European Bicycle Tour Companies Offer Top Values
Travelers can explore Europe’s most popular destinations on a budget–despite the weak dollar–with dozens of one-week, nearly all-inclusive European bike tours under $1,000. Most tours are perfect for families and novice cyclists and can be booked through U.S.-based BikeTours.com.
Chattanooga, Tenn., November 17, 2016 (Updated March 2020)– Travelers interested in European bicycle tours can find great bargains with dozens of one-week, nearly all-inclusive tours in Europe under $1,000. Tours can be booked through U.S.-based BikeTours.com, which represents more than 70 European bicycle tour companies in 30+ countries and offers more than 175 tours on its website, www.biketours.com.
The local tour companies can keep their tour prices down due to the low cost of doing business close to home and to spreading their expenses over a large, primarily European client base. Another way travelers can save money: in addition to guided tours—with ride-along guides, support vans and dinners—most European companies offer less expensive self-guided options.
BikeTours.com president Jim Johnson stresses that self-guided tours are far from self-contained. “With self-guided tours, you have a lot of support,” he says. “Your lodging is pre-booked, your luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel, your rental bikes are delivered to your start hotel and picked up at your end hotel, you get detailed maps and route information, and a local liaison is also there to orient and assist you.”
Many European bike tours are appropriate for families and novice cyclists, and many have weekly and even daily departures.
Here are ten top value tours:
Danube Bicycle Path (Austria, Germany): Experience one of Europe’s most popular bicycle paths, which runs along a well-signed, dedicated, nearly flat bike path through vineyards and medieval towns, taking travelers from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria.
Mosel Bike Path: Dreamy Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz (Germany): Explore the best-known wine-growing region of Germany along one of its most scenic rivers, with visits to castles and medieval towns. The tour starts in Germany’s 2,000-year-old city of Trier and ends in Koblenz.
Loire a Velo: Orleans to the Atlantic (France): Discover the most peaceful part of the Loire Valley with its vineyards, chateaux, quiet villages and medieval towns.
Rhone River Route (France): Follow the Rhône River to Provence with the lovely accompaniment of lush vineyards and fragrant orchards.
Tuscany and Umbria (Italy): Experience the “Italian jewel” of landscape and culture as you cycle past castles and hilltop villages, vineyards and olive groves.
Lake Constance Bicycle Path (Germany, Austria, Switzerland): Circumnavigate one of Europe’s largest lakes and across four islands on Europe’s most popular bicycle path.
Amsterdam – Gouda – Bruges by Bike and Boat (Holland, Belgium): Cycle between two historic cities while experiencing the highlights of the Netherland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities, with lodging on a river barge.
Prague to Dresden (Czech Republic, Germany): Follow the Vltava and Elbe Rivers from the cultural center of Prague through Saxon Switzerland to Dresden, the so-called “Florence of the North.”
Majorca (Spain): The island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain, serves as an ideal setting for a bike tour. This tour circumnavigates the island, visiting new and exciting sights and towns each day.
Vienna to Budapest (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary): Starting in the “city of charm,” experience untouched nature, little-known artistic treasures and cultural monuments.
BikeTours.com bills itself as a “one-stop resource for bike tours in Europe” and helps cycle tourists find tours based on preferences like destination, departure month, rider level, average daily distance, and tour type. Clients book tours and make all payments through BikeTours.com, at the same prices charged by the European companies. The site also offers helpful advice and travel tips such as how to choose a tour and what to pack.
BikeTours.com, now in its 16th season, serves as a central resource for bicycle tours in Europe, representing more than 70 tour companies that offer more than 175 tours in over 30 European countries. BikeTours.com offers a variety of resources to help travelers choose tours and handles the entire booking and payment process. Learn more at www.biketours.com. Telephone: 1-877-462-2423 or 1-423-756-8907. Email: [email protected].
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