Whether your clients have been cycling enthusiasts all their lives or only recently picked up this active hobby, tour companies around the world are offering travelers the opportunity to explore new destinations as they pedal their way through. Here’s a sampling of new cycling tours hitting the road in 2019.
4. Cycle The Balkans
Exodus Travel’s new Cycle the Balkans itinerary will take travelers on a journey through Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro. This 15-day itinerary includes 13 days of cycling as guests take in the sights of each destination’s countryside, as well as its fast-developing cities and historic towns. Highlights will include visiting the UNESCO town of Ohrid and Mavrov Lake and National Park, plus cycling through the Durmitor Mountains.
Departure dates are available May through September 2019 with rates starting at $2,785 pp. For more information, visit exodustravels.com.
3. Glacier Under Canvas
With Trek Travel’s new Glacier Under Canvas itinerary, travelers can combine the thrills of cycling through Montana’s Glacier National Park with the comfort and relaxation of glamping all in one trip. Home to snow-capped mountain peaks, moose, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, aspen trees, and—of course—glaciers, cycling enthusiasts will spend their four days in the park riding the smooth pavement of Going-to-the-Sun Road, which crosses the Continental Divide, tackling more challenging gravel roads, and rafting the Flathead River. After each adventure-filled day, guests will retreat to their luxury glamping tents provided by Under Canvas at a location within a few minutes of the national park.
Rates start at $2,799 pp. For more information, visit trektravel.com.
2. Explore Uzbekistan
This year, Grasshopper Adventures is offering travelers the opportunity to hop on a 14-day cycling journey through the heart of Central Asia as they experience mountain gorges, desert oases, ancient fortified cities, bustling bazaars, tented caravans, and the Great Steppe. The Explore Uzbekistan itinerary covers over 313 miles and includes exploring the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, and Khiva; cycling the canyons and peaks of the Nuratau Mountains; and overnighting in yurt camps stationed on the old Silk Road. Other highlights include touring madrassas, mosques, an ancient observatory, Siab Bazaar, the Necropolis, and mausoleums of Samarkand, plus chances to meet locals while cycling the path of the Urganchy River.
Rates start at $4,950 pp. For more information, visit grasshopperadventures.com.
1. Casks and Cycling
Travelers who enjoy biking as much as they enjoy a glass of whisky can head on a 7-day road cycling whisky tour and experience with Wilderness Scotland. The laid back Casks and Castles tour combines a mixture of cycling and culture as they travel through the Scottish Highland’s whisky country from the home of Glenlivet Whisky to the historic Cawdor Castle in Nairnshire. Along the way, guests will ride along scenic roads, visit famed distilleries, travel through lush green forests, explore centuries-old castles, visit the historic Culloden battlefield and even search for Nessie along the banks of Loch Ness.
Rates start at $2,617 pp with departures scheduled in May and July. For more information, visit wildernessscotland.com.