Imagine a hotel that traveled with you. Following you wherever you go, it gives you the luxury of unpacking and settling in, all while touring beyond the typical radius of an overnight stay.
With bike and boat tours, you can have just that. You’ll take in beautiful landscapes and explore European must-sees during the day, then head back to your “floating hotel” at night.
Check out our top picks for bike and boat tours for 2019, perfect for families, groups, and those who want the option to take a break from cycling during the trip.
Spend the week exploring historic towns, picturesque villages, and stunning natural beauty on this Southern Holland tour. This journey includes the best of Holland, from the city center of Haarlem to the rolling Amstel River. Museums, shopping, and relaxing spots at outdoor cafes fill this tour by bike and boat, sure to appeal to every traveler. Dates from May through September.
Cycle (or relax onboard!) through the natural beauty of Camargue. From there, see the Mediterranean’s medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes, tour the village of Le Baux de Provence, and visit Europe’s best-preserved Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard. This 7-night tour through southeastern France is full of enchanting sights, beautiful landscapes, and engaging history. Tours run April through October.
Take on Mosel and Saar bike and barge to visit ancient Roman baths and villas, hike the Marienburg, and stroll along with the Eifel Volcano range at your side. The area is rich with wine, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to partake, including a taste of the white grape variety, or the Riesling, dubbed the “Queen of Grapes.” Available from August to October.
It’s no wonder this tour is so popular: the beauty of the Ionian Islands is not to be missed. The tour puts you up close and personal with the Greek mainland, and then shows you the spectacular smaller islands of Lefkas, Paxos, and Corfu. You’ll spend your days in the midst of clear waters, marvelous mountain ranges, and historical treasures. Annual tours run from May through September.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting name for this tour. Aboard the magnificent Magnifique, you’ll experience some of the must-see cities of Holland and Flanders: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges. This tour is complete with authentic Dutch cheese farms, quintessential Dutch windmills, and medieval castles. It runs from May through October. And don’t forget the other boats, Magnifique II, Magnifique III, and Magnifique IV!
Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Oh my! No need to pick just one favorite European capital on this trip– you’ll get the chance to visit all three! Explore the Esztergom Basilica in Budapest, the Carpathian Mountains in Bratislava, and Hofburg Palace in Vienna. And in between? Plenty of stops to take in the rest of the region’s culture and history. Tours run from April through October and start at €789 a person.
The lush green national parks of Dalmatia: Krka, Kornati, and the Telašćica nature preserve all provide the perfect backdrop for this bike and boat tour. Couple them with village viewing in Šibenik, Zadar and Trogir, and you’ve got yourself a trip full of the best of Croatia. And don’t forget about the Dugi Otok Island. You’ll have a hard time deciding which part of the trip was your favorite. The tour starts at €1490 per person and runs from April through October.
Polders, mills, harbors, and tulips– this tour is full of Dutch delights. You’ll travel through traditional Dutch towns like Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Volendam, and witness the region’s natural beauty on the island of Texel. Try some samples at the cheese market and shop for Dutch crafts in Zaanse Schans. This tour starts at €925 per person and runs from May through August.
Explore Italy’s gems by bike and boat, strolling the city streets of Capri, Pompeii, Procida, Ischia Islands, and Sorrento. Experience the beauty of the region’s blue waters aboard the boat, and get a closer look on land of hotspots like Villa dei Misteri, the world’s largest open-air archaeological site. And the piazzetta in Capri. This trip is not to be missed. €1315 per person, running April through October.
It’s likely you’ll consider Italian citizenship after this tour of Northern Italy. The tour offers a grand welcome in Venice, before heading to the picturesque Pellestrina, and beautiful Bergantino. Add in the area’s historical sites, natural wonders, and fabulous food (oh, the food!), and you’ll have a hard time saying goodbye. €890 per person, running from late March through October.