Active Gourmet Holidays
based: Connecticut, USA
Culinary vacations in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Morocco and Greece that include three or four star accommodation, cooking lessons with local chefs, vineyard visits with wine tastings and wine education, visits to markets and local food producers, gourmet meals. Holidays can be paired with walking, hiking, biking, yoga, language lessons and more.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | walking/trekking/hiking | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |
based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | spas | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |
based: Geneva, Switzerland
7 to 9-day tours across Switzerland, with a choice of three tours at different levels, both independent and guided tours are available and bike hire is included.
| cycle touring | Switzerland |
Eurocamp offers a number of parcs in France which are ideal for family cycling holidays, with road and mountain bikes available all season. For really keen road cyclists EurocampActive offers two selected parcs as unbeatable bases for more serious and challenging cycling holidays, with Pyrenees and Alpine sections of the Tour de France available.
| family/child friendly | cycle touring | mountain biking | France | Europe |
Explore Featured Site
Cycling holidays worldwide, Explore offer trips for all abilities, both close to home and in some very exotic places well off the beaten track. Trips mainly use backroads and rural tracks and suitable mountain or 'hybrid' bikes are supplied and included in the price. Check out their point-to-point tours, self-guided holidays, road cycling, food & drink or cultural cycling trips ...
| cycle touring | mountain biking | Europe | Africa | Central America | Asia | Middle East | Worldwide |
G Adventures Featured Site
based: Canada, London & Worldwide
Cycle tours by road, track and trail to adventurous locations; and mountain biking trips to wild places worldwide. Cycle touring holidays and mt bike trips to destinations such as Cambodia, Tibet, Japan, Peru, Tasmania and Cuba; and more mellow destinations closer to home such as Italy and Ireland.
| mountain biking | cycle touring | ethical/ecotourism | Worldwide |
based: Yorkshire, UK
Annual 'Get Cycling Week' holidays in public schools or other historic venues in great cycling country, a cycling break unlike any other! Including daily guided rides, opportunities to try out cycles, social activities, cycling films, maintenance classes and talks by cycling personalities. Get Cycling is set up to promote cycling in all its forms, for leisure, transport, health, happiness and the environment.
| cycle touring | UK |
Green Marble Cycle Tours
based: Co Galway, Ireland
Discover the wild beauty of Connemara, or the Wild Atlantic Way from Limerick to Donegal. Self-guided, guided and bespoke cycling tours in Ireland. Also luxury, family and electric assist bike (Pedelec) tours, and multi-activity tours that combine cycling with other activities like golf and hiking.
| cycle touring | multi-activity | family | tailor made | Ireland |
ITALY: Small group cycling holiday in Tuscany
A 7-day bike journey enjoying the beauty of Tuscany, staying at a small, locally owned, converted farmhouse (Agriturismo) in the Tuscan countryside, visiting historic hill towns, following the cycle tracks around the lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano, visiting the spa town of Bagno Vignoni with its relaxing thermal pools as well as opportunities to learn traditional Italian recipes and enjoy delicious Tuscan food.
This small group trip is a mixture of both road and off-road cycling, it includes a support vehicle for 3 days, a cooking class using local organic produce, and a wine tasting with local cheeses and meats.
EUROPE: Bike and rider transport for DIY cycling holidays
For anyone planning a cycle tour in Europe, European Bike Express provide coach transport for riders and thier bike from the UK to 25 locations in France and Spain. Bikes are securely transported fully assembled (just turn the handlebars) and riders get comfortabe Club Class seats. Bike Express offers four routes which can serve touring itineraries across Europe; thier Atlantic route covers western France, while their three Mediterranean routes cover central, eastern and southern France as well as northern Spain, which can also access itineraries in Switzerland and Germany. Just create your own cycling itinerary based on the Bike Express drop-off and pick-up points.
BURMA/MYANMAR: Cycling adventure
Not your usual cycling holiday destination, this 14-day trip involves biking in the ancient cities of Amarapura and Ava, visiting typical villages, Bagan's impressive stupas, and the beautiful gardens of Inle Lake. Off the bike you can hike up to hill villages around Pindaya, visit its limestone cave, and stand in wonder at the pilgrimage site on the volcanic peak of Mount Popa.
This is a small group trip which will take a maximum of 12 people and is classed as 'active' by the tour operator.
Are you looking for some alternative cycle holiday destinations in the UK? While it may not be the first place you'd think of for a cycling break, Northumberland has some interesting cycling routes and offers some fascinating sightseeing too (The Farne Islands, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Holy Island/Lindisfarne and on into Scotland) – as Ann Tonge discovered one long weekend. Read the full article here»