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ABOUT ART OF BICYCLE TRIPS

Founded in June 2010 during a 100km bicycle ride in India, Art of Bicycle Trips specialize in crafting unique active adventures to India and Asia-at-Large. We work with some of the finest local specialists based in your tour region as co-creators from itinerary designing to on-ground operations so that you experience the destination from a local perspective. Your active adventure includes biking, hiking, kayaking, yoga, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and bird watching. Each day is crafted with utmost care so that you are well rested; get a drift of local culture and cuisine and enjoy the splendid trails at your own pace with the finest local specialists.

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My husband and I booked this trip based on length of riding days/distances and cycling south to north (we were heading north on business). We were able to customize the options to suit and decided to open the trip to anyone else that wanted to join our dates and destinations.

I cannot speak highly enough of Phuc (Happiness) our guide and Mr Hien our driver. Nothing was too much trouble. Phuc came from a rice farming family and could give us great insight into the country through which we passed. Combined with having studied, lived in a big city and speaking English, he was well able to give us current information about the country and it’s customs both old and new.

Our route took us on the back roads and tracks used only by locals. We were able to experience the local way of life first hand. There were days our faces ached from smiling and saying hello to everyone. The genuine warmth and friendliness will not be quickly forgotten.

Our accommodation surpassed expectations and just got better as the days progressed. In summary, a 5 Star experience at a very reasonable price.

Susan
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

We are a Norwegian couple at age 60 years+ and have today come home from a great adventure in Vietnam. We tok part in a tour from Saigon to Hanoi. The bike tour lasted 8 days and gave us a varied insight of different regions in South and Central Vietnam. Our bike-guide Phuc was extraordinary both in guiding us in the biking, but he also had great knowledge of past and present Vietnam and was a great storyteller. We visited the rainforest, Dailat, Hoi Anh and Hue and spent the last 3 days on a cruise in Halong Bay. Vietnamese people are very friendly and Vietnam is a beautiful country!

Gabrielle
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

Our 14 day tour from Saigon to Hanoi in our group of 6 people was a great experience with the best tour leader, Phuc, a most wonderful, caring and very, very knowledgable young man, plus a great bus driver. We could not have asked for a better team (or family) as Phuc called us.
The tour consisted of a good mix of cycling and bus, most on flat back roads and through some superb scenery in the mountainous areas with some strenuous uphill roads and one with the most exhilarating 30km descent.
We were Phuc’s first group of over 60yo’s. Though we were all capable cyclists, we are not cycling junkies. It was sad to say goodbye to our ‘family’.

Charlotte
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

We (group of 6) had an excellent 10 day trip through the by-ways of the Mekong and some of the highlights of Cambodia.

Phuc was our guide through the Mekong Delta. He navigated us through a maze of back alleys, local ferry rides and winding paths with lots of great info about the local area and the people.

After a fast ferry up the Mekong to Cambodia we toured Phnom Penh, then the back roads, guided by Heng. Heng was excellent at introducing us to the backroads, the local people and a bit of the nightlife. He adapted to our interests really well making for a really excellent trip. Our drivers, the accomodation, the bikes and overall organisation were all superb.

Stu
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

Our trip went incredibly well and was fun from start to finish. Our Guide Tan Phuc was fantastic and read the groups ability and interest well. His english was very good and we were able to share a joke as well as learn a lot about the country as we biked along. All of the accomodation was perfect as well as the different restaurants we went to for lunch and dinner. I would have no trouble recommending Phuc as a guide and the Company as a whole. We spent all of our time travelling on small local footpaths so never really had to contend with any of the hectic traffic which was just what we were after. The paths were also generally surrounded by vegetation making it cooler that being out on the open roads in the heat of the day. The timing was also very good so we never spent any time waiting for a connection or the bus at the end of the day.

Graeme
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

My husband and I did this as the kick off to our three week honeymoon in SE Asia.
We were able to pare down the bike tour to 7 to fit our needs and Ly was very helpful with booking/paying. Our guide, Quang, for Vietnam met us with the van at our friends apartment in the city and was immediately welcoming and friendly. Throughout the tour he made sure we were well fed and hydrated and was exceptional at making sure we experienced Vietnams countryside and people.

We met with Sum, our Phnom Penh guide who got us to lunch, explained a lot of the countries history and current state add gave us a knowledgable tour of Tuol Sleng. He was great as was our driver who would be with us til the end of our trip.

Our guide in Siem Reap was Jerry who was great, knew how to time the Angkor Wat (and surrounding) visits so as not to be swamped by all the other tourists doing the same and he was quite funny and personable. He also gave good advice on things to do in Siem Reap!

All in all it was a great way to see Vietnam and Cambodia! It can be hard to access the good stuff when you don’t speak the language so to have someone looking out for us was nice and biking the mazes of rice paddies and country roads put us in touch with a part of the world many westerners don’t see. It was tough going sometimes due to the heat, skinny roads and (let’s be real) butt bruising and wrist ache but it felt worth it.

The transport was effortless and the hotels were all really (mostly amazing) nice except Chau Doc, which was a big room but pretty spare and the food was suited for (apparently) westerners who did not want to be challenged remotely. It was an oddity in an otherwise great trip though and I can think of many friends I’ll be recommending this tour to anybody.

We thank you so much for the outstanding experience!

Megarie C
VIETNAM BIKE TOUR

We thoroughly enjoyed a 14 bicycle trip with the Art of Bicycle Trips from Bangalore to Kochi with Muthu, Poonach, Siljo. What an amazing country–the people, the terrain, the homestays, the villages, the traffic. Nothing we read or heard truly prepared us for the assault on all our senses and cycling really gave us the opportunity to fully experience India. Our cycling guides were awesome. Muthu adjusted our rides based on the group’s collective riding skills. Siljo, our driver, was so amazing with snacks and water and navigating the van through some pretty narrow roads. India has amazing terrain, elevations with vistas worth the climb. And Poonach provided good commentary about the many facets of India. We have taken many cycling vacations, and without a doubt, India has left a memory of a lifetime! Thanks Art of Bicycle Trips for helping us discover and experience Incredible India!

Phil R.
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

I loved it! It really did exceed my expectations. Thank you!

Carol S.
SRI LANKA BIKE TOUR

CYCLING IN SRI LANKA WAS A FANTASTIC COMBINATION OF CHALLENGING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; BEAUTIFUL WEATHER; STUNNING SCENERY; EXOTIC PLANTS AND WILDLIFE; AND FASCINATING HISTORY AND CULTURE.

Lynn D.
SRI LANKA BIKE TOUR

Our 5 day Kerala backroads bicycle tour was fun and informative, the tour guide and driver were excellent. We really experienced the culture, the people, and the landscape while riding. A great way to see India!

Robert S.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a memorable trip. We were very well looked after by Muthu, Manju and Siljo. Every small requirement of ours was anticipated and catered to. The routes were well planned. The bikes, hotels and van was good too. We had a great time – thank you! We look forward to the next trip!

Nakul R.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I loved the trip. Of all the organized tours and activities I did in India this one was by far the most well orchestrated. Dibin really went above and beyond the call of duty.

Christian E.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Central Kerala bike tour was a great way to see Central Kerala. It is such a magical place. My highlights included Kaivalyam Retreat, the endless hills of tea plantations, riding through the hills and cardamom field, Abraham spice plantation & the overnight houseboat stay.

Susanna
KERALA BIKE TOUR

For us this was our second tour with The Art of Bicycle Trips and we were not disappointed. The Rajasthan experience is very different from the one we so enjoyed last year in Kerala which brought us back again to India for a repeat cycle.The lush green tea and cardomon plantations on the hills around Munna make way for a much harsher landscape but the history, the colourful people, the life in the villages and the amazing palaces and forts along the Rajasthan route make up for this. In short we had a wonderful week and learnt a great deal about the history, politics and culture of India from our extremely well informed guide Poonacha who was really engaging. The standard of the beautiful Heritage hotels that we stayed in was way beyond our expectations.The food was excellent and the people who attended to us friendly and really helpful throughout . We had a marvellous time and heartily recommend the company for making India accessible to those of us who love to travel by bicycle in a way that allows us to feel safe, pampered and informed.

Jeremy M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

A very well run trip from start to finish with superb, friendly, competent staff in every department. The accomodation was beyond any expectations and would have been impossible to find if booking privately and there were no hidden extras throughout the trip. We have experienced many enjoyable cycling holidays in Europe but feel that our Art of Bycycling trip has been the best! We will most certainly be booking with them again.

Jane J.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR
This was a wonderful tour de force of Rajasthan. Besides all of the famous sites of the Golden triangle it managed to include some fantastic cycling through remote villages, picturesque hills, and deserts stretching into the mists. In addition to this we found time for visiting romantic remote hill forts, palaces, temples and even a game park. We saw everything from age old Oxen drawn irrigation wells to the wealth beyond imagination of the maharajah’ s palaces. Ladies dressed in jewel coloured saris mending the roads and labouring in the fields while their men folk cruise around on motor bikes drinking chai with their friends. Colourful vibrant Rajasthan is indeed larger than life!

All of the hotels were memorable and a few were unique. I never imagined I would be able to stay in the maharajah of Jodpur’s Hunting Lodge.! A completely pristine Art Deco palace where one almost expected overhear the cream of 1930s Indian and British society celebrating their hunting triumphs of the day over a gin and tonic by the lake. Everywhere we stopped we were greeted by curious enthusiastic vilagers and children who found us every bit as interesting as we found them. On one occasion a local insisted that he bought us all a chai and my husband was permitted to ride a beautiful Royal Enfield motor bike. Lots of requests for selfies everywhere. The two trip leaders were wonderful. Quietly knowledgeable Kamal and effervescent and chatty Hussein. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them and both did everything in their power to make this a memorable trip. A special thanks to ‘Mr B’ who based on the evidence we saw is probably the best driver in India! And last but not least thank you Pankaj for answering my many queries so patiently and putting together this amazing trip

Julia E.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Wonderful holiday, can’t wait to do the next one.

Jennifer F.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Thank you for such a well planned, superbly led trip. We learned so much more about Kerala and it’s unique characteristics and beauty than we thought we would. This was our first trip to India and our first “organized tour group”. Both exceeded our expectations. We will surely return.

TOUR GUIDE(s): Dibin – personable, knowledgeable, flexible. Sajib- good natured, patient. Dibin’s style, competence and communication skills were invaluable assets for the success and enjoyment of this trip

BIKES: Good equipment. Bikes were solid — easy to handle and needed for some of the bumpy roads.

Linda & Robert
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a great tour. The cycling was varied and interesting, particularly the hill days. We stayed and ate in really cool places that we never would have found on our own. There were extremely worthwhile and fun cultural activities everyday after or during our ride. The guide and drivers were all very professional, caring, and helpful. Our guide made sure we experienced a lot in a short time. Overall I’d recommend this trip to anyone. We plan on taking another Art of Bicycle trip the next time we’re in India (or someplace else where the trips are offered).

Seth A.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Went beyond our expectations, especially since we had little knowledge of the new tour we signed up for

Kara L.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

How do I put our trip into words! This was one of the most remarkable and enjoyable travel experiences we have ever had. Right from my initial enquiry, responses were prompt, questions were answered and your willingness to adapt and fit in around our specific requirements was fantastic. Cycling is such a great way to experience a country, not just see it. We had so many memorable interactions with the locals, especially the children! Being surrounded by cycling children on their way to school, scooters slowly travelling beside us so they could ask us questions, slowly manoeuvring through herds of cattle, sheep and goats carefully tended by shepherds, women in brightly coloured saris smiling and waving to us from the fields and school children yelling and waving with excitement as we cycled past schools. So many amazing and vivid memories. Their kindness, curiosity and generosity is something we will remember forever. We also enjoyed the many historical sites we visited. The local guides were knowledgeable, making our tours very interesting. Kumbhalgarh Fort was a favourite, such an amazing place, and of course Bhangharh Fort. Thank you for allowing us to detour into this very intriguing place, such a unique place to visit and to hear all the very intriguing tales. The walking tour in Jaipur with Vineet was outstanding and gave us an insight into the life and skills of the traditional arts and crafts within the city walls and also a taste of some delicious local street food. Something completely different was the slum tour in Delhi, a very educational and thought provoking experience, nothing like we had anticipated and an experience that I find myself still reflecting back on. We thank you for getting to know us well enough over the two weeks that you would suggest this as an option for us to do in Delhi, it really was a highlight. Visiting the villages was also an amazing privilege, being invited into homes and being given such a warm welcome by the families. How can we ever enjoy a Chai again after drinking one made from milk we saw being freshly milked! It was such an honour to be able to spend time with these wonderful people. Our accommodation was always of a high standard and provided a lovely insight into India’s history and of course a lovely comfy bed after a day on the bike. The food was exceptional, our local Indian restaurant will never be the same! Our driver Munshi was always calm, patient, helpful and it was nice to know he was just a short distance behind us if we ever needed him for more water, a quick snack or puncture repairs. He was our hero. Finally, Pankaj, our tour leader. Thank you for organising such a memorable trip, taking care of every little detail, helping us understand local customs and answering our many questions. It was a privilege to spend time with you and to meet your lovely wife. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and understand the type of things we enjoy doing and are interested in and tweaking our trip to meet these interests. We enjoyed our many conversations and laughs along the way. One day we will be back.

Susan & Matt
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

My trip was fantastic. It was a great experience, very well planned and it was so good to just get there and have everything be taken care of. All I had to do was enjoy the bike riding and the non-riding trips. The scenery, the routes and the non-riding activities were all great. The trip was also excellent value for money and so worth it. The whole experience was made even better by the people we met, from our group leader to the local guides and our driver as well as the staff at the hotels. Everyone just made it so memorable and I felt very welcome! I am very glad I chose to explore India by bike with your company especially when this was my first trip to this wonderful country. I was also traveling in India by myself and I felt extremely safe with this tour and the company so I highly recommend it to lone female travelers who wish to go off the beaten path and experience a different side of India. I will surely recommend this trip to everyone and I will definitely go on another one. This first trip made me want to explore more areas of India and perhaps places of SE Asia that I have yet to visit. So thank you so much for a wonderful experience, one of the best ones I’ve had in my life!

Sara
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

I wanted a bike ride that was only a couple of days and within easy access from Delhi where my wife had work commitments. After searching the web, the golden triangle option of Art of Bicycle Trips was the only one that suited, and the website itinerary sounded promising. My initial impression was that it was expensive, but I assumed this reflected a high quality operation…….I was correct. From start to finish the organisation was good, the bikes, the accommodation were all top rate, and the extras inluding the guided tours of Keoladeo wetland and Taj Mahal were spot on. The duration of riding was well judged, and not too demanding in the hot weather. On top of this, our tour leader was a warm and friendly guy who made us feel comfortable and relaxed.

Peter F.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

As cyclists, this bike tour was one of the highlights of our India trip. Started in Udaipur with GOOD bikes (and we did bike tours everywhere, these were the best quality by far) I got a brand new Giant hybrid and my girlfriend had a Scott. We rode 50ish km the first day finishing with a really fun ascent to the first luxurious hotel (which was like a private resort). The second day we cycled some hills to get to a beautiful town called Narlai. The town has a huge rock called Elephant rock which is a must see and must climb (I did Sunrise and sunset). Here we stayed at a royal guest house. Was beautiful and also had great food. From here we cycled to a royal palace where we were the only guests for the night. Which was quite amazing. Food was okay, but palace and location was beautiful. The final dag rode another 50km and were dropped off in Jodhpur.

I was initially shocked at the cost as my girlfriend organised it. Cost about $1800usd for four days, but included three nights accommodation and meals in very nice places, as well as quality equipment a support vehicle and a great guide Qutub (I think his name was). The only other thing I paid for was beer… Was a really good experience and would highly recommend!

Damian
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We enjoyed our Udaipur to Jodhpur cycling trip immensely. Everything was well organised and hotels and activities planned were very fascinating. A great experience overall.

Ansha M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Kamal was a wealth of information – incredibly intelligent and a very strong rider. Pancheet (Sp?) was a very energetic and wonderful person who was always willing to give his insight and inspired us all along the way. We truly loved both of them and the trip was truly fantastic, Thank You.

Erin
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

The trip was an extraordinary way to experience rural Rajasthan, get up close to farming and rural life as well as get some good exercise in amongst the holiday.

Isobel P.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Jacky and I would like to thank you and all your staff , in particular Rakesh and Dipu, for a terrific cycle ride in Kerala. As experienced organisers of cycle tours in South Africa ourselves and participants in many other tours in Asia, Australia and Europe, we really can appreciate the superb attention to detail that you brought to this remarkable tour and cannot fault it in any way. It ranks amongst the very best we have experienced over many years. The cycling was challenging in parts for us over seventy year olds but always enjoyable. The other activities were also great. We saw many birds, giant squirrels and an elephant on our walk in the Tiger Reserve.Kayaking on the Periyar in the evening at Hornbill Camp was a birding highlight too and who would not enjoy the overnight stay on the backwaters in a luxury houseboat. Each place we stayed at was well chosen and different, giving us a real feel for this beautiful region with its rubber, tea and cardamom plantations. Rakesh and Dipu took exceptional care of us and pampered us throughout shielding us from traffic and making sure we had everything possible to add to our enjoyment as well as being knowledgeable about each area. They were superb. What you promised on your website was more than delivered and we feel that we have made new friends as well. The local food everywhere was very good and the cooking lessons that you arranged for us super fun as well as being delicious. Our friends in Cape Town, where we are now, can look forward to some amazing curry meals when we try out our new recipes in the coming weeks before we head home to Australia. Please post this in your testimonial column and anywhere else where it may do you some good. You thoroughly deserve every success. We would be happy to respond directly by phone or email to any prospective clients who might like personal reassurance of your quality. Our best wishes and good luck in your cycling future.

Jeremy M.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I am writing way after the fact, and I having been thinking about our trip, and our guides Kamal and Qutub, and our driver Nayaem, so often, and wanted to write to thank all of you for our wonderful trip to India. But what I wanted to tell you is how much we LOVED every second of our time in India.  We felt so safe, and well taken care of, and we really liked the flexibility of the trip and how our guides and driver accommodated our preferences and were also responsive to traffic and logistics, so the whole trip was very individualized.  Highlights were going to the historic movie theater (I think in Jaipur, but I’m not sure) to see the Salman Khan film with Nayeam, having an elephant take a tip right out of Norm’s hand and give it to his master, going to the mosque with Kamal and Nayeam in Delhi, all the conversations with Qutub about life in India, the backroads we road with him through the small villages, and the couple from Punjab we hung out with at the “King’s Hunting Lodge.”

The whole trip felt so hands-on, we enjoyed getting the local guided tours and walking through the back allies, trying local food, the enthusiasm of your guides for showing us around and helping us talk to people we ran into along the way, the hotels were all incredible.  We are ruined for eating Indian food back at home— everything there was so delicious!!!
We want to come back again and are trying to plan for when/where.  Our trip to India is the best travel experience either Norm or I have ever had— India has been a dream of mine forever, and the trip was better than I could ever have hoped for, and Norm didn’t want to go at all, and it still became his favorite trip!!!
Karen C.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Jewel in the Crown: 14 day cycling trip in Rajasthan – We took the 14 day trip offered by Art of Bicycle Trips, starting in Delhi and finishing in Udaipur. I cannot begin to describe what a breathtaking and awe-inspiring adventure this has been. Even before our arrival in India, all communication with the Art of Bicycle Trips staff was prompt and helpful and timely. We have done a number of cycling trips in Europe but truly none can come close to this one. The bikes (Scott) were excellent: 24 gears, hardy and well maintained. The routes each day were amazing: beautiful and varied vistas, charming villages and small towns and, of course, we saw so many animals: monkeys, cows, Buffalo, foxes, bats, deer and antelopes and even a mongoose ! The hotels that were chosen were lovely heritage properties: in the cities, it was often a central haveli with historic charm. In the countryside, the places were even more spectacular. For example, we stayed on the hunting lodge of the King of Jodhpur! There were also city tours, a camel ride and visits to a bird sanctuary and safari! However, the jewel in the crown of this experience was really our trip leader, Kamalpreet Singh. He was quiet and understated but a fountain of knowledge about all things Indian. He could talk about the Aravalli hills and the religions of India, as well as about local people and customs. He was very reliable and professional. I cannot speak highly enough about how well organized this 2- week adventure was! Excellent value for money but more importantly a life affirming experience about good travelling! Great work to the Art of Bicycle Trips team! You have an amazing experience here!

Stephen C.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Trip Leaders were very well informed and was able to relate historical sites and religious beliefs to what is happening in India today. And we loved having Dibbin on the trip also. He was fun and easy to be with. It was an excellent trip and the highlight of our time in India. the driver was excellent and very supportive.

Van S.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

It was truly amazing. We got the appropriate amount of information beforehand. The equipment was in good shape. The hotels were great. The distances were appropriate. The scenery was amazing. The staff were great. Food was delicious (lunch stops weren’t amazing but they were clean and affordable at least). I loved every minute of it! Thank you!

Jennifer
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

I thoroughly enjoyed my 8 days on the ABT bike, thank you especially to Qutub and Abdul the driver.

Stephen R.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Kamal was terrific guide…very accommodating….gracious and willing to adapt to our preferences…we would be very happy to ride with him again!!! the adventure lived up fully to that …that was represented and more… no negatives…of course wish I had my younger legs…but felt we did quite well….and would happily do it again.

Jacobs
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Classic Kerala was a great adventure!!!!!!!! The sights, smells and scenery were all unforgettable. The trip description promised “a ridiculous amount of green” and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the variety of bicycling experiences through many different terrains. Dibin was impressive as a superb guide. He and the driver, Dipu, were both very knowledgeable, helpful and shared their culture freely. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRIP!!!!!!!

Nancy & Richard
KERALA BIKE TOUR
Stan's Group & Gina
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I thought this was a wonderful trip, though at times the cycling could be challenging. It was an excellent way to explore this area and to be able to interact with the local people. The guides were excellent and made the trip very enjoyable.

Sue
SIKKIM BIKE TOUR

We wanted to cycle as a couple rather than a group and we had to fit the trip into fewer days than set out on the website. No problem – Pankaj organised it for us. He gave us options on hotels, clear pricing, lots of information about where might suit us. Navigation was easy. We had a driver Inder who would magically appear like the shopkeeper out of the TV show Mr Ben at any junctions where we needed to turn, but most of the time it would just be the two of us cycling along. Cycling through rural villages and farmlands we were constantly waving and saying hello. We had such a great time we booked to go back to India in 2016 2 weeks after we returned home and will seek out Art of Bicycle in Kerala next time.

Maria & Pete
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We had a great time in Kerala, and were impressed by how well organised our trip was. We’ll certainly be in touch next time we cycle in India, and will recommend you to our friends. All the accommodation was good. We especially liked Wildernest at Thekkaddy (and being able to walk to a choice of restaurants), and the Parayil homestay. Summer Sand at Vagamon was a bit basic, but there’s probably not much choice in this area. Finally, our driver Manu was excellent. He was always there to greet us when we arrived at our accommodation, was eager point out interesting sights and most importantly was a skilled and careful driver. Thanks again for a great holiday.

Steve & Kathryn
KERALA BIKE TOUR

We had a great time in Cambodia! Kep, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap are unmissable! The people are very friendly! The food is fresh and flavourful; especially the quality of the seafood is outstanding! We had a really wonderful time! Thank-you, Art of Bicycle Trips!

Shiraz & Preeti
CAMBODIA BIKE TOUR

It is unforgettable, we are happy that we have done it, we saw so much, we liked ist, thank you to the guides and the driver.

Supe
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

My husband and I took th 12-day Taste of Kerala Bicycle tour. Having taken many other multi day bike tours this one rates at the top of my list. You ride through beautiful tea and spice plantations. The views are vivid green and spectacular. I loved every minute of it. The ride itself is comfortable. The guides take you via back roads so while you are riding with India traffics it is much reduced, the vehicles tend to drive slowly and it was comfortable. Kerala has hills bit as medium level riders we were comfortable. The support was outstanding. Ebin was our guide and was both experienced and personable. We had fun riding and talking to him. He gave realistic expectations of the route and made sure we felt safe. Thanks Ebin for your superb guiding! The accomodations and food was good and the side trips off our bike were worthwhile. We loved the houseboat night. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. I think it is an undiscovered biking area. Enjoy it before it gets discovered.

Michelle K.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Awesome trip! Loved Laos! The people, the food, the natural beauty: Simply Amazing! Thanks a ton and please design more trips for us around the world!

Shiraz & Preeti
LAOS BIKE TOUR

I feel great! It was a dream vacation for me. I would do it again (but don’t feel like I need to be pampered quite so much!). I didn’t hold any expectations going into it, just curiosity, but had I held any expectations the trip surely would have surpassed them. I am a little afraid that future tours I may take may not be as delightful, challenging and balanced.

Gina
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a glorious trip, with miles of beautiful scenery, fabulous bright colours, exotic aromas and lots of music. The Art of Bicycle crew looked after all our creature comforts, made sure our bikes were in good nick and made every effort to make sure we had a great trip. We certainly saw a lot more than we would have been able to from a coach and we built up good appetites for the splendid food.

Penny H.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

I really enjoyed it. Fantastic time and experience and very good staff.

David S.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Dao was phenomenal, the best guide I have ever had in all of my travels. He made us feel like family and taught us so much about Laos, the people, cuisine etc. It was a very special trip because of him. Driver mr dan was great too! Thank you Pankaj, we had a fantastic time and appreciate all you did to organize and make the trip special for us. Please keep us posted on any additional trips that you add! Happy new year!

Nicole & Andrew
LAOS BIKE TOUR

Thank you for helping us explore Rajasthan by bike. It was a great window into a world we would otherwise have been unlikely to see/experience.

Amy
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Thank you so much for organising our 5 day ‘self guided’ trip from Udaipur to Jodphur. It was such a relaxing way to enjoy the sights of rural India receiving countless waves and greetings along the way We were impressed by the quality of the bikes and the mostly excellent road surfaces making the cycling a pleasure. Our driver followed a short distance behind us and was always there when we needed him (punctures, snacks, directions). We arrived at the hotels most days by 2:30 p.m giving us time to enjoy any near by sites (forts, temples) and/or just relax by the pool enjoying the surroundings. Our only regret was that the trip was too short, so we will be back soon!

Diana & Simon
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We are home and every day remembering things we enjoyed about our bicycle trip. Thanks again for everything you did to make it great for us. As your sign on the office in Udaipur says, it “changes perspective,” and it will stick with us for a lifetime. Rajasthan was so much more (beautiful, lively, crazy, stunning, peaceful, rural, mesmerizing, etc) than we imagined. Definitely “art of the bicycle trip.”

Jolene & Sam
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Do not hesitate to trust the team at Art of the Bicycle with your holiday…we have just returned from 10 spectacular days touring the backwaters, the tea gardens, spice plantations and the beaches of this incredible place. Luckily we decided to tour around on a bike and therefore have indulged in platefuls of the most tremendous food without noticeable weight gain. The team at Art of the Bicycle are great company, good fun and certainly go out of their way to make sure you have a holiday to remember. Go for it!

Alice & Adam
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was a great experience and a wonderful family cycling holiday for us – cycling in Kerala enabled us to feel so much more part of the place than seeing it through the car window! Some of the route was quite challenging in the heat but also rewarding. It was especially great when we arrived at or departed from the overnight stays on bike. I would certainly recommend this to others.

Suzanne & Family
KERALA BIKE TOUR

All in all we feel that we had a fantastic trip – cycling is a superiour way to expereience Kerala! Our guides as well as our driver were terrific – very accommodating and informative. There were several highlights but outstanding for us was the kerala backwaters on day 2 and the houseboat on day 8. Well Done!!

Shelley & Joe
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Great tour, all round. Very good mix of cycling and sightseeing/activities. Excellent driver. Guide – Very good knowledge + explanation. Leader – Great all round.

Bruce
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Dibin is an excellent guide thoughtful assessed how we rode and ammended the program to suit. We like the mix of cycling and sight seeing, riding 55K then relaxing on a boat. A great trip all round.

Lindsey
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Listen, that wasn’t just a great vacation, those were some of the best days of my life. I had no idea it would be so beautiful, so fun and exciting. Those young men (trip leaders) Adi and Arjun are really extraordinary. We are very grateful to you. I can hardly express it.

John
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We were a little hesitant to take the trip as we had a 8 year old, but it was a very good experience for all of us. Our crew was fabulous and made the trip very easy. The organizers of the trip were fantastic and very patient with us while we planned the trip. They have accomdated all our requests. The places we stayed at very unique and hidden treasures to discovers. Our kids enjoyed the trip thoroughly.

Asha
KERALA BIKE TOUR

Thinking about our great time in India with you and the bike trip as I roll thru my 1000 pics! My anticipation was one of crowds, congestion, busy highways, no personal space and OMG it never happened! From our arrival in New Dehli to our departure in Mumbai we were so engrossed in enjoying the experience, we had no time to notice any of this. Rajasthan has got to be one of the most colorful and intriguing parts of your country. The biking was perfect for us, challenging, but at the same time so varied that I never felt overwhelmed with a distance to accomplish. Visits to the tiny villages opened my eyes to a simpler life style with such contentment. Lodging was certainly an important component for me, after a day on the bike seat, and I was never disappointed. My favorite being the Sadar Lake hunting lodge, and the serene surroundings, a step back in time, but with the class of a NYC hotel. The route was always interesting with some sort of historical treasure along the path, be it a huge 300 year old fort, a busy bazaar, or an over the top palace. My favortie day of all, was thru the mountains, a loop thru various villages, watching the people harvest and plant their crops. An impromptu swim into the most crystal clear pond, Mohkem leading the ranks with an exquisite cannonball, that left us with our sides hurting from laughter. And yes would I come back? How about to Kerala next fall, with 8 of my friends. You are the best and AHHHHH India! BJ

BJ W.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

I would thoroughly recommend this trip – it was simply magical! We were a little worried that this was a local company of whom we knew nothing and we have been used to the large global operators in this field. We need not have worried at all. The itinerary was perfect and, with the interludes of visiting tea, rubber and cardomom plantations and spice gardens, we had a perfect mixture of cycling and interesting things to do. The bikes were great and the hotels were a very good choice. The terrain was challenging, as its quite mountainous, but we did not need to get off and push at all, as all the climbs were just steady, slow hills, not steep at all. We got up to over 7,000 feet at one time and the views were simply breathtaking! Our guide, Thomas, was wonderful, with his perfect English, he was both charming and interesting as well as caring and thoughtful. Selvam was much more than just a driver as he was at all times looking after us and keeping his eye on how we were doing, stopping at just the right time to give us rest, fresh water and food, exactly when we needed it. If we tired, and we did sometimes, then he was more than ready and willing to pack up the bikes and take us into the cool interior of the car for a while. All in all it was a really good week and the very best cycling tour we have done anywhere in the world, and that is saying a lot….. as we have done cycling holidays in England, France, Italy, Cuba and Croatia. This one beat them all hands down!

Vivienne
KERALA BIKE TOUR

We had a fantastic time on our holiday. Arjun and Dilip made a great team, and Arjun was first rate – he really did make this the ‘trip of a lifetime’ for us.

Christine
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Based on our experience, I can highly recommend this trip and company. For us, 11 days of cycling in Karnataka will long be remembered as a very special holiday. Other tripadvisor reviews were helpful in giving us the confidence to book with this fairly new company and to decide on cycling and traveling in India. Things couldn’t have worked out better. The information provided prior to travel was clear and helpful. Early November was a beautiful time to visit this area, with constant blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The cities are chaotic but the Art of Bicycle Tours had the right idea – use the van and driver to get to the quiet, scenic country roads, cycle and see the best that India has to offer, then finish the day back in the van to get to the hotel. The accommodation choices were excellent – from very comfortable and luxurious most days, to adequate (best available) in the most remote area. Our guides were fantastic – friendly, knowledgeable, humorous and young at heart – truly happy and proud to share their country with us – more like companions with local knowledge than teachers. They hired other local guides to get the facts right at temples, a wildlife sanctuary and the Mysore Palace – but Poonacha and Sriram added their perspective to those visits as well. The trip was truly all-inclusive with meals, snacks and extras all covered by ABT. The cooler in the van had lots of bottled water for us. The bicycles provided were amazing – new, Scott X50 hybrid bikes with 700C wheels, front suspension, disc brakes and 24 gears. Most roads were paved, occasionally broken pavement and only a few, very short sections of dirt road. The scenery in Karnataka is wonderful – this trip started in the plains near Bangalore with interesting rock outcroppings, then crossing the rice fields and coconut groves and finally over the Western Ghats to the coast. The scenery in the mountains was spectacular – very little traffic takes this route and while we climbed to the highest point in the state, the trip had more downhill than uphill. We got lots of waves and smiles from the locals who were puzzled to see people traveling with a vehicle but choosing to cycle.

Dough H.
SOUTH INDIA BIKE TOUR

The transport vehicle was fantasic. The driver was always near to us while bicycling and always had water and snacks for us. He did a great job. The food was great. The sag food was good. The bicycles were good for the roads we were on. All the accomodations were fantastic. The non-cycling activities were great. I especially liked the kayaking on the Periyar River and the hiking in the Periyar Sanctuary. The afternoon and night on the houseboat on the backwaters was excellent. That was the best way to see the tropical vegetation. Overall I thought the trip was excellent. Pranav was an excellent guide. The driver of the support vechile was always there for us and also very pleasant.

Karen
KERALA BIKE TOUR

The more I think about this trip, the more beautiful it becomes. You guys are the best – the whole operation and trip appeared very smooth. Thank you so much for giving one of the best times of my life!!

Brenda M.
KERALA BIKE TOUR

It was by far the best vacation that we have ever been on in India. Every aspect of the trip had been taken care of carefully from the accommodations, to the quality of guides to the bike routes. Soon we will come back for more tours.

Paula M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We much enjoyed our trip. The itinerary was well chosen and a good balance between bicycling & Tourism. The hotels were well chosen & we appreciated your efforts to find ones that had real Indian flavour to them. Adi helped us appreciate the local cooking and we had a number of memorable meals. Altogether a great experience and we will not hesitate to recommend your trips to friends or to come again ourselves.

Michael & Béatrice
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

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When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours run on some of the best hybrid bikes (except Himalayas and some offbeat tours where we use sturdy mountain bikes) in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.