Explore Europe’s finest lakes and mountains by bike. Explore Europe’s finest lakes and mountains by bike.
Winding mountain roads, circuits linking villages and gentler routes that stretch along lakesides – if you like to hit the road on two wheels, our summer resorts have more to cycle than you can shake an inner tube at…
Get back in the saddle this summer for a smashing week on the mountains. You’ll find everything from steep climbs and full valley descents to trail networks that never seem to end - with seriously scenic pit stops along the way.
Whether you’re a clan of power peddlers or prefer a gentler pace, a cycling holiday can be just the ticket for a brilliant week with the brood – fresh air, a healthy dose of exercise and quality time together, on and off the saddle. Stop off for picnics, playgrounds and pools on circuits fit for little legs, or simply head off and roam the great outdoors ‘til bedtime.
After a wonderful workout on two wheels, a luxury chalet or hotel can be the ultimate ‘welcome home’. There’s no need to lift a finger, with fine food and amenities ready and waiting for you. Make your lodging one with wellness facilities – like saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs – for some post adventure pampering, and prepare those legs for another brilliant day on your bike.
Friends + bikes = a wheely good summer holiday all round. From fearsome freeride trails to iconic road tours and relaxing riverside rides – our cycling holidays suit any group with a penchant for pedalling. The bigger towns have some brilliant beer gardens to end the day with, or for a quiet group getaway, escape to a little old village for après-bike-ride R&R.
You’re on holiday after all – and for those of us who haven’t been training Brad Wiggins stylie, but still fancy a great week on two wheels, an E-Bike’s the answer. These leg-saving beauties inject some extra pedal power into a bike ride, letting us go the extra mile without conking out. Austria’s huge in this department, with the mighty ‘e-BikeWelt’ (the biggest E-bike region on the planet).
This all-mountain nation is crazy for MTB, with freeride trails galore and world-beating terrain in Saalbach and Kitzbühel. If you prefer cruising to climbing, you’ll find some glorious lakeside routes in the likes of St Wolfgang, Zell am See and Fuschl. And for extra push, E-Bikes are rife, with Kitzbüheler Alpen’s e-BikeWelt hogging the title of the world’s BIGGEST E-Bike region.
One thing’s a given on a cycling holiday in Switzerland – there’s staggering scenery every way you turn. In ancient, car-free mountain villages, it’s just you and your bike; discover the local area or set off on a tour of hamlets, waterfalls or freeride parks. Then there are the lakes; we could easily spend the whole summer pedalling down the promenades of Montreux and Maggiore.
You’d struggle to find a kind of cyclist France doesn’t have something for: Smooth, scenic pathways? Tick. Circuits of villages, chapels and lakes? Tick. White-knuckle, full valley mountain descents? Tickety tick. From epic stretches of Tour de France fame, to family-friendly trails passing flora and fauna – we can’t get enough of France on two wheels.
A week spent in Italy needn’t be 100% dolce far niente. Get on your bike and a cracking time awaits; whether you’re pedalling along the lakeside, darting down the dirt tracks of the Dolomites, or visiting parks and petting zoos with the sprogs. And with proper gelato, pizza and vino to come home to, you’re in for a bellissimo week on - and off - your bike.
Resorts with lakes AND mountains make for a wonderfully varied week. Star of the Giro d’Italia, Lake Garda is incredible for cyclists. It’s home to the Ponale Path, quite possibly the best bike ride on earth amid sheer cliffside, sharp bends, ancient tunnels and astounding lake views. Elsewhere, you can speed down the mountain trails of Monte Baldo (near Malcesine), roam the gentle country tracks around Sirmione and of course pedal along the lakeside – dotted with gelaterias and restaurants to keep you fuelled up along the way.
Zell am See’s terrific, with everything from the flatter routes along Lake Zeller, to the steep dirt track descents of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. If you’re a mountain biker, check out resorts like this that are popular ski destinations in the winter months - once the snow melts, their ski slopes become awesome routes to ride down. Saalbach’s without a doubt one of the best MTB spots in the world thanks to a whopping 200km of marked trails. Mayrhofen’s excellent too – there are a number of peaks within an easy drive, on top of the local Penken and Ahorn mountains.
There’s nothing like a good view to spur you on… Zermatt and Grindelwald reign supreme in this department with the Matterhorn and Eiger mountains teetering overhead. A cosy place to come home to helps, which these resorts have reams of - think wooden mountain huts, church steeples and everything else you’d expect of a typical Swiss resort.
For road riders seeking iconic paths to pedal, the Tour of Austria goes through Kitzbühel every year - home to Austria’s steepest road. Ischgl’s another for the bucket list, where you’ll find the legendary Silvretta High Alpine Road. Don’t forget the Dolomites, where routes near Selva, Ortisei and La Villa feature in races like the Giro d’Italia.
In Switzerland, Montreux sits on the famous Rhone and Lake road routes but also has some awesome MTB terrain, as well as more forgiving paths in the Lavaux Riviera.
Somewhere worlds away from the daily grind, that welcomes cyclists with open arms. Our cycling destinations feel far, far away from rush hour traffic and polluted cycle paths... We’re talking about bright meadows, soaring peaks – not a reversing lorry in sight. The villages cater for cyclists brilliantly, with the likes of rent and repair shops, safe storage, trail maps and guided tours.
A good mix of terrain. Gentler paths to warm up on, testing ones to get the heart pumping and longer routes that show you the finest parts of the region. The best destinations have so much to cycle that we’ve been returning to try new routes (and re-ride favourites) for years.
A comfy lodging to call home. Where you spend your downtime matters just as much. We’ll help you find a somewhere that suits your needs and preferences, whether it’s on the cycle network or close to the centre of town… Basic for a budget bike holiday, or a little more luxurious…
Those driving from home often opt for loading up the bike rack – you get to use your own wheels and don’t have to spend extra on hire. If you’re flying, bike carriage is available for an extra charge with most airlines. Ask us to double check there’s room on the plane, and find out what the carrier requests (e.g. bike bag/box, pedals off, tyres deflated, handles turned around, weight limits…).
There are also advantages of hiring in resort: First off, there’s less to lug around on your journey to and from the resort. Shops stock the latest models, which’ll be ready to ride - serviced to the nth degree and expertly matched to your requirements. Many hotels have their own bike shop, and sometimes, rental prices are included with the overall cost of the holiday.
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