The best cycling holidays
While we love driving (it’s what we do for a living, after all!) even we can admit cycling is great fun. Not only is it a brilliant way to get fit and enjoy some fresh air, there are some amazing places you can travel to for a cycling holiday. Let’s face it, seeing the world on your bike has got to beat the daily cycle commute to work, right?
Inspired by the Tour of Spain, we’ve rounded up a few of the best cycling holidays out there to inspire you to try a pedal powered holiday for your next break from Gatwick.
1. Land’s End to John O’Groats
Where better to start than the ultimate British biking challenge?
Covering nearly 1,000 miles (yikes!), you’ll reach the north-easterly corner of mainland Scotland 14 days after saddling up from the south-west coast. It’s a seriously stunning ride, avoiding main roads and instead winding through country lanes and back roads to incorporate village inns and charming guest houses for a truly British experience (and a proper pint!).
Why not fly from Gatwick to Newquay, Cornwall and work your way gradually down to Land’s End, checking out the sights of beautiful Cornwall on the way?
Cycling tour company Peak Tours runs really well-organised rides from Cornwall’s beautiful Land’s End up to Scotland’s breathtaking John O’Groats. Prices start at £2,000 and include breakfasts, lunches and full support throughout the route.
2. Czech Republic & Germany River Trail
Castles, palaces, Prague, wine… this eight-day cycling holiday sounds like the dream! Better still, it’s suitable for beginners and more advanced cyclists, as there’s plenty of stuff to do with minimal inclines.
Winding its way along some of Europe’s best cycle paths, this must-see tour ends in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, where you can soak up spectacular architecture and rolling countryside.
For around £1,325 you get flights, half-board accommodation and bike hire.
Chapter Experience Holidays run a package which includes flights, half-board accommodation and bike hire from £1325 during the summer months if you’re looking for an active holiday for summer 2018.
3. Cycle the Cape – South Africa
South Africa may not spring to mind when you picture a cycling holiday, but it has bags to offer the biking community (including wine and whales!).
The Western Cape Province boasts rugged coastlines, the slopes of Table Mountain, forest shorelines, beautiful farmlands and vineyards, the Cango Caves and Boulders Beach, where you may spot the resident penguin colony. And an ice cold glass of local wine is just the tonic to cool down after a long day’s cycling!
Explore offers packages for 10-day trips with flights, accommodation, bike hire and some meals from £1,995. Fly from Gatwick to Cape Town.
Mallorca may not scream cycling holidays, but it’s actually an incredible place to get on your bike.
As well as brilliant bike rides taking in the island’s beautiful scenery, Mallorca also boasts a Rapha Clubhouse where cyclists can meet up, chat, have a bite to eat and a cup of coffee to refuel for the next leg.
Cycling Holiday Tours Mallorca is run by personal trainer and cycling enthusiast Paul, who has lived in Mallorca for 23 years and competed in triathlons all over the island.
He runs various cycling tours for different abilities, including women-only tours and add-on activities like running, swimming and yoga along the way (if you have any energy left).
Fly from Gatwick to Mallorca from as little as £62 and book cycling tours from just €55.
Lush rivers, rolling highlands, palm beaches, French colonial quarters and ancient cities – Vietnam really has it all and if you’re geared up for a 1,000-mile ride, this is the place for you.
A 17-day ride will take you all the way from the southern Ho Chi Minh City to the northern city of Hanoi. Tough but rewarding, there are some real gems to explore along the way, like the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Tunnels, the charming port town of Hoi An, the limestone islands of Halong Bay and the Cuc Phuong National Park.
Freedom Trek runs tours from £3,116 which don’t include flights or bike hire. Fly from Gatwick to Ho Chi Minh City.
6. The Napoleon Expedition
And if 1,000 miles isn’t quite enough to satisfy your urge, the Napoleon Expedition could be up your street.
Clocking in at 2,736 miles, this is one for the hardcore cyclists who are ready to cover 60 miles a day over the course of 45 days in the saddle.
Covering the route taken by the French during Napoleon’s Russian Campaign in 1812, this mammoth expedition runs from Paris to Moscow, kicking off in style from the Champs-Elysées with an aperitif under the Arc de Triomphe.
The journey spans Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia before you finally make it to Russia and finish up in Moscow.
Ride & Seek will charge you the princely sum of £12,000 for the full 45 days, though you can pick and choose between each of the week-long stages of the tour if you can’t face the expedition in its entirety. This includes most of your meals.
Fly from Gatwick to Paris from as little as £74 and enjoy the relaxation of the flight while you can!
The rolling hills of Wales are the ideal backdrop for a cycling holiday closer to home. Combining challenging mountain climbs with relaxing evenings in traditional guest houses, this 8-day tour starts in the Brecon Beacons and finishes as Caernarvon Castle.
Along the way, you’ll pass through Hay-on-Wye, span the Pembrokeshire Coast, spot puffins on Ramsey Island and take in the picture-perfect Portmeirion.
The Carter Company charges £1,865 which includes accommodation, some meals and bike hire.
8. The Dalmatian Coast
Brilliant beaches, lavender and olive groves, and a delectable combination of Roman, Byzantine, French, Ottoman and Slavic architecture can all be found in beautiful Croatia.
Take a six-day tour and choose between 106 or 192 mile options, both at a leisurely pace to suit beginners. It’s an amazing way to see Croatia, with the chance to cool down with a well-earned dip in the sea after a spectacular day’s cycling. Ending up in the historic city of Dubrovnik, there aren’t many cycling holidays as appealing as this one for the beginners among us.
Pricing starts at around £3,000 and the tour is fully supported and guided with nearly all meals included in the price.
Check out Backroads to book your cycling holiday and fly direct from Gatwick to Dubrovnik from £80.
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Whichever cycling holiday you choose, you’re gearing up for an active and adventurous holiday. So start your break in comfort and convenience by opting for meet and greet airport parking from Gatwick Airport with Help Me Park. We’ll meet you right outside the terminal, which means no waiting around for transfers.
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