Every day on a Discovery Bicycle Tour is full of beautiful cycling and memorable experiences. We want all that you’ve ever imagined about a bicycle adventure to come true. With that being said, you might be wondering what a typical day on tour is actually like.
We start each day with a delicious breakfast around 8 AM. (Indeed, we believe our culinary experiences are a very important part of each tour!)
Are you an early bird? No worries! Coffee and tea are always available, and more often than not, one of your tour leaders would be delighted to head out with you for a pre-breakfast ride!
After breakfast, your tour leaders will give you their “map rap” where they will take the opportunity to talk with you about the route, what the day looks like and interesting places to stop. (Our 39 years of experience give us a huge advantage here – we know where to ride and all the hidden nooks and crannies, side roads and unique experiences that are available). They’ll answer any questions you may have about the route, your bike, where we’ll have lunch, the weather etc… They are also very happy to give you cycling tips throughout your tour and will give you great tips on such things as how and when to shift your bike, how to happily ride up (and down) hills, the most efficient way to pedal, and numerous other helpful suggestions.
Soon we are all on our bikes and head out generally between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. We encourage you to bike at a pace that is comfortable for you. We don’t ride as a group! Everyone has been given a set of maps and directions, so if you feel like stopping at any point, that’s great! There is so much to see!
Each day consists of a standard route, as well as optional mileages for those who feel like riding more. On the flip side, if you’ve had enough after riding 5, 10, 15 miles, that also is fine. The tour leaders are always in contact with you, and they can give you a ride in our van (which is also a traveling snack bar if you need an energy boost, bike shop in case you get a flat tire, and water stop to make sure your water bottle is never empty). We often meet up again for lunch, usually around 12:30-1:00 PM, at a wonderful, scenic picnic location or perhaps a local general store. After lunch, we hop on our bikes again for the afternoon ride.
Every day on tour consists of (always optional) opportunities for activities, guided tours and cultural visits, as well as vineyards for some great wine tastings and perhaps a stop at a local microbrewery.
Most folks are getting back to the inn between 3 PM and 5 PM, depending on how far (and at what pace) you’ve chosen to ride that day. A lot of folks like to take advantage of the amenities at the different inns, such as hot tubs, golf, hiking, or maybe just relaxing and “watching the pass”. Others will have chosen to ride some of the optional miles and might be getting back a bit later. At any rate, there’s always time for a shower, maybe a pre-dinner walk or cocktail, and then around 7:00 PM we have a very well-earned and delicious dinner after a great day of cycling!
Around 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM folks usually decide to “call it a day” and head to their room for the evening. And what could be better after a great bike ride, and a relaxing delicious dinner, than ending your day in the warm comfort of a room at one of our carefully selected inns.