One great way to travel to a foreign country is through self-guided bike tours. It will take an adventurous spirit to join a self-guided bike tour but a lot of bike riders already have this type of adventurous spirit and confidence.
That is why it is important for you to know the pros and cons of a self-guided bike tour compared to the guided one. The most obvious disadvantage is not having guides together with a support van. The guides can usually take care of the bike riders during the tour. But if it will be a large group, it would be hard to provide everyone with the same amount of attention. For some people that don’t want to ride their bike for the whole route or some parts of the day, they can ride the support van. There are also other people that like to be part of the group and go with whoever is in ahead without trying and reading directions and knowing where exactly they are on the itinerary. The guides can actually speak a little of the language so it can be useful to have someone that can translate the language. Aside from that, if you are single, it is better for you to join a group tour.
Getting lost is probably the biggest disadvantage if you choose a self-guided bike tour. But you need to know a secret that only to bike riders who have joined guided tours are aware of. People actually get lost on guided bike tours. This actually happens every single time and it is not normal for a whole day to go by with nobody taking the wrong turn and have to double back to look for the rest of the tour group.
You will be provided with a suggested tour itinerary on self-guided bike tours and you are also free to go wherever you like. You can also stay for how long you want if you want to visit wineries, quaint villages, castles, interesting shops, or museums. You are also not obligated to be keeping up with the rest of the group if some of the bike riders have other plans or interests and want to move ahead before you. You can also eat your food any time you want and don’t have to worry about the scheduled meeting times with the rest of the group on a self-guided bike tour.
But the cost is actually the major advantage of a self-guided bike tour. The price of the self-guided bike tour is almost half of a guided bike tour. Nowadays, with the weak currency, it is a major advantage since some guide bike tours will cost as much as $5,000 per person or even so much more. In regards to the self-guided bike tour, you will still be staying in the same luxury hotels, eat great meals, and visit the same tourist spots. So if you are up to an adventurous tour, then you need to consider a self-guided bike tour.