You don’t have to be a world-class athlete or a daredevil to enjoy an adventurous holiday, you just have to be willing to do something different. If you like traveling, but you want to do more than sit on a tour bus or walk around different cities, you should consider taking a cycling tour. You will get to experience different cultures and see the country in which you are traveling from a much different perspective when you’re on a bicycle.
Selecting a Tour
You can tour most of Europe on a bicycle since it is a great way to get around the narrow streets in most European cities. Due to the different climates throughout the continent, it will be important to pay attention to when tours are available. Most tours will operate during the summer months to avoid the cold and rainy seasons.
When you are researching a cycling holiday via Hooked on Cycling, you can select them according to difficulty. All of the tours are graded, so you can select one that best fits your abilities. If you are a casual cyclist, then you will find tours that will be more suited to your abilities than others will, which may be designed for more serious athletes.
Guided or Self-Guided
Most tour companies will give you the option of choosing a guided or a self-guided tour. A self-guided tour allows you to cycle the route of your choice on your own, so you can take your time enjoying the landscape or wandering a nearby village—if that is what you wish to do. If you are in an unfamiliar country or you don’t know the language, then you may want to take a tour lead by a local guide who can help you with the language barrier and take you to local sites that few travellers know about.
Meet New Friends
If you are single and traveling alone, taking a guided cycling tour will give you the chance to meet people you ordinarily wouldn’t get to meet. Since you are all taking the same tour, you will have something to discuss and you could meet people who will be friends for the rest of your life. In addition to meeting new people, traveling alone can be dangerous, especially for women, so travelling with others in a tour will provide you with some protection.
You can also select family tours if you and your family are travelling together. These tours are designed for all ages and most of them are for casual or beginner level cyclists. Not only is it a good way to see areas of Europe up close and experience the cultures, but it provides you will an opportunity to have a bonding experience with your family and make memories you will never forget.
If you want to do more than be a passive tourist when you travel, you should consider a cycling tour for your next holiday, whether you want to travel alone or take your entire family.