My friends and I are planning a short mountain bike trip (around 10 days or so) in July in Europe. As this would be our first time riding there we thought about taking one of them “all’s included” organized trips, but a small bird whispered we could save big bucks by putting it up ourselves and that it isn’t all that difficult to manage. We’re all experienced riders and go MTB 3-4 here in Israel; I’ve found two bike parks which seem quite promising, one in Leogang in Austria and another in Lago di garda in Italy. I wanted to ask anyone with experience for advice on putting up that trip. How hard is it, logistically wise to get by in these areas? Once we get accommodations and as we bring our own bikes and gear is it a simply a matter of getting a map and hitting the trails or is advisable in your view to take the guided packages after all?
Have not done it by bike but have criss-crossed Western Europe by car several times. Plan to do it again next month.
Maps are excellent and there are plenty of campsites all over. Just carry a light tent and sleeping bags.
Sounds like a cool trip. I've not cycled around Europe, but whilst staying at hostels, met amny people along the way who were doing it. Particularly in Austria.
From what I've been told, it is actually as easy as getting a map and hitting the trails whilst you are there. I think it's a good idea to book accommodation a little ahead of time as you are thinking of doing tho. July is peak season in Europe and hostels tend to fill up fast. Of course on the other hand, the weather is great and there a lots of camping places in both Italy and Austria.
I'm not that big a fan of guided tours and my travel experiences have shown that it really isn't that hard - and a lot cheaper - to just do it yourself. What ever you decide on... have a great trip