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by David May

 

Great Bicycle Tours in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, England and Ireland: What you need to know.



This site presents much of what I have learned in twenty years of bicycle touring in Europe.

You will find here cycling descriptions and photos for many of Europe's premiere cycling destinations. You can use these to find a bicycle tour meeting your needs—whether a commercial group tour or a self organized trip.

For each destination there are also practical details and itineraries.

You will find here as well my opinions and research on general topics such as budgets, touring styles, bicycle choices and so on.

Sister Sites: www.mayq.com, for cycling information in and around Paris, including to the airports.
www.grfive.com, for long-distance hiking in the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Meditteranean.

Email: dmay@europebicycletouring.com
For my background, see this page.

 

The boxes below in this column link to pages
on each of the bicycle trips.

The boxes immediately below link to pages covering general topics. Following these are more trips.

provence field of yellow flowers
Cycling Provence, France
Rape-Seed, Poppies, Lavender, Roman Coliseum, Theaters, Monuments Bath, and Aqueduct, Fortified Cliffs,Wild Horses,
Charming Hill and Valley Towns, Papal Palace, etc.

Bikers pose along the Danube Bicycle Path with castle in background

Cycling the Danube River, Austria
Baroque Architecture, Easy, Good for Families

Castle of Chambord

Cycling the Loire Valley, France
Castles, Easy Cycling, with cross-Europe Extensions

Zeeland beach with kites

Cycling France, Flanders, Zeeland
and Holland along the North Sea

Coastal and Interior Views, Dikes, Bruges Architecture

Sheep near Dordogne River

Cycling the Dordogne River Valley
Bucolic Scenery, Picturesque Towns, Neolithic Cave Paintings

Line of Cyclists in a Ijsselmeer Polder

Cycling around the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands
Boats, Lake Views, Flat Farmland with Dikes, Amsterdam

Town in North of Alentejo, Portugal

Cycling Alentejo, Portugal
White Hill-Towns, Vineyards, Cork Trees

Road with Alps View, Austria

Cycling Western Austria and Bavaria
Scenic Lakes, Forests, Mountain Views, Resort Villages,
Salzburg, Munich, Mad King Ludwig's Castles

Lindau on Lake Constance

Cycling Around Lake Constance and down the Rhine, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Lake and River Views, Farms, Gardens, Woods,
Resort Towns, European Niagara Falls

bicycles and sailboats

Cycling the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur):

Along the Mediterranean from Marseille to Cassis, Hyères and Giens, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and Menton: Art cities, resort towns, endless beaches and coves, cliffs and colorful hills plunging into azure water.


Cycling from Hamburg, Germany to Copenhagen, Denmark

Along the dikes of the Elbe River the North Sea in Schleswig Holstein, across central Jutland, and around northern Zealand. Seaviews, farmland, forest, ancient towns, lake district resorts, art colonies, Hamlet castle, Louisiana Museum.


Bicycle Tour Chart: Season, Difficulty, Scenery and Tourist Attractions, My Rating

Why Bicycle in Europe?

What kind of budget for a bicycle tour?

Commercial Group Bicycle Tour
or Self-Guided Bicycle Tour?

Bring Your Own Bicycle
or Buy a Bicycle in Europe
or Rent?

When to go?

Which Bicycle for Touring?
It Depends!

Transporting Your Bicycle by Train, Bus, Air or Car in Europe

Clothing for Bicycle Tours
Choosing Panniers
Packing Panniers

Security and Safety on a European Bike Tour

How Far Will You Ride?

Pilgrims walking to Estaing

Cycling the Saint James Pilgrimage Route, France and Spain
1,200 Year History, Beautiful Scenery and Art, Challenging Hills

Cathedral of Orvietto, Italy

Cycling Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
Medieval Hill Towns and Cities, Vineyards, Olive Groves
Renaissance Masterworks

Alsace Town and Haut Koenigsburg

Cycling the Alsace Wine Route, France
Charming Old Wine Villages and Historic Cities,
Cathedrals, Vineyards, nearby Vosges Mountains
with castles, prehistoric wall and monastery

Bike trail through heather in Pennines

Cycling the "C2C" — Sea to Sea, Northern England, and possible continuations
Whitehaven on the Irish Sea, Lake District, Pennine heather, Newcastle architecture, North Sea

Burgundy Canal Bike Path

Cycling in Burgundy, France
Dijon, Baune, vineyards, fields, Morvan hills and forests,
castles, Vézelay basilica , Burgundy Canal