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.

Why choose Intrepid for your cycling holiday

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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 cycling tours

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. Learn more about Responsible Travel with Intrepid.

Giving back to the communities where you travel

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.

A safety-first approach to cycling

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.

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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.

A local tour leader

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.

Cycling tours by region

Our cycling tours

15 Days From 1958

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

14 Days From 1373

Discover the beauty of Morocco from the saddle on this 14-day cycling adventure that...

7 Days From 1045

Explore laidback Cuba on a two-wheeled adventure from Havana. Cycle along rural roads...

4 Days From 876

Cycle New Zealand's South Island, from Queenstown to Middlemarch’s Otago plains. Follow...

8 Days From 1679

Head to Eastern Europe for a cycling trip through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary,...

Tailor-Made trips

Take four or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

14 Days From 1935

Take a cycling trip across Sri Lanka, visiting Kandy, Mirissa, Negombo, Sigiriya,...

8 Days From 1215

Explore laidback eastern Cuba on a round-trip active adventure from Havana. Cycle along...

8 Days From 1900

Ride through the hills and olive groves of Tuscany on a cycling adventure from Florence...

9 Days From 1820

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

14 Days From 2205

Cycle along rural roads, meet friendly locals, swim in the warm seas, explore white...

7 Days From 2006

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

13 Days From 2916

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

8 Days From 2053

Take a cycling trip through Provence, visiting Avignon, Orange, St Remy and Arles. The...

6 Days From 1236

Explore South Australia’s famed wine regions the best way – on a 6-day cycling...

13 Days From 1958

See Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand from two wheels on this adventure from Ho Chi Minh...

8 Days From 1532

An epic cycling adventure through the Balkans, beginning in Dubrovnik and finishing in...

11 Days From 3868

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

7 Days From 1900

Delight in the inspiring Chateaux and charming French countryside on a Loire Valley...

8 Days From 927

Cycle through scenic Northern Vietnam and take in the cultural delights of Hanoi, green...

15 Days From 1492

Travel to India and cycle through the Rajasthan region, stopping in Delhi, Pushkar,...

9 Days From 999

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

8 Days From 948

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

8 Days From 2124

Spend 8 days cycling through the spectacular scenery of Slovenia, taking in Ljubljana,...

27 Days From 3776

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

8 Days From 1866

Get active on an eight-day European cycling adventure, beginning in Prague, and passing...

15 Days From 3551

Get active on an 15-day European cycling adventure, from Prague through Bohemia then...

14 Days From 3536

An epic cycling adventure through Croatia and the Balkans, beginning in Split and...

Cycling holiday FAQs

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 Essential Trip 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 depart, 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, 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 Essential Trip Information.

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 or just take a break. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will get by with no trouble. Be sure to check the physical rating and description in the Essential Trip Information to make sure the trip suits your fitness level and skills.

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.

To make our trips more accessible for cyclists of varying fitness levels and skills, most of our trips will have a support vehicle that follows the group. You can jump into the support vehicle any time you feel like taking a short (or long) break from riding. Many of our cycling trips also include the option to use an e-bike, an electric motor-assisted bike that’ll get you up any hill or allow you to zip along the flats with minimum effort.

We run risk assessments on each and every one 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.

Cycling tour reviews

Our favourite cycling destinations

A cyclist riding off-road along the coast in Croatia


With little olive groves and hilltop villages on Brac, Korcula’s cliff-top switchbacks and charming local vineyards and nights spent refuelling with fresh seafood plucked straight from the Adriatic, it's like the Croatian islands were built for cycling trips. Get ready for a blur of orange orchards, white pebble beaches and sparkling water to cool off and buckets of tangy gelato, Dalmatian-style.

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A cyclist riding past the Pont du Gard in 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 relaxed rhythm of Provencal life. Stop for a picnic with the group by the Gardon River, browse for antiques in Uzes or Tarascon, and ride along quiet country lanes outside Caderousse. It’s tough work, but someone’s gotta do it.

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A group of cyclists riding through a local village in Vietnam


Join us as we get active and cycle from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. From the tranquil waterways of Mai Chau and peaceful rice paddy roads of Ninh Binh, to the pretty pagodas and colourful lanterns in Hoi An, this mesmerising country is even more beautiful from handlebar height. We promise there'll be piping hot phở and crusty banh mi waiting for you at each stop.

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Cyclists stopping by a spice market in Marrakech


It’s not 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 adventures. 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.

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A beautiful clifftop village in 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 then onto 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.

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A colourful street in Havana


Cuba ticks all the culture boxes. Cadillacs, cigars and nostalgia-soaked streets? Um, yes please. But it’s also a rider’s paradise: mostly flat, relatively compact, with a big variety of landscapes. Think dizzyingly colourful stress in Havana, rural villages around Vinales, the pristine beaches of Cayo Jutias and the stunning forests of Las Terrazas. Muy bueno.

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Meet 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 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.  

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. My top tip for an Intrepid cycling trip? Bring patience, an open heart and an open mind. Oh, and trust your legs!

- Alice, Italy

A local leader for Intrepid cycling tours

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