Europe Bike Tours
Europe is home to the most venerable bike races. But the precursor a vibrant, strong history of cycling culture. From stunningly beautiful coastlines to the snow-capped Alps; from the finest theatre and concerts to modern art museums; outdoor cafe and village festivals; from folklore to modern art; from the Roman Coliseum to the canals in Venice; from watching a soccer match in Milan to to visiting the birthplace of Kafka; there is no end to how much you can experience before, during and after a bike tour in Europe.
Essence of Europe
- Masterpieces abound and the best way to see all of them is from the seat of your bicycle.
- An endless variety of landscapes, cuisines and cultural differences.
Name your interest and there is likely a festival or two celebrating that very topic. If you like film, there is Cannes Film Festival. There is Carnivale Venice. Theater in England. If music is your thing, just decide what genre and there is a European festival for it. If you love oranges, check out the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea, Piedmont. Europe offers a veritable cornucopia of cycling options–all within culturally stimulating environs.
Food & Wine
Most cyclists also really love to eat good food. After all, many folks say they choose bike trips so they can eat and drink–worry free. And on any of our Europe trips, there is an endless amount of options: amazing tapas in Spain, French cheeses, Viennese coffees and pastries, Neopolitan pizza, Swiss chocolates, Czech absinthe, homemade slivovitz in the Czech Republic and beer in Belgium.
Europe is certainly the undisputed world leader in cycling infrastructure. Endless small bike paths connect villages, towns and cities to each other.
Best Time to Visit
May through the end of October
What to Bring on Tour
On the Bike:
- 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
- Chamois cream
- 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
- Cycling gloves
- Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
- Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
- Light weight jacket or vest
- Bicycle helmet
- Day pack/hip pack
- Arm and leg warmers
- Saddle (optional)
Off the Bike:
- 2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
- We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
- 1-2 lightweight sweaters
- 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
- Intimate clothing/sleepwear
- Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town
For Alpine Tours:
Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat
- Passport and photocopies of your passport
- Airline ticket/e-ticket information
- Camera and camera charger
- Cell phone
- Electrical adapter and adapter plug
- Prescriptions or other medications
- Bathing suit and sunscreen
- Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
- Cash for wine kitty (optional)