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A2Z Adventures: a2z-Adventures.com

"We had a fantastic 2 weeks with A2Z in Portugal and would certainly , ..."

" I did the Pyrennes tour with A2Z when the company first started ..." more reviews

Adventure Travel Group adventuretravelgroup.com

"If you want large busses, large groups and large, "big box" hotels, Adventure Travel Group isn't for you. BUT, ..."

" ... Being a part of the craziness of the Tour de France itself, the restaurants and food, the lodging--all far surpassed my high expectations. I've been on many bike tours and ..." more reviews

Austin Lehman Adventures austinlehman.com

"The hotels are comfortable and clean, generally in smaller friendly towns ...."

" ...Here's what we like: great, incredibly helpful guides, well-planned itineraries; unstructured, informal days with just enough group activity but not too much; flexibility; excellent bikes; great value ..." more reviews

Backroads: backroads.com  

"My Backroads vacation riding through Tuscany was the best vacation of my life ..."

".. I like that they have different pricing options (classic or deluxe).Go now while the tourism business is hurting ..." more reviews

Bicycle Adventures bicycleadventures.com  

"Their guides are superb, equipment is first class, and logistic arrangements are flawless ..."

" ... This is a very reliable company, well managed, which provides great value ..." more reviews

Bike & the Like bikeandthelike.com

"Experienced, knowledgeable ride leaders who instantly turn a group of strangers into a circle of friends ..."

"The choice of hotels are in classic locations, where possible (Misquamicut Beach, view of surf fishermen just outside the window; 100 year old San Remo Hotel ..." more reviews

BikeTours.com biketours.com

"... The bikes have been great - size as well as condition. The ground team's have been on-time, personable, and quite helpful..." more reviews

Bike Riders  bikeriderstours.com

"The hotels and food were excellent and the guides were top notch. The small group size was ..."

"We have taken three tours with BikeRiders.  All three were excellent ..." more reviews

Blue Marble  bluemarble.org

"For the price, I was really impressed with the lodging. We actually stayed at mostly 3 star ..."

" ... I was not looking forward to carrying two day's worth of baggage in my paniers ..." more reviews

Breaking Away  breakingaway.com

There isn't one thing I would change about the tours I have taken,

"They can adapt to anyones mileage needs also. As I aged I wanted to ride shorter distances and they were able to meet my needs." more reviews

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Buckeye Country Roads Bicycle Tours buckeyecountryroads.com

"We would highly recommend this company if you want to see some beautiful areas of Ohio."

"I rode the Amish Country Adventure. It was a great ride and Buckeye Country Roads took a personal interest in everyone and did all possible to make sure all went well. Compared to other tours I have been on it was also a very good value. I will definitely go on another of their tours and highly recommend them" more reviews

Butterfield & Robinson butterfield.com

"After having taken a lot of Backroads trips, I thought B&R was going to be a more expensive version of the same thing.  It's not ..."

"... Appreciably more expensive than some but they stay in the top places available in the area - often converted castles or chateaux. In our experience on several trips with them ..." more reviews

Carolina Tailwinds  carolinatailwinds.com

"... Carolina Tailwinds' tours are operated by the owners of the company. Thus, their level of service exceeds that of other companies ..." more reviews

Ciclismo Classico  ciclismoclassico.com

"Every year we take a trip with Ciclismo Classico.  They just seem to keep getting better and better ..."

" ... Having travelled with B&R, Backroads and CC, I'd say that Ciclismo Classico hotels are almost as good as that of ..." more reviews

Classic Adventures  classicadventures.com

" ... a well planned tour at an excellent value.  Our guides were very knowledgeable and friendly..." more reviews

Creative Catalonia  creativeCatalonia.com

"For a self guided cycling vacation the first day is key to a successful experience ... . this was handled flawlessly ..."

" ... since they live in the area and they are not a huge company they willingly alter trip details to suit individual requests..." more reviews

CycleItalia  cycleItalia.com

" ... well thought-out itinerary, challenging yet fun rides, and lots of great food when off the bike ..."

"This specialized operator has a wealth of knowledge about cycling in Europe. They are former racers ..." more reviews

Cycling Centuries   cycling-centuries.com

" On a scale of 1-10, Cycling-Centuries.com provided a trip that was an 11 ..."

" ...both trips were excellent value for my money - quaint hotels, great meals, excellent bikes, clearly marked routes ..." more reviews

Cycling Country  cyclingcountry.com

"... Maggi and Geoff who are delightful give all the support and information for this adventure through Moorish Spain."

"... their prices are unbelievable for the experience, probably due to the fact they live in Andalusia and have less costs." more reviews

The Cycling House thecyclinghouse.com

"Everything was taken care of, including bike set up, meals, guided rides, nutrition and hydration, after ride entertainment options / ideas.... "

"Owen Gue and his team are simply the coolest people you are going to ride with..." more reviews

Cyclomundo cyclomundo.com

" ...The itineraries, bike hire, luggage transport and hotels selected were all of an excellent standard..."

"...This will be the first of many tours with Cyclomundo." more reviews

Deluxe Cycle Tours deluxe.com

"We are over 65 years old and found the quality and ease of the ride was as expected and well within our capabilities ... accommodations and food were truly 5 star ..".

"Our accommodations each night were first class, as were the dinners. Gary selected very nice bottles of wine each night ... more reviews

Digngo digngo.com

"... adapted to our needs and abilities with charm and grace .... "

" We did a 'self-guided' tour which was really a custom 'we are here whenever you need us' tour..." more reviews

Discover France discoverfrance.com

"... FANTASTIC!  Excellent routes and accommodations. Highly recommend.... "

"We found Discover France to the be the value for self-guided touring in France. They were about 25% less ..." more reviews

Discover Tuscany discover-tuscany.it

"... Leonardo speaks excellent English and will tailor his pace and route to meet the needs of your group ..." more reviews

Discovery Bicycle Tours discoverybicycletours.com

"I always love how much the leaders extend themselves to make sure we have a good trip. They are so good at communicating, keeping an eye on us when we wander, making sure we're safe, comfortable and well fed."

"This was my 2nd trip with this company and I would definitely tour with them again."

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Dream Trips dreamtrips.it

" Dreamtrips was very accommodating and flexible because our group wanted a more advanced trip..."

Lorenzo bends over backwards to make sure that his guests have an extra special vacation ..." more reviews

DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. duvine.com

"... bicycle vacation through unspoiled villages in France, while staying in charming inns and chateaux, eating gourmet cuisine and tasting world-class wines ..."

" This was my second trip with DuVine, and they always seem to make life so easy ..." more reviews

Easy Rider Tours easyridertours.com

"I've taken trips (over 40) with all the major companies and Easy Rider is the best value by far..."

"If you are considering a bike tour of Ireland" more reviews

Experience Plus! experienceplus.com

"... Excellent value and wonderful tours with great accomodations and meals.  Roads selected are paved country lanes with very few busy highways." 

"ExperiencePlus' system of using chark to mark the route at the start of the day is fabulous ..." more reviews

Far & Away Cycling FarAndAwayCycling.com

"The routes take you on the most interesting, less travelled roads with beautiful sceneries ..."

"The hotels and restaurants were of excellent quality ... the routes chosen were very condusive to riding." more reviews

First Light Bicycle Tours First Light Bicycle Tours profile

" .. Freewheeling will never cancel a trip, no matter how few participants.  We stayed at the same luxurious locations as Backroads but our trip cost much less."

"Groups are smaller than most other groups. I was impressed both with the quality of our guides and the quality of our accomodations ..." more reviews

Freewheeling Adventures Freewheeling.ca

" .. Freewheeling will never cancel a trip, no matter how few participants.  We stayed at the same luxurious locations as Backroads but our trip cost much less."

"Groups are smaller than most other groups. I was impressed both with the quality of our guides and the quality of our accomodations ..." more reviews

Great Explorations http://www.great-explorations.com/

“..The biking was challenging and the coast was great..."

“We had a great time. Robbin was a great guide and tried to satisfy everyone in the group ..." more reviews

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Grimes Getaways grimesgetaways.com 

"Nikki develops a tour through Montana that is amazing ... The price is great! ..."

"... the most genuine, thoroughly prepared tour for real people who want to maintain their own pace, need support from time-to-time ..."  more reviews

Holland Bike Tours hollandbiketours.com

"We took the unaccompanied tour from Brugge to Amsterdam. He felt we had a very personalized attention. The routes were enjoyable with good gps support. The accommodations were excellent."

"This was our first experience with an organized bike tour. We are avid cyclists and have visited the Netherlands before so we thought this would be a great way to see new places. The Holland Bike tour company gave us many options to meet our needs. The hotel accommodations were perfect. The routes were easy enough to follow with GPS. The company does a great job of communicating with you to meet your program needs. Very helpful and easy to work with. We hope to be back again in a few years."

IdleFast idlefast.com

... they have 30+ years experience riding/racing in the states and Europe, and boy do they know how to plan a bike trip! ..

" ... after signing up, Lance contacted me to discuss my goals for the trip and helped formulate a personalized training plan to get me ready for all of the climbs. " more reviews

Iron Donkey irondonkey.com

... they have 30+ years experience riding/racing in the states and Europe, and boy do they know how to plan a bike trip! ..

" ... after signing up, Lance contacted me to discuss my goals for the trip and helped formulate a personalized training plan to get me ready for all of the climbs. " more reviews

Kara Mia  karamiaitalianadventures.com

"...Having guides who have lived in Italy, we were the special guests of small family restaurants, had customized cycle routes through the stunningly beautiful Dolomites each day.."

"...added extras such as Olive oil tasting, wine tasting, funicular rides, train ride to top of mountain & cycle down on amazing cycle path. Accommodation and meals were top quality..." more reviews

La Corsa lacorsa.com 

" ... great routes and guides, challenging cycling, great hotels & food and the very personal attention of the directors on each rider's needs."

"... beautiful road with very little traffic.  Service was outstanding as the ride leaders were the company owners."  more reviews

Live Love Ride - Portugal Bike Tours  portugalbiketours.com

" ... The whole experience, from my initial web inquiry through to booking and riding can only be described as a 5 star experience"

"... My favorite area was the Douro region which is just stunning. They are hot on attention to detail.."

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Mercurio Tours mercurio-bike-travel.com

"... apprehensive booking my first cycling tour alone and with people I had never met. However the holiday was very enjoyable, the cycling relatively easy, the food, accomodation and company excellent."

"Mercurio’s owner was our on-the-trail guide, and provided outstanding personal attention to every detail of the tour ..."

"From the minute we arrived at our destination airport, Andre of Mercurio took charge of every detail. We had such FUN! Great company, food, accommodation, bikes ('Giant' make), panniers (Ortlieb), supply of water and snacks while riding, generosity on the part of Andre, excellent value for money. Organization second to none, attention to detail - the same."more reviews

Outfitter Bicycle Tours outfittertours.com

"I have toured in the Alps, the Pyrenees, Tuscany, Provence, and the Dordogne region with Outfitter Tours. Good organization, good support, good hotels. Highly recommended!"

"Excellent customer service; friendly and professional staff...If we plan another bike tour, we would definitely use them, and we recommend them to all our riding friends."

"... toured the region around Dijon and Beaune, Burgundy, France with Outfitter Tours. Very easy riding on good roads and some bike paths. The accommodations were first rate. We were there at the time of the grape harvest, which added to the interest and enjoyment.."more reviews

Tripsite.com (Pack & Pedal) tripsite.com

"We had a wonderful, independent cycling trip in Holland. ... Hotels were all accommodating and they were all prepared for our arrival..."

"... I was looking for a company that could help me organize a bike/barge European tour for 22 people and where we would be able to write a contract for the use of an entire barge. Pack and Pedal came through and were most helpful in accomplishing that for me ..." more reviews

Pedal Tours pedaltours.co.nz

" This is the second tour I have done with this company and they are consistently a joy to deal with."

"... When they say there are options for mileage, they deliver! Other groups don't offer enough mileage for me"

"Excellent bike trip, Hue to Saigon, Vietnam, great accommodations, good food, very nice guides"

Portugal Bike PortugalBike.com

"This was one of the most enjoyable bicycling trips we've taken -- and we've taken a few..."

"... I didn’t pull any muscles the way I did on my last road bike tour in a double chain ring road bike." more reviews"

Provence Cycling Holidays Provence-Cycling-Holidays.com

"... traditional Provencale accomodation and food to a high standard, a fastastic welcome from Neil and Nathalie,and terrific bikes"

"... use of the Garmins is a great idea and was very accurate and easy to follow. It made it much easier to follow then any printed route" more reviews

Pure Adventure Tours Pure-Adventures.com 

"Gastronomic Biking--self-guide. Had wonderful accommodations. The office staff, were so helpful and friendly..."

"We had a wonderful time. The bikes, accommodations, maps, and meals were great..." more reviews

Randonnee Tours randonnee.com  

"... The accommodations were fantastic, the scenery was breathtaking, our coordinator was great, and the biking was superb. It was one of the best vacations ever. We can't wait for our next trip!!!"

"... There is a tremendous sense of freedom in being on your own with no schedule except your own but also knowing that Randonnee is there ..." more reviews

Russian Cycling Touring Club rctc.ru

" ... These tours are organized by cycling enthusiasts in the club, many of whom are college professors. They offer you the chance to see the real Russia by traveling through small villages and towns ..."

" ... Highly recommended to those who are keen to be further off the beaten track, and don't mind roughing it - which just added to the sense of achievement ... " more reviews

Siciclando siciclando.com

"... We have been on dozens of bike tours and the four tours we have done with Siciclando in Sicily and Basilicata (Italy) are amongst the very best ever ..."

"Excellent communications,personal welcome and service, very good bikes, a wonderfully eclectic mix of accommodation [nearly all small, family run] ... " more reviews

Spyns spyns.com

" .... I'd used a few of the bigger bigger bike tour companies before but didn't like being a number and paying sky-high prices ..."

" Personal attention from the time you make contact with the owner/President Ryan and all through the trip..."
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Sojourn Bicycling Vacations gosojourn.com

"The tour leaders were great and loads of fun. Met some very interesting people from around the country... "

"They do US and Canada tours and appear to be largely staffed by former VBT people. These guys did a great job ..." more reviews

Summerfeet summerfeet.net

"We have toured with lots of companies The Maine's Gold Coast Tour was one of the best bike tours ... "

"The people from SummerFeet are very flexible and accommodating, much more so than the bigger tour companies .."

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Terracotta Journeys terracottaJourneys.com

" ...Every minute was rich with cultural mind openers, and pleasures of all sorts..."

" ...Terracotta Journeys confirms the wisdom of selecting a company that specializes in a region. " more reviews

Topbicycle topbicycle.com

"Friendly people, music, architecture, good hearty food, excellent beer and Moravian wine. Unique experience"

"... mapping out routes that were bike-friendly and giving us tools to easily navigate (maps, GPS unit and route notes) not to mention giving us a cell phone so we could call them 24/7" more reviews

Tradnatura Sports tradnaturasport.hu

" ... the kind of guides and hosts who would stop at NOTHING to provide the kind of experience you hope to have in Hungary. "

" ... The bikes are excellent and well maintained. The accommodation tends towards the luxurious, including old castles. They don't always look the cheapest but are all inclusive and brilliant value for money..." more reviews

Trek Travel trektravel.com

"... The bikes were exceptional (as you would expect of Trek); the guides friendly and hard-working; and the other riders fairly strong and very social..."more reviews

Tulip Cycling tulipcycling.com

"... Peter's choice of trails and roads was excellent for us to see the most beautiful parts of Holland, some castles..."

"... 60th B'day plus my husband said he enjoyed 90% of the trip. Not bad for someone who ordinarily doesn't cycle. For me 100% enjoyment...."more reviews

Undiscovered Country Tours udctours.com

"... I've probably done tours with 15 different bike companies and found UDC to every bit as good (or better) ..."more reviews

Van Gogh Tours  vangoghtours.com  

"I've done three tours with this company and plan to do more. Here's why: ..."

"My husband and I have tried three bicycle tour companies, and Van Gogh is our favorite. The rides are ..." more reviews

VBT Tours  vbt.com  

"We had a wide range of riders, from novice to very experienced. All got to bike at the level they enjoyed ..."

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Woman Tours  womantours.com  

"..The daily support and gear vehicle is on the road at all times, assisting, feeding, and encouraging riders [and] scouts road hazards [to] notify the riders.. "

"..I will be participating in my sixth Woman Tour in August, a testament to this outstanding tour company."

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Other Tour Companies

ABC Biking in Bangkok: We recently did a fantastic very well organized biking tour with ABC Biking in Bangkok / Thailand. We saw places which are hidden for the tourist. After a warm welcome where we were offered a delicious coffee and a flow of water we started our tour with 6 other guests from around the world (2 from Australia, 2 from the Netherlands and 2 from the USA. We cycled through the backstreets of Bangkok and avoided the traffic. From rich areas to poor areas, from high-rise buildings to small little house and all the time the friendly Thai people were saying hello or were waving at us like they had never seen some foreigners on a bike. This was a very welcome feeling. Our tour guide told us the ins and outs of the city full of enthusiasm and more important also about how to say hello (sawasdee krap if not misspelled) and some more words which helped us a lot during our holiday. - Hans Willemse, Antwerp, Belgium

Active 4 Adventures: Amazing! I went to France to follow TDF 2013 in Corsica and race L'Etape du Tour in Annecy. This company made everything perfect. The guys were very helpful not only while we were riding, but 24x7. They know what they have to do, and they do it in a good mood all the time, maybe because they like cycling as much as I do. This was my first trip to France and next year I'll be there, for sure, with the same company. " - Cicero Lourenco, Sao Paulo, SP

We had an excellent trip organized by Active 4 Adventures at the 2013 Tour de France and really enjoyed the experience. Our guide was fantastic and everything was very well organized. The hotels we stayed at were fantastic and our group couldn't believe how close we could get to the pro riders. Overall an incredible experience. We are already planning our next trip! - W. Lee, Singapore

AdventureBugTours.com: Excellent and affordable. Focus was the villages and comfortable (not luxurious) accommodations and meals. Lots of culture and exploration with moderate cycling. " - T Parsons, Burlington, VT

Andiamo Adventours: Andiamo Adventours pleasantly surprised us by their unique itinerary, sophisticated guides and extremely comfortable/beautiful accommodations. This coupled with their highly skilled and fluent cycling guides made for an absolutely delIghtful Italian holiday. We ventured to many amazing rural Italian towns and several not even on our itinerary simply because the guides wanted us to experience their own special finds. Matera blew us all away. The cycling routes were diverse and the difficulty and length was individually modified so that our beginner to advanced riders were happy at the days end. I marveled at Andiamo's accommodating disposition. Divine meals brought great closure to a seamless day of cycling. Thats what vacations means to me. - Kathy Poppingo, Piedmont, CA

They have been operating for more than 15 years mainly across Europe. I have taken 12 biking tours with them and they are personable have excellent guides and are very flexible in the ride routes and difficulty levels. They stay in quite unique hotels and visit many Unesco World Heritage sites. All Tours have are fully supported with SAG Vans and bicycles are included.- Mhauhe, Hermosa Beach, CA

At Your Pace: Exceptional bike ride through wine country and fruit orchards will leave you wanting more on this 20 mile journey! Beautiful scenery, minimal traffic and easy to follow route makes this tour a daydreamer's paradise - plenty to see along the way and a great way to see Colorado's Western Slope without having to hurry.... - KC Thompson, Golden, CO

This was truly a one-of-a-kind vacation! The mix of bike and horseback riding was unique, and the scenery was awe-inspiring. Accommodations and food were amazing. Thanks for a great adventure! - Bruce Z, Longmont, CO

Atlantic Canada Cycling: Although my Newfoundland, Canada trip had a great route, fantastic landscapes and terrific riders the tour company had very poor organization, did not provide advertised kitchen set up each night, assistance with bike repair advertised in brochure was also 'waved off', most of the kitchen items were unwashed at start of trip, a rider with a battery operated hearing implant was denied access to a charging station and in general the operation seemed confused and the tour guide/owner unpredictable - Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada

Austria Radreisen: My wife and I booked a nine day trip down the Danube (Passua to Vienna) with Austria Radreisen and I would recommend them highly. Communication and booking in advance was straightforward and prompt. They were flexible and allowed us to customize the trip by selecting a nicer hotel option for one of the nights (we paid a surcharge, but we expected that). The bikes were good and as advertised. Most of the hotels were charming and great -- with the exception of one mediocre spot -- even though we chose the cheapest hotel option they offered. Having looked into some of the other companies offering options down the Danube, I think this company has better relationships with nicer hotels. The company is efficient and everything worked as it was supposed to! Excellent value. - Eli, San Francisco, CA

Ave Bicycle Tours: Ave bike tours provides a relatively low(er) cost alternative to the big american bike companies (such as backroads, trek etc). They kept their word and did not cancel our prague-vienna bike trip even though our family of 3 was the only group on the tour. However, we had no sag van. The trip is hard, the accomodations are adequate (3* hotels--nothing fancy or charming, but clean and you have your own bathroom), the food is basic (you get no choice of food at dinner), and the guide is not particularly knowledgeable about the history or culture. But you get your money's worth--lots of cycling. Sometimes we were too tired to walk around the town at night. You tour castles etc on your own, and often it was just with a printed guide in english. If you book extra nights in prague through Ave, you should request a hotel close to the center of town--we were 45 min by public transportation outside of the center of town, and it required a bus ride and two subway rides each way. - J. E., San Francisco, CA

Bent's: This is a UK based company specialising in Germany and Austria.  They provide good value tours with very enjoyable bicycling.  Organisation is reliable, and they should be considered by anyone wanting good value. - J. Brua, London England

Bici Activa, Sevilla: Bici Activa was contracted by Cycle Fiesta to provide bikes for an 11 day bike trip in southern Spain. Carlos and Carlos provided excellent friendly service, and the dropoff/pickup happened on time and without a hitch. The bikes were brand new and in excellent working order. Highly Recommended! - Chris P., Victoria, BC

bike2malaga: We did a city bike tour with the company bike2malaga. The threatment was very friendly from the very first contact via email till the end of tour. The bikes where absolutely fantastic TREK Navigator, comfy and nice to ride in the city of Malaga but also on the Beach Promenade and Marina of Malaga. I strongly recommend this company, where every cent spent is worth it! - Bob Hirsch, Phoenix, AZ

We went with bike2malaga on our short road bike trip in Andalusia. Great road bikes, very helpful support from the team and our fantastic guide Ricardo made our holidays! - Tarina M., Los Angeles, CA

Bicycle Africa: This is a not for profit group that offers guided, self-supported tours in Africa (and now some in Cuba and SE Asia). The tours are off the normal tourist paths and while a bit more "adventure" than most group tours, they are the experience of a lifetime. Not the kind of trip for everyone, but a truly memorable trip. - Mischa K, San Francisco, CA

BikeSherpa: For our ten year anniversary we chose BikeSherpa.com for a week long, self-guided bike tour of East Germany! You need to know two things. 1) A better value you will not find. 2) A meticulously planned itinerary of fabulous food, fun, and accommodations are yours, all in a variety of locations. We can highly recommend the experienced staff of BikeSherpa. Try East Germany where there's less tourists and wide open spaces!! We loved it and can't wait to go back - Sarah Herring, Shawnee, OK

Bike Adventure Club - Rode 2 weeks, 12 days riding / 2 rest days, in Dordogne.. Well organized. Excellent que sheets. 2-3 star hotels. BAC is nonprofit. Any money not spent during tour is returned to riders. Actual cost of tour was $1600. Included all breakfasts, all dinners except 1 night. Only possible drawback to BAC trips: Trips set up by trip leader so they get trip for free. Trip only as good as leader. - Ron W, Denver, CO

Bike About Europe - All of Bike About Europe tours are fully guided from start to finish with one guide cycling with your small group (max. 8 guests per tour) and another guide driving the full support vehicle. Accommodation is in fantastic 4-Star hotels and tours include breakfasts, dinners, picnics, snacks, entrance to attractions and monuments, city maps, etc.. The guides are experienced, knowledgable and full of charisma. Difficulty levels range from very easy (less than 30 miles per day on extremely flat terrain) to extremely challenging (big climbs, 50+ miles, some off-road riding). One of the new players in the game with plenty to offer the discerning holidayer.- Chad Brown, Unknown

Bike and Cruise: With the exception of a couple of killer hills, I felt like I was on a 2nd grade field trip. We rode the routes as a group, with the fastest going no more than 10 mph and sometimes barely fast enough to keep your bike upright, then stopping and waiting forever for everyone else to catch up. And the waiting, my god, the waiting. We waited on the pier in St. Lucias for an hour and 45 minutes for our police escort, and this was typical. The food on the islands consisted of cold sandwiches for the most part and the beaches were all sub-standard. Overall, a huge disappointment.- M. Vondra, Plymouth, IN

Bike Dreams: The company states they run a race/adventure ride from Paris to Dakar,I raced in 2007 and returned in 2009 to defend my title.There were issues concerning race organisers/crew racing and interfering with paying customers race results in 2007. In the 2009 event the same happened with the race director continually racing/guiding participants I withdrew in protest half way.A good tour concept but as a race they fail the competency test - a adventure ride only avoid if you want to race a waste of training,money there are better organised races. John Faulkner, Culverden New Zealand

Bike Hike Adventures: This company is top notch. They run multi-sport adventures in South and Central America, Canada, New Zealand and Tanzania. Days are full of adventure, the equipment is real quality, food is plentiful and yummy, hotels are quaint with loads of character and the guides, 10+. I highly recommend them. - Gordon Ross, Toronto, ON

Bike New England, Gordon Harris led us on a tour around Ipswich, MA. The biking routes and sights were first class. I received a good work out and got to see Massachusetts from the inside out. A local writer/naturalist gave us very good information about the area and its waters. Our bed/breakfast was also very good. The owner and his wife were terrific and knew how to make their guests feel at home. We were able to reach Ipswich on public transportation, another bonus. Our biking companions were extremely friendly and very good bikers. - Charles Geiss, Valparaiso, IN

Bike Switzerland: Bike Switzerland is an excellent value. Days are organized so that riders have a choice between doing a long day or a short day. The tour crosses the while country West to East...an excellent way to see Switzerland. - John B.   

Bike Spain: Generally good organization. Staff was friendly and outgoing. They worked hard to give the full "Camino" experience. Van support was very helpful on those terrible uphills! Food was generally very good. - Dawn S. Ottawa, Canada

Bike Tour Vacations: Been on a few tours with Bike Tour Vacations. They've always had a very well thought out route and good stops. Because it's focused solely on the Midwest and the Great Lakes in the US, I feel like they really know where the best stuff is, from food to sights. Also great to take a family on, they'll work with you on any tour to make sure the pace is right.- Eric Eaton, South Lyon

Bike Tours Florence: This is relatively new tour company opened just over one year ago as of June 2014. The owner and guide, Dejan, lead 7 of us on a wonderful day of cycling in the Chianti country side. We enjoyed a nice lunch with wine and a tour of the winery and olive oil making operation. The scenery and experience was terrific and Dejan has a big personality full of happiness and joy that made for a memorable day.- D. Holcomb, Worthington, OH

Biking Escape: Biking Escape conducts one-day bike tours in Tuscany, Florence and Chianti. Their Tuscany bicycle tour takes you on an amazing biking ride through the Tuscan terrain surrounded by private forest, olive groves, vineyards and Cyprus trees. What I liked about is the incredible support that follows you all along making you feel at ease and you can quit anytime when you feel exhausted by boarding the accompanying van. - Dilip Samuel, Chennai, TN

Black Bear Adventures Bicycle Tours: I have been fortunate to participate in a lot of trips in my lifetime. If I were to rank them, the Epic Tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway would be right up there at the top. All staff did an excellent job on keeping up our group morale and making sure we were all well taken care of. In spite of the difficulty of the ride, I found myself enjoying the experience. In short, I will not hesitate to do another tour with them. - Hank B., White Bear Lake, MN

Tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway.. It doesn't get any better than this. Great riding professionally guided by the best. Pure JOY. - A. Cruse, Marblehead, MA

Breton Bike. Flexible, accommodating, a true pleasure! We booked a last-minute trip, had to fly across a continent so there was little room for error. Their easy flowing manner made it easy to calmly depart for the trip and arrive there feeling confident all was in order. The bikes were spectacular, their local knowledge impressive, all arrangements were taken care of without having to follow up or badger them. The accommodations were adequate equaling our expectations. We did set lower than normal expectations knowing we were on vacation in the country. In several cases we were pleasantly surprised to find a lovely setting. Great for kids! My 9 year old son travelled the whole trip with me and enjoyed the whole thing--from the history, to the challenge of biking, to the simple pleasures of the hotels and the outdoors. I'd do it again without skipping a beat!!!

Bubba Fest We rode BubbaFest Florida Nov, 2013 which was I first experience with Bubba who is the individual that runs this group. The good news is there were 200 people biking, average age probably 55-60, and they don't look like cyclist in their behavior or dress. The route was very dicey, riding along US Hwy 1 to Key West and back. I have never been on a bike ride where you ride back over the same route. It is very windy with many bridges which makes it windy. I think the best way to sum up this bike ride after doing about 40 in my time of biking, it was a party for 7 days which we got to pay for, 3 days off of biking which is a good amount, plus I never saw Bubba on a bike or anyone of 8 staff members. Not one of them scouted out the route daily and there were many difficult spots. They had many sag drivers which the group readily uses. Great ride for middle aged riders that want to be involved with a party.- Joyce K., Chicago, IL

Butterfield & Robinson Just returned from Holland biking rated 'easy' and paying extra for electric bike. Reviews on their website suggest that this trip is ok for inexperience bikers. Riding through crowded Dutch cities dodging bikes, cars and trams while following complicated route notes on a bike that 4 of us got no training on was a disaster and not 'easy'. It might be flat but it is not always the bucolic countryside on their website. You have to get to the countryside from the center of a city. Needed some training on how to manage the extremely heavy bikes especially on tight turns and speed control. Guides simply said 'you'll get used to them.' Major crashes resulted in three travelers abandoning biking. Hotels and meals fine, but everyone complained that we had no guide at the back of the pack resulting in riders getting lost everyday. Overall not worth the cost unless you are an experienced biker.- M. Koller, New York, NY

Cadence Tours: This company provides fantastic Northern and Southern Giro d'Italia cycle tours & Tour de France tours highlightling the most iconic rides, amazing landscapes, superb views, high quality hotels, bilingual pro guides, back up vehicles, transfers - basically all my needs were met and my expectations were surpassed. I'd definitley recommend them to anyone looking at cycle tours of Italy or France - amazing and life changing! - Kristin, VIC, Australia

Carolina Tailwinds: We have completed 4 trips with Anne and Greg and have another on reservation. Their attention to detail is evident throughout the tour but especially in the excellent route selection. Good riding is of course why most people go on a bike tour and we have never been disappointed with the miles they carefully select. Good food, nice accommodations, interesting off bike activities and leisurely happy hours all adds up to a relaxing vacation. - Christine S., Rush, NY

Celtic Trails: I just had the best vacation of my life on Celtic Trails.  Paul who runs all tours is past cycle racer for Ireland.  He only leads tours in Ireland because that is what he knows best.  We went to the neatest hole-in-the-wall pubs with amazing music.  The biking is a scenic 40 miles a day (generally on empty roads).  He takes pictures of your whole trip (we had over 1000 at the end).  Plus, wine is included as are daily lunches and dinners!  - Melina Hoyer, Berkeley, CA

Central Coast Outdoors: I love Central Coast Outdoors! The owners, John and Virginia, are consummate professionals and super fun, too. They planned a special birthday camping/biking trip for me and my friends. They listened to my ideas, and were able to develop an amazing and memorable trip, complemented with added details that I never would have thought of myself. I would definitely recommend them!   - Corry Wagner, San Francisco, CA

The riding and winery experience offered by Central Coast Outdoors was fantastic (we did the Edna Valley ride). Our guide was great, making us aware of what we were going to be experiencing and helping mark the way so that no one would go off course. Lunch was excellent! Great company and highly recommended. - Claudio B., Redwood City, CA

The Chain Gang: The tours are very reasonably priced and their guides are knowledgeable both in the local culture and in cycling/mechanics. The equipment is typically new Trek bikes. Accomodations are 3* B&B and the food is out of this world. I have been on 2 of their tours and I look forward to many more. These vacations are wonderful and care free. I am surprised this company is not profiled on this site. They are headquartered in the UK and run tours mostly in France and Italy. - Barry C., Houston, TX

Cicloposse: The owners are a charming Italian couple, and I would like to say that they gave us great service and that will use them again, but that's not true. We had multiple problems with the bikes: chains constantly falling off, 3 flat tires in one day, etc. One day we were stranded without being able to ride as we waited for new equipment. We have traveled with many other companies, so we knew it wasn't us. - Warren H, New York, NY

We just got back from a two-week self-guided tour of Sardinia organized by Cicloposse and BiketourSardinia.. Not only did they plan our trip, they customized it for us, stretching their one-week tour to 14 days so we could relax, get to know the towns we were staying in, see more sites, and take some much-needed time off the bike. We had a choice of daily itineraries one more challenging than the other. We found, however, due to the hilly terrain of the Island, that even the less challenging rides were still challenging. The routes they chose were awesome; we usually met more sheep than people, and the accommodations were first-rate; best of all, the touring company arranged the transportation of our suitcases from each hotel or B&B to the next. Biking in Sardinia was one of the most demanding tours we’ve taken; it was also one of the most rewarding with challenging climbs, panoramic views, beautiful descents, and of course, amazing food. - Jamie Keller, Berkeley, CA

Cycle Green Tours: We, a family of 5 have been cycling in April through the Peloponnese in Greece and have discovered a secret place. Great guides,beaches,hotels and food.Wonder were these guys have been all our cycling life ? We have seen and biked through many european destinations,but that was the best. - Wolfgang R., Calgary, Alberta,Canada

Cycle Tours Australia: I recently completed The Grand tour with Cycling Tours Australia which was seven days long and was a fantastic experience and a great holiday idea! - Chaz Barlow, Kent Town, SA

Cycle Fiesta: We went on the Food and Wine Tour in the north of Spain. The tour was very cheap and included decent accommodations. The scenery was great and distances were fine; a bit short for me, but perfect for my wife. The highlight was the food, particularly the visit to the cider restaurant. We went to many excellent restaurants with a local feel. The trip was well organized with one guide in SAG and the other cycling at the back of the group. It rained on a couple of days, but the cycling was still fairly enjoyable. We would use them again.- Peter Davies, Preston, UK

Cycle Fiesta arranged a 5 day self guided cycle trip from the north to the south of Tenerife staying in 4 different hotels. The cycle routes were well described, the bikes of excellent quality, the driver and luggage transfer was very efficient and the places we saw and hotels were great. I would thoroughly recommend this company and the service that they provide..- Richard I-L, Durham, UK

Cycle Tours Holidays: We took a bike and boat tour with this company and cannot be more pleased. Everything was as listed except that it was much better. Our guide, Jans had an encyclopedic knowledge of Holland and it was fun listening to him repeat in three other languages. - C & K Daigle, Broussard, LA

Cycle Tours Slovakia: Cycle Tours Slovakia, www.cycle-sk.com was a wonderful experience. We have ridden in three continents and were surprised to find Slovakia one of the most varied and fun. We brought our road bikes and did many days of pretty tough cycling with some great mountain passes. The three-star hotels and all-inclusive food were great but the Gypsy band Jana had arranged for us was a real surprise! -  S. Feller,  Phoenix, AZ

Cycleest.com: Cyclewest.com offers fantastic tours of western Ireland run by an Irish native. The routes are designed to be far from traffic, and the lodgings are the stuff of which memories are made.  Each day she can offer you a variety of cycling routes if you want something more challenging! - M Brigham, Troy MD

Cycling Croatia: We toured with Cycling Croatia in July, was a mixture of different abilities and fitness levels; it was one of the best holidays we've ever had. Our tour guides were exceptional hosts; they took real care, providing all the support we needed (and some needed more than others!) but also gave us space when needed. They were knowledgable, informative, helpful, patient, friendly (and occasionally hilarious) The holiday itself was very well organised, the cycling was challenging enough for one very keen cyclist in our group, and enjoyable for everyone thanks to the great support for those who didn't want so much of a challenge. Croatia was wonderful - what a beautiful country - and we felt that Cycling Croatia had really made an effort to show us the true spirit of the country with some fantastic visits to local enterprises, where we sampled many Croatian delights! Also, the route followed some roads we would never have found ourselves, amazing scenery to rival - Sally, NY, America

Cycling Tours Australia: Great company. We just did The Grand Tour bike tour 6 nights accommodation including full breakfast! it was a self guided tour and the routes, the organization and the accommodation were exceptional. We'll definitely plan another trip! - Chaz Barlow, Adelaide, SA

Cyclobuddies: I've recently come back from a trip to the Tour de France. Cyclobuddies has an accreditation with the Societe du Tour de France which allowed us to go inside the Village du Tour or after our rides to the VIP bus to watch the finish of the stage in the best conditions. They organize other tours to the Spring Classics in April or to Spain in early spring where they have a training camp near Girona. On fall, they will go to the Beaujolais area to hammer and to do some wine tasting. - Tom L, Greenville, SC

CW: In May 2011 my husband and I had the pleasure of doing the first self-guided cycling trip offered the by the company CW, formerly known as Country Walkers. We selected the Lakes Region of Austria as our destination and could not have chosen a better trip in which to celebrate my recent 60th birthday. The Austrian countryside is exquisitely beautiful! We stayed at lovely places where the food served at each was always a gourmet delight; our luggage was always efficiently transferred for us; and the sites along the way were so interesting. Because it was on us to get from one point to the next, we developed a real connection to the region and felt quite at home throughout our journey. There can be some challenging moments, but as long as someone in your traveling party is good at reading maps (in this case, my husband), we highly recommend selecting one of CW's cycling vacations for your next adventure. We are so happy we did!- Cindi Schwegman, Highland, IN

Dakota Bike Tours: I’ve taken several bike tours thru various companies over the past 20 years, and have unfortunately had occasion to have to cancel a few due to health or other issues. Refund policies vary (e.g. partial refund, nothing, credit towards future tour, etc.). Not only did owner Jim Brooks send me a full refund, no questions or forms necessary, it came with a personal note wishing me a complete recovery. If this thoughtfulness is an example of how he runs Dakota Bike Tours, then I definitely plan to travel with him. J. Blinder, Allentown, PA

In addition, they are very well organized with detailed routes given to each rider and history of the areas being visited. I highly recommend them! -Megan S., Salida CO

Detours in France: This company arranged our trip but we actually biked on our own. We sent lots of emails bake and forth before going bikiing with this company in France. Their hybrid bikes were great but my husband and I rode a tandem (which we do at home) and it was heavy and had gearing trouble. We wish it had been comparable to the bikes our kids had. The maps they gave us were good but we were missing a couple of crucial pages. The hotels were fine. This company had agreed to give us three dinners during our week but when we got there said that they hadn't. And hence we are out a fair amount of money. Biking in France is great; we're not sure we really needed a company, but it was good to have one for our first bike trip experience. Wish I had found this site before we left home. - Nancy K

Discovery Trails: Excellent and affordable bike tours in Auvergne, the heart of France. Quality hybrid (Cube) and Electric (Gazelle) bikes, and incredible support. The routes and accommodations beat the tired old routes that one can take in Europe. We have a spectacular vacation in a region that is completely unknown, but so incredibly beautiful. We biked on excellent roads, without any aggrivation from other tourists - we had the impression that the area had been privately reserved for us alone. A well organised tour, top quality bikes, and well written bikeroutes... a real 'hidden jewel' to recommend for someone who wants a bike vacation in what is perhaps the most beautiful part of France. - Joop ten Cate, Assen, Drenthe

Dolcevita: We cycled 4 days in sardinia on self-guided. dolcevita adjusted tour to accomodate our dates. They were punctual, bikes worked well, excellent accomodations, good food. we did not pay ahead for dinners but some locations were a bit removed so we ended up enjoying dinner at accomodation site. price came out about the same. very low-key tour. our goal was to cycle no more than 30 mi. per day and jump in beautiful ocean 1-2x per day. the south west of sardinia was perfect for that. great company. best price.- M. Ginty, Alta, CA

EcoTours: Our trip to Chile and Argentina with Ecotours was spectacular! The riding was extremely fun and quite challenging. The route was mainly on very low traffic roads with extraordinary scenery. Every day we saw truly amazing sites while we were busting our lungs up, over, down and around the Andes. The hotels ranged from very comfortable to exceptional, and the food was always outstanding. In particular, we truly appreciated our Chilean guides for their expert knowledge of the region, their superior customer service and the surprisingly delicious picnic lunches. This is a part of the world that any passionate cyclist should not miss, and a great place to ride during the Northern hemisphere’s winter months! - Phil H., Atlanta, GA

Enosa Expeditions:  I went to Tanzania for the sake of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and visit other amaizing places. But what was so special is when i did Bike tour in Moshi town.Enosa Expeditions give me a very professional tour guide, a guy was so helpful .I visited several cultural places and i tested an a Chagga brew called 'Mbege'. Tour was so special to me and i relaxed alot. It made me to remember those days during high school when me and my colleagues did bike tours and visited many places. Please you can go to Tanzania and do bike tour. Its a very nice tour.- Jerry Chuck, Amsterdam

Erickson Cycle Tours: I have a love-hate relationships with ECT. I have done 2 tours (Dolomites and French Pyrenees). Stunning scenery and HARD! riding. Small groups. Nice hotels and meals. Support minimal, however--there is a van but you never see it, and even if you call them for help, it is unlikely you will get it. I would use them again only because they offer unique and challenging routes and they carry our stuff. They need to improve their service, however." - Bend, OR

I just completed a two week trip in Italy through the Dolomites with Erickson Tours. This was the best--Glenn and Nancy Erickson, both former masters cycling champs put together a wonderful tour at a reasonable price. They provide excellent support materials, very good food and accomodations, and perhaps most important, a very warm and engaged presence coupled with the highest level of competence and support. Many return riders attest to the great job they do. - Boulder, CO

Ethiopian Wine Trek: Last year, we had a very good experience with Ethiopian Wine Trek operators. We had Addis Ababa Mountain Bike Tour, and they made sure the technicality of their materials as well as our comfort and sefty. I and my friends would like to recommend this company for their tours in Ethiopia. - C. Michael, Denver, CO

Eurocycle: " We have used Eurocycle for three tours in France, Austria and Italy and have been well pleased. Their web site offers both independent and guided tours throughout Europe www.eurocycle.at with independent tours running about $125 per day.  One of the best cycling values I have ever seen, including B&B, luggage transfers, bike rentals.  Guided tours are slightly more." - Larry D., Tacoma, WA

Europe by Bike:  Just returned from their Tour de France trip.  It was highly disorganized, had way too many people (180). I would not recommend this company to anyone. - Kevin MacAfee, St. Paul, MN

"I went on Europe By Bike's Tour de France tour.  It was a disaster of a trip.  It was under staffed and had insufficient resources.  The rides had no cue sheets or maps and were poorly planned.  The rides also had no support... The bikes were carried on home-made racks in box trucks cushioned from each other by pieced of cardboard!  I know of several bikes (mine included) that were seriously damaged.  There are so many things that went wrong on this trip, it was unbelievable. " - Brian S., Rockville, MD

Eurovelo Tours - Excellent Tour, excellent accomodations, Superb meals,Fantastic itniaries, Increadible hosts...Thanks...Will go again will have no problem telling all my friends and cycling enthusiasts - Mark N., Toronto, ON.

A rather new company. They spare no expense and attend to every detail. - Toni Wallachy, Toronto, Ontario

Fold n' Visit: Portugal is a beautiful country with amazing diverse scenery, cycling was a great way to see it. Happy to support and thoroughly recommend this great local business. 3) A wonderful experience! We biked on paths, boardwalks, back roads, through woods, along the beautiful Atlantic coast, beside pilgrims walking to Santiago, through city streets and sidewalks, and more! We opted to stay in 4 star hotels, which I would definitely recommend (converted palaces, monasteries, etc.).- Andrea Lester, Australia

"The trip included wonderful biking-many bike paths, trails and traffic-free lanes. It was made special -even inspiring- by following the route of St James--the Camino -- a historic pilgrimage route. Having tour guides made the trip stress-free thus more enjoyable. Their knowledge covered all aspects of the trip: best routes,history of the area, the best places to eat, out-of-the way special sites, translation and more."- Lynn Conrad, Pensilveya

France Active Travel: Great ride on country side roads. My husband and I went on their provence trip and we were pleased by the kindness and high knowledge of the guide. The trip was van supported, small group (they don't take more than 8). Good choice of accommodations and the food and wine.... lovely.- Anne Kraviski, New York, NY

Gears and Grapes Getaways: This is a small, new luxury company that I really enjoyed. This was my first bike tour so I don't have much to compare it to but my girlfriend and I (both wine lovers) decided to go on a trip. It was a three day trip through Napa and Sonoma, California tasting wine. The best part about the way things are run is that I could bike in the morning with other cyclists while my girlfriend enjoyed the yoga class and spa. Then we were able to spend the afternoon cycling together, drinking amazing wine and learning through talking to our sommelier guides and the vintners themselves. We both got what we wanted out of the vacation and got to spend time together. I like biking, she likes lounging. We both love wine. This was really the perfect weekend getaway. Josh Gould, Los Angeles

Girolibero: My wife and I took part in the Bike&Boat tour Venice–Mantua. I want to let you know that we enjoyed the week hugely and the enjoyment was greatly due to the staff on the Ave Maria boat. Our tour leader was wonderful and she went above her duty to see that we saw a “slice” of real Italy - she was simply superb. Also the food and welcome on board the Ave Maria was terrific - how cooks managed to serve such wonderful food I don’t know, but we really enjoyed it! Now that we have discovered this company, I think they’ll be seeing more of us! Rob and Judi, Toronto, Canada

Girona: tour company staff was very helpful with getting emergency information from the U.S. to us, locating local cycling jerseys, describing routes, and getting bike tools we needed. Spanish people were very courteous to us as riders and the roads were in spectacular shape and clean. The accommodations were clean, modern, and much better than I had expected. Anne Hughes, Sharon, CT

Jaime Wilson is a one-man operator for Girona Bike Tours. If you are interested in an easy-going, 1/2 day to 1 day tour outside of Girona (Spain), then I highly reccommend using Girona Bike tours. Jaime picked us up directly from our B&B on our first day, with comfort bikes ready to ride. He took us an area called 'El Baix Emporda,' an area of farms and medieval villages. We also visited the ruins of an ancient Roman town. The next day Jaime again picked us up for a bike ride around the area of Banyoles, and then to the ancient and beautiful village of Besalu, where we enjoyed a brief tour and refreshing beer. Jaime makes the tour special because he will cater to your wants, biking skill level, and other needs. He knows the best places to stop for a picnic, and happily changed my tire under the HOT European sun. He even arranged our B&B! Cathy and Jim D., Richmond, VA

Gourmet Cycling Travel: We had a great time with these guys and were really impressed that they are so hands-on with their tours. Beautiful rides, AMAZING hotels, good camaraderie and great food. As an ex pro, Simon had very helpful tips and the private cooking classes and meals with Chef Jon were outstanding! They are truly passionate about what they do and it shows, we can't wait to tour with GCT again. - B. Fuller, Seattle, WA

Grasshopper Tours Grasshopper Tours is a bicycle touring company based in Bangkok. We did a very reasonably priced '9 day' tour down the coast to Ko Samui. The support was fantastic and we had two guides most of the time. Wonderful food included most meals (more than enough)and lot's of snack/water breaks. Comfortable lodging in seaside resorts. This was a fairly easy trip but they have others that are more challenging.  - Peter Keithly, Port Orchard, WA

GreatCycling.com offers choices of over 20 rides based out of a three-star hotel in Riccione, Italy.  The rides are geared for riders of all levels, from leisure to triathlete.  Packages are fully inclusive with many extras, yet comparatively value priced."  - Eli S, Toronto, Canada

Great Exploration My wife Tracy and I recently returned from a 6-day Great Explorations tour around the islands of Croatia. Robbin and his 2 Croatian guides led our group of 10 and made each day perfect. I really can't say enough about how much fun we had and how much we felt that we were in the hands of people who knew the country, its customs and (happily) its wineries! Really the perfect vacation. - James S., Berkeley, CA

Perfect active vacation. Great Explorations, again this year in Portugal, took us to not so discovered locales with awesome hotels (renovated castles), breathtaking scenery, and superb riding. Guides were knowledgeable, capable and most of all, fun, that greatly augmented the experience. Routes are well chosen to balance challenges for serious riders (me) and "enjoy the scenery" riders (my wife). Thought we could not top the Croatia ride last year, but Portugal was on par at A+. Will again be our 1st choice for next years vacation, ...maybe Spain. Oh yes, my wife reminds me to add that the food was spectacular and the wine was very good (to our pleasant surprise). - K. Martin, Oakville, ON, Canada

HAT Tours: ... offers affordable Bike and Barge tours in Europe. We did the Loire Valley tour last year and loved it. We averaged 25 leisurely miles/day riding rolling hills through quaint villages with frequent stops at wineries, impressive castles and many interesting sights. The barge meets you each day at your destination so no need to pack up daily and those wanting a break from cycling can spend a day on the barge. This is a perfect vacation for a couple where one partner is a cyclist and the other isn't. $1100 for 7 nights included accomodations, bike rental, tour guide, transfers and 3 meals per day (breakfast and packed lunch were pretty basic but justified daily visits to bakeries).  Accomodations were small cabins but okay. Bikes were heavy 21-speed dutch hybrids which were suitable for the terrain. I took my own saddle and clipless pedals. This is NOT a luxury tour nor is it for avid cyclists seeking long distances or speed on lightweight road bikes. But, it's affordable and fun. We'll be back next year! - Linda H., Vancouver, BC

 Accomodations were small cabins but okay. Bikes were heavy 21-speed dutch hybrids which were suitable for the terrain. I took my own saddle and clipless pedals. This is NOT a luxury tour nor is it for avid cyclists seeking long distances or speed on lightweight road bikes. But, it's affordable and fun. We'll be back next year! - Linda H., Vancouver, BC

Headwater Holidays: Self-guided tours mean you get a map and a destination, with some vague route suggestions. Good hotel choices, and good food.  Curiously, the tour prices are MUCH higher for registering from the US as opposed to registering from the UK.  Overall a good experience - Chuck P, Washington DC.

Helia : Slovenia Cycling Company based in Lakr Bled, designed a great self guided for 7, including sourcing an electric bike. Accommodation and food great, scenery wonderful, and good Maps, plus directions. Company very flexible went to a lot of trouble to meet our requirements.- M. Mitchell, Sydney Australia

Hooked on Cycling: Went on Hooked on Cycling tour from Innsbruck to Riva del Garda. The route was great. A few difficult climbs but overall a very pleasant area to cycle in. This tour operator though have really poor communication skills and were constantly arrogant in how they communicated once they had received their payment. They mixed up the tag a long bike that we had ordered and paid for which meant that for the first day and a half my 8 year old daughter had to travel in a cramped carrier, which also made the climbs much more difficult for me. The company dealt with this really poorly and did not even acknowledge their mistake. They sent a cheque for the tiny difference in price between a carrier and a tag a long, but this was not the point. Strongly suggest avoiding this company. - Michael Cogan, Cork

Hooked on Cycling United Kingdom: High quality bikes, poor condition. Maps great, B&B's above what was expected. We did a self-guided tour which was 7 days of riding in Scotland. Tread seemed nonexistent on one bike. Operator said it was called a sleek tread. Sleek doesn't work on rough terrain. They seemed to have forgotten what the trails they sent us on were like. Same bike lost a rear brake pad which meant improvising with the must have duct tape. 3 stars because trip was fun (5 stars) but the attitude of the operator (0 stars) averaged it to a 3 star rating. - Kelly O., Somerset, WI

I Bike Tuscany: Read several glowing reviews on Trip Advisor, Frommers -- even Chowhound.  Checked out the website, read the testimonials and loved the very personal, genuine and non-corporate feel of it.  My husband and I went for it and booked a five-day tour in Tuscany last fall and we were not disappointed.  True to what we had heard, Marco was a FANTASTIC guide; professional, caring, patient, knowledgeable and most of all, FUN.  He made our trip in this gorgeous region truly unforgettable and we haven't stopped raving since we've been home.  In addition to the spectacular bike routes, we stayed in incredible places, ate amazing food and sampled wonderful wines (and cheese!  And olive oil!  And honey!).  Oh, and the bikes were top-notch.  You should definitely look into this small but very well-run company. - Alicia R., Los Angeles, CA

Italian Cycling Center: The Italian Cycling Center, rather than doing point to point tours, offers guided rides from a base at the foot of the Pre-Alps in northeastern Italy. Three groups, at different ability levels, do a daily loop through the mixed terrain of the Veneto. Riders can choose between daily Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner routes. Dates are whenever you choose during the May through September season. All meals are provided, including wine and bottled water. Very reasonable price -  G. Pohl, Philadelphia PA

The Italian Cycling Center is a wonderful way to experience Italian cycling and life in Italy.  Each day offers a few rides depending upon level of fitness and interest.  The rides are wonderful!  Typically, you return in early afternoon for a great lunch and spend the afternoon doing whatever interests you.  Based in a small hotel located in a small town about 1 hour from Venice.  The central base has the added advantage of allowing complete flexibility in your arrival and departure dates.  As a result, interesting people are always coming and going during your stay.  I met my future wife on one of my trips! - Tom Kraus, Foxboro, MA

International Bike Tours: - Great value for the price!  A support van and two guides.  Small, probably 3 star hotels, clean, family owned, accommodating.  Very supportive group riding, various levels of rides.  These folks do the rides for Elderhostel, as well as the rides they do under their own name.-  L Anderson, Gladstone, OR 

Lost Earth Adventures: I travelled to Nepal on a mountain biking trip. I am hoping that they can be included in your review site as the biking holiday I went on was outstanding! They really know the best spots in Nepal. We had different abilities on our tour and they did a great job of making everybody happy finding different ways for us but always meeting up during the day or at night. All their local guides are pretty accomplished riders and our English guide Richard was great at teaching us some well needed skills. We got well off the beaten path and experienced some of the best mountain biking I have ever ridden. - Jarrah Healey, Hobart, Tasmania

McGhie's Ski & Bike: Road Bike Tour Red Rock Canyon Our Las Vegas stay was highlighted by a guided road bike tour booked through McGhie's bike shop. Our guide Amy was vey professonal and courteous. My wife and I are differnt levels of riders and she made sure my ride was as enjoyable as my wife's. Amy was very encouraging to my wife and made sure we had stops to recover. The ride through Red Rock canyon was unbelieveable. The scenery was tremendous. I would recommend this to any road cyclist. I forgot to take full finger gloves and my hands were cold on the downhill runs. On our stop in Blue Diamond (secondary McGhie's location) Amy asked one of the othe rMcGhie guides for full finger gloves for me and was graciously offered. - Rod Usami, Markham, Ontario

Madrid-Lisbon: This is an incredible Mountain Bike Route, from Madrid to Lisbon. Maybe the best ride of my life, for sure a 'must do it' for all fanatic MTBikers off the world..-Antonio Gavinho, Portugal

Maine Coast Bicycle Tours: I cannot say enough about this company. Normally, when I find a vacation spot, I don't want to tell anyone about it for fear it will become overrun, but these people really deserve your business. They are so accomodating and friendly. Our tour guide was excellent. The rides were moderate difficulty, but if you had trouble, they would send a van to pick you up. The sights on Mount Desert Island are spectacular and they provide a variety of rides as well as a kayak excursion and two hikes to give the tour some variety. Everything was optional. You could do as much or as little as you wanted. They have quality bicycles and keep them in excellent shape. The B&B that came with the tour package was excellent. The restaurants they chose for lunch and dinner were also top notch. Despite all the exercise, I may have gained a pound or two. I had such a great time. My highest praise to Maine Coast Bicycle Tours.-Mary K., New York, NY

Memoires de Provence: My partner and I enjoyed a magical six night stay at the Provence Farmhouse along with two other friends. Everything was amazing, from the organization of the rides, to the scrumptious meals, to our friendly hosts. I will definitely be recommending this to my friends and family, and hope to go back in the future. Provence is so gorgeous, and staying at the farmhouse, and cycling out for various day-trips is the best way to see it! It's especially great if you're with a group, and different members want to enjoy different levels of cycling trips--and then reconnect at the house. -B. Edson, Phoenix, AZ

Best company in the South of France. Lovely facilities, nice bikes, fantastic selection of rides for all levels. Great food and Neil and Natalie couldn't be more charming and helpful. -Sarah T., Phoenix, AZ

Six of us stayed with Neil and Natalie. Their exceptional knowledge of the area deeply enhanced our trip, from great restaurants,picturesque off road cycle ways and easier biking routes to villages. He even devised a new route for us more physically challenged.Their hospitality was exceptional, even down to lending me some clothing for the cooler weather.The bikes and Garmins all made for a great cycling week.Highly recommended.- L. Bryant, Hamilton, NZ

MTB - Sport EU:If you look for a sunny multi day Tour with ever-change landscapes, stunning views, thrilling single tracks, golden beaches, inland mountain trails in Algarve, south of Portugal, all guided by expert bike guides.They also organize the best portuguese mtb stage race, -B. Edson, London, UK

Nice Cycle Tours: Nice Cycle Tours is a guided bicycle tour which gives you an introduction to Nice, gateway to the French Riviera. The 3 hour tour explores Nice through its architectural, historical and cultural landmarks with the best places to eat and drink thrown in. - D Lang, Nice, France

Nepal Footprint Holiday: We have done Kathmandu Valley Mountain biking tour from Nepal Footprint Holiday. We found then an very informatic and affordable for the price. Our Biking guide had very good knowledge about Bike repair, Good communicate English and German as well. He take to us around kathmandu valley rim where no tourist and special for bike riding. We really recommend him for other mountain bike holidays tour seeker in Nepal use them for fantastic biking holiday in Nepal. - Piter Franz, Vienna, Austria

On the Road Cycling Tours: This is a very low budget tour company, hotels and restaurants are sub-standard. No SAG support, we were not even given maps to reach destination. Tour company owners goal was to reach the destination to find a bar to smoke and drink all day. One of our vans hit a rider on one of the mountain passes, and didn't stop. We ran out of gas one day. Good tour companies plan well, they can get you in and out of the start and finishes without sitting in hours of traffic. If you are looking for a low budget trip, plan to do the tour on your own instead.- Kim H., Denver, CO

Pedal PA: You lived up to your motto ‘You pedal, we take care of the rest!’ No problems, no surprises, good attitudes shown by all Pedal PA staff. - Walter G., Arlington, VA

I thought it was a great bicycling experience, with wonderful cycling territory, challenging climbs, generally good roads with little traffic, good support, and interesting stops in the colleges and their towns. - Bruce G., Cambridge, MA

Pedal & Sea Adventures: Tours in Europe and Canadian Maritimes.  An awesome company with very small groups and personal attention.  Guides generally have a relationship with the innkeepers and restaurateurs along the route, so the hospitality service is superb! -  Joe S., New Hartford, NY

Pedalers Pub & Grille: Pedalers Pub & Grille put together an extraordinary week-long trip for us in the magical country of Bhutan. Great guides, fine accommodations & food and a well-organized trip. If you want some hills, beautiful scenery, a spectacular country, this is the trip for you. I can not say enough good things about our experience there. - Jeff Pinkerton, Denver, CO

 I rode the tour around the big island. The hotels were acceptable including the Royal Kona and an excellent B&B at Pahala Plantation Cottages (Pahala). The worst place was the Waipio Wayside B&B (Honokaa). The B&B's and 1 hotel did not have AC. Meals were mainly in medium to low end restaurants and pubs. None of this was a problem for me as I seek a company that promised 5 star hotels and gourmet meals but enjoy more of the local flavor! The tour was excellent for the scenery around the island. Tom (the host) was also very knowledgeable about the geology and history of Hawaii. The worst part was the rental bike, which was a low quality around town hybrid type w/o under saddle or rear wheel bag or mirror & 32mm tires. I had to go out & buy a mirror for safety on the roads! Pedalers Pub & Grille never even asked me whether this bike would be sufficient. - Andrew D., Tampa, FL

Portugal Best Cycling: How does this sound for a morning ride? Starting with a quick drive out to a hill top we saw the Cromeleque dos Almendres (cromlechs are rocks in an oval formation similar to Stonehenge) dating from 5500 BC which are thought to be older than Stonehenge. After a pleasant bike ride thru a cork tree forest we then stopped to see the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro – a dolmen (burial tomb) - the tallest of its kind and dating between 4,000 and 3,000 BC. Then we rode to the walled city of Evora. And that was just getting us to lunch time! My wife and I did a week tour called ‘Cycling in Paradise’ with Portugal Best Cycling in the Alentejo region of Portugal. We stayed at the ‘farmhouse’ the company manages for their guests where we had breakfast every day and a few dinner meals. We toured the regions rolling county side visiting Neolithic sites, castelo’s and their nearby villages, did wine tastings, visited the World Heritage Site walled city of Evora, and took breaks! - Phillip Clark, Philadelphia, PA

Portugal Nature Trails: The most thrilling hiking and cycling adventures in the wildest areas of Portugal. Guided, and self guided tours with full support from an outstanding team of passionate professionals. Get to know the local culture along the way, to experience the seasonal best local food and wine, in a mostly warm climate through out the year. Get your own private customized tour meeting the demands you need so that you have the experience of a lifetime. - Miguel Faria, Lisboa

Beautiful sceneries, best coast line I've seen! Excelent Service, Congratilations. Will go again - Filipe Gomes, Caxias

Provence Cycling Holidays France: The most thrilling hiking and cycling adventures in the wildest areas of Portugal. Guided, and self guided tours with full support from an outstanding team of passionate professionals. Get to know the local culture along the way, to experience the seasonal best local food and wine, in a mostly warm climate through out the year. Get your own private customized tour meeting the demands you need so that you have the experience of a lifetime. - Maryann Robson, Christchurch, New Zealand

Pro Cycling Tours: If I was to take every superlative/ adjective out of the Dictionary and put that into a testimonial, I reckon that would still do the tour that I have just done with Procycling and injustice. I have never had so much fun, enjoyment, excitement and meet such a great bunch of people on a holiday until the nine days I spent with Procycling Tours. That we had people from around the world certainly added an extra dimension to the tour. The way they looked after every person on the tour was just superb. I came on the tour with high expectations and as you know by day two I was blown away with what was happening, the places we were seeing and staying in, the mountains we were climbing and the descent’s were to die for. The people they have working for them, their passion and commitment to everyone was just superb. - Michael O., Melbourne, Australia

Recreational Bangkok Biking: This tour is a lot of fun. It takes you to unseen places in Bangkok. It's also really safe and the guide speaks good english. We passed the slum community, where we saw a different side of bangkok. A boat took us to the other side of the river where we cycled through the jungle. After a nice thai lunch, we went to the temple and after that the temple and back to the pier and the boat that took us to the 'busy' streets again. Definitely recommended! - L. St, Utrecht, NL

Ride and Seek Bike Tours: I haven't ridden with these guys yet but have been organizing a tour with them the last few weeks. They know what they are talking about and know more than just bikes and beautiful riding. One of the lead guides is an archaeologist and presented a TV documentary for the BBC in the UK so knows the history and culture of the areas they ride through. Just good to see more than just cycle skills and knowledge offered as often the guides are just there to lead you along and not offer any more than this. - B. Augustus, Sydney, NSW

Ride and Seek certainly does more than just take you from A to B. They take you to C, D, E, F and just about every other letter of the alphabet. The 25 days I spent on the road with Sam and Dylan was the best month I have had in my life. To be able to travel through Spain, France and Italy, and to see, do, eat and enjoy so much, was a real privilege. Sam and Dylan eliminate any stress that may come with such a huge undertaking. Really, all you have to do is keep pedalling and not lose control of your bike when you pinch yourself to check you are not actually dreaming. - F. Lowe, London, UK

The Hannibal ride was the greatest thing I’ve done in my life - and certainly my biggest sporting achievement. Impeccably, energetically, and passionately organised, it opened my eyes to so much and was a real test of character. Honestly, What’s not to love about riding through unknown lands and over some of cycling’s most fabled climbs, fuelled by gastronomic delights and historical intrigue, with an ever-changing and varied bunch of wonderful people? I just wish I could do it all over again. - Isabel Hofman, Seattle, WA

Ruckenwind Reisen: We took a bicycle tour along the wonderful Canal Du Midi in the south of France this past summer. We booked our tour with Eurobike.at but the actual tour was done by another company, Ruckenwind (http://www.rueckenwind.de/en ) from Germany. The scenery was beautiful and the daily distances travelled were good, neither too far nor not far enough. The path was level with no hills to climb. We cycled in a group but without tour guide. This is not a guided tour, but we knew that before we started. What we did not know is that everybody in our group spoke German and little English. Upon closer reflection, we should have known that German was going to be the language of choice as both Eurobike.at and Ruckenwind are from German speaking countries (Austria and Germany). Unfortunately, the guidebook given to us was also in German. But since we were in a group, we just followed behind the others and thus really had no need for any guidebook or map. However, it also did not allow us to set our own pace or schedule - James Davids, Los Angeles, CA

Rwandan Adventures: We decided to head off and do something a little different this year. We flew KLM and transported our bicycles with us in order to cycle around Rwanda. We were guided by Rwandan Adventures, who specialise in cycling and walking tours throughout Rwanda. They provided a more than competent and physically very fit guide and porters. The porters spoke very little English, but were just the same extremely friendly and helpful. However, there are other tour operators offering similar services. We were never alone for long (with the exception of inside the national parks), so if you are looking for a solitary experience then Rwanda is not for you. However, if you enjoy contact with people and do not mind learning a little Kinyarwanda or speaking a little French, then you will find Rwanda a very welcoming place. Cycling is not easy in Rwanda. However, the scenary is spectacular and the downhills are exilerating! Great for burning off calories! - Jerry Chadwick, Broadland, WA

Salento Bici Tour: Small detail oriented tour company offering tours in the beautiful Puglia region of Southern Italy has something for every budget from bike and camp options to exclusive stays in beautiful Bed and Breakfasts or Masseria's. Their attention to detail is apparent in their knowledge of the region, (all tour guides born and raised in Salento) and relationships they have with the other local organizations. Their knowledge of the right places to stop for some of the best food I have ever had is impeccable. Great quality bikes as well, and easy on the wallet with their different options for all traveler types.- Amanda, Napa Valley, CA

Sardinia Outdoor Garden & Bike Center: The Best reference for bike rental, cycling holidays and self-guided tours in Sardinia.Sardinia Outdoor Garden & Bike Center is a branch office inside Sun Events S.r.l.Sardinia is a good region for Outdoor Activities for Cycling Holidays and Bike Tours. The company offers all-round services as rental high quality bikes on the whole island and very good accommodation - C.Palomba, Sardinia, Italy

Silver Bike Tours: Owner Loren Dudley is a gracious, attentive host & guide. He is very safety-conscious & knowledgeable about Spokane area bicycling. We took a self-guided 8-day tour on beautiful bike trails from Spokane to the Idaho panhandle. The trail ran beside gorgeous rivers and lakes, and through pretty forested areas. There was plenty of time for enjoying quaint local towns. Luggage transportation was provided, & Loren was always in touch by phone. The tour was thoughtfully planned to avoid steep hills! - Pchiu, Unknown Location

Studio Velo: Enjoyed a terrific 3 day California coast trip with Studio Velo Cycling from - 256 miles of cycling nirvana. After a fast first day to Santa Cruz with the A group I appreciated hanging out for a 'rest day' with the B group. Excellent sag, and fabulous food from Chef Chris of the Station SF Cafe. Hope I can make it next year Will B., San Francisco, CA

Southern Visions: Not a day has gone by so far that we haven't reminisced fondly about our Puglia trip. Very hard to decide what we miss most -- the scenery, the cycling, the culture, the people, the food and wine, the fascinating characters we encountered, or the romance. The hotels were all fabulous, the routes gorgeous, the bikes and instructions superb, and Rocco, Silvia, Marie were all fascinating, unforgettable characters. It's a trip will treasure always. - Moss & Peg, Seattle

We rented bikes from Southern Visions in Puglia and the bikes were not in the best of shape. The back tires were bald and we had two flat tires. My husbands bike handes were losose and my tire pump was broken. If you do rent bikes make sure you get what you pay for from this company. -P. Laas, Bettendorf, IA

Spice Roads Cycling Adventures: I was a bit worried about traveling in Asia, and frankly about taking a bike tour. However, I was soon put at ease. SpiceRoads answered all my pre-tour questions. They helped with my Visa, and communicated clearly about exact cycling days and what to expect on the tour.They are pretty clear that the support responsible tourism and solicited my participation in their upcoming Tour of Hope, which supports funding for cervical cancer research. I fully recommend them. - Jance Karsh

We took a 2 week bike tour with Spice Roads through Vietnam in 2009. The staff was not experienced enough to respond efficiently to issues related to bad weather and road closings. The tour guide was a strong biker but not well versed in the history and culture of his country. The trip was economy priced, and that was evident in the hotels and level of customer service. The saving grace was the spectacular countryside. The biking was great though the long days of biking in the hot sun are best suited to strong bikers. -E. Sonet, New Rochelle, NY

Thomson Bike Tours: My wife and I took our first guided cycling vacation together to follow the Giro d'Italia and climb il Dolomiti. Peter Thomson and his incredibly friendly Thomson Bike Tours staff made this an incredibly fun trip, and got us into the VIP area at the start of the team time trial in Venice. (This was a pleasant surprise, not a promised feature.) The whole trip was full of pleasant surprises, great food, nice hotels and the best sag support I've ever had. It's hard to beat Thomson's first-class service. - Dan Goese, La Jolla, CA

Timberline Cycling Adventures: I have done four tours with this company.  I will not be doing anymore.  Timberline offers tours in many wonderful areas and it was that which drew me back to them even after I found their first tour less than satisfactory. However, the last tour in the High Sierra of California was so poorly organized that I will not be touring with Timberline again. The daily route maps are awful, often wrong in some important detail.  The leaders have sometimes good, but most often have been more interested in their own party than in supporting the group. - Carl G., El Cerrito, CA

We have now been on 2 Timberline tours and are keen to sign up for a third. On both tours the guides were always on hand to help with any punctures/repairs and the van was regularly available for refuelling stops. The routes were challenging but the landscape more than made up for the challenge. We were impressed by how many of our fellow cylcists were repeat Timberline people some have been on more than 20 tours with them, we're now hooked. Gill McIntosh, York, UK

Tripsite: This was my third bike/barge trip with this company and it was excellent. They offer all kinds of trips in Europe. I like that their website is excellent and up to date. I particularly like that they have phone numbers and email and someone answers right away or gets back to you very quickly. Great boats, great bikes, great food and knowledgeable guides. Did one trip in Netherlands, then Paris-Bruges and this last one in France biking through champagne country in September. Most of these companies are brokers for a wide range of boats. It's hard to work direct with boats as they are very slow or never respond. - April Stanley, Vancouver, BC

Tulip Cycling, The Netherlands:Love, Love, Loved our recent experience with Tulip Cycling! Peter V. did a GREAT job of making our trip special and making us feel safe and relaxed biking around The Netherlands. I was going to bring my bike with me from The States, but I'm SO glad I didn't . I was amazed at the quality of the equipment he provides. Wish I could've taken my rental bike home with me! I've looked into other biking tour companies in The Netherlands and Tulip Cycling is by far the best way to go. You pay a bit more, but I'm so glad I did. The extra expense compared to other larger Netherland Cycling outfitters was well worth it. Can't wait to go back and do another trip with Tulip Cycling again!! Thanks Peter!- Diane J., Hazelhurst, WI

Tuscany Bike Tours: This bike tour took our travel experience to another level. After having traveled through most of the European countries and taking part in many different bike tours I found Tuscany Bike Tours the best all-round value for money together with a very pleasurable crew who picked us up in Florence with buses and brought us inland towards a beautiful old castle. The bike tour took us back to the castle where we took part in a guided toour of the vine making facility and we were treated to some wine tasting and a delicious lunch ..." - Dave Gahan, Rotterdam

Two-Wheeling Women: The entire trip was a highlight. It was beautifully done in all ways. If I had to pick a single thing I guess I’d say Sandbanks was the highlight from a touring perspective – absolutely gorgeous. Of course another highlight was spending three days with a group of great people – there was an interesting mix of personalities and backgrounds but with great chemistry so that the group worked really well. People were truly nice. They got along well, had fun together and encouraged each other. I loved this tour and look forward to my next one. - RP, Toronto, Canada

Velociped: Our Self Guided bike tour of the Fulda River bike path in Germany was total bust. Velociped did not show deliver the bikes, route info, ect to our starting point in Gersfeld, Germany. They managed to make the hotel reservation as the guesthouse was expecting us, but that is it. Calls to their emergency number went direct to voicemail and went unanswered. Emails to at least two people in the company also went unanswered. They appear to offer a large number of tours judging by their web site. This type of unprofessional behavior was quite puzzling. - R. Setzer, Racine, WI

Velo Classic Tours: I have been on 3 different tours, and my experience with Velo Classic Tours was by far my best!I was blown away by the quality of the hotels, the food and most important, the Eastons! The ultimate testimonial-we are already picking our next trip! - M Crosno, Kingwood, TX

I am a repeat customer of VCT, and its the only company I will travel with. Never an issue, always dependable, always accurate, always first rate, and always exceeds expectations. Ride with the founder and owner. Easton knows all the roads and ridden all of them. Now offering multiple ride options for each tour which is a plus. Options for practically every major event through the pro season and well connected across Europe. Run into a major bike issue? Pete will solve it and your holiday will motor on. No reservations recommendation. - Chris F, Knoxville, TN

Velo Simplissime: Run by two very experienced and enthusiastic cyclists in France. Faisal and Priscilla left their city jobs in London to take up the passion for cycling and nature and form Velo Simplissime. They took us all around the region, the bikes provided were of excellent quality, and we stopped at a lot of cool places along the way (including a castle right out of a Disney movie called Pierrefonds!) The accommodation was very comfortable and the food we tried along the way was quintessentially French and very authentic; the wine helped too! Best of all was the scenery along the route, from pretty villages to serene countryside Bisous! - Keith Grehan, Dublin, Ireland

VeloSport Vacations: I can't say enough good things about Velosport Vacations.  My wife and I did the Tour de France trip and the Provence camp.  The riding was great: route selections, ride leaders, options for differing rider ability, great maps and cue sheets etc. The restaurant and hotel selections were excellent.  Velosport specializes in France (and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean) - I only wish they went more places! - Martin R, Washington, DC

Vietnam Heritage Travel: I had a wonderful time in Vietnam and experienced quite a adventure during my stay there. My time visiting your country was made even more memorable due to the great and professional travel service your company provided, including the guides who were friendly and helpful in making sure that I was well taken care of. Everything was just perfect. No complaints, and nothing to improve! I would definitely recommend your service to my family and friends, and I would love to arrange another tour in Vietnam again in the future. Once again, thank you. And best wishes to you and your staff. - Leo Shibata, New York

Walk Inn Provence: Despite its name, this company offers self guided cycling trips in Provence. My daughter and I took a 6 day excursion in May 2014. The cost was about $1200 pp and included a Trek bike, map, breakfast, lodging dinners. We stayed at great inns and the company was responsive to one issue we had (they'd booked us at the wrong restaurant for dinner). I'd recommend them highly.. - Carol Dumas,Harwich, MA

Wanderlust Bike Tours: Wanderlust Bike Tours is a "Mom/Pop/Son/Friends" operation, which is "still making it up". It calls itself "Luxury," but it is absolutely not. The operators are very nice people and fun to be around, but are not fluent in languages (only American), provide only adequate bikes (Wilmot), limited service (e.g. one lady had a flat tire for a day and a half;left bikes out overnight in the rain/gel pack seats got wet; missed rendezvous; did not brief daily trips adequately, possess only limited historical knowledge of areas toured). Nice folks who like to ride but their company is not recommended. - Paul, Coronado, CA

Wide Open Road: A great company running low key camping / hotel based trips in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy. Returning soon. - C Holdsworth Melbourne, Australia

Wilderness Voyageurs: Just completed the Civil War tour that visited Gettysburg, Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry. Mix of history and great routes. - Gary S., Harrisburg, PA

WoWCuba: Canadian company with resident representatives offering the best supported cycle tours available in Cuba. Enclosed trailers, top notch equipment, bilingual, experienced staff, and toll free res service in Canada. www.wowcuba.com - K. MacQueen, Havana, CU

"By far the best company doing fully serviced Cuba bicycle tours: terrific cycling, good itinerary, excellent food, knowledgeable and resourceful tour leader, very good hotel choice. They are really in a class of their own."

Xplore-Laos: A big thanks to Alex Aziz who put together our Laos trip. We cycled from the Laos / Cambodian border up to Vientiane. What a beautiful and clean country. Accommodation was great, and guides were excellent. For the next trip we will explore Northern Laos. - Dave C., Melbourne

Yellow Jersey Tours: "went on their Tour de France trip last a couple years ago and had such a great time.  I have just returned from my 2nd trip with them--a training camp in the Basque region.  Staff is overly helpful and humorous.  Their groups are very small ..." Maloy, San Francisco, CA