Freewheel Holidays

Wheel Good Holidays

Website: www.freewheelholidays.com

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedalling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travellers.

Guests will usually cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive hotel accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. New to the program are three tailor-made, self-guided UK tours that complement a portfolio of over 40 established European holidays. The company offers a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal.  The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveller holidays.

Brief History

Freewheel Holidays was established in 1999 as an independent tour operator specializing in cycling holidays in continental Europe. The business was run by Barbara Cray and John Lightwood until 2007. It was then transferred to the ownership of Sunliving Travel Ltd with directors Tony Moy and Paul Cresswell at the helm until October 2015. Freewheel Holidays is now owned by Sports Tours International Ltd, in Manchester, U.K and is a sister brand of Whereabouts Holidays.

Meet the Team

When you book a cycling holiday with Freewheel Holidays, you will probably speak to either Simon Rutherford or Steven Rittey. Both are cycling specialists and share a mutual love of leisure two-wheel travel.

Simon Rutherford - Cycling Holiday Specialist

Simon is an avid leisure cyclist who enjoys riding a wide variety of bikes around his favorite places in Lancashire. He also likes to venture further afield exploring new destinations with regular stop-offs to take photos and capture memories. One of his main passions is Italian culture and is currently learning the language between bedtime stories with his daughter. He loves a good espresso in a local cafe as well as a local ale if listening to one of his favorite vinyl albums at home. His most memorable cycling holiday was in Northern Italy, but he also enjoyed the superb cycling offered in Copenhagen and dreams that all cities could be that good for riding a bike.

Steven Rittey - Cycling Holiday Specialist

After working on Wheel2Wheel Holidays since its creation in 2012, Steven is a very knowledgeable pro in the leisure cycling industry and has advised thousands of customers on finding the very best cycling holidays in Europe. Ever since obtaining his first Young Person's Railcard aged 16, he has continued his love of travel beyond university and combined train travel with cycle touring in his twenties to tick off an impressive number of places visited throughout the UK and Europe. He lives in Greater Manchester and can often be seen riding around the city on his Brompton, Swifty Scooter or touring bike. His favorite place in Europe is Southern Germany with Switzerland and Finland following close behind. He also loves a classic English seaside town and bargain hunting!

Freewheel Holidays Customer Profile

The typical customer is adult, age 35+, well educated, in a managerial or professional career, keen to stay active and make the most out of life. Although perhaps not avid cyclists, their motivation for booking a holiday is more about enjoying the countryside, good food and wine, local culture, sightseeing and sharing the experience with friends. The health and fitness aspects of cycling are secondary benefits. The hallmarks of Freewheel Holidays are customer care and service, which sets this tour operator apart from others in the field.

FAQ’s

I don’t cycle regularly – how fit do I need to be?

All Freewheel Holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Obviously some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Detailed tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide participants towards the most suitable holiday options for them. If you haven’t cycled for a while, re-acquaint yourself with two wheels and it will better prepare you and add to the enjoyment of the holiday. Do let us know if you have any medical conditions we should be aware of, and check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

What else should I bring with me?

Daytime clothes for sightseeing and other activities on non-cycling days, casual evening clothes, a fleece, swimwear and swimming towels, sun creams and a sun hat. Please do not bring valuable items for transportation, and we ask that you limit your luggage to one medium-sized suitcase per person.

What do I wear for cycling?

Very much dependent on the season but the emphasis is on comfort. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing easily according to the conditions.

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Contact Information

Head Office: 91 Walkden Road, Walkden, Manchester M28 7BQ, UK
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Self-Guided Bike Vacation Specialist Outlines Choice European Cycle Routes for Newbies

MANCHESTER, UK, Dec. 6, 2018– Knowing where to go in Europe for a leisurely cycling vacation can be tricky. It helps to have good advice from the experts. Freewheel Holidays, the international specialist in self-guided bicycle vacations in Europe, suggests three routes for those new to multi-day bicycle touring who may prefer routes without steep climbs or descents.

UK-based Freewheel Holidays arranges bicycle vacations along mainly traffic- and challenge-free routes. Because guests cycle across mostly flat terrain, the fatigue and frustration factors of challenging inclines are kept out of the equation.

Following are Freewheel Holidays’ suggested itineraries for newbies in Spain’s Catalonia, along the Danube in Austria and in the Loire Valley of France. As with all of its self-guided vacation programs, rates (per person, double) include lodging with breakfast, detailed route notes, point-to-point luggage transfers, 24-hour emergency support, complimentary bike rentals and suggested attractions along each route. E-bike options are available on all of these itineraries. For additional vacation-by-bicycle suggestions see: http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/.

The 7-day Catalonia Greenways itinerary begins with an exploration of a preponderance of extinct volcanoes in Garrotxa Natural Park in the Girona Pyrenees. After wandering the streets of the 13th century market town, Olot, and sampling the local goat cheese, Garrotxa, it’s on to a disused rail line, the traffic-free Carrilet Olot cycle path, downhill through the wood countryside in the mountains, destination the medieval town of Girona. The beach on the Costa Brava awaits, with perhaps a dip in the sea on the northeastern tip of Spain. The per person double rate is from £789 with departures beginning in early January and continuing through end October 2019. See https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays/catalonia-greenways

The 8-day Danube Cycle Path – Passau to Vienna itinerary explores an ancient military and trading route on paths along the Danube River once traversed by Romans, the legendary Nibelungs (think Wagner) and even Europe’s powerful kings and emperors. The adventure begins in the baroque town of Schärding or in Passau, the town of three rivers, before moving on through Upper and Lower Austria and finally to Vienna. The per person double rate is from £549 with departures beginning in early April and continuing through mid October 2019. See https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-austria/passau-vienna-danube

A 7-day Loire Valley Castles itinerary guides guests through the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage region, that is also known as “garden of France.” Here is a display of one-time wealth and imminence as reflected in the more than 200 castles. Among these is the Clos-Luce manor in Amboise where Leonardo lived for three years (and died) and where some of his remarkable inventions are on display. Cycling through this luxuriant countryside rife with fields of wheat and barley, poppies and centennial oaks is joy in and of itself, with opportunities aplenty to sample the wines of this renowned food and wine region. Concluding the tour is one of the most famous and majestic of all Loire castles, Château de Chambord,that lends its name to a liqueur and that after 288 years in construction, served as a royal hunting lodge. The per person double rate is from £609 with departures beginning late April and continuing into mid September 2019. See https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-france/loire-valley-castles

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.co.uk.

About Freewheel Holidays - A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding E-Bikes.

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Freewheel Holidays Designs Week-long Cycling Itinerary through WWI Battlefields With Departures June-September 2019

Tour Honors the 100th Year Anniversary of the End of World War I   

MANCHESTER, UK, Nov. 5, 2018– Moss-draped bunkers, extinct villages, undulations in a copse or meadow signifying artillery fire or soldiers’ trenches… These are vestiges of the War to End All Wars that devoured much of Western Europe a century ago.

And yes, “In Flanders fields the poppies (still) blow between the crosses row on row…” as portrayed in the 1915 poem. Annually on Nov. 11 poppies are distributed (to wear in lapels and buttonholes) to mark Armistice Day when World War I ended -- on Nov. 11, 1918, 100 years ago this month.

In summer 2019, the European leader in self-guided cycle tours, Freewheel Holidays, has arranged a brand-new vacation itinerary through a battleground in war time known as the Western Front. Western-Flanders to Bruges, the coast and ‘Flanders Fields’over eight days commemorates this history that becomes particularly poignant toward the end of the tour within the Bruges-Panne-Ypres triangle, rife with WWI battlefields, museums, cemeteries and memorials. 

Freewheel Holidays is the UK-based company that takes care of all the start-to-finish vacation details so guests only have to show up, cycle, sightsee, dine and sleep. This company guides guests through the region on a route (signposted according to a cycling-by-numbers system) down country lanes and through forests, on tow and cycling paths, past meandering brooks and dead-straight canals, behind dunes and along the sea, through rolling meadows and endless crop fields. 

Discovering Bruges is a highlight of this adventure. Preserved and renovated, this fairy tale setting complete with a swan lake recreates a medieval world atop its cobblestone streets. After the devastation of WWI, Bruges was restored to its former 13th-14th century glory as a one-time proud commercial center for quality woollen fabrics.  However, neighbor Ypres boasts one of the largest buildings of the medieval (circa 1304) world, Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall) where every evening at 20:00 hours buglers play in honour of soldiers who lost their lives in the trenches and whose graves are unnamed. From 1933 to 1967 the war-destroyed building was restored, today housing the Flanders Fields’ Museum.

Guests cycle on average 47km daily. This itinerary’s gateway town is Veurne (Fumes) whose market square is considered among the most beautiful in Belgium. The North Sea coast sheds light on a 1600 AD battle involving the Spanish and English that sets the stage for the war-torn history of 1914-1918.  Enroute to Bruges is a nature reserve comprised of a low-lying, open wetland where wild flowers grow in the meadows and where black poplars are being reintroduced to provide shelter to bats and birds.

One route through the wooded Houtland region reveals castles and country estates, with a reforestation near Roeselaere that’s transforming farmland into woods. Poplar and willow were planted and paved the way for slow-growing oak, ash, cherry and beech. In the shoe town of Izegem is the Eperon d’Or museum showcasing everything to do with shoe production.

Passing through Menen (Menin) enroute to Ypres is a museum that presents the military history of this border town. Think 48,000 German soldiers buried in Menen War Cemetery. Then comes the Passchendaele 1917 Memorial Museum dedicated to the madness of the Battle of Passchendaele. From here, there is a 3km walk to Tyne Cot Cemetery, with nearly 112,000 Commonwealth graves and a wall with the names of another 35,000 soldiers with no known grave. Polygon Wood was the scene of fighting in the First, Second and the Third Battles of Ypres. The pinewoods harbour two British war cemeteries as well as memorials for soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. (A free app, 'Ypres Salient 1914-1918,' helps in exploring this region).

On the last full day, cyclists may visit Lijssenthoek where the Allied wounded in the Ypres Salient were taken. From 1915 this was the scene of four large British field hospitals with a total of 4,000 beds. Ninety-seven percent of the wounded were patched up and moved on. But 11,000 soldiers of 30 different nationalities are buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Because most of them were alive upon arrival at the field hospital, their names were known and appear on the gravestones. Today the excellent visitors’ center is a work in progress as more and more photographs and stories are linked to a specific gravestone.

After Lijssenthoek, the route delivers riders to the fascinating region of Poperinge, home of Gothic-style churches and the Hop Museum where visitors can sample some of Belgium’s internationally renowned beers. The monks of the nearby St. Sixtus Abbey pray, read and do manual work in the brewery. This is one of six Belgian abbeys that brew Trappist beer.

This trip departs every Saturday in 2019 from June 4 to Sept 21. The per person double rate is from £789 inclusive of hotel overnights and breakfast, bike hire, route description and maps, luggage transfers and tourist tax.  See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-belgium/bruges-flanders-fields-cycling-holiday.

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of nearly 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4- to 11-night itineraries to 18 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France and Italy. The company also offers family-focused, bike & barge, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding E-Bikes.

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For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

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City-to-City Urban Cycling Draws Freewheel Holiday Guests to Europe’s Culture, Capitals and Cuisine

MANCHESTER, UK, Sept. 12, 2018– City breaks are in and so is self-guided bike touring. An international specialist in self-paced bicycle vacations, Freewheel Holidays, offers up ideas for the best cities for cycling – and saving on shoe leather at the same time. Their self-guided cycling tours include pre-arranged accommodations with breakfasts, luggage transfers, bike rentals (E-Bike upgrades available), travel guide, maps and route book, 24-hour hotline assistance, a welcome briefing and more. 

In Italy, Pisa to Siena Cycling Trip explores the Italian Renaissance for seven days in Tuscany from Pisa and its iconic tilted tower, along a stretch of the Via Francigena (the medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome), through Lucca (a beautiful and ancient city known for its olive oil) and San Miniato and south on Cassian Way (the Roman route that once linked Florence and Rome) to Siena, the city famous for its Palio (a horse race commemorating historic neighbourhood rivalry that’s held annually in July and August that runs through the town square). This trip is available May through September. The per person rate is from £639. See: www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/cycling-holidays-cities/pisa-to-siena.

From the Czech Republic to Austria, Prague to Vienna Cycling Holiday over eight days follows the Greenways Bike Route outside Prague to Český Krumlov with a 13th century castle. Riding through South Bohemia is the spa town of Třeboň where since the 12th century assorted monarchs created from a large wetland a complex of now-20 ponds that attract a variety of birdlife.The forested area close to the Austrian border has been called Czech Canada. Here is 13th century Telč with the finest preserved Renaissance (Italian influenced) square in the Czech Republic, followed by a fairytale castle perched on a cliff in Vranov and later vestiges of the not-so-ancient Cold War fence with Vienna on the other side. This trip is available May through September. The per person rate is from £949. See: www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/cycling-holidays-cities/prague-to-vienna.

Three countries, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, display their cultural and natural assets along with two capitals on the 12-day Amsterdam to Paris City Cycling Holiday. Along cycle paths and quiet roads, guests explore the ancient towns of Gouda, Antwerp and Ghent (center of the famous classic professional cycle race Ronde van Vlaanderen). Centuries ago this was a one-time trade route between Europe’s interior and the coast. This is also Charlemagne territory and part of the Holy Roman Empire. Layered along with plenty of Medieval influences are Belgium’s beer and chocolates that whet appetites for the vineyards and French cheeses that follow while pedaling through natural preserves, World War I sites and ancient abbeys enroute to breakfast in Paris. This trip is available June into September. The per person rate is from £1,199.See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/cycling-holidays-cities/amsterdam-to-paris.

For more information on all the urban cycling programs offered by Freewheel Holidays please see: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/cycling-holidays-cities.

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of nearly 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4- to 11-night itineraries to 18 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France and Italy. The company also offers family-focused, bike & barge, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding E-Bikes.

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Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/FWHolidays

Website:         www.freewheelholidays.com

Media Contact:

For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

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Avoiding the Traffic - Freewheel Holidays Utilizes Growing Number of Dedicated Cycle Paths on European Self-Guided Bike Tours

MANCHESTER, UK, Aug. 15, 2018– Designated bicycle routes that are auto-free can be enjoyed on week-long, self-guided bicycle tours in Europe with the professional guidance of a UK-based company that takes care of all the start-to-finish details. All guests have to do is cycle, sightsee, dine and sleep.

The Manchester-based Freewheel Holidays arranges bicycle vacations throughout Europe including the following eight-day itineraries along routes designated for two-wheel travel only. Rates (per person, double) include lodging with breakfast, detailed route notes, point-to-point luggage transfers, 24-hour emergency support, complimentary bike rentals and suggested attractions along each route. For additional routes and options see: www.freewheelholidays.com/.

The Loire Cycle Path welcomes cyclists as they explore castles of the Loire on an eight-day Leisurely Loire itinerary. Known as “The Garden of France,’ the Loire Valley mixes up the pleasures of vineyards and wine tastings, rolling hills embraced by flower-bedecked meadows and more than 200 castles – or châteaux. The great medieval city, Orleans, is the starting point for an adventure that wanders between the Loire and Cher rivers, with time enough to visit, among others,Château de Villandry, especially famous for its French renaissance gardens, and the castle of Nitray with its famous wine cellars. The tour continues along country roads and concludes in Saumur, the “Pearl of Anjou.” The per person double rate is £669. See: www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-france/leisurely-loire.

A bike path called Ecovia do Litoral facilitates an eight-day Algarve Coast to Coast bicycle itinerary in the south of Portugal, one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations. Guests pedal from Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border with Cabo de São Vicente (Sagres) in the west, spanning nearly the whole of the southern Algarve coastline. This route combines trails in nature protection areas with stunning coastal views, linking stretches on traffic-calmed or car-free routes. Fishing villages dating to Roman times, Moorish architecture, a bird sanctuary and time on the beach combine with heady ocean breezes. The per person double rate is from £779. See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/algarve-coast-to-coast.

On the Danube Cycle Path from Vienna to Budapest cyclists over eight days travel through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. This designated bike path out of Vienna leads into the Vienna woods of Danube-Auen National Park, one of Europe’s last intact wetlands, home to diverse flora, wildlife and birds. Castles abound as do Roman ruins on a bike trail known as Romerweg, part of an archaeological park regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. This trail meanders along Europe’s most famous river, the Danube. One day brings visitors to a town known internationally as a hub for breeding racehorses. There’s a spa here too. Guests may cycle up to 68km a day. The per person double rate is from £599. Note: This route is part of EuroVelo 6, The Rivers Route, a long-distance cycling route encompassing some of Europe’s major rivers. The per person double rate is £599. See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/vienna-to-budapest-cycling-holiday.

The Vennbahn Rail Trail offers eight days on a cycling route developed along old rail lines and covers 125km as it twists through Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. The trip begins in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands, crossing into Germany with an invitation to visit a ham smoker preparing an artisanal delicacy, and then into Luxembourg, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Before completing the loop visitors pass through the Belgian-German High Fens-Eifel Nature Park, a designated bog and moorland. Guests may cycle up to 60km a day. The per person double rate is £699. www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/vennbahn-7-nights.

To check trip availability, make reservations or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours, call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.

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Follow Freewheel Holidays on Social Media

Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/FWHolidays

Website:         www.freewheelholidays.com

Media Contact:

For inquiries, interviews and photos please contact Widness & Wiggins PR:

Sara Widness: 802.234.6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Biking Across Multiple Borders - Freewheel Holidays’ Self-Guided Cycle Tours Mix ‘n’ Match Several Countries on One Itinerary

MANCHESTER, UK, August 8, 2018 – Thanks to UK-based Freewheel Holidays, vacationers can cycle and sample multiple countries and cuisines on many of its self-guided biking adventures suitable for beginners to advanced riders.

Below are bicycle vacation itineraries crossing into some countries that many Americans have yet to visit, such as Croatia and Hungary. Other tours, such as a bicycle trek from Amsterdam to Paris, may provide more familiar landscapes but in off-the-beaten path regions. Rates include lodging with breakfast, detailed route notes, point-to-point luggage transfers, 24-hour emergency support, complimentary bike rentals (with electric E-bike rental options) and suggested attractions and must-see sights noted in each itinerary. For additional routes and options see: www.freewheelholidays.com/

Croatia’s Istrian Coast over eight days begins with a wander through the Italian port town of Trieste before cycling south out of Italy on the Istrian Peninsula, down the Slovenian Riviera and into Croatia. Vineyards sweeping to the Adriatic, fishing villages, red tile roofs and fertile valleys compose a landscape rich in contrast and color. Visitors marvel at vestiges of Roman settlements, delight in Croatia’s culinary capital of Novigrad, plunge into the embracing sea and work up appetites for al fresco dining in ancient courtyards, Guests may cycle up to 34 miles a day. The per person double rate is from £829 and trips are available until October. See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/croatias-istrian-coast-cycling-holiday

Vienna to Budapest is an eight-day ride encompassing Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. A designated bike path out of Vienna leads into the Vienna woods of Danube-Auen National Park, one of Europe’s last intact wetlands, home to diverse flora, wildlife and birds. Castles abound as do Roman ruins on a bike trail known as Romerweg, part of an archaeological park regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. This trail meanders along Europe’s most famous river, the Danube. One day brings visitors to a town known internationally as a hub for breeding racehorses. There’s a spa here too. Guests may cycle up to 42 miles a day. The per person double rate is from £599 and trips are available until October. See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/vienna-to-budapest-cycling-holiday

Amsterdam to Paris over 12 days visits Holland, Belgium and France, leaving behind the canals of Amsterdam, the Netherland’s windmills, Antwerp’s Belgian beer, the medieval world of Ghent and a wealth of treasures from Art Deco dwellings to vestiges of the Middle Ages and bound for the Eiffel Tower. This is the region where the civilized centers of the past began and ended. From the first locus, Paris, to the important trading port of Amsterdam, seekers of fortunes sprinkled their wealth and culture along the way. Guests may cycle up to 50 miles a day. The per person double rate is from £1,199 and trips are available until September.See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/amsterdam-to-paris-11-nights

Vennbahn Trail is an eight-day bicycle sampler that utilizes the 78-mile Vennbahn Cycle Route created from an old railway line twisting through Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. The trip begins in Maastricht in the southern Netherlands, crossing into Germany with an invitation to visit a ham smoker preparing an artisanal delicacy, and then into Luxembourg, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Before completing the loop, visitors pass through the Belgian-German High Fens-Eifel Nature Park, a designated bog and moorland. Guests may cycle up to 37 miles a day. The per person double rate is from £699 and trips are available until September.See www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/vennbahn-7-nights

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours, call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.

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Self-Guided Bike Vacation Specialists, Freewheel Holidays, Draws Attention to Top-Rated Portugal’s Algarve Region

MANCHESTER, UK, July 19, 2018– A hefty clump of the summer of 2018 lingers on the horizon before autumn leaves start to fall. This means plenty of time still to bicycle in Europe this season.

When it comes to food, wine and beaches, Portugal is the in place to vacation this year, says Steven Rittey of Freewheel Holidays, specialists in self-guided, European biking vacations. Portugal was recently voted as Travel+ Leisure’s destination of the year.

“Portugal’s youth are creating a rich and vibrant cultural scene that visitors are desperate to see,” says Rittey. “Portugal is also more accessible thanks to discount air fares. Freewheel Holidays offers an excellent range of cycling holidays in the sought-after Algarve region of Portugal.”

Following are eight-day, self-guided itineraries that include accommodations (with breakfasts) reflecting regional culture and history, bike rentals, luggage transfers, airport transfers, detailed maps and route notes. Electric bikes or E-Bikescome with a supplemental fee, but the enjoyment outweighs the extra cost. Using a power-assisted bike helps smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle.

Lisbon to the Algarve whisks visitors from the capital to Sesimbra where the bike route leads to limestone cliffs in the Nature Park of Arrábida looking out to the Troia Peninsula in the Atlantic. Skirting in and out of agricultural lands, oranges, lemons, vineyards and cork oak trees abound, all the ingredients for civilized living. (Cork trees that are harvested for their cork store up to five times more carbon than unharvested trees. Good reason to keep that corkscrew handy!) The destination is Cabo St. Vicente in the Algarve. History buffs can tune into stories about Prince Henry the Navigator (15th century) whose playground was this coastline. The per person double rate is from £979. www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/lisbon-to-algarve

Algarve Coast to Coast capitalizes on Portugal’s expanding bicycle-friendly infrastructure. This itinerary is along the Ecovia do Litoral (bike path) that links Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border with Cabo de São Vicente (Sagres) in the west, spanning nearly the whole of the southern Algarve coastline. This route combines trails in nature protection areas with stunning coastal views, linking stretches on traffic-calmed or car-free routes. Fishing villages dating to Roman times, Moorish architecture, a bird sanctuary and time on the beach combine with heady ocean breezes. The per person double rate is from £779. www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/algarve-coast-to-coast

Eastern Algarve originates near the Spanish border in eastern Portugal, dipping on and off of the Algarve coast, through fishing villages and past resorts, onto the cobblestone streets of market towns in farming regions and a one-time Moorish capital, Silves, home to the best-preserved castle in the Algarve. A nature park encompassing a lagoon is a prime setting for birds that migrate seasonally between northern Europe and Africa.  The per person double rate is from £839 www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/eastern-algarve

Western Algarve begins in Silves (near the airport in Faro), once a stronghold of the Moors, and follows the southern coast of the Algarve westward, picking up the Ecovia do Litoral, the dedicated cycle route that runs along the Algarve coast from Cape St. Vincent northwards. After the sybaritic delights of the historic beach town of Lagos, bikes are at rest in Sagres (just before reaching the cape) as travellers surf, windsurf, relax on the beach or explore the old fortress. Leaving the coast reveals the Serra de Monchique, a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from the vineyards of the Alentejo. The per person double rate is from £909. www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/western-algarve

For details see www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays-portugal/

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays - A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding E-Bikes.

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Hottest Trend in European Cycling - Freewheel Holidays Reports Surge in Requests for Electric Bike Option

MANCHESTER, UK, May 17, 2018– Nobody gets left behind on self-guided bicycle vacations in Europe when E-Bikes(electric bicycles) are added to the mix.

Freewheel Holidays (https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/), the trailblazer in two-wheel, self-guided European vacations, reports that requests for E-Bike rentals are on the rise. Thus far in 2018, sign-ups for E-Bike options represent over 12 percent of all cycling holiday bookings being made. They outpace requests for regular bicycles in some countries such as Holland. When itineraries call for cycling 50km a day, E-Bikes are a security blanket for some clients.

This growth is reported worldwide. According to Cycling Industry News, the global electric bike market is projected to increase 60+ percent by 2025, on course to generate a value of US $8.5 billion.

What’s driving this expansion?

“Our active travelers often defy the common definition of ‘senior travelers,’” said Steven Rittey, Freewheel Holidays spokesperson. “They’re fitter than ever with surprising energy and stamina. But there seems to be a growing segment that appreciates the fall-back position of an electric bike. Some clients, regardless of age, simply prefer the no-strain comfort of riding E-Bikes. The stigma about them as an easy option or ‘cheating’ is fading. E-Bikesactually encourage travellers above the age of 50 to continue cycling later into life.”

E-Bikescome with a supplemental fee, but the enjoyment outweighs the extra cost, he explained. Using a power-assisted bike helps smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bikes features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

“These are lightweight aluminum frame bikes with a lithium ion battery-operated motor that when engaged, boosts a rider’s natural human power, enabling him/her to pedal with less effort farther and faster. When the route gets steep and a rider is ready for extra power, they just hit a button and select an assist level and continue pedaling. At day’s end batteries are removed and charged for tomorrow’s ride,” explains Rittey.

Following is a sampling of Freewheel Holidays’ self-guided bicycle vacations offering E-Bikes options. Tour rates include accommodation, breakfasts, sometimes other meals, bike rental with option to upgrade to E-Bikes for an extra charge, itinerary-related fees, luggage transfers, detailed route notes and cycling maps, emergency phone service and more.

Bike & Barge: Venice to Mantova is an eight-day cycle (up to 50km daily) available from now through Oct. 13 that embraces Venice before journeying on a barge hotel on the Po-Bračdolo waterway, along an avian sanctuary in the wetland formed by the Po delta. Guests hop on bicycles to imbibe centuries of life in waterfront villages. Aguided tour of Mantova, a vibrant Renaissance town, concludes the tour. A per person double rate is from £909. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/venice-to-mantova-7-nights-boat-amp-bike-vita-pugna

Berlin to Copenhangen over 12 days engages cyclists in both cities and for up to 80km daily on bicycles on canal paths through Germany’s lake district to the Baltic Sea between Germany and Denmark. They explore national parks and villages enroute to the half-timbered houses and fairy book gables of Rostock, known for international regattas. Guests ferry from here to the white cliffs ofInsel Møn (Isle of Man) and on to Copenhagen. A per person double rate June 4-Aug. 27 is from £1,269.  For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/berlin-to-copenhagen-cycling-holiday

Canal Du Midi - France is a seven-day cycle of up to 45km daily on a shaded (thanks to 60,000 trees) route from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Vineyards, culinary surprises, cathedrals, palaces and Roman ruins offer detours aplenty. The seven-day itinerary begins in Sète, called the “Venice des Languedoc” where the canal flows to the sea. Next up are a wine-growing region near a flight of locks and Carcassonne, one of Europe’s best-preserved fortress towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Available through Sept. 22, the per person double rate is from £799. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/canal-du-midi-cycling-holidays

Venice to Florence offers departures through Sept. 29. Over eight days guests follow the rivers Adige and Po, cycling up to 65km daily by fields of melons, sunflowers and vines. On the Delta del Po flamingos nest just steps away from cycle paths. In Cornacchio on the Adriatic ornate palazzi and churches testify to the once-thriving salt industry. Near Faenza (think collectible ceramics), a train jaunt through the Appenines leads to Florence. The per person double rate is from £799 per person. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/siena-chianti-region-and-florence-7-nights

Majorca Coast to Coast is available over eight days through Oct. 31. This itinerary is also suggested as a bicycle vacation for families because accommodations all include swimming pools. The tour starts on the south of the island, with routes of up to 41 km daily along the Mediterranean Sea and inland on flat country roads where bicycles have priority. A flamingo-inhabited lagoon, historic villages and the cobblestoned medieval town of Pollenca augment the pleasures of nightly hosts displaying island charm. The per person double rate is from £919. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/majorca-coast-to-coast-cycling-holiday

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays - A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of nearly 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding E-Bikes.

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Summer Travel - Freewheel Holidays Rolls Out Self-Guided European Bicycle Vacations for Active Families

MANCHESTER, UK, May 1, 2018– The international specialist in self-guided bicycle holidays suggests adding two-wheel travel into a family vacation in Europe this summer.

“Many Freewheel Holidays are well suited to and designed just for families and kids as young as five,” said Steven Rittey, company spokesperson. “Mixing bicycles into vacation plans is a great way to instill healthy, outdoor habits in a fun and engaging way without the distractions of smart phones, tablets and the like.”

Following are Freewheel Holidays’ (https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/) top picks for child-friendly vacations on two wheels. The cycle paths and quiet back roads on itineraries from the Swiss Alps to the Costa Brava typically feature shorter and flatter stages for engaging little legs. Other attractions may include fun on the beach and splashing in a swimming pool at day’s end. Freewheel Holidays plans out the whole itinerary with easy-to-follow route guides and maps, well maintained bicycles suitable for local terrain, bicycle equipment, luggage transfers between hotels, nightly accommodation with daily breakfast, services of a local representative and route support and helpline. All of the below itineraries offer e-bike (electric bike) rental options for an additional fee. Half-board supplements that include evening meals can be arranged for an additional per person fee.

A one-time railway line is now a cycle track for a seven-day Catalonia Greenways vacation in Spain’s northeast, embracing a volcanic region at the foot of the Pyrenees before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. Guests walk down into a volcano’s crater, imbibe the antiquity of Girona, cycle up to 45km daily and swim on the Costa Brava.  Three hotels offer swimming pools. This itinerary is offered through Oct. 31. The per person double rate is from £679. See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays/catalonia-greenways

Danube Cycle Path Family Special leads guests for seven days along the Danube on one of Europe’s most popular cycle paths. Cyclists dip in and out of picturesque towns, including Passau, Germany, that scores stars for beauty.  Families cycle up to 40km daily, enroute checking out family-friendly museums and beer gardens. The destination is Linz, Austria, home of the Linzer Torte, before a boat trip on the Danube back to Passau. The itinerary is offered through Oct. 13 with children ages 6 and up welcome. The per person double rate is from £549. See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays/danube-cycle-path

Explore the Rhine Valley is an eight-day itinerary from the gateway city of Neustadt an der Weinstraße (on the wine route) of the Rhine and Neckar valleys, with stops at a sea life center, zoo, a railway museum, swimming pools and game reserve with endangered species. Kids will giggle at the thought they are staying in a town called Worms. Rides are up to 35km daily. The itinerary is offered through Oct. 13 with ages six and up welcome.  The per person double rate is from £659. See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays/explore-the-rhine-valley

Sardinia over eight days focuses on culture, scenery and Mediterranean on a quiet route that explores a village where the locals fish for red tuna and a lagoon where flamingo flocks cavort. Beaches vie for attention with vineyards and an ancient Phoenician settlement. Guests cycle up to 35km daily. The itinerary is available year-round with children ages six and up welcome. The per person double rate is from £549. See: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays/sardinia

For details on all of the family cycle trips offered by Freewheel Holidays please see: https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/cycling-holidays/all-cycling-holidays/family-cycling-holidays

For availability, questions and reservations for Freewheel Holidays’ leisure self-guided cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/.

About Freewheel Holidays - A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of nearly 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding e-bikes.

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In Worlds of Their Own, Surrounded by the Sea, European Islands Offer the Perfect Escape for Self-Guided Cycling with Freewheel Holidays

MANCHESTER, UK, Mar. 7, 2018– An international specialist in self-guided bicycle vacations suggests that island escapes – on two wheels – can be the perfect antidote to the stresses of daily life.

Freewheel Holidays (www.freewheelholidays.com) maintains an extensive portfolio of self-guided tours of European islands. These adventures include, among others, inn and/or bed and breakfast accommodations, bike rental (often with electric bike options), luggage transfers, detailed route maps and notes, and the expert services of tour host.

An 8-day Menorca Cycling Holiday introduces guests to one of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, renowned for its beautiful beaches and calasor turquoise bays, ancient megalithic monuments and pine-fringed coastline. Quieter than its neighboring islands of Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca is relaxed and low-key. The underline here is rural, including the accommodations, after riding through a spectacular coastal landscape dotted with lighthouses and imposing cliffs, relaxing beaches, visiting fortresses, caves and ancient settlements and imbibing the scents of the pine forests and lush farmland.

Guests are encouraged to linger in Ciutadella, a veritable jewel built of limestone whose stately palaces resonate in creamy golden hues. Limestone paves the narrow streets with their lovely arched porches built in medieval times. The gargoyles on the cathedral were carved from it. Ciutadella's walls tell a story of feudal lords, medieval traditions and invading Turkish pirates. But the city has moved on within these historic surroundings, and filled the streets and little squares with charming outdoor cafes and designer shops. The sheltered harbour lies under the ramparts and has plenty of delightful restaurants to choose from. The per person double rate (changes by season) starts at £689. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/menorca-7-nights-self-guided.

Madeira (think wine) is called the flower island of the Atlantic. An 8-day Madeira Flowers and Coast vacation brings guests onto panoramic roads and cycle routes, with stops at parks, gardens, bays and cliff-top overlooks. This island boasts summer year-round, with departures also year-round and seasonally priced rates from £799 per person double. Fishing villages, basket weavers and thatched farmhouses hint at this island’s charm infused with Portuguese hospitality. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/madeira-flowers-and-coast-cycling-holiday.

Sardinia Short Break is a 5-day cycle around this Italian island’s southwest corner through some of its most spectacular scenery, including a ride along the renowned Costa del Sud. The island was immortalized decades ago by English writer D.H. Lawrence in his book, Sea and Sardinia. He travelled by bus around the island. Thistour focuses on cycling along stretches of white sand and dipping into hidden coves, plus time out for a sprinkling of historical must-sees, including an important Phoenician site from 3,000 years ago and Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives. Guests may also arrange for lunch or dinner (in addition to breakfast) for an extra fee at their host hotels. The per person double rate is £419. The tour is available from now through late June 2018. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/sardinia-4-nights. An 11-day experience is also available. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/sardinia-classic-cycling-holiday.

Great for families, Denmark offers an 8-day Funen Fairytale Island Tour at £979 per person double from now through end August. Rates for singles and children are available. Often referred to as the garden of Denmark, Funen is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen and home to the 16th century Castle Egeskov, hosting a world-class garden plus a fine collection of old cars, airplanes and bicycles. The island’s population hub is Odense, Denmark’s third largest city where humans have lived for over 4,000 years and that was a medieval commercial center. This tour embraces small villages with cobblestone streets, centuries-old churches and dwellings that look as if they came right from a fairy tale. At a maritime center, Svenborg Harbour, visitors can wonder at a fine collection of old wooden ships and imagine sagas on the open seas. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/fairytale-island-family-tour-7-nights.

From Ireland to Croatia, other island-specific tours include:

- Ireland - Galway and Connemara

- Holland - Frisian Sea Island Hopping (Boat & Bike)

- Sweden - Stockholm Archipelago Adventure

- Spain - Majorca Coast to Coast

- Spain - Loop of Majorca

- Spain - Majorca Finca to Finca

- Croatia - South Dalmatian Coast (Boat & Bike)

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.

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Curious about Castles? Freewheel Holidays’ Self-Guided Bicycle Vacations Serve up Turrets and Crenelations Aplenty

MANCHESTER, UK, Feb. 20, 2018– Curious about castles? A UK company specializing in self-guided bicycle vacations throughout Europe offers itineraries from Italy to Denmark that reveal secrets of courtly lives on the other side of the moat.

Freewheel Holidays’ (www.freewheelholidays.com) self-guided tours include, among others, inn and/or bed and breakfast accommodations, bike rental, luggage transfers, route maps and notes, services of a tour host including welcome and information talk.

France is first up on Freewheel Holidays’ castle-driven itineraries. Cyclists can tour the Paris royal countryside – think Fontainebleau -- on a six-day Paris to Versailles adventure at £909 per person double. Departures are from April through October. One lunch stop is the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte of Blandy, a rare example of medieval architecture. The 17th century Castle de Courances opens onto magnificent grounds including a water park. Étampes (Royal City) dates to the 7th century. Fontainebleau with over 1,500 rooms boasts eight centuries of continuous occupation by sovereigns. In the royal city of Dourdan is the early 13th century Château de Dourdan. The Château de Rambouillet began life as a fortified manor in the 14th century. This trip concludes with a visit to the masterpiece of Louis XIV, Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/paris-to-versailles-cycling-holidays.

Dordogne Villages and Castles is an eight-day program from £749 per person double. Departures are mid March through mid October. Here are Château de Losse and gardens near the Lascaux pre-historic caves. In this archaeologically rich region is the château village of Beynac perched upon a cliff. Château de Caudon dates to Louis XVI. Along the Dordogne River are Château de Monfort andChâteau de Gourdon. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/dordogne-valleys-7-nights.

A seven-day tour, Loire Valley Castles, is from £599 per person double. Departures are from late April to late September. Steeped in history, Amboise is a market town celebrated for Château de Chenonceau that has spanned the river here since the 16th century. Château du Clos Lucé was home to Leonardo for three years and where some of his remarkable inventions are on display. Along the Loire are, among others, the 17th century Château de Cheverny and Château Royal de Blois in a community dating to the 6th century. Romantic castles surrounded by fields of wheat and poppy include Fougères-sur-Biévre and the Renaissance Château de Beauregard. Chambord is one of the most famous and majestic of the Loire castles. Please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/loire-valley-castles-cycling-holiday.

The United Kingdom offers this stunner, a six-day Stamford to Lincoln cycling tour that visits Belvoir Castle that has gone through four iterations dating to 12th century Norman ruins; William the Conqueror’s 11th century edifice, Lincoln Castle; and Burghley, one of England's greatest 16th century houses. The per person double rate is £699. Departures are available mid-April to the end September. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/stamford-to-lincoln.

Two castle tours in Denmark include the eight-day Funen Fairytale Island tour available at £979 per person double from now through end August. Often referred to as the garden of Denmark, it is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen and home to the 16th century Castle Egeskov, hosting a fine collection of old cars, airplanes and bicycles. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/fairytale-island-family-tour-7-nights.

On the eight-day Copenhagen and Zealand Circuit cyclists explore the castle of Gavnø, dating to the late 12th or early 13th century. Grounds here sport over half a million bulbs, a rose garden and many rare plants and trees. An immersion in Viking lore reveals 10th century Trelleborg, one of seven known ring castles and the best rebuilt castle of the Viking period in Denmark. Cathedral of Roskilde is the place where most of Denmark’s kings and dynasties have their graves. Guests may also visit the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Per person double rates are from £829. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/copenhagen-and-zealand-circuit-cycling-holiday.

In Austria a seven-day Innsbruck to Salzburg tour is from £649 per person double with departures from end April to early October. High atop a hill in Salzburg, the city of Mozart, is Hohensalzburg Castle, a fortress dating to 1077. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/innsbruck-to-salzburg-7-nights.

In Italy, Freewheel Holiday’s Milan to Lake Como is a four-day tour from £259 per person double. Departures are early April to end October. The 14th century Castle of Trezzo sull'Adda is on a site occupied once by the Celts and overlooking a landscape that fascinated Leonardo da Vinci. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/milan-to-lake-como-3-nights.

To check trip availability, make reservations, or to find out more about Freewheel Holidays’ leisure cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit www.freewheelholidays.com.

About Freewheel Holidays

A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna.  The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.

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