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Nine favorite bike tours for families with teens

Bicycle tours are a great way for your family to explore a region or country. Together you get a feel for a new terrain, the sights and smells, history, culture, and people—experiences that aren’t always possible from a train or rental car.

Here are factors we consider when recommending a tour for a family with teens:

  • Does the tour take place on dedicated bike paths? Or possibly quiet side roads?
  • Is the route grade flat or mostly flat?
  • Are the daily distances shorter (easier for shorter legs)?
  • Does the tour operator provide appropriate bikes and rental equipment for a variety of ages?
  • Does the tour possibly have educational value, enjoyable sites or attractions, non-cycling activities, or built-in rest days?

Traveling with kids a little younger? Check out the best family-friendly trips for pre-teens!

Way younger? Check out top tours for families with toddlers.

Younger AND older? Check out top tours for families with teens AND toddlers.

Is this your first family bike your? Read the 10 reasons your next family vacation should be by bike and our post on tips to get you ready.

Check out all family-friendly bike tours.

1. Lake Constance Bicycle Path

One of the most popular routes in Europe, this trip is perfect for families with teens, with shorter daily routes and stops along the way to view all the incredible sights. With some hilly paths, most of the tour is on level paths near the lake, providing a perfect activity level for you and your family to experience the old world castles, gothic-style castles, and Bavarian beauties, all with the amazing Alps as your backdrop.

2. Tauern Bike Path (Salzburg-Salzburg)

Tour the birthplace of Mozart, view the highest waterfalls in Europe, and explore the culturally-rich region with the family for an unforgettable trip. 80 percent of the route is made up of dedicated bike paths, and most of the trip runs on flat land alongside the Inn and Salzach Rivers. A great trip for teens!

3. Danube Family Tour 7 Nights

The name of this tour says it all– it was built for families! Jam-packed with family-friendly accommodations (some overnights even include pools!), fun activities (a ride on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel!), and a paved, virtually traffic-free route, this trip is great for families with teens. As an added bonus, you can opt out of some of the day’s ride and hop aboard the train or barge to take you in-between some points.

4. Mosel Bike Path: Dreamy Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz

This trip is perfect for history lovers, putting you right in the middle of historical Roman cities and villages. The tour is great for cyclists with even a little experience, running on mostly paved roads with minimal traffic. Your adventure will include plenty of stops at castles, scenic landscapes, and vineyards (grapes for the teens, wine for the adults!).

5. Ionian Islands Multi-sport Family Cruise

For the adventure-seeking family, the Ionian Islands tour includes a little something for everyone: biking (of course!), hiking, canoeing, swimming, and, if you want, some relaxing time on the motor yacht. Explore the breathtaking islands of Lefkas, Skorpios, and Cephalonia, and choose your own adventure, as you can stay aboard the boat or hike and bike along the paths safe for all ages.

6. Best of Holland Family Tour

Made especially for families, this tour is the perfect combination of spectacular sights and fun activities for all. You’ll see the train museum in Hoorn, a castle in Medemblik, and a nature reserve in Wieden and Weerribben. Accommodations on this trip are conveniently centrally-located, keeping you close to the city centers (and the food!), and the bike paths are mostly flat, along paved routes and cycle paths.

7. Lake Garda (based in one hotel)

Want the excitement of a bike tour and the convenience of staying in just one hotel? This is the trip for your family. Explore the Italian beauty of Trento, Verona, Brescia, and Mantua, each full of history, culture, and gelato, before heading back to the same hotel every evening. Most of the routes are free of heavy traffic, on cycle paths and even some country lanes.

8. Royal Zealand and Copenhagen

This tour showcases the best of Northeast Zealand. You will bike along lovely beaches, pass charming marinas, and visit important royal cities like Hillerød and Roskilde. Sand, sea, culture, and history combined with a lively, charming modern capital-–this tour has it all.

9. Connemara Lazy Days Cycling

The Connemara region is full of cultural and scenic must-sees, and this trip’s leisurely pace lets you experience them all. Natural wonders like Killary Fjord, Connemara National Park, Twelve Ben Mountain range will give you plenty to explore. This Irish-immersion is perfect for families who want a little extra time to explore, with shorter daily rides and low-traffic routes.

Still trying to decide? Check out our post on how to choose the best family bike vacation, and then take a look at our top 10 family-friendly bike tours.

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