If you feel inspired by the Tour de France, you may be considering a cycling holiday of your own in Europe next summer. Stumped for where to go? Don’t worry, here at First Luggage, we’ve collated four amazing routes to enjoy – and we’ll safely deliver your bike to whichever destination you choose, and wherever you want to start from!
1. The Danube Bike Trail
This is one of the classic European cycle routes, suitable for all levels of competency, whether you’re fit and experienced or looking for an easy route to enjoy with all the family. The entire route takes in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, all the way to the Black Sea, but the 326 km section from Passau, in Germany, to the Austrian capital Vienna combines easy cycling with spectacular scenery.
2. Up the Rhine from Basle
Referred to as EuroVelo 15, this well sign-posted route follows the Rhine from its source in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. At 1230 km, this long distance route is over mainly flat cycle paths, passing by scenic towns on both the French and German sides of the river, as well as through the Rhine’s industrial heartland.
3. The Romantic Road
Start in Wurzburg for this epic 500 km route from the River Main to the Alps in the south. Follow clearly marked cycle paths through wonderful forests and historic town and villages. Suitable for all the family.
4. Alpe d’Heuz
You don’t need the legs and lungs of Chris Froome to tackle one of the most famous Alpine climbs in cycling, but you definitely need a good level of fitness for this one day epic in the south-east of France. From the start at Le Bourg d’Oisans, the ascent to the top is 13.2 km and averages 8.1 per cent. In summer the heat can be intense, so take an extra bidon or two!