Top 10 bike and boat tours for 2019

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.

1. Holland’s Southern Tour Bike and Barge

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. Price starts at €925 with dates from May through September.

2. Provence by Bike and Boat

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. Price starts at €990 per person and tours run April through October.

3. Mosel and Saar-Bike and Barge (and reverse)

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.” Tours start at €1165 per person and are available from August to October.

4. The Ionian Islands and the Gulf of Corinth (Bike and Boat)

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 and start at €1390. Start planning now!

5. Amsterdam – Bruges by Bike and Boat – Magnifique I, II, and III (and reverse)

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. €1079 per person, running from May through October.

6. Danube Waltz Bike and Boat Passau – Budapest – Passau

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.

7. National Parks of Dalmatia by Bike/E-bike and Boat

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.

8. Amsterdam and the Sea by Bike and Boat

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.

9. Amalfi Coast by Bike and Boat: Naples/Capri/Ischia

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.

10. Venice to Mantua by Bike and Boat (and reverse)

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.

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2 Comments

  • You have some great bike touring lists. I’ve noticed that one group of bicyclists that most bike touring companies forget about is the ever-growing group of people who, for various reasons, enjoy touring mostly on bike trails (paths, greenways, etc.) We’d love to see some bike tour lists that include rides that are mostly on bike paths. For example, any bike & boat tour on the Moselle or Danube would have an option for bicycling mostly on bike paths since those two rivers have great bike paths along a majority of their route.
    Keep up the great work!!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! We’re glad you like our site–and (like us) bike paths and greenways. We’re actually working right now on a blog post with a list of top tours using primarily dedicated bike paths. In the meantime, here’s a short list for you: http://bit.ly/2pvmifF.

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