Top 10 Private Bike Tour DestinationsSybille Steiner
Private bike tours are more popular than ever. When the details are up to you –where, when, and how you want it– the trip can be everything you’ve dreamed of and more. The following tours are our most-traveled private destinations and are the perfect places to start your planning.
TUSCANY BIKE TOUR
Explore the iconic Italian countryside as you ride through its gentle green hills and cypress lined byways on the Tuscany Bike Tour. Climb into ancient Etruscan villages perched atop vine-covered hills. Discover medieval fortresses and Renaissance masterpieces. You’ll never forget the scent in the air as you ride along the ridges of the Crete Senesi, your visit to Vittorio Innocenti’s private cantina or the sight of the Piazza del Campo at night. Savor local treats like fresh pici pasta, pecorino cheese, and garden fresh bruschetta with local olive oil, and sample the finest Brunello, Super Tuscan, Vino Nobile, and Chianti Classico wines.
SICILY BIKE TOUR
Explore the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto on the Sicily Bike Tour. Climb into the highland plateau and experience a panorama of breathtaking views of orchards, pastures, and olive groves. Cycle along small roads through the towns of Vizzini, Noto, and Marzamemi. Revel in the wealth of Baroque architecture. You’ll be amazed by the warm Sicilian welcome, the astounding cityscape of Ragusa, and the stunning vista from Gulfi winery. Delight in regional specialties like fresh ricotta-filled cannoli, native Nero d’Avola wines, and unforgettable meals produced by the region’s highly regarded chefs.
PROVENCE BIKE TOUR
Cycle through vineyards, cherry orchards and fields of lavender on our Provence Bike Tour. Climb winding roads to farmers markets in medieval villages. Stroll through charming rural towns. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils. You will never forget the views from the ruins of the Sade family château in Lacoste, the thrill of riding down from Gordes, and truffle and wine tasting in the village of Menèrbes. Culinary delights on this bike tour in Provence include tastings of sumptuous reds, whites, and the celebrated rosés of Provence, and unforgettable meals that feature Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs. Pamper yourself at the L’Occitane Spa that will leave you refreshed at the end of an exhilarating week.
NORMANDY BIKE TOUR
Spin on gentle, rolling coastal routes and let the cool sea air brush your face as you visit Honfleur, Deauville and Juno Beach in Normandy. The tranquility and beauty of Normandy will make this a bike tour you will never forget. Live through history, from the time of the monarchs to WWII. Sip the famed Calvados and sparkling cider, paired with the local cheese and savor some of the freshest seafood in France, with the sweet smell of the Normandy sea air as the perfect accent all the while.
LOIRE VALLEY BIKE TOUR
Cycle through a land of enchantment, with regal châteaux dotting the countryside at every turn on the Loire Valley Bike Tour. Wander quiet roads amongst acres of fertile land and orchards of fresh fruit. Step back into the Renaissance and a time of kings and queens. Exploring the Loire Valley on a bike tour brings you face-to-face with this magical region, into its subterranean troglodyte cellars, enchanting châteaux, and medieval villages. Indulge in local delicacies like foie gras in Amboise, eat straight from the garden at Château de Villandry, and taste fascinating wines in Vouvray. We’ll feel like royalty ourselves.
MENDOZA BIKE TOUR
Explore the land of Malbec as you cycle through the prestigious Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley vineyards on this Mendoza bike tour adventure. Pedal through the gorgeous Park General San Martín de los Andes in Mendoza. Ride through orchards of peaches and plums. Delight in some incredible Argentine dishes accompanied by the domain’s epic wine at the Ruca Malen cellar. You will never forget the grand wine tasting at the Salentein winery, the breathtaking views of the ubiquitous snow-capped Andes, or the traditional barbecue dinner in the Uco Valley. Culinary experiences include a six course lunch at the famed Andeluna cellars and a portfolio tasting of wines at Catena Zapata.
BORDEAUX BIKE TOUR
Cycle amongst endless acres of vineyards from the Dordogne to the Gironde on a Bordeaux Bike Tour. Contemplate a bold Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc or a smooth and fruity Merlot in Pomerol. Learn from the masters in one of the premier wine centers of the world, tasting their finest vintages as you cycle from one renowned estate to another. A true oenophile’s paradise, this cycling tour in Bordeaux features picturesque routes amongst the grapes, along the Dordogne, and through enchanting medieval cities like St. Emilion. Indulge every night in the perfect meal to accompany your outstanding vintages and unwind in complete luxury in regal châteaux.
PORTUGAL BIKE TOUR
Cycle over gentle hills through unspoiled green and gold landscapes. Explore winding vineyards, rows of gnarled cork trees, and ancient villages perched on hilltops. Marvel at the sights in Vila Viçosa, the marble capital of Portugal and site of the glorious Ducal Palace. Journey through the ages with a stay at the Convento do Espinheiro, a converted fifteenth-century convent, and visits to ancient megalithic sites. Discover quaint pottery shops in Redondo and hand-stitched tapestries in Arraiolos. Culinary delights abound on this bike tour through the breadbasket of Portugal, with grand meals, exquisite local meats and cheeses, and a complete exploration of the region’s staggeringly diverse wines.
PIEDMONT BIKE TOUR
Ride along quiet, narrow roads that wind around some of Italy’s most scenic ridgelines on the Piedmont Bike Tour. Taste the famous bold three: Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco. Climb into the vine-covered Langhe hills surrounded by the towering Alps and Apennines. You’ll never forget the sweeping vistas overlooking the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards, your delectable lunch at Gianni and Mina’s “hidden” ristorante or the family welcome you received at Guido’s farmhouse. No cycling vacation in Piedmont is complete without experiencing the unforgettable cuisine from the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement.
NAPA VALLEY BIKE TOUR
Join us on the Napa and Sonoma Bike Tour as we cycle the rugged Sonoma Coast and ride into the heart of the towering redwoods. Explore the quaint little town of Healdsburg. Delight in a tasting of delicious ports at Trentadue winery. You’ll never forget the spectacular views of endless vines and the Mayacamas Mountains as you ride through the Dry Creek Valley, waking to the sunrise along Doran Beach, or your dinner at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Luxuriate at the award-winning spa at Solage Calistoga. This cycling vacation will have you exploring some of the best wine growing regions of Alexander Valley and Northern Napa while enjoying spectacular meals.
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