The specific promotions described in this article have now passed, but it remains online so that the resources named will be of future use to travelers.
From the edge of the Danube to the White Mountains of New England to the desert straits of the Moab, guided bicycle trips combine incredible landscape with exercise and activity. It's no wonder bicycle trips keep outdoing themselves looking for more intriguing and more scenic locales. And, as people become more interested in biking trips, the prices seem to be going down, making them affordable ways to travel the roadways (and off-roadways) of the world.
Bike the Whites (tel. 800/421-1785; www.bikethewhites.com) combines the inns of New Hampshire with the scenery of the White Mountain National Forests. Starting at $95 per day, these three day tours cost $279 in May, $329 in June, $379 from July to September 15 and then increase to $429 when the leaf-peeping season kicks into prime time viewing in October. The inns you'll be staying at and eating at on the tour include the Snowvillage Inn, the Tamworth Inn, and the recently-added award-winning 1785 Inn. For a detailed profile of the participating inns, go to www.bikethewhites.com/profiles.htm. These tours are customized, self-guided tours where all the cooking and luggage transferring is done for you. Departure dates are on Tuesday and include three nights lodging, hearty breakfasts and candlelight dinners. Distance per day usually comes out to around 20 miles.
For in-depth bike tours of some of Europe's most inspiring cities and countryside, Bike Tours Direct (tel. 877/462-2423; www.biketoursdirect.com) offers over 150 bike tours in over 30 countries. Currently featured, the "Danube Tour" is a six-day, 35-mile-per-day, self-guided tour starting in Passau, Germany and ending up in Vienna. Cruising along the famous Danube River, Europe's second largest river, the Danube Tour is especially good for families with children as the route takes small ferries across the river, goes over bridges, and passes through quaint, peaceful and small towns. The trip includes five to ten nights' accommodations in rooms with private bathrooms, a welcome drink, daily breakfast, detailed maps, and the use of a service hotline. Dates for this trip are from April 8, 2006 to October 22, 2006. Depending on how far you want to travel on a daily basis, this trip can be lengthened to ten days. These passages are priced at $454 per person based on double occupancy for six days and $795 for ten days. Lodging is in three-star hotels along the route. The bulk of the trip passes through Austria's Wachau region filled with medieval castles, small wine vineyards blending some of Austria's best wines, and small farms and ancient monasteries. Trips to other European locations include Tuscany, Provence, Portugal and Poland.
For adventure seeking mountain bikers looking to conquer what some bikers call the best mountain bike trail on planet Earth, Rim Tours (tel. 800/626-7335; www.rimtours.com) has been operating day trips to Slickrock Trail in the Moab desert since the mid-1980s when mountain biking became a globally popular sport. A fully-guided three day three night Rim Tour of the best of Moab's inns cost $675 per person with double occupancy lodging. (Add $100 for a single supplement). Tour dates for this trip are from May 11 to 14, June 1 to 4, September 23 to 25, and October 12 to 15, 2006. For you advanced bikers, a thirteen-mile daytrip to Slickrock starts at $175 for a full day of biking and $135 for a half day of hard-core biking. The price includes bike rental, helmet, water bottle, transportation to the top of the trail, and a lunch. If you bring your own bike and equipment, subtract $20 from the price of the daytrip. You can combine a half-day of rafting with the biking. Other advanced one-day trips are available as well to other Moab-area bike trails.
Rim Tours is constantly adding new tours and partnerships with biking companies. A "Maverick Women's Weekend" is a newly added trip led by Mia Stockdale, a former world-class professional mountain biker. In conjunction with the Vail Mountain Biking Camp, this weekend trip includes two days of riding in one of two locations: the Moab from May 19 to 21, 2006 for $275 and Fruita, Colorado from May 13 to14 and September 30 to October 1 for $250. Stretching techniques and other teaching tips are part of this coaching-intensive two day trip that also comes with two packed lunches.
Another mountain biking tour company putting their adventure-feet forward but with an eye toward experiencing the Caribbean, Iguana Mama (tel. 800/849-4720; www.iguanamama.com) has multi-day tours available through the Dominican Republic taking bike travelers to the heights of the Dominican Alps and the coastline of Hispanola. A nine day mountain bike tour of the Dominican Alps labeled strenuous but for intermediate level bikers goes to 5,500 feet and costs $1,450. Included in the trip are all meals, snacks, refreshments, maps, daily briefings so you can go out on your own and meet up later with other bikers, an Iguana Mama guide, constant van support, all lodging, park permits and entry fees and a rafting trip. Highlights of the trip include traveling through seven climate zones, ocean views, and high-altitude biking. Call Iguana Mama for departure dates but remember that groups of four can depart on this trip. One-day trips and other multi-day tours are also available from this unique adventure travel provider.