Embark on one of these fantastic family cycling holidays for some unbeatable bonding time with your loved ones. Whether your children are tots or teens, each of these cycling holidays are suitable - all you have to do is choose the one that most entices you.
Opt for a guided holiday and leave all of the planning and organisation to someone else or map out your own route using the recommendations below for a self-guided option. However you choose to do it and wherever you decide to go, you can be certain that your family will have an amazing time and come black closer than ever.
If your kids are in need of some extra skills on the bike before you head off, be sure to check out our top tips on how to teach your kid to ride a bike.
Cyclecamping in France
Breton Bikes offer dedicated family cycling and camping holidays in rural France with riding options for children as young as nine months old. You can choose to keep your base at the same campsite and pedal off along different routes each day or cycle from one campsite to another. Whichever option you choose your children will have ample space to run around at the end of the day's cycling as well as a lake to swim or canoe in.
Breton Bikes supply all of the equipment you could possibly need to make your family cycling trip a comfortable and fun experience. If you choose to use a one or two seat baby trailer they can supply you with a bike with special low gearing perfect for pulling the baby trailer.
If you would prefer a trailer bike, they rent out only the best - the Burley Piccalos and if your children are a bit older they also have a number of small touring bikes and tandems. There are also a number of routes specifically designed for under tens so that your children can experience the satisfaction of completing a route unaided.
Andalucian Cycling Experience
The perfect choice for those looking to book their first ever family cycling holiday, the Andalucian Cycling Experience organise guided holidays around the picturesque Andalucian countryside suitable for all from babies to grandparents. Each family has their own guide so you can ride at your own pace and stop off along route for ice cream or a refreshing dip whenever you fancy it.
Choose between leisure riding, road riding or mountain biking depending on your family's experience and interests. There's no need to worry about your little ones (or big ones) getting tired either because there will also be a support vehicle on hand so bike rides won't need to be cut short if one member drops out. Accommodation is provided in either a self-catering villa with a pool or in a B&B farmhouse also with a pool. On non-cycling days, families can relax or try their hands at horse-riding, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, hiking or go on a treasure hunt.
Tales and Castles Family Special in Holland
This 72 mile, week-long cycling holiday is perfect for families with children aged seven to thirteen as if offers heaps of exciting activities and completely flat, easy cycling. Organised by Freedom Treks, the Tales and Castles Family Special holiday starts and ends in the beautiful capital city of Amsterdam and offers outdoors-loving families the extra adventure of sleeping on a barge.
Thanks to Holland's consistently flat terrain, this is an extremely easy cycling route to complete and there are so many attractions and activities to stop off at and try out along the way that you will never be cycling for too long. You will pedal through fortified towns and past medieval castles and 18th century windmills.
Stop off to play Dutch golf using a wooden shoe, visit the sand dunes, play in a fairytale theme park, visit a bird park and eat lots of Gouda cheese and chocolate. To finish the holiday on an cultural note, your family will receive a guided city tour all around historic Amsterdam.
Child Friendly Cycling Routes, Denmark
Denmark is the ultimate family cycling holiday destination for those that like the idea of planning their own route to completely suit their family's wishes. All of Scandinavia is known for its love of cycling and its mass of cycling networks and Denmark is no different. Offering gentle terrain, flat roads, traffic-free trails and well-signposted routes, it is easy to find a route that your family will love.
Use the Danish Cycling Federation's route planner to plan a route along the most quiet and gentle roads or take your bikes on a ferry to one of Denmark's largely traffic free islands such as Falster or Bornholm. Make sure you plan your route to incorporate plenty of fun stop offs such as at zoos or amusement parks to keep the kids entertained and consider renting a trailer or half bike for babies, toddlers and those just starting to learn to ride a bike to keep the pace up.
Family Cycling Holidays with Inn Travel
Inn Travel provides organised self-guided family cycling holidays in different destinations around Europe. You can choose to cycle past beautiful castles along the Danube, discover the quieter side to Mallorca, pedal along the picturesque Mayenne River Valley or cycle through unspoilt Catalonia.
Each of the cycling routes incorporate plenty of chances to stop off and enjoy all that the area has to offer from medieval villages and castles to spectacular beaches and scrumptious restaurants. There's also always a couple of non-cycling days scheduled in so that your family can enjoy some day-trips or spend a day relaxing at the seaside. Inn Travel provide you with detailed maps and transports your luggage between the hotels along your route so you won't have the annoyance of heavy panniers weighing you down as you pedal uphill to beautiful viewpoints.
Azores Adventures Guided Family Cycling Holiday
Saddle Skedaddle, cycling holiday specialists, offer a range of family cycling holidays including the guided Azores Adventures package. Families can set out on an eight day tour of this beautiful and rarely visited collection of islands that lie almost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The trip is set at an easy pace and only includes three days worth of cycling, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all that Azores has to offer.
During the week you will visit incredible blue and green lakes, sip tea at the world famous Gorreana Tea Plantation, bathe in waterfalls and heated natural pools and go whale watching. A self-guided option is also available for families who prefer to set their own pace.
Headwater Family Cycling Holidays
Headwater organises several self-guided family cycling holidays around Europe to suit a variety of budgets, tastes and interests. Choose a cycle route around Brittany's Emerald Coast, or through Catalunya. Opt to explore the Provence or the rivers and vineyards of Alsace or make a circle of one of Austria's abundant magical lakes.
Whichever holiday or route you choose, you will be provided with detailed trip notes and maps to ensure that it is easy for you to navigate your way between stops and child bike seats are provided for children up to four years old.
Australian Cycling Holidays
For those looking for a cycling holiday slightly further afield, Australian Cycling Holidays will provide you with everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable self-guided ride along the New South Wales coastline.
Designed especially for families with small children, none of the routes require more than 25km cycling per day and at least 75% of the time you will be riding on off-road cycling paths. Baby seats and trailers can be provided for young children and tots that can't ride yet but these are limited so be sure to put your request in before arrival.
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