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.” — 2017 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.” — 2017 Tour Participant
 

Photo by Charles Englefield

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

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

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

Outer Banks II - Fall
Oct 09, 2017 - Oct 16, 2017
Outer Banks II - 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.

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

Florida Gulf Coast
Mar 03, 2018 - Mar 10, 2018
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.

 

Florida Gulf Coast II
Mar 11, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018
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.

 

So. Charm: Jekyll Island to Charleston
Mar 17, 2018 - Mar 24, 2018
Southern Charm: Jekyll Island to Charleston

Fully Supported. After meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, a city brimming with historic charm and ranked among the nation’s most visited cities, we will be off to Jekyll Island to explore coastal wildlife refuges and the pristine stretches of Georgia’s Golden Isles. A day off in the old Southern city of Savannah, Georgia, will give us just enough rest to head back into Charleston for the climax of the tour.

Intro to Road Touring - Florida
Apr 08, 2018 - Apr 13, 2018
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 Florida Panhandle area.

Intro to Road Touring - FL - Women
Apr 15, 2018 - Apr 20, 2018
Intro to Road Touring - Florida - 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 Florida Panhandle area.

Outer Banks - Spring I
May 05, 2018 - May 12, 2018
Outer Banks - Spring I - 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.

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
May 12, 2018 - May 20, 2018
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.

CA Gold Rush to the Bay I
May 13, 2018 - May 20, 2018
CA Gold Rush to the Bay I - 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.

Outer Banks - Spring II
May 13, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Outer Banks - Spring II - 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.

Intro to Road Touring - Virginia
May 13, 2018 - May 18, 2018
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.

California Wine Country Relaxed
Jun 03, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018
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.

CA Gold Rush to the Bay II
Jun 11, 2018 - Jun 18, 2018
CA Gold Rush to the Bay II - 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.

Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018
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.

Maine Coast and Lighthouses
Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
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.

Idaho Trails Relaxed
Jul 08, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018
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.

Family Fun, Idaho Trails
Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018
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.

Family Fun, New York Erie Canal
Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
Family Fun, New York Erie Canal

Fully Supported. Our adventure will travel the beautiful Erie Canalway Trail and nearby roadways to the edge of world-famous Niagara Falls at the U.S./Canada border.On this fully supported Family Fun tour, we’ll take care of transporting your gear and provide you with meals and daily lunch and snack stops so that you and your family can enjoy 100 miles of car-free trails, with only about 30 miles of road cycling.

Lake Superior South Shore
Aug 19, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018
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.

Cape Cod Pilgrimage
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
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.

Michigan's Lakeshore
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Michigan's Lakeshore

Self Contained. Profiled in Santella’s book, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, this eight-day, self-contained tour centered in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

Great Lakes Relaxed
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
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.

Idaho Trails
Sep 09, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
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.

C&O Canal/GAP
Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
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.

Outer Banks Fall
Oct 06, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
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.

Ragin' Cajun Country
Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 19, 2018
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.

So. Charm: Savannah-Charleston
Oct 21, 2018 - Oct 27, 2018
Southern Charm: Savannah to Charleston - 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 is off to explore the South Carolina Lowcountry, known for its sweeping waterway views, shrimp boats resting comfortably on their docks, unforgettable sunsets, beautiful antebellum homes, and more than 300 years of unique history.

So. Charm: Savannah-St Augustine
Oct 28, 2018 - Nov 04, 2018
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.

Tour Team Top Picks

CA Gold Rush to the Bay II
CA Gold Rush to the Bay II - 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.

CA Gold Rush to the Bay I
CA Gold Rush to the Bay I - 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.

Selkirk Splendor
Selkirk Splendor

Self Contained. Pack your passports for this international tour through some of the finest cycling terrain that the U.S. and Canada have to offer along “The West’s Best Scenic Drive.”

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
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.