Independent Tourist runs Self-Guided Cycling Vacations

About Us

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We have a love of cycling tours that has taken us through many wonderful places over two decades. Most of our trips have been self-guided and self-planned. They have taken us to many parts of the US and to France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, and Canada for periods of two to six weeks. We have learned the good and the not so good by trial and error.

We have used this experience to develop our self-guided cycling tours and have selected tours and routes we have liked and avoided the ones we didn’t like. Most of the inns or B&Bs we recommend are ones we have stayed in or have visited.

The tours are generally designed to be easy to moderate with reasonable distances. We hope you will enjoy the ride to your evening’s destination and the things to see and do once you are there. For the most part our destinations are selected to be quiet, relaxing and comfortable. The rest is up to you. Would you have it any other way?

Henry Curran and Sandy Meskimen

The Independent Tourist, LLC

info@independenttourist.com

Why Self-Guided Cycling Tours?

Our fully supported independent tours start most days of the week and include luggage transfers. You get everything you need for your bicycle trip in one package, including: turn-by-turn directions, maps and other information to easily find your way. There is no group to hold you back, or tour leader to push you along. Travel at your own pace and enjoy a memorable vacation. A self-guided bike tour from the Independent Tourist comes with the freedom to travel as you please and at your own pace. There is no rigid timetable; no anxious tour leader maintaining a schedule and no tour group to hold you back. It is after all your cycling vacation – follow your dreams.

FLEXIBILITY

Cycling inn-to-inn makes the travel itself an integral part of your bike touring vacation, not just a means of getting to a destination. Enjoy the sights along the way. Take a leisurely lunch or skip it entirely. Make the perfect photograph or sit and sketch sailboats in a harbor. Or explore the back roads, and take the long way to your next bed and breakfast.

Some of our biking trips have an additional night at one or more accommodation centers to allow more time to explore the area at your leisure. We will recommend loops to follow on that second day, or you can decide to do something entirely different that day.

Start most days of the week (there are some exceptions) and form your own group if you like with friends and family. We will work out the details for you.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Your pre-paid package will include:

  • All accommodations with breakfast
  • Start most days of the week (there are some exceptions)
  • Luggage transfer to your next night’s inn
  • Route guides, maps, and recommendations
  • Assistance in renting bicycles
  • Routes can sometimes be reversed or modified as you request
  • Some Shuttles
  • Emergency pick up and assistance

DIFFICULTY AND PACE

We have designed our bike tours with you in mind. We ourselves have cycled in many lands for long days and many miles but we prefer reasonable distances on our active cycling vacations. To accommodate others like us our biking trips have an objective of 25 to 35 miles on an average day when moving to the next inn. Each day may vary by more or less miles. However the bike tours are flexible and usually allow longer alternative journeys to the next town as desired. You decide.