Cycling Vacations: The 17 Best Bike Tours Around the World

Tour the world with the power of pedaling on these scenic bike routes

Imagine exploring the world at a pace that keeps you completely aware of all your surroundings. Now imagine getting from one place to another, completely by the power of your own two feet. Well, yes, walking can do that too, but what kind of fun would that be. [slideshow:1067]

I’m talking about bicycle touring. Catching speed down a steep Tuscan hill, or pushing yourself up the legendary Mt.Ventoux. Traveling through the most interesting places of the world, seeing all the sights, and staying fit along the way. Bicycle touring is an epic adventure that everyone should try.

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Riding along the beautiful scenic routes of different locations around the world. Everywhere from Morocco to Australia to Costa Rica, people ride bikes to get around. It’s an age old tradition that we can all agree, is a lot of fun. And what better way to enjoy a vacation (and keep that extra vacation weight away) then spending it bike touring.

I reached out to a few of the most sought out bike touring agencies and companies to ask what their most popular bike tours were. After compiling the list, I narrowed it down to include bike tours all throughout the world. Take a tour through Holland and Belgium to see the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. Or go on your own Burma Adventure and see where thousands of Buddha statues are kept.

Within this list there are all different types of tours, from the more budget-friendly to luxurious, depending on your desire, a world adventure awaits. Not only will bike touring be a great way to see sights you’ve dreamed of, but also it leaves you with a sense of accomplishment for the journey you completed on your own.

Bike touring can be anything you want it to be. Here are 17 of the best bike tours around the world sponsored by different companies. But, you can always plan your own bike tour too. Know what to pack, and hit the road. You and your bike can take on the world together.

Click here for your first overseas bike tour: a how-to guide.