My dear bicycling friends,
I am Herman Hindriks, owner of Hindriks Bicycle Tours. I run this company with a dedicated team of expert European guides and drivers.
After earning a doctorate in modern and ancient history 25 years ago, I found that my work as a historian was not to be done from a desk, but from a bicycle seat. My first job was as a historian for a local tour bicycle tour group. I rode throughout Europe, learned local traditions, took in historical sights, and experienced culture through food and drink. Best of all, I was getting exercise in the outdoors. I was hooked!
This led me to founding my own company. Our first trips were organized in a little European cycling paradise called Holland. With many satisfied and returning clients, our company – and our list of destinations - grew and grew. Today we cover most of Europe, including Italy, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Norway, Greece, Sicily, and everything in between.
My European heritage and educational background enable me to create tours you won't find anywhere. Instead of a predictable tourist itinerary, you'll experience hidden destinations and glimpses into the little-known histories of countries. And, best of all, you'll experience views that can only be found from a bicycle seat.
Our goal is to combine recreation and sightseeing in a leisurely way. I take pride in selecting the best routes, hotels, and sightseeing opportunities. And, unlike many packaged tours, our prices make the decision to take a trip easy.
Guided trips average $3,400 USD for 10 days of active vacationing in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. This includes mostly 4-star hotels (with excellent dinners provided), airport transfers, and guided bicycle routes with cultural and historical sightseeing highlights. We provide fantastic bikes - the latest Giant Aero RS1s, with 27-speed Shimano Deore and puncture-proof tires. At a lightweight 24 pounds, pedalling has never been easier!
Come and try it. You will be amazed by the quality of the rides in the breathtaking countryside, the accommodations, and the friendly people on these affordable European vacations.
THE CZECH REPUBLIC TRIP RETURNS, PLUS MORE
For 2015, we're offering many trips for all cycling levels.
The Czech Republic trip is back on the schedule, as well as new trips in France (Brittany and Normandy), Northern Italy, and in northeastern Poland.
On the Czech Republic trip, we'll travel deep into the Bohemian Forest in the southern part of the country. The small villages, walled historical towns, romantic castles, meandering streams, lush woodlands and gently rolling terrain cast the illusion of being transported to a mid-century fairy tale.
On the France trip, we'll explore the regions of Normandy and Brittany. Home to St. Malo and Mont St. Michel, this route is famous for its inspiring landscapes and historical sites from the Second World War. We'll begin in eastern Brittany, travel through Mont St. Michel bay, and finish at the infamous World War II beaches of Normandy.
The Poland trip will be in Warmia and Masuria, the rural northeastern part of the country not far from the Russian border. This region is abundant with lakes and forests, offering a serene escape for nature enthusiasts. Sightseeing highlights are Hitler's bunkers at the Wolf's Lair, churches of the "Old Believers" and Swieta Lipka, the castle/hotel at Reszel, towns such as Lidzbark, Warminski, and Frombork (of Copernicus' fame), as well as the magnificent Tuetonic knights' castle at Malbork.
Want to Try Something Different For 2015?
Cycling adventures provide an exciting and healthy alternative for family reunions or friends hoping to see a new country in a completely different way. Check out all of our routes on the "Custom Tours" page.
Custom trips can be created for any of these destinations, with any type of service levels. If you need any more information or would like our advice, don't hesitate to contact us.
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I look forward to seeing you on the bike,