Cycle trips down the world’s deepest valley in the Himalayas, through Vietnam and along the European route of ancient military commander, Hannibal, top the list as the most popular bicycle tours around the globe according to website, Cycle Tours Global, the world’s most comprehensive search engine for the best bike tours on the planet.
Designed to take the legwork out of searching for the world’s best cycle tours, Cycle Tours Global's website profiles more than 5500 bike tours in 104 countries on six continents in one place and in the same format, providing easy and fast evaluation and comparison.
Cycle Tours Global regularly ranks the most clicked tours on its site and topping the latest list are:
1. The current, most popular bike tour on Cycle Tours Global is the ‘Annapurna Fun Ride’, a 10-day easy to moderate round-trip from Kathmandu in Nepal which takes riders from the alpine meadows of the Himalayas, through Buddhist villages and downhill through the deepest valley on Earth between the 8000m-plus peaks of Annapurna and Dhalagiri. Operated by Snowy Horizon Adventure, the tour runs weekly from September to November and March to May each year and is available from A$2200 per person, twin-share, ex Kathmandu, including mountain bike hire, lodge accommodation, all meals on the bike expedition, B&B accommodation in Kathmandu, a farewell dinner and two flights within Nepal.
2. The second most visited tour on the Cycle Tours Global site is ‘Vietnam by Bike’, a 15-day easy to moderate bike trip starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City including Halong Bay, Hue, Nha Trang and rides through the western highlands and paddy fields of Vietnam, visiting local villages. Including bike hire, 32 meals, snacks, fruit and water while in the saddle, hotel accommodation, an overnight train and a domestic flight in Vietnam, the tour is available from A$2450 per person, twin-share, and is run by World Expeditions throughout the year.
3. The third-most clicked trip on Cycle Tours Global is the ‘Hannibal Expedition’ – a 27-day, 2400km moderate to advanced ride from Barcelona to Rome, tracing the epic 218 BC warpath of one of history’s greatest military commanders, Hannibal Barca, who led the ancient superpower of Carthage in a bloody battle against Rome. Feted as one of the world’s best bicycle routes, the tour takes riders over the Pyrenees, French Alps and the Apennines through some of the most beautiful cycling areas in Europe including Catalonia, Provence, Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbri. Operated by Ride and Seek Bike Tours in September, 2014, and including accommodation and almost all meals, the guided tour is priced from €7250 per person, twin-share.
The fourth most popular bike tour on the Cycle Tours Global is a seven-day ‘Lot Valley Vistas and Villages’ tour in France from €1425 per person, twin-share, and the fifth is an eight-day ‘Loire Valley Bike and Barge holiday from A$1390 per person, twin-share.
Cycle Tours Global was launched this year by avid Australian cyclist, Bruce Robertson, as a hub for bicycle tours around the world.