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Biking & Cycling - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Bicycling tours present an ideal combination of exercise, fresh air, sightseeing (often at your own pace), and ability to adjust your budget as well. Biking tours are particularly popular in Europe and North America, over terrain that ranges from easy to extra-challenging. Maybe the best part? On most bike tours you have a support staff ready to help if you need assistance -- and carry your luggage (and, at times, possibly you) du ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Atlas Descent

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 129 / day
$ 1,549
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Ride remote and rugged mountain biking trails 
  • Immerse yourself in vast mountain scenery 
  • Stay in traditional Moroccan Riads
Visits:
Agadir, Morocco
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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenees

7 days
$ 193 / day
$ 1,350
From : $ 1,823
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy biking the Aubisque, Hautacam or the Tourmalet
  • Enjoy viewing the scenery as you bike the Pyrenees hills 
Visits:
France
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Cycle Vietnam’s Back Roads

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 112 / day
$ 1,784
From : $ 2,125
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle the bustling streets of hanoi
  • Follow the path of the famous reunification express by bike
  • Take on the challenge of the hai van pass
  • Weave through rice paddies and villages on the back roads of vietnam
  • Relax on the beach at nha trang
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Vietnam
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Greece Bike Tour

6 days
$ 700 / day
$ 4,198
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Picture-perfect seaside Chania
  • An unforgettable coast-to-coast ride
  • Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies
  • Soak up sunny skies and diverse natural beauty
  • A fascinating mélange of Greek, Turkish and Venetian cultural influences
Visits:
Acropolis, Akrotiri, Athens, Crete, Greece
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Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge Amsterdam

12 days
$ 350 / day
$ 4,195
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Unpack just once, then cruise for seven nights by private canal barge
  • Experience the countryside up close, as only a barge-and-bike tour allows
  • Learn the art of silversmithing during a private demonstration
  • Immerse yourself in local life as you visit a family in their home
  • Admire Holland’s iconic, 19th-century windmills
  • Picnic alongside historic locks
  • Discover Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe
  • Take a guided boat excursion to the center of Ghent
  • Sip authentic Belgian beer
  • Enjoy attentive service aboard our private barge
Visits:
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges, Belgium, Netherlands
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Vermont Lakeside Escape Weekend

4 days
$ 399 / day
$ 1,595
From : $ 2,153
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a cruise across Lake Champlain while learning about osprey, eagles, and local history.
  • Visit charming town of Essex - one of the most intact ensembles of pre-Civil War architecture in America.
  • View the impressive waterfalls above what was an important maritime site during the Revolutionary War.
  • Visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to learn about watercraft and battles that shaped our history.
  • Enjoy an espresso or gougère in a nearby French café, or a sublime piece of the best chocolate ever.
Visits:
United States
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Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 100 / day
$ 1,555
From : $ 1,889
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle through busy bangkok
  • Experience colourful chiang mai
  • Trek into remote hilltribe villages
  • Discover ancient ayutthaya by bike
  • Learn the sombre history of kanchanaburi
  • Kayak the andaman sea from krabi
Visits:
Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Andaman Sea, Thailand
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Vienna to Prague Cycling

9 days
$ 344 / day
$ 3,099
From : $ 4,184
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore southern Moravia and Bohemia from the seat of a bike
  • Starting in Vienna, explore medieval towns and castles en route to Prague
  • Cycle 25-35 miles a day with a support crew so you can focus on the scenery
  • Tour three UNESCO towns: picture-perfect Telč, Cesky Krumlov and Holasovice
  • Sample local breads, cheeses, salamis, fresh fruits and vegetables, and sweets
Visits:
Prague, Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic
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Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 290 / day
$ 4,349
From : $ 5,871
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Ride between Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley
    • Daywalk offering a rare view of Machu Picchu
    • Cycle along the shores of Lake Titicaca
    Visits:
    Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Puno, Urubamba, Peru
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    Luxury Tour of the Basque Country

    8 days
    $ 338 / day
    $ 2,700
    From : $ 3,321
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Walk through the medieval cobbled roads
    • Enjoy dining experience in Michelin starred restaurants
    • Enjoy the thrill of ascending and descending the coast line
    • Enjoy the hilly rides in Bideia
    Visits:
    Spain
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    Barcelona and Beyond

    7 days
    $ 157 / day
    $ 1,102
    From : $ 1,331
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the castle and the convent Carmen before visiting Castello Peralada’s degustacion centre
    • See the old quarter known as El Pedro within the medieval walls contains many historic buildings.
    • Explore Casa Museu Castell Gala Dali
    • Visit some of the workshops including the wonderful Ponderosa run by 2 sisters
    • Visiting the famous ruins of Empuries one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Europe
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Spain
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    Ecuador Auténtico & Local Biking - 12 Days

    Project Expedition
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    12 days
    $ 244 / day
    $ 2,923
    From : $ 3,946
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Tour Traditions of Quito
    • Equatorial Monument or Quito, Culture & Flavors
    • Quito City Explorer (Quito by Night & Gastronomic)
    • Quito Biking Tour
    • Excursion to Otavalo Market
    • Excursion to the city of Baos through the Avenue of the Volcanoes
    • Lava Tunnels and a turtle reserve in Galpagos Visit to the Scientific Charles Darwin Station.
    • Full day Excursion in yacht to Santa Fe Island with vivencial fishing
    • Excursion to Cerro Mesa & Garrapatero
    Visits:
    Ecuador
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    Vietnam: Motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Myths and Mountains
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 337 / day
    $ 5,395
    From : $ 6,636
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Experience cyclo ride around the city Hanoi
    • Visit Ngam Ring, the famous underwater bridge
    • Explore Hoi An
    • Discover Ho Chi Minh City
    • Enjoy cycle to My Son, a world heritage site
    • Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
    Visits:
    Cu Chi Tunnels, DMZ, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Phnong Nha Caves, Saigon, Vietnam
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    Cycle Prague to Vienna

    UTracks
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 212 / day
    $ 1,699
    From : $ 2,379
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Cycling through the Czech countryside through woods, the Djie national park and past the Trebon Ponds
    • Visiting Prague, Cesky Krumlov and the renaissance towns of Trebon and Telc
    • Crossing the border into Austria and arriving in Vienna
    • Interesting regional cuisine and a good selection of restaurants for dining out
    Visits:
    Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic
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    Santa Fe-Taos Bike Tour

    6 days
    $ 535 / day
    $ 3,210
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Canyon Road’s art galleries and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
    • Pore over mysterious Bandelier National Monument
    • Visit Ortega’s iconic weaving shop
    • Ride Blueberry Hill or to Taos Ski Valley
    • Ride the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway
    • Ride to picturesque Arroyo Seco before heading back to Santa Fe and Albuquerque
    Visits:
    Santa Fe, Mexico
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    Top Biking & Cycling Experiences and Attractions

    Top Biking & Cycling Experiences

    Cycling through 1,000-year-old village of the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Wheeling past limestone formations of Andalucia in Spain, stopping to sample local wine and tapas

    Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbing to the top of the highest peak in the eastern United States

    Touring Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on two wheels

    Experience the top cycling destination of Napa and Sonoma counties, with plenty of opportunities for gourmet cuisine and fine wines

    Exploring the Cocora Valley of Colombia, visiting its coffee farms and roasters

    Biking through Peru’s Sacred Valley, through archaeological sites and Machu Picchu

    Pedal through tea fields in Japan, past its temples and into its UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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    Biking & Cycling Trip Reviews

    2,451 Biking & Cycling Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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    Excellent 1,807
    Great 536
    Average 83
    Disappointing 16
    Terrible 9
    Value
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    Guide
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    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
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    Transportation
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    Meals
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    Nepal is always my best destination in the world

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    While I was in Nepal last year. Nepal is also one of the best destinations in the world. More different than in other countries. Diversity in culture, religion, landscapes, land of mountains and beyond mountains. Thank you Travel Max Guide for organizing my round trip to Nepal. The team is good enough to handle all kinds of situations in a good manner.

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    Operator Travel Max Guide

    Highly recommended.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    First hand experience with Bike Basque- top notch service, 5 years of experience and the best, most friendly people. Highly recommended.

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    Operator Bike Basque

    They gave us truly memorable days i

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Best tour operator ever! Mohammad and his team were so nice to us, considerate, flexible and always welcoming. They gave us truly memorable days in Jordan! Every day of our journey was planned to perfection and carefully adapted to our needs and wishes.
    Thanks to the entire team and huge thanks to our driver Saleh!

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    Operator Why Jordan Tours

    Fantastic small tour

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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    Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

    I had an amazingly wonderful time on my World Expeditions vacation to Southern India! The itinerary was super (active, fun, fascinating), our guide, Francis, did everything possible to help us feel happy, comfortable and as though we were in good hands, the accommodation was far beyond expectations, the food was out-of-this-world, and everywhere we went we were made to feel like visiting dignitaries! This is my fourth World Expeditions trip, and every one of them has been far better than I imagined

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    And they seem to keep getting better!

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    Operator World Expeditions

    wonderful way to enjoy the scenery/landscape

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We just took an Anniversary trip to Napa/Sonoma and had the BEST time! Biking was such a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery/landscape. Our guides were perfect- open and helpful communication without feeling intrusive. Maps and recommendations were a great framework to give us structure to our trip, while still giving us the flexibility to do what we please with our days. On our way home we started making plans to try Ireland for our next anniversary trip!

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    Operator LifeCycle Adventures

    Biking & Cycling Tours and Travel Guide

    Biking & Cycling Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    What could be more exhilarating than exploring a country from the seat of a bicycle?

    The call of the open road; the wind at your back; the views that lie ahead. Every sense becomes stimulated: You become acutely aware of the scent of freshly ripened strawberries, the panorama of distant mountains, the jolt from every bump or defect in the road, the thrill of smooth pavement, the song of a bird and the taste of salt on your lips.

    Bicycle touring is truly about both the destination and the journey. It will take you at just the right pace to meet the people, enjoy the views and savor the food and the culture of your chosen destination.

    And what better way is there to combine fitness with something as pleasant as a bicycle tour?

    What Can You Expect from a Bicycle Tour?

    The brochures show sunny days, smiling faces, gourmet lunches and plush accommodations. And while the sun may not always shine, the rest of the pictures can be a good reflection of a typical luxury bike tour (there are less plush tours for the budget-minded).

    What is virtually certain is that you will immerse yourself into a new region that may come complete with new foods, wines and customs.

    Fuel for the day's ride includes both food and vital information. At breakfast, maps may be disbursed and suggestions for the daily route and attractions are discussed. Somebody has already checked out the mechanical condition of your bicycle, but it's still OK to squeeze your tires and make sure that they suit your style.

    Wining and Dining

    Especially if it's an intended stopping point on your tour, you might find that your lunch has been prepared for you. (If you have dietary needs, notify your tour operator in advance.)

    In many cases, welcome and farewell dinners are included as part of your tour. Depending on the tour operator and style of the tour, other meals may be on your own. But that provides the advantage of dining with whomever you want and at whatever time you want -- while enjoying the types of food and drink you prefer.

    Don't think that because you are bicycling that you need forget about fine dining. Is there a Michelin rated restaurant in the area? How about a favorite wine that you would like to enjoy right where it is produced? What about a spectacular restaurant view that overlooks the region where you just bicycled?

    Route Choices

    Options provide guests with not only dining choices, but also with route choices. Are you looking for a leisurely shorter route with plenty of time for shopping, people-watching at a cafe or wine-tasting? Are you ready to challenge yourself and pedal long and hard to accomplish your own fitness goals? Do you want to take it easy one day and push yourself the next?

    Keep in mind that your traveling partner, if you have one, needn't necessarily follow the same route and pace that you do. You’re likely to meet new people along the way and perhaps form new friendships in fellow cyclists or locals -- there’s just something about people on bicycles that makes them seem more approachable than other types of travelers.

    At the end of the day, when you reach your final destination, you usually have free time to dine, explore or relax with your traveling partner, if you did take separate rotes or travel at different speeds.

    Most Popular Destinations for Cycling Tours

    1. Spain

    Cycling through Spain is a good choice for many active travelers for its varied landscape and incredible beauty, from Mallorca to Girona to Calpe. There are hills to climb when you want them and long flats in between. Opt to tackle the Camino de Santiago classic pilgrimage on two wheels, savor the goods of the wine valley of El Bierzo and, every day, refuel with delicious tapas. 

    2. China

    In China, cyclists pedal through limestone landscapes and explore China’s top attractions, from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall. Touring China by bike with a guide is a great way to slow down and soak up the culture and landscapes of the country. Top it off with a bike ride through Yangshuo, from Guilin to Xingping, a glorious, postcard-perfect ride. 

    3. Dolomites, Italy

    For its rugged alpine beauty and the challenge of its ups and downs, the Dolomite mountain range in northern Italy is a top cyclist destination in Europe.

    If you’re up for the climbs, you won’t regret the choice - an alternative is the Bormio region, still in the Dolomites, and offering its own collection of rewarding mountain passes. An easier biking alternative in the Dolomites is along the Old Dolomites Railway, from the mountains to Venice. You’ll still get all the alpine views but with fewer ascents. 

    4. Tuscany, Italy

    A bucket-list biking destination for many, Tuscany is an epic spot for a guided cycling tour. Tackle the most scenic bike routes of the Tuscan countryside, through the Arno River Valley, into Chianti and its delightful wine villages and into the Elsa River Valley and World Heritage town of San Gimignano.

    And, of course, you’ll have plenty of time on your Tuscany cycling tour to taste renowned red wines and famous whites, while visiting vineyards and dining on savory local specialties. 

    5. Nicaragua

    Cycle the iconic Pan America Highway and see the beauty and attractions of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. This favorite biking destination boasts Lake Nicaragua, Irazu volcano, Panama City and more, plus the chance to stop and go rafting, hiking and snorkeling.

    6. San Juan Islands

    Washington State’s San Juan Islands archipelago is a cyclist favorite in the Pacific Northwest. Crisscross farmland and forest on quiet country roads, climbing - if you so choose - Mount Constitution on Orcas Island.

    7. Wine Country, California

    Pedal from vineyard to vineyard, refueling with world-class cuisine along the way, as you cycle through Napa and Sonoma counties. Your cycling guide may have suggestions for backcountry roads less often traveled as a nice way to customize your bike tour.

    8. The Baltic

    Biking the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) feels like you’ve pedaled right into the pages of a fairytale. Combining natural scenery with historic sightseeing, the Baltic states are an emerging cycling destination. Get a taste of medieval history in Tallinn, bike along the renowned Route 10 - which takes you across the Baltic Sea - and continue on through lush forests, past placid lakes and through pastoral farmland. 

    9. Cape Town, South Africa

    From the Stellenbosch vineyards along Route 62 to the Karoo Desert to the Cape of Good Hope, guided bike tours near Cape Town, South Africa, unveil all this spectacular region has to offer.

    Whale watch from Hermanus, visit penguins at the Boulders colony, feel like a pro as you pedal along the Cape Argus race route and eat the farm-fresh produce from Koo Valley orchards.

    10. Rhineland

    Hop on a bike to explore the Neckar and Rhine river valleys in Germany, where the highlights of your cycling tour are the historic, storybook villages that line the riverbanks, wine tastings, good food and good company.

    Want to sail the Rhine? Read more about Rhine river cruises - many of these voyages include as much biking onshore as you’d like to include.

    11. Burgundy Region, France

    With dedicated bike trails and quiet country roads, Burgundy is a bike tour favorite - again, it’s about the rolling hillside, vineyards, estates, restaurants, boutique accommodations and the wine. 

    Going at Your Own Pace

    A reputable, well-reviewed bike tour operator is likely to have routes available for all fitness levels. You’re typically encouraged to get from point A to point B at your own pace, stopping for picnics, a wine tasting or a scenic vista whenever the spirit moves you.

    Not going to finish all the miles in a given day? Your cycling tour guide will come up behind you in the support vehicle to give you a lift to the next town or back to your hotel, where you can enjoy the local culture and take a dip in the pool before dinner. 

    Accommodations on Cycling Tours

    A good night’s sleep is of utmost importance when you’re on a cycling tour no matter how easy or challenging the terrain. You’ll want to be assured of a quiet stay on a comfortable bed, preferably well fed before catching your zzz’s and offered a hearty breakfast come morning.

    Depending on your bike tour company, you may be traveling from one destination to another over a week or so, changing hotels every night. Or, you may be staying in one central location and setting off on out-and-bike rides each day.

    If yours is a bike vacation that moves about a lot, ask your tour operator how your luggage will get from place to place. While you’re at it, check in about how your bike is stored overnight. 

    Accommodations on cycling tours will run the gamut from more rustic stays to five-star resorts, depending on your tour operator and destination. The age of the cycling group weighs in here as well, with more serious and/or younger cyclists probably needing fewer creature comforts, and those on a luxury bike tour expecting upscale accommodations with first-class amenities (in-room massage, anyone?). 

    For a taste of what you might expect for accommodations on a luxury bike tour, imagine:

    • A mountain resort in Tennessee, where relaxing spa treatments and locally sourced meals renew mind and body after challenging days on your bike 
    • An elegant five-star hotel set in a historic royal chateau in the French countryside
    • A magnificent country house in the Irish countryside, where you can gather for afternoon tea with your fellow riders and share highlights of your cycling tour that day

    On the more budget-friendly side of bike vacations, your accommodations may look more like this:

    • Deluxe camping next to a pristine lake, where your daily ride can end with a refreshing dip and a hearty meal of barbecued salmon and summer fruit crumble
    • A tiny, yet historic cottage in Tuscany, tucked in amongst the vineyards 
    • A farmhouse in the Canadian Rockies, where a young local chef welcomes you into his home for a fabulous meal and comfortable overnight

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    How Much Training Should I Do?

    One of the best things about a guided cycling trip is that you don’t need to be an avid cyclist, nor an athlete, to enjoy one. Top bike tour operators take into account that you have chosen this mode of travel for the chance to slow down and immerse yourself in your destination.

    It’s not a race! Often your tour company will have an online quiz to assess your current level of fitness or cycling ability, which helps narrow down which destinations and tours would be best for you. Plus, the best cycling tour companies offer several rider levels, ranging from leisurely to advanced or enthusiast.

    Once you have decided where to go, ask your bike tour operator about training plans to prep for your vacation, if only to give you a little peace of mind and to prepare your body for time in the saddle.

    If you’re an avid cyclist, a bike tour is a great opportunity to slow down and see more - don’t be surprised to find that you’re spending more hours on the bike to fit it all in, but that you’re averaging slower paces than those training rides back home. Enjoy the ride!

    How Do Cycling Tours Work?

    Guided bike vacations allow you to slow down and really immerse yourself in your destination, at ground level, all without having to worry about the logistics and planning. Bike tour companies will take care of the details, from accommodations and bike gear, to dining and sightseeing excursions.

    Importantly, guided cycle tour also provide support along the ride, so if your bike breaks down or you’re just not feeling it that day, a guide in a support van can fix your bike or pick you up and give you a ride. One guide will be riding with the group along the way, ensuring that no one takes a wrong turn. 

    Your typical bike tour will usually have about 8 to 20 people per group, some of whom are traveling together and some of whom have chosen to vacation solo with like-minded active travelers. The cycling guide will lead your rides and provide information about local sightseeing highlights, cultural stops, scenic overlooks, dining recommendations and more. 

    Do I Need My Own Bike?

    You do not need to bring your own bike on most guided cycling tours. (If you’re very in love with your own bike, some operators will allow you to bring it.)

    In fact, one of the cool things about biking with a tour company is the chance to use state-of-the-art bike that are well maintained by the company’s bike mechanics. Used to a tandem bike? Experienced tandem riders should ask their tour operator if this type of bike is available and if there is an additional fee. As for helmets, bring your own on your cycle tour. 

    If you’re an older traveler or are recovering from an injury or surgery, consider using an electric bike (e-bike) for your group cycle tour. These wonders of cycle technology make cycling vacations more accessible for everyone, no matter their fitness level. Ask about availability before booking your bike tour. 

    What Should I Bring? 

    Try to pack lightly for your cycling tour, in one carry-on preferably. Consider fast-drying clothing and synthetic fabrics and blends. Pack small items inside your helmet, shoes and water bottles to maximize packing space. 

    Guided Biking Tour Essential Packing Items (ask your tour company for a full list before departure):

    • Helmet 
    • Water bottle
    • Lightweight daypack
    • Riding shorts (padded shorts are recommended for a more comfortable bike ride)
    • Riding jerseys
    • Fast-drying socks
    • Comfortable biking and walking shoes
    • Biking gloves 
    • Street clothes for sightseeing 
    • Rain jacket 
    • Extra layers, depending on your bike tour destination
    • Toiletries 
    • Passport, health insurance card and ID 
    • Camera and spare battery 
    • Plastic bags for dirty, wet laundry
    • Electronics chargers (and appropriate adapters for Europe bike tours) 
    • Small first-aid kit

    Choosing Your Destination

    Where do you want to cycle? Has following the Tour de France been a dream or yours? Or does Vermont immediately bring bicycling to mind? Perhaps you would like to enjoy a bike and barge tour or cycling combined with another sport. Maybe a long distance journey suits you best. 

    You may be surprised by the number of appealing destinations. Popular destinations include France and Italy, but almost every country in Europe offers cycling. The Netherlands offers relatively flat areas, while Ireland takes you through those thousand shades of green.

    Riding along canals or waterways, such as the Danube River, is another pleasant possibility. Of course both the U.S. and Canada offer varied terrain for exploration, but don't forget more far-flung cycling destinations like New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and parts of Asia.

    Once you’ve weighed all your options and settled on the  right bicycle tour for yourself, you’ll have the advantage of knowing just what to expect – and chances are your adventure will be exactly what you had hoped for and dreamed about.

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