BikeToursDirect Introduces 2014 Tours to Explore Europe by Bicycle for Less Than $100 a Day

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Self-guided bicycle tours offer travelers inexpensive way to visit popular European destinations on a shoestring budget. BikeToursDirect sends cyclists to bike paths in Germany, Italy, Belgium and beyond.

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Bicycle tours avoid the high costs often associated with overseas travel. And tours offered by the local companies we represent are typically the best value—sometimes 50-70% less than similar programs offered by large American tour companies.

Bicycle tours are a unique – and inexpensive – way to explore the Old World, allowing access to picture book landscapes and charming villages on a shoestring budget. BikeToursDirect offers 30 programs for $700 (or less) per week, including hotel lodging, breakfasts, luggage transfers, and detailed route information.

“Traveling in Europe doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says BikeToursDirect’s president, Jim Johnson. “Bicycle tours, especially self-guided tours, avoid the high costs often associated with overseas travel. And tours offered by the local companies we represent are typically the best value—sometimes 50-70% less than similar programs offered by large American tour companies.”

Self-guided bicycle tours offer benefits beyond cost savings. Travelers choose their own pace while following route maps and cue sheets, stopping at leisure to explore, sightsee, or snack. Riding on their own provides flexibility and independence.

Here are five tours offered through BikeToursDirect starting at about $575 for one week to get travelers in the bike saddle and riding through Europe this summer:

GERMANY: Mosel Bike Path
Spend your bicycle vacation in the most well-known wine growing region of Germany along one of the most beautiful rivers. Admire the "Kaiserthermen" (Emperor‘s hot springs) and the Porta Nigra, among the historical buildings of first rank in the Roman city of Trier. Visit Castle Eltz and enjoy romantic stretches on your ride. In the evenings, cozy and comfortable hotels will spoil you with regional specialties. And don‘t miss sampling the art of the local winegrowers!
Duration: 6 nights
Prices: starting at $620; bike rental $82
Dates: Available daily: Apr 12-Oct 18, 2014

ITALY: Landscapes of Venice
A classic, European tour perfect to start discovering Italy by bike. Laid between the Alps and the Adriatic sea, the itinerary is completely flat and follows cycle paths or level roads with low traffic volume. Experience Venice at your own pace with included entrance into Villa Valmarana ai Nani and ice-cream in Italy’s best ice cream parlour.
Duration: 7 nights
Prices: starting at $682; bike rental $89
Dates: Saturdays, Sundays,Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: Mar 29-Oct 25, 2014

BELGIUM: Brussels to Bruges
Cycle the beautiful and surprisingly close regions of Flanders and Brussels between sea, canals, and dunes. Take in historical art, the rich architecture of churches, abbeys, castles, and windmills and experience culinary joy in great restaurants. Visit historical buildings and museums as you cycle to Bruges home of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Duration: 6 nights
Prices: starting at $665, bike rental $82
Dates: Saturdays: Apr 19 - Sep 20; Saturdays and Sundays Jul 29-Aug 17, 2014

AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY: Lake Constance Bicycle Path
The Lake Constance cycle route is the most popular cycle route in Europe. Pedal around the entire lake at a leisurely pace and get to know three countries and four islands. Enjoy unforgettable European landscapes against the backdrop of the Alps’ romantic villages and sleepy towns around the glistening lake.
Duration: 6 nights
Prices: starting at $685; bike rental $90
Self-guided: Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: Mar 29-Oct 25, 2014

FRANCE: Alsace Barbarossa
Cycle though France's Alsace region among villages, castles, and forests. Cross the Saint Forest situated on the outskirts of Haguenau and pass through countless pottery villages. Enjoy a visit to the “Parc Naturel” in the Vosges du Nord, one of the world’s biosphere reserves, with excellent views of the castles built by the imperial family in the 12th century.Geraniums flourish in abundance in Outre-Foret, while the charming villages of the Pays de Hanau feature wonderful wine and cuisine.
Duration: 6 nights
Prices: starting at $650; bike rental $105
Dates: Daily (except Sundays): Apr 5-Oct 12, 2014

Most of the bike tours average approximately 30 miles of cycling a day. Prices per person based on double occupancy. Search all 30 European bike tours priced less than $100 per day.

BikeToursDirect serves as a central resource for bicycle tours worldwide, representing nearly 100 local bicycle tour companies that offer 400 tours in 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. BikeToursDirect offers a variety of resources to help travelers search for and choose tours and handles the entire booking and payment process. Learn more at http://www.biketoursdirect.com.

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