PURE ADVENTURES

We support local businesses in the USA and abroad every step of the way.

Pure Adventures® was founded by Loren Siekman, who also founded the companies Discover France Adventures, Cycling Classics, and GotoParis beginning in 1994. Pure Adventures is a pioneer in self guided travel in Europe; being one of the first companies offering these tours to North Americans going to Europe. At “Pure” we have taken our experience on the road to build strong partnerships with local outfitters in all the destinations we offer. Pure now offers guided cycling and hiking tours, challenging cycling programs for advanced riders and is developing more Sports Travel opportunities for bucket list experiences! Pure Adventures and our partners have received numerous recognitions and we continue to get high reviews on our tours. Service is at the core of operation and what we know makes traveling with us a great choice.

The name Pure Adventures indicates something unique. It is our mission to provide exceptional independent adventures that allow our clients to experience their destination in their own unique way. Summary about Pure Adventures in PDF.

Pure Adventures has been a pioneerin popularizing the self-guided cycle touring travel concept for travelers from around the world. Since 2004, Pure Adventures has expanded and grown its offers by focusing on the ‘local experience’ which isat the essence of its “Pure” name. Pure Adventures only uses the expertise of locals for guides, route development, sites to see, people to meet, where to eat, shop and experience life as a local would. The self guided concept is one of our key areas of expertise and is the 2nd Pure element for the client – it puts the traveler in control and in contact with the destination much more than if a professional guide is handling everything. What we do is catching on! Many of the elements thatPure Adventuresincludes in its unique self guided formulaare now appearing in the offers of more and moretour operators. Since the economic crisis, travelers have found this to be a great way to spend less and have an awesome (and in many ways – more authentic) travelexperience. Buyer beware, low price offers from foreign based operators are not comparable to the tours we have developed with more service, support, and high quality lodging, equipment.

How To Choose A Tour?

Self guided is a more ‘pure’ experience and many people who have done guided trips in the past realize they don’t need or want that type of tour. They don’t need to be on a rigid schedule, and prefer to mix with locals on their own time at their own speed. Our customers don’t want the hassle of figuring out all the details, they just want to show up and then go their own speed with the important logistics all handled! This leaves plenty of time to visit local sites, taste local foods, experience local customs, and interact with local habitants! It is simply a more pure experience!

If you want to know more about the self-guided tour concept click here. | Or Read This Blog which appeared in the Huffington Post Also, About.com carries a story we authored that defines Self Guided Bicycle Tours

Contact us in a variety of ways, but know we are always available by phone! Our customer service is VERY important to us; and we want to have you come back again and again! Thanks to all who have traveled with my brands over the years – you are the reason we love what we do!

About Us

2017 – 23 years in the travel industry focusing on bicycle tours, hiking tours, adventures. We support local businesses in the USA and abroad every step of the way. Pure Adventures® was founded by Loren Siekman, who also founded the companies Discover France Adventures, Cycling Classics, and GotoParis beginning in 1994. Pure Adventures is a pioneer in self guided travel in Europe; being one of the first companies offering these tours to North Americans going to Europe. At “Pure” we have taken our experience on the road to build strong partnerships with local outfitters in all the destinations we offer. Pure now offers guided cycling and hiking tours, challenging cycling programs for advanced riders and is developing more Sports Travel opportunities for bucket list experiences! Pure Adventures and our partners have received numerous recognitions and we continue to get high reviews on our tours. Service is at the core of operation and what we know makes traveling with us a great choice.

Learn more: [about self guided ] [Best Trip Winner by Active Times for 2014] [Outside Magazine Best California Tours] [Everett Potter Interview.]

In 2016 we are very pleased to introduce our new cycling and hiking tours in Asia! Cycling in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam is now available in a supported tour format that feels like self guided!

In 2017 we are launching new tours in South America; in Argentina and Chile.

The name Pure Adventures indicates something unique. It is our mission to provide exceptional independent adventures that allow our clients to experience their destination in their own unique way. Summary about Pure Adventures in PDF.

Pure Adventures has been a pioneer in popularizing the self-guided cycle touring travel concept for travelers from around the world.    Since 2004, Pure Adventures has expanded and grown its offers by focusing on the ‘local experience’ which is at the essence of its “Pure” name.    Pure Adventures only uses the expertise of locals for guides, route development, sites to see, people to meet, where to eat, shop and experience life as a local would.   The self guided concept is one of our key areas of expertise and is the 2nd Pure element for the client – it puts the traveler in control and in contact with the destination much more than if a professional guide is handling everything.   What we do is catching on! Many of the elements that Pure Adventures includes in its unique self guided formula are now appearing in the offers of more and more tour operators.  Since the economic crisis, travelers have found this to be a great way to spend less and have an awesome (and in many ways – more authentic) travel experience.   Buyer beware, low price offers from foreign based operators are not comparable to the tours we have developed with more service, support, and high quality lodging, equipment.

How To Choose A Tour?

Self guided is a more ‘pure’ experience and many people who have done guided trips in the past realize they don’t need or want that type of tour. They don’t need to be on a rigid schedule, and prefer to mix with locals on their own time at their own speed. Our customers don’t want the hassle of figuring out all the details, they just want to show up and then go their own speed with the important logistics all handled! This leaves plenty of time to visit local sites, taste local foods, experience local customs, and interact with local habitants! It is simply a more pure experience!

These facts coupled with our tour format helps keep costs down – leaving you more to do in a vacation! Our self-guided tours and Supported Self Directed tours are premium offers, include more for less – which makes for a great value!

If you want to know more about the self-guided tour concept click here. | Or Read This Blog which appeared in the Huffington Post Also, About.com carries a story we authored that defines Self Guided Bicycle Tours

Contact us in a variety of ways, but know we are always available by phone! Our customer service is VERY important to us; and we want to have you come back again and again! Thanks to all who have traveled with my brands over the years – you are the reason we love what we do!

– Loren Siekman, founder.

Pure Adventures is an evolving and growing adventure travel company. We started from nothing in 1994, grew up with the internet and redefined what was Self Guided Cycling, and evolved a more premium offer. We chose to sell the France focused brand in 2012 and since we have expanded substantially. We aim to have customers for life and so we need to keep on developing new destinations and types of experiences to keep our customers coming back. As we develop new regions of the world, we have to adapt our methods. Supported Self Directed trips were the first adaptation outside of Europe. Going to private guided and partially guided trips follow with some of our new tours in Asia. The feel remains very much independent; with great value, all the while ensuring enjoyment, safety, and experience.

Deciding to sell self guided trips was relatively easy; it fits perfectly with the kind of travelers we ourselves are – independent but too busy to have to handle everything ourselves. We were quite lonely in the beginning, but since many companies have started this type of tour. Many of them may even look similar, and sometimes they are! A trip along the Danube for example is offered by dozens of companies – its easy to find the route. What is different is support, equipment, lodging, and pre-travel assistance, on tour assistance, and post travel. It is not our intent to mass produce trips or sell the cheapest program because in the end, they are cheap and problematic travel experiences. We offer premium, independent, travel programs.

By virtue of the flexibility offered in our self guided and supported trips, this inevitably has led to doing custom group requests. Lots of groups of all sizes want to do our program but in their own group with some changes. We do this all the time; and we add guides to keep some independence for group leaders and let a pro look after all the group and all the logistics of a group!

Our story takes a new turn every year, and we start an exciting road on which we are totally committed. We welcome every opportunity to make a great vacation experience for you!

The focus: bicycle tours, hiking tours, trekking tours, and multi sport tours, sporting events, adventures!

The model: all our own – more support, more experiences, value added elements that other companies leave out in order to keep a low price, or because they don’t want to support their travelers that much.

Our tours are, on average, less than half the cost of an average group guided tour! We consider our self-guided model a ‘premium’ version because we include more than most other self-guided offers: higher quality lodging, orientations, on-trip support, highly detailed route book, high quality equipment, and pre/post travel expertise – we are not more costly but less and that makes it a better value!

Promotions: if you are on our enewsletter list or follow us on social media, you will hear about it. Sign up on the blog, or contact us.

See why Pure Adventures is unique! | Pure Adventures Adopts the ATTA VALUES and pledges support!

Self Guided– A complete package of services that always includes: lodging, some meals, luggage transfer, routes, maps, cue sheets, emergency support. We always include arrival orientations, and a combination of meals. Sometimes we also include airport/train station transfers, tasting experiences, classes, gps navigation, local cell phones, local emergency assistance in English, and other services. Bottom line: we arrange just about everything, you only have to show up and enjoy! We let you travel any date you want, and don’t require minimum travelers, nor do we make you adhere to a travel pace. You travel on your own, but you are never totally alone. Our local representatives support you throughout: providing orientations, moving luggage, and always available by phone in case of emergency. See a comparison of self guided travel.

Supported Self Directed ToursAnnounced in 2014/2015, these tours offer longer daily rides, more remote destinations, optional short rides for less strong participants, mechanic and vehicle support with picnic lunches and SAG. The price remains very affordable! A perfect hybrid between guided and self-guided!

Guided Travel – Go to new places with the greatest of ease! Some places just require more support and some people prefer the small group experience. We bring a number of guided programs as well to meet these needs. One thing that always makes a difference is the quality of the guide – and we seek the best! Local professionals always, dedicated to their trade and not students on summer break. We include all the necessities so you can focus on the activity and prepare properly ensuring the best tour experience. All departures are private groups, so you will know all the participants and can enjoy the company of only your friends or family and still interact with the local culture. Add to that the help of your local guide with whom you get a few extras that only locals know about!

Note that some of our guided trips go with as few as 2 persons and so you have almost no chance of cancellation due to lack of participation that you might get elsewhere!

At Pure Adventures, we are full time, year round working on our tours and their perfection for our clients. We have been at this since 1994. Our knowledge, experience, and professional commitment set us apart. We also try to emphasize our accessibility – by email, phone, and web. We will respond, and a real person will help you! We are there to help with detailed questions, and to help with your overall trip plans outside of a tour you are planning with us. In the future, we intend to remain on the cutting edge and develop our accessibility, routes, and services to make them even better for our customers.

For current release and media info contact us: info@pure-adventures.comor our agency Widness & Wiggins

January 2016: Examiner.com New Tours in Tuscany, Rioja, Dordogne for 2016!

September 2015: Recommend– Pure Adventures Tours Spain Cycling Tours

March 2015 Outside Magazine– Pure Adventures Tours in support of California Best Road Cycling!

January 2015 – Travel Pulse Article New Tours

March 2014 Issue – Men’s Fitness – feature story on Mountain biking in Sedona – Pure Adventures

June 2014 – Next Avenue – Boomers and Bicycle Vacations

May 2014 – Travel to Wellness– Puglia Cycling Tours

February 2014 – Sydney Morning Herald – Costa Brava Spain Cycling

January 14, 2014 – Pure Adventures Announces New Tours in Andalusia Spain

January 2014 – Los Angeles Times – Sedona Mountain Biking

November 15, 2013 – USA Winter Tours in the Desert Southwest

October 23, 2013 – Pure Adventures Announces Salvo of New USA Based Tours

September 30, 2013 – Sunny & Warm in Europe this Winter – Save with Off Season Travel

7 Self Guided Trips Worldwide – About.com

Romar Traveler – Portugal Biking Tours

Dallas Morning News – Ireland Cycling Tours

Global Traveler – European Self Guided Cycling Tours

Romar Traveler – Biking & Cooking in Spain

Press Release June 10, 2013 – Pure Adventures Launches France & Paris Travel Site

Press Release May 20, 2013 Self-Guided Cycling Tours Embrace Portugals Dramatic Coast, Culture, Roman and Moor History

Press Release April 25, 2013 Self-Guided Cycling Tours Of Englands Lake District / Scottish Highlands At Rates Hovering Around $1,000 per Person for 8 Days

Press Release April 3, 2013 Dropping in on Local Festivals Easy to Schedule on Pure Adventures Self-Guided Bicycle Tours in Europe and the UK

Press Release March 12, 2013 Five Surprises with Average 50 Percent Savings Come with Self-Guided Bicycle Vacations To Over a Dozen UK / European Destinations

Press Release February 19, 2013 -Three Cooking Classes Introduce Cuisine and Culture of Spains Catalan Region On 8-Day Self-Guided Biking Tour

Press Release: February 4, 2013 – Pure Adventures Adds Switzerland To Cycling Vacation LineupWith Guided Tour de Suisse and Self-Guided Programs

Press Release: January 14, 2013 – Self Guided Cycling on Croatia Istrian Peninsula, Guided Multisport Adventuring in the Dalmatians Available Through Pure Adventures

When you book a tour with Pure Adventures you are supporting local business – multiple small businesses in the destination where you visit, as well as USA and Canada based small business. The vast majority of your trip costs go to the local destination:

– we partner with local experts, from the region, who know the best routes, the best sites, the restaurants, the best of their homeland and we pay them to help us build a trip, design the experiences, meet you for orientation, and be available to help throughout your trip, while you are there. All of our local partners are licensed, pay taxes, have experience – are 100% legit!
– we pay all local hotels, usually independent and family operated
– we pay our local transport companies: to move your luggage, do airport or station transfers, support you if you have a problem during your trip, local bus companies for groups, local van rental agents, and more. Most often these are local independent taxi drivers.
– we pay local guides when hiring guides; always certified, licensed, and professional; with essential local knowledge.
– we pay local wineries, restaurants, or any kind of tasting experience, cooking class, or other local cultural experience we include or offer in supplement.A small portion of your trip payment stays in the USA to pay employees and our contractors like our small business Toronto based marketing team, or our Philadelphia based web designer, or Rhode Island based forex broker, and so on. We pay local taxes and employ Americans and Canadians. Going local means supporting local small business around the world; not only in your destination. See more about our references and where we give back.An example: We are very pleased to be partners with AOA Adventures, an outfitter in our own backyard here in Scottsdale Arizona; and an outfitter we have known for the last 20 years that has built a significant operation supplying wholesale services and corporate events as well as day tours for local visitors to the Phoenix valley. Pure Adventures is now an exclusive partner with AOA offering consumer facing tour programs.

This is just one example of how the experience and customer service record of Pure Adventures combines perfectly with local ground handling logistical expertise to craft the perfect trip for our customers!

It is our mission to provide exceptional independent adventures that allow our clients to experience their destination in their own unique way.