BikeTours.com is a self-proclaimed 'representative of over 100 local bicycle tour operators in 70 countries.' They aggregate an astounding list of over 500 worldwide departures from operators that they've formed relationships with over the years. They work with the operators to ensure quality, improve efficiencies that will help save you money and support the development of new tours based on traveler interest. What they are able to provide to you, the traveler, is a well-curated list of their most amazing cycling centered travel experiences all over the world.
The company has one of the largest menus of bike tours in seemingly every corner of the globe (over 450 tours in 70 countries). Built on the philosophy that you can travel to the world's most amazing places at a fraction of the cost, you'll find an extensive list of cost-conscious trips. Don't expect to be wined and dined on most of their cycling vacations. Remember, this is for people who want to travel on a budget. And, you'll want to double check the inclusions list carefully as sometimes you'll be responsible for bringing a helmet, tools, mechanical know-how, and even water bottles. But, you're in luck if you're looking for an amazing cycling adventure that is easy on the wallet.
Unfortunately, there is a concern within the industry that the pricing agreements BikeTours.com enters into takes advantage of the local tour operators. On most tours you'll pay the local price, but Bike Tours Direct takes a fraction for their own profits, leaving the operator earning less money per tour than they would get if you booked directly. However, Bike Tours Direct is helping the local tour operators by providing a higher volume of travelers, which they would hope more than offsets their fees and only increases business for the operators.
BikeTours.com official comment to BikeToursReviews.com is that they "work with local tour operators around the world to bring more money and travelers to their regions, thereby promoting sustainable travel." BikeTours.com also mention that they while they don't personally take every tour on their site, "all of us at BTC are in love with bicycle touring. We're selling a product and experience that we believe in 110%"
Another major concern to take note of, is that BikeTours.com has zero liability for your booking. All issues, concerns, accidents, theft, damage or loss is the responsibility of the local tour operator and BikeTours.com has no obligation to assist you with these events. They work to ensure that all local operators are of the highest quality, but the laws and regulations governing these types of events vary depending on where you travel and cannot be ensured like they would be if you were to travel with an owner/operator, like DuVine, Trek Travel or Backroads. However, there have been very few reported incidences over the years that we've noted regarding these events that were not handled appropriately.
Number of Tours: 298
Meals: Breakfast / Some Dinners
BikeTours.com has cycling vacations for a wide range of abilities. From tours rated 'especially leisurely' and 'family-friendly' for beginner riders to more adventurous locations with mountainous terrain for the experienced cyclist.
Headquarters: Chattanooga, TN, USA
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