Dear Friends of Glen,
Welcome to Santana Adventures!
We’d love to send you full information on Glen’s fourth cycling cruise with our company.
Glen here, your tour director and humble servant.
I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world with my bicycle.
I’ve cycled alone.
I’ve gone with groups.
These cycling cruises put on by my friends Jan and Bill McCready are the best there are. Nothing else comes close.
Each morning we have a great breakfast on board our luxury ship.
Then it’s off to ride for the day. There are long routes and short routes. Travel at your own pace. Yeah, some like to hammer, and that’s fine, but mostly people take it easy so they can meet the locals and each other.
In the afternoon we meet up with the ship, which has been traveling while we were pedaling. On board for drinks, snacks, and a fine dinner.
While we sleep the ship moves gently to a new location. We wake up where we’ve never been and ride again.
Don’t want to ride some days? Good. You can relax on the ship or go on a wonderful non-pedaling tour. It’s your choice.
Jan and Bill have lead me along the Mississippi on a classic paddlewheel boat to New Orleans.
From Barcelona down the coast of Spain and on to Morocco and Lisbon.
A Mediterranean cruise from Rome to the island of Corsica and then on to Nice.
A Mekong cruise from Saigon and on to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
A cruise along the Croatian Coast between Venice and Dubrovnik.
Five trips in all. There is no better way to travel.
This is the most exclusive trip we’ve done. In the past we traveled with a hundred or more. On this trip only 20 slots are available… and my wife Heather and I are taking two of them. Get ready for a journey that will change your life forever.
Just fill in your email below, and you’ll instantly receive all of the details. Why? This is a very small group and we are looking for good-hearted adventurers. If you’re too nervous to leave me your email, you may not be ready for this level of exotic travel, and that’s OK. For the rest of you, we’ll get right back with the info. No spam, no junk mail, no phone calls. See you on the road.
When you stop to consider the steps, previous bike tours waste an hour of precious vacation time with each change of hotels. That’s how long it takes to find the hotel, figure out where to park and lock your bike, stand in line to check-in, find your stuff, schlepp it to your room, unpack to clean up before dinner, repack the following morning, drag your luggage to the truck or van and then stand in line to check out; all before unlocking your bike and pedaling to the next hotel. On a chartered cruise ship you unpack once. Instead of living out of suitcases, waiting in front-desk lines, or securing your bike, you simply flash your scan-card as you walk your bike across the gangway.
When participants don’t need to adjust to a new mattress, pillow and thermostat each evening, they sleep better. The spacious staterooms on Santana’s charters are soundproofed, individually air-conditioned and furnished with luxurious twin or king-width bedding. Private bath with shelves, cabinet and hair dryer? Of course.
Previous forms of bike tours follow a dot-to-dot format. When viewed on a map the dots show the location of the overnight stops and the lines are the rides linking them together. A few lines represent fault-free days of cycling. Most of the lines are flawed. Stretches of busy roads with boring or ugly segments are a natural feature of routes linking places to sleep. A cycling cruise breaks the dot-to-dot pattern. As you dine, shmooze and snooze, the ship unties and relocates up to 150 miles, passing all those less-than-perfect stretches to find a hand-picked spot for a superior selection of rides. Compared to a set-in-place string of hotels, a cruise ship is like a magic carpet that allows a perfect string of vacation days; all with great cycling.
Santana selects ports after scouting thousands of miles of available routes. Each day has multiple choices. Shorter routes are flatter and follow the coast. Longer options loop inland to find great climbs and descents. Normal cruises stop at one port per day. On most days of a Santana cruise our chartered ship sees us off on our morning ride before racing down the coast to welcome us back aboard at a different port. When the ports are separated by too many miles or hills, a morning convoy of buses and moving vans can whisk some or all riders (and our blanket-wrapped bikes) to a various higher-elevation ride starts closer to the afternoon harbor. Unlike previous tours, the afternoon rides of a cycling cruise feature a downhill finish. Additionally, every day is a potential layover day. If you “play too hard” on one day, it’s always OK to take the following day off. If you don’t ride, there’s an additional choice. You can enjoy the ship before exploring the afternoon port, or hop aboard Sergio’s reclining-seat coach to see the country. It’s your vacation, and no other cycling tour features a wider range of included daily options.
When you look at other week-long cycling tours, the total distance between start and finish seldom exceeds 250 miles. At most you’ll experience two adjacent regions. On Santana’s cycling cruises you’ll cover up to 1,000 miles, which allows you to experience twice as many regions. Most cruises cross international borders (while you sleep!) to experience multiple countries. When you consider how much it costs to fly overseas, why not sample more places before returning home?
Santana originally started as a Tandem Bicycle Manufacturer in the 80’s, and has been operating tours for the same amount of time. ALL Cyclists are welcome on Santana’s cruises and events.