Which mode of transport allows you to make the most of your vacation? It’s debatable, of course. I like to travel by train because well, I’m lazy. But for those who are a little more active than I seem to be these days, it’s great news that Intrepid Travel are now offering popular cycling tours to wonderful locations all over the world.
It’s certainly an extremely planet-friendly way to travel and means that you’ll really get to see much more of the countryside and the people of your chosen destination.
But don’t think that these tours are for the super-fit who are regular keen cyclists. Although the pros are welcome, of course, these tours are geared towards people of average fitness not athletes. On most tours, the duration of an average days ride will be about thirty miles. I think even I could cycle thirty miles in a day 🙂
But what a wonderful way to see destinations such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Morocco, Cuba and many more. Try a leisurely tour in France, Tuscany or Croatia – European tours are incredibly popular too.
Routes are chosen that are largely flat so you’re not expected to zoom up the Alps and a tour guide will be with you at all times. Many routes are on roads or tracks that are not open to traffic. You’ll also have a support vehicle with you should it be needed.
A few practicalities:
- You can rent your bike when you arrive at your location
- Your luggage will be sent ahead while you’re cycling so you don’t need to carry it with you
- A small and lightweight backpack is a good idea to carry bottled water and a few snacks
- Various overnight accommodations are included
- You’ll be transferred by train or local transport between one cycling trail and the next
- Several days will be non-cycling days to give you the change to explore exciting regions
- The minimum age is sixteen
Cycling tours are for small groups – usually for a dozen people – so are ideal for families and couples. But the small size of the group makes the tours ideal for solo travellers too as they are a great way to meet new people.
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JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.