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The Sunday Times Travel writers Mark Hodson and David Wickers.

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Cycling holidays

Our verdict:

Cycling is one of the most enjoyable way to explore a country. Meander along back roads or climb tough ascents, either on your own or in a guided group. Whether you choose the rural charms of France, Portugal or Austria, you will burn enough calories each day to earn a generous dinner.

Recommended tour operator: Headwater Holidays

Headwater Holidays says

Our cycling holidays are the perfect way to discover breathtaking scenery in the great outdoors, from the UK, France and the Med to the mountains and lakes of Austria and Switzerland.

  • Self-guided options
  • Small groups
  • UK and Europe

Choose from self-guided itineraries and travel at your own pace or join a small group of like-minded travellers on a guided trip. Each day, your luggage is transported for you to the next hand-picked hotel where a warm welcome and delicious meal await.

The level of activity ranges from gentle, with two to four hours of cycling each day on flat terrain, to more strenuous itineraries for those who cycle regularly at home – you choose. We provide carefully-researched route maps and local insider knowledge as well as first class bikes (on some holidays, you can bring your own).

France is our most popular destination with a range of holidays and short breaks where you can explore the coasts, mountains, rivers, canals, vineyards and ancient villages. Foodies, for example, will love the Secret Provence cycling holiday.

See another side of Portugal on one of our off the beaten track itineraries in the Algarve and Alentejo, for example, or head to Austria for the breathtaking lakes.

If you want to exert less pedal power, there are even holidays on electric bikes.

Our expert team are all cycling enthusiasts brimming with advice and ideas to help you find the perfect cycling holiday. Each route is carefully tried and tested.

Check out this review of cycling and walking in Gozo by 101 Holidays’ Catherine Leech.

Find out more about our cycling holidays, explore our latest special offers and see the review of Headwater Holidays.

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