Self Guided Cycling Holidays Explained
On all our trips we provide comprehensive route notes (tested by a member of the Exodus team) with a detailed km by km description, advise of excursions en route and recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner. The formula is simple – your luggage is transported every day between the hotels and we provide high quality bikes through local suppliers. All our bikes come fitted with panniers or bike bags, puncture repair kit, pump and lock and if there are any problems we have 24hr emergency support available.
Our self-guided routes are some of our least demanding trips, so ideal for first-timers on a cycling holiday. However, on many days our route notes offer the option of a long and a short route, and of course there is nothing stopping stronger riders improvising a little using the maps provided.
If you fancy the challenge of cycling along one of Europe’s longest rivers then the lush green valleys of northern Austria and Hungarian Lowlands offer a wealth of history, culture and beautiful peaceful scenery. The route along the Danube (Trip code: LSV) passes by the only Trappist monastery in Austria, the stunning vineyards of the Wachau region and the beautiful city of Budapest.
For a taste of some of the world’s most famous and delightful wine (always soothing after a day’s ride) Burgundy (Trip code: LSQ), the Loire (Trip code: LSR) and Provence will wetten your appetite. Cycle Provence and the Luberon (Trip code: LSM) is our most challenging self-guided trip but also the most rewarding. Riding through the rolling hills of the Luberon past the stunning Provencal hilltop villages of Lauris, Lourmarin and Simiane-la-Rotunde provides breathtaking scenery across the plains of Provence.
There are a couple of rest days to enjoy the thriving market town of Forcalquier or even attempt a legend of the Tour de France – the majestic Mont Ventoux. Although you may want to steer clear of the local wine and pastisse before climbing 1200m to the summit, where the spectacular views stretch from Mount Viso marking the Italian frontier to Mont Blanc.
Another region famous for wine is the hinterland of Venice, the Veneto (Trip code: LSP), and its gentle landscapes are easy to explore by bike. Combined with a visit to Venice, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, we discover many sides of Italy, passing ancient churches, farming communities and vineyards. The route is generally undemanding with a few steep but short climbs with the opportunity to visit the first covered theatre in Europe in Vicenza and the famous Basilica of St Anthony in Padua.
And if you’ve sampled enough wine by now then spend a week exploring mediaeval villages and ancient volcanoes along the bici carril (a famous disused railway line) from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean (Trip code: LSY).
Our wide range of self-guided tours allow you to discover the culture of a country, enjoy superb scenery and the freedom of the road!