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5 Reasons to Take a Self Guided Tour

August 1, 2016

Yes. You can fly to Europe, rent a bike, and put together your own itinerary, but you’ll find you spend a lot of your valuable vacation time doing travel research, studying guidebooks, trying to find the best bike rental and support service – and then once you arrive – trying be both navigator and tour guide in a foreign country. Remember, this is supposed to be a vacation, not work. A self-guided tour gives you freedom and flexibility.

Here are 5 Good Reasons To Take A Self-Guided Tour

1 – No extensive route research needed, just choose your itinerary and go!

Want to explore the best parts of Europe on bike, but don’t really know where to start? That’s okay. We’ve got you covered. We’ve offer a variety of tours – with different degrees of difficulty – around the best cycling and culturally rich routes in Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia. You don’t need to take a ton of time planning, researching, or doing logistics, we’ve already done that for you.

2 – Set Your Own Dates

With a self-guided tour, you don’t need to adhere to a predetermined departure date or a group schedule. Set your tour around the travel dates that work best for you. Just give us a call or send an email and we’ll set-up your tour for when you want to go – and we’ll be right there with your bike and your tour book when you arrive.

3 – Local Expertise

Experience matters. Local Matters. With self-guided tours you need people on the ground who are able to check routes, know the local hotels and give suggestions about their favorite restaurants and cafes. With over 30 years of cycling and adventure travel experience in Europe, we speak the local languages, we know the terrain and the best cycling routes, and we’ve cultivated key relationships with other local bike tour operators, friendly innkeepers and restaurants. Because self-guided tours require a very localized agent, we may work with another local company that we trust to bring you the best experiences, but that’s the point – keep it local.

4 – The Logistics Are Already Done For You

Once you book your trip, we’ll take care of all the small details. Everything you need is carefully planned and arranged for you. All you need to do before your trip is get ready to ride. While you are busy training, we have found the best cycling routes in the area, researched hotels, restaurants and magical experiences. We’ll even arrange luggage transfers so you don’t have to lug your gear around. Did we mention the bikes? You’ll be met on Day 1 of your journey and be fitted with a premium touring bike. We manage the route notes and GPS tracks, and make sure the roads are ready to be pedaled. We’ll suggest restaurants and sightseeing adventures. No worries, no headaches. You may have to change a flat, but that is part of the adventure!

5 – Go At Your Own Pace
Once we’ve got you all set-up on your bike, and we’ve put our tailored itinerary in your hands, you are on your own schedule. If you feel like spending more time at that local cafe with the perfect cappuccino, do it. It’s your trip. Follow your bliss and explore the culture and the cuisine at your leisure.

Want To Explore Some Great Ideas For A Self-Guided Tour in Italy?

A thrilling bike travel experience awaits when you book one of our Self-Guided tours in Italy, France Portugal or Croatia. But if you have a desire to explore Italy first, we highly recommend our self-guided tours in Emilia-Romagna, the region where we are based. So if you want to start touring Italy right in our own back yard, we have quite a few great options!

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