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
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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