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Copenhagen Amsterdam Paris 2018

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Friday 06 July, 2018 to Sunday 29 July, 2018

ebike cycle tourJoin AllTrails in 2018 on our legendary, annual European expedition!

We begin this all-new route in Copenhagen, Denmark, arguably one of the most cycling friendly countries in Europe. As we wind our way through the flat, cycle-friendly terrain of north east Europe you will discover a route featuring historic destinations including Hamburg, Amsterdam, Gouda, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges before crossing into France and finishing in Paris, city of lights, in time to enjoy the buzz of the Champs Elysees finish of the TDF. Highlights off the bike include a boat trip around Hamburg port, a canal cruise and food tour in Amsterdam, a brewery visit and tasting in Bruge as well as a guided walk of the city, a tour of the inspirational Roubaix Velodrome and a visit to Villers-Bretonneux in the 100th anniversary year since the allied forces recaptured the town. This amazing tour will take in some wonderful locations on and off the well-trodden tourist path (with a few cobblestones thrown in for good measure).

The tour includes all accommodation and breakfasts, 16 group dinners, all tours as outlined above, champagne toast in the heart of Paris, jersey, experienced local guides, support vehicle, maps and route assistance, daily luggage transfers, bike mechanic assistance and plenty of bonhomie!

The annual AllTrails European Expedition ensures that you get to see some of the best highlights of Europe. Yet what you’ll remember most will be a picturesque village, or an afternoon spent with your tour friends reliving the days ride over an aperitif, or a section of breathtaking cycling through the countryside, or the hospitality of our fantastic local tour leaders. That’s why exploring with us on the annual AllTrails expedition is the best European cycle touring you will ever do.

Book today or give us a call on 03 9802 4465 – we look forward to having a chat.

Our Rome to Paris ride featured in New York’s Mens Journal as one of the 3 top global epic long distance cycle tours

Why Choose AllTrails for Your European Cycling Trip?
Experts: No short-cuts! Famous for extensive experience, preparation and organisation
Service: Our owners are on tour with you, along with outstanding local guides
Quality: From great accom & meals to our local guides’ knowledge and advice
Support: Our Australian-based office is your easy-to-contact place to call for any questions
Camaraderie: AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community
The tour at a glance
Dates:
6-18 Jul Copenhagen to Amsterdam (12 nts)
18-29 Jul Amsterdam to Paris (11 nts)
Duration:
BOTH TOURS:
23 nights, 24 days
3 rest days
1 pre-tour day, 1 post-tour day
(SINGLE TOUR: 12/11 nights)
Distance: 1600 km approx
Ave. Daily: 80-90 km approx
Bike Type:
Road Bike or hybrid (BYO or hire)
Terrain:
Good bitumen roads, bike paths
Group Size:
Approx 15-30
Difficulty Rating:
6.5/10 (flat, a few days 100km+)
Accom.:
3 to 4 star hotels
Meals:
23 breakfasts, 16 dinners
Price:
See ‘Pricing’ tab
(book by Dec 31, save up to $250)
Deposit:
$800

Check out some footage from our Rome to Paris rides:

Highlights

Leg 1 Highlights – Copenhagen to Amsterdam:

  • Experience Copenhagen – the ‘poster-city’ for cycling integrated into lifestyle
  • Lovely bike paths and gentle riding in Denmark and the Netherlands
  • Beautiful cycling around Rodvig on the Baltic Sea
  • Beer factory of Maribo
  • Lubeck UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Niederegger Marzipan – some of the best in the world
  • Rest Day Habour Cruise in Hamburg
  • Amsterdam’s canals, culture, art and architecture

Leg 2 Amsterdam to Paris:

  • Rest day food & canal tour Amsterdam
  • Gouda (yes, the place of the famous cheese)
  • Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges
  • Rest Day Brewery Tour Bruges
  • Visit to the famous Roubaix Velodrome
  • Villers Bretonneux Australian War Memorial
  • Finish in Paris with a champagne toast
  • Finish in Paris a day before the Tour de France arrival

Imagine waking up in a beautiful little European hotel, the breakfast presented beautifully and tasting even better, before mounting your road bike and heading off over the hills or perhaps making your way through rolling countryside with a group of other like-minded cyclists. We have recommended meeting points up the road for your morning tea and lunch stops so that you can cycle with other riders of the same speed if you wish, or go at your own pace, navigating by chalk arrows on the ground, or a GPS if you have one. You will also see a support vehicle 2-5 times per day as they drive the route to ensure cyclist safety and pick up cyclists if required.

The terrain on this tour is relatively flat all the way, however there are a few long days of 100km+ to provide a good challenge. Tour Leaders will work with the group before each day to identify pickup and drop off points for those who may not wish to ride the entire day’s route and would like to relax and absorb the scenery from the bus. Cyclists don’t have to ride in a group – the route is marked and suggested cafes and towns are pointed out for your snack and lunch stops but you are free to ride and stop where you wish.

For tour participants who can cycle at an average speed of 20-25kph on flat terrain we expect a normal day’s cycling to finish between 12-3pm where you will then have the afternoon and long summer evenings to explore the village or relax at the hotel. An evening meal is often provided, leaving other evenings for your choice of meal and restaurants.

The memories forged on a trip like this will last forever. Call us today to book or ask for a DVD of our past European rides for a great insight into what this tour will be like. 03 9802 4465.

European Cycle Tour

Whether you’re on the bike coasting past the windmills of the Netherlands or through the countryside in rural France, kicking back on a brewery tour in Bruge, experiencing a food and canal tour of Amsterdam, stepping out onto the famous Roubaix Velodrome or learning about some of the history of Villers Bretonneux on its 100th anniversary – this tour has an itinerary that gets the blood pumping with excitement. From the moment you join the city of cyclists in Copenhagen at the start of the ride, until you raise your glass in a champagne toast in Paris as you prepare to watch the Tour de France cyclists arrive on the Champs Elysees, you will experience some of the best European experiences on offer all wrapped up into an easy, fun and rewarding cycling holiday.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)

Copenhagen (pre-tour) -- NA -- Fri 6 Jul 2018 -- - - D A
Day 1 (pre tour) Highlights: World-renowned bicycle-friendly city, Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park, the statue of The Little Mermaid, the freetown of Christiania.

Copenhagen is a wonderful place to start this tour. We suggest arriving at least a few days early to make the most of your time here and to ‘see the sights’. Note that our pre tour hotels often sell out quickly so it is a good idea to book early. The Danes are well known for their love of bicycling and Copenhagen is renowned for cycling infrastructure that cities across the world are trying to emulate. With over 390km of designated bike lanes, it is truly a cyclist heaven. The world also looks to Copenhagen for the latest innovations in design, architecture, fashion and savours the extraordinary culinary revolution that has taken place here over the last decade.

Copenhagen to Rødvig -- 80km -- Sat 7 Jul 2018 -- B - D A
Day 2 Highlights: Kalvebod Fælled, Mosede Fort & Beach, Køge oldest half-timbered house in Denmark

You’ll leave Copenhagen on one of its many extraordinary bike paths to the Kalvebod Fælled nowadays one of the biggest recreational areas around Copenhagen. Stop for lunch in Køge, a century-old market town with an impressive medieval section surrounding the central square which is home to the oldest half-timbered house in Denmark. Continue cycling south, past Stevens Klint to our hotel on the Baltic beach of Rødvig.

Rødvig to Maribo -- 100km -- Sun 8 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 3 Highlights: Præstø Fjord, pedal over a 3 km bridge, beer factory

Continue pedaling southeast today through rural Denmark and then along the Præstø Fjord, one of the many fjords in the area that features salt marshes. Further along, we’ll leave the Seeland peninsula and cross over onto Lolland Island, the fourth largest island in Denmark and mostly one of transit as it is the closest to Germany. Enjoy a freshly poured beer in our destination town of Maribo which boasts its own brewery.

Maribo to Baltic Sea Coast -- 75km -- Mon 9 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 4 Highlights: Goodbye Denmark and hello Germany, ferry to Fehmarn Island, Baltic Sea Coast

A short 20km ride brings us to the port town of Rodby where we’ll catch a ferry leaving Denmark and entering Germany via the Femer Bælt! From the small island of Fehmarn, we’ll join the mainland to then pedal another 50km south to our hotel near the East German Baltic Sea Coast.

Baltic Sea Coast to Lübeck -- 55km -- Tue 10 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 5 Highlights: Coastal riding, Lübeck – Queen of the Hanseatic

Ride along the beach and enjoy the waterfront of the Timmendorfer Strand before heading inland to Lübeck. Before entering town, you’ll catch a free shuttle bus that takes you through the Herrentunnel underneath the Trave river. Lübeck is referred to as the Queen of Hanseatic cities. Its extensive Brick Gothic architecture is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. And make sure you enjoy Lübeck’s beloved delicacy – some of the best marzipan in the world made by Niederegger.

Lübeck to Hamburg -- 70km -- Wed 11 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 6 Highlights: Hamburg

‘The gateway to the world’ might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and largest port (despite being located on a river 100 km from the coast) has never been sleepy. Hamburg has engaged in international business trade since joining the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages, and this ‘harbourpolis’ is now the nation’s premier media hub and its wealthiest city.

Hamburg Rest Day -- NA -- Thu 12 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 7 Highlights: Guided harbor cruise of the Hamburg Port

Enjoy a harbor cruise this morning and some free time to visit some of the local attractions like the impressive Rathaus (city hall) or one of the museums in the newly popular warehouse district. Or perhaps you’d like some shopping in the main streets around the train station, or a stroll along the Alster River and harbor to see the bustle.

Hamburg to Bremen -- 115km -- Fri 13 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 8 Highlights: Elbe River, Altes Land, Bremen

We’ll leave Hamburg along the Elbe River to then turn south into the “Altes Land,” or Old Country, reclaimed marshland which is now fertile farmland, producing apples and cherries. Notice the small villages and farm houses with richly decorated half-timbered houses that characterize the region. Our destination is the city state of Bremen, important both historically as a hotly contested city-state between the Holy Roman Empire and Sweden in the 17th Century. In modern day Germany it is one of the largest cities of the area. Bremen is also famous for the Brothers Grimm tale ostensibly set there (The Town Musicians of Bremen) even if in the fairy tale the animal musicians never actually make it to Bremen!

Bremen to Cloppenburg -- 85km -- Sat 14 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 9 Highlights: Oldenburg Schloss, Ahlhorner Fischteiche nature reserve

It’s a relaxing ride west to Oldenburg where you might want to enjoy coffee and a thick slice of German cake in the pedestrian city center. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to the Oldenburg castle, home to the Oldenburg monarchs until 1918. Continue south through rural countryside and the Ahlhorner Fischteiche nature reserve with its small ponds and opportunities for bird-watching. Once at our destination, the small town of Cloppenburg, take time to visit the oldest outdoor museum village in Germany. Try to watch some of the Tour de France on TV this afternoon and tomorrow as the cyclists roll around the Amiens, Arras, Roubaix region – we will be rolling through the same places in 10 days time.

Cloppenburg to Coevorden -- 105km -- Sun 15 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 10 Highlights: Cross the German-Dutch border, Coevorden

Today you’ll start your ride in Germany and end in the Netherlands, cycling along quiet country roads and bike paths. As we exit Germany, we’ll cross the Ems river and its delta. Keep your eyes peeled for an “auf wiedersehen” and a “welkom” sign as they are the only indicators that you are crossing from one country to another! Our destination, Coevorden was reconstructed as an ideal Renaissance city in the 17th century.

Coevorden to Kampen -- 70km -- Mon 16 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 11 Highlights: Dutch bike paths, Zwolle, Kampen

Pedal along the famous Dutch network of bike paths which make the Netherlands one of the most cycling-friendly countries in the world. Visit the small city of Zwolle (“hill” in old Dutch), built on a hill in between four rivers. Continue pedaling to one of the best-preserved city centers in the Netherlands, the Hanseatic city of Kampen. The City center was built on the banks of the Ijssel River, a Dutch branch of the Rhine river. Stroll around town to visit the ancient city walls and gates, as well as the numerous ancient buildings and churches spanning from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

Kampen to Amsterdam -- 110km -- Tue 17 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 12 Highlights: Waterfront riding, bike paths, Amsterdam

We’ll ride due west today following small bike paths that border inlets from the North Sea that spread deep into the Netherlands, reminding us that many parts of the country are at, or below, sea level and that water management is crucial here. We’ll finish the day in Amsterdam, a magical city built on canals. Our hotel overlooks the IJ, the body of water that acts as Amsterdam’s “waterfront” and that connects the North Sea to the interior’s water ways. We’ll enjoy a walk and dinner tonight together.

Amsterdam Rest Day -- NA -- Wed 18 July 2018 -- B L - A
Day 13 Highlights: Canal and boat tour of Jordaan neighborhood, the city

Today we welcome our riders joining the second stage of this tour and farewell those who may be leaving us after the first stage. Enjoy a leisurely morning and then meet up for a unique food and canal tour of the city, where we will taste a variety of Dutch specialties and getting a tour of the Jordaan neighborhood by boat. You’ll have time this afternoon to visit any number of the city’s attractions – between museums like the Anne Frank house, canals, quaint neighborhoods, hip locales and lively night scene there is plenty to explore. If you are arriving early to Amsterdam for stage 2 or staying a little longer after stage 1 please book early as our tour hotel often sells out quickly.

Amsterdam to Gouda -- 90km -- Thu 19 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 14 Highlights: Hollandic Waterline defense system, Utrecht, Gouda

Follow bike paths out of Amsterdam and head into the region of the Hollandic Waterline, a defense system born in the 17th Century where castles and military forts could be used to turn Holland into an island to keep out invaders through integrated systems of flooding. A century later the water froze creating a bridge for the French army to attack. Our first stop of the day is the tiny, quaint center of Utrecht and its unique bars dug into old working tunnels. Enjoy lunch at one of these outdoor cafès before heading to Gouda (pronounced Gowda), famous for its orange cheese. Enjoy a visit to the town’s cheese museum before dinner together tonight.

Gouda to Antwerp -- 120km -- Fri 20 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 15 Highlights: Kinderdijk Windmills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antwerp

Leave early today to enjoy time at a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site along our route: Kinderdijk. Nineteen majestic windmills align to form a memorable and stunning sight. After exploring here keep pedaling south through Dordrecht to reach Antwerp, historically known as the city of diamonds but also birthplace of the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. Our hotel is centrally located so that you can visit the famous painter’s art in the city’s cathedral, the historic city center, or the diamond district. The Red Star Line Museum is a bit further out but well worth the effort. The museum documents the time when 2 million emigrants shipped off to North America between 1873 and 1934.

Antwerp to Ghent -- 55km -- Sat 21 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 16 Highlights: Antwerp, Ghent, Jan van Eyck’s “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”

A short ride permits a late start as we leave Antwerp and head west through historic marshes. These marshes provided fodder for sheep and Ghent became one of the richest cities in the world during the Middle Ages because of its wool industry. While not as wealthy as it once was, this lively university city is still one of the prettiest cities in Belgium. Admire its traditional tall Flemish buildings towering over the small streets and plazas.

Ghent to Bruges -- 50km -- Sun 22 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 17 Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site Medieval City Center of Bruges

Another short ride today takes us to Ghent’s historic and cultural rival Bruges and its city center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the canals that were once main arteries of the city and don’t miss a visit to the medieval square and City Hall which features the fantastic architecture that characterizes this unique city. Bruges is bustling with sites to see including the stepped gable houses, market square with the belfort, and historic neighborhoods such as the “Beguinage”, an architectural complex created to house a community of lay women from the 13th century.

Bruges Rest Day -- NA -- Mon 23 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 18 Highlights: City Walking Tour. Brewery Visit

We’ll enjoy a leisurely guided walk of the city as well as a visit to the city’s brewery. Although not one of the elite Trappist breweries present in the country, we’ll learn about how this important export is made and imbibe in some tasty samples. A fitting part of a rest day in Belgium.

Bruges to Roubaix -- 75km -- Tue 24 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 19 Highlights: Cycling West Flanders, Kortrijk, Roubaix velodrome visit

We’ll leave Bruges today and head south through West Flanders. One of Europe’s most densely populated areas, this region is known for its ferocious WWI battles, and its beer. We will pass by important historical towns like Kortrijk along the way and enjoy a lunch amidst the Medieval and Renaissance architecture before continuing into northern France. This industrial area is also known for its famous one day bike race the Paris-Roubaix. We’ll enjoy a guided visit to the Roubaix velodrome where the race has ended every year since 1943.

Roubaix to Arras -- 83km -- Wed 25 July 2018 -- B - - A
Day 20 Highlights: Paved cobblestones of Roubaix, Douai, Medieval city of Arras

10 days ago the Tour de France cyclists rode from Arras to Roubaix, today we do it in the opposite direction (and a slightly easier route!). We’ll ride a few of the cobblestone streets that characterize the annual Paris-Roubaix bike race, before returning to pavement to continue our ride around Lille and then south to Douai and Arras. In Arras check out the amazing belfry, listed since 2005 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy the impressive Town Hall, or visit the underground maze 10 meters below ground, or visit the Roman city ruins before enjoying one of the town’s restaurants or café’s.

Arras to Amiens -- 85km -- Thu 26 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 21 Highlights: Australian WWI Memorial and Museum at Villers Bretonneux, Amiens

We’ll cycle south today and cross the Somme River, the site of multiple deadly battles in WWI, a war that devastated this region of northern France. We’re headed to Villers-Bretonneux where Australians erected a WWI memorial commemorating their fallen military personnel. This town was the site of two battles in 1918 that heavily impacted the Australian regiment and has forever tied the small town to Australia. The local school quadrangle is decorated with Aboriginal-painting style motifs and a large overhead banner reads ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. 2018 marks the 100th year anniversary of these battles, and if you wish, you can spend time at the memorial and at the museum in town before riding or shuttling the final 20km to our hotel in Amiens.

Amiens to Beauvais -- 70km -- Fri 27 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 22 Highlights: Amiens, UNESCO Site Gothic Cathedral, the newly formed French region “Hauts-de-France”, Beauvais

We can enjoy a later start this morning to explore Amiens, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gothic Cathedral, and the Jules Verne museum at the prolific author’s former home. We’ll pedal south, departing Amiens via the road that the Tour de France cyclists arrived in on 10 days ago. This is one of France’s newest regions, the “Hauts-de-France” which was formed in 2014 and named in 2016, and is composed of two smaller regions. On our way to Beauvais, heavily damaged in both WWI and WWII, we’ll cycle through a mix of agricultural and wooded areas. Today the city is known for its airport, Paris Beauvais, which is a major hub for low cost airlines. The city center does merit a visit.

Beauvais to Paris -- 115km -- Sat 28 July 2018 -- B - D A
Day 23 Highlights: Seine River, Arc de Triomphe, Paris

We continue south to enter Paris passing by two natural parks following the Oise River before meeting up with the Seine River at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, built at the confluence of the two rivers. A mix of hidden bike paths and larger city streets will bring us into the center of Paris where we’ll enjoy a champagne toast celebrating our arrival before a festive dinner together near our hotel.

Paris Tour de France arrival -- NA -- Sun 29 July 2018 -- B - - -
Day 24 Highlights: Tour de France finish

This morning the tour officially finishes after breakfast but the fun is far from over – in just a few hours the Tour de France arrives! Today you can wander the streets and see the sights of this wonderful city and, as an optional extra, you can participate in the historic race finale by choosing from various companies who offer tour-end viewing packages (ask us for more details). Others are scouting around, grabbing their best vantage points for the last day of the great race as it enters the city. Others may choose to avoid the hullabaloo and visit the many sites this amazing city offers! If you wish to stay longer in our Paris hotel we can give you the contact details and some preferred booking rates (this hotel often sells out, so please book early – see ‘pricing’ tab on our website for more).

Pricing

Included:

  • Great accommodation including:
    • 1 night pre tour (Copenhagen)
    • 2 nights mid tour (Amsterdam)
    • 1 night post tour (Paris)
  • 23 breakfasts (full tour)
  • 16 evening meals (full tour)
  • Brewery Tour (Belgium)
  • Food & Canal Tour (Amsterdam)
    • Canal tour included in Stage 2, optional extra Stage 1
  • Harbour Cruise (Hamburg)
  • Tour of Roubaix Velodrome
  • Tour of Villers Bretonneux Australian War Memorial
  • Champagne toast in Paris
  • Copenhagen to Paris cycling jersey
  • Tips & gratuities for Tour Leaders included
  • Experienced, professional, bilingual local guides
  • Support vehicles, maps and directions
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit on booking ($800)
  • Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of package cost less deposit paid)
  • Balance 6 April 2018 (3 months before the tours begin)

Copenhagen to Amsterdam
Until 31 Dec From 1 Jan
Twin share pp AUD $6370 $6490
Single room AUD $7160 $7280
Amsterdam to Paris
Twin share pp AUD $6070 $6190
Single room AUD $6960 $7080
Copenhagen to Paris (incl multi-tour discount)
Twin share pp AUD $11,940 $12,190
Single room AUD $13,620 $13,870

Travelling on your own? If you wish to share, you can go on our Twin Share Request List. There is a good chance that we will be able to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender. If not, the single supp price will apply which will give you your own room for the entire tour – contact us to have a chat and check twin share availability.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Bike hire (recommended): Single stage $325; Both stages $450 (e-bike $700) More hire bike info here.

Pre and post tour accom: Click the link here for more details about our start and finish hotels if you would like to arrive earlier or stay longer. You need to book this direct with the hotels. OFTEN VERY LIMITED, PLEASE BOOK EARLY.

Canal & Food Tour (Amsterdam). This is included in Stage 2. If you are travelling on Stage 1 only you may purchase this as an optional extra (highly recommended). $175

Tour de France Final Day Paris Package: Want to make the most of your Tour de France experience in Paris? We have arrangements with an American tour company offering a limited number of final day packages available to watch the Tour de France. Options include various catered hospitality marquees and grandstands on the Champs Elysees. Select the option on the online booking form to register your interest and we will send you the details (paid direct to tour company – not to AllTrails).

Freight and storage: for those bringing own bike in hard shelled or large bike boxes/bags there will be some costs for freighting and storage. Approx EUR50-200. Final price TBA, to be paid direct on tour.

AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. $20

AllTrails cycling jersey. Brand new stock and new style/fit/design. Choose from two colours: “The Classic” famous AllTrails orange, or the new light blue “Stripes” design. $65

AllTrails cycling cap. Matching the light blue “Stripes” design. $20

AllTrails water bottle. Classic AllTrails orange colour, BPA free, made in Australia. $10

AllTrails draw-string day-bag. Ideal for keeping your things together in the tour vehicle. $5

Link to AllTrails merchandise PDF

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Training for a long distance tour

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. If you can sit on an average speed of 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 100km + a day for 2 days straight, that will usually put you in a good position to be ready for most of our long distance tours. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.

Sharing a room as a solo traveller

We often have cyclists come on our rides who are travelling alone. If so, you may pay the Single Supplement price to have your own room, or you can put your name on our ‘Twin Share Request List’ and we will pair you with another solo traveller of the same gender in twin share accommodation if we have another similar request. There is a good chance that we will be able to partner you up with somebody else. If not, the single supp price will apply which will give you your own room for the entire tour. Contact us anytime to have a chat and check twin share availability – we may already have a match for you.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear if it’s threatening, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, day packs, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Changing or cancelling a tour

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and overseas.  Ages generally range from 30 – 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.

Travel insurance for international rides

Yes, yes, yes. Make sure that you are covered for every country that you are travelling to and ensure that you are covered from and including the day you leave and arrive back home. Due to the nature of our rides we are sometimes in remote areas during the course of a ride. Ensure that you have medical insurance that would cover the cost of a helicopter ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital.
We also recommend getting your travel insurance in place immediately after you book your ride so that you are covered for any events which may lead to you having to cancel your trip.

Visa for Europe?

We will send you a Pre Departure Info document upon booking with more details on all aspects of your travel including visas – let us know if you would like us to send you the document now. In general, if you are on an ordinary Australian passport with no special circumstances (eg. criminal convictions) no visa is required when travelling for holiday purposes for a length of time under 90 days in the European Schengen Area. This means that entry to one country gives you entry to them all. Be aware that the 90 day limit runs concurrently across the whole of the Schengen zone and the countdown begins when entering any of the signatory countries. It does not reset when travelling into another country covered by the Schengen agreement. This is important if you are considering staying in Europe before or after the ride for more than 90 days total. A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the representatives of the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact your nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. For Australian passport holders, additional advice can be found on the Smartraveller website www.smartraveller.gov.au.

Bike Hire in Europe

Yes, you can hire a bike and we encourage you to do so. Hiring a bike will help you avoid hassles that arise on occasion with travelling on airlines with bicycles and also leave you free to enjoy pre and post tour travel without a bicycle as luggage. For those bringing their own bike, note that we may need to transfer bike bags and hard case bike boxes to the end of your ride at your own expense – contact us for more info. Our local operators have a great range of light weight titanium Van Nicholas hire bikes, which are high quality road bikes with drop down or flat handlebars. It’s your choice to add a small rack on the back for camera, jacket and any other personal items. You can also bring your own seat to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’ and/or pedals if you wish. Click here for more info on hire bikes.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:

Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.

Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.

Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 23mm or 25mm width.

Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth)and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.

Safe cycling in Europe?

European motorists have a great reputation for being cyclist-considerate. We at AllTrails have a great safety record however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the side of the road where possible. You will also be briefed before each day’s ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.

Meals and food in Europe

Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Our emphasis is on fresh local food and a balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and veggies catering for a cycling holiday. We always try to include as many local specialties, delicacies and flavours as possible and our local team can successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. We provide daily quality breakfasts and most dinners. You will generally purchase your own lunches and some evening meals however there are plenty of great bakeries and cafes along the way for you to pick up lunches and snacks as you wish (our team will give you recommendations).

Accommodation in Europe

Accommodation of the most suitable standard is chosen on research trips of the route. All rooms have en suite facilities, and are usually at least a 3 star level but in the bigger towns we can source some 4 star properties. In the smaller villages or more rural areas we often get lovely and interesting accommodation full of character and personality. We choose accommodation that is bicycle friendly, with good restaurants and near to town centres.

Weather in Europe

The tour has been specifically scheduled to run at the same time as the Tour de France so it’s in the middle of summer. Previous years experience suggests that some days will be very hot and you may get the odd day of rain, however most days should be beautiful weather. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.worldweather.org

Packing for Europe

Limit your luggage to two medium-sized pieces. The best combination is a medium-sized suitcase on wheels and a small or medium carry-on bag, such as a backpack or a small duffel bag. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and kept to a reasonable minimum. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Most economy class flights booked through Travel Agents (domestic and international) have a luggage limit of 20 kilograms per person and usually this can include your bike if you are not renting one in Europe. You will be required to carry your own luggage at times so you should be capable of carrying your own bags up and down stairs. A good guide is to try to keep it under 15kg. If you are doing lots of shopping during your travels, it may be necessary for you to forward any excess to the city where your journey concludes, or ship purchases directly home.

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.

Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.

To find the terms & conditions of this ride:

  • Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
  • Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink