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 realized that my future as a historian was to be not from a desk but from a bicycle seat. I rode through different countries, learned the local traditions, saw historical sights first hand, experienced culture through food and drink. Best of all, I was getting exercise in the outdoors - I was soon addicted.
The first bicycle trips were organized in a little northwestern 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 outside of this company. Instead of just visiting predictable tourist sights, you will see quaint villages, 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 other bike companies, our prices are great.
Guided trips are all around $3200 USD for 10 days of active vacationing in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. This includes mostly 4-star hotels (with excellent dinners provided), airport transfers, guided bicycle routes, cultural and historical sightseeing highlights. We provide fantastic bikes - the latest Giant Aero RS1s, with 27-speed Shimano Deore and puncture-proof tires. They weigh only 24 pounds, and 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 bicycle vacations.
The North Holland Trip returns, plus more
For 2014, we offer many trips for a variety of cycling enthusiasts. The North Holland trip is back on the schedule. New are trips in Greece on the Peloponnesus, in Austria following the Tauern Valley bike route, and a trip which combines Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Greece trip takes you through the Peloponnesus, the heartland of ancient Greek culture and civilisation. This is where history comes alive. We’ll visit Corinth where Apostle Paul preached, Epidauros where modern medicine originated, and Mycene where Agamemnon resided—plus many more lesser known sights. Magnificent scenery and rich historical content of this trip makes it an unforgettable ride.
On the Tauern Valley and Salzburg Trip you will bicycle through the western valleys of Austria. We’ll follow the river, flanked by mountains, in some of the finest natural settings in Europe. We’ll visit one of the Europe’s largest waterfalls at Krimml, and many interesting towns like Kaprun, Zell am See, Maria Alm, and the salt mines at Hallein. On the last day you bicycle to Oberndorf where Silent Night was composed and performed for the first time. And Salzburg will be explored extensively, natürlich!
The trip in eastern Austria, western Slovakia and the south of the Czech Republic highlights the best of these three countries. It’s rife with beautiful landscapes, vineyards, castles and historical towns. Oenophiles will delight in the exclusive opportunity to taste local wines, which are not known in other parts of the world.
Want to Try Something Different For 2014?
How about a custom trip? 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 the available destinations in the "Possible Destinations" section of our website. Custom trips can be created for any of the listed destinations with any type of service levels. If you need any more information or would like our advice, don't hesitate to contact us. If you would like to receive updates for our tours by email, just click at the link at the bottom of this page and let us know.
I look forward to seeing you on the bike,