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the Canal du Midi towpath near Narbonne.

10 of the best easy cycling holidays in Europe

While Geraint Thomas wannabes might tackle the Alps or Pyrenees, here are 10 less-challenging but equally scenic routes for families and newbies

Toulouse to Sète, Canal du Midi, France

It is possible to cycle all the way across south-west France, from Bordeaux on the Atlantic to Sète on the Mediterranean, following just one river and two canals. Beginners might prefer to pace themselves by cycling the second half, from Toulouse to Sète along the towpaths of the Canal du Midi . At 150 miles (240km), it is a decent distance, but is flat and can be broken up into manageable stages. The going can be a bit rough and bumpy, so consider investing in a gel saddle cover. Places to spend a night or two include the fortified city of Carcassonne, a short detour from the canal, and historic Béziers. DIY info freewheelingfrance.com Organised tour Belle France has seven-night self-guided trip from Toulouse to Agde from £1,620, including six days’ cycling, bike hire and support, luggage transfers and half-board accommodation. There is an optional one-day add-on to Sète.

Mother and daughter cycling along Danube river in Wachau Valley, Austria

The iconic river spans 10 countries and 2,850km, and has well-developed riverside cycle paths through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. There is no traffic to contend with – other than the 38,000 cyclists who ride the Austrian section alone every year – and tackling it in a downstream (south-westerly) direction means the route is slightly downhill pretty much all the way. Good starting points include Regensburg or Passau in Germany, finishing in Vienna or Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Alternatively, start in Vienna and cycle the 370km to Budapest, where there are thermal baths to ease aching muscles. DIY info danube-cycle-path.com Organised tour Intrepid Travel has a seven-night guided trip from Budapest to Vienna from £931, including B&B in hotels, bike hire, luggage transfers and entry to the Carnuntum Roman ruins in Austria, and the Esztergom Basilica and Szechenyi Baths, Hungary.

Pisa to Florence, Tuscany

The Serchio River near Lucca

Hilly Tuscany may not be an obvious choice for an easy cycling holiday, but keeping the distances short and adding rest days makes it doable – and the scenery is well worth the effort. Start with a day or two in Pisa, then cycle along the Serchio River to the walled city of Lucca (45km). The next day, cover another 45km to Montecatini Terme, Italy’s biggest spa town, stopping at Collodi and Pescia along the way. Either spend a day in the spa or cycle a circular route around the Medici villas, through vineyards and olive groves, stopping at Vinci to visit the Museo Leonardiano (60km). The final ride to Florence is the longest, at 64km, but it can be shortened to 50km by taking the train to Pistoia and cycling the rest of the way. DIY info italy-cycling-guide.info Organised tour The Carter Company has a seven-night self-guided trip, starting and ending in Pisa, from £890 B&B, including bike hire and luggage transfers.

North Zealand, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, immortalised as Elsinore in Hamlet.

Denmark is very bike-friendly, with 12,000km of cycle routes, safe cycling lanes in cities and largely flat terrain. Cyclists can spend a week following a circular route around North Zealand, known as the Danish Riviera, starting and finishing in Copenhagen – a popular route with families. Cycling anti-clockwise, the path hugs the shores of the Baltic Sea, sometimes turning inland through forests, nature reserves and around lakes, then skirts the fjords – Ise Fjord, Lammefjord, Holbæk Fjord, Roskilde Fjord – before reaching Roskilde. Daily distances average about 45km, and there are lots of beaches and coastal villages to stop at. Attractions en route include Kronborg Castle (Elsinore in Hamlet), and Roskilde’s cathedral and Viking Ship Museum . DIY info visitnorthsealand.com Organised tour UTracks has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,150 (£830 children), including B&B, bike hire and luggage transfers.

Black Forest, Germany

Lake Titisee, Black Forest,

The Southern Black Forest Cycle Route is a 248km circular journey beginning and ending in Freiburg. The asphalt path follows a former railway line and is suitable for families, including those with young children in trailers. The route is mainly flat, with a few minor hills in the forest (a short train journey from Kirchzwarten to Titisee Lake on the first day cuts out the only steep section). The scenery is a mixture of forest and farmland, with a couple of days spent riding alongside the Rhine and the last day through vineyards. Cyclists can spend the nights in small medieval towns, and take a short train ride across the Swiss border for a night in Basel. DIY info germany.travel Organised tour Flexitreks has a six-night self-guided trip from £483 B&B, including luggage transfers and train to Basel; bike hire £69.

Istrian Coast, Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Bikers sitting on steps above Piran and the Adriatic

Cyclists can visit the three countries that share the Istrian peninsula on a week-long ride. The terrain is slightly hilly but distances are short, averaging 40km a day. The route starts in the Italian port of Trieste, then heads south on a coastal cycle path to pretty Piran in Slovenia. From here, it winds through the Sečovlje salt pans, then crosses into Croatia. Continuing south, places to spend a night include Umag, a medieval walled town; Poreč, with its sixth-century Euphrasian Basilica; and Rovinj, probably the most picturesque town on the peninsula. The path hugs the coast all the way down to the final stop, Pula, known for its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. Fažana, 8km north of Pula, is the embarkation point for ferries to the Brijuni Islands. DIY info istria-bike.com Organised tour Zenith Holidays has a seven-night self-guided trip from £827 B&B, including bike hire and luggage transfers.

Amsterdam to Bruges

cycling in the main square of Gouda.

The Netherlands is paradise for cyclists: almost completely flat, with courteous drivers and segregated cycle paths everywhere. Cycling from Amsterdam across the border to Bruges, in equally bicycle-friendly Belgium, is perfectly possible in a week, but the distances are a little challenging: the first day’s ride, from Amsterdam to Gouda, is 80km. Another possibility is an organised bike and barge trip, sailing some of the way and cycling the rest, and eating and sleeping on board. A typical itinerary would involve rides of about 40km a day, spending nights in Dordrecht, Antwerp, Dendermonde and Ghent. From Bruges, there is a 37km loop to the beaches of the North Sea coast. And if it all gets too much, there is the option to skip a day’s cycling and stay on the barge. DIY info hollandcyclingroutes.com and fietsroute.org Organised tour Saddle Skeddadle has a seven-night guided bike and barge trip from £925 full-board.

Way of the Roses, Lancashire to East Yorkshire

Sign for the ‘Way of the Roses’ cycle route, Greenhow, Yorkshire

Not ready for Land’s End to John O’Groats just yet? The Way of the Roses is a challenging but rather more manageable long-distance ride: 275km from Morecambe on the Lancashire coast to the seaside town of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The route follows quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and cycle paths. There are some tough climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, and the highest point, Greenhow Hill, near Grassington, is 400 metres above sea level. But after this (roughly the halfway point) the hills get smaller, and beyond Ripon the route is largely flat. The varied terrain includes the Forest of Bowland, the Nidderdale AONB, the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds; the first day’s riding goes through Lancaster and the fourth day ends in York. Based on a six-day ride, the average daily distance is 46km. DIY info cycle-england.co.uk Organised tour Open Road Open Skies has a five-night self-guided trip from £445 B&B, including luggage transfers; bike hire is an extra £50.

Riverside houses in Girona.

There is a corner of eastern Catalonia, south of the Pyrenees, where the hills slope down to a fertile valley that is flat and ideal for cycling. Starting inland in the Garrotxa region, cyclists can explore the meadows, woods and hamlets along the via verde (cycle path) and country roads. Near the town of Les Planes d’Hostoles, there are waterfalls to cool off in. The off-road continues right into historic Girona, where it is well worth spending a couple of days exploring sights including the Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter and city walls. The final stretch leads to the Mediterranean, finishing at the upmarket resort of s’Agaró on the Costa Brava. DIY info viasverdes.com Organised tour Inntravel has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,018 B&B, including four dinners, bike hire and luggage transfers.

Around Lake Constance

Boy jumping from a diving board into the Lake Constance, Bregenz, Austria

Lake Constance is bordered by Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and a 168-mile cycle path encircles the lake, allowing cyclists to visit all three countries on a week-long trip. The path is well-maintained and signposted, and is suitable for families and beginners. The route goes through forests, farms, vineyards and orchards, past cathedrals, castles and convents, and there are views of the Alps as well as the lake. Highlights include the Unesco-listed monastic island of Reichenau; the historic towns of Meersburg and Lindau; and the wildlife-rich Rhine delta. Cyclists can cool off with a dip in the lake or one of the summer lidos. It is best to ride clockwise, breaking the journey into four or more stages. DIY info bodenseetouren.eu Organised tour Headwater has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,139, including B&B and five dinners, bike hire, luggage transfers and ferry from Staad to Meersburg.

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5 Best Family Bike Tour Operators in Europe

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Dreaming of a family vacation in Europe ? Love bicycling as a way to explore new destinations? Consider combining the two. If you've been fantasizing about your family exploring Europe on two wheels, there are plenty of great bike tour companies offering options for different budgets, interests, fitness levels, and children's ages. 

One of the big upsides of taking a trip like this is that parents are off the hook when it comes to planning and managing logistics. These trips are all about taking it slow and immersing yourselves in the local culture and history.

Butterfield and Robinson

Thinking of splurging on a luxury bike trip? This tour company includes a full support van, three daily meals, bike rentals, and additional recreational experiences. For more than half a century, this well-regarded company has offered luxury bike trips that manage to be both active and genuinely plush. On its family bike trips , different age levels are accommodated on different itineraries. A Holland biking trip might be perfect for kids as young as 3, while a hilly Ireland trip might be better for kids 12 and up.

Another high-end bike tour to consider if you're looking for a luxury experience, this well-established tour company (established 1979) offers a wide array of family-only Europe bike trips of various difficulties and interests. Some offer multi-sport add-ons that are appealing for older kids and teens.

Austin Adventures

With a tour operator like Austin Adventures, you can expect a more attainable price and mid-range accommodations. This reputable company was founded in 2000, and has made a name for itself as a solid choice for families looking to combine an active biking trip with a cultural adventure.

Ciclismo Classico

A boutique tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico is known for providing unique and authentic biking adventures that combine culture, food, and history.


This budget-minded tour company offers several options for families in Europe , including self-guided tours, family-friendly 3- and 4-star accommodations, luggage transportation from hotel to hotel, bike rentals and helmets, and daily breakfast. If you're worried about road traffic, you can choose a trip that sticks to dedicated bike paths.

Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

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5 best family cycling holidays in Europe

In this article we share our pick of the best family cycling holidays in Europe; the kind that allow both kids and adults to relax, ride their bikes and explore somewhere new. If you love active family holidays, then this type of break should be perfect for you.

(But be prepared for the fact that a family cycling holiday/bike tour will likely be an entirely different ball game to the sort of cycling holidays you were used to without kids!)

This guide to the five best places to take family bike tours in Europe will, hopefully, inspire you to book your first – or next – family cycling break. From the sweeping salt marshes of Ile de Ré or the sparkling shores of Lake Constance to the Greenways near Girona, a loop of the Loire or discovering the Danube Cycle Path, these suggested routes are ideal for adults and kids alike.

Read on and plan your perfect family cycling holiday in Europe!

For further inspiration, don’t miss our articles on the best UK family cycling holidays and how to plan a family cycling holiday.

In the interests of complete transparency, we haven’t cycled all of the routes in this article ourselves. We owuld love to though! If you have ridden any of these, let us know in the comments below!

Ile de Ré, France

Suggested route: The network of bike paths west from Saint Martin de Ré

Great for: Sea and salt marshes

Ile de Ré is a gorgeous island, situated just off the west coast of France and conveniently criss-crossed by a network of cycle paths. Abundant in casual charm, the island is particularly popular with holidaying Parisians.

With salt marshes and many miles of shoreline, the unique landscapes of Ile de Ré are a real draw. The island is ideal for anyone who wants to take a family cycling holiday in Europe, as there are plenty of traffic-free cycle paths. The fact that the landscape is fairly flat also makes it a suitable choice for children.

So what does Ile de Ré have to offer? Think unique boutiques, beautiful French villages and a top-notch food scene. Inland you’ll also find woodland, vineyards and meadows. There’s also around 100 kilometres of family-friendly cycling routes to help you discover it. Even at the highest elevation of the island you’re less than 20 metres above sea level.

Perfect for a first family cycling holiday in France?!

We certainly adored spending time on the Ile de Ré as a family. The only thing to be aware of is that the Ile de Ré is not undiscovered – you won’t be alone on the bike paths (remember those Parisians?!)! We’d suggest getting your family ride in early; before 9 am each day you’ll often find you have the paths all to yourselves. But even if you prefer a later start, it’s no problem, there’ll just be more people out and about.

The whole island has nice bike paths suitable for an easy cycling holiday, but we particularly liked the area west of Saint Martin de Ré. Cycle routes around Ars en Ré, Loix and Les Portes en Ré will take you on a magical journey between the salt marshes and the sea.

More information

Our complete guide to cycling Ile de Ré which also contains various route suggestions and GPS files.

A final tip: if you’re driving to the Ile de Ré from the UK, consider an overnight stop in Nantes. A trip to les Machines de l’île will be unforgettable for you and your kids.

La Flotte in Ile de Re, France

Loire, France

Suggested route: Tours to Tours loop

Great for: UNESCO World Heritage French chateaux

A classic option for family cycling holidays in France is a trip to the Loire region. This area is home to the La Loire à Vélo, an 800 kilometre route passing through the Garden of France and the Valley of the Kings. The route connects the heart of France to the Atlantic, and is also part of the Eurovélo 6 route, which stretches for some 3,600 kilometres.

Of course we’re not suggesting that you cover the whole 800 kilometres during your family break in the Loire!

We know from experience that easy cycling holidays in Europe are what you need when you have kids in tow. Fortunately, it’s possible to experience the fine French cuisine, rolling vineyards, unspoiled villages and towns, fertile farmland and untamed rivers without covering hundreds of kilometres.

The route we suggest is a loop that starts and ends in Tours with a midpoint in Amboise. This allows you to follow the impressive cycle paths that trace the banks of the Cher, the Indre and the Vienne as well as the mighty Loire.

A roll call of UNESCO-listed chateaux also awaits. Highlights include the castles at Amboise,  Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Langeais and Villandry. You can also drop into the cellar doors en route so that adults can sample a drop or two of the local vintages, and visit the troglodyte caves at Souzay-Champigny and Turquant.

Check out the Loire guide at France Velo Tourisme .

Family of cyclists on a family cycling holiday in the Loire, France

Danube, Austria

Suggested route:  Danube Cycle Path from Linz to Vienna

Great for:  Family attractions, history, food and nature

Family cycling holidays in Austria are another option for active sorts who love to explore. The Danube Cycle Path is the main draw here, as adults and kids alike can discover the area away from vehicles and at their leisure. The entire Danube Cycle Path encompasses eight European nations in all (albeit you might not want to do all eight at once when you’ve got the kids with you!).

Some say that this spacious cycle path is in fact underused, which is interesting given it’s also one of the better known cycle routes of Europe. There’s a reason for its reputation; it’s idyllic, and also ideal for family biking vacations.

There are lots of segments you could ride along the Danube, but for family cycling tours a great option is between Linz and Vienna. This takes you to Enns, the oldest city in Austria and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau in the Danube Valley before ending in romantic Vienna.

This riverside route is flat throughout, making it the perfect choice for a family cycling trip through Austria. The destinations en route allow the whole family to experience a Roman circular route tracing the former border of an ancient civilisation, visit a waterpark, delve into Celtic history at the Heuneburg hillfort in Hundersingen, sample Sachertorte, ride the famous giant ferris wheel in Vienna – and much more.

Take a look at the Danube Cycle Path site . The Salzkammergut region is also worth a look and we have other articles about cycling in Austria, here.

Two cyclists on a bike path near the Danube in Austria

Via Verdes near Girona, Spain

Suggested route:  Via Verdes (AKA Greenways)

Great for:  Peaceful off-road riding and beautiful countryside

The Girona region on Spain’s Costa Brava has serious cycling pedigree. The now-notorious Lance Armstrong used to train here, numerous prominent cyclists are based in the Girona area and David Millar has a residence here.

So with such an illustrious roll call of famous cycling names, is Girona suitable for easy family cycling holidays in Spain?

You bet. It’s easy to reach from the UK and Europe, offers plenty of bike-friendly places to stay for all budgets and offers peaceful, well-maintained roads and cycle routes.

If you’re with family and prefer to avoid being on the road, check out the Via Verdes for your cycling holiday in Spain. Though many of the popular cycling routes around the Girona area involve high elevations, the Via Verdes comprise around 125 kilometres of cycle paths created from now-defunct railway lines.

Sample the highlights by taking a ride from Llagostera to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, where there’s a smart marina and a curving, sandy bay. This route is around 20 kilometres (or 12.5 miles) long. It forms part of the Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols segment.

The other sectors are Ripoli to Olot, Olot to Girona and Palamós to Palafrugell. If you do decide to embark on the Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols segment, then do take some time to explore the city first. Park de la Devesa in the city centre is lovely, and well-shaded too thanks to the presence of over 2,500 plane trees.

Find out more in our guide to cycling in Girona on the Costa Brava . Our article on Girona’s easy cycle routes might also be useful.

Cycling on the Via Verdes near Olot

Lake Constance, Germany

Suggested route: The Lake Constance Cycle Path

Great for:  Summer swims and intriguing islands

Lake Constance is so big that it’s bordered by three European countries. You can travel along its shores in Austria or Switzerland, but we recommend heading to Germany for the best family biking experience. You just cannot beat family cycling holidays in Germany spent by the water, especially in summer when taking a cooling dip will hopefully be in order.

The Lake Constance Cycle Path traces the entire 260 kilometres (or 160 miles) around the edge of the water. Dotted with lidos for summer swims, the kids shouldn’t complain too much about getting hot and sweaty as there will soon be a lido to jump into!

The Lake Constance Cycle Path is very well maintained, and is suitable even for absolute beginners. It’s also well signposted, so you shouldn’t have any trouble in working out where you’re headed.

The best bits of the German sector include Mainau island, a 45-acre plot covered in flowers on Lake Constance. There’s also a butterfly house and a baroque palace here. Reichenau Island with its Benedictine monastery, Meersburg Castle and Lindau with its lighthouse and harbour are further highlights.

If Germany isn’t enough, you could add spots like Bregenz in Austria and Stein am Rhein in Switzerland to your itinerary. Visiting these – as well as stunning Alpine views – would make for a beautiful, if packed, week-long family cycling vacation.

Head over to the official German tourist board website for more on cycling Lake Constance

Pretty town of Meersburg by the side of Lake Constance

Other options

We could have added many other destinations to this list! You can find more inspiration for relaxed cycling holidays, in these articles:

  • Self-guided bike tours in Italy
  • Self-guided bike tours in Croatia
  • Easy cycling holidays in the UK

What’s your favourite family cycling holiday destination?

We’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts – do comment below.

If you’re looking for further inspiration, also check out these articles:

  • Best cycling destinations in Europe
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Great Bike Tour of the Baltics (fully guided from Vilnius to Tallinn 2024) Tour

Great Bike Tour of the Baltics (fully guided from Vilnius to Tallinn 2024)

The group was small and we all became friends and continue to communicate even after our trip. The biking was pleasant and mostly on bike paths. The area was very historically interesting and our guide was amazing: he taught us so much of the history and also interesting things about all the things we passed and stopped to see. Hotels were perfectly adequate, and the food was better than I expected (I pictured beets, cabbage and potatoes, and while there was plenty of that, there were also wonderful salads and other dishes). The tour whet my appetite for more!

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Cycle Central Europe & the Danube

Baltic Bike Tour: Vilnius to Tallinn (self-guided supported) Tour

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Baltic Bike Tour: Vilnius to Tallinn (self-guided supported)

Would have preferred one less ride on the island and a full day in Tallinn. The maps were pretty good for the unguided portion but on day 4 we could have gone a little farther by bike and caught a ferry that unloaded right by the hotel. We followed directions and caught first ferry and then had a mile and half ride through city to get to hotel. Driver was very good, very friendly, and very helpful. Rides were very nice in national parks. Would also look to add more villages. Interesting to make stops and meet locals

Prague to Budapest Ride Tour

Prague to Budapest Ride

Well organized, excellent group leaders. Some confusion communicating between Tour Radar and Exodus Travels but was straightened out.

Cycling in the Balkans ( 4 Countries Albania-North Macedonia-Kosovo-Montenegro) Tour

Cycling in the Balkans ( 4 Countries Albania-North Macedonia-Kosovo-Montenegro)

Overall it was a good experience. the trour was excellent, however the organisers made some inappropriate decisions. they tried to book those of us who had paid single supplements into sharing rooms. BAD! they also moved us from one hotel to another when it was an off day which totally interrupted our experience. When they moved us in Kotor, they moved the single people to a hotel 5.5 km away from the town which meant we were stuck there! BAD. the tour guide was also poor at communicating and told us things that were not accurate at all. Communication was also last minute and did not give us time to adjust our expectations. I did not trust what we had paid for and what we got The route also changed according to the outlined provided at the start, so there were also disappointments with the distance and climbing cycled. POOR.

Cycle Tour In Albania - UNESCO 10 Day Tour Tour

Cycle Tour In Albania - UNESCO 10 Day Tour

Everything was great, the country, the food and tour guides. The airlines miss directed my luggage so I only had the clothes I was wearing. Other guests and guides loaned me items of clothing until I could buy a few things. This was the first cycling tour I have gone on and I really enjoyed it. David

Cycle the Baltics Tour

Cycle the Baltics

I enjoyed the trip . Some of the cycling routes were breathtakingly beautiful. Was happy with the selection of hotels

Cycle the Dalmatian Coast Tour

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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

It was a great tour in our life
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Cycling the Baltic States Tour

Cycling the Baltic States

The tour was well organized. I felt that a better set of maps would have been useful And maybe even something downloadable to your phone.

Germany & Austria | Danube River Biketour | Bike & Boat Tour

Germany & Austria | Danube River Biketour | Bike & Boat

Loire Cycle Path: Wild-romantic all the way to the sea (from Orleans to St-Nazaire) Tour

Loire Cycle Path: Wild-romantic all the way to the sea (from Orleans to St-Nazaire)

Fantastic trip. Hotels were tremendous, especially the meal in the hotel in Saint Florent-le-Vieil. Maps were good though I used my app Bikemap.net, to act as a Sat Nav. A couple of hiccups with luggaeew but minor in comparison with holiday organisation. Would certainly recommend.

Grand Tour Alps | Switzerland, France, Italy | Guided EBikeTour Tour

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Although the "biking" was not on my bucket list (was talked into the trip by our brother/sister-in-law), but we had a very great time! Mindaugas was a great guide, and our driver was also great. The hotels were fine, the food was excellent, and the biking was better than I'd expected! Our fellow companions were delightful. The history and tours of the Baltic countries was wonderful. It would have been nice to have had a microphone hook-up during our guided walking tours in order to hear all the information. It would have been nice to be able to buy t-shirts (Mindaugas wore a few) that displayed a map of the tour. I think it would have been nice if we could have ordered them before or after the trip. Is it possible to do so now? Otherwise, I'd never done anything like this before, and may do it again at some point.
Sasa Tour Guide and Andro the driver were great. They took care of the group with their jovial attitude and ensured that individual's needs were met. They provided easy to follow directions and kept the group together. There were occasions when things would have gone wrong but Sasa and Andro ensured that they are there on every step along the way to make it trouble-free and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend intrepid tours and would consider future tours through Intrepid.
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There are special requirements for a cycling holiday, especially for families: which route is family-friendly and also the right one for children? In which accommodation are cyclists with children welcome? What can we experience with our children off the cycle paths? This is exactly why we have developed very special cycle tours for families, which guarantee a successful cycling holiday for young and old. Convince yourself of our large family programme and find out below what is so special about our cycle tours for families.

Family on the cycle path on the banks of the Danube

Eurobike – your specialist for cycle tours with children

A cycle tour with children is definitely one of the most beautiful and most suitable ways to go on holiday with the whole family. So the trip goes smoothly and all family members enjoy a wonderful family holiday, there is a lot to consider!

As a specialist in cycle tours with children in Europe, Eurobike offers a variety of different cycle tours for families that meet all the requirements of a great cycle tour with children:

Carefully selected routes ideal for families

Family-friendly  accommodation

Service hotline  for the duration of the trip

Rental bikes for adults  and  equipment for children

Rental bike insurance

Detailed  travel documents  with route maps, route descriptions, all the important telephone numbers and information on activities for families

The right stages with children

The perfect cycle tour with children starts with the careful selection of the route. Of course, the children’s age and experience with cycling also plays a role. Excessive demands on children can quickly lead to frustration and stress for parents, two things that have absolutely no place in a cycling holiday with children. That is why we at Eurobike pay particular attention to the route selection, the length of the stages and the children’s suitability to the individual cycle paths. So nothing stands in the way of a carefree holiday with even the smallest family members!

Family by the lake, father gives child high five

Route selection

In order to avoid being overwhelmed, the route should in principle be rather flat and have little or no inclines. Small inclines can create a sense of achievement in parents and children, but they should be the exception. River bike paths like the  Danube Cycle Path , the  Moselle Cycle Path  and the  Adige Cycle Path  are a good choice. These naturally run downhill and are particularly scenic. But other routes that run flat or even continuously downhill are very suitable for a cycle tour with children. Good examples are the family-friendly  Lake Constance Cycle Path  and the  Alpe Adria Cycle Path .

Cycle paths suitable for children

Not only the natural condition of the route is important. When cycling with children, there is another important factor: road traffic. A lot of traffic leads to insecurity and quickly reduces the fun of cycling. Therefore, you should definitely pay attention to the course of the route. In recent years the number and quality of cycle paths has improved enormously. In many regions of Europe there are special cycle paths for cyclists away from the roads, such as our  family trip along the Danube  or our  family trip along the Adige in South Tyrol , which can be cycled with children without any danger. Away from the cycle paths, you should pay attention to a route with little traffic. But roads with a little traffic are also easy to navigate with children.

Length of the stage

In addition to the nature of the terrain, the distance of the stages is also important. The further the distance covered, the longer the time on the bike and the more strenuous the day becomes. Breaks are particularly important on a cycle tour with children and, in addition to the variety, also provide a boost of energy for the rest of the tour. You should always plan enough time for fun adventures along the route.

The length of the stage should be chosen according to the experience of cycling and additional activities. A stage length of up to 45 kilometres can be done with experienced children. But shorter routes of around 15 kilometres or more also have their appeal, provided the supporting activities are right. On multi-day cycle tours, it is nice if the stage length varies on a daily basis on order to allow for relaxation on individual days.

A day break filled with other activities is a great way to make your cycling holiday with children even more varied. An average stage length of 30 to 35 kilometres per day has proven itself for active families.

Family on bicycles riding along the Danube Cycle Path on the banks of the Danube

We have special requirements for our  accommodation  for cycle tours with children: it must match the length of the stage and be close to the route, there must be a safe place to store bikes and it must offer enough space for them. In addition, the smooth flow of luggage transport is important. Furthermore, for family cycle tours, the selected accommodation is particularly family-friendly and offer spacious rooms. Where possible, we will book accommodation for your family with a swimming pool, playground or other additional offer for families so that your children can really enjoy their stay.

Holiday farm beautiful view with playground and mountain view

A cycle tour with children becomes the perfect family holiday when there are many highlights and adventures off the beaten track in addition to cycling. So the children also have a goal in mind that promises an additional reward. Great bathing opportunities, such as along the  Ten Lakes family tour  in the Salzburg region and much more make a cycle tour for families a great adventure. Or at the end of the trip there is a great region with countless opportunities for fun and games, like on our  family tour to Lake Garda . If there are also playgrounds, museums and great nature with numerous animal species along the route, every child will have fun.

Child playing in the water on Schmittenhöhe

The most important ‘tool’ for a cycle tour is of course the  bike . In order for the cycle tour to be fun on holiday, the bike must comply with road traffic regulations, be low-maintenance and sufficiently robust. The bike has to be the right size for both children and adults. If it is too small or too big, pedalling will quickly become ineffective, the seat uncomfortable and potentially make cycling unsafe.

In addition to the bikes and electric bikes for adults with solid quality and the best comfort based on the proven quality of KTM bikes, we also offer children of all ages the right base for a successful cycle tour. For your children you can choose from the following:

  • Children’s bikes 21 speed (with freewheel/20/24/26 inches)
  • Tag-along (with free wheel/20 inches)
  • Child trailer for 1 to 2 children
  • Children’s bike 20 inches + Follow-Me tandem coupling

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Travel documents for families

As with all of our cycle tours, our family tours also include the tried and tested  travel documents  package. It contains detailed map material, route book and city maps and further information. The specialty: In the route book you will find a lot of information about adventures for children along the route under ‘Things to See and Play’. This not only guarantees fun for the whole family, but also ensures their safety. Because security also includes the appropriate maps and preparation for the route. Cycling happily with children can quickly end on a busy road and thus increases the risk of accidents. All necessary telephone numbers should be at hand so that in the event of an accident or breakdown we can react immediately. It is also important to know about the next bike workshop so that in the event of a breakdown the bike can be quickly repaired, and the tour continued.

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Luggage transfer  is included in the price of all of our family cycle tours. So you can pack everything in the suitcase that you and your family would like to have with you on holiday. Because travelling with the family always means lots of luggage. Of course, there is the possibility of taking luggage on tour, but the extra weight is a burden and you can never take all you want to take. But thanks to our luggage transfer you don’t need to make compromises when choosing your luggage – you cycle relaxed from accommodation to accommodation and your luggage is comfortably transported by us to your next accommodation.

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That's why cycling holidays with Eurobike Advantages that convince

Perfectly organized cycling tours.

For over 30 years, we have been offering first-class quality active vacations as a cycling tour operator. Our quality criteria have been our top priority for many years. We go the 'extra mile' for our guests and take pride in being your reliable point of contact for all things related to cycling vacations. The high percentage of loyal customers confirms our commitment, and we look forward to continuing to create many more eventful cycling memories in the future.

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Comprehensive guidance from our travel specialists.

In Eurobike cycling vacations, you'll experience that extra level of service and comfort. From start to finish, our Eurobike travel specialists plan and organize your active vacation, giving you even more time to enjoy your active getaway. During your cycling tour, you can focus worry-free on the truly important things: the joy of cycling with your loved ones.

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Well-prepared travel information and route descriptions.

All guests receive a comprehensive information package with detailed cycling maps and travel documents including tips and information on culture, cuisine, country and people - tailored to the respective region and requirements of the individual cycling tour. Every year, we review the route meticulously, and continually develop new variations that provide even more insights into the land and culture.

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Accommodations with feel-good factor

After a wonderful day of cycling, you will be welcomed in our carefully selected accommodations in the evening. We choose our accommodations with care and consideration, always with a focus on their special orientation towards active vacationers and opportunities for evening relaxation. You'll experience that extra level of comfort on our charming cycling tours , where you can enjoy even more feel-good facilities and an added touch of indulgence.

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Reliable luggage transfer.

With us, you'll enjoy the most comfortable form of active vacation. Eurobike transports your luggage to the next accommodation every day. Leave the hotel in the morning with ease, and by evening, your bags will already be waiting at the next lodging. Experience a completely carefree cycling adventure across Europe with our luggage transfer!

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Personal on-site support

Our Eurobike original tours are characterized above all by the personal touch for which we have been known for many years. For our original tours, you will be personally welcomed by our team members at the arrival destination. In an informational meeting, all details about the tour and the itinerary will be explained. Our on-site team is also available for tips and recommendations.

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Exploring the most beautiful routes with our on Tour app.

We invest a lot of time and effort in crafting our routes and meticulously review them regularly. Thanks to the Eurobike & Eurohike on Tour app, navigating the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe becomes child's play, ensuring you don't miss any of the highlights along the way.

Eurobike App

Twice a month you will receive the latest information about our tours, our team and lots of travel inspiration. When you register, you will receive a €20 credit towards your next cycle holiday!

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Family Cycling Holidays

The best family cycling holidays can be enjoyed in our selection of European destinations. Our gentle, riverside cycling paths in the Loire, and Single Centre breaks, are perfect for cycling with children or with older generations in the group.

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Our range of family cycling holidays in Europe have been specially selected to maximise fun both on and off the bike. From easy-going roads in the Loire to more challenging climbs in Mallorca . Choose from tours which we guarantee will keep all members of the family happy.

The most often question we get asked with family cycling holidays is “how we will all ride together?”. However, with the advent of e-bikes and lightweight tagalongs for the younger ones this works really well. Also, for those active members of the family wanting more, there is always the option to take the long way home on our carefully designed routes.

Our single or twin centre tours are often favourites with families. Choose as gentle or as challenging a day as you like often combining this with other off-bike activities. On all of our trips you can be sure of family friendly accommodation. Enjoy great hosts, flexible rooms and refreshing swimming pools for that essential post-ride dip.

To find out more about our family cycling holidays, call our cycle experts today.


What to expect

  • Family-friendly routes
  • Great accommodation with swimming pools
  • A wide range of off-bike activities
  • Suitable bikes for all the family
  • Option to customise to your exact requirements

Recommended areas

  • The Loire Valley ; enjoy pleasant climates, gentle riverside cycling and magnificent castles
  • Lake Garda ; wonderful cycling routes, one of Europe’s top theme parks and a wild animal conservation park
  • Umbria ; enjoy warm hospitality at Gianna’s Village Agriturismo

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Genuine knowledge and expertise

“ Family cycling holidays are the perfect way to bond and spend time together. We have hand-picked a collection of cycling holidays that are perfect for adults and children and have some amazing sights to see and activities to enjoy along the way. We can also tailor many of our cycling tours to take more child-friendly, relaxed routes. ”

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Vondelpark, Amsterdam

1/10 Amsterdam South, Holland

Amsterdam has 513km of dedicated cycle paths and several bike-only bridges with around 10,000 bicycles parked around Amsterdam Central Station each day. A great half-day ride into the leafy suburbs leads through the lesser-known Amsterdam Zuid district, visiting the stately Apollolaan area and the verdant public space of Vondelpark. Pick up an illustrated guide to the self-guided route from the Amsterdam Tourist Office and allow 2.5 hours to explore.

More info:  Holland.com

Bruges, Belgium

2/10 Bruges, Belgium

While WWI cycle routes are proving popular for families with older children this year given the centenary commemoration, the 29km daytrip around Bruges makes for a faourite shorter option. The Bruges trail starts from the central station and leads out to the charming West Flanders town of Damme, following the canal along a flat, well-signposted route. After lunch in a Damme café, head back into historic Bruges for a Belgian beer.

More info:  VisitFlanders.co.uk

Somerset, England

3/10 Somerset, England

Yorkshire may be grabbing the cycling headlines this summer with Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France but there are plenty of shorter family routes around England. One of the most atmospheric is the traffic-free Strawberry Line along the old railway route from Clevedon to Cranmore. With a series of spurs around the village of Cheddar, it’s an easy-going eight miles with plenty to visit along the way, notably Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and the Cheddar Caves.

River Danube, Austria

4/10  River Danube, Austria

For older children (secondary school-age onwards) Austria’s Danube Cycle Path may be an ambitious 225km but it cuts a delightfully scenic swathe through the bucolic backroads of rural Austria. Leading from Linz to Vienna, the traffic-free trail hugs the River Danube’s banks via the historic hilltop town of Wallsee, the Habsburg town of Grein and wine-growing region of Wachau. Book a package to transfer luggage ahead each and count on cycling 25km per day.

More info:  Austria.Info

Bornholm, Denmark

5/10 Bornholm, Denmark

Copenhagen may be one of Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities but smart Scandinavians escape each summer to the Baltic island of Bornholm – about 30 minutes from Copenhagen airport, or a ferry ride from Sweden. The island is ideal for chilled-out cycling with a craggy coastline, white-sand beaches and mystic rock formations to explore. The entire coastal loop is 105km.


6/10 Tenerife, Spain

Tour de France cycling hero Bradley Wiggins trained on the island of Tenerife but there are plenty of more leisurely trails for families. The north of the island has several routes with the Puerto de La Cruz loop great for all ages. It leads from Martianez beach to the Botanic Gardens with stops for refreshments en route. More adventurous is the trail through the Corona Forestal Natural Park and the hills around La Esperanza.

Brittany, France

7/10 Brittany, France

For children starting to learn French at school, a leisurely summer saunter through the beautiful Breton countryside is a great introduction. Follow the scenic canal towpaths of the Nantes-Brest canal from St Brieuc – three hours by TGV from Paris. You can dip in and out of 20km sections along the route each day (especially if you send bags ahead), taking time to linger around the chateau in Josselin, or the marketplace in Pontivy.

More info:  BrittanyTourism.com

Venetia, Italy

8/10 Venetia, Italy

For a gentle introduction to la dolce vita, a self-guided trip around the Venetian countryside combines circular cycling routes and back-to-nature lifestyle with a chance to stay at a family-run agriturismo (farm-hotel). Combine a leisurely day excursion criss-crossing the valley floor on quiet country lanes with days off to visit regional highlights, such as nearby Venice, Vicenza and Padua. Great short rides for younger children include the 5km circular cycle around Lake Fimon and the village of Costozza with its network of caves set amongst vineyards.

More info:  Love Italy


9/10 Meckleburg Lakeland, Germany

With more than 70,000 km of cycle trails and 200 long-distance cycle routes, Germany has cycling for all ages. Riverside routes are particularly popular with both the 230km Ruhr Valley Cycle Route from Winterberg to Duisburg, and the 640km Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route from Lüneburg

to Wolgast boasting water-based activities along the way. The latter is particularly scenic with sections through the Mecklenburg Lake District and Müritz National Park. Dip in then transfer ahead before finishing at a Baltic beach resort.

More info:  Germany Travel

10/10 graubünden, switzerland.

The Alpine ski resort of Flims takes on a new life each summer as a cycling haven. It’s home to a mountain-biking centre with over 330km of waymarked trails for all levels, plus a rope-swinging centre in the forest. One of the best trails for primary-school-age children is the Flims Round Trip (route 245) from Laax Staderas via refreshments in Conn, which runs 11.2km through the forest and boats view of the Upper Rhine gorge. Finish with a dip in nearby Lake Cauma.

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5 Great European Bike Tours for Families

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Oct 17, 2013

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Sightseeing in Europe can get tiresome for kids, but add the excitement of bicycling from place to place and the camaraderie of traveling with others, and suddenly even your teenagers will be eagerly getting up early in the morning to join each day’s programs.

Cultural immersion and history naturally come with the territory on these slow-travel journeys. The organizers carefully curate the best of their destinations, letting parents off the hook when it comes to planning and managing logistics. Most trips have multiple guides, so while one guide is racing the kids up a hill for a gelato, another might be stopping for an aperitif with the parents. And while most of the guided trips are pretty flexible and freewheeling, there are also self-guided options for families who want the logistical support of a tour, minus the schedules.

We think the best family bike trips are big on off-road and tranquil backroad routes, kid-oriented learning activities, and family friendly accommodations, with a pool, beach or space to run around. With that in mind, here, in no particular order, are five of our favorites:

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1. Ciclismo Classico’s “Fun in the Sardinian Sun” – Sardinia, Italy The combination of beaches, cultural immersion and historic sites dating back to the heydays of the Phoenician and Roman civilizations make the seven-day “Fun in the Sardinian Sun” itinerary from Italian bike tour pioneer Ciclismo Classico ideal for families. No worries if you’re not avid cyclists — there’s a choice of routes with varying mileage on most days, and a “sag wagon” to hop into for an air-conditioned boost up a big hill or a break.

Sardinia is one of Italy’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, unspoiled Sardinia is home to four million sheep and well under two million people. The trip takes full advantage of its rocky, cove-scalloped coastline and long stretches of pristine sandy beaches.

Among the highlights are a kid-oriented visit to the Phoenician museum, stops to swim and snorkel in pristine coves, and boat and canoe trips. You’ll also visit small fishing villages and learn about the “mattanza,” a traditional communal method of fishing for giant bluefin tuna during their annual spring migration.

Unlike most bike tours, which change hotels almost every night, Ciclismo Classico family trips try to minimize the moves to avoid the stress of packing everyone’s luggage every morning. This also makes opting out of a ride easy if someone isn’t interested, and makes the trip welcoming to non-cyclist travelers. The Sardinia route sets up loop rides from two lovely hotels, one with a pool and the second, a resort situated along a lovely white sand beach.

A Ciclismo Classico hallmark is its emphasis on cultural immersion, which includes gentle language lessons along the way. So don’t be surprised when your kids say “arrivederci” as they depart from Sardinia.

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3. Butterfield & Robinson’s “Normandy Family Biking Tour” – Normandy, France From Viking settlements and the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the D-Day landing during World War II, Normandy is filled with history for families to discover together. But it’s the enticing separate activities — the afternoons that kids (suggested ages of eight and up) spend horseback riding, racing quads and sand-surfing on the beach, while their parents enjoy leisurely afternoons of cycling, sightseeing and kicking back to sip Calvados — that really set the five-day Normandy Family Biking tour from Butterfield & Robinson apart.

With more than 300 miles of dedicated bike paths and long stretches of flat terrain, Normandy seems made for cycling. D-Day gets a lot of attention on this tour, as it should. A visit to the compact Invasion Museum at Arromanches introduces families to the geography, challenges and strategies. Together, families deepen their understanding by visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, the American cemetery and other sites, and on the last evening, have the chance to dine with a member of the French Resistance.

Other shared experiences include biking through the lush Norman countryside to a private chateau for a grand country lunch, complete with two local specialties, cider and Calvados, and a bike ride through the wetlands of Vernier, known for its thatched roof cottages, to Honfleur, where impressionists Claude Monet and Eugene Louis Boudin found inspiration. Another family experience is the high ropes tree-climbing course, where kids usually outclimb their parents.

The caviar of bike tour operators (with prices to match), Butterfield & Robinson, accommodates cycling families at Le Normandy Barriere of Deauville, a historic grand dame hotel with a lovely indoor pool, and at the new Villa Lara, a boutique design hotel in vibrant heart of the medieval Norman town of Bayeux, with spectacular views of the 11th century Cathedral, and just steps from the lively bistros and quaint shops that line its narrow pedestrian-only streets.

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4. ExperiencePlus’ “Costa Brava” – Catalonia, Spain Costa Brava means “rugged coast” and this varied itinerary from ExperiencePlus! combines coastal rides with treks inland to walled medieval hill towns. Delights include beaches, castles and the dramatically beautiful, gnarly stretch of rocky coast that inspired artists such as Savador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. Rated for intermediate beginners, the terrain is generally gently rolling or relatively flat with a few challenging climbs that can be easily shuttled past.

In this corner of Spain, modern crafts people and artists work in centuries-old walled cities, and new resorts sit side-by-side with traditional fishing villages. The trip starts in Girona, a vibrant, ancient city known for its cuisine, street festival ambience and well-preserved pedestrian-only Old Town.

Cycling highlights include the Vias Verdes, a rails-to-trails route from Girona to the Mediterranean Sea, a boardwalk trail along the beach, the scenic Cap De Creus and Dali’s summer home in Cadaques. The journey ends in Figueres, Dali’s birthplace and home to the world-famous Dali Museum. While ExperiencePlus! doesn’t arrange kid-specific activities, its strong cultural focus draws kids in, and accommodations, all either on a beach or with pool, include several two-night stays.

ExperiencePlus! cyclists never feel pressure to keep up with the group. And they don’t need to look at maps, either. That’s because every morning, the guides “chalk out” the day’s route on the roads, drawing distinctive white arrows at every turn. The popular white-chalk navigation system has special appeal to older teens — and adults — who love being able to ride independently without consulting directions or worrying about staying on course.

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The Best Family Cycling Holidays in Europe

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Looking for the best family cycling holidays in Europe? These tours all feature gentle terrain, well-maintained cycle paths, short daily distances and plenty of attractions to keep kids, parents and grandparents happy.

We've carefully chosen routes that follow dedicated cycle paths or quiet roads and take you through some of the most delightful cycling locations in Europe. Our team have cycled six of these destinations themselves and so can personally recommend them!

If you have very young children, you'll find tours that take you over almost entirely flat terrain with short daily distances. For older children or teenagers who are up for more of a challenge, there are hillier, longer routes for them too.

If you see a tour that takes your fancy then call our team on +44 (0)1273 224066 or enquire online and set yourself up for a fabulous family cycle. Or for even more choice, take a look at our entire selection of family cycling holidays . 

Family Lake Constance Bike Tour

Follow a trail of excellently maintained cycle paths alongside the murmuring shores of Europe's largest freshwater lake on our Family Lake Constance Bike Tour . Not only will you be pedalling on cycle paths away from the roads for most of the way, but the cycling is almost entirely flat with short daily distances, ideal if you have small travelling companions.

James cycling by the shores of Lake Constance

Plus, if you're hearing the odd 'are we there yet' from the back of your peloton, you'll find plenty to keep the kids entertained away from the cycle paths. Break up your hours in the saddle and stop off for ice cream, let your children play in the many parks and playgrounds or splash about in the lake. You can also take a cable car trip up to a wildlife park, enjoy a day at the Ravensburger Theme Park and visit the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen - all included in the tour price!

Freedom Treks' Catherine and Saul took their 7-year-old son James on this tour last July for his first cycling trip on his own bike. Find out why Catherine thinks that Lake Constance is perfect for families .

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  • E-cargo bike (with seats for two children)
  • Child bike (with 20", 24" or 26" wheels)
  • Child trailer
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Freedom Trekkers say:

"What a truly fantastic family holiday... We are a family of 5 with 3 boys (13, 11 & 9) and had never done anything like this before. In no way are we cyclists but we loved every minute. It was great to head out each morning on a new mini adventure knowing we were going somewhere we'd never been. Even though the trip is self-guided we barely took a wrong turn. This meant we felt really safe which is a huge thing when you have children." -  David Rollin

View tour: Family Lake Constance Bike Tour

Bolzano to lake garda leisurely bike tour.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that cycling through the Alps is for experienced and hardy cyclists only. Not so! Our Bolzano to Lake Garda Leisurely Bike Tour takes you along flat valley floors beneath towering peaks through the gorgeous South Tyrol region of Italy. You'll travel short distances along cycle paths (unusual for Italy), making this tour an ideal choice for your first foray into cycling abroad with the family.

Girl cycles along the River Adige © Eurobike

There are plenty of attractions for kids to stay excited about along the way too. Take a short detour to Caldaro where children can climb in the Kaltern Adventure Park in beautiful wooded surroundings, visit the awesome Castel Beseno and reward their efforts with some of the free gelato available on this tour!

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"A very good tour in a beautiful region, perfect for families. Very nice scenery (mountains, vineyards and apple orchards, pretty villages etc. with a very scenic arrival at Lake Garda) and moderate cycling (25-40km per day) suitable for children. On the first two days there is an option to take a longer, less flat route (very scenic), which I recommend warmly."  -  Tanguy Morel

View tour: Bolzano to Lake Garda Leisurely Bike Tour

Loire valley leisurely bike tour.

Introduce the children to the beauty of the French countryside as you cycle through the 'garden of France' on our Loire Valley Leisurely Bike Tour . Forget the stress of dealing with traffic as you pedal along cycleways and quiet roads and simply enjoy cycling through vineyards in gloriously quiet surroundings.

A bike outside Château de Chambord

Let your children's imaginations run wild as you hop between spectacular châteaux that seem like they are taken from the pages of a fairytale. And if you don't think your youngsters have the legs for a week-long cycle, the route has a couple of days with looped rides, so feel free to take these as rest days. You'll also have the pleasure of staying in 3* and 4* hotels where children can splash about in the swimming pools, and if that’s not enough, children aged 3 to 11 receive 50% off the holiday price.

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"The chateaux that you cycle past on this trip are absolutely stunning and certainly worth stopping to explore."  -  Ian Griffiths

View tour: Loire Valley Leisurely Bike Tour

Moselle cycle path leisurely bike tour.

Germany  is a particularly good country for family cycling because of its vast network of cycle paths - over 70,000 km of well-signposted routes! One of our favourite routes in the whole country is our Moselle Cycle Path Leisurely Bike Tour where you'll enjoy gentle riverside cycling along the quiet banks of the Moselle River between Trier and Koblenz.

A family cycles the Moselle cycle path © Dominik Ketz

This is a great location to create fond memories as a family, with plenty of places to stop by the banks of the river for a picnic and swim in one of the many lidos. There are also plenty of activities to keep kids entertained along the way including water parks, mini-golf and a forest adventure trail.

Freedom Treks' Catherine, Saul and their son James also went on this tour in 2020 and loved it. One of the revelations for Catherine was the FollowMe bike that their then 5-year-old James used. Catherine loved the security of being able to choose between letting James cycle on his own and attaching him to her or Saul's back wheel.

  • Child trailer (suitable for 1-2 children)
  • Child tag-along (with 20" or 24" wheels)

"This trip was absolutely fantastic for a family of four including two teenagers! Easy cycling on most days, lots of things to do on the way, and lots of delicious food and wine to taste! Freedom Treks was the best holiday company I have ever used."  -  Sophie Grice

View tour: Moselle Cycle Path Leisurely Bike Tour

Umbria leisurely assisi to spoleto bike tour.

Our Umbria Leisurely Assisi to Spoleto Bike Tour takes you through the green heart of Italy on quiet country lanes and cycle paths and along valley floors with stunning views. This tour is as much about the stays as it is about the cycling, as you unwind in the evenings by the pools of quiet rural retreats surrounded by classic Umbrian countryside.

Casco Dell'Acqua, Umbria

This tour offers something for both parents and kids - after days in the saddle exploring old hilltop towns, looking at frescoes and visiting Romanesque churches, kids can let off steam by having a good splash about.

  • Kids bike (up to 12 years old)
  • Tag-along bike

"The bike guide was the best we have ever had! The accommodation was stunning. The cycling route was easy with so much to enjoy on the route. The food and coffee was superb. Just do it!!" -  Amanda Barton

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Land of lakes & castles leisurely bike tour.

Cycling in Sweden is perfect for families with teenage children seeking a cool summer adventure without any grumpy red faces. Escape the heat on our Land of Lakes & Castles Leisurely Bike Tour in Sweden. Starting in Stockholm, pedal through serene nature reserves, lush forests and picturesque villages.

Freedom Treks' Saul and his son James cycling in Sweden

Cycle on quiet roads and tracks through enchanting pinewood forests, stopping along the way for relaxing picnics and swims in clear Baltic waters. And for a little added extra, your Scandinavian adventure will conclude with a voyage on an old steamer across Lake Malaren back to Stockholm.

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"A great holiday in a stunning place. The service provided by the local partner was excellent, and it was a brilliant way to discover some of the real Sweden. Anders' B&B was a highlight, as was the canoeing." -  Emma Curran

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Bolzano to venice bike tour.

We've told you about our Bolzano to Lake Garda Leisurely Bike Tour, now go a step further with our Bolzano to Venice Bike Tour . This pleasant route will lead you beyond the stunning blue waters of Lake Garda towards the famous canals of Venice. With longer distances to cycle every day, this tour is great for older children with a little more energy in their legs.

Venice with Santa Maria della Salute from above

Despite the distance, the cycling is still blissfully flat and cooling off with a swim in Lake Garda's clear waters makes a welcome halfway treat. The difficulty level of this tour is flexible too. If your kids are up for a challenge, take them on a more undulating route via Caldaro Lake. If the daily cycles become a bit too much, it's easy to skip a stage with a picturesque journey in a cool train carriage.

"The cycle route from Bolzano to Venice was a terrific experience. The best part was the first half with stunning mountain scenery and the Lake Garda ferry trip was the highlight."  -  Karen Chapman

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Danube - leisurely passau to vienna bike tour.

Take your family on one of the great European bike trails on our Danube - Leisurely Passau to Vienna Bike Tour . Known as 'the classic', the route between Passau and Vienna is a long-established bike trail that typifies Danube cycling at its best. You'll cycle along quiet green riverbanks and pass through stunning areas of natural beauty such as the Danube Loop and the Wachau wine region.

A family cycling on the Danube

This is a great route if you're travelling with children. Well-sign-posted, flat and traffic-free cycle paths allow you to relax in the saddle and turn your gaze to the beauty of the Austrian countryside. The train journey to Vienna on the last day of your tour will shorten an otherwise lengthy route and give those legs a well-earned rest.

"This was a fab holiday for a family with teenage boys and not particularly fit parents... The leisurely trip down the Danube is great for those who like to sightsee and not spend too much time in the saddle." -  Nicola Bees

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Lake constance bike tour.

If you and your children have the stamina, why not cycle an entire lap of Lake Constance on our Lake Constance Bike Tour ? Circumnavigating the entire lake means you won't miss a single one of the spectacular sights on the sparkling shores.

Stein am Rhein, Lake Constance

In truth, the terrain on our Lake Constance Bike Tour is no more challenging than our Family Lake Constance Bike Tour. The route is traversed along well-maintained and quiet cycle routes but you'll probably find that the longer daily distances are better suited to older children.

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"Lake Konstanz is a beautiful cycling area. It is ideal for adults or families with teenagers... As a cyclist, you feel quite safe as it is mostly cycle paths and most of the roads have cycle lanes. The locals were very friendly and the drivers always courteous." -  Annmarie Ryan

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Family sardinia bike tour.

Combine family cycling with a picture-postcard Meditteranean beach holiday on our Family Sardinia Bike Tour . This week-long tour takes you along pristine beaches with idyllic turquoise waters and even to offshore islands via ferry. The cycling itself is mostly gentle, but with a few gentle inclines and roads to navigate, this route is better suited to families with older children and teenagers.

The coast of South West Sardinia

To reduce time spent packing and unpacking, you'll spend a couple of nights in most locations so you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to deciding what to do with your days. You can either cycle inland to visit historic towns and olive groves or pack your holiday with plenty of rest days and sunbathe on the beach while your children splash about in the waves.

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  • Child Trailer

"Sardinia holiday was excellent; people, food, exotic beaches and interesting archaeology - loved the capital Cagliari and museums. The sun shone every day despite being October and the final hotel was superb."  -  Melanie Mcbreen

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Road : 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Road : 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Road : 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Road : 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel:  4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

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Danube Cycle Adventure for Families

This is a brilliant trip. Plenty of time to cycle from place to place each day. Wonderful scenery. Instructions (pre-trip and during the trip) were very worthwhile. Do this trip again? Yes, definitely and further along the Danube.

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The Mont Blanc region is one of the most incredible places I have been too. Amazing views and scenery. I particularly enjoyed the walks on day 3, 4 and 5. The family walk was not as challenging as I would have liked it to be. It was really great to be able to do this without worrying about booking accommodation or sorting out my own food. The accommodation was great and the food local and delicious. I really appreciated my vegetarian diet being catered for, however some nights better then others. - H. Troupe, Australia

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Discover the diversity of Europe on your next bike tour. Whether it’s on the rocky coasts of Ireland, deep in the vineyards of Spain, or high in the Swiss Alps, Europe is filled with natural and cultural delights that could fill a lifetime. And, there is no better way to begin experiencing them than from the seat of a bike, pedaling past rows of cork trees in Portugal or along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.

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Alentejo Bike Tour

2024 tour dates.

  • Apr 21 – 26
  • May 12 – 17
  • May 26 – 31
  • Jun 2 – 7
  • Jun 9 – 14
  • Jun 23 – 28
  • Sep 1 – 6
  • Sep 8 – 13
  • Sep 15 – 20
  • Sep 21 – 26
  • Sep 29 – Oct 4
  • Oct 6 – 11
  • Oct 13 – 18
  • Oct 20 – 25
  • Nov 3 – 8
  • Nov 17 – 22

2025 Tour Dates

  • Feb 23 – 28
  • Mar 9 – 14
  • Mar 23 – 28
  • Mar 30 – Apr 4
  • Apr 6 – 11
  • Apr 13 – 18
  • Apr 20 – 25
  • Apr 27 – May 2
  • May 11 – 16
  • May 18 – 23
  • May 25 – 30
  • Jun 1 – 6
  • Jun 8 – 13
  • Jun 15 – 20
  • Jun 22 – 27
  • Sep 7 – 12
  • Sep 14 – 19
  • Sep 28 – Oct 3
  • Oct 12 – 17
  • Oct 19 – 24
  • Nov 2 – 7
  • Nov 16 – 21

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Algarve Bike Tour

  • May 5 – 10
  • May 19 – 24
  • Sep 22 – 27
  • Oct 27 – Nov 1

Mountains and winding road in the French Alps

Alps Journey Bike Tour

  • Jun 9 – 15
  • Aug 18 – 24

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  • Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast + Cilento Bike Tour

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Andalucía Bike Tour

This tour is for private groups only. There are no scheduled dates. Go Private

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Azores Bike Tour

  • Jul 7 – 12
  • Jul 14 – 19
  • Aug 18 – 23
  • Aug 25 – 30
  • Nov 10 – 15
  • Oct 26 – 31
  • Nov 9 – 14

The UNESCO World Heritage village of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Bike Tour

  • Jun 16 – 21
  • Jun 30 – Jul 5
  • Jul 21 – 26
  • Jul 28 – Aug 2
  • Jun 10 – 15
  • Jun 29 – Jul 4
  • Jul 6 – 11
  • Jul 13 – 18
  • Jul 20 – 25
  • Jul 27 – Aug 1
  • Aug 10 – 15
  • Aug 17 – 22
  • Aug 24 – 29
  • Aug 31 – Sep 5
  • Oct 5 – 10

Two cyclists on a vineyard road at Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy

Burgundy 4-Day Bike Tour

The castle at La Rochepot seen from a distance, surrounded by trees and a village of red rooftops

Burgundy Bike Tour

  • Aug 4 – 9
  • Aug 11 – 16

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  • Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Bike + Adventure Tour

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Classic Tuscany 4-Day Bike Tour

  • Apr 21 – 24
  • Apr 29 – May 2
  • May 6 – 9
  • May 13 – 16
  • May 20 – 23
  • May 27 – 30
  • Jun 3 – 6
  • Jun 10 – 13
  • Jun 17 – 20
  • Jun 24 – 27
  • Jul 1 – 4
  • Jul 8 – 11
  • Jul 15 – 18
  • Aug 5 – 8
  • Aug 12 – 15
  • Sep 2 – 5
  • Sep 9 – 12
  • Sep 16 – 19
  • Sep 23 – 26
  • Sep 30 – Oct 3
  • Oct 7 – 10
  • Oct 14 – 17
  • Oct 21 – 24

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Classic Tuscany Bike Tour

  • Jun 25 – 30
  • Oct 7 – 12

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Corsica Bike Tour

  • Jun 24 – 29
  • Sep 2 – 7

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  • Costa Brava

Costa Brava Bike Tour

  • Jun 17 – 22
  • Sep 9 – 14
  • Sep 16 – 21
  • Sep 23 – 28

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Cotswolds Bike Tour

  • Jul 28 – Aug 1
  • Aug 18 – 22
  • Sep 15 – 19

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Croatia Bike Tour

  • Sep 30 – Oct 5

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Croatian Isles Yacht + Bike Tour

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Czech Republic + Austria Bike Tour

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Czech Republic + Austria Family Bike Tour

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Dolomites + Lake Garda Chef on Wheels Bike Tour

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Dolomites Bike + Adventure Tour

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Dolomites Journey Bike Tour

  • Jun 30 – Jul 6
  • Aug 25 – 31

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Dordogne + Bordeaux Bike Tour

  • Jul 2 – 7

An aerial landscape of green fields and trees bisected by a river in the Dordogne

Dordogne Bike Tour

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  • Douro Valley

Douro Valley Bike Tour

  • Sep 13 – 18
  • Sep 20 – 25
  • Sep 27 – Oct 2

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Greek Isles Yacht + Bike Tour

  • May 11 – 18
  • May 25 – Jun 1
  • Jun 8 – 15
  • Sep 14 – 21
  • Sep 28 – Oct 5
  • Oct 5 – 12
  • Oct 12 – 19

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Greek Odyssey Yacht + Bike Tour

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Holland Bike Tour

  • Apr 28 – May 3
  • Apr 22 – 27
  • May 4 – 9
  • Aug 3 – 8

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Holland Family Bike Tour

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Ireland Bike Tour

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Italian Coast-to-Coast Journey Bike Tour

  • Jun 16 – 22
  • Sep 22 – 28
  • Oct 6 – 12

Loire Valley

Loire Valley Bike Tour

Château de Langeais and gardens in Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley Family Bike + Adventure Tour

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Mallorca Bike Tour

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Mallorca Challenge Bike Tour

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Normandy Bike Tour

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Norway Bike Tour

  • Jul 11 – 16
  • Aug 6 – 11
  • Aug 12 – 17
  • Aug 27 – Sep 1

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Piedmont Bike Tour

  • Jun 7 – 12

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Piedmont Truffle Bike Tour

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Provence 4-Day Bike Tour

  • May 14 – 17
  • Jun 18 – 21
  • Jul 2 – 5
  • Jul 9 – 12
  • Jul 21 – 24
  • Aug 18 – 21
  • Sep 3 – 6
  • Sep 10 – 13
  • Sep 17 – 20
  • Sep 22 – 25
  • Oct 1 – 4
  • Oct 8 – 11

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Provence Bike Tour

Landscape of church with ornamental bellow tower in the village of Bedoin, Provence, France

Provence Family Bike + Adventure Tour

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Provence Insider Bike Tour

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Provence Villa Bike Tour

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Puglia Bike Tour

  • May 6 – 11
  • May 13 – 18
  • Oct 21 – 26

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Puglia Family Bike + Adventure Tour

The Col du Peyresourde with a winding road, mountains, forests, and a lake in the distance in the Pyrenees, France

Pyrenees Journey Bike Tour

  • Jul 7 – 14
  • Aug 4 – 11

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Rioja Bike Tour

La Maddalena

Sardinia Bike Tour

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Scotland Bike Tour

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Sicily Bike Tour

  • May 20 – 25
  • May 27 – Jun 1
  • Jun 3 – 8
  • Oct 28 – Nov 2

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Slovenia Bike Tour

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Strade Bianche Bike Tour

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Super Tuscany Bike Tour

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Switzerland Bike Tour

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Switzerland Journey Bike Tour

  • Jun 23 – 29
  • Aug 11 – 17
  • Aug 19 – 25

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Turkey Yacht + Bike Tour

  • Jun 1 – 8
  • Sep 7 – 14
  • Sep 21 – 28
  • Oct 19 – 26

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Tuscany Harvest Bike Tour

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Tuscany Villa Bike Tour

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Verona + Lake Garda Bike Tour

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Verona Family Bike + Adventure Tour

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Andean Adventurer

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  • Fun biking trails at the Maras Salt Pans
  • The spectacular world heritage site of Machu Picchu
  • Decorating your own pottery
  • Bargaining for presents and souvenirs in Pisac market
  • Playing Indiana Jones or Lara Croft at Incan ruins
  • Immersing yourselves in a different culture

Desert, Mountains and Coast

  • The sights and sounds of Marrakech’s exotic Djemaa el Fna square
  • Mountain biking from North Africa’s highest ski resort
  • Experience the longest zip wire in Africa
  • Camp in the desert in the shadow of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Learn to surf on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco
  • Go on a treasure hunt through the ancient alleyways of the souk, one of the largest in the world.

Volcanoes and Valleys

  • Peering in to a volcanic crater
  • Running the rapids on the Pacuare River
  • The hundreds of varieties of wildlife which call Lake Arenal home
  • Arriving at the Pacific paradise of Samara beach
  • Enjoying typical Tico hospitality while learning to make delicious tortillas
  • Monkey spotting as you cycle along

Northumberland Coast (4 Days Cycling)

Self-guided family bike tour.

Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $40 or get half-price bike hire, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024.

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SPING SAVINGS! Save on Self-Guided Tours

Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $40 or get half-price bike rental, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024. Apply the promo code SKEDADDLE24 when you book.

Daily departures available from April to end of September. Choose your own dates from:

2024 $930 per person

Kid’s Discounts

For children below the age of 18 who are travelling with 2 full-paying passengers, we are able to offer a 20% discount off the basic holiday cost.

If you‘re happy sharing a family room, once we’ve received your booking we will check what rooms are available and we may be able to offer (up to) an additional 20% discount for the children (subject to availability).

  • Discovering beautiful Alnwick and its famous Castle and Gardens
  • Working out the tide times, then cycling over the causeway to Holy Island to check out the priory
  • Tasty fish and chips at Seahouses
  • Gorgeous sandy beaches and sweeping sand dunes of the Northumberland Coast
  • Seeing who’ll spot the castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh first
  • Checking out the town walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most northern town

Salzburg's Lake District

Daily departures available. The seasonal prices below are per person, and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

Season 1 – $1425 13 Apr – 19 Apr / 28 Sep – 05 Oct

Season 2 – $1555 20 Apr – 17 May / 14 Sep – 27 Sep

Season 3 – $1685 18 May – 13 Sep

The following kid’s discounts are available, off the land only price

0 – 5 : Free Place

6 – 11 : 45%

12 – 14 : 20%

15 and above : 10%.

Available when the child is sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers (dependent on availability).

On nights 2 and 3 of the tour, we aren’t able to offer family rooms, this will always be 2 separate rooms, however we are still able to offer the above children’s discounts if sharing a family room for the rest of the tour.

  • Staying in beautiful Salzburg – the City of Mozart
  • Cycling along the River Salzach and through numerous nature reserves
  • Blue skies set against snowcapped peaks shimmering in the lake waters
  • Cycling on traffic-free and well maintained cycle paths
  • Taking a refreshing lake swim after a day in the saddle
  • Enjoying a game of miniature golf in Franking
  • Visiting the monastery at Mondsee, where the wedding scene in the Sound of Music was filmed

Lake Constance

Daily departures available. The season prices below are per adult and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

2024 From 31 Mar – 19 Oct

Season 1 – $110 31 Mar – 19 Apr / 06 Oct – 19 Oct

Season 2 – $1245 20 Apr – 30 Apr / 15 Sep – 05 Oct

Season 3 – $1465 01 May – 06 May / 12 May – 14 May / 20 May – 25 May / 02 Jun – 29 Jun / 18 Aug – 14 Sep

Season 4 – $1555 07 May – 11 May / 15 May – 19 May / 26 May – 01 Jun / 30 Jun – 17 Aug

We are able to offer the following kid’s discounts on the land only price (when the child is sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers) – Dependent on availability

0 – 5 : Free

6–11 : 50%

12–17 : 25%

  • Exploring the idyllic town of Constance
  • Visiting the gardens and Butterfly House on Mainau Island
  • Learning about famous air-ships at the Zeppelin Museum
  • Cooling down with a post-ride swim in the lake
  • Cycling through small villages with perfect lakeside views
  • Picnic lunches on the banks of Lake Constance

Lake Garda Explorer

Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $80 or get half-price bike hire, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024.

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SPRING SAVINGS! Save on Self-Guided Tours

Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $80 or get half-price bike rental, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024. Apply the promo code SKEDADDLE24 when you book.

Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

2024 25 Mar – 30 Oct

Season 1 – $1815 22 Apr – 17 Jun / 04 Sep – 30 Oct

Season 2 – $1945 18 Jun – 03 Sep

We can offer the following discounts for children under 18:

  • 20% discount for any child travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers
  • 40% discount for any child sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers.

Due to the popularity of this area, availability and the prices and discounts stated above are always on request. When you have made your booking we will check availability for your chosen start date and preferred rooming arrangements, and will let you know the options available before confirming your booking.

  • Biking along the Mincio river to Berghetto
  • Riding to one of the most picturesque villages in Italy
  • Cycling through the vineyards and fruit groves of Colline Moreniche
  • Options of activities such as Via Ferrata and canyoning for children
  • Stopping for icecream at the local gelaterias
  • Having a picnic on the shores of Lake Cavedine

Asturian Coastal Ride

Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $90 or get half-price bike hire, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024.

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Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $90 or get half-price bike rental, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024. Apply the promo code SKEDADDLE24 when you book.

Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

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Book your summer cycling escape before the 30 April and save $75 or get half-price bike rental, including e-bikes. Applies to departures until 31 August 2024. Apply the promo code SKEDADDLE24 when you book.

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  • Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties -state highway maps (pdf) maintained by Caltrans District 1
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  • Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties   (pdf)-all state highway segments open and closed to bicycles within Caltrans District 2
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  • Map links for the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba and Yolo , including city maps for Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Roseville and Sacramento, are hosted by our local partner Sacramento Area Bike Advocates.
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I never learned how to ride a bike.

Sure, I went through the motions of trying when I was 7 or 8 years old, but the skill never stuck. I suppose the balance needed to steer and maneuver a contraption with two wheels has always evaded me.

But you don’t need balance (or really any skills beyond sitting and wearing a helmet) to take a spin on t he Sunburst’s new 17-mile railbike route , which launched this month. Thursday through Sunday, riders can now book two-seat railbikes to explore the citrus and avocado groves on train tracks that run through the Santa Clara River Valley.

Two young people seated in a railbike, putting neon yellow helmets on and looking at each other.

It costs $249 to book a two-seater bike for a three-and-a-half-hour ride, but local residents of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru are offered a discounted rate of $186. In Northern California, Mendocino Railway’s steep pricing was criticized back in 2020, when companies increased River Fox Train and Skunk Train tickets by nearly 500% to $250. But the worth of a railbike experience, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder.

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To avoid rush hour traffic, I decided to book the Saturday afternoon ride for my partner and me. The Santa Clara River Valley is about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles, so we left the house before 11 a.m. and got back to L.A. around dusk.

The drive north is scenic, especially with all the greenery from this winter’s heavy rain. Once we arrived in Fillmore, we also spotted the only Jamba - Wingstop combo shop I have ever seen.

A scene-setting photo of a red building, with a set of train tracks in front of it holding seven railbikes, some with riders.

On the tracks of the train depot, we spotted seven go-kart-like apparatuses with big red wheels. Each railbike had two seatbelts, two bright green helmets and one shallow basket that could hold small bags and snacks throughout the ride.

Bike-adjacent inventions that roll atop train tracks have been known by many different names — handcar , draisine , kalamazoo and velocipede are just a few — since they first cropped up around the 1860s. And though these devices were originally made for railroad maintenance, different companies have found ways to turn railbikes into fun, outdoor adventures for train lovers.

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Robert Jason Pinoli, the president and CEO of Mendocino Railway , said the company’s electric railbikes — which function similarly to electric bikes — are currently patent pending. (Mendocino Railway operates the Sunburst and its railbikes.)

“We didn’t invent the railbike,” he said. “What we did invent, though, was the technology to propel these rail bikes beyond pedal power, the electric assist.”

A close-up photo of a hand operating the handbrake of a railbike.

As we settled into our seats, the guides explained how to use the bike’s handbrake, five gears and thumb throttle, which allows you to move without pedaling. The person on the right side of each bike is in charge of setting the bike’s pace and keeping a safe distance from the railbike just ahead of them, since the bikes move as one unit with a guide in the front and a guide at the back of the group.

“If you want to make the pedaling effortless, you can do it,” Pinoli said. “If you want to pedal away, you can turn it down to zero and pedal your heart out.”

As we buckled up and set out on our journey, we immediately encountered our first intersection. Pinoli shared that the guides are able to input a code that activates railroad crossing warning gates before the bikes approach each road. The tracks for the Sunburst’s route cross several active roads including CA-126, which made our line of railbikes quite the spectacle for drivers as they waited for our gates to retract.

A view from behind of two people in a railbike, crossing a road with cars waiting for them to pass.

17 miles in the great outdoors, no effort required

There are around 140,000 miles of train tracks in the United States alone — enough track to loop the circumference of Earth more than five times. Most of them are used for utilitarian purposes such as transporting coal, lumber or rocks, but some have been restored and repurposed for entertainment and enjoyment.

In this case, Mendocino Railway proposed a plan to restore the Santa Paula Branch Line, a 32-mile railway corridor that was built in 1887 and is now owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

“This line was originally built by the Southern Pacific Railroad to transport citrus out of the area,” Pinoli said. “We took over operation of the line in 2022, did a bunch of infrastructure work to the railroad, and we are now at the phase where we can actually start running railbikes over it.”

A bag of oranges sitting in a black wire basket on a rail bike.

Mendocino Railway’s other tourism trains and railbikes include the popular Skunk Train in Fort Bragg and the monthly Boba Tea Train on the River Fox L ine in West Sacramento. Eventually, Pinoli said, this Sunburst Train route will include “excursion-based passenger trains” that center around food and beverages local to Ventura County.

“We’re surrounded by lemons, by oranges, and [want] to embrace the produce that’s in this area and incorporate that into the train,” Pinoli said. “So it wouldn’t be a stretch to see maybe orange- or lemon-flavored citrus drinks, like if you want a margarita on the train we can squeeze the fruit for you fresh. Maybe chips and guacamole.”

As we pedaled our way out of Santa Paula, the homes and Del Tacos began to disappear. After about 15 minutes we arrived at Prancer’s Farm , where we had just enough time to browse either the farm store or the petting zoo.

A person surrounded by goats.

We chose petting goats and pigs over fresh strawberries, growing especially attached to a tiny goat my partner named Denzel (because Denzel Washington is also, famously, the G.O.A.T. ).

Once we left Prancer’s, the views were especially beautiful. Suddenly the landscape was split into four layers: grass, citrus trees, mountains and an enticingly cloud-speckled sky. From afar, we even got a glimpse of some large patches of bright orange flowers.

Throughout the ride we passed over small bridges, modest waterfalls and a few bumpy spots. Most of the ride, our bike was set to the third gear, which brought us to about the speed limit with little to no peddling.

A landscape photo of a grove of young trees, with grassy mountains in the background.

“We are restricted to a speed of 15 miles per hour on this line,” Pinoli said. “But these bikes can go anywhere from 25 to 30 miles an hour.”

Tourism railbikes, similar to the ones that Mendocino Railway runs, seemed to find their stride in 2020, as COVID-19 restrictions forced many people outdoors.

“It gives people the ability to get outside and reconnect with friends,” Pinoli said. “During the throes of COVID, we couldn’t build these fast enough. They were in such huge demand.”

Take me home, country (rail)roads

The appeal of riding on a railbike is similar to driving a convertible — you get to feel the wind and sun on your face — but traveling on a train track also means that nobody has to steer. And you don’t have to be a train enthusiast or an avid biker to enjoy the experience.

When we arrived at the turnaround point, where we were supposed to stop and have a picnic lunch, it became clear that the route hadn’t totally been finished.

A photo of two people on a railbike, passing by a large train car decorated with lights and wreaths on a sunny day.

“Our picnic stop is abbreviated because there’s a bridge to the east that [was] washed out with the big storms in January, so we can’t cross over the river to get into Fillmore,” Pinoli said.

Once the storm damage is repaired, Pinoli said they’re hoping to pair with local vendors who could provide food at that halfway point. But because the picnics weren’t set up yet, I packed sandwiches (from a personal Culver City favorite, Monroe Place ) that we ate on the ride back.

Pinoli added that they’re hoping to expand railbike tours beyond four days a week and eventually start running food-and-beverage-centered passenger trains along with the railbikes and freight.

Julia Carmel and Reanna Cruz looking backward from their railbike, smiling at the camera.

By the time we got back to Santa Paula, I was chilly enough that I was looking forward to getting back into my car. And even though I did minimal pedaling, I felt a sense of accomplishment when I returned my helmet to the seat.

Generally, I’m not particularly inclined to shell out more than $200 for an afternoon of biking, but I can understand the appeal for train lovers and people who enjoy marveling at the natural Southern California landscapes.

“Not to be cheesy, but I low-key get what they were talking about in ‘America the Beautiful,’” my partner said as we gazed at the mountains. I let them revel in that feeling for a minute before informing them that ‘America the Beautiful’ was actually inspired by Pikes Peak in Colorado.

Robert Jason Pinoli, the president and CEO of Mendocino Railway, hopes to expand railbike tours beyond four days a week.

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