If you’re trying to decide which option, self-guided or guided tours, is best for you - here’s a helpful comparison.
SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS have become increasingly popular because of the flexibility and independence they offer.
They cost less than guided bicycle tours but still maintain a level of support and convenience that allows you to explore on your own schedule without sweating the logistics.
“Self-guided” does NOT mean that you’re totally on your own. While you’ll have more flexibility to ride at your own pace and take breaks at your leisure, the tour operator still organizes all the logistics for you.
- Hotel reservations and the luggage transportation from hotel to hotel are included. The accommodations are usually the same as on guided tours as you often follow the same routes.
- Self-guided tours include comprehensive information package (in our case a JOY BOOK) with the marked route, a detailed route description and tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops and recommended restaurants
- Support from the sidelines is always available, with on-call in case of emergencies or problems.
GUIDED BIKE TOURS
If you enjoy traveling with a group, meeting new people, and having a guide and structured daily schedule, then a guided cycling tour is probably the best fit for you. The guides know all the hidden secrets and best things to do. Most meals are included, as well as extra activities and local connections.
One guide typically rides with the group, while a second guide drives a support van with your luggage. The van also makes it possible to bridge less attractive or more challenging sections of a route. You can choose to ride with the group or on your own (or a combination), gathering for meals and special activities when appropriate.
You usually bike in a group of 8-12 people, often from different countries, which makes for new acquaintances and international friendships.
IT'S YOUR CHOICE
No matter which tour you choose, exploring a new area from 2-wheels with help from locals who share your passion for discovery will enhance your experience and save you precious planning time.