FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Trip types

  Roundtrip:
cycling from point to point, sleeping in a new location each night, return transfer to starting point mostly included or bookable for an extra charge. Most cyclists enjoy travelling each day from point A to point B. The scenery changes and the experiences are new and gratifying.
     
 

Bike & Boat:
Bike and boat cycling holidays are a fantastic way to relax and explore a country and a cycling experience you will never forget. A barge or cruise ship is your floating hotel following you down the river or sailing from island to island, providing comfortable accommodations, excellent food and drinks and an active vacation in a group. The convenience with the Boat Tours is that you only have to unpack once while still getting to cycle from town to town.

     
  Home-based:
You stay in a hotel and cycle the surrounding area. Daily trip recommendations can on most occasions be individually planned. Relaxed bike tour vacation in selected hotels. You don’t have to pack each morning, if you don’t feel like riding you can rest or pursue another activity.


Personal requirements/physical condition

All tours have been classified with various Difficulty Levels to help simplify your choice. It is the responsibility of each guest to ensure that he/she meets the physical condition requirements for the tour booked.

Which daily mileage can I manage?
If you’re new to bike touring, you might wonder how far you can cycle in one day on tour. It’s impossible to come up with a number that will suit everyone.
Most cyclists can achieve in flat and slightly hilly terrain 10-12 mph average very quickly with limited training. Of course cycling experience and being in good physical condition is required.
Take your time and admire the views along the way. You don’t need to  rush your tour, unless you really have to.

The correct riding pace...
You know when you are cycling at the correct speed when you are able to talk to your travelling companion without losing your breath.
Make sure you change to a suitable gear to suit the terrain where you are cycling. You know you have chosen the correct gear when you can continue to pedal without straining. It is always better to select a lower gear instead of struggeling with a higher gear. And don’t forget you are always allowed to push your bike if the going gets too tough.



Ability - Level / Difficulty

  Level 1 - Easy/Social Bikers
Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, without uphill stretches, generally short daily bike tours that give you enough time to enjoy the wider region in addition to your bike tour.
     
  Level 1-2 - Casual Bikers
Mostly flat terrain, basic physical conditioning is necessary, relaxed pace that still gives you enough time for breaks and sightseeing. 
     
  Level 2 - Leisure Bikers
Slightly rolling, light hilly terrain, few uphill stretches, average physical condition required.
     
  Level 2-3 - Moderate Bikers
Generally rolling or hilly terrain with longer uphill stretches, good physical condition and bike tour experience necessary.
     
  Level 3 - Advanced Tour Bikers
Extended and frequent climbs and longer daily distances. For experienced bikers in above average physical condition. Sportive Tours.


Bicycles

All our touring rental bikes are hybride bikes provided with a minimum of one (sometimes two) panniers (saddlebags) to carry things such as a change of clothes  – according to weather changes or for visiting museums etc - food and beverages for a break along the way or photographic equipment etc. Our bikes are also equipped with an odometer, a pump and a repair kit in order to fix flat tyres and to do other basic repairs.

  Electric Bikes (E-Bikes, Pedelecs)
Electrically assisted bikes can be provided for those who love to cycle but who find it increasingly difficult to either master the terrain or the distance. E-bikes are not motorized, but have a battery which enables you to pedal with ease. It has been described as similar to having a constant tail wind at your back. Electric bikes are not designed for those who have no cycling experience. They are heavier than normal bikes and you need to have a good balance and control.

We are sorry but we (still) don’t offer MTB (Mountain Bike) tours or racing bike tours.



Self-guided individual Tour

 

Self-guided individual bike tours have become increasingly popular because of their flexibility and independence. They cost less than guided bicycle tours but still maintain a level of support and convenience that allows you to explore on your own schedule without sweating the logistics.
Those tours come with everything you need to make for an adventure-filled and rewarding holiday; accommodation, luggage transfer where required, an informative pre-departure pack, turn-by-turn route notes, destination guides and detailed maps and/or GPS tracks which follow carefully planned itineraries on the best routes.
You will be able to use the information provided to cycle independently and to repair any flat tire or handle minor emergencies on your own.
Although you will be travelling independently, our local teams are there to support you and are only a phone call away in in the event of a serious mechanical breakdown or emergency or in case you need any assistance during your trip.

Guided Tour

 

You enjoy traveling with a group of 10-20 cyclists, meeting new people, having the expertise of a local guide and structured daily schedule. Our guide points out places of interest, organizes excursions and activities and is available in case of breakdowns (mechanical or human).



Board & Lodging
Our aim is to offer comfortable hotels/inns in the booked category. Sometimes the choice of lodgings can be limited due to the route taken through smaller villages. These hotels, however, usually have a very special atmosphere that is typical of the respective country/region or location being cycled through and are priced accordingly. You will mostly be staying in the towns listed in the brochure, however due to seasonal conditions we sometimes have to side step to a neighbouring town/village.

Sometimes extra nights can only be booked with breakfast only - you will receive detailed information from our team!


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