Discovering a destination from the saddle can be truly rewarding, whether tackling gentle pathways or arduous ascents. So take on your own two-wheeled tour with our guide to the top 10 cycling destinations...
With its exotic Asian landscapes and mellow pace of life, Burma is one of the hottest destinations of 2012. Live like a local and explore its hidden temples, curious leg-rowing fishermen of the Intha people and hill tribes from behind the handlebars — you'll quickly understand why it's attracting travellers in such numbers to this treasure of South-East Asia.
Look at our Cycle Holiday Burma
Combine the hustle of Marrakech with the quiet solitude of its hinterland, from remote oases and evocative hilltop kasbahs to ancient Berber villages. With year-round sunshine, it's an ideal destination to be explored on two wheels. And descending down the slopes of the High Atlas, past nomadic life that's remained unchanged for centuries, is unforgettable. Check out our Cycling Holiday Morocco
or a One Week Cycle in Spain and Morocco.
What better way to burn off all that exquisite Italian cuisine than with a cycling trip to Tuscany. With it being viticulture country, you'll pass numerous vineyards and villages for wine tasting, before negotiating rolling forested landscapes and the beauty of Siena, the intriguing medieval city.
Take a Cycle Holiday to Tuscany
Mallorca is so much more than boisterous bars and tacky resorts. Beyond Magaluf, the island is a veritable feast of Spanish idyll, from backstreet tapas bars and wild beaches. Heading inland on a bike will reveal the foothills of the Campanet Valley and the mountain villages and remote monastery at Lluc, while riding along the Formentor Peninsula will expose some of the greatest coastal views on the island.
Take a Cycling Week in Catalonia
Go off-road and discover why Iceland is 'the land of fire and ice'. Glimpse its big and beautiful scenery, from the lunar landscapes of Mælifellssandur's highland desert to the white flanks of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. It's also a chance to get back to nature by sleeping beneath canvas and bathing in natural hot springs.
Take a look at our Cycling Holiday in Iceland
This Eastern European country may not be the first to spring to mind when you think of cycling destinations, but its rolling green landscapes, cliff-cut paths and timber-frame villages make it ideal for cyclists. Head south and follow the Bialka, a mountain river flowing into the Dunajec, for close encounters of its folk culture, distinctive architecture and natural wonders..
Check out our Cycling Week in Poland
While technological advances has meant mopeds and motorbikes are now the transport of choice, the presence of standard two-wheelers is still very much felt. Hit the roads from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, running the length of the country, for endless views of the coast, lush paddy fields and the Mekong Delta.
Check out our Easy Cycling in Vietnam
8. South Africa
Discover winelands and whales on a two-wheeled tour of South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Don't miss a ride along its famous Garden Route, named after its vivid green landscape — a stark contrast to the semi-desert-like conditions further inland. Running along the southern Indian Ocean coastline, this beautiful region is best discovered at your own pace, from the vineyards of Stellenbosch, to the whale migrations of humpbacks off towns such as Hermanus.
Try a Cycling Tour of South Africa's Western Cape
9. Sri Lanka
The land of cave temples, cloud forest and coastal charms is on the bucket list of many a traveller and with good reason. From its golden beaches to its atmospheric central highlands, this beguiling destination is best explored on two wheels; you can ride at your own pace while covering a large part of the island. Burn buns of steel on the trails of the Knuckles Range, before taking time out to spot leopard in Yala National Park..
Check out Cycling Through Sri Lanka
Cruising around Havana in a vintage car may be the quintessential Cuban experience. Yet glimpsing life from behind the handlebars can be so much more revealing. Discover the time-warp feel of Havana on two wheels before heading inland to the nature reserve park of Topes de Collantes. Deep in the Escambray Mountains, it's laced with coffee plantations, traditional farmhouses and gushing waterfalls.
Why not try Cycle the Backroads of Cuba
Don't forget cycle hire is included in all our trips. These are just some of the trips we offer, take a look at our full range of Cycling Tours