Top 10 bike and boat tours for 2021

As we look toward next year, we are filled with hope for travel and connection. Our bike and boat tours are the perfect way to get back in the saddle, with a healthy dose of relaxation on the side. 

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 2021, perfect for families, groups, and those who want the option to take a break from cycling during the trip.

1. Highlights of Dalmatia by Bike/E-bike and Boat

Tour South Dalmatia by bike and boat! Accompanied by a charming motor yacht, you’ll get to explore a sparsely populated part of Croatia. Highlights of the trip include the town centers of Split and Dubrovnik, which are listed as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Cycle the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, and Šipan, and experience the interaction of sea and land, culture and nature. Tour Croatia’s majestic islands from April to October.

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. Tours run March through October.

3. 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.

4. 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. Waltz the Danube from April through October.

5. 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 runs from April through October.

6. 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. This trip is not to be missed from April through October.

7. 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. This tour is available from late March through October.

8. Bordeaux by Bike and Boat: Castets-en-Dorthe to Fronsac (and reverse)

Cruise the Dordogne,Garonne, and Gironde Rivers and cycle through the French vineyards on carefully chosen to experience this region to the fullest! This tour cycles you through one of the most beautiful and beloved parts of France: the region of Bordeaux, one of the most prolific wine-growing regions in the world. Tours run from April to October.

9. Amsterdam – Gouda – Bruges by Bike and Boat

Holland and Belgium, united in one route. This tour combines the highlights of the Netherlands’ Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities of the Middle Ages on this bicycle tour. You’ll explore the picturesque Flemish countryside between the Belgian cities of Ghent and Bruges. And you’ll get to know a “Dutch Wonder of the World:” the Delta Works, evidence of the eternal battle against the waters of the sea. Tours are available from May through October.

10. Neckar and Rhine by Bike and Boat

Travel by bicycle and ship through picturesque Neckar, full of stunning castles, the charming narrow streets of the old town centers of Eberbach and Koblenz, and vineyards to sample a little wine of the region. Don’t forget “Father Rhine”, the Loreley rock, the city of Worms, and the many museums in Mainz. Tours run from June through September.

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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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