Europe is known for its rich and varied cultural heritage and events; traditional folklore, high opera, dedicated craft fairs, international music festivals and globally famous cycling tours. Europe, home of immensely celebrated cycling event the ‘Tour de France,’ the continent is best explored on two wheels.
Europe runs on cycle and is the most preferred destination for a two-wheeled tour. In Europe most people use bicycles as their major means of transportation. With most cycle-friendly rankings heavily stacked with European representatives, European cities are more bicycle- friendly than any other city in the world.
Block your calendars, as here we have listed 5 best European cycling tours, just for you:
The Etape Du Tour
France: Trek Travel
Since 1993, each year more 10, 000 cyclists register for l’Etape du Tour, a one-day event that gives opportunity to test yourself against the riders of the pro Peloton on the exact same course on closed roads. There is only one Cyclo-Sportive which allows amateur riders from all over the World to test themselves on closed roads on the same route as the Tour de France during the Tour itself, the Etape du Tour.
Napoleon Bike Tour
Paris to Moscow: Ride & Seek Bicycle Adventures
The Napoleon Epic Adventure is divided into 3 distinct stages and you can choose to do any or all of them. Napoleon tour is an exploratory epic ranging the length of Europe into the heart of Russia following in the footsteps of Napoleon’s near 700,000 strong Grande Armée. This epic race is 45-day, 2,736-mile route from Ride & Seek Bicycle Adventures roughly traces Napoleon’s 1812 Russian Campaign. It begins in Paris with a spin down the Champs-Élysées, followed by aperitifs under the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe before departing for Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia—through rolling vineyards, deep forests, medieval villages, and historic cities.
Land’s End to John O’Groats
United Kingdom: Peak Tours
Cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats is one of the most challenging endurance rides one can do. The tour starts from the very southwest tip of England and ending almost 1,000 miles away in the northeast reaches of Scotland, this 14-day ride from Peak Tours rolls through patchwork-quilt farmlands in the south, craggy mountains and pristine lakes of the Lake District, and the barren moors of northern Scotland.
Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary: Experience Plus
The Danube Cycle Path is the most popular holiday cycling route in all of Europe! It attracts families, seniors, recreational cyclists and serious cyclists alike! Europe’s second longest river starts in Donaueschingen. It’s a town located in the Black Forest in Germany and runs 2900km through 10 countries to the Black Sea.
The Austrian Danube is possibly the most famous cycle route in Europe. Most of its travellers cycle downstream, starting in or near Passau and ending their bike tour in Vienna. This 13-day, 526-mile ride, is quite easy and anyone can do it as there are no hills to speak of, and most of the riding is on a network of paved paths that follow the river as it passes through the Eastern European countryside and two of Europe’s most storied capitals, Vienna and Budapest (there’s a rest day in Vienna).
Sacred Sites of Greece
Peloponnese: Cycle Greece
Lonely Planet named the Peloponnese peninsula the #1 European destination in 2016. Cycle Greece’s eight-day tour travels through arguably the most beautiful part of mainland Greece and offers both long (358 miles) and short (237 miles) options. Extensive biking enables you to visit a series of archaeology sites. You bike to the 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre which once was the largest healing center in the ancient world. You also bike to Mycenae where King Agamemnon ruled who launched the Trojan War. It’s a thrill for the inner athlete in every cyclist to bike to Olympia home of the original Olympic Games.