We think the world’s at its best when there’s nothing between it and you. No big bus window. No iPhone screen. No maps or walls or guidebooks. Just the wind and the open road.

That’s the thinking behind our brand new cycling trips. There’s a nice simplicity to cycling. You start at A and slowly ride your way to B, powered by nothing but your own legs…and maybe a Provencal orange cake and a couple of extra-strength café au lait. This is cycling Intrepid-style. Which means it’s not the Tour de France. You don’t get prizes for coming in first, and the lycra bodysuits are definitely optional. These trips are for people who really want to see a place, not just travel it. Ride on.

Our cycling tours

15 Days From R31,270

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Vietnam. Take in cultural...

7 Days From R15,744

Explore laidback Cuba on a two-wheeled round-trip adventure from Havana. Cycle along...

13 Days From R38,825

Discover the best of Tanzania on this unique cycling adventure. Safari through the...

7 Days From R27,070

Discover the ancient cities of Croatia on this Dalmatian cycling tour. Ride to Split,...

8 Days From R11,000

Walk, ride and raft in the outdoor paradise that is the Pyrenees. Visit Andorra, bike...

8 Days From R27,195

Encounter the picturesque hills and olive groves of Tuscany on this cycling adventure...

14 Days From R22,771

Discover the beauty of Morocco on a two-week cycling adventure. From the buzz of cities...

13 Days From R28,198

See Southeast Asia from two wheels on this 13-day adventure from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok...

8 Days From R28,940

Retrace the steps of ancient empires on this cycling tour through Austria, Slovakia and...

9 Days From R25,820

This Sabah Adventure tour through the Borneo wilderness will truly capture your...

15 Days From R26,834

Travel to India and cycle the romantic Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar and...

14 Days From R35,560

Discover a world of spice and splendour on a cycling trip across Sri Lanka, taking in...

14 Days From R68,671

Experience the best of this fascinating country on a comprehensive cycling tour of...

8 Days From R25,992

This cycling tour through Provence, visiting Avignon, Orange, St Remy and Arles, is the...

12 Days From R19,467

Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai,...

8 Days From R21,690

Pump up the octane on this active Croatia adventure. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking,...

13 Days From R41,785

Climb into the driver's seat for a cycling tour through a land it often feels like time...

16 Days From R42,092

Ride across the many and varied landscapes of Central America on a cycling tour of...

4 Days From R5,280

Trekking in Chiang Mai, explore Thailand's lush jungle areas, go rafting on the Mae...

9 Days From R17,385

Cycling allows you to get closer to the real face of Thailand. From bicycles to...

27 Days From R61,740

Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of...

8 Days From R20,730

Cycle the French Alps with Intrepid, conquering some legendary Tour de France routes...

9 Days From R20,330

Pedalling past Petra, Jerash, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum and more – experience the best...

11 Days From R32,985

Cycle through the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – from Tallin to...

8 Days From R15,100

Discover Bali on a cycling adventure from Ubud to Sanur. Visit Mount Batur, Kintamani,...

28 Days

Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of...

8 Days From R20,245

Based in Bled, hike Mt Vogel, bike through Triglav National Park and raft the rapids of...

9 Days From R24,040

Take part in a journey through South Africa's fantastically wild heartland, with hikes...

9 Days From R25,728

Get your heart racing on a cycling tour through Andalucia. Ride through Seville, Ronda,...

15 Days From R38,517

Enjoy a cycling adventure along the south west coast of India, visiting Kerala,...

12 Days From R35,575

Don’t miss a thing on this cycling adventure through the south west of South Africa –...

29 Days From R68,680

Travel to India and cycle the romantic Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar and...

15 Days From R54,970

This cycling tour through Provence and Tuscany, from the perfect blend of scenic trail...

25 Days From R80,314

Discover the best of African cycling on this unique cycling adventure. Safari through...

1 Day From R2,870

Challenge yourself on this unguided early morning ride up the mighty Mont Ventoux, the ...

Trip Name Days From ZAR
Cycle Vietnam

15

R31,270

Cycle Cuba

7

R15,744

Cycle Tanzania

13

R38,825

Cycle Croatia

7

R27,070

Active in the Pyrenees

8

R11,000

Cycle Tuscany

8

R27,195

Cycle Morocco

14

R22,771

Cycle Indochina

13

R28,198

Cycle the Danube

8

R28,940

Borneo - Hike, Bike & Kayak

9

R25,820

Cycle Rajasthan

15

R26,834

Cycle Sri Lanka

14

R35,560

Cycle Japan

14

R68,671

Cycle Provence

8

R25,992

Thailand - Hike, Bike & Kayak

12

R19,467

Active in Croatia

8

R21,690

Cycle Myanmar

13

R41,785

Cycle Central America

16

R42,092

Active Chiang Mai

4

R5,280

Cycle Southern Thailand

9

R17,385

Cycle South East Asia

27

R61,740

Cycle the French Alps

8

R20,730

Cycle Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum)

9

R20,330

Cycle the Baltics

11

R32,985

Cycle Bali

8

R15,100

Cycle South East Asia

28

Active in Slovenia

8

R20,245

Active South Africa

9

R24,040

Cycle Andalucia

9

R25,728

Cycle South India

15

R38,517

Cycle South Africa

12

R35,575

Cycle India North & South

29

R68,680

Cycle Provence & Tuscany

15

R54,970

Cycle Tanzania & South Africa

25

R80,314

Mont Ventoux extension

1

R2,870

Cycling tours by region

Cycling tours FAQ

Our cycling tours span the gamut of two-wheeled challenges: from a leisurely ride through Vietnam to cycling across landscapes of Cuba. Some of these trips include cycling as just one of a number of active adventures, others are more cycling focussed (ie. You’ll be riding almost every day).

To take the hassle out of preparing for your trip, we've included bike hire on all our dedicated cycling tours. Alternatively, you can bring your trusty bike from home. If you're bringing your own bike, make sure you let us know when booking so we can make sure your bike is appropriate for that particular tour. As always, check your Trip Notes for more information. 
 
Bringing your own bike – If you are a dedicated cyclist or just want to take your bike on a holiday, you can usually bring it along for the ride. You’ll need to box it up for transport on the plane: the easiest way to do this is to go to your local bike shop and ask if they will do it for you (a fee may apply). They often have boxes on hand from old stock and have the tools to remove the pedals and secure your handlebars. Airline fees will also apply, so check with your airline about costs. It's worth remembering not all trips will be able to accommodate your own bike, so let us know what you're planning at the time of booking.
 
Hiring a bike – The bikes we use are from proven brands, very well maintained, typically less than 3 years old (most are newer) and specifically chosen to suit the terrain you'll be cycling on the trip. They come in the full range of sizes from extra small to extra large and usually have front suspension, flat bars, and 27 gears. The only thing you need to do is advise us of your height at the time of booking. We’ll handle the rest. If you'd like, you can always take your own saddle (seat) or gel over-cover for comfort sake, and if you want to use cleats, bring your pedals and shoes too. 
 

All airlines will have their own rules and fees when transporting bikes. Make sure you contact the airline (preferably) before you pay for your flights to see what charges and requirements they have.

Before you go, you must box your bike for transport. See our section ‘taking your own bike vs. hiring one’ for more information.

On all of our cycling tours your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is transferred from one point to the next. All you have to carry is water, and any snacks or gadgets you may want and a few layers to keep you dry and warm. A small, lightweight backpack may come in handy.

Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours, so you can either bring your own or (to save on luggage space) buy one at a local bike shop once you arrive in-country. We also recommend you bring your own water bottle/hydration pack, and closed shoes. You may also wish to bring Cycling shorts, and (if you ride regularly at home) your own saddle and pedals. Many of our clients who do not ride regularly find a gel seat cover helpful in making the ride more comfortable. For more info on packing, check out the What to Pack section of your Trip Notes.

All you need to enjoy our cycling trips is the ability to ride a bicycle and a passion for seeing a destination on two wheels. That’s about it.

While there are occasionally longer days on some itineraries, the vast majority of our cycling days are between 30-60kms and are done at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery/just take a break. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will get by with no troubles.

Our cycling trips are done predominantly on sealed roads (with the odd unsealed section), but none of the trips require any specialist cycling skills. We’ve also researched extra riding routes in each of the destinations we visit, so if you want to stretch your legs a bit more, you can.

We run risk assessments on each and everyone of our cycling trips to make sure they’re up to scratch, and your cycling leaders have personally ridden every inch of the itinerary in advance. We’ve assessed the road conditions, the level of traffic and any potential blackspots. Our leaders are trained in cycling health and safety, as well as basic first aid, and we usually have a vehicle following us if an evacuation ever becomes necessary. We’ve also made sure our cycling tours depart during the milder months, when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, so the ride should be as pleasant (and safe) as possible. 

Not as a rule. Any injuries you might suffer while riding should be covered by the more reputable comprehensive policies (we can recommend some good brands if you’re unsure of what to get). It’s always important to double check the fine print before departing on your trip, and be aware that (like all Intrepid trips) travel insurance is compulsory on our cycling itineraries.

Traveller reviews

Our Cycling trips score an average of 4.84 out of 5 based on 179 reviews in the last year.

Cycle Vietnam, July 2017

Sarah Galvin

Cycle Vietnam, July 2017

Terry Harris

Cycle Vietnam, July 2017

Ron Bryant

Cycle Vietnam, July 2017

colin Ryan

Our favourite cycling destinations

Croatia

The Croatian islands were built for cycling trips. Little olive groves and hilltop villages on Brac, Korcula’s cliff top switchbacks and charming local vineyards, nights spent recuperating with fresh seafood plucked straight from the Adriatic. Get ready for a blur of orange orchards, white pebble beaches and buckets of tangy gelato, Dalmatian-style. Check out our Croatia cycling trip.

France

Don’t worry, we won’t be leading you on any mountain climbs up to the Alpe d’Huez. French cycling for us is more about slipping into the rhythms of local Provencal life. Stopping for a picnic with the group by the Gardon River, browsing for antiques in Uzes or Tarascon, riding quiet country lanes outside Caderousse. It’s tough work, but someone’s gotta do it. Check out our Provence cycling trip.

Vietnam

More than 30 million Vietnamese can’t be wrong – this country looks better from handlebar height. We’ll set off from Hanoi, riding along cliff top passes and down quiet rice paddy roads. And after a long day in the saddle? Piping hot pho cut with lemon and chilli, and crusty banh mi all round. Check out our Vietnam cycling tour.

Morocco

It’s what you’d call a ‘classic’ cycling destination, but there’s no doubt Morocco is an up-and-comer in the world of two-wheeled adventure. Where else can you cycle silhouetted against the dunes of the Sahara? Swap your bike for a camel? Or spend the night with Berber tribesmen in your very own desert camp? Yep, this isn’t your typical cycling tour. Check out our Morocco cycling itinerary

Cuba

Cuba ticks all the culture boxes (Cadillacs, cigars and nostalgia-soaked streets? Um, yes please.) But it’s a rider’s paradise too: mostly flat, relatively compact, with a big variety of landscapes. Think rural villages around Vinales, the pristine beaches of Cayo Jutias and  stunning forests of Las Terrazas. Muy bueno. Check out our Cuba cycling tour.

Andalucía

The whiff of orange blossom in the air, the twang of a flamenco guitar, some ridiculous white-washed village perched on a crag – Andalucía is almost clichéd in its Spanish-ness. It’s hard to imagine a better backdrop for a cycling trip, and our route from Seville to Granada is a perfect intro for beginner cyclists. Check out our Andalucia cycling trip.

Tuscany

A cycling trip in Tuscany? Just form an orderly queue. We’ll start on the cobbled lanes of Florence and work our way (in no particular hurry) through the rolling hills of Garfagnana and Barga’s sun-dappled vineyards and olive groves and on to the famed towns of Lucca and Pisa. If all that sounds like some Italian black and white movie starring a guy with a moustache, it’s because it is. Check out our Tuscany cycling trip.

South Africa

You’re zooming down a coastal road, with the green cliffs of the Cape on one side and the endless blue of the South Atlantic on the other. A couple of humpback whales surface cinematically out to sea, and the air carries the grapey tang of the Stellenbosch winelands. Yep, that’s cycling in South Africa for you. Check out our South Africa cycling itinerary

A few of our cycling leaders

Our local leaders are all cycling junkies, but they go through some pretty rigorous training before being allowed behind the handlebars of an Intrepid cycling tour. Each one has undergone on-road supervision and knows how to do safety checks, basic repairs and emergency first-aid. But they’re still regular Intrepid leaders, which means they know the best local bars, cafes and hidden spots (not to mention handling all the logistical stuff). You just focus on the ride.  

Justaz

“Justaz was an excellent guide, so motivated, confident and very approachable. He always made sure the group was comfortable. Worth his weight in gold!”

Breanne Chrimes – Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Chai

“Chai is a real asset to intrepid. He knowledge and enthusiasm was great. He kept us going in the tough bits and made it a fun experience.”

Geoff Barker – Thailand Hike, Bike and Kayak

Is

“The best tour guide I have ever had. She was always looking after our needs and nothing was too much trouble for her. Thank you, Is!"

Pretesh Mistry – Thailand Hike, Bike and Kayak

Cycling tours with Urban Adventures

The bikes we use

On most of our cycling trips we’ll be using hardtail mountain bikes, armed with front suspension. Depending on the country, we’ll use a mix of makes and models, like Giant Talon and Trek X Caliber 5, but they’re all pretty similar when it comes to form and function. Our bikes are serviced regularly in-country, by local experts who know their stuff. We’ve also got a support vehicle that travels around with the group, so any pesky broken chains or flat tyres can be fixed in a jiffy. Of course you can usually bring your own (check out the FAQ above for all the logistical info).

Responsible cycling tours

Everyone knows that riding a bike is good for you (even factoring in the odd Florentine gelato or Tuscan cellar door pitstop). But it’s good for the environment too. Our cycling itineraries (like all our trips) are 100% carbon offset, and obviously the majority of transport on the trips is powered by the greenest energy of all: yours. Each cycling trip has a support vehicle in tow, but it’s still one of the most eco-friendly ways to see the world. Trust us, we design it that way. For more info, check out our Responsible Travel policies.

Bicycles For Humanity

At Intrepid, we know a bike can changes lives. Provide a person in the developing world with a bike and it means they can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load. The extra mobility and distance gained from using a bike can make all the difference when seeking medicine or trying to find work. This is why we’ve partnered with Bicycles for Humanity to help provide bikes to communities in Namibia, Africa.

Bicycles for Humanity takes bikes people no longer use, repairs them, packs them up and ships them off to the African continent in 40-foot containers. These containers then become bike workshops on arrival – a place of employment, education and business for the communities who receive them. Each of these Bicycle Empowerment Centres are self-sustaining, micro-financed small businesses and a massive step towards financial independence for the community.

We also help by donating a portion of each booking of our cycling trips directly to Bicycles for Humanity, as well as using our network of contacts to bring greater exposure to the amazing work the volunteer team do every day at Bicycles for Humanity.

We are also proud to have Bicycles for Humanity as a partner of The Intrepid Foundation, where our financial support will go directly towards purchasing containers and shipping bikes to Namibia. Every donation to The Intrepid Foundation from our travellers is matched by us dollar for dollar. To find out more or to make a donation, visit The Intrepid Foundation website

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