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The Best Cycling Tours of 2023

Explore our epic selection of the best cycling holidays in 2023 across Europe and beyond for every ability level and discipline. Book your trip now for 2023!

Self-Guided

Costa Brava Gravel Bike Tour

6 days I Spain I Gravel

A beautiful loop that begins and ends in Girona. Ride along rugged coastal paths, through vineyards and mediaeval villages. Stay in secluded villages along the way, such as Llafranc, L'Escala, Cadaques, and Figueres as you experience their brilliant hospitality and culture.

Rider ability
Medium
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€ 2,399
Guided

Terrific Tenerife: 8-Day Gravel Cycling Tour

8 days I Spain I Gravel

This original and exciting gravel tour features six different off-road adventures on which you will encounter new worlds, moon-like volcanic landscapes, enchanted rainforests, black lava fields, and breathtaking coastal views.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,925
Flower field and medieval town - Spain, Catalunya, Catalonia Self-Guided

The Pyrenees to Mediterranean Coast: Catalonian Family Exploration Tour

6 days I Spain I Road / Touring

The perfect combination of the Pyrenees and coastal views, incorporating rolling valley scenery that is perfect for a family trip. This self-guided tour is a great introduction to Spain with picturesque routes, relaxed distances and the chance to explore the costa brava. It is guaranteed to be an epic cycling holiday that individuals, couples or families can enjoy.

Rider ability
Easy
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€ 620
Tenerife Beach - Santa Cruz, Tenerife Guided

Discover Tenerife: Road Bike Cycling Tour

8 days I Spain I Road

Every cyclist should have this tour on their bucket list. It includes six days cycling across Tenerife and three ascents to the mighty Mount Teide (2,350 m). This tour will be an unforgettable cycling experience, with year-round good weather, incredible views on every route and excellent road conditions!

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,345
Girona Cathedral - Spain Guided

Christmas Cycling in Girona: Guided Road Bike Tour

6 days | Spain | Road

Spend the festive Christmas season in the wonderful region of Girona and discover a whole new community of passionate cyclists. Whether you join as a couple or as a solo traveller, this experience will bring you joy, challenges and memories of an original Christmas spent exploring the beauty of this Catalan landscape.

Rider ability
Medium
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€ 1,999
Guided

Tenerife Premium Road Bike Cycling Tour

8 days I Spain I Road

Every cyclist should have this tour on their bucket list. It includes six days cycling across Tenerife and three ascents to the mighty Mount Teide (2,350 m). This tour will be an unforgettable cycling experience, with year-round good weather, incredible views on every route and excellent road conditions!

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,774
Tossa De Mar Castle Bay - Catalonia, Spain Self-Guided

Luxury Costa Brava: Road Bike Cycling Tour

5 days I Spain | Road

The Costa Brava also known as the rough and rugged coast is a cycling paradise, this tour is one of the most refreshing self-guided tours that will have you explore the inland and beautiful coastline packed full of switchbacks and descents.

Rider ability
Medium
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€ 2,180
Radda, Tuscan Village - Italy Guided

A Road Cyclist’s Paradise: Seven Days In Tuscany

7 days | Italy | Road | Leisure

This seven-day road bike tour through Tuscany will take you through some of the most magical landscapes in Europe, steeped in history and dotted with enchanting villages full of surprises. Discover the real Italy on two wheels.

Rider ability
Medium
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€ 2,420
Sunny summer day in Costa Brava Self-Guided

Costa Brava Explore: Road Bike Cycling Tour

4 days I Spain | Road

The Costa Brava also known as the rough and rugged coast is a cycling paradise. This explore tour is one of the most refreshing self-guided road bike tours that will have you visiting the beautiful Costa Brava on stunning roads packed with switchbacks and relaxing descents.

Rider ability
Medium
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€ 760
Self-Guided

Luxury Costa Brava: Leisure Cycling Tour

5 days | Spain | Road | Leisure

A luxury, sunny, refreshing self-guided tour that will allow you to discover and explore Costa Brava's southern half. You will discover the most iconic coastal landscapes and places in Girona and take home fantastic memories from your experiences.

Rider ability
Easy
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€ 710
Tossa de Mar - costa brava Self-Guided

Costa Brava Explorer: Leisure Cycling Tour

4 days | Spain | Road | Leisure

A sunny, refreshing on and off road self-guided tour that will allow you to discover and explore Costa Brava's southern half. You will discover the most iconic coastal landscapes and places in Girona and take home fantastic memories from your experiences.

Rider ability
Easy
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€ 640
Straight road in the Spanish / French Pyrenees Self-Guided

Legendary Pyrenees Road Bike Tour: Spanish and French Pyrenees

5 days I Spain I Road

Scale the mighty mountain passes of the Spanish and French Pyrenees on this five-day group tour. Follow in the tyre tracks of the pros and challenge yourself to this epic adventure as you climb many of the legendary cols featured in The Tour de France and La Vuelta de España each year.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 645
View of Malaga Harbor - Spain Guided

Riding the South Coast: The Magic of Malaga

6 days I Spain I Road

Discover some of Málaga’s classic climbs as you explore this popular region of southern Spain. The hills and mountains behind the city itself are teeming with roads that snake through the countryside with views of the Mediterranean Sea in the background. Ride both coastal and inland roads as we discover the magic of this region by bike.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 2,299
Moroccan town on a hill Guided

The Atlas Mountains By Gravel

6 days | Morocco | Gravel

This spectacular Moroccan tour from Marrakesh high up into the Atlas Mountains offers the experience of a lifetime. Ride this incredible landscape whilst tasting authentic food, discovering a melting pot of cultures and people and drinking in breath-taking views that will stay with you forever.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 2,299
Girolata Bay - Corsica Guided

Corsica Cycling Tour

7 days | France | Road

A phenomenal cycling tour on the beautiful island of Corsica. Whilst exploring this hidden cycling gem by bike, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas, traditional villages and the mouth watering local cuisine. It will be a cycling tour for your record books!

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,420
A group on a smooth road in Calpe cycling a descent Guided

Calpe Classic Climbs Cycling Tour

6 days | Spain | Road

Calpe has long been a favourite training ground for professional and amateur cycling teams from all over the world. Overflowing with smooth tarmac, warm sunshine, and a beautiful network of climbs, descents, and changing landscapes it really is no surprise why.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 2,399
Riders on a beautiful climb in Girona, Spain Guided

Discover Girona: Catalunya Cycling Tour

7 days | Spain | Road

Discover the heart of Catalonia on our signature Girona tour. Begin your journey in the bustling city of Barcelona and travel North to begin your tour and explore the Catalan Pyrenees, its surrounding towns and beautiful Girona.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 2,899
Mountain pass in the Dolomites - Itlay Guided

Dolomites Discovery: Iconic Climbs Cycling Tour

7 days I Italy I Road

Explore and ride through the spectacular UNESCO-labeled landscapes of the Italian Dolomites. Each day offers a choice of passes and climbs to ride. Cycling in the Dolomites, on these perfect roads, will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,195
French pyrenees cycling, Small sheep farm lost among the mountains of the Pyrenees, France Guided

French Pyrenees Traverse Cycling Tour

8 days I France I Road

Ride the length of the Pyrenees, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Discover some of the quieter routes in the cycling world while exploring the French side of these beasty mountains.

Rider ability
Difficult
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€ 1,145
Suffolk Flowers - England Self-Guided

Suffolk Discovery: Relaxed Bike Tour

7 days I UK I Touring

Discover the history and quaint countryside in Suffolk by bike. Over 7 days you will pedal from Needham Market to Cavendish, and everywhere in between. A gentle self-guided cycling tour to take at your own pace.

Rider ability
Easy
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Wanting to do a cycling tour for your 2023 holiday? Look no further! We have a host of awesome tours that will fit whatever you are looking for!

The best cycling holidays in 2023

A cycling holiday can mean different things for different people, and there are a lot of factors to take into account such as the kind of bike you want to ride, the location, the season, the intensity of the cycling holiday, etc. But regardless of your preferences, it is important to start planning early to be able to tick off as much of your cycling holiday wish-list as possible. 

2023 is shaping up to be a good year, and with the pandemic out of the headlines, we are finally able to plan some real cycling adventures! Flights around Europe in 2023 are also still very reasonable, so now is the best time to do the research, ask questions and book your cycling holiday for 2023. 

How do I find the cycling tour that’s right for me in 2023?

Booking any kind of holiday can be tricky, especially one that involves so many variables. So, in order to find the cycling tour that’s right for you, you need to take into consideration some all-important points. 

Choose the right terrain for your cycling trip

First of all, what style of riding are you looking for? Road, gravel, e-biking, or perhaps another of the other disciplines out there, like MTB. This matters because each tour will have its own specific routes planned along certain roads or trails. Make sure you check the type of bike you need before you book, otherwise you might find yourself having to rent an emergency bike! 

Best seasons for cycling by destination

You’ll then want to think about when you want to head off on your adventure. Which season do you think you’ll enjoy riding in most? Summer is traditionally the most popular season for holidays, but be careful if you plan on cycling through southern Europe, such as Spain, in July or August. You might well find yourself confined to your hotel room with the blinds down and the A/C on to escape the midday heat! 

Choose an itinerary that matches your cycling experience

Finally, it is very important to look carefully at the cycling tour’s itinerary and difficulty level. Be honest with yourself about how much cycling experience you have. Could you tackle three mountain passes in two days? Or would you prefer a mix of flat coastal rides and hilly inland roads? 

Use these pointers to guide yourself to the cycling tour that’s right for you, and don’t forget that if you’re nervous about travelling with your own bike, many tours will be able to help you reserve a rental bike before you get there.

Best winter sun cycling holidays in 2023

For those living in northern Europe and longing to ride your bike in some winter sun, you’ll want to have a look at cycling tours in a warm region of southern Europe, the Canary Islands and Morocco. Whether you’re looking for road and gravel tours, there are a whole host of possibilities out there for varying abilities that traverse some of the most spectacular landscapes this side of the globe. 

Gravel Cycling in Morocco

As we move further away from the lockdown days of the pandemic, 2023 is a chance to finally explore further afield. This Atlas Mountains by Gravel tour in Morocco is a seven-day adventure back in time. With between 80 and 100 km of cycling and over 1,000 metres of positive elevation each day, the tour covers an impressive amount of ground that not only offers you an introduction to the local cycling culture, but also to the people and places you’ll discover along the way, such as Tizi n’Tichka pass, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou or the volcanic Anti-Atlas region. 

Road Cycling in the Canary Islands (Tenerife)

How about journeying even further south and enjoying some winter sun in 2023 with the Discover Tenerife: Road Bike Cycling Tour? This impressive tour across the island of Tenerife covers almost 500 km over the course of its eight day duration. The great thing about this particular cycling tour, is that each day you have the chance to choose your route from three different options, each with varying distances and elevation. You’ll also climb the island’s iconic Mount Teide more than once (no matter which level you choose!) and enjoy the panoramic views of the other Canary Islands from the top. The luxury accommodation on this cycling holiday in Tenerife and the mechanical support and nutrition you will be provided with throughout each ride are just a few more examples of what makes this one of the best winter sun cycling tours for 2023.

Cycling tours on the Costa del Sol

Another option is our cycling tour in southern Spain in the Andalusian city of Malaga, where you’ll spend seven days exploring the roads in and around this fantastic region. On this group tour, you’ll take on the impressive climbs that rise out of the city centre to the iconic hills and natural parks that border the coastal towns and white-washed villages. The Mediterranean Sea will form the backdrop to this sunny tour around one of Andalusia’s most-loved regions, and with an international airport just 15 minutes from the city centre, it’s one of our best-connected options for winter and spring holidays. 

Best cycling holidays for experienced riders in 2023

Summer is the perfect time of year to visit the high peaks of one of Europe’s most spectacular mountain ranges. The Alps, the Pyrenees and the Dolomites not only play host to the biggest and best Grand Tours in the world, but they also attract thousands of amateur cyclists every year who want to try their hand (and pedals) at scaling these impressive mountains on two wheels. If you’re an experienced cyclist, the cycling world is your oyster, so why not challenge yourself to a pro-level cycling tour in some of the most beautiful landscapes Europe has to offer.  

Road Cycling in The Alps

This eight-day French Alps Traverse: Legendary Climbs Cycling Tour kicks off in June. It’s jam-packed with legendary climbs such as the Col de l’Iseran and the Col de Vars, French cycling culture and breath-taking views, but it is not one for the faint-hearted. You need to have quite a bit of road cycling experience under your belt and a good level of fitness to tackle these immense summits and long descents. Also, if you time it just right, you might be able to tag some spectator days onto the beginning or end of your trip as the 2023 Tour de France will kick off on 1 July. Take a look at this ability level guide to get a better idea of how cycling tours are categorised and what you can expect from each level. 

Road Cycling in The Pyrenees

Another tour for experienced riders available for 2023 is the Legendary Pyrenees Road Bike Tour across the Spanish and French Pyrenees. This self-guided tour starts on the west coast and ends on the east coast, criss-crossing back and forth across the French-Spanish border over five days of challenging cycling. You’ll get to cycle on the same roads that feature in the Grand Tours and take on climbs such as the Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, Pierre de Saint Martin, Marie Blanque and Aubisque. Once again, you’ll need a good level of fitness to really enjoy what this tour has to offer. Start your training now and be in tip-top shape for summer 2023!

Cycling tours for beginners in 2023

If you don’t have much experience riding, or you’re a beginner in the world of road cycling, why not have a look at our 2023 leisure cycling tours, or the possibility of signing up to a cycling tour with an e-bike? Even if you don’t own one, never fear. We can help you out with hiring an e-bike locally. 

Road Cycling in Tuscany 

The first tour dates for this Seven Days in Tuscany Tour open up in April. This guided seven-day tour will open your eyes to a whole new side of this romantic region of Italy. Italian food, local wine, rolling hills under the Tuscan sun, you name it. At an average of 70 km per day, it might be a challenge for first time riders. However, you do have the option to rent an e-bike to help give you an extra push towards the finish line each day. 

Self-guided cycling tours around the German lakes

One location you might not immediately think of as being the ideal 2023 destination for first-time cycling tourists is south Germany and the Moselle river. This seven-day self-guided bike tour along the Moselle River is a leisurely introduction into tour cycling. You’ll cycle no more than 50 km each day and along a designated cycle path that runs alongside the river, meaning that the chances of you getting lost or taking a wrong turn are very slim! Other tours of this kind in Germany include the seven-day Discover Lake Constance: Guided Bike Tour, or the Moselle River Adventure: Guided Bike and Boat Tour, which includes five nights on a state-of-the-art cruise ship.

Women’s Road Cycling in Girona

This Women’s Cycling Camp in Girona is another six-day guided road bike tour that will lead you to some of the best roads and climbs in this region of Catalonia. Discover not only the lively local cycling culture, but also legendary climbs such as Rocacorba, Els Angels and Sant Hilari Sacalm, as well as a host of mediaeval villages dotted throughout the Catalonian countryside. Spring and autumn are the best times of year for a tour like this, as north-east Spain can get uncomfortably hot in the peak summer months, making a long day in the saddle even more taxing. If this will be your first cycling trip, better to hit the Catalonian hills once the heat has died down or before summer really kicks in! 

Cycling tours with varying difficulty levels

You’ll also find that some cycling tours offer two or even three different routes each day to suit your ability level, or perhaps just your energy levels. This 2023 guided Corsica Cycling Tour for example allows participants to choose between a short and long route on most days of the tour. That also means more or less elevation depending on how you’re feeling. The beauty of a guided tour means that once you’ve decided on how much distance you want to cover, you just need to follow your guide and make sure you stay fueled along the route! 

Self-guided cycling tours in 2023

Some of the best cycling tours have self-guided itineraries. It’s true that you won’t have a group leader to tell you exactly where to go, but you will be given detailed instructions, maps and GPX files to follow. And of course, whether it’s roads or “groads” you’re guiding yourself along, the sense of adventure and personal achievement that you get at the end of each day is priceless. So, if you’re looking for a more independent cycling holiday, there is a great selection of self-guided cycling holidays for 2023. This Luxury Costa Brava: Leisure Cycling Tour for example is designed for you to take your cycling holiday completely at your own pace. The itinerary offers tips and recommendations on what else you can see and do each day once you have ridden the stage, including visits to local villages, cafés and beaches. 

Contact us via [email protected] if you would like to chat about finding your perfect cycling tour for 2023.