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Cycling Holidays in Europe

Europe Cycling Holidays

The traditional heartland of a cycling holiday, Europe appeals to all types of cyclists. Novices will enjoy the more leisurely pace of some our cycling tours in Europe that take in the sweeping vistas of ancient lands. While serious cyclists get the chance to tackle world-famous cols and climbs on the same routes as the professional athletes.

 The Tour de France is a tour de force when it comes to navigating winding back roads, coastal clifftops, iconic cols and showcases what Europe has to offer- it’s no wonder cycling tours in Europe are soaring in popularity.

 With so many people taking to two wheels, it’s only natural to want to branch out and discover a different country from a new vantage, and we have plenty of cycling trips in Europe to tempt you. For those who enjoy a combination of culture and cuisine, we have our leisurely tours of the Loire Valley and its sprawling Chateaux. Italian escapes that showcase the rugged beauty of northern Italy are perfect for those looking for a slight challenge. 

 Cycling trips in Europe are made to be enjoyed. Wind your way through multiple countries along the banks of beautiful rivers and canals, meander the pastoral paths through idyllic countryside or find your way through ancient forests and rugged coastlines. Our Europe cycling trips have been tailor made with you in mind, whether you’re looking for a cultural holiday or prefer to be challenged, we have a cycling tour in Europe for you.

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Europe Cycling Holidays

Cycling Puglia & Matera

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Cycle from the UNESCO town of Matera through Italy's heel to Lecce

Activity level:
Ages: 16+
8 Days
from £1,549 £1,449
Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Cycle the famous Cotes de Rhone vineyards and visit France's most extensive Roman site

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 8+
9 Days from £1,649
Self-Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Frequently Asked Questions for European Cycling Holidays

Where can I visit on an Exodus Europe cycling trip?

We have an extensive array of cycling tours in Europe from the rugged coast of Ireland, across the vineyards of France or into the beautiful Balkan’s and beyond. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a cycling tour in Europe to suit you.

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What are the best cycling holidays in Europe for families?

Family cycling holidays in Europe are not only a great opportunity for all the family to enjoy an active adventure together, but they also introduce you to hidden places on roads less travelled, away from the crowds. Follow self-guided routes among the famous vineyards of Cotes du Rhone, explore the whitewashed villages of Puglia or discover the rural orchards of Catalonia. The hilltop villages of Provence are particularly beautiful and there are plenty of opportunities to sample the delicious French cuisine with all the family.

What are the best cycling holidays in Europe for experienced cyclists?

If you’re a more experienced cyclist looking for something more challenging, we have several cycling holidays in Europe that will test your stamina and your mettle. You could tackle the off-road tracks and steep climbs of northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, explore the ancient castles of the South Wales Coast or ride through the Douro Valley, sampling some of the world’s finest wines en route. One of the greatest yet most exciting of all the cycling holidays in Europe is in North Macedonia and North Albania where you’re rewarded with views across lush gorges and emerald lakes.

Do I need to train for the cycling trips?

While many of our leisurely trips require no experience, you will still be cycling for at least a couple of hours a day and you should therefore prepare accordingly.

If you are looking at booking one of our challenging cycling trips you need to have a good level of fitness, and previous experience of cycling for long distances is essential.

We want you to get the most out of your holiday, so if you are in any doubt about the activity level of your desired cycling tour in Europe, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How do I train for a cycling holiday?

Our cycling holidays in Europe are designed to be fun and enjoyable and will introduce you to some of the most incredible scenery, but it’s important that you choose the right kind of tour to suit your ability. Whichever cycling trip you decide on, you will need some degree of fitness. Make sure you improve your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen your legs and back before you go.

The best way to train for a cycling holiday is to cycle! By gradually increasing your mileage in advance of your holiday, tackling a few hills and cycling on different surfaces, you’ll build up your stamina and the muscles in your legs. It’s also worth cycling beforehand in different types of weather and make sure you get accustomed to carrying your kit with you too. If you do find that the weather really isn’t suitable for cycling on some days, head to the leisure centre for a spin class, swimming or a gym workout. Check out our cycling fitness plan for more in-depth training ideas.

What can I expect on a cycling holiday in Europe?

Our cycling holidays in Europe vary depending on their activity level. The levels range from leisurely and moderate to challenging, so of course, there will be different expectations for each. Our cycling fitness plan gives you more information about each activity level and what you can expect.

We offer both guided and self-guided cycling holidays. On our guided trips, you can expect a highly experienced tour leader who will guide you along carefully planned routes among breathtaking scenery. On many of the trips, the routes are a combination of tarmac roads, cycle paths and off-road tracks. Local bike hire is included, and E-bikes are also available on request. On both self-guided and guided tours, accommodation, a selection of meals and luggage transfers are included. Our self-guided cycling holidays in Europe also include the RideWithGPS navigation app and GPS route directions.

Are the cycling trips guided?

The majority of our amazing cycling holidays in Europe are self-guided, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. With our detailed route notes to hand you can discover Europe your way. We will of course still arrange your luggage transfers if you’re moving from base to base.

Our more challenging tours through mountain passageways, across borders and along ancient terrain are led by experienced guides. Not only will you get a unique insight into local life, but you’ll have friendly fellow cyclists to share the journey with too.

Either way, you’ll be able to discover the best of Europe on two wheels.

How long are your cycling trips in Europe?

You can enjoy one of our cycling trips in Europe in as little as four days, or if you are looking for a more immersive experience you can enjoy up to 15 days exploring Europe by bike.

All our trips have been tailored to ensure you get the most out of your cycling holiday in Europe with adequate time to enjoy the route and explore the beautiful terrain you’re traversing.

Why book cycling holidays in Europe with Exodus?

Blessed with beautiful scenery and temperate climates, Europe is a perfect destination for cycling tours. From the historical pilgrimage route of the Santiago de Camino to the stunning Dalmatian Coast, you’ll be greeted by spectacular vistas. The beauty of booking cycling holidays in Europe with Exodus is that we cater to all abilities, from novices to experts.

More experienced cyclists might want to take on the challenging peaks of the Tour de France while less seasoned cyclists enjoy a more leisurely ride from Porto to Lisbon. Whether you prefer to go it alone or join a guided tour, all your luggage is taken care of and routes are meticulously planned to bring you visual feasts, diverse culture and intriguing history of each destination.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to don the Lycra, helmet and sunglasses and get your cycling holiday underway. Speak to one of our experienced team today to get yourself ready for an exhilarating ride across Europe. 

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