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.
For 2016, we’re offering many trips for all cycling levels.
The Ireland trip is back on the schedule, as well as new trips in the Netherlands and Italy.
Ireland: Austere Beauty and Village Charm
Cradled between the ocean the River Shannon, this route through western Ireland unveils the county’s outstanding natural beauty.
This rich historical region is brimming with site-seeing opportunity. Monuments dating back 5000 years, such as the Poulnabrone Dolmen, the epic Cliffs of Moher, Spanish Point, and quaint towns like Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan and Ennis. We’ll toast a Guinness with friendly Irish locals and enjoy satisfying regional cuisine—the perfect compliments to this quintessentially Irish vacation!
The Magic of Tuscany
The rugged landscape of Tuscany will romance you in a way only Italy can! Olive trees, vineyards, and cypress trees dot the landscape and history is around every corner.
This region is the heart of olive oil and wine production—a natural feast for the senses. As you ride by olive groves and vineyards, you’ll catch scents of fermentation and, of course, take advantage of every opportunity to taste. The remnants of Etruscan and Roman times still stand throughout the countryside. The cycling can be challenging, but the rewards are high.
Holland—The Birthplace of Bicycles
Cities of industry, cinematic fame, and hometown charm enrich this route; which offers an experience so inviting, you’ll understand why the Dutch love to cycle.
We’ll traverse the Belgian/Dutch border of South Holland, crossing over to visit Bruges, then back to Middelburg, known for its 17th and 18th century merchant houses, tasting the world’s most delicious cheeses along the way. After following the Maas River, we’ll end near Maastricht, with enough time to visit the American Cemetery from WWII.
Want to Try Something Different For 2016?
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 "Possible Destinations" 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,