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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 78 Rivers and Lakes Cycling Holidays

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4 Countries Cycling Holiday

Switzerland / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Explore Lake Constance, Lake Zurich and Lake Walen as well as the impressive Rhein Falls on this cosmopolitan cycling holiday that visits four different countries; Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria.

4.0
(1 review)
Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance205 miles/330 kms
Duration/s8 nights
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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.

Grade2Leisurely
Distance171 miles/275 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat II

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Guided

This bike and boat cycling holiday of Holland and Belgium takes you to some of the region’s greatest cities and most beautiful countryside. Cruise canals and rivers, cycling through tranquil farmland and along riverbanks to historic towns and cities such as Gouda, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.

4.5
(2 reviews)
Grade1Easy
Distance137 miles/220 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSimple to Comfort
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat MS Magnifique

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

A highly enjoyable bike and boat cycling holiday through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard the superb Magnifique or Magnifique II. 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.

4.7
(3 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance181 miles/291 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat MV Fluvius

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

A highly enjoyable bike and boat cycling holiday through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard the MV Fluvius. 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.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance181 miles/291 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Amsterdam Bruges Bike and Boat MV Gandalf

Holland / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

A highly enjoyable bike and boat cycling holiday through southern Holland and northern Belgium aboard the MV Gandalf. 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.

3.8
(2 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance181 miles/291 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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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
(3 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
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Bohemia Cycling Holiday

Czech Republic / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided & Guided

This Czech Republic cycling holiday showcases the heart of scenic Bohemia. Starting from the beautiful, historic town of Cesky Krumlov, the route follows the meandering Vltava River  on its journey north, past medieval villages, idyllic forests and rolling countryside, to the towers and spires of the Czech capital, Prague.

Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance168 miles/270 kms
Duration/s8 nights
AccommComfort to Superior
Themes
  • Rivers and Lakes
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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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  • Rivers and Lakes
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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
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Ebike
  • 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, relaxing bike and boat cycling holiday through the lowlands of Flanders from Bruges to Brussels. Stay aboard one of the superb MS Magnifique barges, enjoying daily cycle rides through the unique polder landscape, visiting the historic cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.

Grade1Easy
Distance146 miles/235 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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Burgundy Bike and Boat

France / Bike and Boat Holiday/ Guided

A leisurely bike and boat cycling holiday through the Burgundy countryside between Dijon and Tournus. Stay aboard a cosy barge as it makes its way along the Burgundy Canal and Saône River. Disembark each day for relaxing rides through the vineyards and villages of this charming wine-producing region.

Grade2Leisurely
Distance149 miles/240 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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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.

4.5
(2 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance173 miles/279 kms
Duration/s6 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Gastronomic
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • 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.

4.0
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance216 miles/347 kms
Duration/s6 or 9 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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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
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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Danube – Donauwoerth to Passau Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

It should come as no surprise that Bavaria is such a fantastic cycling country. This cycling holiday of the Bavarian Danube follows the great river across this incredibly scenic part of southern Germany, visiting plenty of charming and historic towns and cities on the way.

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance196 miles/315 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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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.

4.7
(3 reviews)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance180 miles/290 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube – Passau to Vienna Deluxe Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Cycle the most famous stretch of the Danube River on level, riverside cycle paths, staying in excellent hotels along the route. An idyllic riverside cycle path unveils memorable natural wonders such as the Danube Loop and the magical Wachau Valley. You’ll also discover charming, medieval wine villages, baroque towns and historic cities.

Grade3Moderate
Distance203 miles/327 kms
Duration/s8 nights
AccommDeluxe
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
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube – Regensburg to Passau Cycling Break

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Head to Bavaria for a cycling break, following the young Danube from Regensburg to Passau, enjoying some of the river’s loveliest scenery. Cycle to the heart of the Gauboden and to the foothills of the Bavarian Forest for a relaxed short trip in a beautiful corner of Germany.

5.0
(1 review)
Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance95 miles/153 kms
Duration/s4 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Rivers and Lakes
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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.

4.0
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance313 miles/503 kms kms
Duration/s10 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Rivers and Lakes
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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 to Hungary and Budapest, one of Europe’s most fascinating and exciting cities.

3.5
(1 review)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance180 miles/289 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort to Superior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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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.

5.0
(2 reviews)
Grade2Leisurely
Distance185 miles/298 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
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  • Rivers and Lakes
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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
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • 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
Distance117 miles/188 kms
Duration/s7 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Rivers and Lakes
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Danube Source to Donauwoerth Cycling Holiday

Germany / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

Discover southern Germany on this Danube cycling holiday, travelling through Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. This stretch of the Danube isn’t widely known outside Germany, so treat yourself to a procession of idyllic villages, fertile, rolling countryside and proud cities starting from the very source of the mighty Danube.

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

Italy / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

A leisurely, Italian cycling holiday starting in South Tyrol at the foot of the Dolomites and following the scenic Pustertal valley. You’ll cycle through pretty, alpine towns and villages, where locals happily converse in both Italian and German. Heading south your goal is the the northern shoreline of glittering Lake Garda.

 

Grade2Easy to Leisurely
Distance140 miles/225 kms
Duration/s6 nights
AccommSuperior
Themes
  • Ebike
  • Family
  • Rivers and Lakes
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Dordogne Cycling Holiday

France / Cycle Touring Holiday/ Self Guided

This cycling holiday in the Dordogne is brimming with opportunities to enjoy sumptuous cuisine, wonderful wine, stunning châteaux and picture-perfect medieval villages. Add to this the wonderful natural scenery of fertile valleys, cool forests, meandering rivers and dramatic limestone cliffs and its no wonder this is one of our most popular french cycling holidays.

4.0
(2 reviews)
Grade3Leisurely to Moderate
Distance231 miles/372 kms
Duration/s6 or 8 nights
AccommComfort
Themes
  • Gastronomic
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wine Lovers
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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.

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.