This week’s client raves and faves!

We love hearing from travelers when they return from their trips, and we’d like to share some of the week’s best feedback! Here’s the top feedback from the week ending December 1, 2018.

Swiss Lakes by Ebike: Lake Geneva to Lake Zurich

“I can still hear the cowbells! I thought I knew what to expect coming into this tour, but I completely underestimated almost everything about this trip. The scenery blew my mind every second, the hotels were MUCH better than I realized they’d be (Category A all the way), the hills were steeper, the fondue tastier, and the rejuvenation and “reset” for my well-being… I just didn’t even realize how GOOD I would feel just from saying yes to this experience.

I loved it and would recommend making it longer if you can, add a day to the middle somewhere (possibly Lucerne) to allow yourself more time to soak in the beauty that is Switzerland. My only complaint is that it went too fast. I’ve been on 3 bike tours and used a hybrid touring bike for each of them (I opted NOT to use an e-bike on this trip). This was definitely the most challenging itinerary I’ve experienced with a hybrid bike, but I would choose a hybrid again if given the chance to do it again because I loved the challenge. If you aren’t a strong rider, definitely get an e-bike, we are talking about the Swiss Alps!” Jackie, MT

Discover Macedonia: Biking and Hiking (Guided)

“What an amazing trip! We learned so much about this beautiful and wonderful country. Every day brought a new adventure. We were able to ride through villages, mountains and meet local people and eat in small local venues. Alex tailored the days according to everyone’s needs. He was an excellent guide – taking us to not only the standard tour sites but also added his insights to the Macedonian culture. He also took us to less traveled villages and sites that allowed us to immerse ourselves in the foods and customs of the Macedonian people. The bike and hike routes, as well as the tours, were varied –we were able to experience the mountains, lakes, villages, farming areas and the city of Skopje. The tour was individualized to each or our needs and interests. Alex was kind enough to help us seek out family roots. We can’t say enough about our trip, each day was excellent and each day surpassed the previous day’s adventures. We feel as if we made lifelong friends and we will be back!” Holly, MD

November 24, 2018

Best of the Algarve by Road Bike

“We booked the self-guided tour, and loved it! Bikes, maps, GPS, panniers, and lots of tips were all provided! The routes were beautiful, the hotels were great, and I would go back to Portugal in a heartbeat!” Cara, NH

Venice to Florence: From Rialto Across the Sea to Ponte Vecchio

“So glad we chose this tour as a way to experience Italy for the first time. Our tour guide was available and helpful. The route was perfect, coincided with the directions and GPS. E-bikes suited our group well. So fun!” Becki, OR

Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

“An exceptionally nice tour. Everything was managed very well. The rides were safe and almost exclusively on well-paved surfaces. All staff, both guides and crew, took great care of all of us. Because this was a guided tour, there was no reason to worry about getting lost. This was a stress-free tour with lots of creature comforts and gorgeous scenery and plenty of history all around.” Bubbles, DC

November 17, 2018

Swiss Lakes by Ebike: Lake Geneva to Lake Zurich

“I didn’t know how much I would fall in love with a trip by bike. In fact, I hadn’t even been on a bike in years, but when your friend says ‘come to Switzerland and bike with me,’ you go. This region of Switzerland is so very beautiful, it wowed me at every turn. And if I was worried about biking over the ALPS, well, e-bike for the win. An electrically-assisted bike really made this trip for me, since I am not in biking shape. I was able to fly right up those alps with ~almost~ no problems at all (some are pretty steep). I am absolutely in love with the pace of a bike trip. Wind in your face and views all around, but can stop for a scenic vista or a cup of coffee whenever you like. I cannot recommend this route enough. If you are even considering it, just go. You will not regret it.

Having your luggage transported for you every day is great! You just take what you need with you for the day, and when you arrive at your hotel on the other end, your stuff is waiting for you. Also, we had one bad weather day, and we were able to send our bikes with the luggage with no problems, which was a treat. I highly recommend downloading the app of the route, it was very helpful for figuring out where we were at times. All in all, a stellar trip, and I would do the exact same trip again right now.” Carley C

Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

“Just the perfect weather! Very engaging and knowledgeable guides. The crew was friendly and helpful. The food was yummy. So, in addition to the breathtaking scenery, the tour was well organized and the staff… I’m grateful. I will be seeking another adventure with this company.” sdflagg

Greece: The Peloponnese Peninsula

“We love feeling like locals, eating like locals, seeing the country the way locals do. Mostly away from touristy places. This was exactly what this tour was about. Combining Greek history, mythology, archaeology, authentic Greek food in authentic tavernas, experiencing warm Greek hospitality, reveling in the natural beauty of the mountains and the warmth of the sea. What more can I say? It was an incredible trip made possible by the Arcas team, local to Greece, coordinated thru bike Thank you so much!!!” Manuel and Maria

 November 10, 2018

Castles and Wines of Portugal

“Our self-guided tour was a wonderful experience. We were very happy with all of the rich, multi-sensory stimulation we experienced every day on the trip. Lots of variety and interest, especially for us who are very interested in history and local culture. Highlights were getting to visit up close and in a very informal and uncrowded manner the many historic sites – castles, prehistoric graves and boulder installations, village crafts workshops, medieval churches and cathedrals as well as the pleasant agricultural countryside. We particularly liked it that we experienced zero crowds of other tourists. By the way, the castle that you show in your photo was where we had lunch one day. We were the only persons there. It was our hottest and longest day, so we really needed the rest, refreshment and tranquility. Special highlights were the beautiful, historic inns where we stayed – converted palaces and convents several hundreds of years old. It almost made us feel like royalty, and for a modest price, too.” SB, NC

Split to Dubrovnik: the Islands and Coastline of Croatia

“Great rides, great bikes, great support, perfect weather, and wonderful food and wine. Hotels were beautifully situated, clean and comfortable!” Meri, VT

 November 3, 2018

Cycling the West Balkan Triangle

“Our tour was just amazing and each day was like a new adventure. The cycling routes were diverse through beautiful landscapes. Uphill’s and downhills, sometimes difficult but always very enjoyable. Our guide Mario and Dinko were great and played a huge part in making this trip so incredible. I can highly recommend this tour.” Rosa

October 13, 2018

Champagne Getaway: Charming Villages and Regional Wine Cellars

“WOW was this ever a gorgeous trip! We pedaled through beautiful forests and along serene rivers. The food along every stop was OUTSTANDING. I loved that the Champagne region is a popular destination for French and European tourists, but you rarely see Americans. I felt truly immersed.

The tour starts in beautiful Reims, which is the most bustling of the cities you will visit. Check-in was simple, and the hotel had a beautiful view of a park and excellent air conditioning. There are plenty of great restaurant options nearby, and it’s fun to wander the nearby city streets. Of course, champagne is plentiful wherever you go!

The first day’s ride is a long one, but gorgeous. Prepare for some uphill climbs. I also recommend buying snacks and even lunch food in Reims, because restaurants become scarce in the second half of the day. If you run slow, you may miss the meal altogether! (We did…). The hotel in Matouges is in the tiniest town with only a few blocks and no stores or restaurants to be found. You’ll be eating in the hotel restaurant if you didn’t grab food elsewhere. The hotel restaurant is delightful, though, so you won’t be disappointed. There is also a POOL! It was great to take a dip after a long day’s ride and cap of the night with a delicious meal.

The next day you ride to Epernay, which is a piece of cake compared to day 1. Epernay is an AWESOME city. You must make a stop in the town along the way for lunch (you’ll see it in the guidebook). Really, take the rides as slowly as you want. The point is to savor and enjoy! You may want to book tastings ahead of time, as it was difficult to figure out how to access some of the smaller champagne houses along the way.

You’re in Epernay for a few days, and the rides out are loops. We chose to take one day off and just relax in Epernay, since we definitely did not train enough, and our legs had become a bit jello-y by day 3. There is plenty to do and see in Epernay, and we were very fortunate that the city was hosting a block party one of the nights we were there.

The ride up to the champagne tasting in Hautvillers is also steep! But WOW Is it ever a gorgeous view. And the steep ride down is also a treat. Definitely sign up for the optional tasting–the town and view and tasting room are all not to be missed.

The return to Reims is challenging but doable, and mostly beautiful. Navigating the city roads leading back to the hotel can be a bit annoying, but the map app is incredibly helpful. Treat yourself to a last night of delicious food before heading off. You could even catch a train out to Paris that night if you wanted to see it before heading home. The ride is quick and almost too easy.

Minor downsides were that the hotels did not have air conditioning, which made sleeping a bit uncomfortable. Also, the uphills climbs are TOUGH. If you are not training for this type of cycling, it may be quite the shock.

This trip made me fall in LOVE with cycle touring. The pace is perfect for seeing little stops you would never get from a car or see from a major city. Every turn was a new adventure. Be brave! Try it! This was hands down one of the best experiences of my life.” Celina, CA

Cycling the West Balkan Triangle

“The tour was amazing, the diverseness of the route was a pleasant experience every day. Beautiful landscape, uphill’s and downhills, flat surface, cent of herbs, harvest time – a feast for all senses. Some of the routes were more difficult than other and to conquer it was a victory, after a hill is a downhill that makes it all worth it. Mario and Dinko are the perfect and flawless guides, always a pleasure to have them around with such a good presence and very well informed and willing to share their knowledge about thousands of questions they got from the group. I give this tour my best recommendation.” Björg, Iceland

Bordeaux by Bike and Boat: Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac (and reverse)

“Everything about the MS Bordeaux, the Captain and his crew exceeded our expectations. It was so enjoyable to arrive on board, unpack for eight days, and relax. On other bike rides, we unpacked every night and repacked every morning. I think another bike/barge is in order. A total delight was our interaction with 19-year old Dorrian. He was the highlight of the trip. He gave the welcome briefing, the evening briefings on what to expect the next day, and was always available. The final night on board, was the Captains Dinner, then a party with dancing! It was a perfect way to celebrate the end of our adventure!” CB, NE 

October 6, 2018

Umbria’s Green Valleys From the Pilgrimage Town of Assisi

“This trip was perfect from start to finish thanks to Petra and Paolo. Bikes were like new and well tuned. Organizers met us, went over trip details, and made overnight accommodations in beautiful hotels and B&B’s. Luggage was transported and waiting for us at each new stay. Our stay in Italy was wonderful. We were a self-guided group of 4. We will be back.” Bikeman, MI

Strasbourg to Mainz: Vineyards Along the Rhine

“My husband and I had a fabulous time on the Strasbourg, France to Mainz, Germany bike tour September 6-13th. We arrived a day early and loved walking around and exploring the beautiful city of Strasbourg. Our bikes and information were dropped off the day before our trip and we were off early the next morning. We would highly recommend having a data plan to download the GPS maps offered to your phone. These maps show you exactly where you are at all times! Would also be very beneficial to have a cell phone holder for the handlebars on the bikes.

We rode mostly on bike paths and trails and occasionally on roadways. The terrain was mostly flat and winding around farmer’s fields, through towns and cities, and along or near the Rhine. Our favorite town was Speyer, Germany the day we were on our way to Heidelberg. The main street had beautiful, colorful buildings, a lovely, church, quaint shops, and a fabulous clock tower. The hotels provided were clean, centrally located, and had friendly and helpful staff. Silka at Hotel Schwert in Rastatt went above and beyond helping us with all of our questions and requests! Thank you Silka!

After the first day of our Eurobike tour, we were fortunate to have met another couple also traveling on the same tour. We decided to travel together and the four of us spent the rest of our trip biking and having a great time together! This was our first bike trip and we loved it! The weather was beautiful and the biking experience was fabulous!” Tina, Alberta, Canada

Florence to Rome: Through the Heart of Italy (Guided)

“Our ride was a wonderful way to see the Italian countryside from Florence to Rome. The riders were similar in skills (7 of 8 retired) and the routing matched our skill set. The guides (furnished by Rotalis) were knowledgeable and accommodated requests from our team quickly and to everyone’s satisfaction. There were a few very short instances where the ride was on busy roadways when we transitioned from one backroad to another. The guides did not rush the transition and were focused on safety during those transitions. At each stop, things were in place and there was no confusion. Meals and lodging provided by the tour were greatly appreciated. If you want to see Italy at a human scale (not at 60 mph), this is a wonderful way to do it. We will go back!” Charlie, CO

September 29, 2018

Greece: The Peloponnese Peninsula

“The route was fantastic, with gorgeous scenery, some amazing long downhill stretches, and major archaeological sites. Roads usually had little to no traffic and uphills were never overwhelming (I didn’t ever wear the reflective vest I brought or have to walk). All of the accommodations, staff, and breakfasts were very nice and sometimes great. We enjoyed all of the suggested stops and towns we stayed in. It would have been impossible to come up with a comparable route on our own. The Trek bikes were in good shape.” Tim and Lisa, MD

Split to Dalmatian Islands

“From start to finish this was a great experience. Our accommodations were clean and well located. Our luggage was transported from place to place without a hitch. Our E-bikes worked like a charm getting us up and over some very hilly terrain but still giving us plenty of exercise. Everyone involved with our Split/Dalmatian Islands self-guided bike tour was friendly and helpful. We highly recommend this tour.” Ken, WA

Dolomites to Trieste via Lake Bled at the Foot of the Julian Alps

“We were very pleased with everything. All information from was 100% reliable. It was great to visit three countries in 6 days on a bicycle. Every day was spectacular and different from each other, but always with beautiful scenery and we felt very safe on the cycling paths. Hotels had a good standard, especially the last four hotels, and every village charming and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this trip!” Inga, Iceland

Mosel and Saar by Bike and Boat

“This was my first bike and boat trip. It was better than I expected. I had taken a big river boat trip and this was so much better. The trails and small towns and vineyards were amazing. I would do this again. The crew was the best!” Jan, OR

Salzburg Lakes Tour: Around the Lakes in the Foothills of the Alps

“We had an outstanding week biking around five lakes in the Salzkammergut. We were so lucky with the weather, which was sunny every day except Friday, with highs in the 70’s. The views on this trip are superb. We found the instructions to be very good, the hotels were all comfortable and had unbelievable breakfasts. The service at all the hotels was great. We are working on our 5th bike tour in Europe and this is one of our favorites. We were able to swim in four of the lakes and what a refreshing and awesome experience that was, too! One wish was that it would have been nice to have a paper map of Austria, or at least the Salzkammergut so that we could get an overall idea of where we were. All in all we would highly recommend this trip. Thanks to Stefan and everyone who made it possible!” Ann, MA

September 15, 2018

Tauern Bike Path (Salzburg-Salzburg)

“This is our fourth self-guided bike trip with Bike Tours (Tuscany/Umbria, Romania, Greece, and now Austria from/to Salzburg). It is the new benchmark. The bike trails were glorious and often in the country and along the rivers, usually paved. The bike equipment was first class and very appropriate for the bike trails and occasional gravel. We are in our late sixties, so having so much of the trip on bike trails was special. The countryside was green and when we saw the Alps after some cloudy days, it was awe-inspiring. This is a special trip.” Rich and Alesa, CA

London to Amsterdam (and reverse)

“Our London to Amsterdam self-guided ride was fantastic. Apprehensive at first as we two 55+ year olds had both been unwell and therefore unpracticed in the weeks prior, so it was a relief to find the ride one that could be taken easily at own pace. The App is brilliant (take a power pack so you don’t run out of battery), the handbook really useful and the rewards for putting in the miles, brilliant. Stunning variety of land and townscapes, great hotels and friendly efficient service from Verde Natura and Riccardo. we really had a sense of achievement.” Suse, Austrailia

Provence by Bike and Boat

“Excellent barge, with welcoming A/C in southern France in mid-summer. Dinners were varied and tasty – but the desserts were magnifique! But what I will remember is this once-in-a-lifetime highlight: watching France win World Cup at a jammed packed outside bar in a small town!” Wignh, NH

September 8, 2018

Royal Zealand, Copenhagen and Sweden

“We loved visiting the bike capital of the world! The cool temperatures, “60s” were wonderful for biking. The bike paths were the best we have ever experienced. Our hotels were nice and we were very satisfied. The breakfasts were outstanding. The bike representative met us on the first day when we picked up our bikes and also met us at the end of the trip when we finished. Maps were provided but we recommend using the GPS which was provided by the tour company.” World Traveler, TN

Danube Bike Path 8 Nights (Upscale Lodging)

“This was a great way to experience Austria. Along the bike path are vineyards, castles, restaurants, monasteries and a concentration camp. We were able to start late morning (to accommodate the teenager sleeping schedules and work commitments) and go at our own family pace throughout the day. We selected the upscale accommodation version and enjoyed something unique at each place. The ride along the path was level, as promised. This is a very popular path and there were many other cyclists to connect with along the way. We had a great time as a family of four riding, sightseeing and reconnecting. I would highly recommend this trip to any active person/family.” Family 4, CA

Alsace Picture Book: Wine, Food, Culture, and Tradition

“The trip was excellent. The hotels selected were generally good (one was exceptional, one was mildly disappointing, the rest were all just good). The tour was well planned and pretty easy to follow. The first leg of the trip was in the valley. This helped to acclimate our group for the wine hills to come. The little villages and wine were exceptionally beautiful. We found the customer service of bike tours and the partner tour operator were also very good. We will definitely use bike tours sometime in the not too distant future. Important note: with an E-Bike the trip was pretty easy (according to my wife). However, with a standard bicycle, I found some of the hills to be quite challenging. The second to last day I burned roughly 2900 calories.” Buffalo, OR

Wild Atlantic Way Cycling

“A wonderful, weeklong ride along beautiful backroads and small seaside villages of Ireland’s rugged and enchanted Connemara coastline, with stops in appealing small towns. Everything was perfect – even with many days of “Irish Mist.” Sleepy Hollow Cyclist, NY

National Parks of Dalmatia by Bike/E-bike and Boat

“This was a family bike trip with 11 people ages 13 to 88 and it was perfect for everyone. The Dalmatian coast is the most beautiful in the world. The towns are interesting and best of all it was the World Cup and Croatia was winning. Each day we biked from 9 to 1 with a coffee (or ice cream) break in the middle. The terrain was challenging and three of us were happy to have bikes which worked perfectly. In the afternoon we could relax or hike or explore a town or village. The boat, the Melody, was wonderful with roomy cabins and bathrooms, a hot tub and an excellent masseuse. The captain and crew were pleasant to deal with, the food was excellent and our two biking guides were really terrific.” Granny Annie, OH 

August 25, 2018

Mosel Bike Path: Dreamy Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz

“We had high expectations going into the five-day ride along the Moselle, four on it and one day on the Rhein, and the trip far exceeded those expectations. The views were absolutely incredible, the wines and beer were easily accessible, and the people friendly and helpful. We were fed marvelous European breakfasts each morning in wonderful hotels, which sustained us throughout the day. We had the time of our lives.” Padre, NC

August 11, 2018

Cycling Spain’s Land of the Conquistadors

“My husband and I took this self-guided tour in mid-June. It was the fourth trip booked through Despite hot weather (above 90 degrees Fahrenheit every day) and elevation profiles that were definitely a bit more than anticipated, we loved this tour. The route was interesting, with lots to see. The Paradors were some of the nicest, most comfortable hotels I have stayed in as part of a cycling tour. The bikes were in good working order, and we didn’t need assistance. The only thing to keep in mind is that Extremadura shuts down on Sundays, and services, especially groceries, are hard to come by. With the help of and the local company, we booked a second night in the Monfrague National Park, which provided a much-needed day off the saddle, and the opportunity to take a bird watching tour with Monfrague Vivo. The trip was definitely an experience we won’t soon forget!” Amy M, OH

Three Lakes Tour: From Geneva to Annecy

“This 4 day/5 night cycling trip was the highlight of our summer trip to Europe. The variety of beautiful scenery during each day’s bike ride was amazing. We loved stopping mid-day on days 2 and 4 to swim in the gorgeous lakes we were cycling next to (also don’t miss the small lake next to the hotel at the end of your ride on day 3.)

We chose the A-level accommodations and each was comfortable and quirky, with very friendly staff/hosts. And the local bike tour company (Cyclomundo) did a very thorough job of reviewing maps, demonstrating the GPS, checking our bike fit, and answering questions on the first morning.

Two recommendations, consider carrying a picnic lunch with you on your daily ride (baguette, cheese, fruit, chocolate) so you can stop and eat at any of the picturesque places along the route. Also, your final stop, the city of Annecy, is a gem! If time and budget allow, plan to stay an extra day or two.” Kelly S, CA

Castles and Wines of Portugal

“I’d never done a bike tour before, so this was my first experience, and I LOVED IT! Our guide Jorge was funny and kind, the other people on the trip were lovely and encouraging. At the end of the trip I was trying to figure out what the highlight was, and I realized everything I was coming up with was the actual riding itself. The views were fantastic, I liked the varied roads, ups, downs, back roads, cobblestone villages, paved countryside. I opted for a hybrid touring bike, it was hard work in some places but I was happy with my decision instead of getting an e-bike.

We had a couple days of heavy rain where we couldn’t ride at all, but I found it nice to have a little break from the saddle on my first tour ever. On those days we got to see more sites than we would have on bikes, because they took us in a van to explore monuments, wineries, museums, chapels, towns, marble quarries, palaces, castles, and more. We shared a lot of delicious meals together, my favorite being a hole in the wall tiny restaurant that you’d never be able to find on a map, and the owner makes his own wine. These are the types of places you can only find with a guide.

The pace was relaxed, I loved the unique accommodations and the restaurants. Besides the rain, the weather was comfortable and cool for riding. It was April when I went, might be a good idea to go a little later to try to avoid rain. My biggest tip is to bring your appetite and eat ALL the delicious food and wine!” Jackie, MT

Connemara Lazy Days Cycling

“We had a wonderful week-long bike trip in Connemara. The scenery was amazing, the equipment was great and the lodging was fanastic. This is the best way to see Ireland! Our support team provided us with maps, and great places to stop along the way and amazing detours. They also called us on rainy days to see if we wanted to hitch a ride, but the weather never stopped us. It was a little rainy and windy sometimes, but our trip was in early May. We highly recommend this tour.” Karen, AK

August 4, 2018

Danube Bike Path 8 Nights (Upscale Lodging)

“I am a 33-year-old female from the US, I did this tour by myself in April 2018 and I LOVED it.

I opted for the regular bike instead of the e-bike, and I was happy I did, as the route is mostly flat and the regular bike is much lighter than the e-bike. My bike seat was padded, and with padded bike shorts as well I was never uncomfortable. The bags I was provided had plenty of space for changes of clothes, hat, water, cameras, everything (bring lots of sunscreen!).

My luggage was always at the hotel ahead of me, even when I thought I was early to arrive. The days did get long towards the end of the trip, it’s a long way! But I got stronger as I went, and ended up with some calves of steel. Everyone I met along the way was super nice, most people wanted to chat with me and were very friendly.

I never felt unsafe. The local bike tour company was always just a text or phone call away. They checked in with me throughout the week, I had zero issues whatsoever! There were plenty of people on the path, even in the shoulder season. In fact, I recommend going in the shoulder season because it is less crowded, I imagine it gets super busy in summer.

Definitely stop by the monastery in Engelhartzell where the monks brew their own beer, do the hike above the river bend at the Donauschlinge hotel in Schlögen (it’s short and worth it), get to Melk early so you can enjoy the beautiful village, and make lots of stops of food and drinks! On that note – I opted not to get the dinner package, and I usually ended up having dinner at the hotel anyway because it was convenient, but I enjoyed the freedom of getting to choose.

I am new to cycling, but it is a fantastic way to travel and see a new place. These self-guided tours are perfect opportunities for solo cyclists (especially solo females) to get into bike touring. This is definitely just the beginning for me.

P.S. German Lesson 1: “”Donauradweg”” means Danube bike path, just follow the green signs :)” Jackie, MT

Lake Constance Bicycle Path

“Back in May, my wife and I—along with 10 of our good friends—rode the Lake Constance Bicycle Path. To say that everyone had a great time might be a bit of an understatement. We started from Hotel Halm in Konstanz which was a wonderful hotel (even without A/C in most of our rooms) and cycled to Stein am Rhein along a well-marked, mostly paved and mostly flat bike path except for the last couple of miles coming into Stein am Rhein. Our accommodations were nice, clean and our host made sure we were all comfortable.

Day two took us on the opposite side of the lake as we headed back towards Konstanz to pick up the ferry to Uberlingen. We started out mostly downhill on a rolling path through beautiful countryside. While on one stretch of unpaved path, the sky opened up and we all got drenched. In fact, we encountered rain on all but one of our riding days, but still were able to laugh it off and chalk to the experience. We had a few miss-steps finding the correct ferry landing and just missed the boat. No worries, some in our group found a local pub and made the best of it while we waited for the next boat. Uberlingen was awesome except for the climb that takes you up to the top of the hill where the hotel is located. But the walk was worth it as the hotel was fabulous and afforded us all fantastic views of the lake and the thunderstorms.

Day three took us on a dirt and gravel path through the forest until we reconnected to the paved path. (I’m not sure if we misread the directions, but it was an adventure). We visited the Meersburg castle and were quite surprised at how well it was maintained. Then on to the Airship Museum for lunch and a tour. So worth it!

We finished our ride late in the afternoon in Lindau. Somehow we got separated into two groups and one of our riders went down on the wet road, he is now a true believer in bike helmets as the helmet broke into three pieces on impact but saved his head.

I wish we had more time in Lindau, it seemed like such a cool town.

Day four, on to Arbon. Some challenges with the bike path signage and some unexpected hills but we made it. Our accommodations were a little spartan but the restaurant in the hotel was excellent albeit pricey. So much history on this ride.

Our final day the sun came out and we all enjoyed the final and shortest leg of the trip.

All in all, I highly recommend this tour and rate it the second best tour of the now six we have done in Europe. The route was well marked in Germany but a little challenging in Austria and Switzerland, nothing too bad, just not as well marked as Germany. The only thing we could have asked for was more sunshine and clearer skies as we only saw the alps once while we ate dinner in Lindau.” LS, Flowery Branch, GA

July 28, 2018

Emerald Tour of Slovenia’s Gems

“We enjoyed azure skies most days, and every day rolling green hills, pristine forests, castles, and the rumble of our tires on the quiet roads. This is a great trip through Slovenia and we experienced a bit of everything: modern cities, towns, farmlands, vineyards, and medieval castles. The Julian Alps made up the backdrop on the first couple of days of riding and then the route takes riders into the hills and finally the dark Adriatic. There were four in our group and we added new Belgian friends, too. While there were a couple of challenging climbs, most of the trip allowed us to observe the beauty of the countryside. The bikes were fairly new and in good repair and we had no trouble using the documents provided by the outfitter. What a great trip.” Sorba, Greenville, SC

Holland’s Southern Tour Bike and Barge

“It was exceptional, great accommodation, great food, great crew. Only 9 of us and the guide. Great weather. Great 49th-anniversary celebration for my wife and I, both past 80. You are never too old to do these bike tours.” Domenico, Calgary, AB, Canada

Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

“My husband and I have taken many cycling trips with and all of them have been amazing! However, Croatia beats them all! The boat, Harmonia, was beautiful, inside and out. The water! The scenery! All more beautiful than the pictures. Our guide, Lucy, was knowledgeable (lots of history), funny, and professional. The food was always local and well presented. Our group of cyclists was friendly and interesting. And, if any of you are contemplating an Ebike on this tour, go for it! We decided to try them out (first time!) and were so happy we did. Lots of hill climbing was a breeze for us. Some of our group kept with the regular bikes and did well but it was challenging.” Shiftin, Huntington Beach, California

Loire Valley Chateaux and Gardens Tour

“I base most of my “Excellent” ratings on our guide, Bernard Dugdale, from The Chain Gang Tour Company via Bike Tours. He provided an excellent and problem-free bike trip for all 13 people on this Loire Valley Tour.  He even pulled a rabbit out of a hat and secured train tickets for us while there was a train strike in France. He made sure everyone’s bike “fit” them and was comfortable in every way.  He was fluent in French, a lot of fun, and seemed to have his finger on the “pulse” of what was going on with each and every one of us, and made sure we were all looked after, whether ordering in a restaurant or having a minor difficulty with our bike.  The castles were stunning and the scenery was beautiful. A+” Cornelia Victoria, BC

Munich and the Bavarian Lakes

“You won’t find a better way to see Bavaria. Unforgettable.” KM, Palo Alto, CA

July 21, 2018

Lake Constance Bicycle Path

“Fun had by all! We biked Lake Constance in 6 days. The trip was enjoyed by the adults and teens alike. Everything was seamless. The directions, hotels, and tickets were pre-organized and made the trip stress free. It made all of us want to do another one in the near future. Highly recommended!” MB, CA

Holland by Bike and Boat, Northern Tour

“A great trip! A well-organized tour that we thoroughly enjoyed. The crew of De Holland and the tour leader Sandra did a great job..always very helpful and went out of the way to ensure everything ran smoothly. Would be happy to do another bike boat trip.” Ozzie, Austrailia

Lake Garda (based in one hotel)

“We had the best time on our bike trip! It is based out of one hotel (which is on the lake and we swam every day after biking). We did 3 of the 5 tours due to a limited amount of time. The guy that brought our bikes was friendly, and on the first day, one of the bikes broke so he brought another bike without any problem. The scenery is gorgeous (vineyards, lake, towns, etc). Such a great trip!! We also were able to purchase helmets which we kept as a fun memento.” CD, CA

Salzburg-Vienna, River Option

“This bike tour along the Danube River in Austria was beyond my expectations. Well organized. Great scenery. Friendly people.” DM, WI

July 14, 2018

National Parks of Dalmatia by Bike/E-bike and Boat

“Enjoyed every moment with guests, guide, and crew. The perfect way to experience the hospitality of Croatia together with guests from many countries.” Nanachan, Tokyo

Ireland’s West Cork on Tranquil Lanes Following the Coast

“I had been around Ireland three times, by tour bus, by car, and by bicycle. There is only one way to see Ireland…and that is by bike…and that is under the direction of our tour director, Don, who created and coordinated our incredible tour around West Cork. Having been to many countries around the world, I would rate undeveloped, magical, wild West Cork as the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen. It was made more so by the fact that we were cycling and could take it in slowly. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.” Jimmie, Maryland

Best of Holland North: Dutch Villages, Landscapes, and the Keukenhof

“The local tour company designed a beautiful and varied route through nature preserves, parks, farmland, and old and picturesque towns. Each inn was delightful in its own way.” DM, CA

Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I, II, and III (and reverse)

“We enjoyed everything about this tour! We have participated in a few bike trips now and this was the best so far. The beautiful scenery of Belgium and the Netherlands was like a painting. The towns we rode through were so pretty- it was rose and hydrangea season! Always a good beer or rose plus some kind of sweet specialty on offer! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and took the time to get to know all of us. The Zwaantse Barge was great- the captain and crew friendly and professional, the cook prepared excellent meals every day! Couldn’t ask for a better week of riding!” KO, Vancouver, Canada

July 7, 2018

Albania’s UNESCO Sites with Rivers, Valleys, and Gorges

“Albania is a wonderful cycling destination, and the tour company did an excellent job with the route, rental bikes, support, accommodations. The hotels/inns were amazing; comfortable, beautiful, excellent locations. The bikes were well suited to the terrain and conditions. It’s impossible to overstate the beauty of the country, and a bicycle is the best way to appreciate the magnificent scenery. The roads are in good condition, but the inclines can be steep; it is necessary to train for this trip. But don’t put off a visit to Albania; it’s a complex, exotic country with easy-going, proud citizens who are eager for visitors.” JJ, MO

Cycling the Altmuehl Valley, Round-Trip from Regensburg

“Our first European Bike Tour was a success! We very much enjoyed the experience. The villages and scenery were interesting to pass through. The Altmuehl Valley is beautiful and the choice of cities for the overnight stays were great. Our bikes were first-rate and we didn’t experience any problems with them. were very supportive through the process.” ML, BC, Canada

Danube River and Black Sea

“Danube River and Black Sea was a wonderful trip. Our guides were great, the arrangements worked well, hotels were very nice, interesting food, learned a lot of interesting history, and saw a lot of beautiful scenery.” Auntch, MA

Cycling the West Balkan Triangle

“This tour was scenic, engaging, varied, enjoyable, rewarding. The route was well planned; we would arrive at the highlight of each day’s ride just at noon when the big groups had left for lunch so we didn’t have to contend with crowds. The Greek people are friendly, happy, and agreeable. The routes were scenic and just challenging enough. The rental bikes were well suited for the terrain and conditions, and the available GPS was a valuable aid. We loved the accommodations, and the luggage service was flawless.” AJ, MO

A Taste of Italy: Emilia Romagna

“This was our third time out with and each has been unique and fun. The Taste of Italy was well-named. Stops to see the production of parmesan cheese, gelato, and especially balsamic vinegar were terrific. Loved the cooking class!” Tom S, Oklahoma

June 30, 2018

Avenue Verte: Paris to London

“Why did I wait so long to take such a trip? It was close to a perfect trip. Physical, breathtaking sites, the provided equipment worked great, hotels were nice, except the first and last, which were perfect.” Kusiot2018, Israel

Baltic Capitals: The Historic Cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

“We were unfamiliar with the Baltic states but wanted to visit and learn about them and bike. This trip exceeded all expectations! Our guide was informative, showed us many places while biking (as well as in the capital cities) and he was a whole lot of fun, drawing the group together. The biking routes are ideal….along the shoreline, through forests, often arriving at a castle or spectacular view. The hotels were excellent/great breakfasts and well located in towns. The schedule of trip was calibrated nicely to have a longer stay in Riga midway on the trip (a chance to do laundry, take a rest day–if desired, and sightsee….OR ride)

We rode at a good pace…everyone could keep up (one woman had a e-bike) and the distances worked well each day. I loved the two longer days on the bike because of the scenery, but on “”travel”” days we also had really nice rides through interesting landscape (after all, we also saw and learned about three countries). One of the very best trips we’ve taken (and we’ve taken many).” Anne, Cincinnati 

Berlin – Copenhagen (and reverse)

“The Berlin to Copenhagen bicycle path is an excellent way to tour some beautiful portions of Germany and Denmark.” MateoR, USA

Bordeaux by Bike and Boat: Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac (and reverse)

“Our boat-bike trip was wonderful. The bike guide paced the day perfectly. He had stops planned for food and the sights. I still am amazed at how many miles I traveled each day.” Gnat, Vermont

Camino de Santiago: From Porto to Santiago de Compostela

“This self-guided tour was perfect. We loved every minute of it from the actual routes to the hotels to the food to the amazing pilgrimage experience. Our guides were very attentive and always answered us promptly. Our luggage was always on time at the correct hotel. It was the trip of a lifetime! And a perfect way to bond with our young daughter after her graduation from college!” Lorenepyt, Virginia

Cycling Spain’s Land of the Conquistadors

“To be in Extremadura on a bike was a dream. Many hills but wonderful rewards. A lot of beautiful solitude in varied remote and rural landscapes.” Longlegs, California

Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

“The trip to Croatia was… fun, enjoyable, entertaining, informative, beautiful! The biking was pretty easy, very little traffic, if any at all. The guests on the boat were nice and the crew fantastic! Our guides were wonderful, always ready to help in any way, even giving instructions in multiple languages! The boat was absolutely beautiful and the food so delicious!” Chicky, Maine

Danube Bike Path 8 Nights (Upscale Lodging)

“The Danube from Passau to Vienna is a wonderfully-scenic and historic adventure and there is no better way to experience all of the sights and venues than by bicycle. We found the distances easily manageable for a couple in our 60s, the bikes were very comfortable and reliable, and the route directions were generally easy to follow. The accommodations were great, with the Schloss Durnstein particularly enchanting and staffed with wonderful people who were very welcoming and treated us royally. We’ve only been back a bit over two weeks and would love to repeat the journey.” Portland Lefty, Oregon

French Alpes Tour: Alpes and Ventoux

“A great mix of Alpine and Provence scenery. Wonderful small hotels with charming hosts and gourmet food! Challenging but not intimidating terrain with easy navigation. Would love to go back!” OldJoe, Tennessee

Greece: The Peloponnese Peninsula

“This was my first cycling tour – and it completely converted me – this is the best way to see/experience a country. Love the fact that you use local biking companies – they really know their country and how best to see it!” KDorman, North Carolina

Innsbruck to Salzburg: Through the Alps Along River Cycle Trails

“We’ve taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites. Innsbruck is well worth a day. The first day down the Inn River is a little disappointing; the valley is beautiful, but lots of light industry. After that it becomes spectacular. Up the Zillertal through farmlands, then over a high pass by van to Krimml and down the Salzach River all the way to Salzburg (not as interesting as Innsbruck unless you are really into Mozart memorabilia). We had electric bikes which were much appreciated, but it could be easily be done on conventional bikes. Accommodations were great as were the breakfasts.” JFred, California

Lake Constance Bicycle Path

“This was our very first bike tour and self-guided tour. We met up with friends who had taken a few tours in the past with We had an absolutely fabulous time. The hotels selected by Biketours were awesome. The route was spectacular. The bikes and the bike company were great to us. And being with 10 friends for 6 days was the best time of our lives.” JohnKrue, California

Lake Constance Classic (11-nights)

“We just finished the trip around Lake Constance and all in all, I can say that it was a wonderful experience. We felt like we much better understood the German and Swiss culture as a result of riding bikes. Most people we met spoke English “a little,” some better than others. Their English was certainly better in most cases than my “a little” German.”  DWSt, Colorado

Medieval Villages of Catalonia

“This was my first bike trip so I was a bit nervous but Lucy was amazing, she kindly installed the upright handlebars that I’d brought so that I could ride more upright. Lucy and Daniel gave us a very thorough briefing with maps and GPS devices. We had such an amazing trip I would highly recommend them!” Kimmer, British Columbia

Salzburg Lakes Tour: Around the Lakes in the Foothills of the Alps

“Well thought out routes and hotel selection. Three 60 and 70 something guys on level 3 Salzburg Takes Tour had a great trip with moderate riding. Variety of light to moderate terrain with scenery unparalleled on postcards was fantastic. Everyone we encountered from booking to bike and route briefings was outstanding, helpful and seemed to love what they do. I’ll be looking at future trips as this one ranked very highly!” UALift, Georgia

Salzburg to Vienna, Lakes Option

“This trip was truly stunningly beautiful. We were amazed at how much beauty and variety could be packed into one trip. Even though the directions were sometimes confusing, it was easy to figure your way around–the signage is fantastic and people are exceedingly kind and friendly. We really loved the self-guided option–it increased the sense of adventure, freedom, and self-reliance. All accommodations were splendid as were the breakfasts. We were amazed at how great the bike infrastructure is in Austria–way better than in the US. Everyone bikes and cyclists are respected. Motorists were very considerate of cyclists. Temperatures in Austria were WAY ABOVE NORMAL this year. The lakes part of the trip was some of the best riding we have ever done; we also loved the Wachau region. We wished that this part had been longer. If we had it to do over, we would add a day to the lakes and maybe take a train over sections of the Danube. . . Do not miss the ecological gardens in Tullin! We wished we could have spent a day there.” EB53, Massachusetts

Tuscany and Umbria: Cycling in the Heart of Italy

“We enjoyed our tour very much. We loved this method of touring the Italian countryside. The itinerary took us on very quiet country roads (sometimes on dirt roads) where we could stop at our leisure and take pictures. We are both 64 years old, and ended up using e-bikes for this trip, which turned out to be a very good decision. We worked just hard enough, we could enjoy the countryside, get a good physical challenge each day, but have enough gas in our tank to enjoy the evening tour and meal in town. The towns we visited were very enjoyable, a break from the crowds in Florence and Venice. Other bikers we met on our travels were friendly and helpful with tips. The Italian drivers were very courteous to bikers. It was a fantastic trip.” Dave64, North Carolina

Vienna to Budapest (Classic)

“It is a great way to see the countries and go through little towns while also exercising. Very relaxing and flat. Beautiful scenes of planted fields and the river. In outskirts of Bratislava there is a beautiful blue water lake you will ride by. Take bathing suit with you on the second day. It is really amazing.” Eurotraveler, US

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