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NEW - EUROPEAN TOURS
Circular & linear hotel-to-hotel tours, plus bike & boat tours up to 7 nights
Pedal out from Prague to Dresden or enjoy other cycle tours in Germany along the gentle slopes of the River Elbe. Take in three countries along the Danube to Budapest.
Cruise along the waterways of Bordeaux and pedal out through famous vineyards to get a real sip of France.
Enjoy a sparkling cycle around Austria's lakes with a special stay in idyllic Hallstatt or head down from lake to lagoon in Italy from Bolzano to Venice.
NEW - ENGLAND SUFFOLK & NORFOLK TOURS
Circular hotel-to-hotel bike tours up to 7 nights
Try Suffolk in a Spin, our wonderful one-nighter, or unravel the mysteries of Mid-Suffolk. Explore historic castles, Constable Country and the beautiful Heritage Coast on new cycle tours which touch the very heart of Suffolk, its coastline and its Norfolk and Essex borders.
Enjoy some of the quietest areas of north Suffolk and its Norfolk borderlands en route to the unspoilt Suffolk heritage coast, rich in history, wildlife and natural beauty. Head up to the Waveney Valley to take in the gardens of the famous Bloom family at Bressingham. There are stops near Norfolk’s Diss with its ancient meare and Suffolk’s gentle Halesworth, before the crumbling cliffs beckon at Covehithe and lead down via the nostalgic seaside resort of Southwold; ancient Dunwich and the old fishing town of Aldeburgh; Orford with its royal castle and mysterious Shingle Street to Woodbridge and tales of Sutton Hoo's treasure-rich ship burial by the River Deben.
Near Needham Market, near Diss, in Halesworth, in Southwold, in Aldeburgh and near Woodbridge.
Take in all of Germany’s Elbe River Cycle Path best bits on this short and gentle river-hugging ride through some spectacular Saxony scenery. Starting just inside the Czech Republic in Děčin, you’ll soon see why Romantic composer, Chopin, found the area quite an inspiration as you pedal northwards out along the Elbe into Germany, flanked by the sandstone outcrops of ‘Saxon Switzerland’. With almost every river meander, the clifftop castles keep appearing all the way to pretty Pirna, then come the vineyard terraces on the approach to the city of Dresden. Visit its Royal Palace and delightful Zwinger Gardens before cycling on to Meissen’s more rugged Albrechtsburg Castle, the original home of the city’s world-famous porcelain factory. A visit to both is a must – the lofty castle has awesome views (and a panoramic lift to reach it!) and the State Porcelain Workshops give a superb insight into the history of the town’s ‘white gold’.
In Děčin, Pirna, Dresden and Meissen.
Authentic. Awesome. A real classic. Explore Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on a Danube cycling tour that’s undeniably different. Clock up all those captivating riverside castles and culture-filled capitals like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, but experience the real flavours of these fascinating countries too, as you pedal through the Donau-Auen Natural Park, by the Danube’s twisting tributaries or backdrop of the Gerecse hills. Discover three languages; river islands, Roman sites and Baroque churches; the 17 bridges of Mosonmagyaróvár; Esztergom’s imposing basilica; the vineyards of Visegrád and hidden gem, Györ, with its bishop’s castle. Super cycling, capital encounters and stunning scenery may be synonymous with the Danube’s great river valley, but on a tour that takes you slightly off the beaten track, there’s so very much more besides.
In Vienna, Bratislava, Mosonmagyaróvár, Györ, Komárom, Visegrád and Budapest.
Fine Meissen porcelain and Dresden palaces; scenic steam railway rides and river views; ‘Saxon Switzerland’s’ rocky sandstone outcrops; world-class garden realms and Bauhaus buildings – pedal the Elbe River Path north from health resort Bad Schandau to design-giant Dessau and there’s so much more to discover than just the varied valley scenery from clifftop castles to gentle floodplain gardens. Criss-cross the river by bridge or local ferry to take in monasteries and mills or fairytale towns tucked away in the wooded slopes. Get a taste for German history too - from Baroque churches and breweries, to the Saxon Wine Road or life and times of that great religious reformer, Martin Luther. A wonderful tour of contrasts, with something for everyone, on a great cycle path. Why not book an e-bike and come and enjoy the ride all the more?
In Bad Schandau, Dresden, Meissen, Riesa/ Strehla, Torgau, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Dessau.
The beautiful gardens at Bressingham, home of the famous Bloom family up on the Suffolk / Norfolk borders makes for a great introduction to the many colours of Suffolk. Saxtead Green’s white windmill announces that you are near your first castle, Framlingham, then it’s off through the seasonal browns, greens and golds of rural landscapes to the sea blues of the coast, with splashes of purple heather or bright yellow gorse . The golden treasures of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial await at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge and Constable’s Stour Valley is as green and pleasant as England comes. Finally the pretty pink thatched cottages of the wool towns make for an idyllic background to some real English country gardens.
In Ipswich, near Diss, in Framlingham, near Woodbridge (2 nights), in Bildeston (2 nights).
Norfolk loves to do things on a grand scale. But on this tour you never need to cycle many miles before your next great discovery. Low-lying landscapes turn every church tower into a mighty beacon, whilst wrap-around skies seem to dwarf even the vastest estates. Pedal out from the beautiful Brecks for a three night stay in Norfolk’s historic heartlands, cycling out along quiet country lanes via Castle Acre, home to one of the largest and best-preserved monastic sites in England and taking in Wymondham’s magnificent golden abbey treasures as you return.
With our wide choice of day rides, Norfolk’s coast and countryside is your oyster, even though Cromer crabs are on nearly every menu! Take your pick of impressive Great Houses at Holkham, Houghton and Blickling. Seek out smart Georgian market towns and steam railways, quaint coastal quaysides and beaches of golden sand, lost villages, Saxon round-tower churches or Little Walsingham, a hugely historic place of pilgrimage which once rivaled Canterbury in its importance.
Near Watton and in North Elmham (3 nights).
Suffolk is so full of secrets that even the smallest of cycling adventures can lead to great discoveries. Pedal out through gentle rolling countryside, along truly time-honoured lanes to meet mystery after mystery –a bizarre monk’s stone; a country garden in stained glass; the rural homelands of a Tudor Queen of France; a bridge where bridal parties fear to tread. Will you find Waddlegoose Lane? Or work out why one Waveney Valley village is both Superior and Inferior at the same time? Ponder as you push those pedals past commons, castles and churches, or stop to sip back and relax amidst the hollyhocks at some half-timbered wool town inn. Solve the mystery of how the freedom of two wheels and just one night away can make all the difference.
At Rickinghall near the bustling market town of Diss.
Go for a gentle spin under Norfolk’s huge skies for some scenic cycling at its East Anglian best, with a rich helping of history at every turn on this great little circular adventure. From the rugged heaths of Queen Boudicca’s homelands transport yourself through time and the low-lying Norfolk countryside via the almost intact medieval village of Castle Acre to North Elmham with its treasure church and mysterious minster ruins.
Wymondham’s half-timbered architecture and its awesome abbey church are highlights on your return route, but first take your pick from our great selection of day rides to cycle the pretty river valleys and outstretched estates of a county which won its wealth through the medieval wool trade. From stylish Georgian Holt with its steam railway to the lakeside parklands of Jacobean Blickling Hall, from the revered pilgrimage sites of Little Walsingham to the lost village of Godwick, Norfolk has so many secrets to share. Which hidden treasures will you be heading for?
Near Watton and in North Elmham (2 nights).
Enjoy a real symphony of superb scenery adorned with beautiful Baroque flourishes. Explore the Czech Republic’s gorgeous ‘Golden City’ of Prague in the Vltava Valley with its Mozart connections, then cycle north to meet the meanders of the Elbe at Mělník on the Bohemian Wine Road. Pass Dvorák’s birthplace and share in the sheer drama of precarious clifftop castles and fairytale towns nestling in the wooded slopes, their market-square façades rich in colourful swirls or topped with fanciful cupolas. Near today’s German border, you’ll soon understand why Děčin was one of Chopin’s favourite inspirational spots, being the gateway to the mighty sandstone outcrops of ‘Saxon Switzerland’. Cycling the Elbe River Cycle Path, it’s easy to criss-cross the river by means of bridges and local ferries to visit the numerous villas and vantage points along the route to the city of Dresden with its Royal Palace, once home to so many famous court composers.
In Prague (2 nights), Mělník, Litoměřice, Děčin, Bad Schandau / Pirna and Dresden.
Add a little extra sparkle to your stay in Austria’s awesome lake district. Enjoy the irresistible experience of the most picture-perfect scenery and superb Salzkammergut cycling of our ever-popular gentle Ten Lakes Tour, together with the added treat of relaxing in a very special selection of hotels which truly ooze local charm. Discover a boutique bolt-hole in Salzburg’s city centre; a spot that’s almost too-good-a-secret-to-share in Mondsee or St Wolfgang; a tasty little morsel full of culinary delights in dreamy Traunkirchen and a heritage hotel with a distinct difference in that Austrian lakeside idyll, Hallstatt. The iconic Schafberg, home to some of Europe's most breath-taking lake district views is on the menu too, and you can even add an extra night or two to your stay at any of the destinations en route, if you wish. But the real joy of this gentle tour is that it reveals Austria's must-see mountains, glistening lakes, historic villages and relaxing resorts from flat waterside tracks and quiet country lanes across rolling hills. It really goes the extra mile in giving you the taste of the place - but without you having to pedal an extra kilometre! .
In Salzburg (2 nights) , Mondsee, Traunkirchen, Hallstatt and St Wolfgang (2 nights).
A wonderful one nighter – a Suffolk circular with windmills, crinkle-crankle and curtain walls; moats, meres, manor houses and more, all joined up by joyfully gentle cycling. Saddle up and head for historic Framlingham, home to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’, to rest up your trusty Cycle Breaks steed and enjoy an overnight at the heart of this fine market town. Sip on locally brewed ales, ciders or even wines from the nearby vineyard and dine on delicious produce that has come directly from plot to plate. En route you’ll discover great greens and smooth valley slopes, model farms, wool towns and villages once touched by busier times, but now quietly tucked away. Treat yourself to a get-away-from-it-all that’s a real-taste-of-Suffolk break... in a roundabout sort of way.
In the historic market town of Framlingham.
Three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Five famous wine-growing areas. One amazing part of France. Aquitaine’s riverside vineyard regions have so much to offer and you don’t have to be a wine buff to appreciate their rich and complex flavours. Sail along the historic waterways on board MS Bordeaux, mooring up at ancient Loupiac and bustling Bordeaux, claret country Lamarque and rocky Bourg-sur-Gironde to enjoy a delicious collection of day rides. Along the way you’ll get a taste of all those magnificent Bordeaux wine-growing areas – Sauternes, Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers; Côtes de Bordeaux and Saint Emilion – and encounter châteaux, catacombs and fortified ‘bastide’ villages by the score, as well as Aquitaine’s cultural capital, Bordeaux. Whether you’ve a thirst for history, a palate that appreciates fine wines or just want to sample some flavoursome, take-it-or-leave-it scenic cycling near the Dordogne, Gironde and Garonne rivers, this is a fab tour for you.
is on board the riverboat MS Bordeaux in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning situated on the lower deck. The barge has 39 cabins and can accommodate up to 80 guests. Full details about MS Bordeaux including layout plans are available here. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
Cruise Aquitaine’s historic waterways from Libourne to Castets-en-Dorthe and explore five of France’s top wine-growing areas by bike in just a week. Cycle through Claret Country and Côtes de Bordeaux. Freewheel down St Emilion slopes or delve into the wine-growing history of Entre-Deux-Mers. Stop off at a Sauternes Château or two and sit and sip the rich sweetness of south-west France. With riverboat MS Bordeaux as your floating accommodation, you can enjoy a deliciously different Aquitaine cycle tour every day as you cruise along the Dordogne, Gironde and Garonne rivers. Discover ‘caves’ and catacombs, ‘bastides’ and bridges, country ‘Châteaux’ homes of prestigious wines and the mega-modern wine and culture museum in bustling Bordeaux. A tour that‘s irresistible for wine buffs and brim-full of interest all round too. Just bring a thirst for some superb scenic cycling!
On board the riverboat MS Bordeaux in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning .
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