The 6 best leisurely cycling destinations
We have cherry-picked our favourite leisurely cycling holidays across France and Italy for you, with plenty of wine and food stops.Read more
We have cherry-picked our favourite leisurely cycling holidays in France and Italy for you. These cycling routes offer a variety of flat cycle paths, plenty of fascinating villages and towns to stop in and virtually traffic-free roads.
Whether you’re a novice cyclist, haven’t ridden a bike for years or just don’t want to work up too much of a sweat, these cycling routes are perfect for you. We’ve factored in plenty of time for a mid-morning coffee, leisurely lunches, wine tasting and for you to admire the region’s renowned sights.
The Loire Valley is home to leisurely cycling routes and is our favourite choice for a laid-back cycling holiday. Pedal at your own pace along the Loire and Vienne rivers to incredible châteaux and vineyards that produce delicious white wines. After learning about the grapes and their production, taste the cool, crisp wine on the terrace.
Our Loire cycling holidays can be spent at a luxurious single centre hotel, so you can really get to know the area. Or, make your own way on a self-guided cycling tour. We transport your bags to the next hotel, so you can take your time weaving between towns and châteaux. Want to see more of the region? Our e-bike tours help you to travel for longer and see much more, thanks to the power-assisted boost.
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We’re delighted to add this stunning region to our cycling holidays in Italy this year. It’s a spectacular area, and the well-maintained cycle paths are predominantly downhill. As you pootle down through the Adige valley, a tail wind behind you will make pedalling even easier. Stop at the Caldaro vineyards for a wine tasting, followed by lunch of the local risotto all’Amarone that is made with the local red wine.
Arriving into the glamorous Lake Garda, spend some time wandering around this chic Italian lakeside town. Popular with celebrities and Italy’s elite, unwind by the shores and indulge in the thermal baths. Or, you can continue to romantic Verona. Both options are equally as appealing in our opinion!
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France’s cycling heartland, it caters for all types of cyclists. The leisurely cyclists that want to take their time between the countless sights and stunning vistas. Foodies that want to satisfy their hunger, starting with aioli garni and tapenade made from local olives and followed up with a tasty ratatouille or a bowl of fresh mussels. Wine enthusiasts are well catered for too, with the reputable Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Mazan vineyards nearby. The only problem you may encounter is which wine to choose…
If you tick all those boxes, why not extend a week-long trip and travel through the region by e-bike. You won’t even notice the extra juice from the bike or how the miles are flying by as you immerse yourself in this beautiful Mediterranean region.
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Although Tuscany is inherently hilly, your e-bike is your savoir! Making pedalling a joy, the power-assisted boost will make you feel as thought any hill is conquerable. As you engage the boost, the three settings will give a varying amount of power. This allows you to pedal for longer and cover more distances as well as giving you a helping hand on the ascents.
Roll into the walled hilltop towns with an air of class and ease, saving your energy for visiting the countless impressive landmarks. With all the miles you will have covered, the delicious Tuscan cuisine and famed Chianti wine awaits you at the end of the day. Unwind in character-filled hotels or an agriturismo, before dining alfresco and discussing your newfound love for e-bikes with your travel companions!
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Bordeaux’s renowned name (and wine) really speaks for itself. The city and its surrounds offer some of the best wine in the world, whether it’s the right or left bank, you can’t go thirsty. Arriving into the city, pick up your bikes and pedal around the bike-friendly city. Thanks to its wide boulevards, river-side paths and patient drivers, you’d be surprised you’re in the heart of the fourth largest French city.
One of our favourite leisurely cycling routes is along the coast from classy Arcachon to Europe’s largest dune. Pedalling through the fragrant pine forests and along the pretty coast, you will have a refreshing breeze. Park your bike at the foot of Dune du Pilat and climb the steps for incredible views over the Atlantic.
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For more information about our leisurely cycling holidays in France and Italy, please call 0207 471 7760.Back To Blog
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