A day tour is a full- or half-day sightseeing experience by bike, a compact adventure that condenses a potentially overwhelming itinerary into an efficient guided exploration. Day tours unlock the essence of a city or region in just a few hours, perfectly supplementing a multi-day cycling holiday, or forming a fantastic stand-alone traveling experience.
Day tours constitute a selection of short adventures, from sightseeing extravaganzas around legendary landmarks to relaxing rides into surrounding regions, or even themed deep dives into a city’s culture and identity.
Guided day tours maximize your experience and time, guaranteeing a top-quality, efficient exploration of your dream destination that fits around a busy sightseeing schedule, whatever your purpose of travel.
At BikeTours.com, we offer a hugely rewarding variety of day tours to suit every traveler, from a city tour by bike to countryside rides. Here are some of our most popular day tour categories:
Sightseeing snapshots - Legendary landmarks, iconic skylines, and top tourist destinations. Witness the unmissable, capture the essence of a city, and tick world famous sights off your bucket list on a city bike.
Bike to the best of the city on day tours like the Athens Highlights Bike Tour, Best of San Francisco E-Bike Tour, or Classic Vienna Bike Tour!
Countryside rides - Bike off the beaten path and cycle into the countryside surrounding a city. Discover the beauty of nearby National Parks, verdant vineyards, or breathtaking sequestered beaches on a trip to remember. Ride through richly exotic rainforests, go on safari from the saddle, or watch the sunlight dapple the path beneath your bike wheels as you find yourself cycling through a sound bath of local birdsong.
Pair a countryside ride with a city tour for an unrivaled understanding of the whole region. Just some of our day tours include the Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour, Krakow Country Bike Tour, and Sami Geopark Kefalonia Bike Tour.
Historical deep dives - Bike back in time to get a guided insight into a region’s history, culture, and driving forces. Tour cities released from the grip of totalitarian terror, uncovering affecting messages of resilience that grow your appreciation for the human pursuit of hope. A bike tour like this can be especially rewarding for school groups who’d benefit from a first-hand exploration of historical sites. Examples of our day tour offerings include the Berlin Wall & Cold War Bike Tour, Palermo Antimafia Bike Tour, and Budapest Retro-Communist Bike Tour.
Music fans can discover a pitch-perfect pedal to sites of legendary performances, the houses of their heroes, and the places that inspired some of the best-loved songs in history on trips like The Beatles Liverpool E-Bike Tour.
Street art & murals - Ride the rainbow as you glide past magnificent murals, sensational sculptures, and the signature spray can graffiti that provides your authentic culture fix, and perhaps even the inspiration for your next project! The Street Art Cologne Bike Tour is just one example of the artsy adventures we offer.
Parks & urban oases - Bike beyond the hubbub to behold flamboyant fountains, serene lakes, and wonderful local wildlife. You'll unwind as you ride on trips like the Highlights of Central Park New York Bike Tour, Madrid Retiro Park E-Bike Tour, and Rome Parks & Catacombs E-Bike Tour.
Sunset & nighttime - Take your tour as the city is bathed in the rosy glow of the golden hours, or meander through the moonlight when landmarks are spectacularly underlit - you'll get a different perspective on the city’s aesthetics and culture. Just a few enlivening examples include the Washington DC Monuments at Night Bike Tour, Milan Sunset Bike Tour with Aperitivo, and London Sunset Bike Tour.
Mountain bike - Adrenaline junkies can get their fix on MTB tours up picturesque peaks. Feel on top of the world, get your daily workout in, and meet like-minded adventurers. Conquer the climbs together for the kind of views you’ve only ever dreamed of on trips like the Sintra MTB Tour, Vilnius MTB Tour to Belmontas, or San Sebastián MTB Tour.
Private & holistic - Design your ride and make the area your own. You'll dictate your own timings and benefit from your guide’s undivided attention and expert knowledge of the sites that are top of your priority list, enjoying an adventure that's uniquely yours. Choose from the likes of the Private Florence Bike Tour, Monet's Gardens & Giverny Private Paris E-Bike Tour, and Private Tuscany Sunset Bike Tour with Wine & Olive Oil Tasting.
Tick the top sightseeing spots off your itinerary.
Cruise through crowds and eliminate hours of wearisome walking.
No need to navigate - your guide knows the best routes and cycle paths to capitalize on your time and maximize your experience.
A local tour guide is your key to unlocking an authentic understanding of an area. Oftentimes, your guide has first-hand experience of the historical and cultural changes a region has undergone - they’ve seen skyscrapers rise, governments fall, and cultural trends come and go.
Your tour guide knows the best routes, cycle paths, and treasures that lie off the beaten track. They’ll ensure there are surprises at every turn of the handlebars and will be on hand to answer all your questions.
Your guide is a go-to for the best recommendations for bars where you can sip a cocktail in the sunset hours, or museums that will deepen your understanding of an aspect of history uncovered during your tour.
If you're taking a nature tour, you'll benefit from your guide's expert help in spotting and identifying local species.
Be spontaneous! Day tours don’t usually need planning months in advance. Perhaps you’ve booked a short city break, have a long layover, or you need to entertain the kids for a day. Book yourself onto a day tour and fill the hours with fun, fascination, and fulfillment.
There are day tours designed for every fitness and experience level, so you can find the best bike tours to suit your group.
Bikes are provided, so simply turn up, get fitted with the perfect bicycle, and go.
Ditch the selfie stick! Your guide becomes your personal photographer. They’ll always be happy to take photos of you against the world’s most impressive backdrops.
Guided day tours provide you with a bike, included in the price, so you can simply sign up, show up, and cycle off! Many operators offer bike rental extensions for the whole day, allowing you to keep the bicycle after the tour to extend your adventure further, revisiting a part of the ride you particularly enjoyed or biking to the beach for a sunset swim. Enjoy a much cheaper alternative to car hire, and never worry about parking fees!
If your day tour doesn’t offer e-bikes as standard, an e-bike upgrade option will be available in most instances, allowing you to immerse yourself in an experience with minimal effort.
Electric bikes are an exceptional option for making your day tour accessible to older members of your group, who, provided they are confident e-bike riders, can enjoy the freedom of fantastic sightseeing without the discomfort of a full day’s walking. Whether your biking needs a little boost or you simply want to sightsee without breaking a sweat, e-bikes enable you to explore a whole city without feeling the burn.
A biking day tour lets you tour on your own terms. There’s no need to wait for the crowds to file out at every bus or taxi stop - your guide will be happy to pause at whatever catches your eye.
Unlike a motorized tour, a bike tour gets you right up close and personal with world-famous landmarks. Lean your bicycle right up against the walls and stand in the shadows of spectacular spires, colossal cathedrals, and sensational sculptures.
Enjoy a more peaceful cycle without straining to hear stories recounted over megaphones, and feel satisfied that by ditching the bus seat for the bike saddle, you’re choosing an eco-friendly option that helps to preserve these beautiful sites for years to come.
You’ll find that most day tours are family friendly, with smaller bikes or child seats available. In many locations, tour operators have designed day tours specifically for the enjoyment, safety, and education of children.
Taking your family on a day tour is a terrific, memorable way to open up the world to your children at a beneficial age. Your kids will get to experience the empowering feeling of interacting with foreign cultures, enjoying an eye-opening adventure in a fun and rewarding way, and making unforgettable memories with their loved ones as they’re introduced to the world’s most incredible landmarks.
Rest assured that your ride will be a rewarding experience for your little ones, whatever their age, and that your tour guide will know how to keep things fresh and the facts suitably pitched.
Day tours are the ideal length to supplement and enhance your multi-day itinerary. Arriving a day early for your multi-day tour? Take a day tour and explore the city's highlights, or enjoy a themed bike tour that uncovers an alternative aspect of the city your multi-day tour might not have time to explore.
Bookend your multi-day tour with a day tour in your start and end city to ensure you squeeze every bit of experience out of your vacation. Plus, once you’ve got in the flow of exploring a foreign country on two wheels, you won’t want to hang up your helmet straight away!