Guide to the worlds best cycling holidays
The best cycling holidays in the world
When it comes to things do to after parking your car, cycling is probably one of the best. So, we’ve put together a list of what, in our opinion, are the best cycling holidays from around the world, that you can possibly go on.
And, as it was a Scotsman, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who, in 1839 first put pedals on Karl Drais’ velocipede, and gave the world the pedal bike, here at Airport Park and Ride, we thought it would only be right for us to give you a low-down of some of the best cycling holidays out there.
We will even provide the perfect place for you to start your journey: simply visit our website, choose which Glasgow Airport car park best suits you, turn up, park your car in an airport car park that you know is safe and has been awarded the Park Mark, then go and see some of the world in the best possible way – on a bike. No engine noise, nothing obscuring your views and a fantastic way to keep fit, too.
Land’s End to John O’Groats
Provided by cycling tour company, Peak Tours, you will start from the south-western tip of England and cycle nearly 1,000 miles, before reaching the most north-easterly corner of mainland Scotland, 14 days later.
This fantastically scenic ride will take you from stunning patchwork farmlands in the south, through the mountains and hills of the Lakes, onto the moors of Scotland. The route avoids main roads where possible, instead, taking you along quiet country lanes and back roads leading to out of the way villages and historic inns and guest houses. What better way to see the UK’s best views than this?
This particular cycling holiday will cost you around £2,000, depending on your accommodation choice, and is fully supported along the way. It also includes all breakfasts and lunches.
Czech Republic & Germany River Trail
This fantastic ride is, in our opinion, one of the best cycling holidays out there. Suitable for both experienced cyclists who are after a cycling holiday with plenty to see and do, and beginners who don’t want to tackle massive inclines; this trip is a winner.
This eight day ride, mostly along well surfaced cycle-paths, will give you everything: castles; a day exploring Prague; Bohemian vineyards; Renaissance palaces; ruined bastions, and; the stunning scenery of Saxon Switzerland.
The final stop of this Chapter Experience Holidays tour is Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Here you’ll be treated to baroque and rococo architecture and yet more beautiful countryside.
For circa £1,325, you get flights, half-board accommodation and bike hire. With three departures during June and July, there are few better ways to see as much of these parts of Europe.
If this tickles your fancy, just log onto www.airportparkandride.com, book your Glasgow Airport parking and get on your bike.
Maybe not the first place you’d think of when looking for cycling holidays, Burma is certainly amongst the most beautiful.
This 13-day Cycle Myanmar Tour, courtesy of Intrepid Travel, will take you through, amongst other places, Burma’s magnificent stupa plain of Bagan, the floating villages of Inla Lake and the Shwedagon Paya pagoda of Yangon. It also gives you the perfect opportunity to properly interact with the warm and welcoming locals along the way. You’ll even get to ride over the awe-inspiring wooden U Bein bridge – it’s 1.2km long, spans the Taungthaman Lake, and is believed to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
Starting at around £1,825, you’ll get internal flights, B&B accommodation and bike hire. You’ll need to budget for international flights and most meals, though.
So, if the thought of biking Burma gets you salivating at the saddle, simply book your airport parking at Glasgow Airport with Airport Park & Ride and get your cycling shorts on for an unbeatable way to explore this secluded east Asian gem.
Western Cape South Africa
Wine, whales, bikes.
What more could you want from a trip round South Africa’s Western Cape?
You’ll be greeted by empty roads, theatrical coastlines and the seemingly endless skies of the Karoo region – the Western Cape practically begs you to explore it on a bike.
As if that wasn’t enough, chuck in some rather nice locally produced wine, Table Mountain, Cape Town, the likelihood of seeing both whales and penguins, and you’ve got one of the best possible ways of spending 12-days on the back of a bike.
This fantastic cycling holiday around the Western Cape of South Africa is provided by KE Adventure and will set you back a cool £2,145. Though this price does include flights, accommodation, some meals and bike hire.
If you’re planning on having a whale of a time cycling South Africa, log on to Airport Park and Ride, book your Glasgow Airport parking and make your way to a land of empty roads and stunning views.
When you think of Mallorca, cycling holidays may not be the first thing you think of.
However, its roaming roads, beautiful beaches and wonderful weather make Mallorca the perfect place for a ride, any time of the year. Some would even go as far as to say that Mallorca is home to some of the most spectacular cycling in the world.
Cycling Holiday Tours Mallorca provide a number of different options for those of different levels of ability, but this year, they have created a 5 day, 350km ride that effectively circumnavigates the whole island.
In addition to the great rides that Cycling Mallorca provide, Mallorca has just become the latest home of a Rapha Clubhouse. Rapha Mallorca provides a great meeting place for cyclists and offers great food and coffee, too. The guys from Rapha will even be hosting rides along some of Mallorca’s most scenic routes, including the Sa Calobra and its famous loopback bridge.
You guessed it, if you’re heading out on a cycling holiday in Mallorca from Glasgow Airport, use Airport Park and Ride to find the best airport parking in Glasgow, so you know your car is in safe hands while you’re away.
If you’re looking to do a whole country, end to end, Vietnam is the perfect option. You’ll ride through really diverse landscapes, from lush river delta to rolling highlands, palm beaches to karst outcrops, French colonial quarters to ancient imperial cities.
Freedom Trek will send you on a 17-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north. It’s a challenging 1,000-mile ride, but does give you plenty of time to explore along the way – dig into the Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Tunnels, dip your feet into the sea at the lovely port town of Hoi An, kick back with the monkeys at Cuc Phuong National Park, journey along the rugged limestone islands of Halong Bay and lose yourself in the old quarter of Hanoi.
Prices start at £3,116 and don’t include international flights or bike hire – they do cover pretty much everything else, though.
You know the drill by now: check out Airport Park and Ride to find the safest, most convenient airport parking available near Glasgow Airport, and then get on your bike.
Mountain biking in Spain
It’s easy to forget that there are other types of cycling than road riding. If you’re of the more adrenaline fuelled persuasion, then Spain’s Sierra Nevada national park provides mountain bikers with, pretty much, the mountain biking Holy Grail.
Endless rolling trails, steep descents and a climate that is hard to beat, all combine to provide some pretty gnarly all-year riding.
Pure Mountains provide cycling holidays, or more specifically, mountain biking holidays, based from a farmhouse in the middle of the national park – around 60 miles from Granada – that last between three and eight days.
All the trips are guided and supported by a Land Rover support vehicle. The rides are described as a mixture between cross country, trail riding and mountain biking, and can be personalised to suit any level of ability.
The prices start at £450pp and include shared accommodation, three meals a day, as much wine or beer as you can drink and airport transfers. You will have to get your flights yourself, but pick your airport carpark on www.airportparkandride.com, leave your car in a Park Mark awarded airport car park and fly from Glasgow Airport for a truly amazing mountain biking tour of the Sierra Nevada.
The Napoleon Expedition
This is a long, long, long ride.
2,736 miles to be exact.
2,736 miles… and a 45-day period in which to cycle them (an average of 60 miles a day) means that this one is probably best left to the experienced riders.
That said, this (the following term doesn’t quite seem to do it justice…) cycling holiday, from Ride & Seek, follows the route taken by the French, during Napoleon’s Russian Campaign in 1812.
You’ll start on the Champs-Élysées, be provided with aperitifs under the Arc de Triomphe, then head off for Moscow. Travelling through Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on the way, before finally hitting Russia and heading to Moscow.
You’ll see it all on this ride, too: rolling vineyards, thick forests, historic cities.
What’s the catch?
Well, it’ll set you back around £12,000 for the full 45-days (it is comprised of six week-long stages, though, of which you can do as many or as few as suits, and the price is based on a weekly model). The price, however, does include breakfasts, some lunches and most dinners.
Back to the UK, with a trip around the stunning countryside of God’s Own Country, Wales.
The Carter Company offer an 8-day opportunity to take in some of the true highlights of the Welsh countryside from the back of a bike.
On this particular cycling holiday, you’ll take in the mountains (but in a fashion that provides few really difficult climbs) and be accommodated in some traditional guest houses. Starting in the Brecon Beacons, you’ll then journey through Haye on Wye, down the Pembrokeshire coast, past St David’s hidden cathedral. You’ll even see puffins on a boat trip to Ramsey Island and the Italian fantasy of Portmeirion, all before the final stop at Caernarvon Castle.
Prices start at £1,865 and include all of your accommodation, some meals and bike hire.
Flying to Wales from Glasgow Airport? Get the best airport parking in Glasgow from Airport Park and Ride, park in one of the safest airport car parks in the business and enjoy the ride.
The Dalmatian Coast
Croatia have used the strapline The Mediterranean as it once was for years. The country is home to a plethora of brilliant beaches, lavender and olive groves, and an enchanting combination of Roman, Byzantine, French, Ottoman and Slavic architecture.
This six day tour, from Backroads, gives you the choice between 106 mile or 192 mile options, and is taken at a leisurely pace, ensuring that you have plenty of time at the end of the day to cool down in the beautiful blue waters. The tour’s last day is spent in the historic town of Dubrovnic, the Pearl of the Adriatic. There can’t be many better ways to see Croatia than this!
Pricing starts at around £3,000 and the tour is fully supported and guided with nearly all meals included in the price.
Glasgow Park and Ride
Never before have we found the term ‘park and ride’ to be so fitting. Visit the Airport Park and Ride website, choose the best Glasgow Airport car park to suit your needs, park your car in a Park Mark awarded, fully secure Glasgow Airport car park and off you go on the ride of your life.