Categories: Destinations

Top 4 Tours for Crossing Borders

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Why visit one country by bicycle when you can visit two – or three! If you’re ready to roll soon, join us this February as we cycle between Argentina and Chile. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Andean lakes before cycling into the valleys leading from Argentina’s Plateaus into Chile’s Lake District. Or, experience mouthwatering flavors of Alsace in a region where cuisine has no boundaries blending French, German and Swiss influence. If you want to cross borders spend some time cycling off the pavement join us on an Explorer tour in Istria as we pedal between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.  Join us in the world-famous cycling capital of Copenhagen as we follow the bike paths and quiet country roads into Sweden’s stunning landscapes.  Find out more about these must-do tours and departure dates:


Bicycle Patagonia’s Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé

Join us on our 10-day Bicycling Patagonia’s Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé from Argentina to Chile tour where we will cycle paved roads across the Continental Divide in the Andes, from Argentina into Chile. At this latitude, the mountains are much gentler than the severe Peruvian and Ecuadoran landscapes that come to mind when you think of the Andes. Our route winds from the high plateau setting of San Carlos de Bariloche along Andean lakes, down through the valleys of the border region and into Chile’s Lake District. Cycle past conical volcanoes and snow capped Andean peaks, one of Chile’s famous rushing rivers, and relax in the tranquil settings of our lovely hotels.

Tranquil fjords, wooden houses and churches, the rugged coastline of the Pacific: The Island of Chiloé, in northern Chilean Patagonia, is reminiscent of the landscapes in Scandinavia. Though it was inhabited long before the Spanish arrived in 1567, the island remained isolated from the commercial trade routes until the founding of the nearby port city Puerto Montt in 1853. During these three isolated centuries, a unique culture developed. The Chilote are of Spanish and indigenous Mapuche descent, and depend on their marine environment to support their way of life.

Highlights: Chile’s Lake District, Views of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, Waterfalls on the Petrohué River, thermal pools, San Carlos de Bariloche, Chiloé Island , Wooden Churches, Penguins.

2020 Departure Dates

Bicycling Patagonia’s Lakes District (7-day)

Feb 15-21 – Guaranteed to Go!

Bicycling Patagonia’s Lakes District Plus! The Island of Chiloé (10-day)

Feb 15-24 – Guaranteed to Go!


Explorer: Cycling Istria

Cross three borders as you cycle Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. From Trieste, Italy you’ll cross the and ride along Slovenia’s stunning Adriatic coastline, and get a surprising taste of a verdant landscape reminiscent of Tuscany as you enter the rolling hills of Croatia’s Istria region. Join us to explore rolling hills, a rail to trail converted gravel route, medieval villages, and the crystal coastlines of this beautiful Croatian corner.

Highlights: Bike through three countries, Mediterranean cuisine, Coastal riding, Porec, Parenzana Trail (converted narrow gauge rail to trail route), UNESCO World Heritage Site in Poreč, medieval hilltop towns, vineyards of Istria.

2020 Departure Dates:

Explorer: Cycling Istria (8-days)

May 2-9
Sep 5-12


Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and the Black Forest

Cross borders and sample a colorful combination of cultures as you cycle through France, Germany, and Switzerland. This unique corner of the world is home to stunning landscapes from thick pine forests to crystal clear lakes nestled under the Alps. Enjoy peaceful rides past French vineyards, and find yourself in charming towns with historic architecture unharmed by WWII bombings. Take a tour of cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto meets Swiss beauty as this region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace, Germany’s Black Forest and colorful towns, and Switzerland’s vast natural beauty. The rides are beautiful, the villages delightful and the combination of French, German and Swiss food is perfect for cyclists.

Highlights: Some of France’s best cuisine, Parc Regional des Vosges du Nord, Alsatian villages, The Wine Road, Saverne, Colmar, Wine and brewery tasting, Freiburg, crossing borders, fairytale scenery and medieval towns, Konstanz

2020 Departure Dates

Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and the Black Forest (14-Days)

July 5 – 18
August 9 – 22
Sep 20-Oct 3 – Sold out!

Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace (8-Days)

July 5 – 12
August 9 – 16
Sep 20-27 – Sold out!

Bicycling the Black Forest to Lake Constance (8-Days)

July 11 – 18
August 15 – 22
Sep 26-Oct 3 – Sold out!


Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm

In 2016 we first cycled across Sweden on an Expedition ride through Scandinavia. Enthralled by the quality of the roads, the beautiful and tranquil scenery and the unique towns we have designed a tour that connects two of the most iconic Scandinavian cities in Northern Europe. Join us for a 2-week tour and pedal from Copenhagen to Stockholm on idyllic roads.

Start in Copenhagen, dubbed the “most livable city and bike capital of the world” and cross from Denmark to Sweden.  Enchanting forests, rugged coastlines and quiet country roads will be the backdrop as you follow the Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national bicycle route from Copenhagen to Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.

Soak in Sweden as you cycle tranquil roads, passing typical Swedish farms and tour some of its most famous attractions including a private tour of one of the country’s most beautiful castles: Läckö Castle. You will cycle across Sweden’s greatest civil-engineering feat, the Göta Canal and finish with a ride on the S/S Mariefred steam ship which has been taking the same route into Stockholm since 1903.

If you don’t have enough time for the full trip, consider joining us on the first half from Copenhagen to Gothenburg or the second half from Gothenburg to Stockholm.

Highlights: Copenhagen and its bustling bike culture, bike paths, Hamlet’s castle in Helsingor, ride the Kattegattleden route, learn about maritime history in Denmark and Sweden. Guided visit of Gothenburg, Lake Vattern (one of Europe’s largest fresh water lakes), Läckö Castle private visit, Kornettgarden Café Museum, learn about the Gota Canal and its locks, steamship into Stockholm.

2020 Departure Dates

Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm (14 days)

June 9 – 22 – 2 More to Guarantee the Departure!
June 30 – July 13 – Guaranteed to Go!

Cycling Copenhagen to Gothenburg (7 days)

June 9 – 15 – 2 More to Guarantee the Departure!
June 30 – July 6 – Guaranteed to Go!

Cycling Gothenburg to Stockholm (8 days)

June 15 – 22 – 2 More to Guarantee the Departure!
July 6 – 13 -Guaranteed to Go!


 

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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