Hiking and cycling tours is what Exodus Travels is best known for and Europe perhaps has the best infrastructure to pull these off. These are the best cycling adventure holidays in Europe by Exodus Travels.
Historic towns, forgotten villages and hamlets, a beautiful coastline and deep forests are all around you on this cycling trip through the three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Enjoy cities such as Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, each with an atmosphere all their own, discover crusader castles and experience a region steeped in history.
Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
Cycle quiet country lanes and bike paths and discover the castles, forgotten villages, river valleys, lakes and historic capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire of old. From gorgeous Prague we cycle to pretty Český Krumlov on the Vltava River with its narrow, crooked streets and beautiful old architecture.
Via the mediaeval spa town of Trebon we follow sections of the Greenways Trail, to arrive at the UNESCO Cultural Heritage listed Renaissance town of Telc.
Past the vineyards and wine cellars of Moravia, we ride to Mikulov with its pretty castle and town square, and onto Vienna. After a free day soaking up the vibes in its famous cafés for coffee and cake and admiring the imperial heritage, we follow the Danube Cycle Path to to Slovakia's capital Bratislava. Next we cross the border into Hungary and stay at the pretty town of Esztergom before arriving in the capital Budapest, where our cycling adventure of Central Europe ends.
Cycle the beautiful Danube river as it wends its way through a pretty valley, deep woods and past historic towns, castles and abbeys to Vienna, the capital of Austria and once the seat of an imperial dynasty.
Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
Connect three great capitals of Central Europe, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on this bicycle ride along the storied river Danube. Discover historic sites, small villages and towns, stunning architecture and lovely landscapes at your own leisure.
The southern coast of Croatia, the Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beautiful clear waters, plenty of historical towns, myriad islands and great food. This tour lets you discover all of this and more on a ride from Split to Dubrovnik.
Deep in southern Italy, in the "heel of the boot", lie the unique regions of Puglia and Basilicata. It is an area of limestone ridges, fertile valleys, vineyards, ancient olive groves and pretty towns. We explore the rock-cut dwellings in UNESCO-protected Matera, the dry-stone houses of Alberobello and the dramatic coastline, while enjoying the great regional cuisine and wines.
Sun-bleached towns, craggy mountains dropping down to a spectacular coastline, fhishing villages and hamlets and spectacular beaches and the evocative ruined temples of Paestum - the Amalfi and its lesser-known neighbour to the south, Cilento, have a lot going for them. On this one-week holiday you get to ride the best stretches of this wonderful piece of Italy.
Tuscany is possibly the most famous of Italy's regions - and for good reason. Hilltop towns, cypress-lined roads, great food and wines and of course the splendid Reniassance cities of Siena and Florence. On this one-week cycling trip through the region you will discover all of this, along with the quaint town of San Gimignano, the hills of Chianti and the beautiful countryside around Montepulciano. This is Italy at it's finest.
Flat but pretty Puglia makes for great cycling. Add to it the gorgeous food and some beautiful historical towns and you have a the makings of a relaxed cycling holiday in a region unique to Italy.
Cycle through lovely fishing villages and along sandy beaches. From Porto, ride along some of the best sections of coastline Portugal has to offer before ending in charming Lisbon.
North of Portugal's famed city of Porto lies the Minho region, an area known for its beaufitul scenery of rugged mountains and stunning coastline as well as its wonderful regional cuisine. Ride through small villages, historic towns and past vineyards producing Vinho Verde, enjoying scenic river views and beaches along the way.
This is an ideal trip for people who have not cycled much - flat terrain through a lovely unspoilt area. This part of Portugal is a well-kept secret where you will find beautiful beaches, lagoons filled with pink flamingos and colourful moliceiro boats cruising along the canals of Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal.
Starting in vibrant Porto, you have a choice of routes along beaches and bays to reach your beachfront hotel near Furadouro.
The next day you again have a choice of routes, some of which may involve a local train ride, as you continue along the Aveiro lagoon with its myriad bird species to the heart of Aveiro and your luxury mansion canal-side hotel.
A free day in Aveiro may have you check out the fish market or visit nearby Costa Nova with its colourful wooden houses. You then continue south along the coast, through an area famous for porcelain production and riding past pear orchards, lemon groves and strawberry fields, to your beachfront hotel at Praia de Mira.
In some countries in Europe "Living like a god in France" means living the good life. And this is your chance to do just that. This is one of France's finest wine regions and you get to enjoy some easy-going cycling along rural tracks, quiet backroads and old tow paths. Each day you get to sample fresh produce at local vineyards and farms or stop for lunch in one of the beautiful villages you will encounter. We include four gastronomic evening meals, allowing you to get taste the best of the region.
Ride through pretty countryside, stop at a vineyard and indulge in terrific dinners. If you enjoy food and wine, culture and relaxed cycling, this trip is for you. Cycling days are short and there is plenty of time for lazy lunches and visits to the chateaux France's Loire Valley is so famous for.
Cycle through pretty L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famed for its waterwheels and antique market. From here you ride via the mediaeval village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse with its beautiful springs to Les Imberts, situated just below the gorgeous hilltop town of Gordes. Ride on to pretty Roussillon where you can walk the Ochre Trail, wander up to the top of town for a marvellous view, or indulge in ice cream or coffee.
Along quiet lanes and past vineyards you reach Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, set on a hill, before riding into the bustling town of Apt. Crossing Roman Pont Julien you next cycle along quiet country lanes to the delightful villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste.
A free day in Maubec allows you to explore further afield: the pretty villages of Lagnes, Taillades and Robion, historical Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Roman Glanum or the monastery of Saint Paul de Mausole are all options.
This gentle self-guided cycling trip in Spain's Catalonia region will have you discover a beautiful coastline lined with pretty fishing ports, while inland, olive groves, peach orchards and lovely villages abound. Each cycling day has two rides to choose from and every other day you have a day to relax or choose an optional ride. The accommodations have been specially selected for their location and atmosphere, allowing you enjoy a spot of luxury at the end of your cycling days. Imagine waking up in a restored 14th Century castle!