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10 Best Cycling Breaks in Europe

Posted on January 18, 2016 by

I want to go on a cycling holiday but I haven’t got a whole week to spare, do you offer short duration cycling holidays?

This is quite a common request and thankfully the answer is a resounding, ‘yes’. These days it’s quite possible to jump on a flight to somewhere pleasant, enjoy a 3 to 4 night cycling break before hightailing it home again glowing with health and happiness. The beauty of these trips, like any long weekend away, is that they actually feel like a longer holiday. Pack economically and you should be able to get away with a carry-on bag, cutting the time you will spend at the airports by half and saving money into the bargain. You can bring your own bike if you really can’t countenance pedalling anything else but it’s really not necessary as good quality bikes can be provided locally.

So where should you go for your cycling break? Well Flexitreks offers one of the largest choices of cycling breaks in Europe and while a lot of it comes down to personal choice of course, here are our nominations for the 10 best cycling breaks in Europe.

Alentejan countryside - Alentejo Cycling Holiday

Alentejan countryside

Alentejo Single Centre Cycling Break

Portugal
3,4 or 5 nights
Leisurely cycling

Stay in a gorgeous Alentejan guesthouse set in its own peaceful grounds just outside the medieval walled town of Evora, 1hr 20 mins east of Lisbon. Enjoy daily rides into the beautiful Alentejan countryside, passing charming villages, historic towns, olive groves and vineyards. Your charming hosts will sit with you when you arrive to learn more about the kind of rides you enjoy before creating customised itineraries specifically for you.

Bolzano to Verona Cycling Break

Riva - Lake Garda - Italy

Riva – Lake Garda – Italy

Italy
4 nights
Leisurely cycling

Cycle from the alpine town of Bolzano high in the Dolomites, alongside the River Adige, down past Trento to spectacular Lake Garda with its bustling lakeside towns and then onto the historic and beautiful city of Verona. Fresh alpine air, lush valleys and towering peaks accompany you on this wonderful journey that descends gently from the mountains to the plains.

 

Bruges - Belgium*

Bruges

Bruges Cycling Break

Belgium
4 nights
Easy cycling

Bruges is the perfect base for a Belgian cycling holiday as the city is right in the heart of some great cycling countryside. Base yourself in this fantastic, medieval metropolis, enjoying daily rides around the city and to points of interest further afield. Easy cycling on dedicated cycle paths.

 

Champagne Cycling Break

France
4 nights
Leisurely to moderate cycling

A cycling break that leads you through the heart of Champagne country, Admire the sloping seas of vineyards and quaint, charming villages. Stop off at a renowned champagne house for a guided tour and a wine-tasting session and enjoy stays in the champagne cities of Reims and Epernay.

 

Chateau de Chambord - Loire Valley

Chateau de Chambord – Loire Valley

Loire Single Centre Cycling Break

France
4 nights
Easy cycling

Head to the heart of the Loire Valley for this single-centre cycling break. Settle in to a charming family-run ‘auberge’ in the village of Chitenay and enjoy daily rides into the surrounding, storybook countryside of the Loire. Choose from a menu of rides that will lead you along idyllic riverside paths, through ancient forests and famous vineyards to stunning chateaux and the medieval city of Blois.

 

Tulips - windmill - Holland

Tulip fields

Tulip Fields Bike & Boat

Holland
4 nights
Easy cycling

A unique style of cycle break this one. Live aboard a converted dutch barge as it cruises the waterways of northern Holland. Disembark each day for cycle rides through the amazing bulb fields. Drink in the huge vivid fields of colour as you pedal along, stopping also at the incredible Keukenhof Flower Gardens along the way. As well as the stunning floral displays, this tour also showcases the unique polder landscape of Holland with iconic windmills, ancient dykes and winding canals.

 

Cycling Holidays in Italy

Assisi

Umbria Cycling Break

Italy
4 nights
Easy to Leisurely cycling

A relaxed Umbrian short break packed with great rides through the scenic Umbrian valley including visits to the delightful towns of Assisi, Spello and Bevagna. During the tour you will taste excellent local wines and enjoy delicious Umbrian cuisine.

 

Venice - Italy

Venice

Venice Cycling Break

Italy
4 nights
Easy cycling

A short cycling break taking in the romantic city of Venice where opulent architecture and iconic landmarks are waiting to be discovered. Your route will lead you along easy cycle paths and lanes to the historic city of Padova and around Venice Lagoon to the coastal fishing village of Chioggia.

 

These 10 best cycle breaks in Europe are just a few of the cycle breaks and cycle holidays available with Flexitreks. Check out our full range of over 160 leisure cycling holidays here.

 

2 Responses to “10 Best Cycling Breaks in Europe”

  1. Hi guys I am a a huge cycling fanatic (7000+km this year) Road cycling only. I am looking for short break in May with flights, a single base would be best as I don’t plan on carrying gear everywhere. Any ideas.

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your email. Our tours are focused on leisure cycling as opposed to road cycling and looking at the distance you have covered already this year I think you’d find them all a bit tame for your needs.

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Easy:
Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

Leisurely:
Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Moderate:
Our moderate cycle holidays are for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs. A good level of fitness is needed and you can expect to be in the saddle for between 4 and 5 hours each day.

Challenging:
These holidays are for seasoned cyclists who cycle long distances regularly and who enjoy the thrill of long days in the saddle. There will undoubtedly be some challenging climbs along the way and you can expect to cover between 55 and 75 miles each day.

Simple
Simple 2 star hotels, pensions inns and B&Bs. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Comfort
Typically a mix of good quality 2 & 3 star hotels and in some cases all 3 star hotels. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Superior
A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels & or in some cases excellent 3 star hotels.

Deluxe
High standard properties offering well-appointed guest rooms and good facilities. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Basic: Cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities.

Simple: Cabins with bunk beds and en-suite facilities

Comfort: Twin bedded cabins and en-suite facilities.

Superior: Well appointed en-suite, twin cabins.

Deluxe: Very high levels of comfort & service. All cabins are en-suite.

theme-icon-familyFamily: Cycling holidays that are suitable for families.

theme-icon-riversRivers & Lakes: Cycling holidays alongside rivers and/or lakes.

theme-icon-coastalCoastal: Cycling holidays that follow a coastline.

theme-icon-wineWine Lovers: Cycling holidays through well known wine regions.

theme-icon-gastroGastronomic: Cycling holidays through regions renowned for their cuisine.

theme-icon-ebikeE-bikes: Cycling holidays where e-bikes are available as well as regular bikes.