Walking is a great way to explore a new city because you can get up close and personal. On the other hand, driving lets you explore spots that are out of reach by foot. If you want a happy medium between those two options, look into bike tours.
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Many destinations offer guided bike tours, where you can rent a bike with a guide and a group of cyclists. And some of these tours have self-guided options, too, if you prefer to go at it alone. As travel site Transitions Abroad explains, you can also find package bike tour deals that include lodging and other accommodations, like flights. They write:
Tour companies all over the world arrange packages that include rental bikes, a daily cycling plan over quiet roads or paths, and accommodations ranging from farmstays and B&Bs to luxury hotels. All you do is jump in the saddle and start moving. Luggage can be transferred between hotels and reassuringly there is someone just a phone call away if it all goes wrong. It is no problem to stop by a lake for a swim or see a museum because there is no group to keep up with.
Duvine.com includes an extensive directory of tours in seven different regions around the world, from North America to Africa. Beyond that, here are a few other directories for bike tours in spots around the world:
- BikeTours.com (Europe)
- Cyclingtours.com.au (Austrailia and New Zealand)
- WineCountryBikes.com (California Wine Country)
Of course, you could always cycle your way through a city on your own, too. You could buy a cheap used bike or find one to rent on a site like Spinlister.
For even more options, check out the full post below from Transitions Abroad.
4 Ways to Travel the World by Bicycle [Transitions Abroad]