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Top 5 Cultural Cycling Holidays

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Forget feeling lethargic on your travels – cycling is one of the easiest ways to blend cultural and active exploration. 

These cultural cycling holidays get you to the heart of the action in some of the world’s most spectacular locations, and give you brilliant insight into local life and beautiful scenery as you travel between places of cultural significance, rich heritage and iconic status. These routes are designed to follow the backroads and trails that get you away from the main drag to see things from an unusual perspective – and still let you immerse yourself in the culture along the way.

If you’ve never tried a cycling holiday before, and don’t want to give up the cultural side of things, this is the perfect excuse. Here are our five favourite cultural rides you’ll love…

Pedalling Pilgrims on The Camino de Santiago

Think the Camino is just for walkers? Think again. This iconic pilgrimage route is no less incredible when tackled on two wheels, and going by bike allows you to see more of the famous trail in the same space of time. The cycle route either runs parallel or is the same as the one used by walkers, and you’ll pass the same wealth of incredible mountaintop monasteries, gorgeous churches and sample Spanish cuisine and wine along the way. Cycling means you’ll move at a different pace to walkers, so you’ll be able to time your visits to the famous monuments just right to have a little more privacy, too.

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Central Europe on Two Wheels

Covering off some of Europe’s finest capitals, historic palaces and passing through no fewer than four European nations, this is a ride you’ll never forget. This route leads you through ancient forests bejewelled with medieval monasteries, through tempting vineyards, rural communities and exquisite palace gardens, and of course riverside riding along the mighty Danube Cycle Path. Explore the cities by bike, or if you’re saddle sore, take it all in at your own pace in some of the most vibrant, exquisite cities Europe has to offer.

Prague to Budapest Ride

See Sri Lanka from the Saddle

Your bike is your passport to rural Sri Lanka. The teardrop isle is small enough that you can enjoy many of the highlights on an almost continuous ride along the quieter backroads. You’ll see the famous tea plantations from the saddle, ride through the spice growing regions and rice fields, and enjoy a cycle tour of the ruins of Polonnaruwa. You’ll need to dismount for the climb to the top of Sigiriya, but most of your journey you’ll be able to stay on the bike.

Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

The Baltics by Bike

The flat, good quality roads linking Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the relaxed cyclists dream. Short distances free up oodles of time for getting under the skin of this trio of fascinating countries, with a wealth of fascinating history and timeless traditions. Allow yourself to be charmed by the whimsical spires of Tallinn and the fairytale castles and forests of the countryside, get outside and see the tiny villages along the Baltic coast, and the beautiful sculpture par which depicts wooden carvings of Lithuania’s rich folklore and storytelling culture.

Cycle the Baltics 

Cycling in Mexico

Take to two wheels in Mexico and you’ll uncover a wealth of Mayan archaeology, ochre-hued colonial towns where the cobbled streets bustle with day to day life and traditional cuisine sure to keep you pedalling the next day. Mexico is the perfect place to discover on your bike, with gentle roads leading through dense, tropical forests linking up the sleeping roadside bars with the iconic silhouette of Chichen Itza. The scenery is equally captivating – especially the cenotes, deep underwater pools which connect the underground labyrinth that is the Yucatan peninsula.

Cycling in Mexico


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