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Bicycle Tours

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Lots of people take walking tours of an unfamiliar city, and plenty of people sign up for bus tours of a nearby attraction as a day trip. But generally speaking, people tend to think that unless you are an avid cyclist, bicycle tours are not a good option. While it is true that you should have some experience on a bike, you do not need to be Lance Armstrong to enjoy yourself on a bike tour! In fact, most of them are run at a leisurely enough pace so most people can keep up easily.

One of the great things about bicycle tours is that you can cover more ground than you would get to if you were walking or hiking, but you can still stick to smaller roads and stay off the beaten path - which is something you really cannot do on a big bus tour. You are moving at a slower pace than if you were in a car, so you can really take in your surroundings - and even wave at the locals you see as you pass by. And, as an added bonus, all that physical activity you are doing means you can indulge in the local cuisine even more guilt-free.

Some bicycle tours are day-trips or even partial days, including the adrenaline rush of a downhill bike ride through Waimea Canyon in Hawaii or a downhill riding tour through Jamaica, but some tours are several days long. The benefit of an organized tour that lasts a few days is that someone else is carrying all of your stuff from place to place, so all you have to do is pedal and enjoy the countryside! And just because you would not ordinarily associate a place with riding a bike, do not rule it out - there are places where you can hop on a bike and do a city tour instead of following a guide on foot.

For instance, did you know that there are bicycle tours of downtown Chicago? How about the city of Bologna in Italy? What about Montreal? In fact, there are great bicycle tours of all these cities, and they are inexpensive ways to see a place in a different way and feel the wind rushing past your face at the same time. You can also choose to see Central Park by bike, take a bike tour of Paris one afternoon, or spend a couple of hours cycling around Madrid. And if you want to get a bit out of the city, why not try seeing the famous Versailles palace by bicycle?