation will take effect from the date that such written notice is received. The following cancellation charges will apply. The charges are expressed as a percentage of the total holiday price.

More than 60 days prior to departure » Deposit

Between 40 and 59 days prior to departure » 30%

Between 30 and 39 days prior to departure » 50%

Between 15 and 29 days prior to departure » 75%

Between 8 and 14 days prior to departure » 90%

7 days or less prior to departure » 100%

Do I need travel insurance?

La Fuga highly recommends travel insurance in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, or if you need to cancel your trip. In addition it is recommended that EU Nationals hold an EHIC card for reciprocal healthcare provision within the EU. Online application is available from www.ehic.org.uk.

Can you help me with my travel arrangements?

Yes, La Fuga offers the service of an in-house Travel Agent to assist you with your additional travel needs. For a nominal fee, our dedicated Travel Agent can reserve your airfare, pre- and post-trip accommodations, rental cars, train tickets and additional sight-seeing activities.

Will someone meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

For each tour, La Fuga will provide recommended flight / arrival information for the destination. A La Fuga representative will meet you at the airport at this time and transport you in luxury to our hotel. If you wish to arrive on another flight or at another airport we may be able to arrange to collect you subject to an additional fee.

What kind of travel documentation do I need?

A valid British Passport is required to gain entry to Italy, France and Austria. If you need to apply for a new passport or for its renewal, make such application at least eight weeks before departure. Foreign nationals are advised to contact their local embassy to check their visa requirements. No vaccinations are required for any current La Fuga tour. The Department of Health provides health advice for travelers and online application for an EHIC card giving citizens of member states reciprocal health benefits within the EU. Available from www.ehic.org.uk.

If I book a tour, can I be guaranteed that it will run?

We need a minimum of six people to run most of our trips, although some trips require a minimum of eight people. As long as this minimum guest enrolment is met, trips are guaranteed to run. If a trip must be cancelled due to low enrolment, we will make every effort to do so at least 45 days prior to the trip start and a full refund will be issued. Trips will not be cancelled due to low enrolment within 30 days of the trip start.

How big are the groups?

The maximum group size on a La Fuga tour is 15. This ensures each guest receives sufficient individual support, dedicated attention, and personal company from their world-class guides.

Will I be sharing a room?

Our prices are per person based on single occupancy. If you are travelling with a partner please contact us for double occupancy prices.

Do I have to bring my own bike?

Most of our guests want to ride their favourite bike on our tours. However should you wish to travel light, La Fuga has a fleet of Cervélo R5 available. Please visit our bike rental page for further information.

What kind of support do you offer?

Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about our destinations and cycling. We handle your luggage transfers. We have a dedicated mechanic to unpack and set up your bike. Each ride will be guided and supported by a La Fuga team car supplying extra water bottles, energy bars or an extra jersey for that long descent.

What kind of shape do I need to be in?

You don’t need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a La Fuga tour. Each trip offers a variety of levels of cycling. Certain destinations, such as Treviso and Veneto offer flatter terrain; while destinations such as the Dolomites feature mountainous challenging terrain. Although you can ride as much or as little as you like, in order to ensure your enjoyment of your trip to its fullest, it is important to assess you personal level of fitness when choosing a trip. Our Travel Consultants would be happy to offer you advice as to the most appropriate tour.

Where can I get info on groups and/or private trips?

With La Fuga Custom, the perfect trip is just a call away. We are able to organise customised tours to meet your every requirement. We are also happy to modify one of our programmed tours should you wish to group block booking. Alternatively view our Custom page for examples of the types of custom trips we provide.