What could be more enjoyable than going on holiday? For us cycling enthusiasts, a holiday centred around cycling of course! We’ve chosen our 5 best cycling holidays, all of which are all geared towards maximum enjoyment and contain nothing too strenuous. After all, it is a holiday!
1. Prague to Budapest: Cuisine, Culture, and Beer
This long ride gives you the chance to experience four countries, all from the seat of your bike. Take in the landscapes of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, all while stopping to experience each country’s capital, cuisine, culture and, of course, beer.
We recommend cycling along the Danube river, through Hungarian forests and national parks, and exploring the famous wine-making region of Moravia.
Learning about each country’s rich history – in between being on the saddle – is another unique feature of this European adventure, so be sure to pack a guidebook!
2. Fat Biking in Finland
For a different European taste altogether, Finland in the winter offers a unique cycling experience that not many other destinations can deliver. You may think cycling and snow don’t mix, but kit your bike out with the right chunky tires – designed to direct you through snow and frozen lakes – and you’ll be amazed.
We admit, this trip is the most challenging on our list, but there are pre-prepared tracks in the snow that allow you to ride with relative ease. If you think you’re up to it, it’s well worth it.
Keep the cold at bay by staying in remote wilderness cabins, with traditional saunas to help you recuperate after a day of cycling. Furthermore, why not indulge in a cuisine like no other, sampling hearty local delicacies such as reindeer sausages or moose soup?
We’d also recommend cycling through Finland’s ancient forests, along frozen lakes and towards remarkable snow-covered horizons. To top off your trip, you might even have a chance at seeing the Northern Lights due to the lack of light pollution!
3. The Great American South West
Utah and Arizona have become somewhat of a biking magnet, thanks to their incredible cycle trails through rocky desert canyons. Our recommendation? Walk inside Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches National Parks, and then cycle along the exhilarating cycle trails that the parks have to offer.
To end your holiday on a high, cycle along the Rainbow Rim trail, which is the only single-track trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon that is open to bikes. Each of the trail’s five viewpoints offer an extraordinary view of the Grand Canyon’s structures, which include the Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheatre and Great Thumb Mesas.
After one or two weeks of walking and cycling, there’s no better way to end the trip than in Las Vegas, where you can experience all that its night-life has to offer!
4. Caves, Wildlife, and Beaches in Sri Lanka
If you love wildlife, this is the trip for you – with chances to see leopards, turtles, elephants, and even crocodiles. What’s more, this trip offers so much more than wildlife.
Whether you’re exploring beautiful cave temples, cycling through tea plantations or across the scenic trails of the Knuckles Mountain Range, there’s always something to do. You can also pedal through two of Sri Lanka’s national parks – Udawalawe and Yala. Just a heads-up, some of the climbs will require that little bit of extra effort (and water) in the Sri Lankan heat.
Why not end your trip with a well-deserved rest in the brilliant blue waters of Sri Lanka’s South Coast? With snorkeling trips and even whale watching available (during their migration period), who knew a love of cycling could lead to this once-in-a-lifetime trip?
5. A Wonderful Welsh Adventure
Our list of cycling holidays so far has exhibited some exotic and unique cycling destinations. However, sometimes you just can’t beat a good old-fashioned staycation. Wales may be close to home, but its scenery can rival anywhere in the world.
Admittedly, the Welsh landscape is not known for its flat roads, but there are still plenty of rides for the leisure cyclist. Our recommendation would be to start at an altitude and run downhill, leaving you with fewer hills to pedal up. What’s more, the well sign-posted routes are mostly traffic-free and on a gentle gradient, thanks to old railway lines.
From cycling in the Brecon Beacons and rifling through the well-known book town Hay on Wye, to exploring the craggy Pembrokeshire coast or seeing puffins on a boat trip to Ramsey Island -there aren’t many places that offer such a variability of landscapes in such a small area!
Apart from incredible views, stunning scenery and rewarding rides – these cycling holidays all have one thing in common – you’ll want cycling insurance to go on them.
Adding European or Worldwide cover to your policy will keep you and your bike protected, whether it’s taken by opportunistic thieves, damaged on the road or if you accidentally injure another cyclist during your travels.