Loire Valley Bike Tour, Backroads from Best Bike Tours Around the World

Best Bike Tours Around the World

Loire Valley Bike Tour, Backroads

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 91- 232 miles
Start/Finish: St-Pierre-des-Corps, France (Start & Finish)
Price: $4,398-$4,798 (per person for double occupancy)
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Backroads sponsors this ride through the most scenic and beautiful routes among the Grand Châteaux. As you pedal through vineyards and villages, you will be struck with gorgeous views of castles and even a century-old wine cave. This tour is especially popular for the amazing culinary experience that pairs with the natural beauty of the Loire Valley.


Bangkok to Phuket Tour, SpiceRoads

SpiceRoads

Length: 10 days, 9 nights
Mileage: 512 miles
Start/Finish: Bangkok, Thailand/Phuket, Thailand
Price: $1,850
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With cyclists in mind, SpiceRoads created routes to avoid the dangers of riding through busy areas. The ride follows along beaches and jaw-dropping views through the east and west coast of Thailand. You’ll pass Buddhist temples and quaint villages with children and locals waving to you as you pass. And the reward of a long journey will be well worth the wait, in the tropical wonderland that is Phuket Island.


Bike Across Italy, Ciclismo Classico

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Length: 11 days, 10 nights
Mileage: 350 miles
Start/Finish: Pesaro, Italy/ Porto Ercole, Italy
Price: $5,195-$5,395
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Travel from coast-to-coast through Umbria, Le Marche, Lazio and Tuscany. As you cycle by the scenic landscapes, medieval towns, castles, and rivers stop to taste the distinctive wines and cuisines of these four different regions. Italy hails some of the best food in the world, but each region has its own type of dish that is completely unique. This Ciclismo Classico tour will even stop at Grotte di Frasassi, the largest known caves in Italy.


Tour de Montana, The Cycling House

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Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Mileage: 320 miles
Start/Finish: Missoula, MT (Start & Finish)
Price: $1,395
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This tour is The Cycling House’s signature event in Western Montana. The epic alpine scenery paired with tent camping is the perfect way to spend some time among some natural beauty. The trip ends with a group float down the Blackfoot River back to the ranch where the ride started.


Tasmania East Coast Tour, Green Island Tours

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Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Mileage: 280 miles
Start/Finish: St Helens, Tasmania, Australia / Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Price: $490-$1,550
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This self-guided trip through Tasmania follows the East Coast of a breathtaking area in Australia. The company, Green Island Tours, offers extensive preparatory material along with accommodation, snacks, and more depending on which accommodation category you choose. Along the tour you can visit the Nature World Animal Park to take a peek at some Tasmanian devils.


Burma Adventure, SpiceRoads

SpiceRoads

Length: 14 days, 13 nights
Mileage: 380 miles
Start/Finish: Yangon, Burma (Start & Finish)
Price: $3,550
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This mountain bike tour will take you off road and on to tarmac, since road condition can be poor in many spots of the route. As you travel through a diversity of culture and terrain, you’ll explore one of the most interesting countries in the world. During the trip, you will go on a full day boat adventure where you will watch the famous Intha fisherman who row boats on one leg. You’ll also see where thousands of Buddha statues are kept in the caves of Pindaya.


Holland & Belgium Bike Tour, Backroads

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 67-200 miles
Start/Finish:Amsterdam, Netherlands/Bruges, Belgium
Price: $4,098 to $4,698
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Start with a ride along the edge of a coastal forest, passing windmills and Holland’s charming coasts. Along the ride you’ll stop in to visit the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk. Taste the delicious cheese of Gouda, and the always popular Belgian beer. As you enter Bruges you’ll discover a gorgeous medieval city with cobblestone streets, lofty spires, and canals.

Provence Luxury Tour, Trek Travel

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 180 miles
Start/Finish: Avignon, France/ Paris, France
Price: $4,299
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This luxury tour is an absolutely exquisite ride. Through vineyards, villages, and epic views. As you taste the amazing local cuisine you can choose your desired level of cycling challenge. Attempt to meet the challenge of climbing the legendary Mt. Ventoux. And afterwards, relax by the pool or at the spa at your luxurious hotel.

Morocco Bike Tour, Djoser

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Length: 10 days, 9 nights
Mileage: 12-34 miles daily
Start/Finish: Marrakech, Morocco (Start & Finish)
Price: $1,790-$1,850
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As you venture south of Morocco to the rugged Atlas Mountains you will find a beautiful oasis. This desert safari provides everything you need from a bicycle to hotels with pools, professional cycling guide, free breakfast and an accompanying mini-bus in case the terrain is too rigorous. You’ll start and end in Marrakech riding through Todra Gorge, deserts, Erg Chebbi Dunes, and more along the way.


California Wine Country Luxury Tour, Trek Travel

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 189 miles
Start/Finish: San Francisco, CA (Start & Finish)
Price: $2,899
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There is more to Napa and Sonoma Valley than the wine. Although, that plays a major role in the wonderful aspects of this trip, you will also be exposed to the sunny California skies as you ride through the beautiful vineyard paths and stunningly elegant views. As you ride along the shores of Lake Hennessy, you’ll fall in love with the sensational scenes surrounding you.


Puglia Biking Tour, Butterfield & Robinson

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Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Mileage: 29-50 miles daily
Start/Finish: Brindisi, Italy/Bari, Italy
Price: $5,295
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This lesser known area of Italy turns out to be bursting with inspiration. The flat coastal riding allows for a relaxing journey through the villages, olive groves, and sights you will never forget. You’ll even stop at a cheesemaker’s to watch the creation of fresh mozzarella.


Saigon to Bangkok Tour, SpiceRoads

SpiceRoads

Length: 14 days, 13 nights
Mileage: 346 miles
Start/Finish: Saigon, Vietnam/Bangkok, Thailand
Price: $2,450
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Travel through not one but three of Southeast Asia’s fascinating countries. As you travel along villages, orchards, and rice fields you will be exposed to stunning scenery and wonderful people. Visit the famous Angkor Wat, the charming Phnom Penh, and Vietnam’s rice bowl and the Mekong Delta (just to name a few stops).  

The Lake Champlain Tour, Sojourn

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 24-50 miles daily
Start/Finish: Burlington, VT (Start & Finish)
Price: $1,995
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This popular tour showcases the pure natural beauty of Vermont. Choose the terrain and route to match your ability, and along the ride enjoy farm to table cuisine as well as lake and mountain vistas. Explore some pre-Civil War architecture, picnic in Vergennes, or explore the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Also, spend some time in Burlington before and after your ride (it’s my favorite city on the east coast!).

Costa Rica Bike Tour, Djoser

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Length: 14 days, 13 nights
Mileage: 18-34 miles daily
Start/Finish: San Jose, Costa Rica (Start & Finish)
Price: $2,620-$2,700
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The beautiful Costa Rica is known for it’s spectacular rain forests and wildlife. Cycle along volcanoes and explore the tropical areas of the island. Take a break along the ride and relax on the beach of Samara. The trip includes stays in hotels and cycling through a number of national parks.


The Texas Hill Country Tour, Sojourn

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Length: 8 days, 7 nights
Mileage: 50 miles average per day
Start/Finish: San Antonio, TX (Start & Finish)
Price: $2,995
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Experiencing the Hill Country has been completely transformed since the completion of San Antonio’s Mission Trail bike path. Make sure to bring your cameras when you visit the famous Luckenbach and LBJ Ranch when Texas Bluebonnets bloom. These lightly traveled roads are a cyclists dream, and the sensational scenery will leave you with endless Texas love.


Bordeaux Bike Tour, DuVine

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 9-37 miles daily
Start/Finish: Libourne, France/ Bordeaux, France
Price: $4,895
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For wine lovers and foodies alike, this tour is made for you. As you cycle among vineyards, passing by châteaux along the route, you can  learn from the masters of the wine center of the world. Ride amid the grapes and into medieval cities. Each night you will end your ride with a delicious french meal.


The Niagara Wine Country Tour, Sojourn

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Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Mileage: 25 to 35 miles per day
Start/Finish: Buffalo, NY (Start & Finish)
Price: $2,595
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Located along the Niagara peninsula, Ontario’s wine country has been transformed from peach and cherry farms into vineyards. See the Canadian side of Niagara falls, and pass through Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town of British heritage, that is known as one of Canada’s most beautiful villages. This relaxed paced tour will let you see the sights, sip on some wine, and enjoy an active vacation.