Non Riding Partners
A’qto welcomes non-riding partners on all tours
We believe in the value of shared experiences and recognise that for many, a tour of Italy is often a shared dream. We encourage non-riders to join their cyclist partners on A’qto’s Italy bicycle holidays, and offer an off-the-bike itinerary for every region we traverse.
Our active and dedicated travel programs are designed to ensure cyclists and non-riding partners alike are afforded enriching experiences, and shared enjoyment of A’qto’s authentic Italian hospitality and cultural immersion.
As our non-riding partner program is an active adventure, there is a minimum walking requirement for non-riding guests for each tour. Please enquire when booking.
Hiking & Walking
If you love to walk, we’ll have some amazing experiences lined up.
Whether its hiking in the spectacular Dolomites and taking in the mountain air of the Italian Alps, enjoying guided walks through the stunning rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany, Piemonte or the Prosecco region of the Veneto, enjoying the stunning national parks in Sicily or exploring the whitewashed towns and surrounding landscapes of Puglia, just bring your runners or hiking shoes along and we’ll arrange the rest.
Sightseeing & City Tours
Day trips to beautiful neighbouring towns, historic small cities and ‘must-see’ sights, always forms part of our tours.
Whether it’s a day trip to Siena, Lecce or Ortigia to enjoy a street tour led by a local, a simple and authentic lunch with an incredible view following a walk in the Dolomites, a couple of hours exploring the towns of San Gimignano or Alba, a half day trip to the spectacular Brolio or Grinzane Cavour Castles, or wandering the streets of gorgeous hilltop towns in Tuscany, Piemonte, Sicily, Puglia or the Veneto, these local travel and sight-seeing experiences always make for a fun, immersive adventure.
Meet the producers
An important element of Italian lifestyle and culture is the quality of food, wine and other beverages produced. In fact, it is an Italian obsession; discussed daily, and even hourly, between locals of all ages. So, as part of our non-riding partner program, we ensure you meet the producers in each region we visit to give you a very authentic experience of the local products and production philosophy, and of course, to enjoy tasting them!
Cooking classes are often one of the experiences requested by guests, and we’re always delighted to include them because in our experience, these are about much more than cooking. They are actually a cultural immersion and a way to experience first-hand the daily lives of families who so warmly invite us into their home.
We partner with a range of cooking schools across Tuscany, Piemonte, Veneto, Sicily, Puglia and the various regions in which we stay, to deliver authentic, local and fun cooking experiences. Just make sure you have room to eat what you cook, following your 3-4 hour class, and enjoy the vino along the way.
If you’re travelling with us in the Italian late Summer or Autumn Truffle Season (September-November) and you would like to venture beyond the table to do an exciting tour through the Tuscan or Piemonte woods to learn where, when and how truffles are hunted, a wonderfully engaging and very local experience with a truffle hunter and his dog awaits.
YOGA IN THE GARDEN
Picture yourself in the tranquil surrounds of a Tuscan, Puglian or Sicilian garden, with only the sounds of birds.
Yoga can be the perfect medicine when travelling. Taking some time out in nature to focus on restoring our hearts and minds and to simply enjoying the many beautiful places we stay, can be a beautiful way for our non riding partners to enjoy some quiet time
Thermal Baths & Spa Treatments
A bit of self-care and pampering perhaps?
Often in the regions we stay, there are natural hot thermal springs or established spa houses with incredible views across the mountains or nature parks in which they are hidden. Wherever they are, bathing and/or having a massage or treatment in nature, always makes for a relaxing half day out and forms part of our non riding partner program.
Going Along For The Ride
Often non-riding partners enjoy going along for the ride in our support vehicle for a day to enjoy the spectacular scenery and be right there behind the riding group as they push every pedal stroke up some incredible climbs or watch the Pro’s come over a Mountain Pass in the Dolomites or the Alps, as part of the Giro.
Being able to experience what the riders experience in a day, can be a lot of fun so if this is something you’d enjoy, just let us know and we’ll arrange.