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Cycling for Softies tours are filled with colour, from dazzling châteaux gardens to the rich hues of Italian wine. There’s colour in every part of a cycling holiday through Europe’s premier wine regions. Even the architecture can be vibrant, such as the rainbow towns of Alsace or the golden stone cottages of the Cotswolds. Below, we’ve listed the most colourful parts of our cycling tours; read on to discover more.
For a splash of red on your cycling holiday, then head to Bordeaux. The most famous red wine in the world is created here, and on our Vineyards of Bordeaux cycling holiday, you’ll have the chance to explore the wineries you know from the labels. The region is one of the best cycling destinations in the world, thanks to rejuvenation efforts creating miles of leisurely cycle paths.
On our Vineyards of Bordeaux cycling tour, cycle from winery to winery, exploring the luscious red wine produced here. Passing through the Médoc and Entre-Deux-Meres regions, you’ll see first-hand how the wines are made, and even have the opportunity to taste a few. One of the most famous wine towns in Bordeaux is the iconic St Émilion, which you will cycle to on day four of this tour. Starting and finishing the tour in the city of Bordeaux, there are countless wine shops to stock up on reds before you head back home.
Our second tour filled with colour is our Grand Tour of the Cotswolds. The colour on this holiday doesn’t come from the gorgeous cottage gardens, blooming with flowers as you might expect, but from the Cotswolds homes themselves. When the sun hits these homes, they illuminate with a warm golden glow. Made from local limestone, a sunset in villages like Bourton-on-the-Water or Tetbury is magical to witness.
On the Grand Tour of the Cotswolds, you’ll have the chance to visit these golden towns yourself, as you cycle through one of England’s most beautiful regions. Although famously hilly, your trust e-bike will make short work of any incline, meaning your cycling holiday here will always be a leisurely pedal. Take your time cycling into town, and reward yourself with a pub visit at sunset, watching the homes blaze bright and golden in the light.
One of the lushest regions of France, Champagne is known for its golden wines. However, the sight of its sprawling verdant vineyards that lace their way across the region is what truly makes this tour full of colour. Our Leisurely Cycling in Champagne tour takes you through this land of vines, visiting royal cities and stopping off in some of the most famous wine towns in France.
Everywhere you look in Champagne, you’ll see a vineyard. They crown every hill and swathes of them surround almost every town in the region. These vines produce one of the most iconic wines: Champagne, and on this tour, you can experience wine tastings and tours. Learn all about the grand chalk cellars used to house these wines, as well as why the chalky soil is perfect for sparkling wine.
One of the most vibrant blues you’ll see in Europe, the glistening waters of Lake Garda are a dream to cycle around. This crystal-clear lake is one of the reasons our South Tyrol, Lake Garda, and Verona holiday is one of our most colourful tours. The largest lake in Italy, you’ll have the chance to experience the tranquil atmosphere whilst leisurely pedalling. The shimmering flat water of the lake is one of the most inviting sights on a warm summer day, where a dip is all but inevitable. Feeling rejuvenated, you can continue on your cycling adventure.
On this colourful tour, you can visit some of the most famous towns that lie on the blue lake’s shores, such as the ancient Sirmione and the beautiful Peschiera di Garda. At Peschiera, you can then board a train to Verona, the most famous town in the region thanks to a certain love story. With blue waters and even bluer skies, our South Tyrol, Lake Garda and Verona cycling tour is truly filled with colour.
Purple, perfumed, and perfect, the lavender fields of Provence are a gorgeous sight to behold. In summer, valleys like the Luberon are blanketed in colourful bloom, perfuming the very air. Appearing in a relatively short window of time, late summer is your best time to see this phenomenon. On our Provençal Discovery tour, you’ll have the chance to see the bloom first-hand.
One of our tours that’s filled with colour, explore this enchanting region by bike, stopping off at hilltop towns for local markets. The largest market in the region is at St-Rémy-de-Provence on a Wednesday, followed by the vibrant stalls every Friday at Eygalieres. A dive into Provence, be enchanted by this colourful tour and region.
For more information on our most colourful cycling adventures, call our cycle experts today. Alternatively, view our full range of tours here.
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