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10 of the best easy cycling holidays in Europe

While Geraint Thomas wannabes might tackle the Alps or Pyrenees, here are 10 less-challenging but equally scenic routes for families and newbies

Toulouse to Sète, Canal du Midi, France

It is possible to cycle all the way across south-west France, from Bordeaux on the Atlantic to Sète on the Mediterranean, following just one river and two canals. Beginners might prefer to pace themselves by cycling the second half, from Toulouse to Sète along the towpaths of the Canal du Midi . At 150 miles (240km), it is a decent distance, but is flat and can be broken up into manageable stages. The going can be a bit rough and bumpy, so consider investing in a gel saddle cover. Places to spend a night or two include the fortified city of Carcassonne, a short detour from the canal, and historic Béziers. DIY info freewheelingfrance.com Organised tour Belle France has seven-night self-guided trip from Toulouse to Agde from £1,620, including six days’ cycling, bike hire and support, luggage transfers and half-board accommodation. There is an optional one-day add-on to Sète.

Mother and daughter cycling along Danube river in Wachau Valley, Austria

The iconic river spans 10 countries and 2,850km, and has well-developed riverside cycle paths through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. There is no traffic to contend with – other than the 38,000 cyclists who ride the Austrian section alone every year – and tackling it in a downstream (south-westerly) direction means the route is slightly downhill pretty much all the way. Good starting points include Regensburg or Passau in Germany, finishing in Vienna or Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Alternatively, start in Vienna and cycle the 370km to Budapest, where there are thermal baths to ease aching muscles. DIY info danube-cycle-path.com Organised tour Intrepid Travel has a seven-night guided trip from Budapest to Vienna from £931, including B&B in hotels, bike hire, luggage transfers and entry to the Carnuntum Roman ruins in Austria, and the Esztergom Basilica and Szechenyi Baths, Hungary.

Pisa to Florence, Tuscany

The Serchio River near Lucca

Hilly Tuscany may not be an obvious choice for an easy cycling holiday, but keeping the distances short and adding rest days makes it doable – and the scenery is well worth the effort. Start with a day or two in Pisa, then cycle along the Serchio River to the walled city of Lucca (45km). The next day, cover another 45km to Montecatini Terme, Italy’s biggest spa town, stopping at Collodi and Pescia along the way. Either spend a day in the spa or cycle a circular route around the Medici villas, through vineyards and olive groves, stopping at Vinci to visit the Museo Leonardiano (60km). The final ride to Florence is the longest, at 64km, but it can be shortened to 50km by taking the train to Pistoia and cycling the rest of the way. DIY info italy-cycling-guide.info Organised tour The Carter Company has a seven-night self-guided trip, starting and ending in Pisa, from £890 B&B, including bike hire and luggage transfers.

North Zealand, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, immortalised as Elsinore in Hamlet.

Denmark is very bike-friendly, with 12,000km of cycle routes, safe cycling lanes in cities and largely flat terrain. Cyclists can spend a week following a circular route around North Zealand, known as the Danish Riviera, starting and finishing in Copenhagen – a popular route with families. Cycling anti-clockwise, the path hugs the shores of the Baltic Sea, sometimes turning inland through forests, nature reserves and around lakes, then skirts the fjords – Ise Fjord, Lammefjord, Holbæk Fjord, Roskilde Fjord – before reaching Roskilde. Daily distances average about 45km, and there are lots of beaches and coastal villages to stop at. Attractions en route include Kronborg Castle (Elsinore in Hamlet), and Roskilde’s cathedral and Viking Ship Museum . DIY info visitnorthsealand.com Organised tour UTracks has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,150 (£830 children), including B&B, bike hire and luggage transfers.

Black Forest, Germany

Lake Titisee, Black Forest,

The Southern Black Forest Cycle Route is a 248km circular journey beginning and ending in Freiburg. The asphalt path follows a former railway line and is suitable for families, including those with young children in trailers. The route is mainly flat, with a few minor hills in the forest (a short train journey from Kirchzwarten to Titisee Lake on the first day cuts out the only steep section). The scenery is a mixture of forest and farmland, with a couple of days spent riding alongside the Rhine and the last day through vineyards. Cyclists can spend the nights in small medieval towns, and take a short train ride across the Swiss border for a night in Basel. DIY info germany.travel Organised tour Flexitreks has a six-night self-guided trip from £483 B&B, including luggage transfers and train to Basel; bike hire £69.

Istrian Coast, Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Bikers sitting on steps above Piran and the Adriatic

Cyclists can visit the three countries that share the Istrian peninsula on a week-long ride. The terrain is slightly hilly but distances are short, averaging 40km a day. The route starts in the Italian port of Trieste, then heads south on a coastal cycle path to pretty Piran in Slovenia. From here, it winds through the Sečovlje salt pans, then crosses into Croatia. Continuing south, places to spend a night include Umag, a medieval walled town; Poreč, with its sixth-century Euphrasian Basilica; and Rovinj, probably the most picturesque town on the peninsula. The path hugs the coast all the way down to the final stop, Pula, known for its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. Fažana, 8km north of Pula, is the embarkation point for ferries to the Brijuni Islands. DIY info istria-bike.com Organised tour Zenith Holidays has a seven-night self-guided trip from £827 B&B, including bike hire and luggage transfers.

Amsterdam to Bruges

cycling in the main square of Gouda.

The Netherlands is paradise for cyclists: almost completely flat, with courteous drivers and segregated cycle paths everywhere. Cycling from Amsterdam across the border to Bruges, in equally bicycle-friendly Belgium, is perfectly possible in a week, but the distances are a little challenging: the first day’s ride, from Amsterdam to Gouda, is 80km. Another possibility is an organised bike and barge trip, sailing some of the way and cycling the rest, and eating and sleeping on board. A typical itinerary would involve rides of about 40km a day, spending nights in Dordrecht, Antwerp, Dendermonde and Ghent. From Bruges, there is a 37km loop to the beaches of the North Sea coast. And if it all gets too much, there is the option to skip a day’s cycling and stay on the barge. DIY info hollandcyclingroutes.com and fietsroute.org Organised tour Saddle Skeddadle has a seven-night guided bike and barge trip from £925 full-board.

Way of the Roses, Lancashire to East Yorkshire

Sign for the ‘Way of the Roses’ cycle route, Greenhow, Yorkshire

Not ready for Land’s End to John O’Groats just yet? The Way of the Roses is a challenging but rather more manageable long-distance ride: 275km from Morecambe on the Lancashire coast to the seaside town of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The route follows quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and cycle paths. There are some tough climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, and the highest point, Greenhow Hill, near Grassington, is 400 metres above sea level. But after this (roughly the halfway point) the hills get smaller, and beyond Ripon the route is largely flat. The varied terrain includes the Forest of Bowland, the Nidderdale AONB, the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds; the first day’s riding goes through Lancaster and the fourth day ends in York. Based on a six-day ride, the average daily distance is 46km. DIY info cycle-england.co.uk Organised tour Open Road Open Skies has a five-night self-guided trip from £445 B&B, including luggage transfers; bike hire is an extra £50.

Riverside houses in Girona.

There is a corner of eastern Catalonia, south of the Pyrenees, where the hills slope down to a fertile valley that is flat and ideal for cycling. Starting inland in the Garrotxa region, cyclists can explore the meadows, woods and hamlets along the via verde (cycle path) and country roads. Near the town of Les Planes d’Hostoles, there are waterfalls to cool off in. The off-road continues right into historic Girona, where it is well worth spending a couple of days exploring sights including the Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter and city walls. The final stretch leads to the Mediterranean, finishing at the upmarket resort of s’Agaró on the Costa Brava. DIY info viasverdes.com Organised tour Inntravel has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,018 B&B, including four dinners, bike hire and luggage transfers.

Around Lake Constance

Boy jumping from a diving board into the Lake Constance, Bregenz, Austria

Lake Constance is bordered by Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and a 168-mile cycle path encircles the lake, allowing cyclists to visit all three countries on a week-long trip. The path is well-maintained and signposted, and is suitable for families and beginners. The route goes through forests, farms, vineyards and orchards, past cathedrals, castles and convents, and there are views of the Alps as well as the lake. Highlights include the Unesco-listed monastic island of Reichenau; the historic towns of Meersburg and Lindau; and the wildlife-rich Rhine delta. Cyclists can cool off with a dip in the lake or one of the summer lidos. It is best to ride clockwise, breaking the journey into four or more stages. DIY info bodenseetouren.eu Organised tour Headwater has a seven-night self-guided trip from £1,139, including B&B and five dinners, bike hire, luggage transfers and ferry from Staad to Meersburg.

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A First Timer’s Survival Guide to Self-Guided Bike Tours in Europe

We recently did a one week self-guided bike trip from Bruges to Amsterdam through the towns and countryside of Belgium and The Netherlands.

It was our first biking tour, and we really enjoyed the balance of pre-arranged logistics with the flexibility and autonomy to take each day at our own pace. You can read more about the trip and check out the photos in this blog post .

As newbies to the self-guided cycling tour world, traveling with two couples (my parents and my aunt and uncle) who had done self-guided tours before, we learned as we went.

We thought other first time travelers would benefit from our lessons learned, so here are a few tips we picked up along the way.

A First Timer's Guide to Self-Guided Bike Tours in Europe | Bruges to Amsterdam Trip | Intentional Travelers

General Tips:

Expect hiccups..

You’re in a new country, the language is foreign, you don’t know your way around, you’re at the whim of climate, construction, missing signs, GPS batteries failing, etc. You’re going to make last minute decisions without all the necessary information and then be able to roll with the consequences.

As the cliche goes, it’s not so much about the destination but the journey, with an extensive problem-solving process included.

Do your homework.

As much as you need to be flexible and go with the flow, planning really does help, too. Look at the map ahead of time each day. Familiarize yourself with the road signs (a blue circle with a bike and a diagonal red line through it does not mean bikes are prohibited!).

Know some basic bike skills, especially how to fix a flat. We learned how to put water in the tube to find the source of the flat so you can then patch it up. Learn how to take off the wheel, fix a chain, and make adjustments to the seat and handlebars.

Enjoy yourself.

This post covers a lot of the nitty-gritty practicalities, but don’t forget why you’re on the trip in the first place. Plan to stop and take breaks. Enjoy the sights, take photos, and give yourself a chance to rest your legs.

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Lessons We Learned the Hard Way

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How to Navigate A Self-Guided Bike Trip in Belgium and Holland | Bruges to Amsterdam Bike Tour | Intentional Travelers

About the number system in Belgium and Holland: The network of bike routes in these countries can be navigated by going from one intersection to the next, and each intersection has a number. Signs posted at each intersection will tell you which number you’re at and which way to go to reach other numbered intersections nearby.

Using the intersection numbers method was relatively effective once we knew what to look for. There were a couple instances, however, when we reached one intersection and saw no signs for the number that was supposed to follow. There were also a few time where the intersection sign was missing or we just never found it.

Early on, we were mistaking some of the signs – thinking we had arrived at intersection #4 (for example) and looking for the next number on our list, when in reality, the sign was directing us onward toward #4. The critical difference is that an arrow next to the number indicates that you’re not yet there- pretty straight forward.

Ironically, when the numbers system was working well, the GPS were often telling us to go a different way.

Trying to use these two systems at once is not a good idea since the GPS is primarily concerned with your final destination, whereas the numbered signs are taking you on a specific route.

I recommend using the numbers system first along with the printed directions. Then, when you don’t have enough information from the road signs or you’re doubting the path, consult the printed map and the GPS.

Another hiccup we had early on was not realizing that the number sequence on our card was slightly different than our printed directions for the day.

It turned out that there were two route options for that particular leg of the journey, which had us very confused when we came across the discrepancy mid-route.

From then on, we made sure to check our number card against the printed directions so that everyone would be on the same page.

We learned quickly that surprisingly few places accept credit cards, even those that have the required chip and travel notification. In Belgium, we were able to use our cards at the supermarket and about half of the restaurants.

Otherwise, it was cash only. In Holland, we found that even the supermarkets wouldn’t accept credit cards (only ATM/debit cards from MasterCard, not Visa). We used credit whenever we could (to rack up miles, of course!) and then used our no-fee Fidelity ATM card to withdraw euros as needed.

To save money along the way, pick up food at a supermarket when it’s available. We had a few great picnics with pre-packaged salads, baguettes, sliced meat, sliced cheese, grapes, apples, strawberries, and chocolate. (Be sure to pack utensils you might need.)

Usually you can look ahead on the printed map for the day and see where there will be towns along your route. Sometimes you’ll pass through a place with a supermarket before you’re ready to eat, but that’s a good time to make use of your pannier until you find a nice picnic spot down the road.

We also think it’s wise to research the hotel you’re heading to and whether it’s in a town or city where other dining options are available. We didn’t do this and ended up staying in two hotels where the hotel dining room was our only option.

If you’re budget-sensitive, you probably don’t want to get stuck with only one, expensive option.

A First Timer's Guide to Self-Guided Bike Tours in Europe | Bruges to Amsterdam Trip | Intentional Travelers

As a newbie to the self-guided bike tour world, it was definitely a great way to see a new region in depth. We really enjoyed being active every day, covering a lot of ground, being on our own schedule, and having our luggage transported for us.

For flat trips in areas like The Netherlands and Belgium, it’s a very approachable way to travel for people of different ages and abilities.

If you have any questions about this kind of tour or if you have your own advice to share, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Do any of these tour companies allow you to simply rent a bike? I’m interesting in doing exactly what you guys did but at my own pace, finding my own lodging/food, and carrying everything in a backpack. I know buying a used bike in one town and selling it back at my final destination is a possibility, however, I’ve read that the locals know you need to get rid of the bike and will stiff you on the buy-back price. I guess it would still be cheaper than booking everything with a tour company? If I could rent the bike from the tour company in the Netherlands and then return it to the same tour company in Belgium, that would be perfect!

Hi Erica. Thanks for stopping by. That’s a good question, although I don’t know for sure. It seems like the Dutch tour companies should be willing to rent a bike one-way since they already have the system in place. I would contact one or two, like Dutch Bike Tours, directly.

Hi Erica. Did you ever find out if you could just rent a bike only? This is what we are interested in doing. Thank you!

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Suggested preparation: Once or twice a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

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Suggested preparation: Two or three times a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour or more, for at least 3 months prior to departure.

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Suggested preparation: We recommend 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week. Road cycling twice a week for three months prior to departure is recommended.

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Suggested preparation: We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise three times a week, from a minimum of three months period to your departure. Road cycling twice a week should also be part of your training.

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Suggested preparation: We recommend 45-60 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to four times a week. Road cycling twice a week should also be part of your training.

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Suggested preparation: We recommend one hour of aerobic type exercise, four times a week. Road cycling twice a week should also be part of your training.

On these challenging adventures, you will need an excellent level of fitness.

Suggested preparation: We recommend one hour of aerobic type exercise, four times a week. Solid preparation is essential in the months leading up to your departure. Regular biking (four to five times a week) for at least one to four hours, with as many hills as possible, will well prepare you for the trip. It will also allow you to familiarise yourself with your bike, your personal clothing and equipment, and your preferences for fluid and food intake whilst exercising. You can also combine biking with other aerobic exercise such as running, swimming or gym work for variety. Consistency is the key, so that you build aerobic fitness, leg strength and stamina.

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The 9 Best European Cycle Tours for Beginners

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Cycle touring isn’t just for Lycra-clad enthusiasts. Europe alone offers hundreds of accessible cycle tours aimed at the casual rider, from Mediterranean coastal roads to river-hugging bike paths.

Exploring Europe on two wheels is the best way to avoid crowds while experiencing its iconic landscapes from a new perspective. And by booking through a trusted tour company, beginners avoid the common pitfalls of planning a cycling trip abroad. Typical benefits start with bikes and equipment included, as well as pre-planned routes, luggage transfers, pre-booked hotels, and professional guides to help with all aspects of the trip.

We’ve narrowed down the very best European cycle tours for beginners, with a mix of self-guided and tour-led packages.

Editor’s Note: Although some of Europe is starting to open to (vaccinated) American tourists, other destinations on this list have travel restrictions, and should be saved for future travel. If you do go, be sure to follow all local rules and guidelines both at your destination and upon returning home.

Self-Guided Cycle Tours for Beginners

Danube Bike Path (Classic): BikeTours.com

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The majestic Danube River is a virtual playground for beginner cyclists, with hundreds of miles of flat, paved cycle paths to explore. BikeTours.com’s self-guided Danube Bike Path Tour offers six days of moderate cycling along the German and Austrian stretch of the river, starting in Passau and finishing up in Vienna. Along the way you’ll explore medieval castles, drink brandy at a Trappist monastery, and take several detours through lush Bavarian forest.

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Loch Ness and the Highlands: Exodus Travels

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Summer and early autumn is the prime cycling season in the Scottish Highlands. Exodus offers a leisurely five-day tour along the stunning Great Glen Way , taking in the entire length of Loch Ness and its lesser-known neighbor, Loch Lochy. With only a few gentle climbs involved, the route offers plenty of spectacular views without the lung-busting ascents of other Highland tours. Keen on Scots history? Make a final day stop at Cawdor Castle (home to Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and the battlefield at Culloden.

Freewheeling in Catalonia: Inntravel

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From the snow-capped Pyrenes to the glistening Costa Brava, there’s no shortage of scenery in northern Catalonia. Inntravel’s scenic eight-day tour showcases this overlooked corner of Spain, sticking mainly to dedicated cycling paths ideal for beginners. Like many a great European cycle tour, you’ll pedal through hidden valleys dotted with small villages and enjoy excellent local food and wine. There’s also a free day in Girona, a historical city replete with ancient walls and Roman fortresses.

Lakes & Cities of Slovenia: Helia Travel

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Slovenia packs a lot of beauty into its small borders. This five-day cycle tour by Helia Travel takes in two of the country’s must-sees—the iconic Lake Bled (with its fairytale island castle ), and the cobblestoned capital, Ljubljana. With the Slovenian Alps never far away, the panoramas are breathtaking. If you’re feeling bold, there’s a 750m climb to the Jelovica high plateau—or catch a lift for 20 euros per rider.

Cycling in the Algarve: Responsible Travel

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A fresh Algarve breeze eases you along this east-to-west tour of southern Portugal . The seven-day route offers flexibility—choose from shorter or longer distances each day, from 30km to 50km. The Algarve is known as the Portuguese Riviera, so expect reliably good weather and outstanding local seafood. Tour organizers Responsible Travel suggest skipping August, as peak summer temperatures can be too hot for comfortable cycling.

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Normandy Cycle Tour: Trek Travel

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World War II buffs will enjoy this six-day cycling trip by Trek Travel , featuring three of Normandy’s most important D-Day sites. The flat, picturesque landscapes of northern France are ideal for beginners and casual cyclists—and you’ll be led by two experienced guides with a support van in tow. Tour highlights include a picnic and apple cider tasting at a traditional cider estate (Normandy is famous for the stuff), and a private guided tour of Omaha Beach by a local historian.

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Puglia’s Undiscovered Coast: VBT

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The “heel” of Italy’s boot, Puglia offers exceptional riding for beginner cyclists. VTB’s easygoing seven-day guided tour sticks to quiet country roads, where you’ll pedal past olive groves, beaches, and stone-sculpted seaside towns. Out of the saddle, there’s an afternoon of olive oil tasting, plus several farm-fresh meals prepared by local hosts. Although very little climbing is involved, e-Bikes are available on request.

Champagne Cycle Tour: Duvine

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Into indulgence? Duvine’s four-day tour of France’s Champagne country serves up calories galore as you pedal from one illustrious Champagne house to the next. The riding is easy (provided you haven’t eaten too much), and Duvine’s tour guides are bilingual in French and English. Starting at the UNESCO-listed town of Reims, you’ll finish up at the village of Hautvillers, where Dom Perignon first discovered how to make champagne. Michelin-starred food options include wild game, waffles, and boeuf carbonnade .

Baltic Sea Ocean Cruise Bike Tour: Backroads

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This scenic tour of the Baltic Sea squeezes five countries into eight days (Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden). If that sounds daunting, think again—most of the distance is spent sailing on a small luxury ship. Back on the saddle, there’s time to explore two of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, Copenhagen and Helsinki. You’ll also cover dozens of miles along the flat Baltic coastline, plus an afternoon detour to St. Petersburg’s Pushkin Palace, home to Catherine the Great. Backroads offers several bicycle models , including a tandem bike for couples who just can’t be separated. 

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Self-guided bicycle tours

Self-guided individual bike tours have become increasingly popular because of the flexibility and independence they offer. They cost less than guided bicycle tours but still maintain a level of support and convenience that allows you to explore on your own schedule without sweating the logistics.

Be sure to consider your comfort level around navigating a different culture and foreign language, reading maps and signs, ordering food, and dealing with flats or other minor emergencies – some travelers don’t enjoy doing these things for themselves, but others find them the best part of an adventure.

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Some of our top self-guided tours

Danube Bike Path (Upscale Lodging) Loved by many, this is the most famous cycling trail in Europe. The route is smooth, stunningly beautiful, and very easy to follow.

Lake Constance Classic The Lake Constance cycle route is the most popular cycle route in Europe. On this tour, you'll cycle around the entire lake and discover three countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) and four islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau, and Werd).

Connemara Lazy Days Cycling This tour is specifically designed for independent travelers who wish to cycle less of a distance and spend lazy days along the way exploring this beautiful region of Ireland.

Medieval Villages of Catalonia This cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the quieter and less-traveled areas of this fascinating region of Catalonia, Spain.

Support and independence

'Self-guided' does NOT mean that you’re totally on your own. While you’ll have more flexibility to ride at your own pace and take breaks at your leisure, the tour operator still organizes the logistics for you.

  • Hotel reservations and luggage transportation from hotel to hotel are included. The accommodations are usually the same as on guided tours as you often follow the same routes.
  • Most tour operators provide a comprehensive information package with the marked route, a detailed route description and tips on sights, cultural highlights, scenic stops, and recommended restaurants. (Note that these info packages are sometimes translated from the local language, and are not always the very best translation. While the materials are adequate, we encourage you to supplement them with advance destination research and guidebooks .)
  • Many tour operators offer a hotline in case of emergencies or problems.

Riding style

Since some self-guided tours have a minimum of just two travelers — or even one — you should not count on riding with a group. For some people, group camaraderie is part of what makes traveling fun. If you’re one of those people, a guided bike tour may be the better choice.

What’s included

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Tour description, travel material with route map (usually 1 set per room booked)
  • Detailed route planning
  • Emergency hotline

What’s not included

Unlike guided bike tours, self-guided bike tours (except where noted) do not have an accompanying support van. This means that it’s your responsibility to get to the next hotel every day, even if you head into bad weather or just don’t feel like riding anymore. (If you do run into trouble, though, call the emergency hotline, and the tour company will help as much as possible, whether sending a van or advising you on public transportation options such as trains, boats, or buses.)

You’ll also be expected to fix your own flats. (If you don’t know how, ask your local bike mechanic to show you. Or view our step-by-step instructions ). In the rare case of bicycle breakdowns, you may be asked to take public transportation or a taxi to the next town, where there may be a repair shop that can fix the problem (typically reimbursable by the tour company).

Some companies have spare bikes at 'depots' along the route. In other cases, the tour company will bring a replacement bike, but it may be at the end of the day or the next morning.

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Lodging is generally in 3- and 4-star hotels as well as 2-star hotels that are especially appealing—or the only ones in town. The hotels and inns are chosen whenever possible for their more intimate atmosphere and reflection of the history and culture of the area (rather than larger chain hotels). All rooms have private facilities with the exception of certain ships and barges, as noted.

Criteria for hotel categories is standardized in 17 European countries .

Breakfast is included on almost all tours (except as noted), and dinner plans are often available at a surcharge at the hotel or a nearby restaurant (please see individual tour pricing).

Rental bikes and equipment

Rental bikes are generally quite good, but many do not come with water cages or odometers. However, at the other extreme, some tour companies now offer handlebar-mounted GPS. Most companies do not rent helmets due to hygiene/safety reasons. Please bring your own!

Travel plans

Most tours start in the afternoon or evening with arrival at your first hotel. The actual cycling begins the next morning. Start cities usually have easy air or rail access.

Depending on when your overseas flight arrives, you may want to arrive in the departure city a day earlier. You’ll be more relaxed, and you’ll have the chance to explore the city on your own. Likewise, at the end of the tour, there’s usually a final night’s lodging included. You arrive by bike the day before, enjoy a relaxed evening, and depart the next morning after breakfast.

If you can't wait to begin biking, or don't want your adventure to end, consider taking a day tour in your start or end city. You can find all of our bike day tours here: https://www.biketours.com/day-tours/ . Day tours offer a variety of compact sightseeing experiences, allowing you to extend and maximize your cycling itinerary. You can always extend your trip by adding extra nights in the start or end city to explore an area for longer than the included tour dates.

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Solo Traveller Cycling Tours

Ride europe's bike trails on a solo cycling holiday.

If you're a single or solo traveller who wants to cycle Europe's scenic trails, we have a collection of unforgettable bike tours for you.

We have handpicked some of the most popular cycling trips for single travellers that are fun, safe, and achievable. Also, just because you are travelling by yourself doesn't necessarily mean you can't socialise on the trail. Along some routes you can befriend other travellers riding the same journey. 

>>  Find detailed advice for solo travellers, including pricing information, in our  Solo Traveller Guide .

Whether you are pedalling through Holland's beautiful countryside or exploring the back roads of France, there is an ideal solo cycling holiday for you.

We've highlighted several of our most popular routes for single cyclists in Europe below. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly staff with your enquiry.

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Cycle by gorgeous lavender fields in Provence

Provence Backroads

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A perfect day cycling from Bordeaux to Toulouse | Joanne Walsh

Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycle

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Burgundy Highlights

Cycling along the Canal du Midi | C.G. Deschamps

Canal du Midi Cycle

Orleans in the Loire Valley | M Jeschke

Cycle the Loire - Orléans to the Atlantic Coast

Follow quiet trails through Champagne vineyards | Ubaldo Bitumi

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The British Cemetery | G. Wait

Cycle Normandy

Cycling in the village of Domme | Rob Mills

Highlights of the Dordogne by Bike

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire | Pat Kline

Classic Loire Valley by Bike

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Cycling the Parenzana Rail Trail

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The rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy | Chris Viney

Cycle the Wine Regions of Tuscany

Cycling along the quiet roads of Sardinia

Cycling in Sardinia

A typical village on the Via Francigena between Siena and Rome

Cycle the Via Francigena - Siena to Rome

Day one in Tuscany, San Gimigiano | Brook Martin

Cycle Florence to Siena

Bike riding between Volterra and San Gimignano | Nicola Santini

Cycle the Via Francigena - Parma to Siena

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Bike riding by the Danube river in the Wachau Valley, Austria | Martin Steinthaler

Blue Danube Cycle to Vienna in Comfort

Cycling in beautiful Bratislava

Hungarian Rhapsody

Cyclists on the Danube Cycle Path | CM Visuals

Danube Cycle

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Cycling along the Camino de Santiago | Gustav Sommer

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Cycling the Portuguese Way | Gus Cheung

Portuguese Way Cycle - Coast and Camino

Cycling the Camino de Compostela allows you to complete it in less time | Erin Williams

Camino Bike and Hike: Leon to Santiago

Cycling through the morning mist along the Camino | @timcharody

Spanish Camino by Bike: The Pyrenees to Leon

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Porto harbour in Portugal | Jaclyn Lofts

Portuguese Way Cycle - Lisbon to Porto

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Reflections in Mevagissey Harbour

Cornish Cycle Tour

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Catalonia by Bike

Cycling in the glorious Salzburg Lake District | Norbert Eisele-Hein

Salzburg to Vienna Cycle

A happy cyclist following timeless river landscapes to Dresden

Cycle Prague to Dresden

An afternoon cycle in Lithuania. | Andrius Aleksandravicius

Latvia and Lithuania Cycle Explorer

Admiring the view in Romania's Piatra Craiului National Park | Lilly Donkers

Romania Cycle Explorer

Riding up to an old church in the Czech Republic | Petr Slavík

Cycle Prague to Vienna

Cycling vineyards trails alongside the Drau river in Austria | Martin Steinthaler

Cycle Linz to Vienna

Cycle from the Alentejo to the Algarve region in Portugal

Cycle the Alentejo to the Algarve

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Self-Guided Peaks of the Balkans tour in 7 days Tour

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"One of the best experiences, Doing this selfguided tour through Montegro, Albanian Alps and Kosovo as been more challenging and fullfilled experience. Brikena has been there assisting us everyday, taking care for us. Strongly reccommend."

Baltic Bike Tour: Vilnius to Tallinn (self-guided supported) Tour

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Main River BikeTour | Self-Guided | Wurzburg to Frankfurt Tour

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Self-Guided Cycling in Andalucia: Seville to Cadiz

"Very well organised tour. The route notes were extremely detailed and helpful as the route was quite complicated some days - presumably to avoid busy roads. However the country wasn’t good for enjoyable cycling, being treeless and agricultural, and apart from the White Villages I really only enjoyed the scenery on the third day from Montellano to Arcos when the route went through the hills and along the river on a good Via Verde. On the last day getting out of Jerez took an hour then soon after it was semi-industrial wasteland. The Via Verde between Seville and Carmona was in terrible condition with deep ruts and sand. I was also unlucky to get a flat- the seal at the tube valve failed- and I had terrible trouble changing the tube- the plastics levers not strong enough and the pump nozzle completely stuck. I left a note to the bike hire."

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Self Guided Cycling Trips in Greece

Discover europe's top destination at your own pace, self guided trips with departure dates you prefer.

Our listed self guided trips can be scheduled to begin on the dates that fit your plan best. All of the trips are designed in a way so that you and your cycling friends can enjoy your vacation on the bike, without having to comprise. You book the flights that are the most convenient for you and based on your times and dates, we arrange for your self-guided cycling trip to take place with the most efficient terms.

Customise your self-guided cycling vacations

We have met hundreds of cyclists and bike tourers and there is no doubt that each group is different.The self guided trips below were designed by our specialists with only one goal: you to explore Greece in the best way possible.This can be either by hopping from one island to the other or connecting idyllic destinations in the mainland.Whatever your appetite or your style, those act mainly as a guideline for you to further customise your self guided biking holiday.Therefore, choose what you find the most interesting and let our team help you craft your next cycling journey.Some of the frequent requests our agents deal with are:

  • Extend the length of the vacation by adding a couple of days before, after, or even during the self - guided cycling trip
  • Look for ways to connect the destinations with alternative routes, either easier or longer
  • Adjust the accommodation options according to the group’s budget(5 star resorts or camping sites is totally your choice)

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Ten of the best cycling holidays for 2024

2024 is set to be one of those cycling mega-years. On top of the usual three professional Grand Tours – in France, Spain, and Italy – and the World Championships in Switzerland, a summer Olympics (also in France) will be thrown in, for an extra sprinkle of fairy dust. 

The Tour of Britain’s future still hangs in the balance, but across Europe and around the world, professional and amateur cyclists are gearing up for another 12 months of hairpin corners and steep ascents. 

If the cycling bug hasn’t already bitten you, then 2024 might be the year it finally latches on. From Wales to the Arctic, we’ve selected ten of the best cycling holidays to whet your ravenous appetite, including serious cycles for the Mamils and Mawils, and gentle pootles for the easy riders, too. 

Cycle the Cotswolds 

New for 2024, this Oxford to Bath guided bike tour starts in the city of dreaming spires and ends with curved rows of honeystone Georgian buildings. 

On the way you’ll take in villages such as Bibury, described by William Morris as the most beautiful in England, and Bampton, where scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. Famed for its rolling hills and centuries-old pubs, the route also weaves through Bourton-on-the-Water, the Venice of the Cotswolds. 

Exodus Adventure Travels ’ (020 8772 3743) new six-day tour starts at £2,099 per person, including bed and breakfast accommodation and a trip leader throughout. 

Brecon Beacons and beyond 

If you like the idea of carrying all your own gear and travelling under your own steam, then Roam Bikepacking offers something slightly different. It will equip you with a bike, saddlebags, a tent and sleeping bag, allowing you to get fully off road and into the wild.

Its new tour for 2024 will see guests take on Gospel Pass, Wales’s highest road, and Devil’s Staircase – one of Britain’s toughest climbs, reaching a maximum gradient of 20 per cent. They’ll also tell you about the best places to wild camp and swim. 

Roam Bikepacking (07967 870654) can organise this four-day tour for £425 per person (camping) or £550 (B&B).

One for the road in France

2024 is set to be a vintage year for cycling in France. Not only will it host the annual Tour but also the summer Olympics. But while the pros will be powered by sports drinks and protein shakes, how about a leisurely amble around Champagne and Burgundy – two of Europe’s great wine-growing regions.

Highlights of this new tour include a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims, and a tasting at the Côte des Blancs wine estate. The laid-back route also takes in historic Dijon, the charming capital of Burgundy. 

Exodus Adventure Travels (020 8772 3743) offers a seven-day tour from £4,399 per person, including flights, half-board accommodation, bike hire and a trip leader. Departures on June 23, July 14 and Sept 15 2024. 

Midnight sun in Norway’s Lofoten Islands

This new self-guided cycling holiday explores one of northern Europe’s most spectacular and isolated regions, the Lofoten Archipelago. The route takes in deserted beaches and tiny fishing villages. If you’re really lucky, you might spot a white-tailed eagle.

Head north between the end of May and mid-July and the sun won’t set at all. Your bright nights will be spent in seaside lodges and red fishermen’s cabins. As for fuel: booze certainly won’t be cheap, but there will be plenty of local cheese and stockfish dumplings. 

Headwater (01606 720199) is offering this new self-guided trip between June and August from £3,419 per person, including flights, accommodation, bike hire, and meals.

Discover the rural patchwork of Poland

Poland, you say? It’s not a country that many would associate with a cycling holiday, but then again, few operators share the vision of The Slow Cyclist, renowned for its off-the-beaten-track adventures. 

This new tour kicks off in May and takes in Poland’s Lower Silesia region, bordering Germany and northern Czechia. By day, you’ll pass castles, forests and extinct volcanoes, but at night there’s plenty of time for Polish wine – the country is home to 400 vineyards – and nutritious hearty local food. Silesia is best known for its poppyseed cakes. 

The Slow Cyclist (020 7060 4487) is offering a new four-night trip from £2,290 per person, based on travelling as a group of 12, including airport transfers, a support vehicle, and English-speaking guides. 

Train like a pro in the French Alps 

Aimed at serious cyclists, this week-long training camp based out of Morzine – host of the Tour de France on more than 20 occasions – is probably as close to riding professionally as you can get. 

This “holiday” includes a private chef, daily massages, and a support vehicle. You’ll also receive a pre-camp training plan and an all-inclusive drinks package for the evenings. But don’t overdo it – the cycling will be tough. You’ll climb over 40,000 feet in a week. One of the climbs, the Col de la Pierre Carrée, is considered among the toughest in the world. 

Sa Calobra Cycling Club (0033 688 699 160) is running this seven-night holiday between June 28 and July 5 2024 and costs from £2,208 per person. 

A long weekend in Italy’s Dolomites 

This is a convenient cycling holiday for people who don’t fancy spending a whole week in the saddle. Rather than moving each night, you’ll be based in a four-star lakeside hotel, in the village of Alleghe. 

Each day ride comes in three options, offering mighty climbs for experienced col baggers, or more relaxed jaunts for the beginners. Epic scenery is, however, guaranteed for all. Day four tackles Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. 

Marmot Tours (01373 830409) offers four-night tours for £1,350 per person this July and August. Airport transfers and half-board accommodation are included, so too is wine with dinner. 

Explore Ireland’s south coast 

Cycle from Kerry to Cork on this new self-guided eight-day tour, which explores the green and hilly backroads of Ireland’s glorious south. Highlights include the forests and coasts around Clonakilty, and the Drombeg Stone Circle: 17 standing stones that date back 2,000 years. 

An evening spent in the coastal town of Kinsale gives riders the option to visit James’s Fort, the ruins of a 17th-century fortress. The final day’s riding passes the Royal Cork Yacht Club, purportedly the world’s oldest. 

Saddle Skedaddle (0191 265 1110) will run this new tour between April and October and it costs from £1,445 per person, including bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage transfers and digital route notes.

An e-bike tour of southern Japan

Explore the mountainous splendour of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, on a Yamaha e-bike tour, which covers 240 miles in a week. Following sections of the car-free Shimanami Kaido cycling trail, you’ll hop between the smaller islands of the Seto Inland Sea via five suspension bridges. 

After touring the Shikoku temple pilgrimage route – comprising 88 sacred sites – your evenings will include sake tastings and soaks in onsens (hot springs). Add-on excursions to Hiroshima and Kyoto can be arranged at the start and end of the tour. 

Freedom Treks (01273 977968) offers this holiday in March, April and May. Prices start from £3,757 and include accommodation, meals and a local guide. 

Ride across America 

The Big Daddy of cycling holidays, this 67-night expedition will cross one of the planet’s greatest nations, and takes in the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and the Great Plains. 

On this 4,000-mile journey between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans you’ll average 67 miles a day, with a rest day every 10. The comfort, company, and security of a group will make it extra special. 2024 is a US Presidential Election year, so expect plenty to talk about. 

Bike Adventures (01273 413489) is running a TransAm tour between July 14 and Sept 18, including a tour leader, support vehicle and accommodation, costing £10,395 per person. 

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The Top Romantic Bike Tours to Explore in 2024

In a world brimming with breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems, what could be more enchanting than exploring it all from the seat of a bicycle? We’ve carefully selected a collection of romantic bike tours that promise not just unforgettable journeys, but experiences that deepen bonds and spark flames of adventure in everyone.

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1.Mallorca Island

Set sail for romance on the idyllic shores of Mallorca , where azure waters meet golden beaches and rugged mountains embrace quaint villages. This Mediterranean paradise serves as the perfect backdrop for couples seeking both serenity and adventure on their journey together. Michelle, a delighted guest, reflects on her experience: “Our Trek Travel experience in Mallorca exceeded all expectations, providing the perfect setting for our honeymoon. It was truly unforgettable.” This tour stands out as an exemplary choice for those celebrating love, offering a harmonious blend of Mallorca’s natural beauty and cultural richness.

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2. Santa Barbara Wine Country

Imagine toasting to your love amidst the rolling vineyards of Santa Barbara, a region synonymous with fine wine and breathtaking scenery. This tour offers a harmonious blend of leisurely rides through wine country, gourmet dining experiences, and moments of relaxation at luxurious accommodations. Cathy, who celebrated her anniversary on this trip, shares, “It was very memorable! The fun rides, great food, and new friendships made our anniversary celebration special.” This tour encapsulates the essence of romance, blending adventure with the intimate pleasures of wine country life.

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3. Loire Valley

The Loire Valley, with its storybook châteaux and verdant vineyards, offers a mesmerizing backdrop for a romantic cycling adventure. This tour invites couples to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of the region, with leisurely rides that allow for ample exploration and discovery. The enchanting landscapes, combined with exclusive wine tastings and elegant dining, make the Loire Valley Wine Country tour a quintessential choice for couples seeking a blend of romance and cultural enrichment.

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4. California Wine Country

Celebrate your love in the iconic California Wine Country , where every turn reveals stunning vistas and every stop offers a taste of the region’s renowned wines. Betsy, commemorating her 35th wedding anniversary, recalls, “The Napa luxury tour was a blissful blend of challenge and comfort, revealing the hidden treasures of California wine country.” This tour is a tribute to couples seeking an immersive experience in the lap of luxury, with challenging rides, exquisite wine tastings, and stays in luxurious accommodations.

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5. Andalucia

Dive into the heart of Spanish romance in Andalucia, where the spirit of adventure meets the warmth of local culture. This tour is a celebration of Andalucia’s rich history, stunning landscapes, and passionate traditions, including the mesmerizing Flamenco performance that embodies the essence of Spanish romance. Joaquin, a guest, was captivated, saying, “The Flamenco spectacle was so enchanting.” Andalucia offers a deeply romantic and culturally rich experience, perfect for couples seeking both adventure and cultural immersion.

Ready to set off on a romantic journey? Discover these destinations and more with Trek Travel, where every tour is meticulously crafted with love, adventure, and unforgettable experiences in mind.

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It’s about time for Easter markets to spring up across the Continent. Baumholder Outdoor Recreation plans a trip March 2 to a traditional Easter market in Maulbronn.

It’s about time for Easter markets to spring up across the Continent. Baumholder Outdoor Recreation plans a trip March 2 to a traditional Easter market in Maulbronn. (iStock)

Base tours offer an easy way to see Europe with other members of the military community. Here is a sampling of trips scheduled as of Feb. 9, 2024. Please update this information and add tours by sending an email to Marcus Klöckner at [email protected].

SHAPE TRIPS AND TOURS: Call 06544-3884. Email [email protected] or visit www.shape2day.com .

ANSBACH OUTDOOR RECREATION: Feb. 10, Venice carnival express, $149 adults, $75 children ages 4-12, $39 children ages 3 and under; March 16, Karlovy Vary and Pilsen, brewery tour, $99 adults, $49 children ages 4-12, $25 children ages 3 and under; March 23-30, Greek for spring break, $849 adults, $799 children ages 3-11, $299 children ages 2 and under. DSN 467-3225/CIV 09802-83-3225 or MWR Central DSN 467-1780 or CIV 09802-83-1780.

BAUMHOLDER OUTDOOR RECREATION: Feb. 16-19, Verbier, ski weekend, $469-$599 adults, $379 children ages 11 and under; March 2, Maulbronn, traditional Easter market, $49 adults, $39 children; March 9, Prague, $119 adults, $99 children ages 12 and under; March 16, wine tasting in France, $139 adults. DSN 485-7182 or CIV 06783-67182.

GRAFENWOEHR OUTDOOR RECREATION: Feb. 10, 24, March 2, 9, Bavarian Forest, learn to ski/snowboard at the Geisskopf, $119; March 8-10, fishing course, $40-$65. DSN 314 475-8529 or CIV 09641-83-8529.

KAISERSLAUTERN OUTDOOR RECREATION: March 21-26, Athens, $1,379-$1,679 adults, $1,029 children ages 12-16, $899 children ages 2-11, $499 children ages 2 and under; March 22-25, Chamonix, ski weekend, $379 children ages 11 and under; May 24-27, Normandy and Omaha beach, $529-$679 adults, $429-$599 adults. DSN 493-4117 or CIV 0631-34064117.

RTT TRAVEL RAMSTEIN Feb. 10, Champagne for Valentine, 189 euros; Feb. 16-19, arctic adventure, 1,499-1,659 euros; Feb. 16, 19, Flavors of Tuscany, 849 euros; March 2, Innsbruck & Swarovski Crystal World, 129 euros; April 9, Salzburg (Austria), 129 euros; CIV 06371-463650 or see www.RTTtravel.com . RTT FLIGHT TOURS/RAMSTEIN: Call 06371-463650 or see www.RTTtravel.com .

SPANGDAHLEM INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TRAVEL: DSN: 452-6567 or CIV 06565-61-6567.

STUTTGART OUTDOOR RECREATION: Through April 30 (2024), Seasonal ski and snowboard rentals. DSN 431-2774 or CIV 0703-2774.

WIESBADEN OUTDOOR RECREATION: Through April 27, U.S. Forces German hunting course, $269; Feb. 23, Schuetzenmeister course, Feb. 3, March 2, Black Forest, ski and snowboard trip, $129-$159, March 16, Frankfurt, ice skating, $15; DSN 337-5760 or CIV 06117-055760; email usarmy.wiesbaden.imcom-europe.list.mwr-outdoor-recreation@mail.mil.

USO ROME: Daily: 8 a.m., Rome, 36 euros adults, 28 euros ages 2-8; 9:30 a.m., Borghese Gallery, 45 euros adults, 35 euros children; 3 p.m. daily, Love and Death in Rome: 2,700 Years of Scandals, 40 euros adults, 33 euros ages 5-17; daily: 10 a.m., Vatican museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, 65 euros adults, 46 euros ages 5-17; 9:30 a.m. daily, ancient city (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill), 60 euros adults, 45 euros children ages 5-17; 7 p.m. daily, Rome at Twilight, 29 euros adults, 23 euros ages 5-17; 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Underground Rome, 46 euros adults, 38 euros ages 5-17; 2 p.m. daily, catacombs, 45 euros; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Arts and History Elite Walking Tour, 35 euros adults, 28 euros ages 2-12; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Rome by Night with dinner and music, 75 euros adults, 60 euros ages 2-12; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, Jewish Ghetto, Tiberina Island and Trastevere, 35 euros adults, 28 euros ages 2-12; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Baroque Rome and Caravaggio, 35 euros adults, 28 euros ages 2-12; Mondays, Florence (semi-private walking tour), 52 euros adults, 39 euros ages 5-17; call CIV 06-397-27419 or visit www.rome.uso.it .

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SCHINNEN: (+31) (0) 46-443-7561 or DSN 360-7561 or email [email protected].

ROTA OUTDOOR RECREATION: Feb. 24, mountain bike ride at La Via Verde; Feb. 3, Via Ferrata Grazalema Park; Feb. 10, hiking in El Torreon; Feb. 16 and March 1, Granada, ski and snowboard trip; March 9, canyon descending; March 16, Grazalema Park; March 23, Los Alcornocales natural park, hiking; March 30, Rota, mountain bike ride at La Via Verde; Rota, Paintball; April 13, Grazalema, hiking El Pinsapar. DSN 727-3101 or CIV 095682-3101/3208.

ROTA ITT: Feb. 10, Arabian bath and dinner; Feb. 17, Ronda historical tour; Feb. 18, Cadiz, carnival; Feb. 24, Sanlucar de Barrameda, historical tour; March 2, Vejer de la Frontera, historical tour and Bolonia Roman ruins; March 9, Malaga, historical tour; March 16, flamenco show and dinner; March 23, Benalmadena, butterfly museum and Puerto Marina; March 29, Semana Santa (Holy Week Procession) in Sevilla; March 30, Granada, self-guided; March 31, Arcos, running of the bulls. Tickets and Travel. DSN 727-3101/3208 or CIV 095682-3101/3208.

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Immerse yourself in Switzerland's natural splendor as you pedal through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and awe-inspiring mountains. Experience the iconic Lakes Route, starting from Montreux on Lake Geneva, and winding through vineyards and serene lakesides until you reach Rorschach on Lake Constance. On a self-guided bike tour, you set the pace, uncovering hidden gems along the way. Indulge in Swiss hospitality, savor local cuisine, and experience the magic of Switzerland on two wheels.

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Set in one of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland, the Lakes Route allows travelers to experience famous Swiss destinations such as Montreux, Gruyeres, Gstaad, Interlaken and Luzern, while cycling through exquisite routes and scenery.

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    A bike tour in Europe is sure to capture your heart as you take time to indulge in a slower paced lifestyle. Whether you prefer to discover quaint European towns with the boost of an e-bike or to climb the epic mountain passes made famous in the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia, our bike trips and cycling tours in Europe won't disappoint.

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