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.
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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