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Cycling Holidays

Cycle Breaks specialise in self-guided cycling holidays of the gentle kind. We offer expertly organised bike tours in England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, based on our extensive experience and love of exploring wonderful destinations and countryside on two wheels.

 

Our bikes are great – even electric at times – and we pride ourselves on arranging the best accommodation, transporting your luggage, preparing the most inspiring routes and giving all round expert advice and support, so you can set off and get the most out of your cycling holiday with real peace of mind.

Why are cycling holidays with Cycle Breaks so special?

We have been operating cycling holidays since 1991 and whether you’re a regular cyclist or first time explorer, we understand your pedalling priorities.

Our tours are graded, mainly with flexible start dates and we can usually add extra nights, cut rest days , arrange taxis… just ask and we will do our very best to help.

We have a reputation for either creating, reviewing, revising and cycling our routes ourselves – both in the UK and mainland Europe – and have first-hand knowledge of our carefully selected accommodations. In Europe we have developed a network of partnerships with local experts who work with us and share our commitment to quality, service and great cycling. We’re happy to discuss any aspects of our holidays should you have any questions.


Cycling holidays in England

We organise cycle tours in our native East Anglia – in the beautiful counties of Suffolk and Norfolk. In close proximity to London and amongst the driest areas in the UK, they make excellent gentle cycling holiday and short break destinations taking in the heritage coast, iconic English countryside or both!

Cycling holidays – Click here for details of Cycle Breaks tours in and around East Anglia.

Suffolk

Castles and haunting coastline; pink thatched cottages and half-timbered hamlets; colourful heathlands; rolling countryside straight out of the works of our best-loved landscape painter, John Constable – Suffolk is full of delightful surprises with quiet lanes, gentle terrain and tempting tearooms, country pubs with beers from the coast, all of which just lend themselves to inspiring holiday times in and out of the saddle.

Tour between our very good quality, characterful hotels or stay put and pedal out on a single centre short break. Either way there are plenty of delicious, local, fine foods to enjoy from fresh produce to smoked oysters, tasty hams and copious cake.

Our Suffolk tours are very flexible, friendly and fun, with luggage transfer and full local assistance including puncture repair (not available elsewhere).

Click here for details of our cycling tours in Suffolk.

Norfolk

Enjoy the land of big skies for some real ‘breathe-in’ space as your gentle Norfolk cycling adventure leads you along tiny country lanes through varied landscapes – forest, heathland, broad open arable lands, timeless flint villages, the vibrant, historic city of Norwich or fashionable finds along the North Norfolk coast.

Carefully selected, luxury hotels may tempt you stay a little longer, and you’ll want to get a real taste for the place from fresh Cromer crab to a Norfolk pint or just listening to the local accent in a cosy pub or two. These tours are generally flexible though, so tailoring our cycling holidays to meet your needs is no problem.

Norfolk routes include local assistance and tend to have higher grades than our Suffolk tours, because they can require longer stretches in the saddle.

Click here for details of our Norfolk cycling tours.


Cycling holidays in France

We’ve picked a wonderful selection of French destinations which have really inspired us, and go on and on being firm favourites with many of our customers who return to us for a different cycling holiday every year. Choose from France’s château country – the Loire Valley; the cradle of prehistory – the Dordogne; the impressive Canal du Midi and timeless, sun-baked Provence.

Cycling holidays France – Click here for details of Cycle Breaks tours in France.

The Loire Valley

It’s easy to get a taste for the Loire Valley – the wines, the vineyards, the cheeses, the pétillant, the most pleasant micro-climate and of course, the amazing array of châteaux from the tiny, ‘floating’ Azay-le-Rideau to the imposing, grand hunting lodge at Chambord.

Our single centre, circular and linear bike tours combine gentle terrain with good traffic-free cycling on quieter roads, taking in river and forest, castles and countryside as well as vibrant cities such as Tours, Angers and Orléans.

Travel by TGV from Paris perhaps and choose from our own selection of accommodation, enjoying half-board stays in a wide range of hotels including charming family run auberges. Your holiday can start on any day, and we can generally add in extra nights along the way to make the tour truly your own.

Click here for details of our cycle holidays in the Loire Valley, France.

The Dordogne

If you like real history and a hill or two, then the Dordogne is the perfect French destination for a cycling holiday full of discoveries. And don’t worry, if you’d rather not push those pedals all the way up those hills (yes, it is a little more challenging) our electric bikes can help to deliver you to those marvellous views!

Set off any day, stay on a half-board basis in characterful, hand-picked hotels and pedal past vineyards and bastides, perhaps take a river trip in an historic gabard at La Roque Gageac, visit the land of prehistoric caves at Lascaux and wonder at the world from Les Eyzies.

Tasty local treats include wonderful red wines and rich pain d’épices. It’s a region to enjoy France at its best, but English tends to be spoken here too – so you might find it the best of both worlds.

Click here for details of our biking tours in the Dordogne, France.

The Canal du Midi

Whether you TGV it down to Perpignan, or choose to fly direct to Carcassone or Toulouse, this area of France stretching west from the edge of the Camargue is simply a must ‘C’ destination: Cathare castles, Canal country, captivating Carcassonne, and when it comes to cuisine, nothing beats a hearty helping of Cassoulet, washed down with a glass of rich, red Languedoc-Roussillon after a day in the saddle.

As you might expect from a canal-hugging bike itinerary, the cycling on this tour is quite straightforward, including both paved and unpaved stretches and including optional opportunities to journey off into the hills.

The Languedoc climate is very similar to Provence, so it can be hot, but pedalling alongside the canal – maybe even gliding out each morning on an electric bike from B&B or half-board stays in comfy, characterful accommodation – certainly makes for a cool cycling holiday.

Click here for details of our biking tours along the Canal du Midi, France.

Provence

Warm, vibrant, accessible and brimful of history, Provence and cycling holidays just seem made for each other. Our cycling tours and bike and boat tours offer all the classic destinations and take in the wonderful white horses of the Camargue too. From Avignon to amphitheatres, aqueducts and ancient ruins to the vineyards of Châteuneuf du Pape and the Rhône Valley, there is so much to explore.

Tours start in Orange or Arles (Avignon or Aigues-Mortes for bike and boat holidays), with bright sunflowers, purple lavenders or rich ratatouille reds to colour your route along quiet roads and river paths. Terrain is generally flat with some undulating hills and the weather can be hot, which makes these slightly more challenging routes in our portfolio of gentle adventures, but still well within the capabilities of the vast majority of occasional cyclists.

For our touring holidays by bike, we have selected well-located, cyclist-friendly accommodation for B&B stays and offer restaurant tips for memorable suppers al fresco. These biking holidays in Provence are cost-effective favourites with solo travellers.

Our bike and boat tours along the Rhône and waterways of Provence make for a relaxing and refreshing change with comfortable accommodation and most meals provided on board the boats Soleo or L’Estello.

Click here for details of our cycle tours in Provence, France.


Cycling holidays in Italy

From the lagoons of Venice to Lake Garda, the marvellous mountain valleys of Piedmont near Turin to timeless Tuscany or ‘trulli’ amazing Puglia, our bike tours in Italy offer a range of dramatic scenery and captivating coastlines, real cultural highlights, plus villages and vistas which you can’t help but fall in love with.

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Piedmont

Pedal out along famous pilgrimage routes, enjoy perfect panoramas from hilltop castles, take a trip to Turin and cycle by lakes and vineyards all from a stay in a luxurious villa hotel with pool in the heart of Piedmont’s Canavese area.

Our superbly scenic day rides head out along paved and unpaved roads and include some hills, so they will undoubtedly secure you a good appetite to enjoy Piedmont’s fine foods and great wines to the full. This is the region to treat yourself with chocolate and truffles, delicious dinners and a ‘stop and sip’ tour of the Strada Reale dei Vini.

Our single centre cycle tours offer plenty of flexibility from different start days to length of stay and B&B / half board options, so you can explore and enjoy the lakes, rivers, history and cuisine of this delightful, undiscovered region of Italy to the full.

Click here for details of our single centre and multi-centre bike tours in Piedmont, Italy.

From Bolzano (South Tyrol) to Verona via Lake Garda

The Italian Dolomites make for a dramatic backdrop to this cycling tour full of contrasts. Start in the mountain valleys in the sophisticated German-speaking town of Bolzano / Bozen in the South Tyrol and tour down the Adige River towards the plains and world-renowned city of Verona – a place which just couldn’t be more passionately Italian!

The impressively scenic cycling is mainly ‘off road’ on paved cycle paths to Lake Garda. Vineyards, orchards, fortresses and frescoes line up along the route and there is an inspirational descent to Torbole and the spa towns of Lake Garda.

Our very comfortable accommodation is well located and opportunities abound when it comes to sampling local specialities from Kaffee und Kuchen to Prosecco e Proscuitio. Start days are set, but there is a choice of B&B or half-board stays and solo travellers will find this cycle tour an attractive, cost-effective option.

Click here for details of our Bolzano to Verona cycling tour, Italy.

Tuscany

If you have a leaning towards a cycling holiday in Italy, then Pisa seems an appropriate place to start. Packed full of piazzas, pallazos and pontes (not to mention pizza and pasta surely too) the Cycle Breaks ‘Treasures of Tuscany’ tour makes for the perfect cycling-culture combination close to the clink of Chianti bottles.

The cycling terrain is at times gentle, at times more undulating as you visit Lucca and the home town of grand master Leonardo, at Vinci, but there are train transfer options to circumvent the bigger hills, or you can enjoy destinations like Pistoia under your own steam before heading on to immerse yourself in the marvels of Florence.

Fly into Florence or Pisa and stay on a B&B basis which allows you to savour flavours at your own pace of an evening – a truly tasty tour all round.

Click here for details of our Pisa to Florence cycle tour in Tuscany, Italy.

Venice / Veneto

Watery Venice is perhaps not an obvious destination for a bike tour, but from the Grand Canal to Campanile and arresting architecture to Adriatic beaches, life on a lagoon couldn’t be more captivating and is somehow best enjoyed at pedalling pace.

Cross the Freedom Bridge looking towards Venice, use vaporetti to island hop down to Chioggia, then steer inland along quiet roads and canal or riverside paths to explore the delightful region of Veneto. Past historic Rovigo, a train ride eases the way into the undulating Eugenese hills to reach Vicenza, then it’s north to Prosecco country before a riverside stretch returns you to Mestre (Venice).

Electric bikes are available. Our cycle tour includes B&B stays in comfortable accommodation and although there is a set start day, extra overnights in Mestre can be arranged.

Click here for details of our Venice and Veneto cycling tour, Italy.

Puglia (Apulia)

Gorge-ous landscapes and white cities, ‘trulli’ enchanting rustic architecture, blue Ionian waters or pink flamingo lagoons by the Adriatic – cycling in Puglia and Salento, the Heel of Italy, is full of colour and contrasts.  

In the north where Matera rises out of the Torrent Gravina gorge, the cycling terrain is slightly more challenging than the gentle cross-country loops between the two coasts, but biking in these areas of Italy around Alberobello and around Lecce, the fascinating ‘Florence of the South’, makes for a very rewarding time on two wheels. Transfers by train easily link the two areas together too, making the combination of Italian coast, culture and countryside an irresistible one.

On certain tours, our selection of comfortable accommodation includes a special overnight full of character, in a unique ‘trullo’ house in Alberbello.      

Click here for details of our biking tours in Puglia, Italy.   


Cycling holidays in Spain

We’ve fallen in love with the green hinterlands of Catalonia and Catalunya’s Empordà region along the Catalan coast for relaxed, scenic cycling holidays. From volcanoes and vineyards to the most beautiful beaches, this area is wildly attractive and close enough to combine with a break in Barcelona too.

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Catalonia, Spain

The gloriously green Via Verde cycle path leads down from the volcanic hills of La Garrotxa Natural Park to the inviting blue of the Mediterranean. Wonderfully wooded in places and certainly an undiscovered gem, this bike tour offers simply super, scenic and primarily downhill cycling of the gentlest kind.

En route, the old railway path leads via historic Girona with its colourful medieval houses lining the Onyer River and impressive cathedral, then on through a patchwork of rural landscapes to champagne cork capital, St Feliu de Guíxols, Romanesque Porta Ferrada and the golden sands and seafood delights of San Pol.

Easily accessible from Perpignan airport with carefully selected hotels including a smart colonial villa, it’s a great and flexible cycling tour to combine with a stay in the Canal du Midi, or short break in nearby Barcelona and one which can be enjoyed well beyond the main season too.

Click here for details of our inland Catalonia cycling tours, Spain.

The Catalan Coast, Spain

Catalunya’s Empordà region is a real revelation. Hours of easy cycling around the coastal plain lead along quiet paved or gravelled roads from one delightful discovery to the next – from big bays and rocky islands to ancient villages, Greco-Roman ruins and time-honoured olive groves.

Cultural highlights include the famous citadel at Roses Bay and the eccentricities of the Salvador Dalí’s Theatre Museum in Figueres, whilst circular day routes add fortified hill top towns and Pyrenean vineyards and the Empordà wine museum to the menu.

Whether you choose a longer or shorter stay at our smart selection of hotels and take the B&B or half-board option, this is a cycling holiday for mellowing by the Med and enjoying the freedom of two wheels and an hour or two by the pool.

Click here for details of our cycle tours in Spain which include the Catalan coast.

Mallorca

From craggy south coast coves and the treasures of Palma to magical mountains, or wide open plains dotted with windmills and watchtowers, the island of Mallorca is full of stunning scenery, the scents of almond blossom and orange trees and some really wonderful cycling.

Whilst professional cycle teams use the island as a winter training training base, we are able to offer this as a gentle cycling tour as the big climbs are undertaken by minibus transfers across the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to Lluc’s famed monastery and beyond. Then, when you’ve saddled up and enjoyed the long descent to Port de Sóller, the train takes the strain all the way to historic Palma.

This tour is available out of high season and follows a route which is primarily paved, with some cycle paths and some busier roads. Stays at our selected tourist hotels mostly include dinner, and the holiday finishes with a good, centrally located hotel in sophisticated Palma (well away from the tourist areas). As flying into Palma couldn’t be easier, why not stay on to explore this historic city?

Find out more about our Mallorca bike tour.

Valencia

Fortified towns, wine-growing ‘fincas’, lagoons and sandy beaches, Borgia palaces and the vibrant city of Valencia – this part of Spain is full of cycling surprises. Pedal out past medieval gateways and the bold modern of Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences and a seaside stretches roll out under your two wheels as your coast towards the Albufera Nature Reserve. In Southern Valencia, the bold Moorish castle at Biar and rugged sierras give way to rich market gardens before reaching the impressive palaces at Xátiva. All gentle cycling journeys through irresistibly different, very Spanish worlds.

Our selection of self-guided cycling holidays in Valencia features both linear and circular routes and include comfortable accommodation with some tours including the beautiful beach-side Parador El Saler in the Albufera Nature Reserve itself and / or a rural ‘Finca’ in the vineyard district of Terres del Alforins.     

Click here for details of our cycle tours in Valencia, Spain.


Cycling holidays in Austria

Austria is renowned for sparkling lakes and awesome mountains. Our Ten Lakes tour includes all those ‘Sound of Music’ moments, but our two favourite Austrian cycle tours have to be along inspiring rivers. The Danube is an all time classic dotted with fabulous cities, but head south from Salzburg to discover the Mur Valley for some pure cycling magic.

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The Mur Valley, Austria

High mountain peaks, green pastures, farms, forests and fertile plains – the Mur Valley cycle path from St Michael im Lungau via the vibrant city of Graz to the Styrian vineyards by the Slovenian borderlands is simply an excellent and inspiring place to pedal.

Reached after a stay in Salzburg, the paved, off-road cycle way leads from alpine scenery all the way to the flattest plains, a route lined with medieval castles, charming villages full of bright chalets, and places of pilgrimage.

Start your cycling holiday any day and choose from longer or shorter tours, staying on a B&B or half-board basis in our carefully selected, characterful accommodation – either way there are lots of delicious specialities and local fine wines to enjoy. Even the air here has champagne qualities too – with a climate that’s just right, we think that the Mur Valley might just be our most exciting cycling discovery yet.

Click here for details of our Mur Valley cycling tours, Austria.

The River Danube

There’s a reason why this classic riverside route is perhaps the most cycled in the world – the cycling is fantastic with lots of support along the way from bike ferries and cycle-friendly trains if you need it and as for the scenery…

As if Passau and Vienna – the start and stop points – are not mind-blowing enough, the amazing meanders at Schlogen, bustling Linz, Richard the Lionheart’s castle prison at Durnstein and the World Heritage Site of the Wachau with Melk’s mighty monastery all line up along the way.

There’s a good week of cycling here, mainly following a dedicated cycle path, but it’s the sort of route where you can take your time too. Our selected accommodation is on a B&B basis, so you can explore the local cafes and restaurants. Tours start any day and extra nights can be arranged in the big cities if you wish.

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We now offer bike and boat tours along the Danube, so you can relax on board your floating accommodation, the MS Normandie, stopping of to cycle stretches and meet the boat at a different location. Enjoy return bike and boat holidays along this classic river from Passau to Vienna or go with the flow over the borders and all the way to Budapest.

Find out more about our return Bike & Boat holiday from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria.  

Find out more about our return Bike & Boat holiday from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.

Austria’s Lake District

One of the wonders of the Salzkammergut is the opportunity to enjoy the highest mountain peaks and most breathtaking vistas from the flattest lakeside tracks and quiet country lanes which only see you pedalling over rolling hills at the very most.

Ferry rides, train transfers – and electric bikes if you wish – all ease the way as you explore ten beautiful lakes and countless alpine villages, smart spa towns and admire amazing vista after amazing vista. Highlights include Hallstatt and Traunkirchen where Castle Ort seems to float out on the Traunsee.

Many of our hotels have spa facilities and with a B&B stay, we add plenty of tips for finding tasty treats in local restaurants and friendly cafes. Flying in to Munich or Mozart’s Salzburg couldn’t be easier, so why not add some extra nights for some city time too?

Click here for details of our cycling tour around the Austrian Lake District.


Cycling holidays in Germany

Colourful, lavish, friendly, refreshing and fun – Bavaria is brilliant, Lake Constance is truly cosmopolitan; both make for marvellous biking holidays in lands of impressive mountain backdrops and watery wonderlands, dotted with tiny painted villages and elegant resorts. We’ve chosen dedicated cycle paths and the quietest green lanes to lead you down the Alpenstrasse or around Lake Constance to the impressive Rhine Falls.

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Bavaria

Our cycle route from Munich to Salzburg dips its toe in the great waters of the Chiemsee, in Berchtesgaden’s romantic Königsee and finally in Austria too. Other highlights include the proud spa towns of Bad Tölz, Bad Feilnbach and Bad Reichenhall, as well as the Bierfest fun and fine architecture of Munich and historic Salzburg, complete with castle and memories of Mozart.

More challenging perhaps than most of our gentle cycling adventures, electric bikes are an option to help with steeper hill stretches, but our carefully chosen route is mainly on quiet country lanes and dedicated cycle paths.

Characterful accommodation comes with the territory and with your stay on a B&B basis, there’s plenty of flexibility to enjoy afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen rituals and lighter lunches or suppers – don’t worry, we’ll provide top dining tips too.

Click here for details about our Munich to Salzburg biking holidays in Germany.

Lake Constance and the Rhine Falls

It’s perhaps Europe’s most iconic cycle route – a chance to country hop between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Visit beautiful islands like floral Mainau, and take in timeless towns like Meersburg, or the bustling port of Lindau and cultural cities like Bregenz, as well as wondering at the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Central Europe.

We offer touring holidays by bike or electric bike around the entire lake or just its upper and lower stretches as well as single centre options based in the historic university town of Konstanz. Packages of boat / ferry transfers and some admission to selected attractions are also included in the tour price.

Cycling terrain here tends to be gentle, and there’s plenty of opportunity for flexible rides and rest days too. The carefully selected accommodation is well located with some hotels having sauna or swimming pool facilities and half board an option on certain tours.

Click here for details about Lake Constance and Rhine Falls bike tours, Germany.


Bike and Boat Holidays in Holland and Belgium 

Cycling holidays in Holland – click here for Holland bike and boat tours and bike and boat tours to / from Bruges through Flanders, Belgium. 


Cycling holidays Europe – click here for an overview of all our Cycle Breaks tours in Europe.

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