5 Benefits of Guided Tours
There’s nothing more exhilarating than hitting a path, peddling with all your might and feeling that breeze on your face as you ride. Cycling is more than just a way to stay in shape – it’s also a fabulous way to explore and experience new places, sites and cultures. One of the best ways to do this is by participating in a guided tour. Sure, there are plenty of great self-guided options available, and you may be tempted to venture off on your own, but here are 5 compelling benefits of choosing a guided tour instead.
The beauty of riding with a guide is the fact that they are professionally certified in a number of safety techniques, including first aid. Should anything happen, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands whether you’re on a well-traveled road or a rugged mountain path. What’s more, because they ride for a living, guides know which roads to take and which ones to avoid, bettering your chances of a safe, secure ride without incident.
When you’re riding on your own, you just may be missing out on some juicy tidbits and fascinating facts. Guides are intimately familiar with the region and routes they take, which provides ample opportunity to learn something new that you wouldn’t ever have known if you were on your own. Hear interesting and intriguing stories about the past and learn about the area and the unique cultural differences that each destination features. Guides can also educate you in proper nutrition and what to eat during your ride for optimum performance.
Many people who choose guided tours appreciate the backup and support their guides provide to them during their rides. In addition to the guides themselves, these tours also feature a van that follows each group and is ready to assist should any of the riders be unable to complete the route on any given day. Guides are also available to prepare lunches and provide water and snacks throughout the ride if necessary.
Perhaps one of the best things about guided tours is the fact that they provide riders with the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Exploring a new place and experiencing new things together is a tremendous bonding experience. Who knows – you may find a lifelong friend! Plus, our groups are the perfect size to feel supported but also provide a sense of independence at the same time, so you can feel free to get to know one another during your journey.
With a guided tour, every detail is taken care of for you. Bike routes, itineraries, lodging, meals (either planned or restaurant suggestions) – everything is handled for you. Even in the event that something goes wrong, such as a flat tire or bike adjustment, your guide is prepared to step in and fix it. Your job is just to hit the trail and have the time of your life!
While self-guided tours offer more flexibility and autonomy, and are great options for some people, guided tours can provide the best of both worlds. You still get the ability to explore and discover new things, but with the added benefit of a little extra support when and where you need it. Guided tours are perfect for someone who:
- Would prefer more support and security throughout the day
- May need assistance with bike adjustments and repairs should the need arise
- Likes the idea of having a backup available when on the road
- Enjoys traveling with others and meeting new people