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For those wanting to embark on a cycling holiday abroad, or those who simply want to take a relaxing jaunt through picturesque countryside, our Cicerone guides to international cycling provide plenty of information on different areas in Europe.
France appeals to many cyclists, not only because it is home to one of the world’s greatest cycle tours, but also because of its beautiful scenery. The paths of The Tour de France can be followed at your own pace, as Cycle Touring in France covers many of these routes, as well as offering you a mixture of mountainous and rural rides.
Historically, France offers a great collection of castles, palaces and fine vineyards, many of which can be explored along the cycle routes of the River Loire.
For a long, adventurous cycle tour, The Way of St James follows the original pilgrimage route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Spain’s warm climate can be enjoyed whilst riding through some of the country’s wilderness areas, and Cycle Touring in Spain describes a collection of varying routes on and off road.
Taking in four countries, the Danube Cycle Way is a great way to encounter the different cultures and scenery of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The flat route is great for families and makes an enjoyable tour through this area of Europe.
(Photo by Paul Henderson from 'Cycling in the French Alps')
www.bike-express.co.uk (Bike transport service and cycling tours)
www.cycle-holidays.com (Cycle holidays directory)
www.cycletourer.co.uk (Information on cycle touring in Northern Europe)
Guided / Self guided trips and tours:
www.thechaingang.co.uk (France and Italy)
www.hookedoncycling.co.uk (Europe and Canada)
www.skedaddle.co.uk (UK, Europe and Worldwide)
www.topbicycle.com (Central Europe)
www.freewheelholidays.com (Leisurely cycling holidays in Europe)
www.cycling-for-softies.co.uk (Luxury cycling holidays in France)
www.iberocycle.com (Quality cycling holidays in Spain)
www.sierracycling.com (Fully guided mountain bike holidays in Southern Spain)
www.redspokes.co.uk (Cycle tours in remote and spectacular parts of the world)
www.cyclomundo.com (France, Italy, Spain & Switzerland)
www.digngo.com (Luxury bike tours in France & Europe)
www.swissretreat.com (Cycling tours in Switzerland)
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Judith & Neil Forsyth, authors of Cycle Touring in Switzerland tell us about their love of cycling in the country. Read the full article