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July 10, 2013 Corporate No Comments Email Email

The popularity of bike sharing schemes has inspired a chain reaction with some of the mostvisited cities across the world bowing to the power of the pedal. With schemes launching in Paris, San Francisco, New York, London and Barcelona, the popularity of tourists taking to two wheels shows no sign of abating.

Leading travel insurance provider Travel Insurance Direct reveals some of the most popular cycling tours world-wide, from the thrill of downhill rides for the tenacious adrenaline junkie, to gourmet cruises for those who prefer their circuits littered with restaurants, pubs and wine cellars.

1. Thrill seekers

For the thrill of legal downhill rides, don’t look past the Inca Trail – 11,000 feet and 36 miles!

Other tours include Switchbacks over Kotor, in Montenegro, the Haleakala Volcano Ride in Maui, The Tibetan Himalayas in Nepal or India’s Khardung La.

2. Gourmet cruisers

If you prefer to traverse rolling hills, national parks and wine regions, look for the natural wonder of some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, including Bordeaux to San Sebastian in Spain, France’s Provence Tour, Mexico’s Santa Fe Gourmet Classic, California’s Santa Barbara Wine Country or The Puglia Tour in the heel of the Italian boot.

3. Hero tours

Challenge yourself with some of the best and most picturesque cycling circuits in the world, including The Tour de France start in Corsica, the ski country of Col de la Madeleine, in the French Alps, The Giro D’Italia circuit or Vuelta a Espana, in Spain.

4. Family Tours

For leisurely circuits the kids will enjoy, which are inundated with castles and other sites of interest, Travel Insurance Direct recommends Black Forest in Germany, Waddenzee Island hopping in Holland, the medieval town of Brittany, or a circuit route of Denmark, from the port town of Esbjerg on the west coast to Copenhagen on the east coast.

5. Natural Wonder Tours

For scenic backdrops, tick some of the following tours from your bucket list; Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the spectacular northern lights on the Norwegian Aurora Borealis tour, Cape Town’s Cape Peninsula, the North American Continental Divide and the coastal road of Rio de Janeiro Harbour.

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