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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Blog:               http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/blog/

Contact Information

Head Office: 91 Walkden Road, Walkden, Manchester M28 7BQ, UK
Phone:           +44 (0) 161 703 5823
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Media Contacts:

Peter Morgan, Sports Tours International and Freewheel Holidays Marketing Manager
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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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Follow Freewheel Holidays on Social Media

Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

Facebook:     https://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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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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Follow Freewheel Holidays on Social Media

Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

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

Google+:        https://plus.google.com/+FreewheelholidaysCoUk

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.

Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Follow Freewheel Holidays on Social Media

Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

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

Google+:        https://plus.google.com/+FreewheelholidaysCoUk

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.

Dave Wiggins: 720.301.3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Follow Freewheel Holidays on Social Media

Twitter:           @FreewheelHols

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

Google+:        https://plus.google.com/+FreewheelholidaysCoUk

Website:         www.freewheelholidays.com

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The Plot Thickens while Cycling Through Cinema Sites in Europe On Freewheel Holidays’ Bike Vacations

MANCHESTER, UK, Nov. 27, 2017 – The late actress Anita Eckberg buffed up Rome’s allure while splashing in the Trevi Fountain in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Scores of movies today have cemented plots in locales that, like the fountain, intersect with planned vacation itineraries offered by leading tour operators.  

One trend-setting company, Freewheel Holidays, specializing in self-guided bicycle vacations throughout Europe, offers the chance to visit cinema locations on several of its 2018 itineraries. Included in program rates are lodging with breakfasts, detailed route notes, point-to-point luggage transfers and complimentary bike rentals.

Movie buffs or anyone with a love of history and adventure will enjoy these bike tours:

Austria’s Lake Constance welcomed the crew filming Quantum of Solace. Cyclists can visit the strikingly modern opera house (Festspielhaus Bregenz) where the nefarious Quantum organization meet up during a performance of Tosca.  Lake Constance Family Special is a 7-day journey that wanders through vineyards and Baroque villages, and by castles and Roman ruins, with suggested stops at the Zeppelin Museum to view a model of the famous Hindenburg airship.  The per person double rate is from £569. For details seehttp://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/lake-constance-family-cycling-tour.

Italy’s Venice was the site for The Talented Mr. Ripley. On any of Freewheel Holidays’ itineraries of Venice, guests can stop for an espresso at the old café in Piazza San Marco, a meeting place for Ripley (Matt Damon), Marg (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Mr. Greenleaf (James Rebhorn). Tours range from five to eight days. Venice Round Tour is one example. Days 1, 2 and 7 focus on Venice. Other days are spent exploring the foothills of the Italian Alps near Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa to Treviso, enroute sampling trademark grappas and proseccos and Italian village life beyond La Serenissima. The per person double rate is £619 and includes bike rentals. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/venice-round-tour-7-nights.

Belgium’s Bruges is a treasure trove for cyclists who watched In Bruges. They can visit where the hitmen hole up, Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel, and brave, like Ken (Brendan Gleeson), the 366 narrow steps of the Belfry. They can meet for a beer as the main characters did at 1 Zwart Huis (the Black House) and gaze, as did guilt-stricken Ray (Colin Farrell), at the Hieronymus Bosch painting of The Last Judgment at the Groeninge Museum and dine at Cafedraal where Ray enjoys his first date with the cheerfully drug-dealing Chloe (Clémence Poésy), before punching out the lights of a Canadian couple. They might even linger, as Ray and Chloe did, on the Meestraat Bridge, between Vismarkt (Fishmarket) and the Groenerel. Bruges and Belgian Coast is a 7-day itinerary that targets families with easy cycling routes and child-friendly attractions. Rates are from £469 per person double. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/bruges-and-belgian-coast-6-nights.

Czech Republic’s Prague can be visited through the lens of Mission Impossible. As the mission falls apart, controller Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) falls into the Vltava River from the famous Charles Bridge; the art deco headquarters of villain Max (Vanessa Redgrave) is the Hotel Europa on Wenceslas Square. Prague to Vienna is a 9-day holiday linking these cultural capitals with lakes, forests, vineyards, the old Iron Curtain and historic towns of south Bohemia and Moravia, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The per person double rate is from £949. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/prague-to-vienna-self-guided-cycling-holiday.

Another itinerary in this region utilizes the Elbe (River) cycling path between Prague and Dresden. Enroute to Dresden’s Zwinger Palace, Semperoper (Opera House) and Frauenkirche is Theresienstadt, a World War II concentration camp. For details seehttp://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/prague-to-dresden-cycling-holiday.

UK’s Oxfordshire made an indelible impression in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firewhen Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) learns to waltz at Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Oxford.  He recovers here after being poisoned in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. In Duke Humfrey’s Library in the Bodleian Library, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) mull over who to take to Slughorn’s Christmas party. Oxford & The Cotswolds is a 7-day program offering glimpses of England’s finest stately home, Blenheim Palace, and quiet villages that seem removed from the 21st century. The per person double rate is £599. For details see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/oxford-amp-the-cotswolds.

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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Freewheel Holidays Transports Guests Through Alps and into Agriturismo on Four New Cycling Itineraries in 2018

MANCHESTER, UK, Oct. 3, 2017 – Freewheel Holidays, UK’s specialist in European self-guided cycling holidays, announces four new tours for 2018. Known for its week-long bespoke bicycle vacations where leisure pedaling leads to immersive sightseeing, tours are inclusive of accommodation, breakfast, bike rental, briefings, route planning, applicable bus/train and luggage transfers and more.

Austria’s Innsbruck to Salzburg -Four Rivers, Tradition and High Culture’ bike tour connects Innsbruck and Salzburg primarily on cycle paths, traveling up to 50km daily. Visitors on the River Inn’s cycle path pass the towering north chain of the Karwendel Mountains enroute to the Zillertal (Ziller Valley), in preparation for crossing the Gerlos Pass by bus to the state of Salzburg and views of Europe’s most impressive waterfall. Then comes a meander along the Tauern cycle path along the River Salzach to Lake Zell that reflects the snow-covered Kitzsteinhorn. Riding through the valley carved by the River Saalach leads to Salzburg. This 7-night vacation available from May through August is from £649 per person, double. In the spring, riders are invited to sample the region’s sweet radishes served with rounds of local beer, a seasonal favorite. For details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/innsbruck-to-salzburg-7-nights.

Innsbruck to Munich -While Hofbräuhaus is synonymous with Munich where this adventure ends, Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) in Innsbrook where the trip begins is less famous. This is a copper-roofed landmark dating to the 1500s. Guests cycle up to 60km daily, primarily on cycle paths between shifting mountain landscapes and dialects. This 6-night vacation available from May through August is from £699 per person, double. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/innsbruck-to-munich-6-nights.

Turin to San Remo -‘Alpine Panorama to the Riviera of Flowers’ begins in Italy’s first capital, Turin and proceeds on a bike path through the Po River Valley. The lore of medieval towns, monasteries, ancient vineyards, hazelnut cultivation and always the temptations of trattorias mix with a gentle mountain ascent descending finally to Sanremo on Italy’s north western coast, cycling up to 55km daily. This 7-night vacation available from April through October is from £749 per person, double. Because this is Italy, a gourmet meal and a freshly pressed fruit cocktail by the Riviera of the Flowers (Sanremo) are included in the rate. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/turin-to-san-remo-7-nights.

Piedmont -Truffles, Wine and Chocolate’ combines these elements to lure gourmands to Italy’s Piedmont. This journey begins and ends in Turin after engaging with the fragrant white truffles of Alba, with Asti Spumante and with Ferrero Rocher, the chocolatier, all reason enough to cycle for up to 50km daily. Throw in a bottle or two of Barbaresco and an overnight on a farm and the deal is sealed. This 7-night vacation available from April through August is from £809 per person, double. Because food and wine star in this region, three gourmet feasts are included in the rate. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/piedmont-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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Freewheel Holidays Suggests Winter Bicycle Vacations In Four Sun-Splashed Coastal Destinations in Europe

MANCHESTER, UK, Aug. 31, 2017– As the long days of summer fade into fall, avid cyclists can follow the sun south to warmer climates. Freewheel Holidays (http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/), the UK’s specialist cycling vacation provider, arranges week-long bespoke, self-guided bicycle vacations in Sardinia (Italy), on the Costa Brava (Spain), in the Algarve (Portugal) and on Lanzarote (Canary Islands).

These four sun-splashed destinations have in common beckoning cultures and cuisines, wave-fringed coastlines with sandy beaches and dependable reputations for showering warmth on vacationers escaping winter’s doldrums. 

Following are snapshots of Freewheel Holidays’ 2017-2018 portfolio of Winter Sun cycling vacations. Accommodating parties with as few as two adults, in some instances these vacations can be tweaked to accommodate families who enjoy traveling at their own pace on two wheels.

Sardinia Family Cycle Tour is an 8 day/7 night vacation in Sardinia bicycling over terrain graded “easy” and over distances that can be tailored to meet family needs. Daily rides range from 20km to 36km. The itinerary is also flexible with choices on one day, for example, to ride to a beach famous for its turquoise waters or to board a ferry to a village where locals fish for red tuna and where surrounding lagoons are populated by flocks of pink flamingo. On some days vineyards and olive groves vie for attention with ancient ruins, Roman roads, vestiges of the Phoenicians and always beaches. The per person double rate is from £549; rates for children ages 3 to 12 are available. Included are seven nights accommodation with breakfast, bike rental, luggage transfers, welcome meeting, detailed route notes and maps and 24-hour emergency/service telephone access. This tour is offered year-round. For details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/sardinia-cycling-holiday.

Discover Costa Brava for Families is a 7 day/6 night vacation in Spain’s Catalonia, a distinct, autonomous region in northern Spain known for the beach resorts of Costa Brava and for the Pyrenees Mountains.This flexible trip can also be from two to five days, giving ample time to explore this fascinating area and add on a beach or city break. On two wheels guests discover the unspoiled hamlet of Can Muni, a beautiful coastline, pine forests and the fascinating medieval, Greek and Roman architecture of the region. Must-sees are the world famous Dalí museum in the town of Figueres and the Museum of Empordà which showcases the archaeological finds of the region, including the Hall of Asclepius. Guests can also mix in horseback riding. Ambitious riders can traverse up to 56km on a day; but shorter routes halving the daily distances are also outlined. The mostly flat terrain is rated as “easy.” The per person double rate is from £539; rates for children under 13 years of age are available. Included are 6 nights accommodation with breakfast, a welcome meeting, bike rental, GPS with everyday tracks and map, detailed route notes and local information and 24-hour emergency/service telephone access. Offered year-round, for details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/costa-brava-family-cycling-holiday.

Guests on the 8 day/7night Algarve Coast to Coast bicycle vacation enjoy “easy” to “moderate” cycling on the Ecovia do litoral, a dedicated cycle route in Portugal that links Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border with Cabo de São Vicente (Sagres) in the west. This route that requires cycling up to 40km on some days combines trails in nature preserves with stunning coastal views and beach access. There are also linked stretches on traffic-calm or car-free routes. Fishing villages that date to Roman times, Moorish architecture and cafes heralding coffee and wine breaks blend into the horizon that’s the sea. The per person double rates begin at £779. Included are 7nights accommodation with breakfast, return transfers from Faro Airport, bike rental, luggage transfers, detailed route notes and cycling maps and 24-hour emergency/service telephone access. Departures may be scheduled any day of the year. For details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/algarve-coast-to-coast-7-nights.

Lanzarote in the Canary Islands may not seem an obvious choice for a cycling holiday, but here’s one island in the Canaries that offers easy access, year-round sunshine, minimal rainfall, some of the most dramatic and fascinating landscapes (think volcanos) in Europe. Restrained development has preserved the best characteristics of this often-overlooked paradise. Fine beaches and quality hotel and rural villa accommodations are laced into this 8 day/7 night vacation on two wheels. The terrain is classed “moderate” with some daily rides covering up to 58km. Routes can be modified for families. A native son, César Manrique, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, left his mark artistically and in architecture on Lanzarote. Guests have an opportunity to view some of his work. They take in a volcanic cave and another volcanic landscape along a beach, cycle and walk under innumerable palm trees in towns with Moorish names, and they tour thewine-producing area of La Geria. A waterpark and go kart attraction add to the family fun. The per person double rate is from $809. Rates for children are available. Included are 7 nights accommodation with breakfast, bike hire, luggage transfers, detailed route notes & cycling maps and 24hr hotline assistance service. For details on this year-round, self-guided adventure please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/lanzarote-7-nights-self-guided.

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 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 and solo traveler holidays.

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Still Time This Summer & Fall to See Italy on a Bicycle - Freewheel Holidays Offers a Variety of Weeklong Self-Guided Tours

MANCHESTER, UK, July 5, 2017– Inquisitive travelers eager to see the real Italy at the speed of a bicycle can choose among four bespoke, self-guided tours that dip variously in and out of the Dolomites, Lake Garda, Venice, Tuscany and the Chianti region. These seven-day/eight-night itineraries are available through early autumn from Freewheel Holidays, the UK’s specialist cycling vacation provider offering a 2017 portfolio of more than 40 European holidays on two wheels.

“We are really passionate about Italy as a cycling holiday destination and have selected cycling holidays that really showcase the varied nature of the country,” explains Steven Rittey, Freewheel Holidays’ spokesperson. “There’s still time to book a trip this season and to help decide where to go, here are four of our favorite tours.”

Dolomites & Lake Garda begins in Resia (accessed by train from Bolzano) near the Austrian border where Italy’s South Tyrol region combines Italian and Austrian influences. Here at 5,000 feet, a dedicated cycle track winds down through Val Venosta and a collection of small villages as mountains on either side rise up to over 13,000 feet. Merano, a town that pampers people in its spas, is followed by Bolzano, the regional capital.Lake Garda beckons through the Adige valley past apple orchards and vineyards, promising a boat trip from Riva del Garda down the lake to Peschiera, a walled town with a traffic-free center.The Arena di Verona Opera Festival can be the piece de resistance in the city of Romeo and Juliet where this summer’s offerings include, among others, three Verdi favorites: Rigoletto, Nabucco and Aida. Per person double rates are from £669. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/dolomites-and-lake-garda

Venice Lands - Self Guided is a classic tour between the Alps and the Adriatic that is centered on the jewel of Venice. Cycle tracks and minor roads are generally flat on this tour that begins and ends in Vicenza with its own Teatro Olimpico and an array of historic buildings and cobblestone streets. The next stops are Marostica, famous for its castle and chessboard in the main square, and Bassano del Grappa with a covered wooden bridge and grappa. Another Italian city shares a canal culture with Venice. This is Treviso that follows a downhill run through Prosecco vineyards. This walled city also sports a castle and may be the birthplace of radicchio and tiramisù. The cycle continues into Venice and later along two rivers which carried Venice's trade centuries ago. The Bacchiglione River leads to Costozza, a small town at the foot of the Berici hills. The cycle path passes in front of La Rotonda, the architect Palladio's most famous creation. Per person double rates are from £519. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/venice-lands-8-days-7-nights-self-guided

Tuscany - Pisa to Florence 7 nights embraces the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, enroute exploring an intimate landscape beloved by anyone who has ever visited Tuscany. Travel is on cycle-friendly tracks and minor roads, with two rest days to explore Lucca, a city ringed by Renaissance walls and the birthplace of Puccini. Enroute to Montecatini Terme, known for its spa waters, is a village, Collodi, known as the place where Pinocchio sprang from his creator’s hands. There’s never enough time to imbibe all of the ancient villas and landscapes, but two days in this region affords a fair amount of time for unscheduled pedals led by curiosity. The per person double rate is from £659. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/tuscany-pisa-to-florence-7-nights

Siena, Chianti Region and Florence brings into the spotlight the history of Palio di Siena, a race held twice annually in Siena with riders representing 10 of the city’s 17 wards and political feuds never to be forgotten. This adventure begins and ends here. The history of the dynamics, again political, between this one-time highly important municipality and Florence begin to sink in, along with ample quantities of Chianti ripe for the sampling. Along with viniculture comes high culture (think Florence), thanks to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci and, of course, assorted Medicis. Siena was also an important stop along the ancient (11th century) pilgrim’s way (from Canterbury to Rome), the via Francigena. The per person double rate is from £659. For more details please see http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/siena-chianti-region-and-florence-7-nights

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.

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 and solo traveler holidays.

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Freewheel Holidays’ Self-Guided Bicycle Vacations in France Include Visiting Branded Vineyards, Sleeping on a Barge And Stepping into a Medieval World

MANCHESTER, UK, June 20, 2017– A leading purveyor of European cycling vacations offers ways aplenty to tour France by bicycle this summer, including how to watch the pros and test some of the cycling routes of the legendary Tour de France to be held July 1-23.

Freewheel Holidays (http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/, the UK’s leading self-guided cycling vacation provider, shares a portfolio of independent bicycle tours in France that allow as few as two participants to travel when they can, at their own pace and to explore to their heart’s content the countryside and cuisine they’re wheeling through.

“Visiting branded vineyards, sleeping on a barge and touring in the footsteps of long-gone royals are included in many of our cycling holidays in France,” said Steven Rittey, Freewheel Holidays’ spokesperson. “Our cycling holidays focus on the many delights of rural France – beautiful landscapes, appealing small towns and villages, and the French emphasis on good living: food, wine, enticing country markets and cultural treasures.”

Steven suggests these three classic self-guided bicycle tours although a full list can be found at: http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/france. All are offered spring through fall, with rates that fluctuate seasonally.

Leisurely Loire Valley, Orleans to Saumur, 7 nights begins at £699 per person, double, including bike rental, B&B accommodation, welcome meeting, luggage transfers, detailed route notes and maps and 24-hour hotline assistance service. Think Joan of Arc (The Maid of Orleans) and then conjure up ancient tapestries of lords courting wimple-clad ladies. Not-to-miss castles, chateaux and cathedrals are vestiges of the cultural and political pulse point known as Anjou that spawned the powerful Plantagenets who changed the course of history in Great Britain and most of Europe. The route to Saumur, considered the Pearl of Anjou, covers approximately 50 km daily on cycle paths and paved roads with little traffic, encompassingpart of the ‘Loire à Vélo’ long-distance cycle route. The wines of the Loire Valley are as accessible as its history. http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/leisurely-loire-valley-orleans-saumur-cycling-holiday

Provence: Aigues-Mortes to Avignon - 7 Nights – Boat & Bike begins at £969 per person, double, including accommodation on a comfortable barge in air-conditioned cabins offering private facilities, all breakfasts and dinners on-board and packed lunches, bike rentals and the opportunity to cycle with the on-board tour guide. This tour explores Provence (think sun-soaked fields of lavender) while riding to the Pont du Gard, Arles, St. Rémy and Les Baux over and around the Rhone that runs from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. The Rhone Valley is in the Camargue region where vineyards and wildlife live harmoniously. Roman ruins, flamingos wading near the sea and walled cities compel many a stop along the daily route that leads back to wave-lapped dreams. http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/provence-aigues-mortes-avignon-boat-and-bike-cycling

Bordeaux Vineyards 6 nights begins at£829 per person, double, including hotel and chambres d’hôte accommodations with breakfasts, three dinners, bike rentals, arrival transfer from Bordeaux train station or airport, luggage transfers, fees, detailed route notes and maps and emergency assistance. This is a cycling window through world-famous vineyards and leading to St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s rife with wine estates.http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/bordeaux-vineyards-6-nights

In July the Tour de France, cycling’s most iconic competition, takes place and can be easily combined with an extended stay and self-guided tour. While the pros expend sweat equity competing in the race, visitors can cling close to the tour’s arduous routes by securing various VIP spectator packages through Freewheel Holidays’ parent company, Sports Tours International www.sportstoursinternational.com. This company takes care of all the vacation arrangements in a variety of inclusive packages while tracking the drama of the Tour de France and other international cycling and running events. For package details please see https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/tour-de-france-vip-one-day-experiences/

Suggested Tour de France Package: Mountain Stages, July 11-24, 2017On this official Tour de France 14-day tour itinerary guests start and finish in Paris and witness all the mountain stages in the Pyrenees, followed by the Alpine finale and the deciding Time Trial in Marseille. Guests have VIP access to some stage starts and also enjoy VIP Hospitality at one of the finish lines. Included are airport transfers in Paris, nightly accommodation and breakfasts, some dinners, bike transfers and storage, and train transfer from Marseille to Paris for the grand finale. The per person rate based on sharing a double/twin room is from US$3,450. See: https://www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/events/2017-tour-de-france-pyrenees-alps-marseille-paris/

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 pedalling 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 en-route assistance and distinctive 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 80 established European holidays. The company offers a range of multi-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 cycling ‘themed’ holidays.

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Freewheel Holidays Expands European Bicycle Tours Portfolio By Adding Three Two-Wheel Vacations in South of England

MANCHESTER, UK, May 22, 2017-- Freewheel Holidays, the UK’s specialist cycling vacation provider, has added three bespoke, self-guided UK tours to their 2017 portfolio numbering more than 40 European holidays on two wheels.

The new tours that concentrate on the south of England can be booked with just a minimum of two people and scheduled anytime, space available, through September 2017. They are a five-night Devon coastal tour, a two-center Oxford and Cotswolds adventure and a five-night Stamford and Lincoln excursion.

“With so many lovely cycling routes now available in the UK, Freewheel Holidays felt compelled to introduce a selection to our 2017 program,” said Steven Rittey, Freewheel Holidays’ spokesperson. He hoped these would be of particular interest to US and Canadian travellers who are eager to explore this country outside of London. He said the routes are easy, affording plenty of time for exploring. The routes also offer convenient access, both coming and going, to rail lines. Guests don’t have to bring their own bikes, which makes it easy to combine a Freewheel trip with a longer vacation in England and Europe.

“These tours are great for families. They’re aimed at the infrequent cyclist, so the routes are never strenuous and allow for a leisurely ride where you can take in the views.  We’ve also selected small independent guest houses and charming hotels so our customers will get a warm welcome along the way,” he added.

Freewheel Holidays (www.freewheelholidays.com) self-guided tours include 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.

The five-night Devon Coast-to-Coast Tour spans the entire county of Devon along what is becoming one of the UK’s best-loved cycle routes. Guests venture from Ilfracombe on the north coast to Plymouth on the south coast. The route takes in three traffic-free sections including the Tarka Trail, the Granite Way and Drake’s Trail. Guests are biking between 22 and 32 miles a day past Norman castles and 12th century churches. A trip highlight is the three-mile Woolacombe Beach, voted England’s best by TripAdvisor contributors. The rate is £780/$999 per person, double.See: http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/devon-coast-to-coast.

A six-night Oxford and Cotswolds two-center, self-guided tour takes in the sights in Oxford and Blenheim Palace, England’s grandest stately home, before heading off to stay in the honey-colored Cotswold village of Burford. Guests walk the legendary college paths of Oxford, soak up the rich history and wonderful architecture, and visit landscaped grounds of Blenheim.  Shops, pubs and restaurants are plentiful along the route. All rides have two things in common: quiet country roads and enchanting scenery.  The rate is £640/$819 per person, double.  See: http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/oxford-amp-the-cotswolds.

The five-night Stamford to Lincoln ride features the famous market town of Stamford, rife with Georgian architecture, and a rural route past castles, stately homes, Lincoln cathedral and Rutland Water (Europe’s largest man-made lake). Guests pedal north on a lovely country ride to the Vale of Belvoir, overlooked by the imposing Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke of Rutland. The itinerary continues through the villages of the Trent Valley to the historic town of Newark with its impressive market square, 18th century town hall and castle dating back almost 900 years. History buffs will revel in the town’s role as a Royalist stronghold in the English Civil War, which is covered in the town’s excellent National Civil War Centre. Lincoln provides a dramatic finale to this varied holiday. The self-guided cycling on this holiday is of a gentle nature though the best of what Eastern England can offer. The rate is from £740/$949 per person, double.  See: http://www.freewheelholidays.co.uk/tour/stamford-to-lincoln.

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 pedalling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travellers.

Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive 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.

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