Throughout the world there are a wide variety of diverse and fascinating cultures to discover. Travelling in these countries under your own steam on two wheels helps you to get under the skin of a country, to visit the main attractions as well as finding time to ply lesser known quiet back routes away from the crowds that allow you a glimpse of everyday life. The sight of a visitor on a bike, particularly in far flung destinations, is a curiosity to many local people and helps to break down barriers, encourage local interaction and generate an even warmer welcome.
When cycling in Cuba or cycling in Vietnam the bicycle remains an important and common form of transport, so you may be sharing the routes with local commuters who share an affinity with the bike. In European countries such as Germany, France or Italy there is a healthy respect for cycling both as a sport and pastime. A cultural cycling holiday is an active and healthy way to explore the natural beauty of a country along its customs, traditions and history.
The distances that can be travelled by bike with relative ease means that your surroundings are constantly changing. Depending on your personal level of fitness you can choose between cycle tours with grades ranging from easy to tough, combining the cultural interest with the level of exercise or challenge that suits you best.
The rest stops away from the bike add another layer of interest and could be anything from a visit to the temple complex at Angkor in when cycling in Cambodia, eating an Indian Thali lunch served on a banana leaf, wine tasting in a Slovenian vineyard or truffle tasting in Italy. Certainly when it comes to food, time spent in the saddle helps you build up a healthy appetite and appreciate the food even more. Wherever the cycle holiday is in the world, the routes are deliberately chosen to be as quiet as possible and away from local traffic.