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The Perfect Trip for Your Travel Style

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At Trek Travel, we have trips designed for every traveler, whether you want a vacation all about food or all about big miles. Maybe you know what you want to experience but haven’t decided yet where you want to go. Let us help with our top suggestions for both domestic and international destinations.

 

Trips for Foodies

 

 

Domestic Option

Asheville Bike Tour

Asheville, North Carolina

Rider Level: 3 – Active

According to Bon Appetit, Asheville is one of America’s best small cities to eat and drink in, and it was voted “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Come join us as we taste, sip, and ride our way through this gorgeous place.

International Option

Provence Bike Tour

Provence, France

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Life in Provence is about discovering a slower way of being, from savoring each bite of cuisine to chatting with the locals as you walk through the market or enjoying a glass of wine.

 

Trips for History Buffs

 

 

Domestic Option

Kentucky Bourbon Country Bike Tour

Kentucky Bourbon Country

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Lose yourself in a bygone era as you learn about the history of the Pleasant Hill Shakers on a guided hayride tour and take a cruise on the Kentucky River aboard the Dixie Belle Riverboat.

International Option

Normandy Bike Tour

Normandy, France

Rider Level: 1/2 – Leisure/Recreational

Join us in Normandy where D-Day beaches meet 1000-year-old châteaux and rides skirt the coast to visit some of France’s most important historical sites.

 

Trips for Climbers

 

 

Domestic Option

Aspen CO Bike Tour

Aspen, Colorado

Rider Level: 3 – Active

Surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, conquer one of America’s highest paved roads, Independence Pass, and enjoy hiking through Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America.

International Option

Dolomites Bike Tour

Classic Climbs of the Dolomites

Rider Level: 4 – Avid

Ride the storied climbs of the Giro d’Italia including Passo Sella, Stelvio, Mortirolo, and Gavia as you explore the dramatic Dolomites.

 

Trips for Luxury Lovers

 

 

Domestic Option

Blackberry Mountain Bike Tour

Blackberry Mountain

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Escape. Relax. Evolve. Included activities on your luxurious trip range from a relaxing spa treatment to a unique foraging experience, cooking demonstration, craft classes, and more.

International Option

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia, Italy

Rider Level: 2 – Recreational

Indulge yourself in a luxurious tour of Puglia overflowing with discovery as you enjoy private olive oil and wine tastings, ancient architectural marvels, private historic walking tours, and luxurious accommodations.

 

Trips for Culture Enthusiasts

 

 

Domestic Option

New Mexico Bike Tour

New Mexico

Rider Level: 3 – Active

For millennia, people have gravitated to the Rio Grande Rift Valley and the flanking Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. The heritage they left behind is still thriving in the culture, cuisine, and landscape we will experience along our route.

International Option

Japan Bike Tour

Japan

Rider Level: 3 – Active

Let us show you Japan, steeped in traditional arts, nature, and history. We’ll go deep into the hidden world of Buddhist pilgrims, ancient temples, and the Nara region—the cradle of Japanese civilization.

 

Trips for Wine Aficionados

 

 

Domestic Option

California Wine Country Bike Tour

California Wine Country

Rider Level: 2 – Recreational

In the vineyards of northern California, we’ll ride to local wineries, savor their favorite varietals, and saturate ourselves in the culinary culture of this foodie heaven.

International Option

Tuscany Bike Tour

Tuscany, Italy

Rider Level: 3 – Active

Soak in the rich sights and smells of the endless vineyards from the saddle of your bicycle, then sample a Chianti Classico in Radda and perfect your “cucina Italiana” at a private pizza-making class.

 

Trips for Seaside Views

 

 

Domestic Option

Santa Barbara Bike Tour

Santa Barbara

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

There are few gems like the American Riviera. On this weekend Santa Barbara bike tour, you’ll experience the sun, surf, and mountain skyline of the city and the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley.

International Option

Croatia Bike Tour

Croatia

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

The clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea offer an ever-present and inspiring view from both your bike and our private boating experience.

 

Didn’t see the dates you were looking for? With our custom and a la carte options, you can enjoy our best trips on your schedule. Some destinations also include self-guided trips, which offer even more flexibility to enjoy the trip at your pace.

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Vacation Rental Recommendations

Infinity pool and lounge chairs at the Belmond hotel

With our A La Carte experiences, you can book your own lodging and still have our team provide routes, bikes, guides, and more. If you are looking to arrange a private vacation rental to share with your travel companions, we’ve got a list of recommendations in some of our favorite destinations. Once you’ve settled on a place, our team can put together routes directly from your doorstep.

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New Mexico Vacation Rentals

Taos Vacation Rentals

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Taos

Sleeps: 2-6 Guests
This is a great space to share with one or two other couples as there is a main house that sleeps four guests and a guest house available to sleep an additional two guests. The space is traditional and clean, with lovely southwestern touches. There is a green space in the yard with a hot tub and mountain views. It is one and a half miles from the plaza and one mile from El Monte Sagrado.

New Mexico Vacation Rental

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Taos

Sleeps: 1-2 Guests
This cozy little studio features light, breezy décor and a spacious floorplan. While a bit further out of town, it offers a secluded and peaceful retreat for a couple looking to enjoy some time away.

Santa Fe Vacation Rental

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Santa Fe

Sleeps: 2-3 Guests
The unique décor in this clean and spacious vacation rental blends southwestern flair with mid-century modern elements. There is parking for two vehicles, and the home is just one mile from downtown, making it an easy bike ride to the Plaza.

Santa Fe Vacation Home

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Santa Fe

Sleeps: Up to 10 Guests
This upscale, luxurious vacation home is a great to split amongst groups of up to 10 people. With a stunning pool and outdoor space for entertaining or relaxing, there is no shortage of space to spread out. There are even two beautiful kitchens. This private property is located west of Santa Fe with views of Santa Fe National Forest.


Vermont Vacation Rentals

Stowe Village Vacation Home

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Stowe Village

Sleeps: 2-4 Guests
This bright and modern space is cozy yet spacious enough for close friends or family to share. It is ideally located right in the village and in the heart of everything Stowe has to offer.

Stowe Vermont Vacation Rental

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Stowe

Sleeps: 4-6 Guests
Just outside of Stowe Village and within walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants, this clean, modern, and spacious unit is ideal for a small group to enjoy together. Guests love the upstairs patio space with grill to cook after a day in the saddle.

Vermont Vacation Rentals

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Lake Champlain

Sleeps: 1-2 Guests
This cozy lakeside apartment is situated above the garage of French country home with lovely views of Lake Champlain. It includes access to a private beach that is shared with the main residence. Just a 12-minute drive from your stay, you’ll find quaint, downtown Vergennes.

Burlington Vacation Rental

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Burlington

Sleeps: 2-4 Guests
This quaint little home is situated perfectly in the city, close to all Burlington amenities. It is fully furnished and offers a charming yard space to enjoy in the evenings after your days out riding.


Oregon Vacation Rentals

Oregon Vacation Rentals

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Bend

Sleeps: 2-6 Guests
This bright and airy home is perfect to share with friends or family for a trip to Bend. It is situated just a block from the cafes, shops, and breweries on Century Boulevard. If you’re looking to bike Mt. Bachelor during your stay, this property has an ideal location to start from.

Bend Vacation Rental

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Bend

Sleeps: 4-8 Guests
This riverfront property offers beautiful views of the Deschutes River and a convenient location just a 10-minute walk from downtown. If you’re traveling with a group, this property offers something for everyone from a sauna, to stand up paddle boards, and more.


North Carolina Vacation Rentals

Asheville Vacation Rentals

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Asheville

Sleeps: 6-16 Guests
This modern, architectural home is spacious enough to sleep a large group of friends or family for your own cycling private adventure. You can enjoy the rooftop hot tub or walk to some nearby restaurants and Archetype Brewery.

Asheville NC Vacation Rental

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Asheville

Sleeps: 2-6 Guests (per unit)
This beautiful, recently constructed building houses two gorgeous rental units, located on the grounds of the historic Patton Parker House. The space was built to match the style of the historic home. There are great views of downtown Asheville and the mountain skyline from the front porch of each unit. The location is great for riding in and out and walkable to the Charlotte Street Business District.

North Carolina Vacation Home

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Asheville

Sleeps: 6-16 Guests
Tucked away from the bustle of downtown, this cozy home has an amazing location for riding just off Elk Mt. Scenic Highway, which gives easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The spacious home has a pool and hot tub with epic views.

Asheville North Carolina Vacation Rental

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Asheville

Sleeps: 1-2 Guests (per cabin)
This listing is one of three cozy, modern cabins all located on the same property off Shope Creek Road in east Asheville. The Scandinavian inspired getaways offer access to good riding and are located along a quiet paved road that leads to the Shope Creek hiking trails.


Found your perfect vacation home? Now our team can help you with gear, guides, routes, and more to create your own cycling vacation!

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Our Best Winter Cycling Training Tips

Two cyclists biking in the winter

It’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your fitness should go cold, too. Get our winter cycling training tips, tricks, and training plans to keep riding through all seasons.

It’s easy to let your fitness slide in the winter. Eating habits change, weather becomes less inviting, and summer cycling season seems like a faint memory. But here’s the truth that nobody ever tells you: cycling training in the winter is what riding strong in the summer is all about. The winter is where you lay the groundwork for great season; the kind of groundwork you just can’t build in a few rides. I’ve been riding and training for almost 20 years, and in that time, I’ve learned that winter is work season. Here are a few tips for training, dressing for, and succeeding despite the precipitous drop in temperature.

Winter Cycling Training: Zone 2 is Number 1

If you’re familiar with cycling training, you might have heard of “zone 2” riding. The rest of us refer to this as “base training,” and it’s what winter is all about. Base training is just that: the foundation of riding stronger, later. With a proper base, you’ll have more endurance, more repeatability, and the fitness to go on long rides day after day. A good base also makes hard efforts feel easier, so even if you only plan on riding short distances in the summer, base is your friend.

The good news? Building it is as easy as Thanksgiving pecan pie. It just requires dedication to your “Zone 2” heart rate. If you can test yourself, great. You’ll get a Zone 2 heart rate from that test. If you don’t want to test, you can also ride by feel, in the zone I call “comfortably uncomfortable.” It’s where you’re working hard, but you can sustain the effort for an extra long period of time. It’s usually anywhere from 65%-80% of your maximum heart rate. And then the challenge is to spend as much time in that zone as possible. Five hours a week? Great. 10 is even better. At 20 hours, you’re approaching pro fitness.

The trick is to avoid disruptions to your time in zone. No stops. No freewheeling. No coasting. Just spend as much uninterrupted time as possible. After one to two months of this, you’ll end up with stronger legs, and you’ll be ready for harder efforts later.

Winter Cycling Training Gear

Cold changes everything. It either forces you indoors, or forces you to layer up for outdoor riding. Let’s take a look at each.
Outdoors
Since I’m in Colorado, I can count on one thing: Change. The weather starts cold in the morning and warms up fast. And the only way to protect against changing weather is layering up. For every ride, I put on several layers to stay warm at first, and gradually peel them off as the sun comes out. That means bib tights or leg warmers, a base layer, long sleeve jersey, jacket, gloves, a hat or balaclava, and either shoe covers or winter shoes. Check out our favorite winter riding gear on trekbikes.com.
Indoors
The rise of smart trainers and online training software has completely changed the experience of riding inside. Today, cyclists can get on their Peloton spin bikes, or they can choose to recreate the experience of riding outside with a direct drive (wheel-off) smart trainer that adjusts the resistance for them, and an online gaming simulation or software like Zwift or TrainerRoad. There are plenty of options to choose from, and if you decide you really love it, you can augment the experience with tools to help you climb or even rock the bike underneath you. Browse trainers and get riding inside.

Winter Cycling Training Programs

Like you probably heard from your parents before – failing to plan is only planning to fail. Any great summer season starts with a great plan, and there are plenty of options to choose from. I personally have used several, but my current favorites include Zwift and VisionQuest. Zwift offers indoor training plans for winter, with specific options depending on the nature of your event. You just need to start by taking a fitness test, guesstimate the number of hours you can commit to per week, choose your plan, and go. The software takes care of the rest.

VisionQuest offers a similar program, only with more options, more ways to customize based on your goals, and more one-on-one time from a coach. They also understand Trek Travel trips better than any other coaching service available, so they’ll know how to get you in shape for a killer cycling vacation.

Winter Cycling Training Camps

If you just can’t bring yourself to layer up and get outside, or the idea of spending an hour on a stationary bike sounds like torture, there’s only one option left: ride where it’s sunny. Luckily, Trek Travel understands your needs, which is why we offer several winter training camp options to sunny getaways like California or the beaches in Mallorca, where there’s nothing to do but ride in short sleeves and shorts.

Just remember – even in winter, your training plan should still be the same. Putting in the winter miles, whether it’s in your basement, in your wool jersey, or in a warm escape, will still lay the foundation for an exceptional summer of strong cycling.

We hope these winter cycling training tips have been helpful! Have a great winter season!

 

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How to Buy a Used Bike

It’s as easy as riding one in the first place.

Whether you are looking to save money on your next bike or have been dreaming of a bike that’s a bit out of your price range, there’s a perfectly good solution out there: buying used. The used bike market is very healthy, and if you’re a smart shopper, opting for a used bike can lead to some great deals. If you aren’t sure where to start, our experts are here to offer advice on how to buy a used bike that you’ll love for years to come.

Here are our top four tips for buying a used bike…



How to buy a used bike

STEP 1: KNOW THYSELF

Savvy shoppers have an idea of what they want before they enter the bike market, whether it’s an award-winning Trek Madone, Domane, an e-bike, or anything else. The more you know about what you want, the better you’ll enjoy the shopping experience. That means a little research into the proper style, brand, parts, wheels, and accessories can go a long way. Do you want disc or rim brakes? What size cassette do you want? And color is always a critical component of the decision. To get some direction on whether you should choose a road bike, a hybrid, an e-bike, a mountain bike, or something else, check our Trek’s helpful bike finder. And remember that some of these choices potentially affect your future resale value if you plan to sell this bike on the used market eventually, too.

It may also go without saying, but before you start shopping, you should know your size requirements too. You may not be looking for a precision fit, and that’s fine, but it’s always important to know whether you should be riding a small, medium, large, or extra large. These sizes are relatively arbitrary across brands (they often refer the length of the top tube of the bike, but don’t always), but if you know your actual numeric size (50, 52, 56, 58, etc.), you can narrow your field of choices.

Tips for buying a used bike

STEP 2: FIND THE MARKETPLACE

There are so many places to buy used bikes these days, from Craigslist, to eBay, to Facebook Marketplace, to even your local bike shop (just call them and ask!). We’re partial to the Trek Travel used bike store as a great place to find a pre-owned, mechanic-refurbished ride, but if we don’t have the style or size you’re looking for, there are plenty of other places to purchase a used bicycle.

Each of these marketplaces come with their own set of risks and opportunities, so make sure you protect yourself accordingly. Craigslist is the least-regulated marketplace, which means it’s important to meet in neutral places to pick up the bike, inspect the bike closely, and try to pay with a third-party payment processor like PayPal for some added payment protection. However, you might be able to negotiate some fantastic pricing. On the other hand, a local bike dealer is typically going to be more reliable and will often complete an inspection to make sure the bike is in good working order. The price of the used bike from a dealer may be a little higher because of the added work care put into the bike.

How to buy a used road bike

STEP 3: INSPECT YOUR RIDE

When you finally see your bike online or in-person, do as much due diligence as possible. Don’t expect the seller to be completely forthcoming with information that could affect the sale price, so inform yourself before you negotiate. Things that affect price could include:

  • ● Nicks to paint or slight frame damage (normal wear and tear is fine) – an old trick is to “snap” the frame or flick your finger across all the tubes in the frame and listen for different sounds to see if cracks exist beyond the naked eye.
  • ● Chain life – Chain stretch can wear the cassette and/or chainrings. Make sure to inspect the chain visually for rust or damage, and if you can test-ride the bike, listen for squeaking or grinding, which indicate there repairs may be needed.
  • ● Wheel truing or adjustments – Take a look at the wheels from multiple angles to ensure they appear to be free of dents and bends that would make riding difficult and that they are aligned properly in the frame.
  • ● Specifications on groupsets – e.g. does a bike come with a varied parts spec (Ultegra and 105 or SRAM and Shimano)? Ask why. Has something been replaced?
  • ● What is included or not in the price? Many sellers may not include personal accessories like saddles, pedals, water bottle cages, or computer mounts. This is perfectly normal, but can also be a point of negotiation.

Used bike buying guide

STEP 4: AGREE ON A BOTTOM LINE

Many prices in online marketplaces are suggested prices, so make sure you do some due diligence on market price if possible. One of our top tips for buying a used bike is to use resources like eBay to understand the market value of a used bike and use services like BicycleBlueBlook.com to do some research on a specific model. You may also have to pay for shipping for interstate purchases, which you can calculate at USPS.com.

Buying a used bike can provide as much joy as getting something new. You’ll still get the same thrill when you ride it for the first time, and it can still take you to the same amazing places⁠—all at a fraction of the cost. If you’re interested in discovering what’s available in the Trek Travel used bike store, start here. Our used bikes are available at great prices and always come with a 52-point inspection to ensure everything is in working order.

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Now that you’ve learned how to buy a used bike, visit our travel portfolio and plan your next great cycling adventure too! We’ll see you on the road!

How to Maintain a Bike

Whether you’re training for your next trip or just going for casual rides with friends or family, keeping your bike in great working condition is a must. Luckily, there are plenty of quick and simple ways to take care of your bike at home. For our bike maintenance guide, we’ve rounded up some of the best advice and how-to videos from the pros to help you fine-tune your bike at home. We hope these helpful resources show you how to maintain a bike with ease.

How to Maintain a Bike

Basic Bike Cleaning

Check out this video to see exactly how to clean your bike from start to finish, including what products to use and which areas need a little extra caution to keep things in working order.

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Bike maintenance guide

Bike Chain Maintenance

If you’re noticing a noisy chain, it may be time to consider some at-home bike chain maintenance. From picking a bike chain cleaning tool to oiling a bike chain, this helpful article and video will walk you through all the steps you’ll need to keep your bike riding smoothly.

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Bike tire maintenance guide

Bike Tire Maintenance

When you go by two wheels, your tires are undeniably important. From regularly checking tire pressure to changing a flat tire, bike tire maintenance is vital to enjoying a smooth, safe ride. We have three helpful videos to walk you through some of the most common maintenance you’ll do at home for your tires.

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Pump your bike tires   Change a flat bike tire

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How to maintain a bicycle

Completing a Pre-Ride Check

Before your next ride, learn about the “M method” of completing a pre-ride check, which will help you uncover any potential issues with your bike that you may need to address before your ride. This helpful article and video will walk you through all aspects of the “M method,” so you can head out on your next adventure with confidence.

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Regularly cleaning your bike, checking your tires, and oiling your chain can extend that life of your bike and make every ride just a little more enjoyable! Have more questions about how to maintain a bike? We recommend reaching out to your local bike dealer to learn more about what you can do at home and what tasks are best left for a professional mechanic. Happy riding!

 

Ways to Save With Trek Travel

3 cyclists on a road against a mountainous backdrop

From exceptional gear and guides to added inclusions, we work hard to fill your trip with wowing moments from start to finish. We know that one piece of enjoying your trip a little extra is getting the best price available. That’s why we offer a range of travel styles to match different price points and why we include more ways to save.


Explore the Italian Dolomites on a Trek Travel Multisport bike tour

1. Let us score you savings

Save on hotels…

There are a lot of great cost perks to traveling with an established tour operator like Trek Travel, rather than booking on your own. On all of our trips, we rely on years of relationship building with top-tier hotels to carefully negotiate and secure group rates for our rooms. We can leverage significant savings compared to booking on your own. Because of our continued partnership with many hotels, we also receive upgrades and personalized service that exceeds what a typical customer might expect.

Save on meals…

Just like scoring you extra perks on lodging, our restaurant partners go the extra mile to make sure your experience is memorable, without adding to the bill. We receive discounts from our dining partners to ensure that you can enjoy some of the best-rated restaurants in your destination at an unbeatable price. We also book space well in advance for preferred seating and reservation times.

Save on rentals…

When it comes to bike rentals, depending on the model, you can expect to pay around $150 per day for a carbon road bike that is comparable to the models we include on all of our trips. Rental cost is considered without any of the extras we always include, such as a Garmin with pre-loaded, curated routes, a WaveCel helmet, Flare R lights, and a personalized bike fit. Not to mention, on our classic guided trips, you’ll have a guide, who is also a trained mechanic, ready to help with any technical issues that may arise, whether you just need more air in your tires or you need to a flat changed on the side of a road. You will also enjoy van support should you need a break from riding and can count on private transfers between hotels.

Our trip designers research a region extensively as part of the planning process to ensure that we handpick the best cultural elements and activities to show you the unique flair of the region. We get local recommendations and insider info to help us determine routes, activities, meals, and more. Not only do our designers save you money, they save you significant time in planning the painstaking details of a trip.

2. Discover new 4-Day versions of your 6-Day classics

You can now opt for a 4-day version of some of our most popular 6-day guided trips. From the mountains in Asheville to the vineyards of California, join us in a range of cycling destinations across North America to take a short, price-conscious getaway. Our 4-day getaways include exceptional accommodations, guide support, some meals, Trek bikes, and everything else you’ve come to expect from our classic trips, but on average, you can save over $500 per person when you choose a 4-day trip instead of the similar 6-day option.

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Explore Bryce & Zion National Park on a Trek Travel bike tour

3. Make sure to explore our collection of value trips

Sometimes, our trip designers are able to lock in a particularly great rates for hotels, meals, and activities on a trip. That means you will experience the trip of a lifetime at the best price possible. These trips are added into our special collection of value trips. This collection also includes a variety of trip styles that always start at a lower price point, such as self-guided and ride camps.

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Join Trek Travel for a National Park bike tour through Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons

4. Go with friends and family

If you want to travel with your friends or family, you can all enjoy savings together. For trips in 2020 or before June 1, 2021, you can make any trip private for no extra cost with six or more of your loved ones.

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Travel through Puglia, Italy on a Trek Travel bike tour

5. Design your own A la Carte Trip

If you have a set budget, we can build you a vacation package to work at your price. Whether you just need bikes and routes, or you want a guide and van support, we can put together exactly what elements will make up your dream trip.

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Europe in the Spring

Traveling to Europe in the summer and fall can be great. Well, let’s be honest, traveling to Europe any time of the year is great-but going there in the spring can take advantage of some opportunities that the mass of tourists in the summer and fall miss out on. My last trip to Europe was in April when I was on our Portugal Explorer trip and I discovered the advantages to early season travel. Here are my top reasons to hit Europe in the springtime.

1. Fewer People

This is the no-brainer. “Off-season” travel means you won’t be held up by obnoxious lines at the ticket window, waiting endlessly to get that perfect picture, or turned away at the hot new restaurant. In fact, you’re more likely to have your choice of restaurant and reservation time by traveling in the spring. This even spills over to getting rooms at the best hotels with the best rates. In general, the hospitality industry will show their appreciation to tourists who visit outside of their peak months.

2. Airfare is Cheaper

Along with the hospitality industry, airlines will offer steeply discounted tickets to encourage people to travel outside of the peak months. Use this to your advantage! Have a few destinations in the back of your mind so when you see a deal pop up, you can jump on it and already have an idea of what you will do.

3. The Weather Might Suprise You

A common hesitation we hear about spring travel is the belief that the weather won’t be ideal. It’s a myth! There are plenty of days in July, August, and September that have lousy weather. Plus, the more mild temperatures in the spring are PERFECT for riding. And if your biggest fear is rain, rest easy. A few extra pieces of riding gear and a positive attitude will have you riding carefree and feeling like a kid again. Still not convinced? You can always skip the ride and spend some time at the spa or exploring some indoor attractions. Just let your guides know what you’d like to do and they’ll make it happen for you.

4. Everything is More Affordable

The savings goes beyond the airfare when you do Europe in the spring. Hotels, entrance fees, rental cars and even restaurants often have off-peak pricing to encourage tourism throughout the year. If your dream vacation and your budget don’t see eye-to-eye, traveling in the spring might finally bring the two together.

5. Meet the Locals

You might not notice it right away, but locals tend to disappear in the high travel months. I can’t blame them, their city is taken over and the prices on everything can go sky-high. They slowly return to the coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants throughout the winter. When you visit in the spring, you get to strike up conversations with them, learn about the best cafe in town, and they tell you where their favorite restaurant is that hasn’t made it on all of the travel blogs yet. These chance encounters are often left only to those who choose to travel when most others don’t. The locals recognize this, and you get a sense of their genuine appreciation for your visit and their vested interest in you getting to know the area. You see the pride they have for their city and often get a better look at the town than a book or blog could ever give you.

Find your European spring getaway.

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Safety First, Second and Third

We want to show you the best of the world by bike and have you enjoy every moment along the way, that’s why we put a priority on safety. Before your next ride, read up on our top safety tips from guides who live their life on the road and learn about the gear that makes a big difference.

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET

Protect your noggin’. You can’t always predict how a ride is going to go, but you can head out as prepared as possible to ride safely.

LIGHT IT UP

Did you know that daytime lights can reduce the risk of accidents by up to 50 percent? That’s why we include a Bontrager Flare R daytime tail light on all our bikes and all our trips, so you can enjoy the scenery without the worry.

GIVE SPACE

Ride in a single-file line, leaving at least two bike lengths between you and the rider ahead of you—more if descending. Also don’t forget to maintain a safe distance between you and the edge of the road!

EYES ON THE PRIZE

Always keep your eyes on the road and fellow cyclists in front of you when riding and keep a lookout for bumps, rocks, cars, gravel, water, or other hazards on the road and be sure to point them out physically or verbally to other riders.

BE PREDICTABLE

Use the appropriate hand signals when stopping, slowing down, and turning, obey all traffic signs, hold your line, and be prepared for vehicles to pass.

RIDE FOR YOU

Always ride within your limits and comfort zone when it comes to speed and difficult terrain. If you feel uncomfortable, slow down or stop and take a beat!

Bontrager Flare RT Rear Bike Light

Ion 800 R and Flare RT

Light up the road or trail with a Bontrager Ion 800 R and be seen from over two kilometers day or night with the Bontrager Flare RT Tail Light.

Bontrager Circuit Windshell Vest

Bontrager Circuit Windshell Vest

Slip through headwinds undetected but stay visible to passing cars with the Bontrager Circuit Windshell Vest.

Bontrager Starvos Road Shoes and Race Socks

Starvos Road Shoe and Race Socks

On a bike, the unique up and down pedaling motion is what makes you recognizable as human. Be visible with fluorescent socks, shoes, covers, or warmers like the Bontrager Starvos Road Shoe and Bontrager Race Cycling Socks

Bontrager Velocis Road Helmet

Bontrager Velocis MIPS Road Helmet

Top it all off with a Bontrager Velocis Road Helmet that isn’t only highly visible, but that also pairs pro peloton performance with all-day riding comfort.

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Private

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself