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Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?(8 posts)

Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?yzfrr11
Jan 23, 2002 7:15 PM
We are considering taking a cycling tour in Europe. Can anyone recomend a tour company? We are considering an REI tour package. Anyone have any experience with them?
what do you want?Jack S
Jan 23, 2002 9:07 PM
Long challenging rides or a leisurely pace? What kind of daily mileage are you looking for? Will you take your bikes or rely on rentals? Do you want top-notch accomodations or more modest? Any particular countries of interest?
re: Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?pmf1
Jan 24, 2002 5:16 AM
I'd highly recommend the Hampsten tours in Tuscany. Most of us thought he doesn't charge enough.

I did it in Sept of 2000 as part of my honeymoon. No bike tour will ever top it. Look closely at most of those euro tours. Can you bring your own bike? No, they usually want to rent you some awful looking POS. What is the daily mileage? Many of them are doing 15 miles or less per day. Hampsten requires that you bring your bike, and the mileage is decent. I think it was around 40-50 miles/day, with the longest day being 65 miles. Its hilly there. Its enough riding to feel like you did something, while still allowing half a day to sight see. The pace is whatever you want.

This was the best vacation I ever had. I couldn't say enough good things about it.
re: Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?scruffyduncan
Jan 24, 2002 9:20 AM
Alot of serious cyclists go here to train, but alot go to admire the view and eat and drink. Never been but apparently it's fantastic.
re: Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?scruffyduncan
Jan 24, 2002 9:21 AM

sorry!, here's the link
re: Has anyone taken a cycling tour vacation in Europe?MJ
Jan 24, 2002 5:41 AM
no experience with REI tour package

this link is the best Europe touring site on the net I have found (Trento Bike Pages)
it has detailed information/links and descriptions which you will undoubtedly find useful

you can go with a touring company but Europe is accessible and easy to self-guide in most places

the fewer the people the easier to self-guide (set off for a destinantion and stop (camp or small hotel/B&B) when you want)

the other poster was right - be careful about what kind of group you sign up to go with - mileage/skill level/rental bikes v your own bikes are all important stuff that could see you not enjoying things if somebody gets it wrong - is it a cycling holiday for people who don't cycle - or a cycling holiday for cyclists?

I would strongly encourage you to think about self-guided tours/cycling - you should be able to find out everything you need about wherever you want (even order detailed maps) before you get there - remember you can use trains to do a few short tours in different places on the continent - ask yourself what a guided tour is providing that you can't provide for yourself (not saying they're always bad and don't provide a worthwhile service)

in my experience - Germany and France both have well designed cycleways bewteen major cities - the best part is that they also have detailed cycle specific maps

BTW - I'm arranging a self-guided trip here with some friends for late May/early June
Velo Classic Tourscyclinseth
Jan 24, 2002 10:00 AM
I went with them to France and Spain and hopefully this fall I will be going with them to Itally.

It's run by a husband & wife who are both fantastic individuals.

Pray that you get Cossell as the van driver.
or just...gtx
Jan 24, 2002 10:22 AM
go and bring your bike. Works for me. Do a bit of research, select an area with good riding roads, pick a nice hotel to use as your base, and you're in business. You'll save money and be able to make your own schedule.