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Guided cycling tours

Guided cycling tourGuided bike tours include:

Professional bilingual cycling guide
Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
Buffet breakfast and dinner
Support van
Luggage transfer
English route descriptions
Detailed cycling maps
Town maps
GPS device with preprogrammed routes
Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums
Special events, wine tasting, picnic
Quality TREK or SCOTT hybrid bike rental

There are specific dates set for some of our guided tours, however feel free to write us for a tour in dates you prefer. The minimum number of guided tour participants is four. If the tour you request does not meet this number, try taking it as a semi-guided tour.

Our guide fixes your bikeProfessional bilingual cycling guide
Our company uses English-speaking experienced cycling guides. We do not hire students. The guides stay with you from breakfast to dinner, cycling the with the group, and show you points of interest along the way. They can also help you in case of technical difficulties or health issues. The guides are responsible for the tour logistics and arrange for meeting the support van along the route.

Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
Hotels in the center We use smaller, preferably family-run hotels and pensions located in old town centers and often in historical buildings. We always try to arrange a good view as well.
All rooms are typically double occupancy with a private bathroom. A double room has one large bed for two people (usually queen size) and a twin room has two single beds in one room. Single rooms are available on most trips for a supplement fee.
Your room, breakfast and local taxes are included in the tour cost. However, any extra service costs (telephone, minibar etc.), you will settle with the hotel receptionist before you leave. The guide can assist you at the check-in or check-out.

Buffet breakfast and dinner
A typical buffet breakfast usually consists of bread, rolls, cheese, ham, jams, spreads, cereals, muesli, fruit and yoghurt; coffee, tea, milk, and fruit juice.
You will dine at quality local restaurants offering traditional specialties. The guide eats with group and can recommend a good dish.

Support vanSupport van
The air-conditioned support van increases the comfort level on your tour. It provides a back-up in case of technical or health issues as it can carry both you and your bikes using a trailer or rack. You can also get a lift to shorten your daily riding distance or skip some sections.

Luggage transfer
Luggage transfer Your driver in the support van carries your luggage each day from the start to the overnight destination. This allows you to ride in comfort only with your daily cycling belongings such as sunglasses, sunblock and a guidebook. All will easily fit into a 9-liter waterproof handlebar bag and 20-liter pannier bags. The van also holds drinks and refreshments and meets you along the route.

English route descriptions
English rnstructions We provide each client with detailed route descriptions we write ourselves, meaning that we have actually covered every inch of the trail, every bump on the route. Besides blow by blow route instructions the ridebook contains information on various matters you might encounter, e.g. banks, tipping, road signs, etc. With each day’s ride there is a list of things to see, places to eat, sights to visit, including admission and opening hours...

Cycling mapDetailed cycling maps
Each
participant gets a complete set of cycling maps with the route highlighted. We use the most accurate topographical maps, often based on military ones, by national map publishers such as Czech Tourist Club (Czech Republic), VKU Harmanec (Slovakia ) or Kompass (Austria, Germany). We also use Bikeline Cycling Guide series published by Verlag Esterbauer. The scales are detailed at 1:50 000 or 1:75 000.

Town mapTown maps
For easy navigation in overnight towns each
person obtains a set of detailed town maps with the inbound and outbound route highlighted. There is the location of your hotel or pension marked and you are also provided with address and phone contact to each accommodation place on your tour.

GPS Garmin Dakota 10GPS Garmin etrex 20GPS Navigation
Precise navigation is ensured by Garmin GPS device (one per group) into which we upload your route. There is a map where an arrow points the way once the GPS is set to nagivation mode. Alternatively you can use the compass mode with info on upcoming turns and a large arrow pointing your way.
The GPS also gives data about your ride such as average speed, estimated time of arrival, elevation, or time of sundown.

Bojnice Castle in SlovakiaGuided tours at chateaux, castles and museums
Entrance fees to selected points of interest where you have a tour are included in the cost of all our guided tours in Central Europe. There is usually one major point of interest per day. Depending on the guided tour this might be a castle, chateau, church or an indoor or outdoor museum. When touring these points of interest, the certified guide for the point of interest may guide you with your bicycle tour guide translating as neccessary.

Special events, including winetasting and picnics
On our guided bicycle tours one wine tasting session and one picnic are included. They are amongst the highlights of our guided bicycle tours. We will not say too much about them - it will be a nice surprise for you...

Quality bike rental
Bike ready for a tour You will ride bicycles well suited to all our routes and fitted with flat-free Schwalbe tires:
Lightweight Trek FX 3 hybrids
Scott hybrids with front shocks
Sturdy Trek tandem bikes
E-bikes (supplement fee 15 EUR/bike/day)
On most of our tours you can also opt for carbon racing bikes (supplement fee 15 EUR/bike/day).
For families we offer a range of children's bikes and Burley kids trailer.

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