Best Tours for Beginners

Here are some of the best tours we offer for beginning bicycle travelers.

“I enjoyed the total experience. It was my first-ever Adventure Cycling holiday so I had no preconception of what to expect and it just blew me away, it was so good.” — Tour Participant

“The route and terrain were fantastic, offering many miles of solitude and quiet. I also really enjoyed the group — all very friendly and quite collaborative as a newfound travel family.” — Tour Participant

Photo by Charles Englefield

Florida Gulf Coast Fall
Nov 09, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
Florida Gulf Coast Fall - Van

Van Supported. Take a week this fall and swap the cold and snow for the warm, sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Described as the “Forgotten Coast,” the “Undiscovered Coast,” and “Florida as it used to be,” this tour visits some of the most pristine beaches in America, along with other coastal and inland landscapes.

2020 Florida Gulf Coast
Mar 07, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020
2020 Florida Gulf Coast - Van

Van Supported. Take a week this winter and swap the cold and snow for the warm, sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Described as the “Forgotten Coast,” the “Undiscovered Coast,” and “Florida as it used to be,” this tour visits some of the most pristine beaches in America, along with other coastal and inland landscapes.

2020 CA Gold Rush to the Bay
May 10, 2020 - May 17, 2020
2020 CA Gold Rush to the Bay - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. There is no better way to see and experience the San Francisco Bay Area, along with a splendid section of Northern California, than from the seat of your bike. Add in a fabulous ferry ride and two convenient train connections, and you have all the ingredients for a fun, multimodal travel adventure that covers significant distances, with cycling at the heart of each day.

2020 Intro to Road Touring - Virginia
May 10, 2020 - May 15, 2020
2020 Intro to Road Touring - Virginia

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the Williamsburg, VA area.

2020 Outer Banks - Spring
May 10, 2020 - May 17, 2020
2020 Outer Banks - Spring - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Join us on this popular ride through one of the premier beach destinations in the U.S. Our loop tour of North Carolina’s Outer and Inner Banks offers a chance to explore the region’s history-rich harbor towns on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the coastal communities nestled in the state’s barrier islands.

2020 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
May 16, 2020 - May 24, 2020
2020 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2020 Great Lakes
Jun 06, 2020 - Jun 16, 2020
2020 Great Lakes - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Enjoy incredible scenery and some of the best riding you can imagine on this inn-to-inn adventure. You’ll enjoy great riding with minimal gear and the added luxury of a roof over your head and a warm bed each night. Coupled with the route’s moderate terrain and manageable daily distances, this trip makes an excellent choice for beginners or for those wishing to enjoy more time out of the saddle during their vacation.

2020 Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
Jun 14, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020
2020 Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions — including the classic panniers vs. trailer debate — will be followed by a fun, four-day tour in and around West Bend, Wisconsin.

2020 Idaho Trails Relaxed
Jul 05, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020
2020 Idaho Trails Relaxed

Fully Supported. This incredible bike tour takes in a pair of the most spectacular trails in the U.S., featuring easy riding through wetlands, lakes, and meadows, along with some fascinating regional history.

2020 Family Fun, Idaho Trails
Jul 12, 2020 - Jul 17, 2020
2020 Family Fun, Idaho Trails

Fully Supported. With its gentle terrain, short daily distances, and gorgeous scenery, this trip is a great choice whether you’re a beginner seeking a great introduction to supported bicycle touring or a cycling veteran craving a mellow, traffic-free adventure.

2020 Colorado Alpine Trails Relaxed
Aug 01, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020
2020 Colorado Alpine Trails Relaxed

Fully Supported. Enjoy the mountain terrain of central Colorado, pedaling mostly on paved, car-free pathways that provide nonstop views of the spectacular Rockies. Your gear will be carried for you and your meals catered — and the daily distances will be shorter than on many of our tours.

2020 Lake Superior South Shore
Aug 16, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020
2020 Lake Superior South Shore

Self Contained. Join us on a tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northwestern-most part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Keweenaw Peninsula is on Lake Superior, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, making it a place of rugged beauty and breathtaking vistas.

2020 Maine Coast and Lighthouses
Aug 16, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020
2020 Maine Coast and Lighthouses - Van

Van Supported. Take a ride through the best of what the Maine coast has to offer — quaint oceanside towns, rocky coastlines, and lighthouses galore! Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see up to 10 iconic Maine lighthouses and get a taste of local cuisine.

2020 Idaho Trails
Sep 06, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020
2020 Idaho Trails - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. This incredible bike tour takes in a pair of the most spectacular trails in the U.S., featuring easy riding through wetlands, lakes, and meadows, along with some fascinating regional history.

2020 Cape Cod & The Islands
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
2020 Cape Cod & The Islands

Self Contained. Spend a week cycling along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean shoreline. On this tour, we’ll view the seaports, glacially formed kettle ponds, and lighthouses of southeastern Massachusetts, visit historic sites from the days of colonial America, and explore quaint shops on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

2020 Katy Trail
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
2020 Katy Trail - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. There might not be a trail in the U.S. better suited for a relaxed ride than Missouri’s popular Katy Trail. Car-free, virtually flat, and featuring a crushed-limestone surface, the trail dishes up plenty of towns and attractions (and ice cream stands) along the way to keep things interesting. This tour is perfect for any wanderer who enjoys meandering through small towns and stopping to smell the roses.

2020 C&O Canal/GAP
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 19, 2020
2020 C&O Canal/GAP

Fully Supported. This fall you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike 330 miles on gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north into Pennsylvania.

2020 Great Lakes Relaxed
Sep 19, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
2020 Great Lakes Relaxed

Fully Supported. We’ve incorporated the quiet roads and pleasurable riding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into our popular relaxed tour format.

2020 Outer Banks - Fall
Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020
2020 Outer Banks - Fall - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Join us on this popular ride through one of the premier beach destinations in the U.S. Our loop tour of North Carolina’s Outer and Inner Banks offers a chance to explore the region’s history-rich harbor towns on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the coastal communities nestled in the state’s barrier islands.

2020 Ragin' Cajun Country
Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 16, 2020
2020 Ragin' Cajun Country

Fully Supported. Bicycle through the heart of Cajun Country and partake of all the food, music, and culture that Acadiana has to offer. On this relaxed tour you can enjoy jambalaya, crawfish pie, and gumbo, and you’ll find that the spicy cuisine of southern Louisiana is complemented by its mellow terrain.

2020 So. Charm: Savannah-St Augustine
Oct 25, 2020 - Nov 01, 2020
2020 Southern Charm: Savannah to St Augustine - Van

Van Supported. It all starts in the Old Southern city of Savannah, known for its beautiful squares, old oaks dripping with Spanish moss, fabulous history, and fascinating stories. Then it’s off to explore coastal wildlife refuges and the pristine stretches of Georgia’s Golden Isles — vibrant, thriving coastal communities rich in history and full of traditions with historic landmarks around every bend.

2020 Florida Gulf Coast Fall
Nov 07, 2020 - Nov 14, 2020
2020 Florida Gulf Coast Fall - Van

Van Supported. Take a week this fall and swap the cold and snow for the warm, sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Described as the “Forgotten Coast,” the “Undiscovered Coast,” and “Florida as it used to be,” this tour visits some of the most pristine beaches in America, along with other coastal and inland landscapes.

 

Tour Team Top Picks

2020 Great Divide Canada I
2020 Great Divide Canada I

Self Contained. Ride the Great Divide’s spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of “The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America.”

2020 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
2020 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.