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Bicycle Touring Europe

Dec 30, 2007  My 575 mile bicycle tour from Amsterdam to Paris
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For the budget minded, healthy alternative that allows you economy mobility combined with meeting the real people of any country without the hype of the tourist trap.

  • 1. Guided or self touring

    For the first time bicycle tourist perhaps a more structured guided tour would be preferable to going it all on your own. The middle ground would be to do a self guided tour as it provides more support than doing it all on your own.

  • 2. Book a ferry online

    Having your ferry booking in advance can save you money just as getting the appropriate rail passes prior to departure can.

  • 3. Book a ferry ride across the English Channel

    A good restful break from bicycling everyday is a ferry crossing of the English Channel. The opportunity to take pictures of the white cliffs of Dover, or the harbor at Dunquerque France, a bar lounge with panoramic picture windows, and best of all, your bicycle is considered a "vehicle" which allows you on the cheaper ferries where a vehicle is required for passage. This is due to the landing/departure being a couple of miles outside of downtown Dunquerque

  • 4. Aivengo Youth Hostel
    Aivengo Youth Hostel, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    One of the cheapest ways to lodgings in Europe are the youth hostels. Amsterdam has several including this one. Mixing youth hostels into your lodgings (especially if you are bicycle touring) allows you access to that very much appreciated shower.

  • 5. Camping La Bonne Vie

    Camping in good weather is an excellent way to keep costs down. Learning to pack light and have the right gear for such an adventure is truly rewarding

  • 6. Camping Campix
    Camping Campix, Saint-Leu-d'Esserent, Oise

    Camp grounds are available in most countries, and vary in the amenities they offer so checking out which ones have hot water showers is in order

  • 7. Finding the gear you need

    This site has practical advice for the traveler with a slight emphasis on bicycle touring. There are also links to buying gear you need, but don't overlook outlets that carry backpacking items as they tend to be the lightest on the market for obvious reasons.

  • 8. Sturdy Clothes

    I have never been disappointed in either quality or price from Ground effects. One of the best items they sell are bike shorts that have a pocket big enough for a passport on the inside back.