It’s true — here at Adventure Cycling, we’ve had to fine-tune many elements of our guided tours. We’re more committed than ever to ensuring that our riders stay safe and healthy while offering the same high-quality tour experience you’ve come to expect from us.
We’re adapting to the new challenges surrounding adventure travel, and we’re confident that we’ve got a tour for everyone — from familiar favorites to some new, shorter adventures that make getting up and getting out that much more accessible. As time progresses, we’ll be exploring new opportunities to get you out on tour. Our number one priority is making sure that we can operate tours safely and responsibly.
We’re excited to get out on the road with you again!
Our goals have always been the same: to facilitate and support bike travel and the life-changing journeys it brings about. Whether you’re planning on crossing town or crossing the country, we’re excited to have you as a part of this ever-growing community, and we hope that we’re able to provide you with the resources you’re looking for, big or small. We’ve been in the bike touring game since Bikecentennial in 1976, and our more than 40 years of experience is something we want to share.
Our tours are designed for you to celebrate the joy of bike travel with a group of fellow riders and, hopefully, new friends. They’re curated by our experienced tour leaders to take the worry out of things like routing and reservations — we’ve got all that taken care of and more. Come ready to ride, and we’ll handle the rest.
“Without a doubt, the best part of the tour was the friendships we made. We came from all levels of experience. Everyone was supportive. Every single day, no matter what the difficulty of the day, we laughed.” – Sam, Tour Participant
We have a variety of tour formats that suit different styles of touring. All come in different lengths and levels of difficulty, which we call Adventure Levels, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5. Generally, our tours have between 10 and 15 participants, with the exception being our larger Fully Supported Events.
This type of touring is all pedal power and no vehicular support. All shared gear is carried by the group, and cooking responsibilities rotate among its members. A majority of nights are spent outdoors under the stars. An indoor stay or restaurant may be sprinkled in just when you need it the most.
This is the type of tour for those of us who prefer the comforts of a cozy bed. As the name suggests, each night is spent indoors. Breakfasts and dinners are enjoyed in restaurants. Although there is no vehicle support, you’ll only need to carry the minimal gear of your clothes, toiletries, basic repair items, water, and a bag lunch for the day.
If you prefer touring without the load of a full set of panniers, but you still love camping, we have a van and trailer to haul your gear. Just worry about pedaling. Carry nothing more than water/lunch/snacks and maybe some rain gear if the weather’s dodgy. You’ll still have fun with your partner rotating on camp cooking duty. But not to worry, on certain tours there are the occasional restaurant meals and indoor stays.
Fully Supported and Family Adventure Events
The top level of support! Meals are catered. Luggage is hauled. Starry night camping for those into tents and motel options for those who aren’t. Water and snack stops along the route. Just enjoy the riding, the scenery, and the people to your front and back. These tours are larger in size (20–50 participants) and staffed by several tour leaders all looking out for you.
Not sure you’re ready to take the leap into full-on independent touring? Our Intro to Road and Intro to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking courses help you break down the basics. There’s some in-person classroom work before setting out as a group on a short self contained tour. We also offer Leadership Training Courses for those experienced in bike touring but want to start leading their own groups.
“This was my first organized multiday trip. I was traveling solo and I had a wonderful time. I could set my own pace and never felt rushed. The food was fantastic and there was lots of it! I can’t say enough good things about the leaders. I will definitely sign up for another one.” – Kelly, Tour Participant
All of our tours are listed below. If you have any questions, give us a call or reach out through our online chat. We’re here for you — because Your Adventure Awaits!
“ I’ve done a number of tours with Adventure Cycling and loved them all, but this was the best group I’ve been with. The people on this trip were just plain fun. I loved everywhere we got to see.” — Jeff, Tour Participant
“ I love the little towns, particularly Patagonia. Tombstone was interesting but did not get to see much of it. Bisbee is a fascinating and historic community. The roads were generally fine and not too busy. The terrain was sufficiently challenging, but not intimidating for this early season rider who was not in top shape.” — Stephanie, Tour Participant
Van Supported. Pedal past sand dunes, hot springs, canyons, rock formations, and an incredible variety of plant and animal life as we explore the maze of wildly eroded and colorful badlands that are Death Valley.
Van Supported. Some of the best spring and fall gravel riding in the U.S. can be found outside southern Arizona's small, eclectic town of Patagonia, and we'll hit the dirt on this long-weekend gravel adventure.
Fully Supported. If you’ve been led to believe the Lone Star State is pancake flat, this weeklong bike tour through the rolling Texas Hill Country will prove otherwise. Plus, you’ll love the dazzling displays of spring wildflowers and Texas barbecue.