The Advantages of Private Bike Tours

Are you tired of cookie-cutter travel experiences and crowded tour groups? Do you long for the freedom to choose your travel companions and set your own pace? If so, a private bike tour might be the perfect adventure for you! Private bicycle tours offer the best of both worlds— breathtaking destinations like the Columbia Gorge, the Sonoran desert in Arizona, and the San Juan Islands and the chance to explore them with your friends and family.

At Bicycle Adventures, we have two great options for booking private tours:

Adventure Takeovers: A private tour or “Adventure Takeover” is a pre-scheduled tour on our calendar, which your group reserves exclusively. The dates, itinerary, and pricing are as displayed on our website. Your group can be as small as 2 guests and as large as 13. For groups fewer than 6, there are per-person upcharges, while groups of 8 guests or more enjoy a discount of $200 per person. If your group exceeds 13, this is considered a custom trip and may be subject to different pricing.

Vaulted Tours: Our vaulted tours are itineraries we have run in the past but are not currently offering on our regular schedule. Vaulted tours require a minimum of 6 guests and, in some cases, 4-6 months advance notice to secure the appropriate permits. We may be able to accommodate fewer guests than 6 on a vaulted tour, with an additional per-person upcharge.

Custom Destinations: Bicycle Adventures does its best to accommodate custom destination requests but we are often limited by time. If there is a custom destination you have your heart set on, please reach out! A minimum of 8-12 months is required for a fully custom tour.

Now that you are familiar with the options, let’s dive into the highlights of private bicycle tours and why they should be on every avid cyclist’s bucket list.

Exclusive Group Travel

First and foremost, private tours ensure you travel exclusively with your chosen group, whether it’s a circle of close friends, family members, or your local cycling club. This intimacy fosters a sense of camaraderie and makes the journey even more enjoyable. Forget about navigating the dynamics of a mixed group; instead, focus on creating cherished memories with your chosen companions.

“This adventure was a 10 out of 10 for us and exceeded our expectations for tour/biking routes, guides, attention to details, care and concern for us as guests!” –John C., Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Adventure Takeover

Tailored Experiences

One of the most significant advantages of private bicycle tours is the ability to tailor your experience to your group’s preferences and abilities. Unlike conventional group tours with fixed itineraries, private tours allow you to collaborate with us to create a unique adventure tailored to your interests and fitness levels. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist looking for extra miles or a group that prefers earlier meals, private tours can be tweaked to fit your desires. Further customizing a private tour date might include adding or taking away certain activities or rides, changing the start date of a tour or adding or subtracting days to an existing tour. It’s important to note that customizing existing tours may incur additional costs.

“The tour was perfect. The pace suites our group and the guides were the best.” -Michelle L., San Juan Islands Adventure Takeover

Unforgettable Destinations

In 2023 we had groups book private tours for our Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, Hells Canyon, San Juan Islands, and Mr. Rushmore & Badlands tours and more! Whether you’re looking for a summer adventure to the Pacific Northwest or a fall retreat to the sunny Southwest, we have destinations that will captivate you and your friends and family.

“Arches and Canyonlands Multisport tour with Bicycle Adventures exceeded our expectations – from the awesome scenery to the stellar planning by our guides; including multiple options for our group. The support and meals were outstanding….we’ll book with them again!” -Susan L., Custom Arches & Canyonlands Tour

Booking Considerations

While private bicycle tours offer incredible flexibility and customization, it’s essential to be aware of booking policies. Our Adventure Takeovers and vaulted tours require non-refundable deposits but also offer flexibility through our standard transfer policy.

For a private tour, select any date on our calendar and reserve it exclusively for your group by making a non-refundable deposit of $600 per person from a minimum of 6 guests. Members of your group can still transfer their deposit to a different tour based on our cancellation and transfer policy. Group discounts are based on the number of travelers who take the trip, so if cancellations cause your group to fall below 8 guests, the standard group discount will be removed.

Plan Your Next Adventure

Private bicycle tours are a fantastic way to combine your love for cycling with personalized travel experiences. With the freedom to design your adventure, choose your travel companions, and explore incredible destinations, these tours offer a unique and unforgettable way to see the world. Whether you’re drawn to the mild winters of Chile or the rugged beauty of South Dakota, private tours have something to offer every type of cyclist. So, why wait? Start planning your dream cycling adventure today and experience the world in a way that’s uniquely your own.

“Just show up and enjoy , everything will be supported for you !” -Bradley C., San Juan Islands Adventure Takeover

Ready to plan or have questions? Call us at 800-443-6060 or email [email protected] to get started!



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