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Tour levels

A great way to enjoy your favourite activity is to discover the many cycle tracks and routes across Europe. These range from an introductory level 1, mostly flat and from 20-40 kilometres a day, to level 4 for more experienced riders where hills and mountains are part of your tour, with distances up to 100 kilometres a day. Check out these levels:

Level 1 - Casual cyclist: You prefer to cycle along flat, well-established cycle paths which have good stopping places. You don’t cycle much at home, but you have the urge to give a cycling holiday a try
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Level 2 - Fair weather cyclist: You cycle occasionally but only when the sun is shining. Cycling is for fun, not a method of fitness. Gentle hills or longer sections on gravel tracks don’t pose any problems for you. You just pedal along enjoying the lovely views in the countryside as you go.

Level 3 - Holiday cyclist: At least one cycle holiday per year is compulsory for you! You regularly go out for bike rides at the weekends. Sometimes, you battle with a long, steep hill or a day’s cycle ride with an undulating profile. But to enjoy the rest of the ride, the route should then become flatter and more leisurely again afterwards.

Level 4 - Leisure cyclist: You regularly go for longer rides. Instead of taking the car, you prefer to cycle and your decent level of fitness enables you to do this with ease. On your cycling holiday, you are happy for the route to be hilly and even if there are numerous ascents during a day’s ride, you will still be smiling when you get to your accommodation

Tour character

Tours are well designed mostly off main roads, with stunning views and a beautiful environment. Each tour on our website has information on the type of terrain you will be covering. Some tours go onto roads, but mostly quiet country roads. Check your itinerary or ask us (info@slowtours.com) if you require further information. Book a cycling tour and meet other enthusiasts at all levels.

Accommodation

Hotels are booked for you with breakfast, (sometimes a packed lunch) and with half-board bookings, dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day. There is often a range of options from 2* to 5*. We have mostly 3* and 4* accommodation on our web pages, but if you have other requirements, ask us when booking. You will often be staying in small family hotels and inns where you can count on a welcome reception!

Luggage

Your luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel (Wow! This is so good!) so all you do is enjoy your day – at your own pace on a self-guided tour, or with a guided group. Take a lunch and a few snacks, a bottle or two of water, your well-developed maps and route descriptions, any ferry, train or bus tickets included in your tour, and anything else you may need for the day. Before buying yourself a packed lunch, check your itinerary for the day to see if there are cafes and bistros marked where you can stop and have a leisurely break.

Bike vs e-bike

When you rent a bike, we will need your height and inside leg measurements to make sure you have the right bike. Most are unisex with 7 or 21 speeds. There some tours specially designed for mountain bikes. Ask us if you are interested in these. E-bikes can take the pain out of riding by giving you an extra boost, especially up hills, or if you have trouble keeping up with groups. You still have to pedal, so get your exercise, but the battery powered e-bike will mean you cycle with less effort.
If you are seeking an alternative way to enjoy your bike-riding, or if you are travelling with non-cyclists, book a bike & barge tour or a sailing/bike tour where you can miss the day's bike ride and stay on the boat for a day off!

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3 big benefits of booking with us

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time becomes a friend

Yes, you’ll see and do many wonderful things, but at a relaxed, easy pace that invites conversation and reflection.

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distinctive quality

There’s not a village you’ll explore, or table at which you’ll dine, that you won’t remember with a smile.

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peace of mind

Whether travelling directly with Slow Tours or one of our carefully selected, kindred-spirit partners, you’ll have our complete and constant support.

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