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Rivers and Lakes Cycling Holidays

Our Rivers and Lakes cycling holidays follow the courses of well-known rivers or the shorelines of some of the continent’s most beautiful lakes. Most offer easy, level terrain and dedicated cycle paths along much or all of the route. Carefree waterside cycling with plenty of charming villages and towns to explore along the way.

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In a bygone era the major rivers were once Europe’s motorways and the grand old towns and medieval villages that line the banks are a testament to that fact. These lovely old places have an uncanny habit of appearing just as you feel like taking a break. Park the bike and have a wander round – these are leisure cycling holidays after all.

We offer a wide variety of river rides along great European rivers such as the Danube, Loire, Dordogne, Mosel and Elbe. Popular lake shore rides include Lake Constance on the Swiss/German/Austrian border and the stunning Salzkammergut region of Austria. Other popular waterside routes include the Canal du Midi in France and the waterways of Holland.

We offer 73 Rivers and Lakes Cycling Holidays

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Adige River And Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

Italy / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

The Adige River cycle path is one of the most enjoyable and scenic leisure-cycling routes in Europe. Starting from the head of the Resia Pass, close to the Austrian border, this idyllic cycle path follows the Adige River as it descends through stunning alpine landscapes past quaint mountain villages and historic towns to Verona.

4.8
(2 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance171 miles/275 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Fluvius

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

Come and experience one of the most popular bike and boat routes in Europe. Easy cycling along dedicated cycle paths, taking in some of Holland and Belgium’s most iconic sights. On this route you’ll visit Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Your home for the week will be  the comfortable river cruiser MS Fluvius.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance181 miles/291 kms
Duration/s7 nights
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

A very popular and highly enjoyable bike and boat holiday cruising through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard one of the superb Magnifique boats. Ride along level cycle paths, through historic towns, past windmills and dykes. Highlights include Amsterdam, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the lovely cities of Ghent and Bruges.

4.5
(7 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance199 miles/320 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
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Amsterdam Ghent Bike and Boat

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Guided

This bike and boat cycling holiday through Holland and Belgium takes in some of the region’s greatest cities and most beautiful countryside. Cruise along inland canals and rivers, disembarking for relaxing rides through tranquil farmland and along scenic riverbanks. You will also exploire Amsterdam Gouda, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.

4.0
(3 reviews)
Grade1Easy
Distance137 miles/220 kms
Duration/s7 nights
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Austrian Lakes Cycling Holiday

Austria / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A cycling holiday through the heart of Austria’s beautiful lakes region, staying in picture-perfect villages alongside serene alpine lakes ringed by towering peaks. Cycle at your own pace, stopping where and when you like, be it for a swim, to explore further, or simply to sit and admire the view.

4.9
(6 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance169 miles/272 kms
Duration/s6 or 7 nights
AccommComfort to Superior
Themes
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Austrian Lakes Single Centre Cycling Holiday

Austria / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

On this Austrian lakes cycling holiday you will be based right in the heart of the Austrian lake district in the pretty spa town of Bad Goisern. From here you’ll enjoy daily cycle excursions into the beautiful Salzkammergut countryside, discovering picture-perfect Austrian villages and pristine lakes.

4.0
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance132 miles/212 kms
Duration/s6 nights
AccommSuperior
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Bavarian Lakes Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A lazy loop ride that leads you south from Munich to Garmish Partenkirchen near the Austrian border and back again. Leisurely cycling through a region dotted with idyllic lakes, fairytale villages and jaw-dropping mountain scenery. See Murnau am Staffelsee, Garmish Partenkirchen, Wallgau, Bad Tölz and Tegernsee.

4.2
(3 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance190 miles/305 kms
Duration/s6, 7 or 8 nights
AccommSuperior
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Bolzano via Mantova to Venice Bike and Boat

Italy / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

This boat and bike cycling holiday combines a 4 day cycling tour with a 7 day cycling cruise. Cycle from the alpine town of Bolzano, high in the awe inspiring Dolomites, via beautiful Lake Garda to the Renaissance city of Mantova in Lombardy.  Here you join your boat for a wonderful cruise and cycle holiday across northern Italy to Venice.

Grade2Leisurely
Distance241 miles/388 kms
Duration/s10 nights
AccommComfort to Superior
Themes
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Bordeaux Bike and Boat

France / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

A Bike and Boat holiday exploring the world famous, sun drenched wine regions of Bordeaux. Cruise the Gironde estuary as well as the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, disembarking each day for memorable rides through peaceful vineyards to beautiful wine villages.

Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance146 miles/235 kms
Duration/s7 nights
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  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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Bruges Brussels Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

Belgium / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

An easy and relaxing bike& boat cycling holiday through the lowlands of Flanders from Bruges to Brussels. Stay aboard one of the superb MS Magnifique barges, enjoying daily guided cycle rides through the unique polder landscape, visiting the historic cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.

Grade1Easy
Distance168 miles/270 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Canal de Garonne Cycling Holiday

France / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Cycle from Bordeaux on the Atlantic Coast of France inland along glorious cycle paths and quiet roads following the Canal de Garonne as it wends its way southeastwards to the Pink City of Toulouse. Cycle beside the canal through the dappled shade of the plane trees, admiring the vineyards, orchards and tiny villages that line the route. Easy cycling through sublime scenery.

4.4
(4 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance173 miles/279 kms
Duration/s6 nights
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Themes
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  • Gastronomic
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  • Wine Lovers
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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

France / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

The Canal du Midi by bike – a wonderful cycling holiday packed with natural beauty and many highlights. Unwind as you cycle along the tow path stopping at medieval villages and historic riverside towns like Castelnaudary and Carcassonne along the way. Choose between 6 and 9 night  options.

5.0
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance216 miles/347 kms
Duration/s6 or 9 nights
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Champagne – Paris Bike and Boat

France / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

Enjoy a day exploring Paris before embarking on a cruise along the Marne River to the Champagne Region. Disembark each day for leisurely cycle rides along the Marne valley, discovering elegant castles and charming towns. Cycle the champagne vineyards and learn more about the history and heritage of this world-famous wine at a major Champagne House.

Grade3Moderate
Distance117 miles/188 kms
Duration/s7 nights
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  • Wine Lovers
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Danube – Donauwörth to Passau Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

This cycling holiday follows the still relatively young Danube across an incredibly scenic part of Bavaria. Expect leisurely cycling with plenty of charming towns and cities to explore along the way. Highlights include the old town of Donauwörth, Weltenburg Monastery, a boat trip through the Danube Gap and the beautifully preserved city of Regensburg.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance193 miles/310 kms
Duration/s7 nights
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Danube – Passau to Budapest Cycling Holiday

Slovenia / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A leisurely, long distance cycling holiday along the Danube from Passau in Germany, via Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia, to Budapest in Hungary. One river, two weeks, three capital cities, four countries and a lifetime of memories.

Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance368 miles/593 kms
Duration/s12 nights
AccommSuperior
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  • Wine Lovers
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Danube – Passau to Vienna Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

The classic Danube cycling holiday. Cycle along what many consider to be the most beautiful stretch of the Danube river as it wends it’s way through Upper and Lower Austria along beautiful, fertile valleys, past charming medieval villages to the elegant city of Vienna.

4.6
(8 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance180 miles/290 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Danube – Passau to Vienna Easy Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A slightly easier version of the classic Passau to Vienna cycling holiday. Two boat trips and a train journey take the sting out of this popular route making it achievable for families and newcomers to cycling holidays. Easy daily rides on dedicated cycle paths taking in the Danube’s most iconic sights.

5.0
(1 review)
Grade1Easy
Distance143 miles/230 kms
Duration/s9 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Danube – Regensburg to Passau Cycling Break

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

An easy cycling break following the young Danube through scenic, lower Bavaria to Passau, the city of three rivers on the Austrian border. Relaxed cycling through quaint riverside villages and Baroque towns. Level cycle paths and quiet roads characterise this very pleasant route in a beautiful corner of Germany.

5.0
(1 review)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance95 miles/153 kms
Duration/s4 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Danube – Regensburg to Vienna Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A 10 night cycling adventure, following the mighty Danube River from Regensburg in Bavaria, past the Danube Loop and Wachau Valley all the way to Vienna in Austria. Easy riverside cycling complemented by quiet valleys, fertile plains, terraced vineyards and historic riverside towns.

4.5
(2 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance318 miles/512 kms kms
Duration/s10 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Danube – Vienna to Budapest Cycling Holiday

Slovakia / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Visit three stunning capital cities on this classic cycling holiday along the Danube River. Ride downstream from imperial Vienna to Bratislava, a small historic city with an intoxicating, cafe-culture vibe. Then it’s on, through Slovakia to Hungary and its capital, Budapest – one of Europe’s most fascinating and exciting cities.

4.4
(3 reviews)
Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance209 miles/336 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Gastronomic
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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Danube 4 Countries Bike and Boat – MS Primadonna

Slovakia / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided

Cruise and cycle along the Danube River between Passau and Budapest aboard the elegant and stylish MS Primadonna. Offering spacious cabins and impressive on-board facilities the MS Primadonna is the second largest cruise ship afloat on the Danube and is a very comfortable base for this leisurely, highly enjoyable, cycling holiday.

4.7
(5 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance165 miles/266 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Danube Bike and Boat – MS Normandie

Germany / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided

This popular Danube River bike and boat cycling holiday between Passau and Vienna aboard the comfortable river cruiser MS Normandie showcases the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty river. Enjoy easy, daily cycle rides along the riverbank through spectacular scenery including the Danube Loop, and Wachau Valley.

Grade1Easy
Distance123 miles/198 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube Bike and Boat – MS Primadonna

Germany / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided

If you’re looking to cruise and cycle the Danube River in style then this is the holiday for you. The MS Primadonna offers spacious well-appointed cabins and impressive on-board facilities that make travelling on her a delight. Cruise from Passau to Vienna and back, enjoying leisurely rides on scenic riverside cycle paths.

5.0
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance183 miles/295 kms
Duration/s 7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube Bike and Boat – MS Theodor Koerner

Slovakia / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

This popular Danube River Bike and Boat cycling holiday between Passau and Bratislava  aboard the comfortable river cruiser, Theodor Koerner, showcases the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty river. Enjoy easy daily cycle rides along the riverbank through spectacular scenery including the Danube Loop, and Wachau Valley.

 

5.0
(1 review)
Grade1Easy
Distance118 miles/190 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube Source to Donauwörth Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Discover the young Danube on this leisurely cycle holiday through Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Let the river unveil idyllic villages, fertile, rolling countryside and proud cities as it makes its way eastwards. Easy, riverside cycling with lots to see along the way and interesting overnight stops.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance193 miles/310 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Dolomites to Lake Garda Cycling Holiday

Italy / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

An easy and scenic cycling holiday, following gently descending alpine cycle paths from Brixen, in the Dolomites, to Bolzano, Lake Caldaro, Trento and finally the beautiful towns of Riva and Torbole on the northern shore of glistening Lake Garda. Jaw dropping Alpine scenery from start to finish.

 

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance140 miles/225 kms
Duration/s6 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
  • Ebike
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Geneva Lakes Cycling Break

Switzerland / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

If you think an Alpine cycling holiday must mean hills and more hills, think again. This journey takes you to lakes Geneva, Bourget and Annecy, with stunning backdrops but minimum climbing, following the Rhône and Isere to experience some of Europe’s best mountain scenery.

4.5
(1 review)
Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance147 miles/236 kms
Duration/s5 nights
AccommSimple to Comfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Heidelberg to Koblenz Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A cycling holiday leading you from Heidelberg to Koblenz through the picturesque ‘German Riviera’. You’ll discover a region steeped in wine culture and with many lively, historic towns and cities to discover both on the banks of the Rhine and Neckar rivers and in the scenic Berg Strasse region.

4.3
(4 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance126 miles/202 kms
Duration/s5 or 6 nights
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Themes
  • Ebike
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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Holland Bike and Boat – MS Magnifique

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

Quite simply the best quality bike and boat holiday in Holland. Cruise and cycle the dutch waterways aboard one of the lovely Magnifique boats, enjoying in the country’s iconic sights. On this trip you’ll see Amsterdam, the IJssel lake, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the historic cities of Dordrecht and Gouda as well as the unique polder lanscapes of this beautiful country.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance168 miles/271 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Holland Grand Tour Bike and Boat

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

This 14 night holiday leads you on a voyage of discovery from Amsterdam through the iconic Polder landscapes of North Holland to Alkmaar, the island of Texel and the IJssel Lake. In South Holland you’ll visit Gouda, Delft, Rotterdam and the windmills of Kinderdijk. Easy cycling on dedicated bike paths.

4.0
(1 review)
Grade1Easy
Distance370 miles/595 kms
Duration/s14 nights
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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.

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

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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.