The Ultimate European Cycling Holiday


The Ultimate European Cycling Holiday

Imagine a time in your life when you are typing into your out of office email auto-send “Sorry I cannot answer your emails right now, I am cycling around Europe and will be back in approximately three months!”

Maybe you live outside of Europe and want to explore a whole continent on one extended cycle tour, but without the need to carry all of your own kit. You might be retired and looking for a new goal or taking a break from work and fancy living the dream cycling out on the open road. With Freewheel Holidays, your goal could become a reality with our 'Overland Cycle Cruise around Europe'.

We have created ‘The Ultimate Cycling Tour’ and planned out three exciting itineraries that cover total distances of over 3000km over 10 individual stages with 74 days of day-to-day cycling. The whole journey will take over 3 months to complete using a mix of cycling and public transport to get to the next starting point.

Each cycling stage includes luggage transfers, hybrid bike hire, route notes and support as well as pre-booked hotels and directions. We actually sell all of the cycling holidays as inidividual tours.

If you were to plan this tour independently, then you would spend months and months carrying out research into the journey and planning out the best possible cycle route. All you need to do is tell us the route option that you would like to do from our schedule and we will piece together the overall itinerary.

The Ultimate Cycling Tour has been planned out by our leisure cycling holiday experts and showcases three routes across Europe from ‘West to East’, ‘North to South’ and ‘From the East to Spain’.

Product Manager of Freewheel Holidays Steven Rittey explains why he is excited about the possibilities of the three itineraries... 

"Having watched and been inspired by the excellent BBC series ‘Race across the World, we’ve put together a selection of back-to-back itineraries for the best possible bike ride around Europe.

The holiday is made up of individual cycle tours that we currently sell on our website and we think that it is the ultimate European cycling holiday for someone looking to live the dream without all of the planning.

This might just be the greatest cycling holiday of all time.’’

Hotel accommodation and bike hire is included on all tours and your luggage is transferred behind the scenes each day. All route maps, notes and detailed will be given out on a per cycle tour basis.

Route 1: West to East

Total Cycling Distance: 2674km
Total Duration: 72 days
Total 'From Price': £7131

View the route map here >>

Tour Route Duration Start Point End Point
Tour 1 Lisbon to the Algarve 8 days Lisbon Sagres
Transfer by Coach/Train
Tour 2 Andalusia 9 days Granada Seville
Transfer by TGV
Tour 4 Provence Highlights 8 days Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence
Transfer by TGV
Tour 5 Turin and Piedmont 8 days Turin Turin
Transfer by train via Verona
Tour 6 Innsbruck to Munich 7 days Innsbruck Munich
Transfer by regional train
Tour 7 Passau to Vienna 8 days Passau Vienna
Tour 8 Vienna to Budapest 8 days Vienna Budapest
Transfer by Night Train
Tour 9 Krakow to Warka (Warsaw) 8 days Krakow Warsaw
Tour 10 Natural Belarus 10 days Warsaw (Minsk) Warsaw

Route 2: North to South

Total Cycling Distance: 3218km
Total Duration: 74 days
Total 'From Price': £9100

View the route map here >>

Tour Route Duration Start Point End Point
Tour 1 Lofoten Islands 8 days Bodo Bodo
Train to Oslo then ferry cruise to Copenhagen
Tour 2 Copenhagen to Berlin 10 days Copenhagen Berlin
Tour 3 Berlin Lakes 8 days Berlin Berlin
Train to Munich via the new high speed train
Tour 4 Munich to Salzburg 8 days Munich Salzburg
Tour 5 Salzburg to Lake Bled 8 days Salzburg Bled
Tour 6 Lake Bled to Venice 8 days Bled Lido di Jesolo
Tour 7 Venice to Florence 8 days Venice Florence
Tour 8 Florence to Rome 8 days Florence Rome
Train from Rome
Tour 9 Umbria 8 days Assisi Assisi
Tour 10 Apulia to Lecce 8 days Apulia Lecce

Route 3: East to Spain

Total Cycling Distance: 2890km
Total Duration: 83 days
Total 'From Price': £8130 

View the route map here >>

Tour Route Duration Start Point End Point
Tour 1 Tallinn to Vilnius 11 days Tallinn Vilnius
Train via Bialystok
Tour 2 Warsaw and the Masurian Lakelands 8 days  Warsaw Warsaw
Night train to Prague from Warsaw
Tour 3 Prague to Passau 8 days Prague Passau
Regional train
Tour 4 Munich to Lake Constance 8 days Munich Lindau
InterCity train
Tour 5 Geneva to Lyon 8 days Geneva Lyon
Tour 6 Lyon to Orange 8 days Lyon Orange
Regional train
Tour 7 Canal du Midi 10 days Sete Toulouse
InterCity train
Tour 8 Bordeaux to Biarritz 8 days Bordeaux Biarritz
Regional Coach
Tour 9 Green Coast of Spain 8 days Santander Gijon
Regional Coach
Tour 10 Camino de Santiago 8 days Sarria Santiago de Compostela