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F A Q s.
Bikes & Gear for All Tours.
Does the cost of a tour include the bicycle.
Yes, the cost of the guided tour includes the use of one of our bicycles.
There is no discount for bringing your own bike.
We do not rent any of our bikes.
For adult s there are Specialized road bikes with drop or flat bars and  hybrid bikes.
Electric bike or carbon Tarmac bike are available as an upgrade on re quest .
For children 6 years old and under there are Burley trailers.  For children aged 6-9 years old there are Trek tag alongs.  For kids over 9 years old, there are fat tire bikes with multiple gears.
For full description s of our bicycle fleet, see and What are the advantages of an electric bicycle.
E-bikes level the playing field.  They allow different ability riders to keep pace with a group ’s lead riders.   Ladies can pedal along side their husbands who are usually (though not always!) the faster cyclist.  Riders with leg or knee injuries have an easier time on hills.  Elders can tackle routes that age may deprive them without an electric boost.  Overweight riders can even lead the pack.
You will get a work-out on the e-bike because the Tria 9 is a pedelec.  This means you must pedal or the motor will not run.  So you are always pedaling whether the motor is on or off.
Yes, an e-bike is much heavier than a regular bike, but if you don’t have to lift it, the extra weight doesn’t matter because it is trumped by the power of the motor.  It’s hard to think of a time when you’d have to lift the e-bike because bike parking at the hotels is on the ground level and our routes don’t have instances where you need to pick up the bike.  Our e-bike model, Sinus Tria 9, allows you to ride 56 miles before the battery runs out.  Very few of our rides have this much mileage.
But in any event, carry the lightweight charger and re-charge during lunch at a taverna.
What accessories come with the bicycle.
For guided tours, the bike includes helmet, odometer, water bottles, CycleGreece jersey, CycleGreece lightweight backpack (17” x 13”,  43cm x 33cm), handlebar bag.
For self-guided tours, the bike includes helmet.

Odometer, CycleGreece jersey, CycleGreece lightweight backpack

water bottles, handlebar bag, multi-tool, patch kit with tire irons, spare tube, hand pump, lock, rear rack on request, We do not provide saddlebags but our rear rack fits most saddlebags sizes if you bring your own.
For hygiene purposes we recommend bringing your own helmet.
Will the bike fit me.
Before your arrival, we send you a form to fill out with your bicycle size specifications.   The bike mechanics use this information to prepare the bicycle to approximate those specifications.  On arrival, there is a bike fitting session where the bike mechanic makes any necessary adjustment.  You test ride the bike to make sure it meets your comfort level.
Be aware that no bike will fit you as perfectly as your own bike.
Can I bring my own bike.
Certainly you may bring your own bike but doing so does not reduce the cost of the tour.
We will, however, store your bike box during the tour at no extra charge.  There is a charge to deliver your bike from the airport on arrival.  Departure delivery depends on time and place.  You should bring all spare parts and tools necessary for your bike.
Most airlines require bicycles be boxed.
Click here for airline baggage policies for international flights.
You can have your local bike shop pack your bike for a fee.
Sometimes bike stores give away empty bike boxes and you can pack the bike yourself.
There are also hard suitcases made for bicycles, which run upward of $400 or more.
An affordable alternative is a corrugated cardboard bike box available from Crateworks.
Another option, especially if you travel with your bike frequently or intend to do so, is to purchase a BikeFriday, a foldable bike that packs into a suitcase on wheels.
Can I rent a bike from you.
This question is pertinent to a self-guided tour and the answer is No.  CycleGreece is not a bike rental company.  We do not “un-bundle” our self-guided tour packages.  The “bundle” includes luggage transfers, accommodations, cue sheets, maps, GPS device, mobile phone and other elements necessary for a successful self-guided tour.
Our operations are rooted in a conscientious view of responsibility towards our clients’ safety, satisfaction and comfort.   We achieve this best in one full tour package.    What type of pedals are on the bike.
Our bikes have regular pedals.  Toe clips can be added suitable for tennis or walking shoes or Teva-like sandals.
Bikers wishing to use clipless pedals may bring their own pedals and shoes, and we’ll supply the pedal wrench.  If the clipless pedals use an allen key, tell us the size.
What route materials are provided.
Cyclists on guided tours receive maps of the region, cue sheets indicating turn-by-turn route directions and distance/elevation profiles of each day’s ride.  Self-guided cyclists receive the same materials as cyclists on a guided tour, in addition to  a Garmin GPS device with programmed routes.
Why RideWithGPS will enhance your tour experience.

We have a CycleGreece tour operators account with Ride With GPS

the phone App that is like a GPS in that you follow bike routes on your phone’s screen.   The beauty of the App is its audio narration.  We input our company created cue sheets into the App, so each turn is announced in advance as well as at the time of the turn.  You receive sound alerts if you go off course.   Slide the App’s dashboard to get your distance, time, mileage, elevation, etc.  Slide it again to see a route’s distance-elevation profile.  Slide again for written cue sheets.   Points of Interest, such as, restaurants, hotels, ruins, etc.
can also be announced.  This App is a game changer.
See instructions for using the RideWithGPS App on i-phone or Android.
Life in Greece.
Ride with GPS.
Guided Tours.
What are the minimum and maximum participants for a guided tour.
Minimum participants are eight riders.  However, depending on the tour, time of year and other factors, it might be possible to have a guided tour with five riders.  Maximum participants per tour are sixteen riders.
When is the guided tour a “go”.
A guided tour is a “go” when there are either sixteen booked riders or there are a minimum eight riders ninety days prior to departure.
If I am a solo traveler, what are my rooming options.
Tours are based on double occupancy.
Single travelers must pay the single supplement fee for a single non-shared room.  Alternatively, if there is someone of your gender who seeks a roommate, you have the option of sharing a double room with that person.
What if I have food allergies or special eating needs.
Before your arrival you fill out a Profile form that includes a section on your food preferences.   During dinners we make sure everyone is well fed.  If you don’t eat meat or drink wine or you have a fish aversion or a food allergy, all this is taken into consideration when we make the dinner menu arrangements with the taverna cooks.  Greece has a wide variety of cuisine to satisfy all eaters.
Are children allowed on our scheduled guided tours.

Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on CycleGreece’s scheduled guided tours

as posted with itineraries listed on the page.  However, groups and families of eight or more persons can make their own private guided tour at the same cost and with all the inclusions of these specific tours.
Family tours generally take place with a driver/guide and vehicle.  We customize the itinerary to suit your family’s preferences.
You choose the dates.  We help you choose the best itinerary.
Do children receive discounts.
Yes.  On all family tours children age twelve and under receive a discount of 20% off the tour price.
Self Guided Tours.
Who can take a self-guided tour.
Self-guided tours are designed for experienced riders.  For your own comfort and safety, at least one person in a party of two to four riders should have a modicum of mechanic skills, such as, knowing how to change a flat tire.
Solo travelers can take a self-guided tour.  The tour will be costlier, however, because you must pay a single supplement for a single room in the hotels.  Also, single individuals do not have the benefit of sharing the cost of luggage transfers with other riders.
How are self-guided tours different from guided tours.
Guided tours have one to two guides depending on the number of riders.  The guides lead the ride and act as tour director handling day-to-day logistics, trouble shooting, interfacing with service providers and offering fun activities off the bike.  All guided tours have a support vehicle with driver who doubles as a bike mechanic attending to bike needs and repairs, such as flat tires.  The dates and itinerary are fixed.
On self-guided tours, you are given the tools to navigate your own way through the itinerary on your own:  cue sheets with point-by-point turns, maps and a GPS device with programmed routes.  You are also given actual tools in case repairs, like flat tires, are needed::  hand pump, tire irons, patch kit, spare tubes, a multi-tool,  Unlike a guided tour, you can travel at your own pace.  Unlike a guided tour you choose your own dates.
How do luggage transfers work.
Leave your luggage in the hotel lobby and our driver will pick it up and transfer it to your evening destination before you arrive.  Drivers usually come after 10:00 am but other arrangements can be made.  The exception is ferry travel in which the driver will meet you at the port when you disembark with your bike and luggage.  The driver will spot you because not many people walk off the boat on bicycles.
Although there is no luggage limit, it is best to have no more than one main piece per person and a backpack or tote.  CycleGreece luggage tags are put on each bag to ensure the driver gets the correct luggage.
Luggage transfers are included in your tour cost.  No need to tip the driver.
What if I need to be transferred to the next destination.
In our effort to provide riders with the utmost reliable services, we maintain a network of company local agents who can provide road assistance during self-guided biking tours.
The road assistance program enables riders to be “rescued” where ever they are for whatever reason that they no longer want to or are able to ride.
Such reasons may include inclement weather, flat tire or other mechanical failures, fatigue, medical conditions, or “just because.” The cost of the service depends on your location relative to the nearest agent.
What happens if the bike needs a repair.
If you have a flat tire,  you are expected to repair it on  your own.   Our bike mechanics work diligently to ensure that your bike is in top shape when it is turned over to you   You have the opportunity to test ride it and assess its viability.  Yet, we all know anything can happen during a bike ride.  If a part is needed or there’s something you cannot fix, we provide you a list of bike shops in the cities and towns on your itinerary and it is up to you to arrange with the bike shop to resolve the issue — that is what a self-guided tour is all about.   If there is something more serious involved, we are available 24/7 to handle matters.  We give self-guided cyclists a mobile phone for emergency purposes.
Can our self-guided group have vehicle support.
Yes   Groups of four or more riders can have vehicle support with our company driver.   The driver is also a bike mechanic who takes care of the bikes.  The driver accompanies the group all through the ride at a discrete distance.  The driver works a basic eight hour day and assists you in various ways, including translations, hotel interface, menu questions.  The vehicle carries the luggage, your day packs, tools, fully pumped spare wheel, spare parts first aid kit, water cooler, water, snacks and gives you a lift if you need a break.
Drive & Bike Tours.
What type of vehicle is provided.
For one to three riders, a vehicle akin to a four-door Nissan Note is provided with a rear bike rack that holds three bikes.  The car has air conditioning, GPS navigation and manual stick shift.  Automatic steering requires an upgrade.  Luggage fits in the trunk.
For four to six riders, the vehicle is akin to a Nissan Prima Star van with the back seat removed to hold the bikes and luggage.
The car has air conditioning, GPS navigation and manual stick shift.  Automatic steering requires an upgrade What terms apply for vehicle usage.
The vehicles used on a Drive & Bike tour are not our company vehicles.  We arrange for you to lease a vehicle with a rental car company with whom we cooperate.  The cost of the rental is part of your tour inclusions.  However, the rental contract is signed between you and the rental company for purposes of liability.   Like any car rental company you must give them your credit card details to hold until the car is returned.  You are responsible for any additional charges in the event of accidents or damage to the vehicle.  The company allows you to increase insurance coverage if you wish.
What type of driver’s license do I need.
To rent a vehicle with a car company in Greece you need an international driver’s permit.  It is also good to have your state driver’s license with you.  For U.
citizens you can obtain the international drivers permit at any AAA office.   Fill out the application form, provide two passport photos and $20 payment and you should receive the permit within fifteen minutes.
Is it safe to drive in Greece.
Yes, it is as safe to drive in Greece as in other countries.  You do need to be aware of the quirks of Greek drivers.  For example, they often stop in the middle of the street to ask for directions regardless of how many cars are behind them.   They tend to park on sidewalk curbs or where ever is immediately feasible.  You almost never see a traffic cop on the road so there’s little to inhibit the occasional speeder.  There’s not much road rage because there’s not a lot of traffic getting from one town to the next, but inside small cities like Hania and Herakleion in Crete they do have a version of grid lock during rush hours.  In towns, drivers tend to obey traffic rules and yell out expletives to those who don’t.  Generally, everyone is polite and helpful to a foreign driver, and they can always tell you are a foreign driver.
The euro, the same currency used throughout Western Europe.
With the exception of the 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the Greek drachma circulated in the world’s money market since ancient days, making it the oldest currency in the world.
That is, until January 1, 2002.

On this date Greece joined the rest of the Europe Union members in converting to the euro

For daily exchange rates, click here.
What side of the road do Greeks drive on.
Greeks drive on the right side of the road.
Do gas stations take credit cards.
Yes, most gas stations take credit cards.  But Greece is primarily a cash based society so do not be surprised if credit cards are not accepted.  Always ask first if you don’t intend to pay with cash.
Note that you will never pump your own gas becasue Greece does not have self-service gas stations.
Sail & Cycle Tours.
Who can go on a Sail & Cycle tour.
We do not offer tours with individual cabin space.
Sail & Cycle tours are for charter only at a set price which is shared by the number of persons in your party.  If your group has ten participants, the cost will be lower than if there are eight in  your group.
Children twelve and older are accepted as passengers.
How many passengers does the yacht hold.
The traditional wooden yacht we own and operate, the Apollon, holds up to sixteen passengers in seven cabins.   Four cabins have double beds with an upper twin berth, while the master cabin has a double bed with two upper twin berths.
We also manage other traditional wooden yachts.  So if there are more persons in your group, we can provide you another yacht and your group would sail together as in a regatta.
Can non-riders join a Sail & Cycle tour.
Yes, your non-rider family and friends can be part of the cruise.  While cyclists are spinning in the interior, non-riders have plenty of leisure activities to occupy their time.  There is sight seeing at ruins, cooking classes, wine tasting, shopping in cute harbor stores, hanging out at the beach — things they’d do on any cruise vacation.
Where are the bicycles kept.
The bikes are kept on the upper deck in a specially made bike rack that holds at least sixteen bikes.  The crew takes them on and off the boat when ever you want to ride.
What other gear is available on Sail & Cycle tours.
On a Sail & Cycle cruise you also have fishing rods and snorkeling gear.
For additional charges, one -man or two-man sea kayaks are available.
For additional charges, scuba diving is also available.
Do you offer bare boat charters.
None of the boats that we own or manage are suitable for bare boat yachting.

Since we have extensive contacts in the sailing community in Greece

for a fee we can locate a boat for you to charter with one skipper or no crew.
Travel & Booking Needs.
Do I need travel insurance.
Since you are going on an active vacation, travel insurance is required for all tours, especially family tours.  Be aware that during any kind of travel, domestic or foreign, unforeseen circumstances, such as the weather, can alter even the most meticulously planned vacation.
Travel insurance can recompense you in the event of trip cancellations, trip interruptions, trip delays, baggage delay or loss, or unexpected medical emergencies.  For U.
residents we are a registered agent of Travel Guard and can book your insurance policy or provide a policy quote.
Do I need a visa for Greece.
Nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, .

Switzerland and the USA can stay in Greece for up to three months without a visa

Citizens of EU member countries may live in Greece for an unlimited period of time

Greek embassies have a list of other nationalities allowed in without a visa.
Those not on the list, such as South Africans, need a visa.
For an updated list of these nationalities, contact your nearest Greek embassy.
Your passport must be valid for at least three additional months from the date of departure from Greece.

Click here for all Embassies/Consulates located in Greece

Click here for all Greece Embassies/Consulates located abroad

Do I need vaccination shots.
No shots are required for entry to Greece.
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, USA maintains an up-to-date website for each region of the world.
Click here to review the page regarding Greece.
What are the options to change money.
The best bet are ATM machines and they are everywhere even in villages.  The fees are actually minimal.  There are foreign currency exchange shops in the Athens Airport and big cities.  If you have foreign currency to change at the bank you will need to present your passport.   Domestic Greek banks do accept credit cards as a means to get euros in cash.   Greece is mostly a cash based society.
See daily exchange rates.  Can you book and arrange pre and post tour travel for me.
We are a full service tour organization.  We can book all your pre and post tour travel arrangements, including mini vacation packages, ferries, domestic flights, hotel accommodations and rental cars.  Our travel agent colleagues can book your international flight but you will most likely find better options online.  We are Greece experts and can make the best vacation recommendations based on your budget and preferences.
Must I sign anything to book a tour.
Yes, you must sign the Booking Agreement that has the terms and conditions of your tour, including cancellation and refund policies.   You must also sign a .  What happens if I cancel my tour.
FROM THE BOOKING AGREEMENT TOUR CANCELLATION BY CLIENT If the Client cancels all or part of a tour for any reason, cancellation must be in writing to [email protected]     The date of the cancellation email is the date the email is received by the Company.   Upon the Company’s receipt of Client’s cancellation notice, Company will email Client an acknowledgement within 48 hours of receipt of said cancellation notice.
Unless otherwise stated in writing, the Company refund policies are as follows: From booking date to 90 days prior to starting date of tour:  50% refund of the bank fees Between 90 days and 60 days prior to starting date of tour:  30% refund of total amount of bank fees Between 60 days and starting date of tour:  no refund If Client opts not to participate in activities or services included in Client’s tour itinerary and cost for which Company booked or is responsible for booking, no refunds are available.  Such activities and services include but are not limited to professional guides at archaeology sites, cooking classes, ferry tickets, hotels, private vehicle, etc.
No refund for voluntarily departure from a tour at any time once the tour commences for any reason.   Clients are required to purchase travel insurance as a condition to take a Company tour.
The Company urges Clients to procure a travel insurance policy that covers tour changes made by the tour operator due to unforeseen events, such as, a policy that includes “cancel for any reason.” In the event of involuntary departure from a tour upon demand by the Company for inappropriate behavior, it is in the Company’s discretion to provide a refund and the amount.
Can CycleGreece cancel a tour.
FROM THE BOOKING AGREEMENT: TOUR CANCELLATION BY THE COMPANY The Company reserves the right to cancel a tour at any time, including a confirmed tour.
The Company confirms a tour 90 days prior to departure.   If a booking is made within the 90 day period, the Company confirms the tour upon full payment by the Client.
The Company reserves the right to cancel a guided tour with a set date 90 days prior to departure if the tour has less than the minimum eight participants.
It is in the Company’s discretion to proceed with a guided tour with less than eight participants.  If the Company decides not to proceed with the guided tour, Clients who have paid a deposit or full payment have four options.  1)  Pay an increased price based on the number of paid participants who wish to proceed with the tour as scheduled, or 2) proceed with the tour on a self-guided basis at an adjusted price with adjusted itinerary, or 3) transfer to another tour that is running that season or within a year, or 4) receive a full refund.
Cancellation of activities or services by Company or third parties including in the tour’s itinerary and cost are non-refundable but Company will make diligent and best efforts to substitute with comparable activities or services.  Such activities and services include but are not limited to professional guides at archaeology sites, cooking classes, ferry tickets, hotels, private vehicle, etc.
The Company may cancel all or part of a guided, self-guided, family or customized tour due to due to weather, Acts of God, labor strikes or any events outside its control which make it impossible or infeasible for the Company to continue any or all of its obligations within the tour, and in such event the Company is not obliged to provide the Client a refund.  The Company is not responsible for expenses incurred by participants in preparation for a trip such as air tickets, or pre and post hotels booked by the Client, etc.   Clients are required to purchase travel insurance as a condition to take a Company tour, and the Company urges Clients to procure a travel insurance policy that covers tour changes made by the tour operator due to unforeseen events, such as, a policy that includes “cancel for any reason.” Life in Greece.
Can I get by speaking English.
Many Greeks speak English, especially those connected to the travel and tourism market.
In small villages you will encounter less English spoken, but usually someone is around who knows enough English to assist you.
In previous decades Greeks emigrated in droves to English-speaking countries—America, England, Australia and South Africa—and that is one reason English is so pervasive in Greece.  Most of the time road signs are in Greek and English.
By the way, if you are able to manage just a few Greek phrases, you will truly endear yourself to the locals.  See our Greek Language section for starters.
What currency is used in Greece.
The euro, the same currency used throughout Western Europe.
With the exception of the 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the Greek drachma circulated in the world’s money market since ancient days, making it the oldest currency in the world.
That is, until January 1, 2002.
On this date Greece joined the rest of the Europe Union members in converting to the euro.  See What is Greece’s average temperature and rainfall.
For up-to-the-hour weather conditions throughout Greece, click here.
Month Celsius Low Celsius High Rainfall in mm Fahrenheit Low Fahrenheit High Rainfall in inches January 13 45.7 44 56 1.80 February 14 45 57 March 8 43.2 47 1.70 April 25.4 1.00 May 24 15.2 75 0.60 June 20 68 83 July August 22 7.6 72 0.30 September 10.2 67 82 0.40 October November 50.8 2.00 December 9 66.0 48 2.60 What electric current is used for appliances.
The electricity supply in Greece is alternating current, 220 volts, 50 (Hz) cycles.
Appliances for 110 or 120 volts may be operated by using stepdown transformers of 220/110 volts connected to each outlet, provided these transformers have two separate windings to eliminate any danger of electric shock.
What is Greece’s time zone and international telephone code.
All Greece territory lies in the same time zone.
Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Meridian Time and three hours ahead of daylight savings time.
Greece’s international country code is +30.
If calling from the United States, first dial 011, then 30, then the number.
For time zones in other countries click here What system of weights and measures is used in Greece.
Greece uses the metric system.
For conversions, click here What are the business hours.
• Post Office: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 2 pm • Banks: Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, on Friday till 2:00 pm • Government offices: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.
• Shops: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:30 or 3:00 pm • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm • Big stores and supermarkets: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, including Saturday.
• Sundays, everything closed with exceptions for tourist operations, tavernas and cafes and designated pharmacies.
What public holidays should I be aware of.
• January 1 – New Year’s Day • January 6 — Epiphany • February First Sunday in Lent • March 25 Greek Independence Day • March/April (changes yearly) — Good Friday • March/April (changes yearly) — Orthodox Easter Sunday • May 1 — Labor Day, Spring Rites • August 15 — Feast of the Assumption • October 28 –Oxi Day • December 25 –Christmas • December 26 – St.
Stephen’s Day What are Greece’s tipping customs.
For restaurants, the tip is generally included in the bill, but it is still customary to leave a 5-10% tip.
In hotels or boat cabins, it is customary to tip up to 1 euro per baggage carried to your room.
Tipping for taxis is not expected, but drivers appreciate being told, .

“Keep the change.” What is Greece’s population

According to Eurostat, in January, 2002 Greece’s estimated population was 10,998,000, while in January, 2003, the estimate rose to 11,018,000 with 9.0 births per thousand people and 9.4 deaths per thousand people recorded.
This means that Greece has recorded a natural biological decrease in its birth rate of -0.4%.
The increase in Greece’s population is due to the massive influx of immigrants.
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Photography Journeys

Photography Journeys.
ur award-winning offerings now include photography and wildlife tours for the culturally curious. These Travel Vision Journeys immerse, inspire and connect travelers with the world’s most photogenic places through the transformational magic of the photographic experience.
Our Travel Vision Journeys Collection are active photo adventures for the culturally curious that immerse, inspire and connect travelers with the world’s most photogenic places.
On these exclusive active learning tours led by our expert photographers, you’ll improve and expand your photography skills while you learn about the places and people that you see.
On every photo tour you’ll increase your visual awareness and learn to intuitively use the eye of the camera to connect, compose and enhance your personal vision.
In the spirit of mindful travel, you’ll focus on capturing the essence of moments and places.
By embracing serendipity, you’ll savor the fine art of wandering and connect intimately with your natural surroundings.
You’ll return home invigorated, inspired and ready to share your visual story with the world.
Unlike any other type of active or educational travel, a photo tour allows us a slow, deep dive into the spirit of a place.
As we stroll a windy trail or glide down a river, our tours have a special “focus” on mindful photography.
Like a bicycle tour, an active photo tour heightens and expands our sensory experience of a place.  Our active photography tours do not pack in all the sites, instead, we move more slowly, seeing less things but with greater intimacy and intensity.
Finally, each tour has partnered with local operators who care and give back to the places we visit through their eco-friendly practices and support of local conservation projects From capturing the elusive puma and learning about its behavior up-close to swimming with seals and exotic fish in the Galapagos, these photo tours will expand your photography skills and make you more mindful of your natural surroundings when traveling.
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What does Sri Lankan arrack taste like

Episode 10 [feat.
Sri Lankan Arrack] .
9216 views Our time in Sri Lanka was filled with historical landmarks, elephant encounters, fun traveling friends, and booze.

The latter happened to come in the form of traditional Sri Lankan arrack

So, what is arrack.
We’re glad you asked.
Arrack is a spirit that is distilled from the sap of the coconut flower.
Sri Lanka just happens to be the largest producer of coconut arrack and we couldn’t have been happier to have discovered it while there. Our friends at Ceylon Arrack wanted us to try their special version of arrack and we were more than happy to oblige.
What does Sri Lankan arrack taste like.
Good quest ion.
It has a woody flavor with only subtle hints of coconut.
It’s a little sweet but unassuming and very refreshing.
Check out our newest AlcoHAUL featuring the delicious Sri Lankan arrack.  Like in the video above, I prefer my arrack mixed with ginger ale and lime.
A second runner-up would be tonic.
What would you mix with your arrack.
We would love to hear in the comment section below.
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June 13th, 2014 Nishadha.
February 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm – Reply Glad you found Arrack refreshing, most foreigners like its sweet taste.
Most Sri Lankans I know prefer to drink it Coco cola which does change the taste quite a bit.
I also prefer it with a tonic or just plain ice cubes.

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Sri Lanka.
Will Hatton.
March 22, 2015 at 12:30 am – Reply I would love to try it soon.
thanks for sharing .

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Anand BV.
July 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm – Reply We get that a lot in India as well.
I’ve tried it myself and it’s great.
Sad, it has less exposure!.
Thank you for sharing !.
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If We are unable to supply You with the Services

We will inform You of this in writing and We will not process the Booking.
2.4            These Terms will become binding on You and Us when We issue You with a written acceptance of a Booking which We will also confirm in writing to You, at which point a contract will come into existence between You and Us.
2.5            If any of these Terms conflict with any terms of the Booking, the Booking will take priority.
2.6            We shall assign a Booking number to the Confirmed Booking and inform You of it when We confirm the Booking.
Please quote the Booking number in all subsequent correspondence with Us relating to the Confirmed Booking.
3.1            We may revise these Terms from time to time in the following circumstances:.
(a)         changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements;.
(b)         currency fluctuations; and.
(c)         an increase in insurance costs.
3.2            We may, without notice to the traveller, alter or substitute:.
(a)         Any route, method of carriage, carrier or accommodation or reservation without any liability whatsoever, provided that We give Our reasons for doing so and that such alterations shall neither increase the charge payable by You nor be of a lower standard than We have contracted to provide to You.
(b)         In the event of a Major Change of Itinerary being required, You will be informed of such a change as soon as is reasonable practicable and offered a cancellation and full refund or transfer to another tour.
3.3            Please refer to clause 9 which provides information on your cancellation rights where a Major Change takes place.
3.4            If We have to revise these Terms under clause 3.1, We will give You notice of any changes to these Terms before they take effect.
You can choose to cancel the contract in accordance with clause 9.
Cancellation charges may apply as per clause 9.2.

3.5            You may make a change to a Confirmed Booking for Services by contacting Us

Where this means a change in the total price of the Services, We will notify You of the amended price in writing.
Changes to a Confirmed Booking cannot be made less than 30 days from the Services Commencement Date.
Please also note cancellation charges that may apply as per clause 9.2.
3.6            If You wish to cancel a Confirmed Booking before it has been fulfilled, please see Your right to do so in clause 9.
Cancellation charges may apply.
4.              PROVIDING SERVICES.
4.1            We will supply the Services to You from the Services Commencement Date until the estimated completion date set out in the Booking.
4.2            We will make every effort to complete the Services on time.
However, there may be delays due to an Event Outside Our Control.
See clause 8 for Our responsibilities when an Event Outside Our Control happens.
4.3            We will need certain information from You that is necessary for Us to provide the Services, for example, suitable travel insurance and information regarding Your health.
We will contact You in writing about this.
If You do not, after being asked by Us to provide Us with this information, or You provide Us with incomplete or incorrect information, We may make an additional charge of a reasonable sum to cover any extra work that is required, or We may suspend the Services by giving You written notice.
We will not be liable for any delay or non-performance where You have not provided this information to Us after We have asked.
If We suspend the Services under this clause 4.3, You do not have to pay for the Services while they are suspended, but this does not affect Your obligation to pay for any invoices We have already sent You.
4.4            We may have to suspend the Services if We have to deal with technical problems, or to make improvements agreed between You and us in writing to the Services.
We will contact You to let You know in advance where this occurs, unless the problem is urgent or an emergency.
You do not have to pay for the Services while they are suspended under this clause 4.4 but this does not affect Your obligation to pay for any invoices We have already sent You.
4.5            If You do not pay Us for the Services when You are supposed to as set out in clause 6.3, We may suspend the Services with immediate effect until You have paid Us the outstanding amounts (except where You dispute an invoice under clause 6.5).
We will contact You to tell You this.
This does not affect Our right to charge You interest under clause 6.4.
4.6            We will carry out the Services with reasonable care and skill.
If you do not feel that we have done so, please see your right to raise a complaint under clause 5.
5.1            In the unlikely event that there is any defect with the Services:.
(a)         please contact Us and tell us as soon as reasonably possible; and.
(b)         please give Us a reasonable opportunity to repair or fix any defect.
5.2            As a consumer, You have legal rights in relation to Services not carried out with reasonable skill and care.
Advice about Your legal rights is available from Your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau or Trading Standards office.
Nothing in these Terms will affect these legal rights.
6.              PRICE AND PAYMENT.

6.1            The price of the Services will be set out in the Booking

6.2            These prices exclude VAT.
However, if the rate of VAT changes between the date of the Booking and the date of delivery or performance, We will adjust the rate of VAT that You pay, unless You have already paid for the Services in full before the change in the rate of VAT takes effect.
6.3            We will ask You to make an advance deposit payment of the price of the Services.
Your rights to a refund on cancellation are set out in clause 9.
We will invoice You in advance for the Services.
Each invoice will quote the Booking number.
You must pay each invoice in cleared monies within 5 calendar days at the date of invoice by online payment or bank transfer.

6.4            If You do not make any payment due to Us by the due date for payment

We may charge interest to You on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% a year above the base lending rate of Barclay’s Bank from time to time.
This interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment.
You must pay Us interest together with any overdue amount.
6.5            However, if You dispute an invoice in good faith and contact Us to let Us know promptly after You have received an invoice that You dispute it, clause 6.4 will not apply for the period of the dispute.
7.              OUR LIABILITY TO YOU.
7.1            If We fail to comply with these Terms, We are responsible for loss or damage You suffer that is a foreseeable result of our breach of the Terms or Our negligence, but We are not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable.
Loss or damage is foreseeable if they were an obvious consequence of our breach or if they were contemplated by You and Us at the time We entered into this contract.
7.2            We do not exclude or limit in any way Our liability for:.
(a)         death or personal injury caused by Our negligence.
(b)         fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;.
(c)         breach of the terms implied by section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (title and quiet possession);.
(d)         breach of the terms implied by sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (description, satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and samples); and.
(e)         defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
7.3            We do not accept any liability for the services or facilities that are provided by any contractors that we may use from time to time as part of the Services.
8.1            We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, additional expenses, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under these Terms that is caused by an Event Outside Our Control.
We will make every effort to provide as much assistance to you as possible in these circumstances.
8.2            An Event Outside our Control means any act or event beyond our reasonable control, including without limitation strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action by third parties, civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war, fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster, or failure of public or private telecommunications networks.
8.3            If an Event Outside Our Control takes place that affects the performance of our obligations under these Terms:.
(a)         We will contact You as soon as reasonably possible to notify You; and.
(b)         Our obligations under these Terms will be suspended and the time for performance of our obligations will be extended for the duration of the Event Outside Our Control.
Where the Event Outside our Control affects our performance of Services to You, We will restart the Services as soon as reasonably possible after the Event Outside Our Control is over.
8.4            You may cancel the contract if an Event Outside our Control takes place and You no longer wish Us to provide the Services.
Please see Your cancellation rights under clause 9.
We will only cancel the contract if the Event Outside Our Control continues for longer than 2 weeks in accordance with our cancellation rights in clause 9.
9.1            Where We are affected by an Event Outside Our Control, or if We change these Terms under clause 3.1 to Your material disadvantage.

You may cancel any Confirmed Booking for Services without liability for payment

9.2            In the event that You cancel the contract for Services for a reason other than an Event Outside Our Control or where We change these Terms under clause 3.1 to Your material disadvantage, the following cancellation fees will apply:.
MULTI DAY TOURS (a)        More than ten weeks prior to the Services Commencement Date – loss of entire Deposit (as defined in the Booking);.
(b)        70 to 42 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 40% of the total Price;.
(c)        41 to 15 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 80% of the total Price; and.
(d)        less than 15 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 100% of the total Price.
CITY WALKING TOURS – PRIVATE (e)        30 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 10% of the total Price;.
(f)        14 to 29 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 50% of the total Price; and.
(g)        less than 14 days prior to the Services Commencement Date – 100% of the total Price.
CITY WALKING TOURS – PUBLIC (h)      Public tours are non-refundable.
9.3            Any bank or third party payment fees incurred during payment will not be refunded.
All refunds are also subject to bank/third party payment fees if required.
9.4           In the Event that you wish to cancel as a result of a Major Change, this must be done so in writing within 14 days of the date that you are informed of the Major Change.
Our liability is limited in such circumstances to a full refund of any sums paid by You at the point of cancellation.
10.1         We may have to cancel a Confirmed Booking before the Services Commencement Date, due to an Event Outside Our Control or the unavailability of key personnel or key materials without which We cannot provide the Services.
We will promptly contact You if this happens.
10.2         If We have to cancel a Confirmed Booking under clause 10.1 and You have made any payment in advance for Services that have not been provided to You, We will refund these amounts to You.
10.3         We may cancel the Confirmed Booking at any time with immediate effect by giving You written notice if:.
(a)         You do not pay Us when You are supposed to as set out in clause 6.3.
This does not affect our right to charge You interest under clause 6.4; or.
(b)         You break the contract in any other material way and You do not correct or fix the situation within 14 days of us asking You to in writing.
11.1         We are a company registered in England and Wales.
Our company registration number is 09254539 and our registered office is at Heath House, Barningham, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 7DU.
Our correspondence address is Suite 121, 7 Queensland Road, London, N7 7FG.
11.2         If You have any questions or if You have any complaints, please contact us.
You can contact us by telephoning our customer service team at +44 (0) 7480 735 777 or by e-mailing Us at [email protected]
11.3         In the event that You wish to complain after the Services have been completed, you should do so within 28 days from the Services completion date.

11.4         If You wish to contact Us in writing

or if any clause in these Terms requires You to give us notice in writing (for example, to cancel the contract), You can send this to Us by e-mail, by hand, or by pre-paid post to Beiwei 55 Degrees Travelat Suite 121, 7 Queensland Road, London, N7 7FG.
We will confirm receipt of this by contacting You in writing.
If We have to contact You or give You notice in writing, We will do so by e-mail, by hand, .

Or by pre-paid post to the address You provide to Us in the Booking

12.1         We will use the personal information You provide to us to:.
(a)         provide the Services;.

(b)         process Your payment for such Services; and

(c)         inform You about similar products or services that We provide, but You may stop receiving these at any time by contacting Us.
12.2         You agree that We may pass Your personal information to credit reference agencies and that they may keep a record of any search that they do.
12.3         We will not give Your personal data to any other third party.
13.1         We may transfer our rights and obligations under these Terms to another organisation, and We will always notify You in writing if this happens, but this will not affect Your rights or our obligations under these Terms.
13.2         This contract is between You and Us.
No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.
13.3         Each of the paragraphs of these Terms operates separately.
If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
13.4         If We fail to insist that You perform any of Your obligations under these Terms, or if We do not enforce our rights against You, or if We delay in doing so, that will not mean that We have waived our rights against You and will not mean that You do not have to comply with those obligations.
If We do waive a default by You, We will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that We will automatically waive any later default by You.
13.5         These Terms are governed by English law.
You and We both agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
However, if You are a resident of Northern Ireland You may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if You are a resident of Scotland, You may also bring proceedings in Scotland.
13.6        Beiwei 55 Degrees Travel are a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection.
We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ”The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992” all passengers booking with Beiwei 55 Degrees Travel are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Beiwei 55 Degrees Travel.
This insurance has been arranged with MGA Cover Services Limited (registered address Farren House The Street, Farren Court Cowfold West Sussex RH 13 8BP, company registration: 08444204 authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 597536) under a binding authority with the insurer CBL Insurance Europe Limited (registered address 2nd Floor 13-17 Dawson Street Dublin 2 Ireland, who are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 203120) In the unlikely event of Insolvency you must Inform MGA Cover Services Limited immediately on +44 (0) 20 3540 4422.
Please ensure you retain this booking confirmation form as evidence of cover and value.
Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid back to you by your Travel Insurance or any losses which are recoverable under another insurance or bond.