Bike Tour Travel Tips
Traveling for a bike tour can be a wonderful experience if you plan appropriately. But, it's not going to be the same as traveling for other vacations. Timing, modes of transportation and even amount of travel may be very different than you are used to. Follow these helpful travel tips and you'll be on your way to a great trip.
Book One Extra Day Before And After
Plan to fly into your destination at least one day early and fly out one day after your tour. Before your tour this will allow time for travel delays and give you a chance to acclimate to the new time zone. And, your tour will likely start in the morning so it will be nearly impossible to fly into the location and hop on a bike. Even if your flights allow you to do so, you would be ill-prepared to ride and possibly delay the group if you are late. Many travelers find the pre- and post-travel days to be some of the most enjoyable days of their entire trip when planned accordingly.
Check Multiple Airports
There is often a recommended airport that you fly into, but ask your tour operator what other airports would work. Depending on where you are flying from, you may be able to significantly reduce your travel time by using an alternate airport and using a train to get you the rest of the way.
Book Train Tickets in Advance
While this isn't always the case, we've found that booking your train tickets ahead of time cuts down on a lot of confusion, stress, and running around a train depot looking for a place to buy your ticket. Many train companies in Europe allow you to buy your tickets in advance, print them at home, and have all of the information you need to hop on the train. You won't have your guide with you yet so the language barrier can make buying a ticket extremely difficult. As trains are increasing in popularity around the globe, this also ensures that the train you need doesn't sell out before you get there. We've ran into this too many times to count.
Don't Coordinate Your Entire Group
If you are traveling with a group, all flying out of different cities, don't try to coordinate so you meet up in one airport or train station. Often times this ends in part of the group waiting for the rest of the group. Plan instead to meet at the hotel and the early birds can hop in the pool, head to the spa or relax on the beach. Everyone will be more relaxed knowing that no one is waiting for anyone else.
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