Six summer bike rides


Summer Cycling…

The sun’s started shining, you’ve dusted off the barbecue and summer seems more than just a distant memory. What next? Keep that sunshine buzz alive and start planning your summer getaway. There’s nothing like cycling in the summer: the sun on your back, a gentle breeze in the air and colorful, sun-drenched landscapes at every turn.

Here’s six summer cycling trips to get you in the mood…

Spain: Cycling Spain’s Northern Jurassic Coast

On this 9-night holiday you’ll explore Spain’s unspoiled northern coast, its coastal cliffs, verdant valleys and deserted beaches providing a wild and spectacular setting. Starting in the foothills of the majestic Picos de Europa mountains, you’ll cycle through pretty seaside towns and part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrims’ trail, before reaching the ancient Roman city of Gijón and its bustling port.


France: Brittany Coastal Cycling

Brittany’s spectacular Emerald Coast offers dramatic landscapes and vibrant Mediterranean colors. The cycling routes on this 8-night holiday are mostly along uncrowded coastal paths and quiet country lanes with wonderful panoramic views. You’ll take in poppy-fringed beaches, traditional Breton fishing ports and pretty villages just perfect for relaxing lunch stops. We recommend a visit to the ancient port town of St-Malo, just a 10-minute ferry ride away.


Italy: Secrets of Sicily Cycling

Discover the natural beauty of Sicily’s west coast on this 7-night holiday. Starting in medieval Scopello, you’ll take in golden bays, stunning azure waters, swaying vines and lazy, sun-baked hamlets, not to mention historic gems like Phoenician Mozia, and the 2,500-year-old temple at Segesta. We recommend the short ferry ride to the Egadi Islands; Favignana is a cyclist’s paradise with tranquil lanes, secret coves and a bustling harbor offering plenty of choices for lunch.


Austria: Austrian Lakes Cycling

This flexible 10-night cycling tour offers a superb mix of spectacular scenery, swimming opportunities and gentle shoreline routes (with the option to extend your routes on all days). You’ll take in a variety of sights including Mozart’s museum in St. Gilgen and Mondsee’s frescoed high street – the church here was featured in ‘The Sound of Music’. Excellent local transport makes exploring the region easy; we recommend a visit to the enchanting city of Salzburg.


France: Canal du Midi Cycling

On this 8-night trip you’ll cycle a scenic linear route of the cities and waterways which surround the picturesque and UNESCO-recognized Canal du Midi. Quiet roads and cycle tracks take you through medieval towns and villages, pretty vineyards – including those of the renowned Minervois wine region – and the beautiful cities of Narbonne and Béziers. You’ll also discover golden sandy beaches and some superb lagoon birdlife including flamingos, eagle-owls and black-necked grebes.


Switzerland: The Swiss Lakes Cycling

The beautiful Swiss Jura region on the French border is perfect for exploring by bike. Flat and unspoiled, the trails are virtually traffic free and are excellent for first-time cyclists. On this 8-night cycling holiday, you’ll discover everything from grand châteaux and Roman ruins, to nature reserves, vineyards and picture-perfect villages, not to mention the shimmering Swiss lakes of Neuchâtel, Biel and Murtensee. There’s plenty of time for waterfront café breaks and lake swimming too!