Courtesy // Florian Kurrasch

International Cycling Tours: Where to Go

By Meaghan Archer

Picture yourself cruising alongside French vineyards or shredding trails in the deserts of Moab, Utah, taking in the sights from your seat atop two tires. You don’t even need to worry about maps, directions or making sure you hit all the top sights—AMA Travel’s tour partners have already planned the best experience for you! 

Sip and cycle Champagne and Burgundy 

Most people know these areas of France for the crushable wines that bear their names; now, imagine getting to taste those bottles while you cycle your way through Champagne and Burgundy. Enjoy a leisurely ride through the French countryside, world-class wines, and old-world French culture this summer as this immersive tour takes you through world-renowned vineyards and celebrated wine villages. 

Ride the red rocks of Moab  

Utah’s Moab desert is home to some of the most spectacular views in North America. Stacked with top-notch trails, a Moab mountain biking tour is for anyone with an adventurous spirit. Spend several hours riding through the desert amongst giant red rocks, blue skies and canyons, and the breathtaking scenery Utah’s national parks have to offer.  

Pedal through Portugal 

Experience everything Portugal has to offer through this eight-day cycling tour. The tour takes you all around this European hot spot, from sleepy fishing villages to beaches and small tourist spots. The leisurely pace of the ride gives riders the opportunity to enjoy the journey without too much exertion. This tour covers roughly 60 km a day/300 km total, with stops made every 10 km or so for snacks and sightseeing.   

Bike from Banff to Jasper 

There are so many opportunities to tour the Rocky Mountains on wheels, where do we even begin? Expert cyclists can bring their own bikes and equipment and hit the well-marked trails for a self-guided outing, whether in Jasper or Banff. For those looking for a day experience, there are bike rental shops and tours available for booking. Want to experience the best of both Alberta’s main mountain towns? There are cycling tours that will take you the nearly 300 km trip from Banff north to Jasper, full of wildlife and stunning views.