Gravel Explorer style bike tours

Part Paved Roads. Part Gravel Roads. 100% Unforgettable Experience. 

What to expect:

You’ll bicycle a mixture of road surfaces to experience natural beauty and local secrets unconfined by the limitations of paved roads. If you are a traveler who embraces adventure, loves a clean room, warm shower, and a delicious meal, but aren’t too concerned about 4-star hotels or smooth surfaces, and enjoy navigating with GPS track, Gravel Explorer tours are for you.

  • Lodging: We aim for comfortable 2 and 3-star hotels and bed and breakfasts with character. Most importantly, we’ll make sure you have a good breakfast that will energize you for the day and a comfortable bed. 
  • Tour leaders: Our tour leaders start with an unlimited supply of energy, and mix in talent, resourcefulness, and knowledge of local history and geography. These expert interpreters will be there when you need them and have a sixth sense for knowing when to help, and when to let adventure happen naturally.
  • Smaller Group Size: Gravel Explorer tours are limited to just 14 guests.
  • Meals: Breakfast and the first and last dinner will be inculded with your tour. Lunch options will vary each day. If we are in urban areas we’ll recommend places to stop for lunch en route.  If you are in a rural region we might suggest picnic supplies or a packed lunch from the hotel. Our tour leaders will always suggest their favorite local specialties!
  • Tour Design: Gravel Explorer tours are meant to explore a region so you’ll most often be traveling from hotel to hotel every night. 
  • Bikes: Bike style (mountain and e-hybrid) and tire sizes on our Gravel Explorer tours are selected specifically to handle the type of terrain you will encounter. 
  • Terrain: Though you will not be riding technical singletrack you will encounter a wide variety of road and trail surfaces including sections of rough or rocky terrain that require good balance and handling skills. 
  • Navigation:  Riders will be provided with a GPS (Garmin Edge, Edge 1000 or similar model) with the tracks preloaded. We will also provide GPS-tracks if you would like download them to your own device. Choose between navigating with the GPS, riding with your tour leader or a combination of the two!
  • Van Support: Gravel Explorer tours include van support that provides luggage transfers, water and snack resupply, mechanical assistance, and a lift for tired cyclists! However, given the nature of the routes the van will not always be able to follow the cyclists.
  • Complimentary gift.

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare or ground transportation.
  • Pre and post tour travel assistance. We will provide arrival and departure details and tips as well as first and last night hotel information if you would like to book any extra nights on your own. 
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcohol at group meals
  • Tour Leader gratuity 
  • Trip Insurance – learn more about trip insurance at our travel planning pages.

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Cycling Croatia's Istrian Peninsula on the Explorer Tour

Gravel Explorer: Croatia Blue & Green

Cycle Croatia, Slovenia and Italy as you explore the picturesque Adriatic coastline and rolling hills of the Istrian Peninsula.
8 days
From TBA
Gravel Explorer Level 3.0
  • May 17, 2025 – May 24, 2025
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  • Aug 30, 2025 – Sep 06, 2025
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Algarve bicycle tours

Gravel Explorer: Cycling the Algarve

Join us to cycle under sunny skies, and over a variety of paved and dirt terrain as you explore sandy shores as far as the eyes can see, soaring cliffs, whitewashed fishing villages, and a true taste of the warm Mediterranean culture.
7 days
From USD$2695
Gravel Explorer Level 2.5
  • Oct 09, 2024 – Oct 15, 2024
    Sold out – wait list available

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Gravel Explorer: White Roads of Tuscany

In 1997, 92 cyclists pedaled out of Gaiole in Chianti, to protest the paving of Tuscany’s white gravel roads, or strade bianche. Two decades later the excitement around riding gravel hasn’t subsided and we’re thrilled to have a beautiful gravel bike tour from Siena to Cortona to showcase some of these stunning roads.
7 days
From USD$3150
Gravel Explorer Level 3.5
  • Sep 08, 2024 – Sep 14, 2024
    Departure confirmed to go! 

  • Apr 28, 2025 – May 04, 2025
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  • Sep 07, 2025 – Sep 13, 2025
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  • Oct 05, 2025 – Oct 11, 2025
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Bicycle the Azores with ExperiencePlus

Gravel Explorer: Cycling the Azores

Cycle the rugged and stunning coastline, quiet back roads, verdant hills and lush valleys and forests of the Azore’s São Miguel Island from east to west. Experience the magical thermal hotspot of Furnas, cycle up and over the base of Pico de Vara and west through fishing villages on the north coast, climb the breathtaking Sete Cidades caldera and descend into its and volcanic lakes.
7 days
From USD$3295
Gravel Explorer Level 4.0
  • Oct 20, 2024 – Oct 26, 2024
     Contact us for availability