There’s more to the fall season than just indulging on pumpkin-flavored everything. It’s the perfect time of year to hop on the bike and cycle through cooler temps and stunning sites.
Take a look at nine of our favorite tours for this fall.
Riding through Hungary’s Balaton Uplands on a bicycle allows you to experience the area up-close-and-personal. You will discover extinct volcanoes, follow winding paths through hidden villages, and cycle through vineyards. Along the route, take a rest in the shadows of the historic walls and learn about battles, local heroes, and legends. Then, take a break from the bike to enjoy traditional Hungarian meals like goulash and homemade strudel. And don’t forget one of the highlights of this tour: the local wines!
Why pick one region in Europe to visit, when you can hit three in one tour? Cycle through Alsace, Baden, and the Palatinate on this seven-night tour, enjoying the history and mild climate of all three. Highlights of the tour include the Strasbourg Cathedral, the world-famous city of Heidelberg, and the beautiful views along the Old Rhine River.
Adventure through Prague, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Then you’re on to Cesky Krumlov, the Renaissance towns of Trebon and Telc, the vineyards of South Moravia, and the cultural centers of Znojmo and Mikulov. The tour spends its last night in Vienna, Austria.
The gentle, hilly landscape of Salzburg’s alpine foothills has a charm all of its own. You’ll cycle through beautiful landscapes, along wonderful lakes to the old imperial town of Bad Ischl. The tour spends time at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mondsee Castle, and the World Heritage site of Lake Hallstatt.
With 528 miles of blue waters, sandy beaches, and ideal Mediterranean temperatures (even into the fall months!), Portugal is the perfect cycling destination. This tour is designed for those looking for the right mix of natural beauty and history, with a healthy side portion of delicious food. You’ll explore the Natural Park of Serra d’Aire e Candeeiros and the beautiful region of Évora, a city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your evenings will be spent with chefs and locals, and you’ll learn to make wonderful Portuguese food.
Ease into fall with a little Swiss chocolate, Swiss cheese, and the stunning Swiss Alps. There is so much to love about this central European country, including its spectacular setting for bike tours. This tour will take you through the heart of Switzerland, where you’ll explore medieval towns, baroque villages, and the delightful scenery of Lucerne, Zurich, and Bern.
This ten-night cross-country tour is the ideal way to encounter Slovenia’s gems and natural beauty. You’ll begin in Bled, then will cycle towards the Bohinj Valley, high in the Julian Alps. Other tour highlights include the Triglav National Park, the Pokljuka High Plateau, the capital city of Ljubljana, vineyards in the Karst region, and the Lipizzaner horses.
Taste the best flavors of Sardinia on this seven-night tour. Try Sardinian olive oil, sample delicious wine, and don’t forget the scrumptious cheeses! You will prepare dishes from the renowned classic Sardinian cooking, like malloreddus, culurgiones, and fregola. When you’re not cooking up tasty meals, you’ll cycle through fantastic scenery, including the Montiferru of Arborea, the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharros, and the archaeological site of Barumini.
Smell the wonderfully refreshing salty breezes as you cycle along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. County Donegal is truly one of Ireland’s must-sees. Quiet roads help you explore one of the country’s least-known regions, including stops at Mount Errigal and the Donegal Highlands Glenveagh National Park