Whether it’s a road tour, single-track mountain biking, or inn-to-inn cycling through the countryside, bike touring is one of the most popular adventure travel sports out there. There are literally thousands of outfitters—from major international tour companies to local guides and bikes shops—willing to help you see the world from the saddle of a bike. These resources will help you find the right one for your next trip.

Bike tour companies and resources

You can find a long list of bike tour companies around the world at www.bikeleague.org, but they merely list them in alphabetical order, so you’ll have to click and click and click to figure out which ones run tours you’d like.

Top bike tour aggregators

An aggregator is like a meta-search engine; it canvasses hundreds of other sites, tour companies, and outfitters out there on your behalf and puts all the results side-by-side so you can compare them quickly and easily—rather than taking the time to go to each and every individual website. Here are two of the best for adventure travel:

  • RealAdventures (www.realadventures.com) – This top adventure aggregator canvases some of the best bike tour outfits out there. It’s the perfect one-stop shopping spot to find more than 140 bike tour companies ranging from major international outfits (like BikeToursDirect, DuVine Adventures, Backroads, Bike Riders, and Randonnée,) to local operators around the world—United States, Europe, Asia, South America… you name it.You can find everything from inn-to-inn guided bike tours complete with sag wagon to self-guided itineraries (some you really do all on your own; others where the accommodations—and often, crucially, luggage transport—is arranged and you merely ride without a guide).
  • iExplore (www.iExplore.com) is the #1–ranked website for adventure and experiential travel—and it provides the adventure tour booking engine for everyone from Expedia to the Travel Channel to Frommer’s and Lonely Planet’s websites. While its bike tour listings are not nearly as extensive as those at Real Adventures, it does offer links to top tour operators running biking trips everywhere from Cape Cod to Chile and Costa Rica to Croatia (and even some places that don’t begin with the letter “C.”)
  • InfoHub (www.infohub.com) – The bike tours section of this service lets you contact cycle tour operators in nearly 80 countries around the world and get their brochures and information.

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