On Yer Bike…Cycling Excursions Ahoy!
There is nothing quite like hopping on your bike, belongings on your back and taking off on meandering cycle tracks, hair flapping in the wind. Whether you are a seasoned pro when it comes to cycling excursions, or an adventure-hungry novice embarking upon a new hobby, each cycling excursion brings new and exciting escapades, breath-taking scenery…and perhaps a few sore bums! But it’s all worth it!
Cycling excursions are great at any time of the year, and each season brings with it a unique experience.
During the last couple of years, we have seen the interest in cycling holidays explode, and the number of destinations offering cycling packages has reflected that trend. There are tonnes of great destinations and adventures to choose from. Here is our pick of the finest…
Located in the stunning Caribbean, Cuba offers a perfect introduction to cycling excursions. Cuba is home to veins of country roads which are rich in great scenery, beautiful plant life, as well as those inviting crystalline Caribbean waters.
If you are a self-proclaimed culture vulture (like me!), you will love this excursion as it brings you around the World Heritage Sites of Cienfuegos and Trinidad which are homes to colourful, colonial refuges, far-removed from the modern world. This cycle also brings you through the tropical forest of Topes de Collantes National Park, the stunning lake at Hanabanilla, the Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and of course the capital – the beautiful, the charming and the mysterious Havana.
The itinerary for the Cuban cycle is as follows:
Day 1 - Fly to Havana.
Day 2 - Warm up day cycling; swim in the Caribbean, visit the Bay of Pigs and transfer to Cienfuegos.
Day 3 - Cycle through the countryside along the coast to Guajimico; afternoon free to swim and relax.
Day 4 - Ride to the World Heritage Site of Trinidad.
Day 5 - Choice of an optional catamaran trip, beach time or cycle in the surrounding villages and plantations.
Day 6 - Cycle through Topes de Collantes N.P. then on to Lake Hanabanilla.
Day 7 - Transfer to historic Santa Clara and visit museums; transfer to Havana.
Day 8 - Morning sightseeing in Old Havana; afternoon depart.
Regular readers will know that we love Jordan (and in particular, Petra. We wrote a blog post recently on Petra – you can read it here
The Jordanian cycle route brings you through everything from olive groves and hill top villages to deserts and historical sites. Outside cycling, you can relax your weary muscles under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert or allow them to be gently massaged as you float effortlessly in the Dead Sea.
The itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 - Start Amman.
Day 2 - Visit ancient Jerash; ride/drive through ancient olive groves and small villages to Madaba.
Day 3 - Ride via Mt Nebo to Suwaima for a swim in the Dead Sea; drive to Petra along the King's Highway.
Day 4 – 5 - Two full days to explore the fascinating city of Petra, including a guided tour of the main sites; ride to the temple of Siq Al Baida (Little Petra).
Day 6 - Ride/drive via the deserts of Wadi Araba to Aqaba on the Red Sea.
Day 7 - Free morning to visit the beach, explore the town or perhaps snorkel; afternoon drive/ride to Wadi Rum and camp in the magnificent desert scenery.
Day 8 - Morning desert 4WD far into spectacular Wadi Rum; drive to Amman via the Desert Highway.
Day 9 - End Amman.
Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice
I think this excursion is my favourite out of all of them – it is definitely one of the most beautiful and picturesque adventure holidays I have ever been on. The Dolomites themselves are a spectacular natural phenomenon. They comprise a mass of jagged limestone spires. For such a mountainous landscape, the cycle brings you along some pleasant roads and tracks – with Trentino’s mountains on one side, and the Adige River on the other.
I remember arriving at Lake Garda and my breath was instantly stolen with the views of one of the most famous Italian lakes. After Lake Garda, you are brought on to Verona and then Venice, where you can enjoy a boat trip along the many canals – a great way to relax after the exhilaration of taking in some of Italy’s best views and terrains.
The itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 - Start Bolzano.
Day 2 - Today we cycle on quiet roads following the Adige river, through villages, orchards and vineyards,to Trento, capital of the Trentino region.
Day 3 - We continue riding along the river to the magnificent Lake Garda. A 4 hour ferry cruise takes us to the south shore of the lake.
Day 4 - Leaving the shores of Lake Garda, we head to the beautiful city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Day 5 - Beyond Verona the route is mainly flat before we reach the more hilly region of Monti Berici. The undulating road takes us from beautiful villas to historic buildings all the way to Vicenza, where the best ice-creams in Italy await us.
Day 6 - After passing by the wonderful Palladian Villa Rotonda, we cycle to Padova where Giotto's Chapel and other marvels await.
Day 7 - Enjoying the flat roads of Veneto, we make our way towards the Adriatic Sea and the impressive lagoon of Venice, for a relaxing drink on Piazza San Marco or a wander across 'Ponte dei Sospiri'.
Day 8 - End Mestre (Venice).
Fancy a Cycle?
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If you have another destination in mind (there are loads of them), you can call one of our adventure experts - Monica or Karen - on 01 8047153.