Bike Odyssey Cycling Tours

Bike Odyssey specialises in running journeys of a lifetime. We only tour in exceptional corners of the world. We only create exceptional routes. We only follow exceptional historical figures. Unsurprisingly, our cycling tours are exceptional. We love them and you will too.


Ride across Japan...

Along ancient trails, in the footsteps of the Shogun.

Developed in conjunction with  Cyclist Australia/NZ and Ehime Prefecture.

Outside Magazine's Trips of the Year


We are hugely proud to feature not 1 but 2 of our Odysseys in Outside Magazines Epic Trips.

Both Othello - Marrakech to Porto and Allies - Normandy to The Rhine made it into this very exclusive list!

‘On Hannibal’s Trail’

In 2009 we teamed up with the BBC to make 'On Hannibal's Trail'. Our lead guide for our tour of the same name, Sam Wood, presented this documentary which was shown in 70 countries around the world.

Sustainable Travel

We take Responsible Travel Seriously. Travelling by bike is in itself a minimal-impact approach but we do everything we can as a company, on and off tour to make our impact positive.

When only the best will do

Pinarello, Trek and Specialized and every option from a top of the range Di2 Dura-Ace F10 Dogma to a lovely 105 Specialized Roubaix and we have multiple road and mountain e-bikes on offer too! The choice is yours....

What makes us unique?

Journey selection. Technology. Expertise. Priority on guests. Our motivation. Read on to see why you will utterly love a tour with Bike Odyssey, the experts in cycling tours. Our fideli can tell you why they come back time and time again and soon you shall be one of them!


From the soaring Byzantine dome of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul, across the glittering island studded Mediterranean, to Odysseus´ home Ithaca in the Ionian Islands. 'The Odyssey' is true to its origins.

Othello – Marrakesh to Porto

Cycle tour from Morocco, through Spain to Portugal - an adventure from the exotic to the exceptional - Ride over the Atlas Mountains, to the edge of the Sahara desert. Traverse Spain's Sierra Nevada into Portugal's stunning Alentejo.. This is a true Epic Adventure!

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I have done 4 trips with Backroads, 2 with Trek Travel, and biked across Italy with Ciclismo Classico. I chose Bike Odyssey this time for the length, locations offered and the value. Venetians far exceeded my expectations. Slovenia and Croatia rides were fabulous, hotels were the best available in the areas we covered. The guides were extremely supportive, pleasant and professional from assembly to repacking. I’ll join bike Odyssey for another experience soon.

Eugene Katz, Venetians 2023
Thank you for giving us a magnificent cycling adventure. Rob and I reminisce and talk about the vacation often. I return mentally to all those places very often… like everyday.
We have also framed the route map and it is proudly hanging up to show everyone our journey.
Evelyn & Rob Kirk, Venetians 2023

Cycling in Morocco was a culturally immersive experience so incredibly different to the classic Europe scene.  Challenging mountain climbs, stunning views, long descents; Morocco exceeded all expectations. The roads were surprisingly good, and we always felt safe. Bike Odyssey took such amazing care of us. Though the cycling was fantastic, it was the connection with the Moroccan country and its beautiful people that made this cycling trip so special.  They were so open and welcoming. Morocco is a cycling destination we will be talking about forever.

Peter Swensen, Othello 2023

Firstly, I want to express my gratitude to the Venetians Team, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour; the global group of riders were great and the support from Isabel, Henrick and Dario – superb. My net promoter score of the bike odyssey would be high and I would absolutely recommend this fabulous cycling tour.  I had a great time and look forward to our paths crossing again in future. Please pass my sincere thanks to the divine support crew. Isabel you are a super star.

Jane Grover, Venetians 2023

Every part of this adventure has exceeded our expectations.  Because we have so truly enjoyed every other Bike Odyssey trip, our expectations were pretty high.  Thank you so very much for your encouragement, patience, kindness and thoughtfulness.  We are both looking forward to our next trip.  Can’t wait to ride together again.

Cher & Hamish Walton, Vikings 2024

As I look at the Parthenon this evening from the rooftop restaurant… A fantastic historical tour with all and more than I had hoped for in knowledgeable historians of Yasir and our guides.  Marjolein – fantastic rider and physio.  James – the consummate professional guide.  Special appreciation to Moritz for his diligence on the bike, enthusiasm, competence and engaging wit.

Bernie Ritznik, The Odyssey 2023
Oh wow!!!!
That makes the ending of this trip the beginning of another!!!!!
Yes yes yes!!! Book me 🙂
Moyra Deans, The Odyssey 2024

Bike Odyssey is the coolest cycle tour company in the cosmos!  I can’t wait to get to the next tour! Thanks to Sam and the team.

Michael Brennan, Che 2019

The best guides in the business. 5 star everything with exercise, sightseeing and an historical banter from a real live Indiana Jones.  This is a must-do company if you want a small, intimate, unique travel experience.

Kelly Slater, Allies 2017

I could not recommend these guys more highly.  Always friendly, professional and very organised.  What they offer is an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to get out on the trails again soon!


David Donnelly, Allies 2017

I’ve ridden with Sam’s tours before. He’s a first rate guy running a fantastic operation. If you’re looking to mix culture, great saddle time, good food and wine and stellar company – look no further!

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Alex Berg, The Odyssey 2017

Che is my second tour with Sam and his team.  It was great… again! I would highly recommend them and now wondering when I can line up my third tour.


James Sulzberger, Che 2019

A great trip. Challenging, but great rides with fantastic rest days. And the best, the last rest day in the mountain.


Ivan Holyman, Othello 2024
An absolutely wonderful tour.
My favorite of all the many tours we have ridden.
Outstanding staff, good hotels / meals, breathtaking rides (literally and figuratively).
Michael Buscher, Vikings 2024
Another spectacular Bike Odyssey! Unique to The Odyssey, Othello as well as Che, was the different location and culture. The Vikings trip fits in this category IN SPADES!….Scandinavia with its different culture, languages, history and jaw-dropping landscape take your breath away. As well as being as challenging, or more, than any other Bike Odyssey, puts this tour above the rest! Weather be damned, this is a ‘don’t miss tour’.
Charles Morgan, Vikings 2024

Amazing cycling tours. Family run business with excellent service. The Venetians tour was the best holiday I have ever had. Fantastic route, excellent accommodation, scrumptious food and the most delightful guides.

Carolyn Port, Venetians 2020

What a magnificent itinerary! The trip was very well organised; all I had to do was turn up in my lycra, rearing to go. Accommodation top notch. Cruising the Greek islands on a gulet – unforgettable.

Sarah Gillis, The Odyssey 2024

Having gone on Othello, the Morocco tour, we signed up for Odyssey, the Turkey/Greece trip. Again, we were not disappointed – Sam and Isabel put on a good show. We will continue to patronize Bike Odyssey for all our international trips as they can’t be matched by other outfits. Highly recommend.

Marina Marra, The Odyssey 2024

A wonderful experience with Bike Odyssey. There are very few cycle tour companies that offer tours lasting more than a few days.  The trip included spectacular rides in Slovenia and Croatia, the former a lesser known bike destination. The tour was very well organized, the bike mechanics and tour guides were top notch. Lodging was the best available considering the small villages. Memories of this tour will last a lifetime. I am already planning for more Bike Odyssey trips.

Eugene Katz, Venetians 2023

I had the time of my life!  The trip exceeded my expectations! The hotels were exceptional and unique, from the simple rural hotels to the 4/5 star hotels.  Each hosted dinner was special and drinking as much wine as you wanted was a plus. The routes were challenging and breathtaking in their beauty.  Most importantly, everyone: guides and fellow riders, made me feel at home.

Seth Washinsky, Othello 2024

Nothing was too much trouble. Wonderful accommodation and dining experiences throughout in both Morocco and Spain. It’s clearly evident that Bike Odyssey does their research thoroughly to seek out and deliver the best experience.

Bruce Williams, Othello 2023

I doubt there is a cycling trip for avid cyclists that is equal to Bike Odyssey for organization, routes, accommodation and meals. From big plans to small details, quality and service are unsurpassed. … the support and creature comforts leave nothing to be desired.

Bruce Libin, Othello 2024

Our ride in Morocco was so excellent, when we returned home I immediately booked another trip with Bike Odyssey. Everything was perfect, from the office staff and administrative arrangements to the quality of the bikes to the accommodations to the guides. Nothing was left unattended.

Marina Marra, Othello 2024
 The organisers magnificently curate routes, food and hotel suppliers that are world class! Their support team of a bicycle mechanic and masseuse complement a sublimely curated experience delivering an amazing experience. Incredible pre-planning ensures every detail prior is considered and, as an adventure package experience, this is as good as it gets.  I wish Bike Odyssey every ongoing success in delivering world class adventure.
Danny Beran, Tasmania 2024

This was my third trip with Bike Odyssey and I would give it a perfect score. The guides were absolutely superb. They worked seamlessly as a team and as individuals. The riding was completely lovely and if you like to ride extra, the guides were very flexible in working with you so you could do as much or as little as you wanted. The combination of lovely riding and amazing history is unique to Bike Odyssey. I can’t think of a single negative thing to say.
PS the picnic lunches every day were a completely unexpected highlight.

Bob Goyette, Allies 2023

A personal challenge with 5 star back up!   Routes were fantastic; every day slightly different. Scenery, roads and gradients constantly varied. Great riding always. Food was beyond expectations…even for veggos! The accommodation was luxurious.  Last, but certainly not least, the guides.  I would do future tours for the guides alone! Loved the history and Sam’s calm approach to the day to day, no matter what.

Sarah Rawlinson, Lionheart 2022

Experiences that leave a lasting impression for me are generally ones that are aligned with my values and create an authentic connection. Bike Odyssey NZ 2022 led by Isabel and supported by Sarah and Sean in NZ and Nicky and Sam in Australia was an absolute standout. Isabel is an outstanding leader combining Intelligence, empathy and great organisational skills. To share this experience with my son Hugh has been an absolute privilege. I can’t wait to begin my next Bike odyssey adventure with Jane and your team in 2023.

Stephen Grover, New Zealand 2022

Great support, great organisation, great fun, great Sam, great everything!!!



Eric Dole, Tasmania 2022

Fantastic personalised service & continuous attention to the needs of a diverse group of clients.



Thomas Penny, Tasmania 2020

Great ride with great company and the best of meals. Bike Odyssey really look after me on these rides.

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John Montagner, Berry Escape 2020

Very well organised, good route, excellent communication throughout and fabulous accommodation. Highly recommend Sam, Isabel and their support

Anthony B, Berry Escape 2020

Super professional as always, the route was stunning and challenging, loved the food all round especially the on road lunches provided by Issy!

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Paul Traynor, Berry 2020

The tour was essentially a push-bike circumnavigation of Tasmania over 3 weeks. It was fully supported with accommodation at some of Tasmania’s top hotels and a smattering of more modest accommodation at some more remote locations. Sam and Isi and the masseuse, Sarah couldn’t do enough for us to make our experience a fabulous one.
Whilst not cheapest bike riding holiday, you get what you pay for and this is a perfect example of that. I will continue to choose Bike Odyssey.

Roberta Bailey, Tasmania 2020

This was a hard ride — days had 1000 or more metres of climbing [with the option of more!] and an average of 100km of rolling terrain, but thoroughly enjoyable. Those discomforts were more than made up for by the scenery, food and wine. Sam was an attentive and skillful jack-of-all trades and Isabel was an energetic and enthusiastic presence at all times. Between them, they served up a varied and wonderful smorgasbord of hotels, meals and drinks. They consistently accommodated the varied and idiosyncratic requests of the touring group.

Michael Webber, Tasmania 2020

I’ve been on several supported tours over the last few years and Sam is heads and shoulders above when it comes to attention to details and impeccable support for the rides.

Boon Yeo, Custom Snowys 2022

A really relaxing, well organised and enjoyable trip. Sam and Isi were enthusiastic, supportive and very personable tour leaders. Would heartily recommend Bike Odyssey trips.



Ralph McConaghy, Tasmania 2021

Bike Tour was very well organised. Accommodation and meals were excellent. Riders were able to ride at own pace without hassles. Staff were very helpful, great fun and great people.

Phil B, Berry 2022

Sam Wood put together a most professional and fun custom tour of the NSW Snowies at short notice. We were treated to nourishing breakfasts, gourmet roadside lunches, and selected dinners, interspersed with a wonderful variety snacks and drinks during the rest breaks. On road support was amazing, with cue-laden GPS routes, and equal support and encouragement handed out to the fast riders, the relaxed riders, and everyone in between.
And, there was still time to set up and prepare lunch, clean up after the hungry horde, and be at the end-of-day accommodation with keys and any important information.
I would not hesitate to join one of the Bike Odyssey trips – either domestic or overseas. Nor would I hesitate have ask them to put together a custom trip for us again.

Mark McCorkindale, Custom Snowys 2022

Surpassed all expectations (and they were already high!). Sam seemed to be everywhere, conjuring up fabulous meals, shopping, repairing bikes, filling water bottles and all with a cheerful smile. Highly recommended.

Sally Collier, Custom Snowys 2022

Our Bike Odyssey tour of Tasmania from Hobart to Launceston was a magical experience. The organization by Isabella and Sam was impeccable and the expertise in cycling an inspiration! The routes chosen were ideal to challenge and offer wonderful views of the countryside at the same time. The accommodation venues arranged were all of a high quality and we certainly appreciated the remedial massages with Sarah! We look forward to joining many future adventures with the amazing Bike Odyssey team!!

Liz and Bill Donelly, Tasmania 2022

First Class Cycling
Bike Odyssey just continues to deliver. Fully supported, flexible riding options that cater for all. Feel like knocking off early or missing that section – no worries. Want to ride further or detour a challenging climb – they just make it happen so seamlessly. Outstanding catering along the way, then overnight in luxurious accommodation with top class meals.
The l’Etape Escape weekend away was another great adventure delivered by Sam and Isabel.
Once you join the Bike Odyssey family you will realise this is the only way to cycle.

Dave and Karen Cunningham, Berry, 2020

Great week of riding and guide support. Well structured itinerary with some great stops along the way (winery, cheese factory, fish shop, famous pub etc). Suitable focus on “where is the next coffee” and great picnics.

Sam and Isabel do a great job of making the journey a pleasure.

Ivan Holyman, Tasmania 2020

THE way to see Tasmania! This must be the best way to see Tasmania! Riding pace to get around and fabulous food and accommodation to keep you fresh. I absolutely loved it, including the challenges like climbing kunyani/Mt Wellington and Jacob’s Ladder at Ben Lomond. Isabel and Sam were fantastic guides/hosts and the routes were well researched. Can’t wait to do another Bike Odyssey!

Daniel Webber, Tasmania 2021

Sam and Isi set up short breaks in Australia to relieve the tedium of the Corona virus restrictions and the Berry break we joined on our tandem proved that Bike Odyssey was able to match the quality of their customary European trips here at home. The riding was unexpectedly challenging, utilising mostly quiet roads, the weather was satisfyingly pleasant and the company, support, food and accommodation were outstanding. Just as we have come to expect from Bike Odyssey!

Phil and Joyce Ogden, Berry Escape 2022

Outstanding support & customer service. Tassie Down Under was my first Bike Odyssey and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how it all went! Sam and Isabel leave nothing to chance. They are super organized and extremely accommodating to the varying needs of each person on tour. The support they gave us both on and off the bike was absolutely outstanding. The accommodation was high end and the meals were incredible. I’m already planning my next Bike Odyssey and it won’t be my last!

Karen Cunningham, Tasmania 2021

Sam provided support for our 7 day Snowy Mountains bike tour… day 1 I thought this was pretty good having morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea all sorted without thinking about it. As the days and k’s rolled on I reset my thinking to “how far to Sam” such was the fabulous support and treats each stop provided.

Choosing a supported bike tour is easy now, just select which Bike Odyssey trip to go on, simple!

John Broughton, Custom Snowys Tour 2022

A trip of a lifetime cycling through Spain, France & Italy – Pyrenees, Mediterranean, French Alps, iconic climbs, renowned wine regions, medieval villages and most importantly new friends from the Hannibal Odyssey.


Adrian Amelse, Hannibal 2022

A great trip all around; beautiful Tasmania countryside, well organized, excellent communication, helpful leaders (Cam for President), outstanding restaurants and mostly top-quality hotels. I especially appreciate Sam driving us two hours to the airport due to our leaving the trip early. Very kind of him.
A challenging, gratifying and memorable trip.

George Gardner, Tasmania 2019

Amazing way to see the world with a fantastic company. I recommend this trip to everyone!



Steve Ball, Lionheart 2019

Had the best guides on the best roads, the accommodation was second to none, navigation was spot on and the food was exceptional!


Scott James, Lionheart 2019

I just did the Lionheart tour. The Bike Odyssey routes, accommodation, food and history talks – all amazing. But what made the trip outstanding was that Sam and his team went the extra mile (often literally!) to keep us safe, healthy and happy.


Dean Jackson, Lionheart 2019

Fantastic trip and fantastic attention to detail from the team. Bike Odyssey sweats the details so you can just enjoy the riding, eating and the views.



Ross Ditchfield, Lionheart 2019

The best in the business – sensational, organised and professional sums up the Bike Odyssey Team. The route planning is impeccable taking in the quiet roads and stunning scenery. Every day ends in another top class and unique accommodation with tasty regional food and wine. Nothing to think about once on the trip except the all important riding your bike.

Chris Jallard, Lionheart 2019

Outstanding scenery, accommodation and food. Everything is taken care of for you, just get on your bike and enjoy the amazing scenery and excellent roads with very little traffic.
Thanks Sam and everyone at Bike Odyssey for a truly memorable holiday.


Tony Rigney, Lionheart 2019

Extremely happy. Awesome route and on-road support, fantastic accommodation and food. As good as Hannibal which was my best overseas experience to date.


John Cullity, Lionheart 2019

The trip was simply brilliant. The team were outstanding in their organisation and I always felt respected and very safe on the road. Our bikes and gear were well cared for, the food and accommodation was amazing, the riding routes extremely well scouted and thought through. I highly recommend Bike Odyssey and look forward to enjoying another adventure with them in future.

Mich Jones, Lionheart 2019

Hands down the best holiday I have had. Great food and accommodation, unbelievable levels of support from the Bike Odyssey team and the ability to completely unplug for large stints each day made this an epic break.

I’ll definitely be back.

Adam Somerville, Lionheart 2019

If there was an option to rate 6 star, I would!

What an experience – there is nothing I would change. From start to finish, the location, the rides, the seamless transfers of my gear each day, the fantastic group of people riding, and the brilliant guides supporting us daily. I cannot wait to book another tour. Yes it is the only bike tour I have done, however, pretty certain it rates as one of the best.

Michelle Ball, Lionheart 2019

I did this trip on an ebike as I am not a cyclist. The organisation by Bike Odyssey made life easier. Routes were plotted, coffee was planned and picnic lunches set up perfectly. The guides were professional; Max has a gift with people and inspired us every day. Our bikes were expertly maintained and our bodies too with professional massages. We had amazing food, saw places we would never have known about, made special friendships and new memories that will last a lifetime. Would I travel with Bike Odessey again? I’m already planning it.

Linda Nairn, Hannibal 2019

I enjoyed my 10 days as a non-riding partner. Whilst my husband was riding through the Alps, I was hiking to a lake, enjoying a wine tasting or two and taking part in an Italian cooking lesson. We wandered through local markets and enjoyed our accommodation in Castles and Villas in vineyards with magnificent views! The Bike Odyssey crew are welcoming, informative and friendly. I have no hesitation in recommending Bike Odyssey for the non rider, although I will definitely be riding next time on an e-bike! My husband is already planning the next one!

Karen Cunningham, Hannibal 2019

THE trip for serious cyclists who also appreciate life après-ride.

Bike Odyssey’s Hannibal trip has it all: challenging cycling (including the most noted climbs of France and some very spiky ascents in Italy), outstanding support, fine dining, quality accommodations.

Bruce Libin, Hannibal 2019

This was a very challenging cycling trip, riding in the Pyrenees of Spain and France, the French Alps and Apennines of Italy. If you want the best cycling Europe has to offer, this is the trip to take. Bike Odyssey provided expert support and knowledge, super accommodations and excellent cuisine (picnic lunches and tremendous restaurant choices). New friendships created made this trip an epic experience. Look forward to my next Bike Odyssey trip!

Charles Morgan, Hannibal 2019

First tour was Tassie. Had a great time. Looking forward to doing Morocco in 2021.



Mark Yates, Tasmania 2019

As inexperienced cyclists we were very capably supported throughout the wonderful Che tour, an exotic, challenging and exciting experience. Wonderful arrangements, great guides and support staff, and the ability to adapt to the different needs of the riders and local situations. They were also great at helping the group gel and work well together.

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John Davison-Mowle, Che 2018

Having toured with Sam and team on Hannibal in 2017 we signed up again in 2019 for another custom tour. The quality of the whole experience was impressive, from the route choice on the most scenic and quiet roads to the exceptional accommodation and regional food. All done in a relaxed way made us feel we were in safe hands.

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Paul Traynor, Hannibal Custom Tour

There’s no better way to see these countries, especially the Andes. Cycling routes were challenging and time off the bike was spectacular. Accommodation was a destination in itself. Guides were excellent! It was tough but the rewards made every pedal stroke worthwhile. The 80km lakeside route culminating in the climb of Volcan Osorno was awesome and, as always, rewarded with a pisco sour. Great people, great challenges and countries that took me to places I’d never imagined! I’ll be lining up for another tour next year.

Sarah Rawlinson, Che 2018

Everything was done exceptionally well – from the amazing route and scenery, the scrumptious picnic lunches, the fantastic accommodation and first class evening meals. The relaxed, yet organized atmosphere that Sam and Cam created among all the riders was the cherry on the cake. This was my first tour with Bike Odyssey and I give them the highest of recommendations.

David Phelan, Tasmania 2019

An excellent experience from the first enquiry to the last day of the holiday. The routes, accommodations, picnics and the support on the road were all excellent throughout the trip. The routes well thought out and the bike I hired from them was excellent.

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Andrew Smith, Tasmania 2019

Sam and the Bike Odyssey team exceeded our expectations on every level. Each and every day of our first European cycle adventure delivered memories of people and places that will last a lifetime. A test of mind and body, but a rich and rewarding experience that has whet the appetite for more of the same. We’ll be back.

Michael and Louise Clifton, Lionheart 2018

Without a doubt your guides are the best I’ve had on any tour, and I’ve ridden more tours than I can count across the US, Europe and South America. This is what will keep me coming back to Odyssey tours. Also extremely important – willingness to let riders leave whenever they want in the morning and have the bikes out and ready to ride early. Much appreciated.

Wayne Riley, Lionheart 2018

Organising a custom tour in a foreign country where you are not fluent in the language can be intimidating as you are always trying to consider your groups individual needs and abilities. The Bike Odyssey team was able to provide a very high end and seamless experience; prompting the riding group’s sign up for Lionheart. Sam’s approach is calm and confident and the route choice as well as accommodation was memorable. I would highly recommend engaging Bike Odyssey.

Paul Traynor, Custom Tour 2017

Eastern Explorer Excellence!! We had such a fantastic two week custom tour with Bike Odyssey. 9 friends from Adelaide, of varying abilities, embarked on an epic 1,400kms from Görlitz on the German/Polish border, all through Poland, with a rest day in Gdańsk, ending in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The organisation of the trip was perfect, Max and Francesca our tour leaders could not have done more for us. Great hotels, wonderful food, and great technical help from Frannie who made us all into Hammerhead converts and experts within no time at all! No more dodgy paper maps and getting lost, Hammerheads are the way forward! Literally!

Thanks Bike Odyssey for a brilliant tour, we look forward to the next one!

Hannah Schultz, Custom Tour 2018

Well, what can I say other than brilliant! Hannibal 2017 was 16 days of brilliant riding, excellent accommodation and the guides were just second to none. Sam, Max and the team are committed to ensuring that you have the trip of a lifetime, to which I did. I would recommend bike odyssey as the best cycling company to take you on an adventure through Europe and beyond! Do it!!!… won’t regret a single minute. Thanks Sam and team for a wonderful trip!

Amanda Copp, Hannibal 2017

The cycling routes, guides, food, wine and accommodation were all great. Such a memorable trip. I highly recommend bike odyssey.


Sarah Armstrong, Hannibal 2017

Awesome Guides, fantastic accommodation, best riding ever. If you ride a bike, book a holiday with these guys. You won’t regret it!



Peter Rau, Tasmania, 2019

Thank you Max for being such an excellent guide during our Hannibal Tour. Your infectious enthusiasm was invaluable and the way you supported the whole group each day was fabulous. I felt very safe with you as our tour leader during the first few days and appreciate your motivating and fun loving personality from the beginning to the end of the trip. And last but not least, your Spanish mints (with accompanying jingle) each morning were vital to a good start to the day.

Megan Rigney, Hannibal 2017

I felt that all the guides and their contributions were extraordinary.  All went over and above to ensure that we were in the right place. Their individual and team contributions were excellent as was their personal skill sets. All were able to walk the talk with no trouble.


Martyn Smith, Hannibal 2017

The guides were amazing…..excellent in fact. Particular mention has to go to Mark. He is as solid and reliable and friendly as you could ever wish for. Nothing was too much for him – he was ever present and friendly. The image of him at the top of Col Agnel in gale force words and horizontal rain, packing bikes into the trailer will stay with me for a long time. The other guides were all excellent and genuinely could not do enough. They made the trip very easy and all we had to do was concentrate on riding our bikes.

Pat Marshall, Hannibal 2017

I was captivated from the first by the notion of historically themed epic cycling journeys, but I had no idea about the level of real support that Sam and his team was going to provide. Our journey was certainly epic in every way; the daily distances stretched me physically and we were unlucky to cop some really wet weather during the first weeks of the tour. The support really amazed me. There were days when we arrived at our destination soaked and nearly done in, but our bikes were whisked away for clean up and we were met with enthusiastic congratulations from the team and snacks and drinks for an immediate pick-me-up. This was always followed by utter relaxation in wonderful accommodation and great food. On the ride itself, the bike guides were a revelation to me. The last part of the climb to the Gotthardt was looking a bit grim until a smiling face appeared at my side and suggested a pause for a photo opportunity might just let me catch my breath. Despite being the last rider at the col who wanted to make the cold descent in the mist, companion riders and guides all encouraged me to go for it.

Dianne Batten, Lionheart 2018

Despite having had a “one in a century event” as far as the amount of rainfall is concerned (there have been record floods in this part of the world), and precipitation for 5 out of the past 6 days, everyone is still in good spirits and, if anything, the sense of a group identity is stronger than ever. This in itself is a fine testament to both Sam’s organisation and the great team he has put together to support us. And the service in making sure all our bikes are cleaned up, re-lubed, and with gears tuned each morning – often in the rain – through these days of inclement weather has been magnificent. Through it all, Sam has remained totally unfazed and this has helped us all through. With the fantastically conceived historical nature of this trip, the brilliant route and wonderful accommodation as well – not to mention Sam’s excellent historical interpretations – it’s hard to imagine a more interesting, rewarding and challenging tour.

Doug Bruce, Lionheart 2018

As a 65 yr old with 2 metal hips, I joined Sam’s very first Hannibal tour, with some appreciable trepidation. But any misgivings I might have entertained dissipated quickly. Stunning views, friendly and ever helpful guides, scrumptious local fare and excellent accommodation more than compensated for the fading grumblings of an initially reluctant body. By the 3rd day all fatigue was forgotten as I made friends with riders from very different backgrounds, learnt some useful lingo and soaked up sights, smells and history of a most interesting part of the World.

Bob Hofman, Hannibal 2016

Sam did a faultless job running the tour from the hotels to the food, the support, the hire bikes and the incredible history of Hannibal along the way, I cannot imagine how it could have been executed any better. The guides were professional, dedicated, friendly and supportive. Their experience shone through and is their greatest asset.
I already have my next epic tour planned, and it wont be the last.

Jason Langer, Hannibal 2017

The Hannibal Expedition has been the major riding highlight of my 20-year riding career. The scenery, food, wine and accommodation were something I have no hesitation in recommending. For me, the greatest plus was achieving the challenge the Hannibal Expedition’s thoughtfully crafted route provides. Plenty of personal challenge, in beautiful and historic countries, with almost no traffic. What more could you ask for?

Stephen Seymour, Hannibal 2017

The guides? What a team! On and off the bike the guys could not have been better. Their focus was on ensuring that everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. They handled sometimes difficult situations , with grace, and good humour. And as an added bonus Mark and Dirk’s photography is simply stunning. So I’ve done 2 epic trips now, thoroughly indulged and enjoyed myself both times.

Sharon Watson, Venetians 2017

Max, Sam and Mark, what a trip! The finest food and wine from France, the best roads of Germany, Polish castles, new age Baltic states, and behind the romance of Russia. We did more than follow Napoleon’s footsteps, we opened up a new world. My life is enriched because of the 2015 Napoleon tour.

James Sulzburger

Sam, a fan​tastic tour for the adventurous with the usual epic adventure standards – well researched, great accommodation and meals and the best of guides and support. This tour has a variety of landscapes, terrain, cultures and is filled with history both ancient and modern.  There wasn’t a day when I thought I’d prefer to be somewhere else.

Kay Jacob

Sam, Max, and Mark, thanks guys, in your role as tour operators and guides your professionalism, work rate, attention to detail and commitment was second to none.



Gary Powell

Sam, your team did a magnificent job in the planning & executing of this tour – the castles, chateaux, monasteries & mansions we stayed in were amazing ( who could forget Ziggy?)!

Ruth Kerr

What an amazing holiday! You can eat and drink as much as you like and you still go home fitter and trimmer than when you left! Wait till Woman’s Weekly or Cosmo hear about this holiday! You guys’ll be booked solid till early retirement. This was undoubtedly the best long weekend of my life so far. I’ll be back next year for at the very least a full stage, if not more! My legs look forward to cashing this cheque which my hand is currently writing!

Will Wetherall, Hannibal 2017

The guides were excellent! They think ahead and are always making the best experience for the riders, whether making sure the bikes are in top condition, the picnic lunch is in “the spot”, or the evening meal is an experience to remember. They are happy to answer questions on route and change things as weather or circumstance require. Sam’s historical knowledge and his willingness to share this knowledge really added to the trip. I am very much looking forward to riding with them again.

Stephen Seymour, Hannibal 2017

This was by far the most fun I have had on a bike. It was a pretty stern physical test for me, and thus perfect. I eyed off the van once or twice but never had to get in it. Lovely places and lovely routes that you would never find by yourself, and all fully supported.

Ted Robinson, Hannibal 2017

Hannibal Barca, the wily Carthaginian General, was a fine strategist and leader. His attempt to conquer Rome by taking war elephants across the Alps was a real feat. If you wish to ride across the Alps, in fine style, without the support of war elephants, then you should sign up for this tour. They are great operators and their tour is first class.

Roddy Johnson, Hannibal 2017

It is a rare thing to experience something that changes your perspective on life permanently, even more rare when that something is a choice, and not a challenge that life has forced upon you.
The Hannibal Tour did just that. This Tour covered some of the most extraordinary landscape I will ever see. Meeting the physical challenge of 26 days of cycling when I have never in my life before been a cyclist has left me with an incredible belief that anything is possible in life. I have made lifelong friends from across the globe. We all laughed hard, ate and drank like kings. At the top of the Alps I cried with joy. All this, from the seat of a bicycle.

Jason Langer, Hannibal 2017

Sam obviously put a lot of time and effort into researching and organising this tour. The detail is obvious from the start and resulted in a magnificent experience. The hotels, restaurants, routes, lunch stops, coffee breaks and extras such as wine tastings and farmhouse meals were superb. An added feature of their tours is the historical aspect in regard to our location. I feel very lucky to have found this tour and able to participate as it was challenging, unforgettable and a great opportunity to meet other like minded cyclists and create new friendships. It was hard coming home after such a unique experience. Thank you Sam.

Kay Jacob, Hannibal 2017

To go on a trip that has congruency with the challenge of the ride – the epic history, gastronomy, the culture, the landscapes and to provide such intelligent support is amazing. I loved it, felt challenged, gave myself to the whole experience and have no criticisms; just grateful for a marvelous trip.

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Bernadette Redfern, Hannibal 2017

The 25 days I spent on the road with Sam was the best month I have had in my life. To be able to travel through Spain, France and Italy, and to see, do, eat and enjoy so much, was a real privilege. Sam eliminates any stress that may come with such a huge undertaking. Really, all you have to do is keep pedalling and not lose control of your bike when you pinch yourself to check you are not actually dreaming.

Felix Lowe, Hannibal 2017
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