Europea Bicycle Touring
A non-commercial website.

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by David May


Great Bicycle Tours in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and England: Trip descriptions with photos, plus advice on bicycle choices, budgets, maps and guidebooks, and transporting your bike.

A non-commercial site.

This site presents much of what I have learned in twenty years of bicycle touring in Europe.

You will find here cycling descriptions and photos for many of Europe's premiere cycling destinations. You can use these to find a bicycle tour meeting your needs—whether a commercial group tour or a self organized trip.

For each destination there are a suggested routes to chose from, and practical details for a trip if you are organizing it yourself..

You will find here as well my opinions and research on general topics such as budgets for European Bike touring, touring styles, bicycle choices and so on.

Sister Site:, Cycling into and out of Paris on bike paths and minor roads, including to and from the airports.

Sister site:, for a month of hiking across the grain of the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Meditteranean.

For my background, see this page.


The boxes below in this column, and lower down in the next column, link to pages describing each of the bicycle tours. If you wish to select a European bicycle tour based on scenery, difficulty, traffic and climate, please study this chart.

The boxes immediately below link to pages covering general topics.

provence field of yellow flowers
Cycling Provence, France
Rape-Seed, Poppies, Lavender, Roman Coliseum, Theaters, Monuments Bath, and Aqueduct, Fortified Cliffs,Wild Horses,
Charming Hill and Valley Towns, Papal Palace, etc.

Bikers pose along the Danube Bicycle Path with castle in background

Cycling the Danube River, Austria
Baroque Architecture, Easy, Good for Families

Castle of Chambord

Cycling among the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, France
Castles, Gardens, Easy Cycling, see link below for cycling the length of the Loire and
across Europe

Sign for beginning or end of Eurovelo 6-La Loire a Velo

Eurovelo 6 and La Loire à Vélo
Cycling mainly along rivers and canals from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, beginning or ending with the Loire

Zeeland beach with kites

Cycling France, Flanders, Zeeland
and Holland along the North Sea

Coastal and Interior Views, Dikes, Bruges Architecture

Sheep near Dordogne River

Cycling the Dordogne River Valley
Bucolic Scenery, Picturesque Towns, Neolithic Cave Paintings

Line of Cyclists in a Ijsselmeer Polder

Cycling around the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands
Boats, Lake Views, Flat Farmland with Dikes, Amsterdam

Town in North of Alentejo, Portugal

Cycling Alentejo, Portugal
White Hill-Towns, Vineyards, Cork Trees

Road with Alps View, Austria

Cycling Western Austria and Bavaria
Scenic Lakes, Forests, Mountain Views, Resort Villages,
Salzburg, Munich, Mad King Ludwig's Castles

Lindau on Lake Constance

Cycling Around Lake Constance and down the Rhine, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Lake and River Views, Farms, Gardens, Woods,
Resort Towns, European Niagara Falls

Cycling from Hamburg, Germany to Copenhagen, Denmark

Along the dikes of the Elbe River the North Sea in Schleswig Holstein, across central Jutland, and around northern Zealand. Seaviews, farmland, forest, ancient towns, lake district resorts, art colonies, Hamlet castle, Louisiana Museum.

Why Bicycle in Europe?

What kind of budget for a European bicycle tour?

Commercial Bicycle Tour
or Self-Guided Bicycle Tour?

Buy a Bicycle in Europe
or Rent a Bicycle in Europe
or Bring Your Own Bicycle

When to go?

Which Bicycle for Touring?
Which Components for Touring?
It Depends!

Transporting Your Bicycle by Train, Bus, Air or Car in Europe

Maps and Guidebooks

Clothing for Bicycle Tours
Choosing Panniers
Packing Panniers

Security and Safety on a European Bike Tour

How Far Will You Ride?

Selecting among the European Tours on this Site.

Pilgrims walking to Estaing

Cycling the Saint James Pilgrimage Route, France and Spain
1,200 Year History, Beautiful Scenery and Art, Challenging Hills

Cathedral of Orvietto, Italy

Cycling Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
Medieval Hill Towns and Cities, Vineyards, Olive Groves
Renaissance Masterworks

Alsace Town and Haut Koenigsburg

Cycling the Alsace Wine Route, France
Charming Old Wine Villages and Historic Cities,
Cathedrals, Vineyards, nearby Vosges Mountains
with castles, prehistoric wall and monastery

Bike trail through heather in Pennines

Cycling the "C2C" — Sea to Sea, Northern England, and possible continuations
Whitehaven on the Irish Sea, Lake District, Pennine heather, Newcastle architecture, North Sea

Burgundy Canal Bike Path

Cycling in Burgundy, France
Dijon, Beaune, vineyards, fields, Morvan hills and forests,
castles, Vézelay basilica , Burgundy Canal

bicycles and sailboats

Cycling the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur):

Along the Mediterranean from Marseille to Cassis, Hyères and Giens, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and Menton: Art cities, resort towns, endless beaches and coves, cliffs and colorful hills plunging into azure water.