Best Tours for Beginners

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

“We loved cycling every day and the camaraderie. When my hubby and I missed a turn and got lost, we didn't panic because Darryl was very responsive by finding us and redirecting us back on course. We later named that day’s ride the “Lost and Found” ride. I’ve never felt happier, stronger, and friendlier. My husband never thought he’d be able to ride daily. But, he did! He came away feeling the same.”  -2015 Tour Participant

 
2017 Florida Gulf Coast I
Mar 04, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017
2017 Florida Gulf Coast I - 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.

2017 Florida Gulf Coast II
Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
2017 Florida Gulf Coast II - 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.

2017 Intro to Road Touring - Florida
Apr 02, 2017 - Apr 07, 2017
2017 Intro to Road Touring - Florida

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 Tallahassee area.

2017 Outer Banks - Spring
May 06, 2017 - May 13, 2017
2017 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.

2017 Intro to Road Touring - VA - Women
May 07, 2017 - May 12, 2017
2017 Intro to Road Touring - Virginia - Women

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 area.

2017 Intro to Road Touring - Virginia
May 07, 2017 - May 12, 2017
2017 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 area.

2017 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
May 13, 2017 - May 21, 2017
2017 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.

2017 California Wine Country Relaxed
Jun 11, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017
2017 California Wine Country Relaxed

Fully Supported. Fulfill your craving for Northern California’s scenic and savory best on this incredible tour through some of the coast’s most breathtaking agricultural areas. We’ll pedal past dairy farms, vineyards, and orchards at the peak of harvest season.

2017 Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
Jun 18, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017
2017 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.

2017 Ohio Rivers and Trails Relaxed
Jul 08, 2017 - Jul 14, 2017
2017 Ohio Rivers and Trails Relaxed

Fully Supported. You say you’re a cyclist who prefers getting off the highway and into the peace and quiet of a tree-lined, riverside rail trail? Then this fully supported and catered weeklong tour may just be your ticket to ride.

2017 Intro to Dirt Touring - Montana
Jul 16, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017
2017 Intro to Dirt Touring - Montana

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Dirt Touring (IDT) course.

2017 Cape Cod Pilgrimage
Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017
2017 Cape Cod Pilgrimage

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.

2017 C&O Canal/GAP
Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
2017 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.

2017 Outer Banks - Fall
Oct 07, 2017 - Oct 14, 2017
2017 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.

2017 Ragin' Cajun Country
Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017
2017 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.

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2017 WA San Juan Islands
2017 WA San Juan Islands - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. This week-long inn-to-inn tour weaves along the glorious northwestern coastline of Washington’s Puget Sound and through its famous San Juan Islands, offering an irresistible combination of manageable daily mileages and world-class scenery.

2017 Great Divide Colorado Alpine I
2017 Great Divide Colorado Alpine I

Self Contained. The Alpine section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route winds through Colorado past some of the Rocky Mountains' biggest peaks, with most of the riding at elevations above 9,000 feet. Bring along your lung capacity, and come pedal among many of the most spectacular "fourteeners" in Colorado.

2017 Great Smoky Mountains Adventure
2017 Great Smoky Mountains Adventure - Van

Van Supported. This eight-day, van-supported tour explores the challenge of the terrain and the awe-inspiring beauty and diversity of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.

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