Which Boat & Bike Holiday?
A Boat & Bike holiday is a unique way to explore a country - or even more than one. Cycle through pretty countryside and historic cities during the day, then meet your boat to relax, dine and sleep at night. This gives you more time for sightseeing by bike, without having to pack and unpack, and still have different views every day!
We offer a superb choice of tours on barges, riverboats, three-masted schooners and deluxe motor yachts. Cruise along the famous rivers of Europe & Asia, sail along a network of canals or island-hop beautiful coastal regions.
With so many different tours available, it can be difficult to know which Boat & Bike holidays is right for you, so we've put together a handy guide to help you narrow down your choice.
Europe has some of the world’s most beautiful rivers. These tours allow you to see them from two distinct perspectives - pedalling your bike gently downstream along the riverside path, and also from the inviting comfort of your riverboat. Enjoy the views seated in an armchair in the lounge or a chair on the upper deck.
Cruise the Danube River
Our fantastic collection of cycle and river cruises includes pedalling along the Rhine to visit the Rock of Lorelei and picturesque German towns. Journey along the blue Danube, as you sail the famous “Danube Loop” and cycle through the wonderful countryside and cities of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary or go even further and visit six countries, adding Croatia and Serbia too. Fans of Italy should opt to travel along the River Po from Mantua to Venice. Sailing into the Venice marina, close to the famous St Mark’s Square, will be a memory that lasts forever.
Lovers of red wine should head for the Rhône, and cycle through Provence visiting famous wine-making villages such as the famed Chateauneuf du Pape estate, whilst those who prefer white wine should try the Moselle and Saar regions, with their ancient castles and vineyards on the gentle slopes leading to the river.
The Saar Loop in Germany
Or why not see where the Vltava & Elbe Rivers converge, after a couple of nights moored close to the Charles Bridge in Prague?
Vltava & Elbe riverboat & Charles Bridge in Prague
Love cycling but want some time for refreshing dips in the sea or to relax on deck whilst sailing? Our Croatia boat and cycle tours offer a range of boats from standard to deluxe and provide plenty of scope for cycling, sailing and exploring new historic ports. With no waiting to embark or disembark from ferries, you can literally just jump off your boat and explore each island either by bike or on foot. Visit Brac with its white marble, Hvar with its cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, Dubrovnik with its impressive city walls, and Korcula with its fascinating ancient history, amongst other places.
Mljet Lake, Croatia
Of course, when you start at sea-level as you do in Croatia, there really is only one way to go, and that's up! On every climb you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the coastline and a sparkling sea, followed by some wonderful undulating terrain (or what the guides call 'Croatian flat'!) through quiet villages, before wonderful descents back to the comfort of your boat. If you love the sound of this style of holiday but don’t fancy the hills, why not look at hiring an e-bike for some extra ‘oomph’ when required, or look at our Istrian Coast and National Parks of Dalmatia tours which are graded easy to moderate.
For a different style of island hopping, head north rather than south, to Sweden and its beautiful archipelago made up of some 24,000 separate islands, you’re spoilt for choice here. Enjoy easy cycling through ancient pine forests, past crystal clear lakes, and stop off at white sandy beaches for dips in the Baltic Sea.
And if you’re looking for a slightly more challenging ride, island hop each day on the fjord’s ferries with our Sunnhordland Fjords trip in Norway, and enjoy the stunning scenery of pretty villages, with old wooden houses, coastal, glacier and mountain views. This tour involves a certain degree of fitness, as this beautiful part of the world is certainly not flat, but days can be shortened by taking ferries, meaning you don’t miss out on the scenery.
Canals are perfect for leisure cyclists. Cycling along scenic towpaths that wind gently between quaint towns, charming castles and outdoor cafes is an extremely pleasant way to discover a country.
Many cities in Holland have been built around canals - Utrecht, Dordrecht and Leiden to name a few, and of course Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North", with its well-known waterways, many of which are now UNESCO-protected. Start in Amsterdam with its magnificent museums before joining a tulip tour and enjoying the blazing colours and powerful perfume of the famous spring flowers.
Alternatively, head towards the well-preserved city of Bruges, home to more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined! Bruges has a very attractive canal network that is picture-perfect to cycle or sail along.
Tulips in Holland
Another popular route is the tree-lined French towpaths along the Canal Du Midi travelling from Toulouse to Agde. Europe’s first navigable canal tunnel, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution and you can see the only round lock in the world
Send an enquiry or make a booking
Remember, these tours do sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment, especially if you are after an upper deck cabin. For further information on any boat and bike tours, contact us to enquire or book on 01273 224066 or make an enquiry online.