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Cycling holidays

Our cycle holidays let you explore self-guided from hotel to hotel while your luggage is transported. With no group, you can cycle at your own pace, guided by our acclaimed route notes. We provide high-quality bikes, and a wide range of holidays to suit all levels of ‘amateur’ cyclist.
Cycling holidays
Cycling holidays

Cycling holidays in Europe, the Inntravel way

Suitable for almost anyone (opt for an electric bike if you think you’ll need some help), Inntravel’s self-guided cycling holidays aren’t about racking up the miles. In keeping with our Slow holiday philosophy, they’re about the scenery, the wildlife, local culture – cycling is an ideal means to experience all this. There’s no rush, so relax, knowing that we’ve covered every detail: meticulously researched routes described in easy-to-read notes, luggage transfers, and reservations at charming, hand-picked accommodation serving delicious regional cuisine.

How Inntravel cycling holidays work


Find the right holiday for you


Types of cycling holidays


How our cycling holidays are graded

Our wide selection of independent cycling holidays caters for all levels of ‘amateur’ cyclist, ranging from gentle grade 1 holidays suitable for even very occasional cyclists, to grade 2-3 holidays aimed at those who like longer, hillier rides. If you want a bit of extra help, or are unsure of your level, why not choose an electric bike?
  • Easy cycling for all with shorter days mainly on the flat, but some gentle ascents.
  • Easy-to-moderate cycling featuring undulating routes with more frequent short ascents, and a mix of shorter and longer days.
  • Moderate cycling with some longer, steady uphill sections, and longer days.
  • Fairly strenuous cycling featuring longer days with some sustained climbs.

Favourite cycling holidays


FAQs & tips

If you’d like more information about a specific holiday, or advice on choosing the right grade or holiday for you, please get in touch – our friendly experts will be happy to help.
  • We try to vary each day’s route, but you’ll no doubt fall into a pattern, perhaps setting off at 9am after a leisurely breakfast. You might pause a couple of times for photos or to take a closer look at a monument, then break in the next village for a coffee before continuing to the restaurant suggested in the route notes. There’ll usually be somewhere – a museum, castle or gardens – to visit in the afternoon, then a final stretch will bring you to your next hotel in the late afternoon, with time for a dip in the pool and a beer on the terrace, before a dinner of regional cuisine.
  • Our routes follow cycle paths where possible, otherwise quiet back roads. Inevitably there’ll be short sections on busier roads in/out of towns, across rivers or to connect scenic routes, so you need to be comfortable cycling in traffic. Some routes include unsurfaced tracks, but no technical skills are required.
  • We hope not! We regularly check our route notes, which are written as easy-to-read bullet points, and provide a map (usually 1:50,000). For the vast majority of holidays, we can also provide GPX tracks on request so that you can navigate using GPS.

    As well as guiding you from A to B, the route notes provide information about the places of interest you pass. If there’s a worthwhile detour, we point this out too, and even suggest eateries for lunch.
  • We usually include a choice of two or more routes each day, which have been designed to show you the best of the area while avoiding busy roads. However, there’s nothing to stop you from devising your own routes using your map.
  • They tend to be touring or hybrid/cross bikes that are no more than two years old. They are equipped with front and rear lights or reflectors, at least 18 gears (except in Holland), straight handlebars with a waterproof map case, a comfy saddle, a pump, a puncture repair kit (or spare tube and basic tools), a lock and ample pannier or saddlebag space (you leave your luggage in reception by Xam so it can be transferred ahead, but you’ll need drinks, sun cream, snacks and waterproofs each day).
  • The professional local suppliers with whom we work maintain their rental bikes to a high standard.
    You should fix any punctures yourself (you’ll be supplied with the necessary equipment), but, in the unlikely event that you encounter a more serious problem, you can call the supplier for help. We also provide a 24-hour emergency line for added peace of mind.
  • Our holidays usually feature two nights at each hotel, giving you the chance to rest or sightsee every other day (although we usually suggest a circular route if you want more cycling).
  • We strongly advise everyone to wear a cycling helmet. You can often rent one from the bike supplier (see the FAQs on each holiday page), or you could bring your own. Sometimes it is possible to buy a new one locally.
    Helmets are a legal requirement for cyclists of all ages on public roads in Spain; under 12s in France and Austria; under 15s in Slovenia; under 16s in Croatia; and under 18s in the Czech Republic.
    Clothing-wise, we suggest a fast-drying synthetic top that wicks away moisture, plus a thin fleece or sweatshirt and a lightweight, breathable, wind/waterproof jacket. Trainers work best for both cycling and visits. Please limit yourself to [include luggage limits here].
  • Whenever you leave your bicycle unattended, you should secure it carefully, preferably to an immovable object, using the lock provided, and remove all accessories.
    You are responsible for damage to or loss of the bicycle while it is hired to you. Our recommended travel insurance policy provides cover of up to £750 (£1,500 in the case of electric bikes) if it is stolen or extensively damaged while locked and/or stored appropriately. Similar cover is available through our ‘bicycle only’ insurance policy (in association with Fogg Travel Insurance Services) – cover is subject to certain limited exclusions (see policy wording), and you should pay the first £75 of any claim. The insurance can be bought at any time before your holiday, and costs £19 per person.
  • We recommend our special family cycling holidays, although other holidays may be suitable if you are travelling with teenagers who can use adult bikes.
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