10 Incredible Touring Holidays
From pedalling through lusciously green forests, around the shores of glistening mountain lakes and nipping between countries by bike; the options for amazing touring holidays are endless.
Choose between a guided or self-guided holiday option, grab your favourite cycling gear and a camera and set off on one of these truly incredible touring holidays, each offering uniquely stunning scenery and hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
A seven day cycling tour of the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean is an ideal holiday for nature lovers, geology enthusiasts and those who just love to bathe in natural pools.
Skedaddle organises both self-guided and guided tours of the islands that include pedalling past stunning green and blue lakes, thermal pools, black sand beaches, active steaming fumaroles and lakes in ancient volcano craters. Azores marks the most westerly point of Europe and is known for the abundance of whales and dolphins that reside in its waters so of course a boat trip out to spot them is included in the itinerary too.
Beautiful mountains, valleys and the Tronqueira forest make these islands perfect for exploring by bicycle and if you get hot doing it, you’ll never be too far away from the sea, a natural pool or a cascading waterfall to take a refreshing dip in. Prices start at £855pp for a self-guided tour and £995pp for a guided tour.
An easy-paced five day tour around the rarely-explored beautiful country of Montenegro. Freedom Treks guided tours begin with a transfer from the walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia to the starting point of the cycling in the coastal town of Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
During the tour you will pedal along quiet tracks primarily following the mesmerising Bay of Kotor coastline with views over the distant mountains and hypnotically blue sea. Bus transfers are provided for steep sections up into the mountainous national parks making this a great trip for all the family.
Visit the lakes which are home to hundreds of species of migrating birds, take a historic tour of the old capital and explore the 2000 year old town of Kotor, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the Montenegro tour you will be transferred back to Dubrovnik where you could begin another cycling tour or simply spend a few relaxing days sunbathing on the beautiful beaches. Prices start at £623pp.
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City, this six day circular cycle tour led by Bike Tours Direct will take you along the Mekong River stopping off at plenty of beautiful sites along the way.
Cycling past watery rice fields and tiny islands, you will get the fantastic opportunity to visit the floating markets, view Buddhist temples, spot the Magical Seven Mountains and witness the merging of two cultures at the Cambodian border.
This is guided tour is brilliant for avoiding language barrier issues and learning heaps about the culture along the route. If you would like to continue your holiday after the tour, hop over the border to Cambodia or Laos to discover a whole new incredible culture. Prices start at £544.
Baltic States: Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia
Choose between a guided or self-guided tour of the Baltic States starting in the Estonian capital Tallinn and ending in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Run by Bike Tours Direct, highlights of this cycling holiday include a visit to Lahemaa National Park and Peipsi Lake, split in two by the Russian border.
Explore the medieval city of Tallinn and pedal around the charming Latvian capital, Riga. You will visit the Curonian Spit often referred to as the Lithuanian Sahara due to its spectacularly high sand dunes and take a tour of the Lithuanian Lake District home to a gothic castle proudly stood on its own island on the Galve Lake.
This twelve day trip offers cyclists the perfect balance of cities, lakes, national parks, beaches and pretty villages. Prices start at £1053pp based on two people sharing.
Explore a few of the thousands of islands that make up Sweden’s archipelago on this six day self-guided tour organised by Freedom Treks. Made during the Ice Age, these islands are a true natural wonder and offer cyclists an abundance of natural beauty to discover.
Beginning in Stockholm, the medieval Swedish capital built over 14 islands, you will take ferries between islands and then explore them by bicycle, stopping off to swim in the sparkling lakes and welcoming Baltic sea whenever you like.
Pedalling through the greenest of forests, along the shores of beautiful lakes, past brightly coloured wooden houses and down white sandy coastlines, this cycling holiday is an easy one suitable for all the family. Be sure to sample some of the delicious fresh seafood Sweden is famous for. Prices start at £753.
For a luxurious adult-focused cycling holiday, go on Trek Travel‘s California Wine Country tour. Beginning in the mud-bath town of Calistoga and ending in the pretty town of Healdsburg, you will pedal through the Napa Valley stopping off to enjoy fine foods and sample exquisite wines along the way.
Accommodation is high-end and this holiday is designed to be relaxing and easy-going. The cycle route will pass through the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys as well as through rolling hills.
If it seems too challenging at any point just think about the rewarding glass of Sonoma County’s famous Pinot Noir that will be waiting for you at the end of the ride. Prices start at £1135pp.
Discover a side to Poland you may never know existed on this week-long guided cycling holiday beginning in the beautiful city of Krakow.
Run by Explore, the tour is designed to take cyclists past some of the most stunning scenery Poland has to offer. After a short drive from Krakow to the traditional timber framed mountain town of Zakopane, the picturesque cycling trails will begin.
Surrounded by the Beskid Mountains, six days is set aside to pedal the circular route that will include a ride along the Pieniny Way – a cliff-cut path along the majestic Dunajee Gorge. Prices start at £509 without flights and £770 with flights.
Cycle across Slovenia’s diverse terrain as you take in the postcard-perfect beauty of this tiny yet gorgeous country.
A ten day self-guided tour with Freedom Treks begins in the magical town of Bled home to a glistening lake with a central islet that can only be reached by rowboat or swimming. Passing rocky limestone peaks, cascading waterfalls, stunning castles, green valleys and deep caves, you will also visit the capital city Ljubljana and the coastal town of Piran.
Some Slovenians will tell you that when the world was made the creator wanted to keep this country for himself and after a few days exploring all it has to offer, you might not think that such a far-fetched idea.
Following a circular route around the centre of Cuba beginning in Havana, this eight day tour will take you on rides along the coast, through the countryside, forests and around lakes.
Led by Responsible Travel, this is a guided tour that will fill you with historical and cultural knowledge whilst you take in the scenery around you. You will cycle through Topes de Collantes National Park to Lake Hanabanilla, around the Bay of Pigs and to the UNESCO World Heritage colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Prices start from £869 excluding flights and £1579 including UK flights.
Explore hidden Austria on this week-long cycling holiday of the Mur Valley organised by Cycle Breaks. Starting from Salzburg you will pedal through Austria’s ‘Little Canada’ so called for its high mountain peaks and glistening lakes. From here you will cycle to St Michael im Langau and onto the lively city of Graz.
Passing through vineyards, forests, farms, fruit orchards and over fertile plains, most of the route runs over dedicated cycle paths and a huge portion of the cycling is downhill. There’s also an abundance of opportunities to visit historic ruins, brewery museums, castles and city towers throughout the week to keep you entertained when you’re not pedalling away. Prices start at £725.
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