You’re likely to encounter couples, singles, or friends and family members traveling together. Our travelers generally range between the ages of 35 and 65 and share a youthful spirit of adventure and a friendly camaraderie. Over 70 percent have traveled with us before or have been referred by someone who has.
My companion is a stronger cyclist than I am – can we both enjoy the same trip?
Absolutely! This is a common situation and our intermediate trips have been designed with daily ride options to suit varying interests and abilities. Our tour leaders will suggest a route to suit your preference whether you want to take it easier or crank out the miles.
Do we have to stay together as a group while we’re biking?
Absolutely not! Unlike other companies, we encourage you to approach each day of your vacation at your own pace – after all, this is your vacation! Sojourn’s tour leaders provide support for all participants whether they are meandering gently along or challenging companions to a more difficult ride.
How large is the group?
Sojourn trips will never include more than 20 guests. With two tour leaders accompanying each trip, Sojourn guests enjoy one of the highest guide to guest ratios of all bike tour companies. This means more personalized attention for you!
What if I’m traveling alone?
No worries! Traveling alone is a fantastic way to enjoy yourself on a Sojourn trip. You will find your fellow travelers to embrace the group dynamic though this doesn’t mean you won’t have plenty of time to yourself whenever you desire.
Can you find me a roommate?
If another solo-traveler of the same gender also expresses interest in a room-share, we can facilitate an introduction. After an agreeable arrangement between both solo-travelers, Sojourn will room you together. Then, after both parties travel on the tour, your single supplement charge will be refunded.
Should I Tip My Tour Leaders?
Your tour leaders work very hard to ensure that your vacation is as carefree and enjoyable as you could possibly imagine. It is an industry standard in the bike touring, hiking, rafting, and other active travel industries to extend a gratuity to guides at the conclusion of a trip. Similar to any service industry position, awarding of a gratuity is a personal decision. A recent survey of our frequent travelers shows that their guide gratuities ranging from 8-10% of the tour price, per guide.
How will I get to the start of the trip?
Our trips all begin and end near a major or regional airport serviced by major carriers. Your travel consultant will be happy to share with you the various options for getting to the start of your tour. Upon reservation, you will be sent detailed information about traveling to and from your tour as well as comprehensive information about the trip you have chosen.
What kind of physical condition do I need to be in to enjoy my trip?
That depends on the trip rating and what kind of cycling you plan to do. Our easier trips are a good place to begin if you are unsure of your ability or ride your bike only occasionally. Our trip consultants will be happy to help you select the appropriate trip for your ability and interest.
What happens with my luggage?
Your tours leaders will transport your luggage from inn to inn throughout the trip. They will see to it that your luggage is in your room when you arrive at the inn after your ride or other activity.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
The use of one of our state of the art, professionally maintained bikes is included in your tour. 90% of our travelers take advantage of using a Sojourn bike on tour however, if you’re super partial to your own bike, go ahead and bring it. Tandem bikes are available for experienced tandem cyclists on certain trips (additional fee applies).
What about pedals?
Sojourn bikes are issued with flat pedals. If you ride with clipless pedals (SPD or similar) we suggest that you remove your pedals from your bike and bring them with you. Your tour leaders will install your pedals on your bike for use during your bike trip.
How long has Sojourn been in business?
Sojourn was founded in 2004 by a collection of experienced travel business professionals and is currently owned by Raja & Bibi Mukherjee, a couple with passion for biking and travel.