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Which cycling holiday is best for you?

Many of us get hooked on major cycling events like the Tour du France, UCI World Cup, Giro d'Italia and Red Bull Rampage. They're great motivation t... Read more
Which cycling holiday is best for you?

Many of us get hooked on major cycling events like the Tour du France, UCI World Cup, Giro d'Italia and Red Bull Rampage. They're great motivation to get us out on our bikes, especially when we've have fallen out of the habit. It doesn't matter whether you ride your trusty hybrid to work, blast your mountain bike around the trail centres, enjoy your Sunday morning club ride or just like to cruise out with the family, we have a cycling holiday to suit everyone. 

Check out our guide below to find the best cycling holiday for you.

Best for the Adventure Cyclist 

You have a thirst for adventure and a craving to traverse countries and continents to really get to know the world.  A bit of a free spirit, you just love exploring and you're probably most comfortable on a sturdy hardtail mountain bike or sports hybrid with a semi-slick tyre.  From easy to epic, tarmac or dirt roads, it doesn't really matter as long as each journey is a personal adventure. Take a look at our top 3 recommendations for inspiration:

Ultimate Albania Cycling Tour 

A colourful and welcoming country with a mix of stunning mountain backdrops, quiet flower-fringed roads and UNESCO listed highlights. It's unspoiled and beautiful. This 9 day tour offers mostly half-day rides riding from Lake Ohrid to Himare on the Albanian Riviera.  Designed as one of our easier adventure cycling holidays. 

Bike Jordan Dead to Red 

Perfect for keen cyclists, this is a challenging and exciting holiday in Jordan taking a linear journey from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea. It ticks off many of Jordan's highlights including a full day at the 'Rose Red City' of Petra, camping under star-filled desert skies at Wadi Rum and swimming in both the Dead and the Red Sea.

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

A KE Bestseller - this epic adventure cycles through Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. Suitable only for regular, fit bikers with stamina and a thirst for real African adventure. After visiting the magnificent Victoria falls, you'll cycle 1160km over 14 days across the Kalahari and wild Namib desert, see the Makgadikgadi salt pan and meet the San Bushmen as well as experience unforgettable game drives at Moremi. 


Best for the avid roadie

You're secretly at your happiest while wearing lycra and probably spend more time on MapMyRide than email, you dream of conquering the Col du Tourmalet and frown when your neighbour doesn't pump up his tyres for every ride. You're best suited to smooth tarmac roads, sweeping switchbacks and mountainous terrain. Here are our top 3 recommendations;

Cycle Fjord Norway and the Atlantic Road

Fjord Norway is one of the outstanding European destinations for road cycling. Tackle some of Norway's most famous climbs including Trollstigen and Dalsnibba over six spectacular days and spend time in several Norweigan towns - Alesund, Geiranger and Andalsnes. 

Balkan Trilogy Road Cycle Tour 

Cross between three adjoining countries on several occasions and have the opportunity to experience something of the variety of this beautiful and historically fascinating corner of Europe. The Balkan countries of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro provide the backdrop for this spectacular week of road cycling.

Road Cycle Tour of Toubkal 

Bike the Tizi n`Tichka and Tizi n`Test, the highest roads in Morocco on this classic road biking holiday from the Atlas to the Sahara in Morocco. With predictably good weather and low-cost flight options into Marrakech, this incredibly good value cycling holiday is perfect for spring and autumn road biking.


Best for the Leisure Cyclist

So you want to take it slower. Quiet roads, coastal trails and cycle paths suit you best. Besides, you also want to do a bit of sightseeing and have time off the bike. A trusty hybrid is what you are probably familiar with and these work on well on our leisure holidays, plus they are usually included in the price. These are 3 of our favourites.

Cycling in Cyprus

A sun-kissed week of leisure cycling along the southern coastline of Cyprus, an island known for its fascinating history and traditional hospitality. This easy-paced bike included tour allows time to visit the ancient bronze age tombs and Roman villas, medieval castles and Ottoman architecture. Cycling is only part of the story.

Backwaters and Beaches of Kerala

An easy-paced cycling holiday allowing you to get under the skin of Kerala's tropical south. You'll travel in manageable daily stages on 95% of surfaced road, experiencing timeless fishing villages, stunning landscapes, jungle and tea plantations and endless white-sand beaches of the Arabian Sea Coastline. This sun-kissed and spiced-up adventure, encapsulates everything that is magical about this colourful region.

Best of the Algarve cycling holiday

This one week holiday includes 5 days of largely centre-based cycling in a relaxed, tranquil eco-lodge nestled amongst 150 acres of farmland and garden. Carefully chosen, the reasonably leisurely rides show off the splendour of this wild and spectacular region; the dramatic cliffs, sand dunes, hidden coves and sweeping golden beaches. 


Best for Mountain Bike Lovers

You want to get off-the-beaten-track as much as possible and immerse yourself into wild places that other cyclists are not lucky enough to experience. You probably like it a little bit rough, with a drop of some singletrack adrenaline, a bit on the challenging side and packed full of fun and adventure. It's a pretty adventurous sport, but you'll discover parts of this world that others just can't reach. Take a look at our top 3 trips.

Cycling in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a wild and wonderful part of the world and this mountain biking holiday shows it off perfectly. Overlooked by the 7000m high snow peaks of the Tien Shan, over a period of 9 days you'll cover a little over 500km. Riding dirt or gravel roads, you'll take tea with the nomadic shepherds at their yurt encampments, visit the Golden Man Museum and also hike to the top of the 'Singing Sand-Dune'. Best suited to regular weekend bikers. 

Guatemala Bike - Route of the Conquistadores

This is ultimately the best mountain biking holiday in Guatemala. At a tough grade 9, it's wild, intriguing and covers a lot of singletrack. You will embark on some real 'backcountry' biking beneath 3600m peaks and gain a rare insight into the way of life of the local Indian people. En route you cycle past Lake Atitlan with its azure waters and Mayan inhabitants as well as heading into the remote region of the Cuchumatanes Mountains. 

High Trails of Macedonia - the 'Pearl of the Balkans'

Macedonia is a mountainous country with extensive wilderness areas that make it a paradise for mountain bikers. Predominantly off-road riding on 4WD tracks and trails, the route takes you to the Shar (Sar) Mountains above the ski station of Popova Shapka, to the stunning Mavrovo and Galicica national parks, to Lake Ohrid on the border with Albania and into the Vodno Mountains above Skopje. 


Best for the Independent Traveller

You're independent and prefer to ride at your own pace. However, you still like to have everything organised for you. After all, you just want to enjoy your cycling holiday. If you want to linger a little longer over lunch, set off an hour earlier because it's going to be hot in the afternoon or stop at a cultural sight you spot en route. Self-guided holidays will suit you best. Here are three of our most popular self-guided cycling holidays. 

Cycle Lake Constance and Rhine Falls 

Castles, cakes, lakes, mountains and bikes, what more could you want from your holiday? This self-guided cycling trip explores Germany, Austria and Switzerland divided by the beautiful Lake Constance. At 63km long and 14km wide this glistening blue lake really is the gem of the alpine countries of Europe. you will cycle predominantly on flat surfaced cycle trails blessed with beautiful views of the lake almost every day.

Cycle from Bolzano to Venice

Italian Alps, vineyards, spa towns, Renaissance architecture, Italian Lakes, spectacular Verona and Venice all in just one week. This fantastic one-week cycling holiday takes you on a journey from Bolzano, gateway to the Dolomites, along the inviting waters of Lake Garda to Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet ending in Venice and all its Venetian glory. Covering a distance of 325km on generally flat cycle paths, you will witness the landscape and way of life change.

Danube cycling, Passau to Vienna 

This is a fantastic self-guided cycling holiday from Passau to Vienna, one of the most famous cycle paths in the world. You follow Europe’s second-largest river from Passau to Vienna over one week, as it winds its way through forests, vineyards, and pretty towns to the Danube metropolis, Vienna. Your route, which makes up part of the EuroVelo 6 from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, will take you to stunning monasteries and fortresses, unearth ancient legends and traditions, and you will enjoy some of the best wines in the world at a wine tasting in Wachau.

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