Top 10 Bike Tours in Europe
Trying to choose which vacation to take with VBT can be quite the decision since we offer so many amazing tours—over 49 biking and walking vacations to 26 countries. Being that we just completed another successful year of active travel, we thought it would be fun to see which bicycle tours our travelers are already reserving for 2015. You’ll notice as you go through the tour list that European bike tours remain a seemingly perfect way to explore the culturally diverse and historically-rich continent. So without further ado, here are the “Top 10 Most Popular VBT Bike Tours in Europe”
1.) Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation | Traveler Rating:4.9/5 | Level: Easy
The itinerary on the most popular of our Italy bicycle tours includes stays at authentic masserie, a home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family, cycling along peaceful country roads tracing a glimmering coast and learning about the unique construction of Alberobello’s trulli houses—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2.) Italy: Cycling the Dolomites biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5| Level: Easy
If you’re someone who likes bike adventures in the mountains without pedaling up hills, this Italy bike tour is the perfect choice. Travelers will admire breathtaking scenery on thrilling descents on easy bike paths while stopping to discover the rare language of the Ladin people, picnic on the shores of Lake Calalzo, and visit the Duomo della Collegiata—the oldest monastery in the Dolomites.
3.) The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Level: Easy
Highlights include a guided tour of historic Český Krumlov—a UNESCO World Heritage Site— lunch in the home of a local Czech family, learning about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern and viewing two scenic marvels of Austria: the Danube’s Schlögener Schlinge and the Wachau Valley.
4.) Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Level: Easy/Moderate
Travelers on the most popular of our Tuscany bike tours will stay in charming agriturismi that produce their own wines and olive oils, cook with local chefs, take a private tour of Giglio Island, and enjoy stunning cycling routes along the countryside, elegant villas and gardens, and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
5.) Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Level: Moderate
Have you always wanted to take a trip to Croatia? This popular tour includes off-the-bike highlights like a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, a dinner in a family home, a cooking lesson, and swimming in pristine waters at Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most famous beach; as well as scenic biking along spectacular coastal routes. To get a better idea of this Croatia vacation, check out our USTOA Travel Together Video Series with Travel Host Kelley Ferro.
6.) Provence: The Alpilles biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Level: Easy/Moderate
This Provence tour features enthralling cycling routes with stunning views of the Alpilles, a private walking tour of scenes that inspired Vincent van Gogh in St. Remy, a home-cooked dinner with a renowned pastry chef, visiting the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, and a guided tour of Avignon—the “City of Popes.”
7.) Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky biking vacation | Traveler rating: 4.8/5 | Level: Easy/Moderate
One of our two Spain tours, this Andalusian adventure includes a guided tour of the Alhambra Palace, cycling along the sleepy Spanish Vega on the Via Verde biking trail, and learning to prepare authentic paella with a local chef. New for 2015, we’ve added an extra day in Granada which includes a fabulous bike ride along the Ruta de las Fortalezas where we’ll discover the Roman influences on southern Spain as we cycle by medieval castles and grandiose churches.
8.) Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.8/5 | Level: Easy/Moderate
Biking Italy is our favorite mode of exploring this amazing country. Travelers on our Sicily bike tour will get to tour a historic chocolate making factory, visit baroque palaces, learn to prepare Sicilian delicacies with a local chef, and of course cycle along the breathtaking southeastern coast of Sicily and swimming in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.
9.) The Amalfi Coast & Capri walking vacation | Traveler Rating: 5/5 | Level: Moderate
Okay, we’re breaking with the biking theme for a second but this walking vacation to the Amalfi Coast and Capri is too good not to mention—just look at the perfect 5 out of 5 traveler rating! Highlights of our most popular walking tour include exploring the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, a braiding fresh mozzarella demonstration, a trek on the “Path of the Gods, learning about the ancient art of paper-making, and a stroll among ornate, historic villas and lush gardens on the celebrated isle of Capri.
Tie 10.) Slovenia, Austria & Italy biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.8/5 | Level: Easy
Discover three unique cultures on this exciting bike tour in the Julian Alps. Highlights include biking around Austria’s Wörthersee Lake, learning to make struklji—a typical Slovene dish made with dough and a variety of fillings— a home-hosted lunch on an Austrian farm, tasting Italian wines and spending a day at Lake Bled, one of the most photographed places in Europe
Tie 10.) The Tuscan Coast biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Level: Easy/Moderate
The second of our Tuscany vacations to make the Top 10 list visits the fertile Costa degli Etruschi. Highlights include tasting the best varietals of the Agrihotel Elisabetta’s wine cantina, riding along the Strada del Vino, a home-cooked meal of delicious Tuscan cuisine, an olive oil mill tour & tasting, and relaxing on Tyrrhenian Sea beaches and in seaside towns.
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