Why go local?
Rather than operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeToursDirect represents local bike tour operators around the world. There are several key advantages to our unique approach.
Many overseas bike tours on the market run by North American operators can be very expensive. By booking through BikeToursDirect, though, you’re usually paying the same low price you see on the local tour operators' websites. So you get a high-quality tour, but at a lower price.
Supporting local economies
As travel becomes easier and more affordable, tourism is leaving a huge footprint on the globe. Supporting local economies is key for a responsible and sustainable travel industry. By representing local tour operators, we take a small commission for handling the booking and payment process, but most of your money goes back into the local economy at your destination. This is important in heavily touristed areas of the world, but is absolutely crucial to developing countries’ economies.
Experience through local eyes
We believe the best way to experience a new land and culture is through the eyes of locals. That’s a benefit of local companies developing the routes and itineraries and identifying the right hotels or restaurants.
On North American-owned operators’ tours, you’ll typically only ride with Americans. People from all over will book through local operators, though, so guided tour parties are usually composed of several different nationalities. It’s a great way to make new friends from another culture and learn about even more of the world.