Cycling is more popular than ever, and the trend of exploring far-off destinations by bike is on the rise.
An array of companies across the globe offer guided cycling tours of varying lengths, locations, price points and surfaces. The following are six available experiences, ranging from gravel grinders in Tuscany to high-altitude mountain bike excursions in New Zealand.
Discover SE Asia by Bike – This new cycling tour from Grasshopper Adventures is the essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. It includes a variety of dynamic riding, ranging from single-lane bike trails to remote back roads through the countryside. The itinerary includes must-sees, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Archaeological Park, the Silk Islands and Cai Rang Floating Market.
Big Easy Bicycle Tour – Cycle of Life Adventures’ New Orleans Big Easy Bike Tour includes riding the routes of the Mardi Gras Parade, exploring historic neighbourhoods with lavish 300-year-old mansions, overnighting in plantation houses draped by live oaks, biking the levees on the Mississippi River Trail and pedalling along Lake Pontchartrain.
Bike New Zealand’s South Island – Get off the beaten track and into New Zealand’s wild, dramatic landscapes on a mountain bike tour of the South Island with H+I Adventures. This trip takes riders from coastal cliffs near Christchurch to the flowing single track of Craigieburn, the rainforest and ridgelines of the Old Ghost Road, the technical trails of Alexandra and, finally, the descents around Queenstown.
Cycle from Venice to Athens – Ride & Seek, an adventure cycling company offering itineraries that follow in the footsteps of historical figures, now offers The Marco Polo Expedition. This epic cycling tour leads riders 1,900 km from Venice to Athens, Greece. Guests will cycle down the coast from Italy through Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.
Pedal Volcanoes in Ecuador – Ride to waterfalls, lakes and Inca ruins during the day and stay in classic haciendas each night on a tour of the foothills around Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park with Adventure Life. At the end of the trip, take on the thrilling descent of Cotopaxi Volcano itself into the valley below.
Gravel Tour Tuscany – Cycle Tuscany’s historic gravel roads on a new eight-day cycling trip that crisscrosses Italy’s famous Chianti region. The trip, offered by Tourissimo and Ride & Seek, passes through medieval hilltop towns and by abbeys, wineries and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Be ready for steep climbs and winding descents when you join this trip.