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Top 4 Tours for a Culture Fix

by Jessie Beyer - Monday, January 22, 2018

4 Great Tours for a Cultural Fix

Bicycle travel is a great way to get a taste for local culture – in its many forms.  Here are a few of our bicycle tours filled with phenomenal routes and deep dives into regional character that makes each place so unique.

Bicycling Bavaria’s Back Roads Plus! the Austrian Alps

Bicycling is a huge part of German culture and Bavaria is about as scenic as you can get. Cycle along quiet roads and soak in the history and traditions still thriving in villages sprinkled throughout southern Germany.  Explore some of the best-preserved towns and villages from the 15th through the 18th century, as Bavaria lends itself to the many charming German clichés. Along the way you will pass by fairy tale castles sitting in the clouds, cows roaming in green pastures, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the company of a gentleman sporting a pair of lederhosen while enjoying a delicious, frothy beer.

Cycling the Camino de Santiago – Roncesvalles to Santiago

With over 1000 years of tradition behind it, the Camino de Santigo is a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture and history on an age-old pilgrimage. While the medieval pilgrim was likely walking the Camino to honor the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder, the modern pilgrim’s reasons for doing the Camino varies widely from religious to spiritual to historical to cultural to sport. No matter one’s motivation, bicycling the Camino de Santiago is a once in a lifetime experience (just ask National Geographic Traveler) that will take you through historical highlights (churches, tombs, vineyards, ruins, palaces, and museums) in some of Spain’s most stunning regions.

Bicycling the Danube: Germany to Budapest

Get a taste for multiple cultures as you cycle through four countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary) when bicycling along the Danube River, from Germany to Budapest. As you ride along the longest river in Europe, you will pass through picturesque villages, pedal through natural wonders, visit historic abbeys and cathedrals, walk through terraced vineyards, and experience “Hungarian Tuscan” cuisine – and taste some wines. From historic monuments to culinary treats you will dive into the traditions that shape the fascinating regions along the Danube River.  Not to be missed, this itinerary has also been recognized by National Geographic Traveler as 1 of 50 Trips of a Lifetime.

Cycling Italy’s Culinary Delights Plus! the Farm

One could argue that Italy’s culture is synonymous with its food. Italian food culture is so robust that Italians will often say there is no “Italian food” but food from x, y, and z town/province/region.  In fact, Italy’s 20 regions are known for their specific culinary feats, and this Culinary Delights bicycling tour takes you to one of the ‘power players’ –  Emilia Romagna.  Recently mentioned in the New York Times’ Top Places to Visit in 2018 – see number 40, Emilia Romagna is a hidden gem with historic towns, beautiful riding and more “Italian food specialties” that have defined what the world considers Italian food than any other region: parmigiano, aceto balsamico, Prosciutto di Parma, bolognese sauce or “ragu” and tortellini, just to name a few.  Our Culinary Delights tour will leave you with a deep appreciation and understanding (and very satisfied appetite) for how some of Italy’s most famous foods are made.

 

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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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