We’re all going on a cycling summer holiday….yes it’s that time of year when we Brits are still patiently waiting for the showers to pass and the spring to kick in. But let’s face it, we could be waiting forever, so now is a great time to start thinking about jetting off to warmer climes with your bike and taking in some of the world’s most stunning sights.
We’ve compiled what in our opinion are five of the greatest two-wheeled summer destinations, so grab your helmet and passports at the ready for truly spectacular summer cycling holidays.
1. The Dordogne, France – from £995 per person
For a taste of the idyllic rural life take a 7-day cycle through the Dordogne in the South of France. Always popular with cyclists for its quiet roads and breath-taking scenery, this moderately difficult route will show you the very best that France has to offer. From steep climbs to La Roque Gageac – a town quite literally built into the side of a cliff, to winding downhill freewheels, you’ll pass ruined castles, many-a-chateau and miles and miles of vineyards.
And after all that pedalling, there is plenty of time to sample the finest gastronomic delights that the Dordogne is best known for. Fine wines, French cuisine and even foie gras if you’re that way inclined. Don’t blame us if you come back carrying a few extra pounds.
2. Cambodia, Vietnam – from £1350 per person
For a touch of the exotic, cycling holidays to Cambodia just cannot be beaten. Starting in the capital city, Phnom Penh, the 14-day supported tour will wheel you along the coast, through traditional fishing villages and down the banks of the Mekong River, ending in Siem Reap. Staying in hotels and guest-houses along the way, it’s a chance to get to know the real Cambodia and its people. It’s surprisingly easy-going, with very few hills, but the terrain can be a little tricky in the more rural areas.
3. The Dolomites, Italy – prices vary
Boasting a legendary status amongst cyclists, any serious biker needs to cycle the Dolomite Mountains at least once. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has something for nearly every cyclist. There are hundreds of meandering road bike trails, from moderately easy to fiendishly challenging, and the rugged terrain makes it perfect for the mountain biker, offering difficult climbs and fast-paced descents.
Sunblock and a sense of adventure are mandatory.
4. Danube Path – Austria to Hungary – from £549 per person
A trail for the more leisurely cyclists among you, this 8-day route will take you along the Danube river and through three countries.
Starting in Austria, you’ll pass quiet villages lost in time, ancient castles in Slovakia and miles and miles of unspoiled land in Hungary. There are plenty of friendly places to stay along the way, and with an average distance of 20 miles per day, it’s the perfect way to unwind. And there’s no need to worry about the temperature – even at the height of summer, it rarely reaches over 25C.
5. Way of the Roses, Yorkshire, UK – from £150 per person
Finally, if going abroad seems like too much, then take inspiration from the Tour de Yorkshire and cycle the Way of The Roses . It’s a relatively new coast-to-coast trail between Morecambe and Bridlington, taking in some historic English gems like York, Ripon and the ever-beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
This 170-mile route can be done by a seasoned cyclist in three days, so it’s perfect if you’re short on time. It promises beautiful scenery, but can make no guarantees about the weather!
So there you have it, our best five cycling holidays for you to start planning now. You may also like to know that getting your bike on to a plane is also pretty much hassle free. For the majority of carriers it is free of charge if you don’t go above your the allocated weight allowance. For those of you who do, it still won’t cost you an arm or a leg. Check out sky scanner for more info.