Cycling destinations to keep your saddle warm this winter

Winter doesn’t have to mean taking a break from cycling. In fact, it’s a wonderful time to explore a locale in an oftentimes less crowded season.

Here are some of our most popular winter bike tours, offering great cycling, (sometimes) warm weather, unique culture, and charming villages and towns.

Check out all of our warm-your-saddle winter cycling options here!


Croatian Vineyards and Villages of Undiscovered Istria

Trade the white snow of winter for the blue waters of the Adriatic. Croatia, with its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves, and gentle rivers provide the perfect location for a winter bike tour. Immerse yourself into the history and culture of the region, which includes delicious Istrian wines like the Malvasia and Teran. Cheers!

The Cotswolds and Stonehenge

Tour the popular World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Bath, and Blenheim Palace. You’ll start the nine-night journey in charming Oxford, and then will travel on to Stratford on Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You’ll cycle past landmark after historic landmark on the English excursion, with plenty of time to explore the quaint villages and hamlets that dot the area.

Sardinia: A Mine of Memories

Hills peppered with towns, temples, and old forts fill this southwestern region of Sardinia, at once home to a craggy coastline and beautiful beaches. You’ll tour the Sinis Peninsula, home to the ancient ruins of Tharros. Explore the ancient mines of Sulcis and check out the Costa del Sud, with its stunning scenic views.

Douro Wine Country: Terraced Vineyards and Picturesque Villages

A six-night tour built for those cyclists with a little more experience in the saddle, this Portuguese holiday will have you sipping on some of the region’s finest wines. You’ll cycle by the wine villages of Provesende, Pinhão, and Peso da Régua by the river. You’ll also cycle to vineyards, wine cellars, taste some of the best port and Douro wines, and discover traces of the early history of Portugal, staying two nights in the same hotel in order to get a deeper knowledge of the area.

Loch Lomond to Edinburgh: Lakes and Valleys of Scotland

With stunning beauty at seemingly every turn, this tour is a delight. You’ll cycle the shores of Loch Lomond, head through the beautiful Trossachs National Park, and make your way to the Pitlochry in the Highlands and onto Edinburgh. Forests alternate with sheep clad slopes, isolated hamlets, classic Scottish towns, castles, and distilleries where you can stop for a “wee dram.” Feasts for real foodies await too; not only is this area of Scotland known for its beauty, landscape, and wildlife but recently its cuisine has been garnering attention.

Andalusia: Southern Spain from Vibrant Seville to Coastal Cádiz

You’ll start your six-night tour cycling through Sevilla, full of character and color. Then it’s on to the hilltop town of Carmona, where you’ll find old churches, palaces, and an imposing Arab fortress, The Alcazar. You’ll forget all about “winter” in sun-drenched Spain, full of fields of sunflowers and olive groves and beautiful sandy beaches.

 

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