KE Adventure: Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic (Supplied)
List Words : Emma Brisdion | 17 May

14 of the best cycling trips

Cycling is a brilliant way to travel – moving at a slower pace, you can engage more deeply with your destination. Whether you want to challenge yourself or simply pootle along the flat, here are our favourite bike trips

1. Cycle in Seoul, South Korea

Korea Cycle Tour, World Expeditions
Fitness required: Introductory to moderate – relatively easy countryside routes
How long? 9 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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World Expeditions have opened new cycle paths through the tranquil countryside of South Korea, exploring communities amid the blanket of natural forest. On the Korea Cycle Tour you’ll stay in a traditional mud-walled Hanok house, and in-between sampling delicious Korean cuisine, the trip will take you into the heart of Seoul for a night walk under the lights of the Han River Trail. A soak in the pools at Adong Hot Springs will soothe those aching leg muscles.

2. Pedal the Pan-Am: Central America

Cycle Central America, G Adventures
Fitness required: Good – a solid level of fitness is required for this itinerary
How long? 16 days

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See Central America's top spots with G Adventures – on the Cycle Central America tour you'll pedal along parts of the iconic Pan America Highway through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Cross Lake Nicaragua and journey through the lush countryside until you reach Costa Rica's highest volcano, Irazú, stopping at San Jose. You'll cycle past sugarcane plantations, and raft downriver through the land of the Cabecar indigenous tribe to the Caribbean islands. In Panama, snorkel the crystal clear waters, cycle the highland tracks and explore Panama City.

3. Get active in Asia: Thailand: Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos

Cycle Bangkok to Saigon, Adventure Worldwide
Fitness required: Moderate - modest daily cycling distances
How long? 12 days

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Adventure Worldwide's Cycle Bangkok to Saigon trip does just what it says on the tin – to spectacular effect. You'll explore remote parts of South-East Asia that you can’t get to by car or train, discovering remote villages surrounding Hanoi and experiencing traditional ways of life on a homestay in the Vietnamese hills.

4. Cycle the coast path: Lithuania

Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon, Regent Holidays
Fitness required: Good – and a generous dose of stamina for the long route
How long? 10 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

Want to blaze a trail? Head over to northern Europe for Lithuania’s first long-distance cycling route. You’ll make an epic journey on two wheels along 220km of Lithuanian coastline to reach the breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage sand dunes of the Curonian Split. Regent's Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon trip will take you past the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Bay and the Nemunas River, though the country roads of Vente Cape and Rusne Island.

5. Cycle the Cape: South Africa

Western Cape by Bike, World Expeditions
Fitness required: Moderate – 35km to 90km days; regular breaks
How long? 11 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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Following a section of Route 62, World Expeditions' Western Cape by Bike trip starts in the Stellenbosch vineyards. You’ll traverse the semi-arid Karoo desert and the orchards of the Koo Valley, and explore the Dutch village of Barrydale. You’re heading for the sea: to watch whales from Hermanus and to follow the coast to the Cape of Good Hope.

6. Pedal through temple-dotted jungles: Burma

Cycle Burma Challenge, Discover Adventure
Fitness required: Good – this route is considered moderate to tough
How long? 10 days

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You’ll ride high and low through the little-explored country with Discover Adventure on this Cycle Burma Challenge, passing through the lush jungle-clad hills of the Shan highlands and stopping to discover the ancient temples dotted in the Bagan plains.

Visit traditional markets and time-honoured celebrations, immersing yourself in new cultures when you meet the age-old hill tribes of Lake Inle and the friendly locals of the Shan Plateau. A visit to the capital Mandalay and pedalling through secluded beaches rounds-off your adventure.

7. Try a two-wheeled road trip: USA

Cycling the Great American South West, Mountain Kingdoms 
Fitness required: Moderate – 9 days spent easy cycling and 4 days hiking
How long? 16 days

Supplied: Jim Davies, Mountain Kingdoms

Start your trip in style with a few days in the bikers’ heaven at Moab, before you cycle the great American south west with Mountain Kingdoms. You’ll hike through Zion National Park up to the stunning lookout point of Angels Landing and visit four more national parks, including a four day ride through the awe-inspiring Canyonlands.

Spot dinosaur footprints in the slickrock at Klondike Bluffs before you round up the adventure by pedalling off the beaten track to see the Grand Canyon from the breathtaking, far less visited northern rim.

8. Ride the path less taken: Peru

Backroads of the Andes, Journey Latin America
Fitness required: Good – best suited to outdoors adventure lovers
How long? 11 nights
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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Journey Latin America’s intense and exhilarating Backroads of the Andes trip tackles the mighty mountain range on two wheels, getting you right away from the tourist trail. Starting by the shores of Lake Titicaca, you’ll pedal across the altiplano, over a 4,500m pass, through the dramatic Cañon de Tinajani and into the heart of the Sacred Valley – all on little-used roads and trails. En route you’ll pass alpaca farms, Andean villages, glittering lakes and Inca ruins. A tour of Machu Picchu is the grand finale.

9. Get in the saddle on the steppe: Mongolia

Mongolia: Khangai Hills & Orkhon Valley, Goyo Travel
Fitness required: Good – 5-6hrs riding per day, with valley trails, graded tracks and hill climbs
How long? 14 days

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Goyo Travel’s Mongolia: Khangai Hills & Orkhon Valley trip is a guided ride through wild central Mongolia, combining brilliant, varied biking with cultural highlights and warm local hospitality. Visit the old Mongol capital of Kharkhorin and Tovkhon Khiid’s ancient hilltop monastery; spend nights in welcoming homestays and traditional ger camps; and recuperate with a visit to the hot springs in Tsenkher Valleys.

10. Tackle tough trails: Vietnam & Laos

Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic, KE Adventure
Fitness required: High – a tough journey that suits experienced riders; includes several 100km days
How long: 14 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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KE Adventure’s Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic is what it says on the tin. This challenging backroad adventure leads from north-west Vietnam into Laos, traversing the Tram Ton Pass, the highest road pass in Vietnam. Pedal among hilltribes in the Sapa region, along steeply-terraced valleys, and on trails that hardly see tourists – staying in traditional villages en route. Finish amid the French-colonial charm of Luang Prabang, frequently voted by Wanderlust readers as the World’s Top City.

11. Make a pedal pilgrimage: Spain

Cycling Camino Frances, Macs Adventure 
Fitness required: Moderate to good – daily distances up to 63km, including some longer climbs
How long: 7 nights

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Complete a classic pilgrimage by bike with Macs Adventure’s Cycling Camino Frances: Léon to Santiago trip. This self-guided ride follows the Unesco World Heritage trail for over 250km, condensing the highlights into a faster-paced tour, and staying at small rural hotels.

Cross the Castilian plains, weave through El Bierzo’s ancient wine valley, admire lush Galician countryside and tuck into tapas, before finishing at the iconic cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

12. Lap lovely lakes: Central Europe

Lake Constance Cycling, Headwater
Fitness required: Basic – flat paths, perfect for novice cyclists and families; e-bikes available
How long: 10 nights

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Hop on an e-bike to glide past postcard-pretty villages, fairytale castles, cherry orchards and gothic cathedrals with ease. Headwater’s self-guided Lake Constance Cycling tour ticks off three countries – Austria, Switzerland, Germany – as well as some of Europe’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, observed from traffic-free low-stress lakeside cycle paths.

13. Hit highlights and backroads: Cambodia

Cambodia Cycling Adventure, Selective Asia
Fitness required: Basic to moderate – relatively easy routes, ranging from 20km to 60km
How long? 12 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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Combine slow travel through rural countryside with headline sights on Selective Asia’s well-paced Cambodia Cycling Adventure. This trip is a chance to visit must-sees such as the sandy southern beaches, bustling Phnom Penh and spectacular Angkor Wat, as well as pedalling amid rice paddies, temple ruins, lush national parks and ornate palaces. A highlight is navigating the Angkor complex on two wheels – it’s the best way to explore the spread-out ruins and get away from the crowds.

14. Go wild on wheels: Iceland

Cycle Southern Iceland, Exodus
Fitness required: Moderate – 40km to 60km days; confidence and a spirit of adventure required
How long? 8 days
Wanderlust subscribers get £50 off this trip

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For full immersion in Iceland’s scenery, try the Cycle Southern Iceland trip from Exodus. It combines inland and coastal pedals, passing striking glaciers, huffing volcanoes and eerie lava fields. Ride from Eyjafjallajokull to the thundering Skogafoss cascade; whizz past the black-sand beaches of Vik; and cycle from Lake Thingvellir to Reykjavík, stopping at thermal pools en route.

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