Hotels are covered for the duration of your bike tour. Whenever possible, they're chosen for their charm and more intimate feel (as opposed to large chain hotels), and are often a highlight for our clients.
Extending your trip a day or two on the front or back end of your bicycle tour can help make for a more relaxed vacation. You may want to arrive a day or two before the start of the bike tour to recuperate from a long flight, conquer jet lag, or explore the tour’s start city. Likewise, relaxing and exploring the end city of your cycling tour for a few days can be appealing as well.
We're happy to organize additional nights in your start or end city (for all bicycle tours that offer extra nights as a package option). Just let us know on your booking form what dates you’d like.
We also recommend using venere.com if you want to spend a few nights in a city not included on the tour route, or if the tour doesn’t offer extra nights as a package option.
Taking a train from city to city in Europe is the traditional way for travelers to get around. Rail Europe offers multi-day or -country passes as well as simple point-to-point tickets, which are usually sufficient. One smart solution for long-haul train trips: book an overnight train. You won't lose valuable sightseeing time to daytime travel, and the train fare will double as your hotel budget for the night!
Seeing Europe by train can be a great experience for shorter trips, but flying is usually advisable for longer distances. Europe has many airports with frequent connections through the major international airlines. But it also has a thriving budget airline industry that you should consider if you want to minimize travel time and money. These no-frills airlines typically fly into more remote airports instead of major metropolitan centers, but are connected to the cities by rail and bus service. If you watch the fares, you can often find deeply discounted rates. We recommend flycheapo.com because it shows all discount airlines and the possible route combinations.
Rental cars give you flexibility to visit out-of-the-way villages and rural areas (like bike tours, but without a soul!). Know that rental insurance, usually mandatory and definitely advisable, can often exceed the rental fees. And beware the expensive one-way rental fees if you're driving point-to-point without a return trip.
Bus service runs everywhere in Europe, though is best for travel in and around large cities rather than long-distance trips. Buses are also useful and more economical than taxis if you need to get beyond the furthest train service to an area.