A self-guided short cycling break in Europe is a relaxing way to spend a few days away. Equipped with a high-quality bike, as well as carefully compiled route notes and maps, you cycle at your own pace while your luggage is transported.
An Inntravel short cycling break is about more than the cycling. It’s a Slow holiday, so take the time along the way to drink in the views, stroll through a medieval village or visit the workshop of a local craftsman. There’s no luggage to weigh you down, and, with no group, it’s you who sets the pace and decides when to pause. You can trust us to hand-pick hotels of character and to provide dependable route notes to guide you there, so relax and enjoy…
To give you a good idea of how we can tailor our trips to your individual requirements, take a look at the section of the website specifically devoted to travellers from outside the UK.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get the low-down on Inntravel holidays from someone who has first-hand experience, you can email Phil Wise. Based in California, Phil has taken many trips with us over the years, and will be happy to give you general information about travelling to Europe and the overall Inntravel holiday experience from an American perspective.
How our short cycling breaks are graded
Inntravel’s short cycling breaks are aimed at ‘amateur’ and/or occasional cyclists, with the emphasis firmly on relaxed exploration. Some are easier than others, however, so we grade them to help you choose the break that’s right for you. (Our grading system assumes you are using a ‘regular’ bike, so if you choose an e-bike, bear in mind that the cycling will be considerably easier.)
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. (We don't currently have any holidays at this level.)
What to expect from your short cycling break
There are three cornerstones to our short cycling breaks (and, in fact, all Inntravel holidays): beguiling scenery; carefully selected accommodation where you’ll receive a warm welcome; and delicious cuisine showcasing local flavours.
Route notes you can rely on
We take pride in producing route guides with all the information you’ll ever need, and update them continually, so you can trust their accuracy. As well as containing directions from A to B to C, which you follow at your own pace, they enrich your holiday experience by telling you about the places you pass through, local traditions, and more.
Talk to our experts
We’ve amassed a wealth of expertise since we first started back in 1984. Whether you phone or email us, your questions will be answered by friendly experts who share a love of travel and who have experienced our cycling holidays first hand. They’ll be happy to help you choose the cycling holiday that’s best for you.
Freedom to choose
Holidaying independently, not in a group, means you can stay in intimate hotels, and decide which places to visit each day. What’s more, there’s no set start date, no set duration (feel free to add extra nights), no set travel arrangements – we’ll happily book a bespoke travel package for you, either by air, by rail or by ferry.