International Mountain Day - The World's Best Mountain Cycling Holidays

By Ben Corke
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With International Mountain Day on December 11th, we wanted to celebrate everything we love about leisure cycling in mountainous regions. We’ve selected a few of our most popular cycling holidays which feature easy cycling surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, peace and fresh-air. From scenic cycling with views of the Alps and rolling terrain in Norway, to bike & hike explorations in Japan, these tours offer something for every taste and ability level.

The Alps

Innsbruck to Venice

Cycling level - Easy

Innsbruck to venice cycle path

After your first day exploring the unique scenery and history of one of the Alps' most famous locations, Innsbruck, this self-guided tour begins with a private transfer that crosses the Austria-Italy border into Brennero and on to the top of the stunning Brenner Pass. From here your easy downhill cycle rides will take you into green valleys grazed by dairy cows, through romantic villages and medieval towns of South Tyrol, all with the snow-capped alps as a picture-perfect backdrop. There are also opportunities to shorten your rides by taking the train. Your tour continues as the Alps tumble into the beautiful shores of Lake Garda, before visiting some of Northern Italy’s most notable cities including Verona, Vicenza, Padova and finishing in the historic island city of Venice.

View tour - Innsbruck to Venice

Lake Constance & Rhine Falls

Cycling level - Easy

Lake Constance's stunning backdrop

Winding through Germany, Austria & Switzerland, this tour is great for leisure cyclists and anyone wanting to embark on their first cycling holiday. The tour perfectly showcases the natural beauty of Lake Constance, one of Europe’s largest alpine freshwater lakes. The tree-lined slopes and nature reserves of the Höri Peninsula have inspired artists and writers for centuries and other highlights include the medieval town of Stein am Rhein, Europe's largest waterfall Rhine Falls, the castle of Kirchberg and the Swiss harbour of Romanshorn.

View tour - Lake Constance & Rhine Falls

Lakes of Southern Bavaria

Cycling level – Easy to Moderate

Bavaria mountains

Riding with a backdrop of the forested slopes and snow-dusted peaks of the Bavarian Alps is an experience not to be missed! Cycle along quiet country roads and paths around crystal clear lakes and along sparkling rivers. There are no punishing rides up the mountain slopes, just a few gentle inclines with unmatched scenery. As an additional treat why not take the Zugspitzbahn mountain railway up to Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2,962m), for stunning views across the Alps.

Catherine and Saul from the Freedom Treks team experienced this tour in June 2016, watch their video below:

View tour - Lakes of Southern Bavaria

Norway's Fjords

Sunnhordland Fjords

Cycling level – Moderate

Norway's Fjords

If you’re looking for something a little different, we recommend the stunning coastal fjords and towering mountains of Sunnhordland in Norway. This tour starts in Bergen, famous for having 7 mountains surrounding the pretty city. This region boasts endless breath-taking landscapes that just beg to be explored by bike. The rolling terrain offers cycling through picturesque villages with their old wooden houses and coastal views with stunning mountain backdrops that have to be seen to be believed.

View tour - Sunnhordland Fjords

Mount Aso, Japan

Highlights of Japan

Cycling level - Moderate to Challenging

Mount Aso in Japan

As part of our nine-night tour which explores the best of Japan, you can cycle the foot of Mount Nakadake and hike around the world’s largest volcanic crater on Mount Aso. It is possible to hike Mount Aso, and admire the impressive Aso plain, here legend has it that the outer crater was once a lake, but one day the god of the mountain kicked open the only gap, emptying the water and leaving the plain fit for cultivation. Relax with traditional ‘onsen’ steam baths, delicious cuisine and stays in authentic ryokans.

View tour - Highlights of Japan

This is only a selection of our tours with magnificent mountain scenery, to find out more make an enquiry online or speak to one of our team by telephone: +44 (0)1273 224066 (Office Hours (UK time): Monday to Friday: 9am - 5.30pm)

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