The World's Top Five International Bike Tour Companies

4. DuVine Adventures

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If your idea of "roughing it" is staying at a place that’s earned anything less than four stars, then DuVine Adventures may be for you: Reward yourself after a long day of riding with accommodations in "the region’s most deluxe, luxurious, [and] authentic hotels, chateaus, villas, and castles." The tours include stops at local attractions and restaurants--gourmet only, of course--and wine is included with every dinner. Trails through France, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, and Spain let you spend your days pumping your legs through breathtaking scenery and your nights comfortably ensconced in a lush hotel. For the high-end types, it's the best of both worlds.

5. Butterfield and Robinson

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Butterfield and Robinson co-founder and CEO George Butterfield started the company with his wife and brother-in-law in 1966 with the plan to get customers to just "slow down." More than 40 years later he's still on the hunt for destinations, trails, and activities that let travelers leave the hustle and bustle in favor of biking through Argentina, British Columbia, the Berkshires, Bordeaux, Holland, Indochina, Morocco, Prague, South Africa--the list goes on, and even includes a trip down the Silk Road, where mornings begin with tai chi and stops include privately-accessed ruins, traditional markets, and an UNESCO World Heritage site. The company also offsets all of its flights, partners with hotels and villas that are environmentally-conscious, and runs its Toronto headquarters on wind and hydro power. Want to bring the kids? Custom trips and tours specifically designed for families mean no more "Are we there yet?"

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