Cycling tours

No big bus windows. No phone screen. No maps, walls or guidebooks. Just your wheels, the wind and the open road. That’s how we roll.

From pedalling through peaceful villages in Vietnam and Japan to cruising down epic, ever-changing landscapes in Jordan and Tanzania, our cycling tours allow you to really immerse yourself in a place and not just travel through it. Powered by nothing but your legs (and maybe a slice of biscotti and a couple of extra-strong cafés au lait), there’s a nice simplicity to cycling as well as plenty of adventures waiting for you off the saddle. Intrepid style cycling isn’t the Tour de France – you don’t get prizes for coming first and the lycra bodysuits are definitely optional – but we promise it’s a totally unique way to experience the world.

Our cycling trips

Intrepid Travel - Tanzania Cycling Adventure

Where you can go cycling

Why choose us

The bikes we use

On most of our trips we use 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 pretty similar when it comes to form and function. Our bikes are serviced regularly by local experts who know their stuff, and any pesky broken chains or flat tyres can be fixed in a jiffy. You can usually bring your own bike, too (check our FAQs for the logistical info).

Responsible travel

Riding a bike is good for you (even factoring in the odd gelato or Tuscan cellar door pitstop). But it’s also good for the environment. Like all our trips, our cycling tours are 100% carbon offset. Most of the transport is powered by the greenest energy of all: yours. We’ve been certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid, you’re travelling to improve the planet.

How we give back

There’s something special about Intrepid travellers. You travel differently; you travel with purpose; you seek to leave a positive impact and give back to the people and places you visit. By travelling on an Intrepid cycling trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation cycling partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school children, health workers and farmers in rural low-income communities with durable bicycles, research and mechanics training.

Safety first

We run risk assessments on all our cycling trips and our leaders are specially trained to run cycling adventures, so you can rest assured you’re well taken care of. Our leaders are also trained in basic first aid, and we’ve got a support vehicle that follows the group in case of injury, inclement weather, unexpected and hazardous road conditions, or if you’d like to give your legs a rest.

Small groups

The beauty of small group travel means our groups are small enough to allow you to ride at your own pace, but big enough to connect with others and create a good social vibe. Our maximum group size is 12 people, which we’ve found is a great number to let you get to know your fellow cyclists and also benefit from your leader’s knowledge and experience.

Local leaders

We think the best folks to show you around the heart of a destination is someone who lives there. That's why we work exclusively with local cycling leaders, which means you’ll really get to know the places you’ll be visiting. Our leaders are not just cycling enthusiasts, they’re also your travel guru, teacher and enthusiastic purveyor of local experiences.

The people who make our trips great

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 leader 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.  

Intrepid leader Alice, Italy
Alice, Italy

One of my favourite trips is Cycle Tuscany. We ride from the Apuan Alps down to the coast, followed by a dip in the Mediterranean and a picnic of fresh focaccia and tomatoes. We continue through rural villages, protected wildlife parks and sandy beaches all the way to the medieval jewel of the walled city of Lucca – and that's just in one day. Top tip for an Intrepid cycling trip: bring patience, an open heart and an open mind. Oh, and trust your legs!

Reviews

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Cycle the Balkans

fiona · Traveled May 2024
Cycle the Balkans was a great way to explore the country. Much better than sitting on a bus. The hills in Montenegro are long and large - but manageable. If in doubt, get an e-bike! I have had two knee operations and had a poor level of fitness and managed to do it on a normal mountain bike - but an e-bike would have been much more enjoyable. The landscape across Montenegro and Bosnia are just incredible - I lost count of how many times I said "wow" in one day. Cycling tours are a great way to find the balance of eating/exploring your way through the country - and still managing to fit your jeans at the end of a trip. Will absolutely look to do another cycling trip in the near future.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Cycle the Danube

Glenys · Traveled May 2024
A fun, enjoyable week cycling, Vienna to Budapest with 10 other travellers from 5 countries (commonwealth & USA) Guides Igor & Andro were both very professional and friendly. Also giving us many local facts and excellent restaurant recommendations. We were all given the opportunity to ride at our own pace, which ranged from 15km-35km ph. Lots of laughs all day & enjoyable dinners in the evening. Highly recommend. Get some training in, cycling the 80km per day and you’ll love it 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏼🚴🏻‍♀️
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Cycle the Danube

Ricard · Traveled May 2024
Really enjoyed this trip, many thanks to Igor and Andro for looking after us. The cycling is relatively easy with a decent level of fitness. Most of the routes are off the main roads on cycle paths which certainly makes for stress free cycling. The accommodation was very good as were the breakfasts which are included. Ideally I would have liked a rest day in Bratislava to see more of the city.
Review submitted 04 Jun 2024

Cycle the Danube

Karen · Traveled May 2024
The best way to really see and get to know a city is by bike. Doing a cycle trip from Vienna to Budapest with a group of other fun-loving, adventure seeking Intrepid tourists was simply amazing.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2024

Cycle Provence

Guy · Traveled May 2024
An extraordinary trip. A combination of natural beauty, historical sites, and delicious food. The guides were attentive, warm, and fun. And it was great to meet people from other parts of the world on a shared adventure!
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

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