How to Plan a Custom Family Cycling Tour

Here is some advice for planning the perfect family bike tour

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Family cycling in British Columbia. Chris Cheadle/Getty Images

Do you have a family of cyclists waiting to explore the world or are you looking for an active adventure to get the whole brood excited? Here is how to plan the perfect family bike tour to any destination your clan desires.

Trek Travel’s new custom trips target families looking to spend some bonding time on a two-wheel tour. Families pick the dates, pick the destinations and pick the activities for the ultimate cycling adventure.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create the family vacation of your dreams,” says Trek Travel trip design manager, Meagan Coates. “Because the family that swims with elephants, ziplines, makes s’mores, hikes and rides together, stays together.”

“The world is yours to explore and Trek Travel assists you in navigating it,” they say.

Some of the highlights of their trips include experiences such as: Exploring the park of Mini Chateaux in the Loire Valley; viewing Lake Louise on a gondola ride 7,000 feet above sea level in the Canadian Rockies; or enjoying a family picnic lunch on the beach in Playa Manzanillo, Costa Rica.

According to Trek, you tell them what to do, and they will make it happen, from kayaking to hiking to swimming, family barbecues, educational experiences and more.

“Enjoyable and supported daily bike ride options will be suited to your family’s varied distance and difficulty," says Trek. "Trek Travel will also enhance the trip with activities such as wine tastings for the adults, or hiking adventures that are fun for the whole family and come back to you with a personalized itinerary that contains the story of your next holiday.”

Step 1: The first step is to tell Trek Travel all about you. Talk about your family, what you want to do and where you want to go, talk about when you want to go, the type of trip you want -- is it five-star epic luxury vacation or is it cozy and quaint; is it a multisport adventure or do you want to ride like the pros. Trip designers will then work to create your itinerary.

Step 2: Once you approve your itinerary, Travel Trek will work its magic to organize your itinerary and send it to you. And, if you want to change something, there is plenty of time for flexibility.

Step 3: Book your journey and go.

Some sample custom itineraries include three-day weekend trips in California wine country, bikin through Vietnam and Cambodia, biking and barging in France, custom touring in South Australia, exploring the high desert of the Rio Grande between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. And exotic tours include Myanmar, Bali and New Zealand.

And, Trek isn’t only about custom trips. Multigenerational groups can choose tours that are already scheduled. They can choose from established journeys such as Costa Rica, Prague to Vienna, San Juan Islands, Vermont or Zion National Park, ready-to-book itineraries such as Denmark, Hawaii, Loire Valley, Nova Scotia, or Yellowstone.

An example is their new classic series. These trips offer experiences, rides and memories that will last a lifetime. The six-day, active Andalucia, Spain, trip starts at $2,999, per person. The six-day Bordeaux, France, trip is new and starts at $4,999 per person and is a more leisurely journey. You can also enjoy a luxury villa stay in Barcelona that is used as your hub of exploration for touring by bike.