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Cycling Holidays For Beginners

Posted on November 29, 2013 by

If you are considering your first cycling holiday, then we have some amazing cycling holidays for beginners!

You really don’t have to be an athlete or an expert cyclist – our easy cycling holidays in Europe are all pretty flat, perhaps a few small inclines along the way but nothing too drastic. Your luggage is transferred for you, leaving you free to enjoy the daily rides unencumbered.

Here are a few of our recommendations for your first cycling holiday:

En-route - Amsterdam to Bruges

En-route – Amsterdam to Bruges

Holland loves cyclists and cyclists love Holland – not least because of the miles and miles of dedicated cycle paths and reliably hill-free terrain. In the springtime, Holland erupts into a blaze of colour and cycling through the vivid tulip fields is a truly unique and memorable experience.  Easy Tulip Field cycle breaks of 3 nights or 4 nights are available or, if you are feeling more adventurous, why not look at our 7 day Southern Holland Bike and Boat Holiday?

Mantua - Venice - cyclists

Mantua – Venice – cyclists

Italy is a superb destination for cycling holidays for beginners. If olive groves, charming villages and beautiful beaches sound like the ideal accompaniments to your perfect cycling holiday then consider our Puglia and Matera Cycling Holiday down in the heel of Italy.  Alternatively, if our Bike and Boat concept appeals, then check out our Mantova to Venice Bike and Boat Holiday that meanders through the tranquil waterways of northern Italy all the way to Venice on the Adriatic coast.

Austria may not spring to mind as the ideal destination for an easy cycling holiday but it’s not all towering peaks. Lake Constance sits on the Austrian/Swiss/German border and our

Uhldingen cyclist

Lake Constance

Lake Constance Cycling Holidays offer the perfect introduction to the cycling holidays concept. Short daily rides lead you along lake-side cycle paths through medieval towns and villages. The Alps form a majestic backdrop but rest assured, our route steers well clear of any steep climbs

Easy cycling holidays are great fun and good for you too. On a bicycle you really immerse yourself in a destination becoming part of the scenery. Sights, sounds and smells somehow seem more vivid creating memories that can last a lifetime. Many of our easy cycling holidays are suitable for families and this can be a great way for young and old to enjoy being active together. From here, you can then take that next step and start to look at our moderate cycle tours, maybe even challenging yourselves a bit more!

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.