Staff picks

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Our Staff Picks is a group of tours we've carefully selected to signify our gold standard - the best of the best. Each of these tours offers an exceptional experience with true value for the price. The collection is organized for three types of bicycle travelers: Novice | Leisurely | Strong cyclists. Read about them below, or search to compare dates, prices, levels of difficulty, and more.  

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For the novice bike traveler...

A Taste of Italy: Emilia Romagna

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Highlights: Its artfully chosen itinerary that weaves cycling, pasta, wine and gastronomy together in an unforgettable Italian experience Its unique focus on the food culture of Italy, with cooking demonstrations from local artisans; a visit to a local balsamic vinegar factor; and a visit with a parmesan cheese artisan Exceptional tour operator reputation, recognized as a National Geographic Traveler Top 50 Trips of a Lifetime winner in 2010 Superb client services, with flexibility to meet clients' needs.
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Venice to Mantua by Bike and Boat

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Highlights: Excellent tour and route that takes you along the country's famed waterways, showcasing both the rural Italian countryside and the famed canals of Venice Exceptional value for tour cost, which includes full board, guided walking tours around cities, and cycling guide Consistently positive client feedback; and beautifully renovated boats.
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Vienna to Budapest (Service Plus)

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Highlights: An impressive route showcasing a portion of the Danube River made available for cycling only after the fall of communism • A string of can't-miss cities and towns in the heart of the old Austro-Hungarian empire, such as Bratislava, Györ, Esztergom, Szentendre, Budapest, and Vienna • Extensive customer service, including a GPS console and cell phone for stand-by support • Consistent positive feedback.
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Danube Bike Path 7 Nights (Service Plus)

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Highlights: One of the most popular cycling routes in Europe, featuring quaint villages and towns, stunning castles and architecture, and easy cycling along a dedicated bike path • Its exceptional customer service and thoughtfully chosen high-quality accommodations • High quality rental bikes (Trek and Scott) • GPS console with programmed routes and cell phone for stand-by support.
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For the leisure cyclist...

London to Amsterdam (and reverse)

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Highlights: Simple bragging rights: "I just biked from London to Amsterdam!" • The opportunity to cycle through four countries in one week: England, France, Belgium, and Holland • The historical astronomical observatory of Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Popular destinations such as the River Thames, The North Sea, Kent, Bruges, Amsterdam, and more
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Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

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Highlights: Its unique focus on culinary arts in the Tuscany region, with most days including a hands-on cooking class or a tasting at a local food artisan • The best of cycling along the hills of Tuscany, as well as the best of eating, where you will dine at simple osterias, family trattorias, and elegant restaurants • Well-designed cycling routes and charming hotels • Twenty years of experience in Tuscany • High-quality rental bikes (hybrid and road) • Exceptional client feedback.
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Wine and Bike in Hungary's Balaton Uplands

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Highlights: The tour's innate ability to make you feel like a native, rather than a tourist, through experiences that allow you to meet the local people, see the romantic countryside up close, taste the local wine, and enjoy life as a Hungarian does • A family-owned tour operator with exceptional customer service, including friendly and knowledgable guides, high quality rental bikes, GPS consoles, and more • Thoughtfully chosen routes that include beautiful national park visits and wine tastings.
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Coastal Normandy and WWII History

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Highlights: Its self-guided route that takes you to some of France's most important World War II sites, including Caen, Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha beach • Its award-winning operator recognized by National Geographic (Best Trips) and Outside Magazine (Top 50 Things to do in your Lifetime) • GPS console and high-quality rental bikes (Scott).
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Burgundy Wine and Cuisine

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Highlights: Its perfect combination of Burgundy's most important treasured assets: wine and cuisine, with enough cycling thrown in to let you eat and drink guilt-free • The opportunity to explore Burgundy's abundant vineyards by bicycle • The tour operator's exceptional reputation for customer service • High-quality bike rentals and GPS • Consistently excellent feedback.
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Medieval Villages of Catalonia

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Highlights: Its stunning coastal routes of the Mediterranean sea, featuring the region's beautiful medieval villages • The tour operator's excellent customer service, quality bike rentals, and comprehensive tour materials • Professional, easy-going, and vastly knowledgable local guides • Thoughtfully chosen accommodations that highlight the region's best assets • Optional routes and distances to fit client's ability and interest level.
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For the strong cyclist...

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Cycling

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Highlights: The wild, remote, and stunning landscapes of Connemara National Park • The charming and quaint town of Clifden (a jumping-off point to Connemara) • A region bursting at the seams with culture, traditional music, quaint streets, and cosy pubs and restaurants
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Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

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Highlights: The breathtaking beauty of South Dalmatia and famed walled city of Dubrovnik • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Dubrovnik and Mostar • Island hopping and cycling through Sipan, Mljet, Lastovo, Korula and Hvar islands • Accommodations on a charming yacht with exceptional customer service
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Catalonia Road Bike Tour: Girona to the Sea

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Highlights: Its top notch road cycling route that is used by the professionals and includes a fantastic mix of stunning coastal scenery, quiet and hilly inland roads, challenging climbs and buzzing descents that take you through undoubtedly some of the most picturesque scenery on the Costa Brava • Its picturesque medieval villages • The choice of a moderate or challenging route • Exceptional client services.
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Dubrovnik to Split: The Islands and Coastline of Croatia

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Highlights: Its jaw-dropping route that features the stunning beauty of Croatia's coastline • Its tour operator, a family owned company, based in Croatia, with 20+ years of experience in tourism • Superior customer service • Carefully chosen hotels (with options) and routes (with options) • Top-notch equipment and bicycles (Musing Crozzroad Lite road bike, Twinroad Sport hybrid bikes, and E-bikes available).
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Albania’s UNESCO Sites with Rivers, Valleys, and Gorges

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Highlights: The picturesque trails and quaint villages of the Albanian riviera • The sunkissed beaches of Lake Ohrid and the Bay of Himare • Ancient history at arm's reach, such as the 2,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrinti • The unique feeling of traveling back in time to an off-the-beaten-path location
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