Cycling is a brilliant way to travel – moving at a slower pace, you can engage more deeply with your. destination. Whether you want to challenge yourself or simply pootle along the flat, here are our favourite bike trips.
1. Cycle in Seoul, South Korea
Korea Cycle Tour, World Expeditions
Fitness required: Introductory to moderate – relatively easy countryside routes
How long? 9 days
World Expeditions have opened new cycle paths through the tranquil countryside of South Korea, exploring communities amid the blanket of natural forest. On the Korea Cycle Tour you’ll stay in a traditional mud-walled Hanok house, and in-between sampling delicious Korean cuisine, the trip will take you into the heart of Seoul for a night walk under the lights of the Han River Trail. A soak in the pools at Adong Hot Springs will soothe those aching leg muscles.
2. Pedal the Pan-Am: Central America
Cycle Central America, G Adventures
Fitness required: Good – a solid level of fitness is required for this itinerary
How long? 16 days
See Central America’s top spots with G Adventures – on the Cycle Central America tour you’ll pedal along parts of the iconic Pan America Highway through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Cross Lake Nicaragua and journey through the lush countryside until you reach Costa Rica’s highest volcano, Irazú, stopping at San Jose. You’ll cycle past sugarcane plantations, and raft downriver through the land of the Cabecar indigenous tribe to the Caribbean islands. In Panama, snorkel the crystal clear waters, cycle the highland tracks and explore Panama City.
3. Get active in Asia: Thailand: Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos
Cycle Bangkok to Saigon, Adventure Worldwide
Fitness required: Moderate – modest daily cycling distances
How long? 12 days
Adventure Worldwide’s Cycle Bangkok to Saigon trip does just what it says on the tin – to spectacular effect. You’ll explore remote parts of South-East Asia that you can’t get to by car or train, discovering remote villages surrounding Hanoi and experiencing traditional ways of life on a homestay in the Vietnamese hills.
4. Cycle the coast path: Lithuania
Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon, Regent Holidays
Fitness required: Good – and a generous dose of stamina for the long route
Want to blaze a trail? Head over to northern Europe for Lithuania’s first long-distance cycling route. You’ll make an epic journey on two wheels along 220km of Lithuanian coastline to reach the breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage sand dunes of the Curonian Split. Regent’s Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon trip will take you past the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Bay and the Nemunas River, though the country roads of Vente Cape and Rusne Island.
5. Cycle the Cape: South Africa
Western Cape by Bike, World Expeditions
Fitness required: Moderate – 35km to 90km days; regular breaks
Following a section of Route 62, World Expeditions’ Western Cape by Bike trip starts in the Stellenbosch vineyards. You’ll traverse the semi-arid Karoo desert and the orchards of the Koo Valley, and explore the Dutch village of Barrydale. You’re heading for the sea: to watch whales from Hermanus and to follow the coast to the Cape of Good Hope.