Lisa Wilkes has built the customer service department for Terry and gets more personal fan mail than all the rest of us combined. She’s also in charge of our Ambassador program, runs events and supports women’s cycling in a wide variety of ways. As a former cycling coach, this all comes naturally to her and as a result, she gets invited to some really amazing things. This time, she’s inviting you…
For many years I cycled around the United States and dreamed of riding internationally. That dream become a reality in 2017 with Santana Adventures and the opportunity to travel to Croatia, live on a ship for a week, and ride through great villages and islands.
We landed on a beautiful fall day and were whisked off to the historic walled city of Dubrovnik for a very cool walking tour….Star Wars and Game of Thrones have filmed here! With eyes wide and expectations growing, I set sail on the MV Belle of the Adriatic, and began my Tour…mind you I had never slept on a boat before.
For seven nights, we cruised, docked, cycled, explored, ate regional cuisine, threw an impromptu fashion show, sampled local wines, olive oils, and truffles, filled our heads with life long memories, and met great new friends… finishing in Venice where we played and explored for a few more days.
The cycling portion of the tour included many mileage options, at our own pace. You could ride your own bike or rent (e-bikes and tandems were available, too.) We picked routes that fit our interests and abilities and there always seemed to be a little something for everyone.
Bill and Jan McCready continue to create these wonderful adventures, and at the end of next season, September 2021, I will continue my exploration of Italy, this time starting from Venice and sailing on a smaller cruise ship. After 2 days in Venice, where I plan to master the art of rowing a gondola, this river ship will venture up the Po River Valley to host a week of various-length rides. Unlike Croatia, there are no hills!