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How to Choose

With so many great tours, choosing can be hard. Here's some help.

Which tour (type) is best for you?

Bike the South offers three primary types of tours: guided, supported and self-guided. You can also select scheduled tours open to the public, book your own private tour with friends or family, or ask us to develop a custom tour for you.

Guided

Guided tours are great if you like traveling and riding with a group and want to meet new people. They give you peace of mind and often the most thorough tour and exploration experience.

A guide rides with you, points out sights, takes care of any breakdowns (bicycle or human), and ensures a tour experience that you’ll remember fondly for years to come. You’ll also be accompanied by a vehicle (in most cases a van) and driver, who will carry snacks and water and will often set up picnics.

Tours typically range from 4-12 people (at lower range if van transfers are involved). You can also have your own private departure. With private tours, you have your own group and can often customize your tour based on your preferences and interests.

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Self-Guided

Self-guided tours are perfect for independent travelers who are comfortable riding alone or with friends. They’re also great for travelers who have concerns about COVID and prefer to stay within their own travel “bubble.” You’ll still have detailed route information as well as an emergency hotline number in case you get lost or have questions. On overnight tours, you will also have lodging and luggage transfers.

Other Bike the South clients may be starting with you, but you are free to ride on your own.  Some tours may have multiple start times on any given day in order to avoid overlapping parties. You can also have your own private departure. With private tours, you have your own group and can often customize your tour based on your preferences and interests.

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Supported

Supported tours are like self-guided tours but with a “safety net.” A nice mix of independence and peace of mind. Supported tours include a ride-along escort and/or accompanying or on-call support vehicle. Check tour listings for support types on scheduled tours. On private tours, you choose!

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Private and Custom Tours

If you wish to ride with your own party or have us design a something special for you, a private or custom tour may be for you.

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Private Tours

Your group. Your pace. Your tour. Most 2021 programs will include options for private tours, where you ride with family or friends along with options for a private guide, ride escort and/or support van with driver.

Nearly every private tour can be adapted to be shorter/easier or longer/harder. Your guide or a company representative will contact you in advance to discuss route options based on your interests, preferences and riding experience. It’s your ride!

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Custom Tours

Your group. Your pace. Your tour. Most 2021 programs will include options for private tours, where you ride with family or friends along with options for a private guide, ride escort and/or support van with driver.

Nearly every private tour can be adapted to be shorter/easier or longer/harder. Your guide or a company representative will contact you in advance to discuss route options based on your interests, preferences and riding experience. It’s your ride!

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Top Considerations

To help you decide on your dream tour, start by asking yourself these questions. Then look at the tour descriptions to guide your choice.

1. How much riding have I done (and where)?

Do you like riding up hills or mountains, or are you more of a flatlander—or somewhere in between? Check each tour’s level of difficulty and its terrain. Choosing the right terrain—flat, rolling, hilly, or mountainous—can also make or break your tour (or you). And if you’re a flatlander, don’t rule out hillier tours. Instead, consider ones with electric assist bikes available.

2. How comfortable am I with traffic?

Would you prefer a route that primarily follows paved bike paths or quiet back roads? Are you comfortable with light to moderate road traffic? Will going “off-road” even on wide, packed-dirt trails make you nervous (or smile with glee)?

3. What's a comfortable riding distance for me?

Remember you are on vacation and there will be a lot to see along the way—so allow time for stopping, taking pictures and rewarding yourself with ice cream. In the case of multi-day tours, remember that you’ll be riding for several days, usually back to back. So don’t use your weekly Sunday ride as a guide. We almost never hear feedback that daily distances were too short! Again, electric-assist bikes are perfect ways to make longer distances seem much shorter!

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