Take a Self-Guided Cycling Tour in Europe

A bike parked along a scenic route in Italy that overlooks the sea

Pure Adventures has spent years perfecting the art of self-guided travel, offering cycling and multisport adventures around the globe. The advantages to traveling on your own is the affordability and flexibility these type of journeys provide the curious traveler.

The concept of these self-guided tours has really taken off as a trend in recent years as have cycling tours in general, but working with an expert such as Pure Adventures is a real advantage for those looking to get the most value out of their experience. The tour operator provides access to high-end lodging, guaranteed support along the way and assistance both pre- and post-trip.

Benefits of Self-Guided Tours

Guests have several advantages when they are on the road. They travel on the dates that work best for them and in their own group of two to up to 10 travelers. The route is planned by experts at Pure Adventures and all lodging is taken care of in advance, however guests can choose the hotel options that suit their budget. Luggage transfers are also pre-arranged with Pure Adventures, and there is local support and emergency services the whole way, 24 hours a day.

The only major difference between a guided tour and a self-guided tour is that you are your guide. You can stop where and when you want and do what you like along the way, without having to worry about the rest of the group—it is a truly independent experience.

In 2016, Pure Adventures has worked to refine its itineraries and they are offering three new tours for cyclists.

Italy-Tuscany Wine & History

This is an eight-day tour through the Tuscan Hills that provides the option for car transfers. With shorter rides there is more time to enjoy the upscale hotels in this historic settings. The tour begins in the Renaissance town of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other villages include Montepulciano, recognized worldwide because of its wine, and Montalcino. The tour visits a classic Tuscan favorite, Siena, the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano and Volterra, a municipality since Roman time before stopping in Bon Viaggio as guests transfer to nearby Florence.

Spain-Rioja Wine Cycling Tour

If traveling over moderate distances and rolling countryside appeal to your inner adventurer, this is the tour for you. The seven-day journey travels through the wine villages of La Rioja Alavesa. The route encourages the discovery the region’s history and enjoyment of the mosaic of landscapes of the southern Basque region at the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The wines of La Rioja are world famous yet still made in the old world ways by many local growers and producers. Guests may even find the stone basins in the fields where grapes were once stomped by the workers to make the juice for wines.

France-Best of Dordogne Cycling Tour

In France cycling guests may experience the seven-day/six-night tour combining the best of the Dordogne countryside and mixed with vineyards, chateaux and the grottos of prehistory. Guests arrive in Souillac, where the hotel restaurant serves traditional specialties from the Quercy-Périgourdin with a modern, innovative twist.

The first journey is a cycle to Sarlat, a town highly representative of 14th century France. Day three is a ride to Montignac to visit the pre-history site of Lascaux II enroute to Les Eyzies followed on the fourth day by La Roque-Gageac on the banks of the Dordogne River against some small cliffs and voted one of the most beautiful villages of France. Rocamadour comes next and the last ride stops at the Grottoes of Padirac for an underground boat ride in the grottos before arriving in Carennac and traveling on to Souillac.