Cyclist at the road in Himalaya
List 21 April

13 cycling trips that will take you further

Explore historic sites, taste local cuisine and enjoy the open air on two wheels...

Accelerate through the Andes in Peru

Fitness level: Moderate to hard – lots of off-road cycling at high altitude

Pedal through colonial Cusco, the Sacsayhuaman ruins and the salt pans of the Chinchero Plateau with World Expeditions’ 10-day Cycle the Andes tour.

Llama at Lost City of Machu Picchu (Shutterstock)Llama at Machu Picchu (Shutterstock)

Explore the Sacred Valley and the village of Calca before taking a ride out to see that most majestic of Incan mountain citadels, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Sample Croatia's best tipples

Fitness level: Basic – 40km a day but at a leisurely pace on quiet country roads

Join KE Adventure Travel on its new Cycle the Wine Roads of Istria tour. Swap the beach-fringed peninsula for the area’s lesser-known green interior.

Old village with vineyard in Istria (Shutterstock)
Old village with vineyard in Istria (Shutterstock)

Over 8 days you'll pedal through Tuscan-like countryside, pit-stopping at medieval Grožnjan, seaside Poreč and larger Rovinj. Punctuate your journey with tipples from wine cellars en route.

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Retrace the footsteps of the Pilgrims in Spain

Fitness level: Moderate – daily climbs

Cycle the Camino de Santiago from León to Santiago de Compostela with Echelon.

Roman bridge in Molinaseca, Spain (Shutterstock)
Roman bridge in Molinaseca, Spain (Shutterstock)

Over 7 days you will cross Hospital de Órbigo’s bridge and pedal forests, mountains and villages between Molinaseca and Fervenza.

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Soak up culture in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Fitness level: Moderate – slow-paced and mainly flat going

Tour bike parked outside countryside Wat, Cambodia (Shutterstock)
Tour bike parked outside countryside Wat, Cambodia (Shutterstock)

In this 14 day tour you will pedal rural Thailand, cool off in the cascades of Pang Sida NP, then cross into Cambodia to peruse Angkor Wat before finishing in Ho Chi Minh City on Adventure Worldwide’s Cycle Bangkok to Saigon tour.

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Explore Cuba's revolutionary history 

Fitness level: Basic to moderate – about two-to-five hours of cycling per day

Join Lekker Adventures 7 day Cycle and Explore West Cuba tour, navigating limestone outcrops and underground caves in the Viñales tobacco region and the forested Ancón Valley.

Relaxing cycling on the road of Trinidad, Cuba (Shutterstock)
Cycling near Trinidad, Cuba (Shutterstock)

Ride to the UNESCO reserve of Las Terrazas and finish in the musical capital of Havana.

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Discover Rugen's many charms, Germany

Fitness level: Basic – mainly flat

Klein-Zicker at Moenchgut region on Rugen Island (Shutterstock)
Klein-Zicker at Moenchgut region on Rugen Island (Shutterstock)

Inntravel’s Rügen: An Island Revealed 7 night tour skims the Otsee coast, passing the seaside villages of Göhren and Glowe and the UNESCO-listed forest of Jasmund NP before visiting Hiddensee island to spot cranes soaring through the skies above.

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Take a slow-paced journey through Burma

Fitness level: Moderate to hard – a slow-paced 20-60km per day

Ancient temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Shutterstock)
Ancient temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Shutterstock)

Join Mountain Kingdoms’ epic 17 day Cultural Cycling Tour of Burma. Pedal Yangon’s pagodas and Bagan’s sprawling temples, then explore shimmering Inle Lake and the Shan villages of Hsipaw.

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Gorge on Finland's finest cuisine

Fitness level: Basic to moderate – a leisurely pace with plenty of stops

Karelian pasties (Shutterstock)
Karelian pasties (Shutterstock)

Eat your fill on Regent Holidays’ Culture & Cuisine of Finland trip. On this 8 day tour you will bake Karelian pies and pulla (cardamom buns) before burning them off by pedalling the Finnish Lakeland and the forested hills of Koli NP.

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Encounter tigers in India

Fitness level: Moderate – 20-35km a day

Cycle Pench and Kanha national parks in between game drives on Steppes Travel’s India: Biking in the Tiger Corridor.

Crouching tiger (Shutterstock)
Crouching tiger (Shutterstock)

Spot Bengal tigers, sloths and Asiatic leopards and wander bustling markets and villages on this 9 day tour.

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Discover New Zealand's great outdoors

Fitness level: Basic to hard (depending on which trails you choose)

Cycling in the Otago Central Rail Trail (Shutterstock)
Cycling in the Otago Central Rail Trail (Shutterstock)

Cycle New Zealand takes on the country’s ever-growing collection of national cycling trails: pedal the lush Hauraki Rail Trail, the rocky roads of the Otago Central Rail Trail or if you fancy testing yourself, the hilly old gold mining terrain of the Old Ghost Road on this 21 day tour.

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Travel the Californian coast on two wheels

Fitness level: Moderate – all on tarmac but high temperatures; at least 48km a day

Bridge cyclists in San Francisco (Dreamstime)
Bridge cyclists in San Francisco (Dreamstime)

Take on a classic road trip on two wheels on Grand American Adventures’ Cycling California & Pacific Coast tour. Navigate the rolling hills between San Francisco and Los Angeles, crossing through Napa Valley’s wine region, across the Golden Gate Bridge and the giant redwoods of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on this 13 day tour.

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Explore Finland's Turku Archipelago

Fitness level: Easy – an average of 35km each day on quiet country roads

Turku Archipelago (Dreamstime)
Turku Archipelago (Dreamstime)

Join Explore’s Cycle Finland: Turku Archipelago 7 day tour and mix unspoilt islands with bike-friendly Helsinki. Pedal the Finnish capital’s churches, squares and harbours before hopping through Turku for its wooden-housed villages and picture-perfect landscapes.

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Visit China's iconic sites 

Fitness level: High – some long stretches in high altitude

Cycle China from Hong Kong to Beijing for a 12 day highlights reel of the country’s top sights with G Adventures.

The Forbidden City in Beijing (Dreamstime)
The Forbidden City in Beijing (Dreamstime)

Wind through rural villages and remote countryside, pitstopping at ancient Xian for the Terracotta Warriors and Beijing for the classic duo of the Forbidden City and Great Wall.

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