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5 Reasons why your honeymoon should be a bike tour

A bicycle touring honeymoonLooking to go beyond the all-inclusive resort for your honeymoon or romantic getaway? Look no further. Our client services manager Richie tells us all the reasons you should go on a bike tour for your next romantic getaway. We sort of consider him an expert. He did just win over the beauty in this picture above, shown on their bike touring honeymoon in Sardinia!

5 Reasons to go on a bike touring honeymoon

1. To get away from the crowds

We chose a self-guided tour so that we could be on our own. We were able to get up and start when we wanted (we just had to be sure our bags were in the lobby by 10am). And we were able to go at our own pace.

It was all about the detours. We stopped to eat apples in the shade of a tree overlooking the Mediterranean sea. We walked the quartz-covered beaches of Is Arutas. We toured ancient ruins and castles. And we sat on a bench in the center of a small town, the sun shining on our faces as we took in the view of hills rolling through the valley below.

Each day we had a route, a map, recommendations for lunch and dinner, and places to see along the way. That was it. We started each day with little to no time table. Each ride took 3 to 4 hours and we had the rest of the day to explore. We visited castles, cafes, ancient cathedrals, bars and pizza shops, Phoenician ruins, gelato shops, museums, wineries, small towns and villages, and gourmet restaurants. We explored on our own, without having to follow a group schedule, but equipped with the local knowledge needed to get the most out of the trip.

2. To adventure together
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Richie and Emily on their honeymoon, a self-guided bike tour in Sardinia

Wendell Berry once said, “Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.”

Each day of our tour was exciting and something new. Each morning felt like Christmas morning, but even more exciting. Where would today’s ride take us? What would we see? We both felt like kids, seeing and experiencing the magic of the beautiful world for the first time.

3. To be active, and to relax, together

We were never bored. Three to four hours of cycling was the perfect amount of activity for the day. We had plenty of time to explore small towns along the way and the places where we stayed each night.

There was time to read books on balconies overlooking beautiful old villages, sip champagne, and watch the sun set over the sea.

4. To add some variety

Bike touring in SicilySardinia, where we toured, is rich in culture and variety. There are influences from mainland Italy and Catalonia and Spain, not to mention the native Sardinian people have their own traditions as well. The cuisine ranges from fresh seafood and fine cheese to wine, pork, beef, and various cured meats. And bread. Of course, the bread!

Since we were not staying in one place, we experienced the variety of landscapes, food and culture of Sardinia. One morning we woke up in a small town nestled in the mountains. Our ride that day started with a climb over a ridge, through old growth forests that hid ancient monasteries and ruins of towers believed to be built over 2,000 years BC. There was fog hugging the thick moss covered forest floor. It was surreal.

We cycled passed rock outcroppings and a medieval castle situated on a rocky point, overlooking the land below that ran all the way to the sea. We descended toward the sea, dropping out of the forest over 3,000 feet in elevation, our hair blowing in the wind, smiling like 5-years-olds playing in a back yard sprinkler for the first time. That day of cycling ended at a sandy beach. We sat close and watched surfers and paddle boarders negotiate the incoming waves.

5. To make memories that last a lifetime

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We started the journey of our lives together with an adventure. Seeing the Mediterranean sea from the castle walls of Bosa is amazing. But what was more amazing to me was seeing the smile on Emily’s face as she took in the view. We felt like we were living in a movie script. It was easily the best trip of our lives thus far.

We shared each and every moment of the bike tour with one another, forming a wealth of memories that will surely last our lifetimes.

 

Last March this blog author and customer service manager Richie asked his girlfriend and best friend if she would marry him. She said yes.They were married in October (2016) and immediately hopped a flight for a bike tour in Sardinia.


Plan your own romantic adventure or honeymoon. E-mail Richie at info@biketours.com for advice!


 

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