Our range of bike holidays is wide and varied. As experts in cycling holidays, we know the best regions – places with unspoiled scenery, dedicated cycle routes, or rough terrains with plenty of cultural interest, and a reassuringly bike-friendly culture. Whether you choose a cycling holiday along the Danube, past vines and castles, or along Portugal’s north coast, you can rest assured that our routes have been thoroughly tried and tested.
If you’d like more information about one of our ‘journey’ holidays in Europe, or advice about creating an itinerary that’s just right for you, please get in touch – our friendly experts will be happy to help.
We try to vary each day’s route, but you’ll no doubt fall into a pattern, perhaps setting off at 9am after a leisurely breakfast. You might pause a couple of times for photos or to take a closer look at a monument, then break in the next village for a coffee before continuing to the restaurant suggested in the route notes. There’ll usually be somewhere – a museum, castle or gardens – to visit in the afternoon, then a final stretch will bring you to your next hotel in the late afternoon, with time for a dip in the pool and a beer on the terrace, before a dinner of regional cuisine.
Our routes follow cycle paths where possible, otherwise quiet back roads. Inevitably there’ll be short sections on busier roads in/out of towns, across rivers or to connect scenic routes, so you need to be comfortable cycling in traffic. Some routes include unsurfaced tracks, but no technical skills are required.
We provide you with meticulously compiled route notes, which are checked regularly and written as easy-to-read bullet points, along with a map (usually 1:50,000). In addition, we’ll send you a link to the GPX tracks for your holiday which you can download onto a GPS device or a smartphone with the relevant app. This gives you added reassurance – all you have to do is follow the highlighted route! – but is by no means essential; if you prefer to stick to using our route notes and maps, that’s entirely up to you.
As well as guiding you from A to B, the route notes provide information about the places of interest you pass. If there’s a worthwhile detour, we point this out too, and even suggest eateries for lunch.
We usually include a choice of two or more routes each day, which have been designed to show you the best of the area while avoiding busy roads. However, there’s nothing to stop you from devising your own routes using your map.
Our holidays usually feature two nights at each hotel, giving you the chance to rest or sightsee every other day (although we usually suggest a circular route if you want more cycling).
Whether you choose a ‘regular’ bike (in which case you will usually be provided with a touring or hybrid/cross bike) or an e-bike, it will be no more than two years old and equipped with front and rear lights or reflectors, at least 18 gears (except in Holland and on e-bikes), straight handlebars with a waterproof map case, a comfy saddle, a pump, a puncture repair kit (or spare tube and basic tools), a lock and ample pannier or saddlebag space (you leave your luggage in reception after breakfast so it can be transferred ahead, but you’ll need drinks, sun cream, snacks and waterproofs each day).
Read our the FAQs on our e-bike page to find out more about how electric bikes work.
We strongly advise everyone to wear a cycling helmet. You can often rent one from the bike supplier (see the FAQs on each holiday page), or you could bring your own. Sometimes it is possible to buy a new one locally. Helmets are a legal requirement for cyclists of all ages on public roads in Spain; under 12s in France and Austria; under 15s in Slovenia; under 16s in Croatia; and under 18s in the Czech Republic.
Clothing-wise, we suggest a fast-drying synthetic top that wicks away moisture, plus a thin fleece or sweatshirt and a lightweight, breathable, wind/waterproof jacket. Trainers work best for both cycling and visits. Please limit yourself to one piece of hand luggage (max 10kg) and one larger piece of luggage (max 15-20kg).
The professional local suppliers with whom we work maintain their rental bikes to a high standard.
You should fix any punctures yourself (you’ll be supplied with the necessary equipment), but, in the unlikely event that you encounter a more serious problem, you can call the supplier for help. We also provide a 24-hour emergency line for added peace of mind.
You are responsible for damage to or loss of the bicycle while it is hired to you. Our recommended travel insurance policy provides coverage of up to £1,000 (£2,500 in the case of electric bikes) if it is stolen or extensively damaged while locked and/or stored appropriately. The insurance can be bought at any time before your holiday and costs £20 per person or equivalent.
Please note it is preferred that you carry Insurance policies from your respective country of travel covering the amount as mentioned.
Whenever you leave your bicycle unattended, you should secure it carefully, preferably to an immovable object, using the lock provided, and remove all accessories.
We recommend our special family cycling holidays, although other holidays may be suitable if you are travelling with teenagers who can use adult bikes.