Supported Self Directed - New Way to Travel

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Supported Self Directed - New Way to Travel


July 2014 - Pure Adventures is launching a new way to experience hard to manage itineraries! cycling death valley national park

In 2013 Pure Adventures launched a large range of cycling and hiking tours in the Western United States; one of our first steps outside Europe on our way to more and more destinations. As we know from our staff who live in the USA West, it is a big place with wide open space. Great for amazing natural scenery but hard to visit on your own by bike or foot without some support. We have introduced tours that depend on vehicle rental, but we quickly realized we needed to offer more support on a day to day basis - the kind of support traditionally found in a guided trip - but we were insistent on retaining our independent nature and great value prices! This led to the creation of our new label: Supported Self Directed Travel - cycling tours, multisport tours, and even running tours, hiking tours, and more. [Get summary PDF]

Imagine cycling Death Valley National Park - they call it Death Valley afterall! Not many places to stop for a drink, some shade, a museum, some friendly chat, etc. But, what a great place to ride! Fantastic roads, amazing scenery, and unique! Next, imagine crossing the Pyrenees on your bike. Sure, lots of little towns and fresh water and shops. But, riding 100km per day in remote mountains with tiny villages with shepherds for locals who speak local dialect; such charm but a chance to take all on your own! Not to mention very expensive to arrange all those 100km luggage transfers!

These are just 2 examples that show the need for a supported trip. There are many more reasons and as most of the traveling public worldwide travels with a guide, this is obvious. But what if you could have a supported trip where you could retain the independence of a self-guided trip: ride your pace without an onerous schedule, stop when you want, eat where you want, take as much time for dinner as you want, eat the food you want, etc. This is our goal, and this is what we provide. Pure Adventures rolls this out in 2014 with new Supported Self Directed (SSD) trips in Death Valley, Bryce & Zion National Parks, Epic Climbs of Arizona, Cycling Arizona Borderlands, Yosemite to San Francisco, and several more. Coming in 2015 will be new and challenging Trans-Pyrenees trips, Trans-Alpes trips, and other long distance rides with less mountain climbing demands. 2014 is only the beginning!

What is Supported Self Directed - what it includes and why its different:


Can you read a map and follow road signs? self guided cycling tours with pure adventures

Just like a self-guided trip; you need to be able to navigate on your own. We include excellent riding maps, route notes, and offer GPX files for use on your device. We can even offer GPS rentals in most cases for a supplement.

 

 

 

 


At a Glance: Advantages vs. Disadvantages

The following table may help you determine which is the right option for you and your companions. Note, it is very important to look at all the services other companies include in their rates. Most quality guided tours are very complete and very deluxe. Many self-guided offers are very cheap, especially in Europe direct from the local outfitter as they use very low quality lodging, equipment, and offer little to no assistance. . [Get summary PDF]

 

 

Pure Adv Guided

Pure Adv SSD

Pure Adv Self Guided

Departure Dates Open

N

N

Y

Full time Guide or Leader

Y-guide

Y-leader

N

Guide/Local Contact Support

Y

Y

Y

Personalized Groups - custom made for your party

Y

Y

Y

Professionally Planned Routes

Y

Y

Y

Baggage Transfer

Y

Y

Y

Meals Included

Y (varies)

N

Y (varies)

Transfers Included

Y

Y

N (varies)

Any group size allowed

N (only for custom)

N - min 6

Y

Guaranteed departure

N (varies)

Y from 6

Y

Emergency Help

Y

Y

Y - telephone

Professional Travel Services available for add-ons, etc.

Y (varies)

Y

Y

Typical prices: $-$$$$

Inexpensive to Very Expensive

$$-$$$$

$-$$$

$-$$$

Still have questions? Call us toll-free at 1-800-960-2221 and we’ll be happy to help you plan the right vacation.