Why tour by bike? Slow down Interacting with a village shopkeeper, lingering over a fresh meal and a good glass of wine, experiencing a changing landscape – We believe travel should be about being in a place, not just passing through it. And there’s no better way to engage with a new land and culture than from the bike saddle. Traveling by train or bus can be like watching a beautiful movie going by your window, but biking that same landscape puts you in that movie. You have to get out from behind the windshield and your camera's display screen to really experience a destination. "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." -Ernest Hemingway Support and independence International travel typically takes one of two forms – highly structured group tours where every moment is planned from dawn to dusk, or entirely do-it-yourself experiences. But a class of travelers has emerged that wants more flexibility and immersion than typical group tours offer, but still maintaining a level of support and planning. Bike tours offer that balance of support and freedom to explore. Your accommodations and luggage transfers are arranged, and a route and day-by-day itinerary are planned. Guided bike tours offer more structure, riding with a group and with most meals planned. Self-guided bike tours have more flexibility in your daily schedule. But both provide experiences you don’t get from the window of a train or rental car. Broad appeal This best-of-both worlds approach to travel seems to have appeal to a huge array of travelers. We have clients on family trips with their children up to octogenarians celebrating birthdays and anniversaries! Groups of friends, extended families, bike and ski clubs, honeymooners – there is a route in the world that’s right for you! Start searching now, or read why President and Founder of BikeTours.com Jim Johnson chooses to tour by bike.