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Top 9 cycling trips for 2024

Discover the best places to cycle in Europe, Asia and beyond, as we share our top 9 cycling trips for 2024.
Author: Aimee White - SEO Copywriter at Explore
Published: 6 June 2024

Cycling holidays give you the chance to enjoy a different side to a destination, all from the comfort of your bike saddle. Experience the depths of each place as you ride into areas not usually seen by tourists. Our wide range of cycling tours provide open landscapes and surreal scenery, while meeting local people and tasting regional cuisine along the way.

Our cycling holidays offer different grading levels to suit every type of cyclist. We also provide support vehicles which accompanies the rides throughout the trip, along with an expert tour leader to guide you along the way and introduce you to local experiences.

Plus, our cycling trips cover various terrains ranging from tar paths to off-road routes. We even have the option of choosing an electric bike (e-bike) at an additional cost. Your cycle trip insurance is an important part of your journey; here's how to book with confidence.

Read on for our top 9 cycling trips for 2024:

1. Cycle Croatia: the Dalmatian Coast

Explore Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, where you'll cover a distance of 187 kilometres over five days, averaging 37 kilometres a day. While cycling along picturesque coastal roads, you'll also have the opportunity to visit historic towns and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. You'll cycle on two different islands; Hvar, with its beautiful countryside, and Korcula, where we'll explore villages and vineyards.

2. Cycle Portugal: Porto to Lisbon

Pedal your way from Porto to Lisbon in Portugal, discovering medieval towns, fishing villages and stunning villages along the way. A highlight is cycling up the iconic Duoro Valley before tasting excellent local wines, providing a perfect blend of ride and play. This trip covers 209 kilometres over five days, averaging approximately 42 kilometres a day.

3. Cycle Vietnam: Saigon to Hanoi

This cycling trip to Vietnam spans from Ho Chi Minh City in the south up to Hanoi in the north. There's plenty of picturesque stop-off points along the way, including Da Lat, Hoi An and Hue. This trip covers 430 kilometres over eight days, averaging approximately 54 kilometres a day. An added highlight is cycling through the Central Highlands, Vietnam's lush hill country.

Sarah's Cycle Saigon to Hanoi trip experience:

“Over the course of the first few days, we'd head out of the city early, to avoid traffic and the heat of the day. Cycling was a brilliant way to see how the country changed even within small pockets of countryside. On one of our first rides in the Mekong Delta, we stopped to watch as coconuts were harvested, buying them to crack open so we could drink water before eating the delicious meat. We were in the moment, enjoying the fruits of people's labour, knowing we were supporting the local community. It was a great introduction to the rural Vietnamese people too; while cycling, people were swinging on hammocks at the front of their houses, waving hello as we passed by."

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4. Cycle Italy: Puglia

Puglia isn't just a beautiful destination, but it's also one of the best places for cycling in Italy. On our Cycle Puglia tour, you'll pedal through the heel of Italy and take in the fairytale-like trulli dwellings of Alberobello and Monopoli, the famed ancient city of Matera and along the rugged Adriatic Coast. This Italy cycling trip covers 189 kilometres over five days, averaging 38 kilometres a day.

5. Cycle Central America: Nicaragua to the Panama Canal

Venture into the heart of Central America on a cycling holiday through Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. With tropical rainforests, volcanic terrain and pristine coastlines, you'll experience some of the best cycling routes in Central America. Our tour covers a distance of 286 kilometres over nine days and averaging 32 kilometres a day.

6. Cycle England: Hadrian's Wall - Coast to Coast

If you're looking for cycling trips in the UK, opt for our Cycle Hadrian's Wall - Coast to Coast tour. Hadrian's Cycleway is one of the best cycling routes in Britain, as you ride from Bowness in the Lake District, through the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Carlisle, ending in Tynemouth on the northeast coast. This popular northern English cycling route is packed with history, as you take in Roman sites such as Vindolanda along the way. This English cycling holiday covers 155 kilometres over four days, averaging 39 kilometres a day.

7. Cycle France: Provence

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France. Experience the beautiful French region for yourself by bike or e-bike on our Cycle Provence tour. You'll cycle 331 kilometres over six days, averaging 55 kilometres a day. Follow quiet, undulating roads and steeper sections through the heart of Provence, while checking out hilltop villages, vineyards and Roman remains.

8. Cycle Lithuania: the Baltic States

On our Cycling the Baltic States tour you'll tick off capital city highlights, national parks and seaside villages. The Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are cycle-friendly, and this tour covers 215 kilometres over seven days, averaging 32 kilometres a day.

9. Cycle Morocco: Atlas to the Sahara

One of the best destinations in Africa for cycling, in Morocco you can embark on a two-wheeled adventure through enchanting landscapes. Cycle past stunning mountain ranges, ancient kasbahs and colourful markets, all while immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of the region. This cycling trip covers a total distance of 248 kilometres over six days, with 90% of the route consisting of quiet roads and the remaining 10% comprising dirt roads.

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