Finding Your Perfect First Cycling Holiday        


Finding Your Perfect First Cycling Holiday        

There’re many reasons to book a cycling tour. You might be keen riders, or you could be new to cycling, and wanting to make the most of a new hobby. Perhaps you want an active and action – packed holiday, or maybe you just want to leave the traffic at home and enjoy a week of leisurely cycling instead. It could simply be, that like us, you’ve decided that the best way to enjoy the best scenery around Europe is by bike.

Whatever your reason, with over 200 cycling holidays, across 22 countries, including options for staycation and close to home holidays in Ireland; we’re sure, at Freewheel Holidays, that we have the perfect trip for you.

Make it YOUR Cycling Holiday

Here’s our simple guide to preparing for your first cycling holiday.

Where to go…

A cycling holiday is about so much more than just riding a bike. On some tours you will find yourself riding only 30 – 40 kilometres a day, and some have entire rest days scheduled in. Obviously, there are plenty of options for people who do want to ride more, however, your cycling holiday is, first and foremost exactly that, a holiday.

If you do have a bucket-list destination, exploring it by bike can give you much more time, a way to get around easily, and in some cases easier access to all the best sights. So, on a cycling holiday, you can discover more of your dream destination.  

Example Tour

Krakow and the Dunajec Path

This holiday allows you to discover the beautiful city and tourist hotspot that is Krakow. Krakow is, of course, known for its lively and vibrant nightlife. Indeed, the Old Town district boasts more pubs and bars per square meter than anywhere else in the world. However, the city centre of Krakow (once the residence of the Polish Kings) also features on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is a veritable cultural treasure chest. Among Krakow's most important architectural treasures are St Mary's Church with the world-famous altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss; medieval buildings of Jagiellonian University, Poland's oldest university; Wawel Cathedral adjacent to the 11th century Wawel Castle; Europe's largest medieval town square; Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter; the promenade along the Vistula at the foot of Wawel Castle.

Getting out of the city by bike, you can then discover a totally different side to Poland. A Poland of beautiful rivers and impressive gorges, breath-taking limestone cliffs and charming, traditional rural villages.

Riding on the Dunajec Cycling Path, you can get closer to the stunning natural scenery of the Polish county side than you’d ever have thought possible, on a purpose made and totally traffic-free cycling route.

Routes and Rides

Once you’ve picked your location, you should consider what sort of cycling holiday you’re after. With such a wide range of tours on offer, it is possible to find multiple tours in the same area with different variations and challenges. On most of our tour information pages, you will find a guide to the total distance, daily distance, and overall difficulty of the tour. This means you can tailor your cycling holiday both to your level of cycling and also the level of activity you want to get out of your holiday.

Other options, such as bike and barge tours, allow you to discover your chosen landscape both by bike and boat, giving you two totally different perspectives of your surroundings. You may also get the opportunity to simply enjoy the cruise if you don’t feel like riding on a certain day.

You can also keep an eye out for our E-Bike available tours. E -Bikes can be a great option (especially for beginner cyclists, or first-time cycle tourers) as they reduce the amount of effort expenditure and therefore speed up recovery at the end of each days cycling. This will allow you enjoy riding further for longer and help you to get the absolute maximum enjoyment from your rides!

Example Tour(s)

Danube Cycle Path Passau – Vienna

Riding on the world-famous Danube Cycle Path, this tour is a flat (in some places downhill) and easy cycling route that never strays far from the banks of the serene river Danube. Highlights of the tour include the ‘Three-River’ city of Passau, the ‘Great’ Schlögen Danube Bend, and the finish of the tour in the stunning Austrian capital and cultural hub of Vienna.

Bike & Barge – The Daube: Vienna – Passau - Vienna

This tour includes a full day in Vienna with no riding, allowing you all the time you need to discover the sights and sounds of the city. Sailing into the traditional town of Engelhartszell by night is sure to be a breath – taking opening to this unique tour. A final day on the bike, spent among dreamy villages and impressive ruins, topped off with a farewell dinner and cocktails on board, is sure to be a special highlight of the trip. The tour is easy and mainly flat, on towpaths and minor roads.

Prague to Passau  

Another river tour, this time on the impressive River Vltava. You can discover ‘Bohemia’, the ‘Three River City’ of Passau, and of course ‘The Golden City’ of Prague, rich in history and impressive architecture. Stop in Budweis, after a challenging 70 km ride, and discover so much more than just beer. Founded in the 13th century, this royal is today the centre of southern Bohemia. The extensive main square, with its Samson fountain, is surrounded by authentic Gothic and Renaissance arcade houses. 

A Holiday with a Difference

Why not combine your cycling holiday with another passion or hobby, to create the trip of a lifetime? Here at Freewheel Holidays, we offer a multitude of Historical and Culturally Rich tours, we have tours for lovers of Sea and Sand, City Breaks, and even tours specially selected for fans of the odd tipple!

After spending so long at home in 2020, you might want to staycation and explore the UK properly. It’s amazing what you can find in your own ‘back yard’!

From 2021, you’ll be able to join us on specially put together Tour de France Routes, so you can follow in the tyre tracks of your favourite pro cyclists, and maybe even catch a bit of the live action with exclusive VIP and Hospitality options available.

Why Book with US?

The beauty of travelling with Freewheel Holidays, rather than organising your own trip, is that we sort all the tricky bits for you! Accommodation? Sorted. Luggage transfers? Not a problem. Route maps? Provided for you at the start of the tour (with GPX files available for most tours on request).

In our tour itineraries we’ll suggest some great sight seeing spots, or ideal places to stop for lunch. We have English speaking staff who are always on hand to deal with any queries you may have ahead of your holiday, and most of our tours offer a 24-hour service line for assistance while you’re away.

You don’t even need a bike! With bike rental available on all of our tours, and E -bike upgrades available on most, all you need to bring with you is your self and your cycling kit!

When you book with Freewheel Holidays, you can Book with Confidence safe in the knowledge that all of our tours are financially protected by ABTA. When you book with us, you are putting your faith in a company with almost 50 years of experience in putting the customer first. For more information on your protections when you travel with Free Wheel Holidays, please see here!

So, what are you waiting for? Get on your bike in 2021 and get away with Freewheel Holidays!