BikeToursDirect Expands 2014 Selection of Bicycle Tours

BikeToursDirect has announced that it is expanding its bicycle tour offerings for families. This recently expanded selection includes tours in 22 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Central America. BikeToursDirect now offers more than 80 family-friendly bicycle tours.

Bike tours particularly suited for families typically have a combination of several features, such as dedicated bike paths, short daily distances, and kid-friendly hotels that make them appropriate for traveling with children of varying ages.

Tours on dedicated bicycle paths are a popular concept in Europe because they offer a carefree experience on vehicle-free routes, allowing kids a safe way to explore at their pace while parents can relax and enjoy the ride. And, if little legs get too tired to pedal, family-friendly tours in Europe make the most of extensive public transportation options by building in rest breaks with ferry rides or trains or by offering a back-up plan for getting to the next hotel.

Daily cycling routes are designed with distances manageable for most children to ride on their own while offering plenty of time for off-bike play and sightseeing. Offering families the flexibility to set their own pace, self-guided bike tours still provide support like luggage transfers, route maps and cue sheets, and a service hotline. These self-guided tours are also appealing to families for their prices, which start at $550 per person for one week and have discounts for children sharing rooms with parents. For parents who want more structure and support as well as the added perspective and insight they would get from a local guide, guided bike tours are available.

Hotels are specially selected for these tours for their appeal to families. For those who would prefer to stay in a single hotel throughout the tour and only unpack once, “home-base tours” with daily loop rides are available.

A classic European route ideal for families is the Danube Family Tour through Germany and Austria. Following the Danube Bike Path, it keeps travelers safely away from motorized traffic, and has shorter daily riding distances than the usual program on this route, due in part to scheduled boat rides on many days. Available equipment for children includes kids’ bikes, tag-alongs, trailers, and tandems. Land cost starts at €630 for adults and €315 for children, with children under six (sharing parents’ room) riding for free.

BikeToursDirect’s more than 80 family-friendly bike tours are in 22 countries, including Ireland, Austria, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Cambodia, Vietnam, and more.

For more information, visit http://www.biketoursdirect.com.

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