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Self Contained Tours

Self-contained camping tours have been an Adventure Cycling tradition for 40 years. To many cyclists, this style of travel is the ultimate. Relying on your own power, cooking your own meals, and carrying your “home” with you — it’s a sense of freedom that must be experienced to be understood.

An Adventure Cycling leader accompanies each group of up to 14 riders traveling between 40 and 70 miles per day. Our shorter self-contained trips have fixed itineraries, but on our longer self-contained trips, only the starting and ending dates are fixed, so groups can adapt daily riding distances to the weather, terrain, and attractions along the way. The leader, with the group’s input, plans each day’s adventure. Schedules typically include a rest day every seven to 10 days. Riders share cooking duties and camp for the vast majority of overnight stays.

“The extra day in Martha’s Vineyard was a real treat. We had plenty of time to explore the highlights of the island at a leisurely pace. Our free morning in Provincetown gave us time to visit the beach and watch the humpback whales breaching about one mile offshore … a definite highlight of the trip.”

Get all the details on meals, lodging, and mechanical support for our Self Contained Tours.

Photos by Tom Robertson | Steve Powell

Tour Team Top Picks

Florida Keys
Florida Keys
Oct 31, 2020 - Nov 10, 2020

Self Contained. Get a second dose of summer with this Sunshine State ride. You can smile wide as you ride knowing you’re enjoying 356 miles of sunny, warm weather!

Death Valley Fall - Van
Death Valley Fall
Oct 25, 2020 - Nov 01, 2020

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.