Eddie Merckx said, “Don’t buy upgrades; ride up grades.” While that may be good advice when it comes to hardware, I’m here to tell you that John and Gerry’s guiding is an upgrade that will improve your cycling experience so much that it transcends all notions of economy. Hell, forget your cycling experience; this is about upgrading your LIFE experience.

Don’t worry, you will get to ride up grades – lots of them – into the bargain. You will likely also get to meet funny and simpatico fellow riders, eat fabulous meals in pretty spots, and be pampered in all of the best – but none of the worst – ways.

Most importantly, you will find yourself immersed in a sweet-smelling land where roads are narrow and cars are few, where imposing cliffs contrast with ripe cherries hanging from low branches, and where after every 30km a cafe chair in a cheerful medieval village is likely to be found waiting for your grateful saddle-sore butt. Do it.