Use the maps and information on this site to explore bicycle tours in Europe and bicycle tours in Asia, find the tour route that is right for you.
We restarted our rides after a Covid pause with a long distance ride around Switzerland and then a ride in Sweden and Denmark in 2022. In 2023 we did rides in Switzerland, France and England. We were able to stay with my cousins in Sweden and got a first hand look at farm life in the late 1800's, about the time my relatives emigrated to the U.S.
We most recently completed a ride from Geneva to Marseille and back to Geneva by train, following the Rhône river through Provence after riding the upper Rhône in Switzerland a couple of years ago from the border with Austria to Lake Geneva and have now followed the river to the Med. There is a detailed web site for the Rhône Route courtesy of France Velo Tourisme. We also did a ride in England along the southern coast.
Travel tip: Along the Rhône, there are many opportunities to stay at small privately owned hotels such chateaus, ancient buildings and religious monuments. These accommodations can be seen in booking.com and other resources, prices are moderate.
If you take your bikes with you
We have taken our bikes with us for many years but in the past two to three years our bikes have only arrived with us at our destination airport about 50 percent of the time. This is not just our experience, we have talked with many other travelers who have had the same problem and not just with bicycles. To compensate for delayed bicycles we have been staying near the airport and have allowed extra time for the bicycles to arrive. From our experience we have learned that airlines do a very poor job of tracking the location of baggage. Baggage handling is contracted to the businesses providing baggage handling at the departure and arrival airports. Do not leave the airport without a lost baggage report if your bikes are delayed
If your bikes are delayed, check back often with the airport baggage handling service to see if the bikes have arrived. An in person visit is best, or at least telephone and email the baggage service. Do not rely on WorldTracerWeb, the online baggage tracing system used by many airlines. Our experience is that the system is not up to date. Yes, you may see your claim there, but the system will not tell you if your baggage has arrived at the airport. The same is true for any airline baggage tracing system. The best way to find you bikes is to keep checking for the bikes at the airport. Try to anticipate which flight they might be on.
From the The Points Guy here are is some information and recommendations about airline baggage:
7 steps to take when an airline loses your luggage
Last one standing at the carousel:
And also from Travel Addicts: The Truth About Airline Lost Luggage And What To Do About It.
Travelers United is an organization that represents all travelers with the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Congress, other travel regulators, and travel stakeholders. They have some good advice on the issue of delayed or lost luggage.
WorldCycleWays is about bicycle routes, trails, and paths around the world that the authors have actually ridden or soon will be riding.
Each of the routes are:
- Intended for long distance, self supported riders traveling for a week or more.
- Can be traveled with hybrid bikes, a hybrid meaning a road type bicycle with moderately wide tires (32mm) and straight handle bars.
- Not particularly strenuous, mostly paved, and have services and accommodations along the way.
Half the reason for doing these bicycle tours is for cultural experiences such as museums, markets, restaurants, historical sites, festivals and small towns. You will find plenty of experiences on each of these rides. The other reason for following these cycleways is because they are fun and not too difficult.
All of the routes listed are multi-week routes but you can choose your distance and just ride parts of the distance. The route may be on paved roads, unpaved forest roads or agricultural roads, or dedicated cycle paths. Paths may be paved or not but in any case a mountain bike is not necessary for these rides. The routes are generally not designed for person using a road bike with narrow tires and drop handlebars.
The information here is for unsupported riders, no sag wagon. Each of the routes has services and accommodations along the way so you can always find a place to stay each night and a bite to eat.
The site contains maps, links to resources and information that riders will find helpful when planning their own rides. All of the routes can be completed by the average bicyclist. There are many possible variations on the routes. Use the links and map information on this site to plan your own ride. In the interest of full disclosure, we have not ridden every kilometer of every route listed here but we have ridden almost all of every route listed.
We always take our bikes with us from the U.S. There are many places throughout the world to rent bikes so you don't have to take your own. If you take your own bike, you will be certain of the fit and the type of bike you will be riding.
Countries on this site are France, Germany, Spain, Italy Czech Republic, Austria, Korea, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland, and Slovenia.