Thanks to Chris Jallard, our pro photographer, for such an amazing job on this 900 photo, stunningly put together 2017 Hannibal Bike Tour Book keepsake. We are making these for all our tours now. They are exceptional mementoes of exceptional Odysseys! These Tour Books (and they are genuine books!) contain photos from every day, photos of […]
The Origin Of Bike Odyssey Where did it all begin? I think it’s fair to say that Bike Odyssey mastermind Sam Wood’s original inspiration for his bicycle touring company came in the mid-1980s. During those important formative years the seeds that would create this epic history based cycling adventure extravaganza were sown. I should know, […]
Congratulations Ben Kane on your new book Clash of Empires and thanks for the copy and the dedication, I am looking forward to reading it! Ben will be joining our Venetians – Venice to Dubrovnik tour this October. Some of the action in this, his latest book, takes place in Croatia so we are very much looking […]
The Best Cycle Tour Destinations Search for cycle tours on the Internet, and you will be exposed to hundreds of different companies conducting tours all around the world. They are all different and involve different countries, cities, landscapes and interactions. At Bike Odyssey, we offer cycle tours in locations we believe to be the very […]
We love to go that little bit further to give you exceptional mementoes of your cycle tour journeys with us. In 2017 we started a partnership with Massif Central who create beautiful elevation profile images showing the details of your ride. These high resolution, exceptional quality posters make for an amazing eye catching, conversation starting display […]
well… it depends on what you base being ‘great’ upon. If it is for campaigning in amazing corners of the world which has allowed us to follow them and create fantastic routes for a bike tour then they certainly are both great! Richard I was named Coeur de Lion (‘The Lionheart’) after his victories over […]
Tour History and Hannibal gets a look in as I’ve just moved to Barcelona! There is a theory that Barcelona is actually named after Hannibal’s adopted ‘family’ name Barca (coined the ‘Barcids’ by modern writers. In general Carthaginians only had one name and the options seemed in short supply!
Tour History – Hannibal is in the news for the first time in 2000 years due to some horse poo being found on one of the passes over Alps! So for literally hundreds of years people argued over where Hannibal crossed the Alps.
Tour History – Hannibal and the bloodiest battle ever in history …Cannae. A slightly horrific way to start the New Year… A day when 70,000 men were killed….this figure stands as the most men killed in a single day’s battle, the equivalent of the nuclear bomb’s death toll at Hiroshima and this was all hand to hand combat.
Tour History – Hannibal and his Elephants…over the Alps…. Hannibal is best known for crossing Europe’s biggest mountain chain, the Alps, into Italy with about fifty thousand men and forty elephants.