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Electric bikes? Hello stress-free cycling!

February 25th, 2016 by
Group biking through Switzerland on electric bikes

Group biking through Switzerland on electric bikes

Whether you’re exploring the lavender fields of Provence, or the Algarve’s rugged Atlantic coastline, cycling is one of the best ways to discover a region. With the sun on your back and the wind in your hair, it’s a sense of freedom like no other.

If you’ve not ridden a bike since childhood or you’re simply not as fit as your cycling pals, you might find the idea a bit daunting, but put electric bikes into the mix and you’ll simply have no excuses. These beauties give you electric assistance while you pedal, taking the stress out of cycling and giving you the confidence to tackle longer distances and steeper climbs.  Sound good? Even better – we’ve got electric bikes on offer in most of our destinations, so you’re sure to find just the cycling tour for you.

Here’s just a few of our e-bike tours to get you started:

Cycling tours
Austria: Austrian Lakes Cycling

If you prefer gentle, traffic-free cycling in a stunning lakeside setting, this is the region for you. Pedaling along the shores of lakes like Mondsee and Wolfgangsee you’ll enjoy spectacular views and swimming opportunities galore, while exploring Baroque palaces, stunning gardens and the fairytale city of Salzburg.

Austrian Lakes Cycling View tour


Cycling tours Austria/Germany: Passau to Vienna Cycling

How about easy cycling alongside the Danube, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe? The route from Passau to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe, taking in 60 dramatic castles and palaces, picturesque vineyards and sun-drenched villages with delightful waterfront cafes. Highlights include UNESCO-celebrated Krems and of course, spectacular Vienna.

Passau to Vienna Cycling
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Cycling tours
Italy: Gastronomic Barolo Cycling

Follow quiet country roads through the lush hazelnut hills and swaying vines of the gourmand’s paradise that is Piedmont. Aside from impressive castles and beautiful frescoed chapels, you’ll enjoy some spectacular food and wine on this tour. Highlights include the wine towns of Barbaresco and Barolo, charming Alba – home of Ferrero Rocher, and luxury, gourmet hotels – one with a Michelin star.

Gastronomic Barolo Cycling View tour


Cycling tours Italy: Aspects of Assisi Cycling

Experience wonderfully scenic cycling through olive groves and sunflower fields, including a spin along the traffic-free Via degli Ulivi. You’ll explore historic towns and villages such as Montefalco, ‘the balcony of Umbria’, fascinating Spoleto with its Roman remains and magical Assisi with its UNESCO-recognized St Francis’ Basilica.

Aspects of Assisi Cycling View tour



Cycling tours France: Chablis Vineyards Cycling

This cycling tour is sheer relaxation as you follow quiet and totally unspoiled routes between flower-filled villages, medieval towns and world-famous vineyards. Highlights include historic Auxerre with its Gothic cathedral of Saint-Étienne and of course – wine tasting! Numerous wine caves line your route and you’ll visit famous Chablis, the producer of the world’s most celebrated white wine.

Chablis Vineyards Cycling
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Cycling tours
France: Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

It doesn’t get much better than cycling through the Vaucluse, a patchwork of vineyards punctuated by olive groves and watched over by the silent majesty of Mt Ventoux. You’ll cycle between the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and Ventoux appellations, taking in colorful towns and villages and eclectic open air markets, and sampling the fine local wines.

Côtes du Ventoux Cycling View tour

Blue Flag Beaches: The world’s best beaches you’ve probably never heard of

February 2nd, 2016 by
Beautiful beach in Tamariu (Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain)

Beautiful beach in Tamariu (Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain)

Blue Flag beaches and marinas are well known throughout Europe, with more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean and more.  Given the USA doesn’t participate in the voluntary eco-award, the designation isn’t as well known here.

The prestigious Blue Flag designation is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international nonprofit and nongovernmental agency based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The goal is to foster a greater awareness of the natural treasure of white sandy beaches, ocean flora and beach side animals through education and sustainable environmental management.  The water quality is monitored for safety for swimmers as well as for the benefit of flora and fauna including the health of coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach along with another 33 strict criteria of safety and services.

Many of our tours at Breakaway Adventures give you the opportunity to enjoy beaches that fly the Blue Flag – here are just a few:

  • Undiscovered French Riviera –Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s Marquet beach (there are a total of 91 Blue flag beaches on the Cote d’Azur!)
  • Catalan Classic Walk Spain – on day 6 you’ll walk via the lovely Tamariu Beach on the way to Palagrugell

Spain has consistently topped the list of the most Blue Flags awarded!

We’d be interested to hear why the USA doesn’t participate in this program.

..any insight or ideas?

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