You can bike past the vineyards in Tuscany or Provence, pedal past farmers tilling rice fields in Vietnam and photograph fall foliage colors in Vermont on trips run by these companies. Each is well established and will give you references from satisfied travelers, if you don't have friends who've taken their tours. If you browse the trip itineraries and look at virtual tours, you're sure to find an appealing vacation. All of these companies will customize trips for you and your friends.
You can bike with Backroads all around the globe, from Xian, China where you'll view the terra cotta warriors to the beaches of Bali, from Croatia’s Dalmatian coast to Norway's arctic circle when the sun never sets. If you want to stay closer to home, choose a Vermont trip where you’ll cycle through covered bridges, pedal past quintessential New England town squares and enjoy fall foliage colors.
Pedalers Pub & Grille range of trips is unusually interesting, running the gamut from inn-to-inn cycling in Japan or Bali, to biking in Bhutan or retracing the Klondike gold route in the Yukon Territory. This company specializes in trips to Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and the far northwestern reaches of the Americas, including Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory.
Digngo (pronounced "Dig and Go") specializes in luxury, tailor made bike tours focused exclusively on France. Based in Switzerland, Digngo offers luxury, tailor made vacations to France, including the Burgundy wine region, the Loire valley and its amazing chateaux, the island of Corsica, and Alsace.
Colorado-based ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours offers global cycling tours immersed in local character to 20 countries on five continents. One of their trips - Cycling the Camino de Santiago - Roncesvalles to Santiago - was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of 50 tours in a lifetime in 2010.
A trip with Duvine Adventures is divine, according to friends. The company focuses on deluxe bicycle tours in France, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Switzerland. This fall several bike trips are planned to Tuscany, Italy, France and Spain, plus a Yoga/Bike trip to Provence in October.
If cycling around New Zealand’s South Island sounds interesting, Euro-Bike and Walking Tours has some trips for you. On the Milford Wilderness trip you’ll pedal past fjords surrounded by mountains and visit Queensland, the hub for adventure travel on this island. While you’re so far from home, add on the multi-sport West Coast Escape, which includes biking past glaciers. Euro-Bike also runs tours to many European countries.
Bike Riders trips go as far afield as Croatia, South Africa and Argentina, as well as in New England and Canada. The groups are small and guests may stay in very comfortable accommodations. They provide Cannondale bikes.
Bike the Whites is a sweet choice if you like inn-to-inn biking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The company customizes three-day getaways with overnights at the 1785, the Snow Village and the Tamworth inns. Routes are designed according to the cyclists' abilities. The trip prices include lodging, meals and luggage transfers.
Advice on how to arrange self-guided bike touring in Europe that offers almost all the conveniences of a guided trip. These suggestions come from the general manager of three companies that will set up flexible and personalized tours - at prices that come closer to the cost of setting up a tour yourself!
Many multi-sport trips include biking, as well as rafting, hiking or other active sports. These company offers excellent multi-sport trips.