Freewheel Holidays is the example of the type of self-guided tour provider that is perfect for an experienced bike tour enthusiast who doesn't need hand holding and would rather save some money (and get a more authentic experience) by going with a Euro-based operator. They choose small, family run hotels where possible, ensuring that you will be more of a traveler than a tourist. They provide tours through many countries, including, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Holland and Ireland. Starting in 2009, they also provide bike and canal boat trips (unpack just once and enjoy full board accomodations!). Tours are graded at three levels, although these tours are not designed for hammerheads.