Far and Away

Far and Away

Fascinating places (Vietnam, Corsica, Slovenia), great prices, and a very hands-on owner make this another stand-out company. Remember, you save a lot of money when you go with a company that doesn't send out full-color catalogs. We first learned about them through our "rider reviews" section. They have lots of repeat customers, which is a good sign, and makes sense since this is a company that caters to a special type of traveler. Most of their trips consist of longish (80-100km) days, and some have a lot of climbs. Companions - Far and Away customers are more adventurous travelers than the typical rider that chooses B & R or the other luxury companies. Most of the lodging is 2 and 3 star, which makes sense in the countries that they go to. It's not like you really want to ride from Aman resort to Aman resort if you want to immerse yourself in the culture, right?

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    Full-Service Operator
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  • Services:
    SAG Van, Tour Guide
  • Country:
    Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Vietnam

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22 Reviews

  1. Ann from Mountain View, CA-Reply
    April 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I have been on at least 18 bicycle vacations. There are many many tour companies, and it is a bit like dating, you really have to find the one that suits *you*. Far and Away is the ONE for me. I have been on 10 tours with them (Laos, Sikkim, Cambodia, Namibia, Nepal, Crotia, Crete, Montenegro, Colombia, Macedonia/Albania). What differentiates Far and Away from other companies is the cycling and the genuine experience. Bob and Chantal are cyclists so they know what a good route looks like – they keep you off the busy roads, on the small ones with less traffic and great views. They don’t overly manage the group so you are free to take the day as you like (fast, slow, longer, shorter) – I really appreciate that.
    Equally important, Bob and Chantal have deep respect for the places we visit. They take care to hire local people when possible, put money back into their economy, embrace and enjoy the local cultures and encourage clients to do the same. I always learn something and feel like I have had a real peek into the places we visit. I’m hooked! I would recommend Far and Away to anyone with these sensibilities.

  2. Roman, Austin, TX-Reply
    October 26, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I’ve done 5 of Bob’s trips (Croatia, Corsica, Albania, Montenegro, and Crete), and already signed up for two more next year. There are several aspects that stand out for me about Far and Away’s tours:
    Bob and Chantal themselves — they are fantastic people, and always attract a fun, interesting, and adventurous group. When you go on one of their trips, it’s pretty much a guarantee that at least half the group are return customers, and you’ll feel welcome whether you know some of them already, or not.
    The routes — Bob and Chantal have a real eye for finding gorgeous, little traveled roads. In most places that means climbing and descending, which is usually a plus :). The daily distances are chosen such that most people can complete the ride well before dinner, and usually have time to explore the new town (i.e. hilly days are shorter in distance and vice versa). They also try really hard to minimize transfers, and are pretty successful most of the time. The trips I’ve been on have had only a handful total between van rides, ferries, and trains.
    The “management” style — it’s really hands-off. You can ride with a group or by yourself, stop wherever and whenever you want, have a coffee or a snack, hop into the van to skip a difficult spot or if you’re sick, etc.
    The cost — it’s very reasonable for what you get (trips usually include most breakfasts and dinners in addition to accommodations and SAG/transport services, and guides in more exotic locations).
    I’m pretty sure I’ll keep traveling with Far and Away as long as they are operating, and I have the ability. I highly recommend you try them as well.

  3. Karen S, Cazenovia-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I enjoyed this trip immensely. The riding was difficult most of the time – quite a bit of corrugated hard packed dirt roads (abut some paved roads) and brutal headwinds. That said, the mileages were shorter to accommodate for that and, of course, we were always able to take the sag wagon if desired. The activities, for me, were the highlights – climbing a huge sand dune at daybreak, feeding a cheetah (well, the guide did) just feet away, watching animals at watering holes, the 2 day safari watching animals in their natural habitat, and more. The food was great, the guides terrific, and the accommodations were more first-world than I expected – even the camping. I found it hard to return home…

  4. Adrienne, Arlington, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I have taken three of Bob’s trips – Southern Spain, Kerala India, & Sikkim, India. I am not as strong of a rider as some of the others in the group, but it is never a problem. If i am too far behind at the end of the day, I just get in the van. I take time stop and visit sights along the way. Take photos, visit villages, peak into temples. It’s wonderful.

  5. Ann, Mountain View-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I recently completed the Sikkim, India tour with Far and Away Cycling. It was fantastic. I love this company because it provides exactly the type of experience I am looking for. I want to experience the place I am visiting through knowledgeable local guides, exposure to the local culture, minimal ‘tourist attractions’, and great cycling. Somehow Bob also always assembles a great group of adventuresome, interesting, like minded clients. There is no mystery why all but one participant was a repeat customer! I highly recommend this to anyone who is seeking a challenging, eye opening experience.

  6. Fred Carson, Kensington, MD-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    This is about Laos and Spain and Far and Away Cycling, which sponsors tours for roughly a dozen bikers. These tours aren’t for everyone. If you like a few miles of flat terrain with a bus to take you over the mountains, forget it! Bob Thompson, the tour director, loves mountains, scenery and adventure. Further, although the ladies on the tour are lovely, you will likely have a tough time catching them! I second what Gwyn Kutz said so eloquently about the Laos tour. The weather was typically cool and dry and we met innumerable children on the roadside who shouted ‘Sabai dee!’ and ‘Hello!’ and ‘Good morning!’ Similarly, all of the Laotians we met were warm and welcoming. Additionally, the scenery is simply stunning and the food is great! The highlight of our tour was a home stay in Ban Nalay/Muang Beng. The residents were very welcoming, and we had opportunities to do unusual things: bathe in the river, join in a religious ceremony, eat and drink with the villagers…

  7. J. Stoodley, Falls Church, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Far & Away Cycling’s trip to Andalusia, Spain, is not to be missed. For cyclists who like breathtaking scenery, challenging but doable climbs and accompanying descents, charming hotels, sunny skies, out of the way villages, a ride leader who creates a conviviable atmosphere, this is the tour for you.

  8. Alexandra Fortner, Denver, Colorado-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I did “The Beast” tour in Corsica. Corsica is a “Must Visit” for anyone who likes beautiful coastal and mountain vistas. It is a great place to bike. Friendly people and local color. Bob Thompson has put together a fine tour with very nice accomodations and cuisine. The route takes you on bike friendly though physically challenging roads with awesome scenery. Tour cost is very reasonable.

  9. J. Stoodley, Falls Church, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I recently returned from a trip to Corsica with Far and Away Cycling. There were 13 of us including, Bob, the tour leader. Bob runs his own small operation, which feels like a group of friends on a tour with one of them handling the arrangements. Bob is personable, relaxed and unflappable when it comes to handling problems along the way. He is also organized and accommodating.

  10. Shawn Veltman, Blacksburg, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Rode Corsica, the “Beast”. It was great tour…and a great value. Everything was well organized and there was plenty of ride support. Bob (our guide) was very knowledgeable about the area and our routes and did a great job of bringing our group together. The hotels were clean and comfortable and the meals gave us a real opportunity to experience plenty of authentic French/Corsican cuisine. The route was a welcome challenge but still very manageable for the average recreational rider because the grades were long but not steep.

  11. Duane Erickson, Sandy Spring, MD-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I did the one week Corsica ‘Beauty’ trip. Well organized, well guided. Very reasonable price. group size good. accomodations and food both varied and excellent.

  12. Jim Norton, Reston, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    For me the F&A tour in Corsica achieved the perfect balance between being organized enough to remove the stress, while being flexible enough to retain an air of adventure.It is very good value for the money and of course it doesn’t hurt that Corsica is such a beautiful destination. The trip is also sheduled for exactly the right point in the calender since I would think that the island becomes a congested nightmare further into the season. Also expect to do some fairly vigorous cycling if you are not the hammerhead type

  13. Jenny Wang, New York, NY-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Just returned from Corsica on my first ever cycling tour and I’d have to say that Far & Away made it one of the most memorable trips I’ve taken so far. The rides take you through some of the most incredible scenery I’ve ever seen and to hilltop villages and coastal towns I probably wouldn’t have thought to visit on my own. As a novice cyclist, I was initially a little concerned about going on a trip like this given my lack of experience, but I was able to ride at my own pace, and knowing that the support vehicle was there if I needed it really gave me the peace of mind to fully enjoy my time there. The cycling was fantastic although challenging at times, but there was always time afterward to explore the town and meet up with the group for happy hour before dinner. … For the price that you pay, the accommodations were very comfortable, and the food and was delicious …

  14. Gwyn Kutz-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    We did an average of 60+ miles/day, scenery was spectacular! Tour was well-run, yet quite laid back. Met together for meals and exploring the towns together in the evening. Reasonably priced

    To those that have asked about Laos: Do it! It was a fabulous trip; and the window for this kind of experience in Laos is closing. At the moment, the roads are quite good, and except for the last day into Vientiane, the traffic is not bad. Moving through villages at cycling pace was perfect — leisurely enough that you could experience the ambience of the town (a thousand fascinating vignettes in every village) and not so slow as to be intrusive. The people are warm and friendly, and not calloused against foreigners. We were still a novelty for the people who saw us; kids came running from three fields away to say Sabaidee! This is by no means a luxury tour (it’s better! It’s real!). Some of the guest-houses were quite rustic – one could do an interesting comparison of plumbing fixtures through the different regions – but the idiosyncrasies of each place was part of the charm. And one discovers that a hot bucket shower after a tough ride in the rain is one of life’s great experiences! One of the most interesting places we stayed didn’t even have a guesthouse — we were billeted out with families in the hometown of Bob’s local guide, and made to feel really at home. None of us got sick from the food or the places we stayed. Somebody brought a cold, but most of us avoided it. The ride covers a fair territory, and is mostly mountainous – some of the scenery was spectacular. In the end, I actually much preferred that terrain to the flat ride on the final day.The trip includes great side attractions – we had a great time kayaking and spelunking one day. This was my first cycling trip, but it won’t be my last. Bob’s the best. His style is low-key; he lets people travel and explore at their own pace, while making sure that all of the basics are covered. You feel fully looked after, and never at a loss of things to do, without ever feeling smothered or over-organized. Have fun!

  15. Karen K., Bethesda, MD-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Went to Corsica for 7 days and it was superb. Stayed in very comfortable accommodations, which was necessary after riding 60-70 miles/day. The group of 10 riders was supported by a SAG.

  16. Meghan, Ellicott City, MD-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I went to Corsica with farandawaycycling. Bob Thompson planned a wonderful trip. The hotels and restaurants were of excellent quality. The cycling was so much fun, the routes chosen were very condusive to riding.

  17. Victoria Australia-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    We saw Croatia and Slovenia in a whole new way! The destinations were superb, all of the accommodations were fine or better. Mostly the food was good. This trip is for cyclists who are used to some climbing and who do not need a lot of pampering. The people were great, really fun and the trip one of our best! Definitely thinking of Far and Away for my next trip.

    Thanks for another great ride Bob. They are never the same. Doesn’t matter how many times you do them. The bikers were great and I was able to catch up with people I hadn’t seen for a while. The weather was great. It’s a ride everybody should do, and combined with Slovenia. Way to go.

  18. Grand Junction, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Just got back from Croatia/ Slovenia. What a great tour. Bob had everything lined up. Great food, interesting towns and fun riding. Laos is next for me.

  19. C. Straight, Leesburg, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    A small company with big adventure! I’ve done 2 of their tours and have been very satisfied both times. The routes are great and accommodations have been nice. I hope to do more tours with them in the future.

  20. Craig Smith, Portland, OR-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Far and Away cycling is the best. Their tours are small, provide fun and challenging rides in some of the most beautiful areas around the world. They specialize in connecting to the local culture. Accommodations are in very good hotels, 3 star and above when available and the food is exquisite. My wife and I have wanted to ride in the French Alps and climb on some of famous cols from the Tour de France. We hade the time of our lives on Far and Away’s French Alps Tour and made some great friendships with fellow riders. Bob and Chantal do a phenomenal job. I hope you get the opportunity to experience one of their tours, you will be hooked!

  21. Robin, Mclean, VA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve been on four Far and Away trips (Corsica, Slovenia-Croatia, Vietnam-Laos, and Spain) and my next one is Albania – I can’t wait -they are always an adventure! I’ve been on other cycle trips with other companies but Far and Away is a boutique company, offering small group one-off trips. The owner, Bob Thompson, has developed unique itineraries with his wife Chantal through their own travels and adventures. And Bob has a great leadership style, is low-key, approachable, and funny. The best part about Far and Away trips is that there is flexibility, with your map and cue sheet, you can take off, either with the group or on your own, but with designated rally points and the knowledge that there is always a van in case of emergency. And lets not forget the best part of the trips is the socializing and relaxing! Dinners are generally eaten together with one or two nights on your own for exploring.

  22. Jane B., Austin, TX-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve been on two tours with Far and Away Cycling (Croatia & Corsica), and I’ve already signed up for my next one (Albania). The scenery is always gorgeous, and the groups are never too big. The rooms are comfortable, and the riders are not coddled. Bob goes out of his way to find interesting, challenging and less traveled routes. Each day is point-to-point, so you never find yourself riding a bus to the ride start. Bob’s been to each location so many times, he can give alternative routes. The riding is “at-your-pace” so you can stop to admire the view or to get a coffee at the local village. Far and Away is a fantastic group, and I highly recommend their tours for anyone looking for simple and challenging tours