Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bicycle Adventures with Crystal Cruises

I love bicycling!  It’s a great way to get fresh air, enjoy a lovely day and maybe even burn some calories.  I particularly enjoy bike-riding tours with my family while on vacation.  We’ve done easy breezy pedaling atop the medieval walls of Lucca, Italy, mountain bike riding through the geological wonders of Yellowstone National Park, and exerted a significant amount of effort cycling up and down the hilly terrain of whitewashed towns in Andalusia. Biking is a unique way to explore a city or town up close and personal, something that cannot be said when touring from the window of a big bus.      

It seems that I’m not the only one who prefers pedaling through architectural treasures, historical landscapes and spectacular scenery.  Crystal Cruises has recently announced that they have added 16 bicycle Crystal Adventures in 2014 to their Northern and Western Europe trips, as well as their Mediterranean itineraries.

Crystal’s bicycle adventures vary in length and intensity, yet all promise an exceptional ride. For example… there’s a five-mile ride through the city of Barcelona and another of the same distance through a forest in Copenhagen. Guests may choose a nine-mile combination of flat and hilly roads as they cycle past the beautiful chateaus and vineyards of Bordeaux. Then there’s the 12.5-mile route through the countryside and then along the coastline in Malta…a route that no tour bus has access to!

Bicycle tours with Crystal Cruises are fun, good exercise, and an easy way to connect with fellow shipmates. They can give participants a novel approach to exploring an old city, or take them to out of the ordinary places few tourists ever see. I can’t imagine a better way to immerse oneself in a region!"

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