Categories: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain

Looking for a Getaway in June or July?

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What are you doing this summer? Whether you’re looking for a laid-back bike and barge tour where you can settle into the same cabin each night after cycling the Netherlands and Belgium by day, or if you’d prefer to cycle in Spain and discover Catalonia’s culinary artistry and stunning history, we’ve got you covered! Speaking of gastronomy, if your taste buds lean Italian, look no further than our Bike Across Italy tour. Stunning mountains, lakes and intriguing local history await in Austria and Slovenia – be sure to check your camera’s available memory before embarking on this journey.

Bike Across Italy – Venice to Pisa

This is it – the classic bicycle tour that we started with back in 1972! We begin in romantic Venice, make stops in the great art cities of Ferrara, Ravenna & Florence, and end with a ride to the Mediterranean coast in Pisa. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gourmet meals from two of Italy’s best culinary regions (Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany), take in local markets, and discover a side of Italy seldom seen by tourists. You’ll also visit “the farm” our European headquarters (it’s been in Paola Malpezzi-Price’s family for more than 100 years) for a light lunch and a close-up look at rural life in Italy.

Highlights: Gourmet meals, Faenza and the Malpezzi family farm, Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Tuscany’s countryside, Venice, Ravenna and Ferrara, Guided visit of UNESCO WHS Villa Badoer.

2019 *June departure dates:

Bike Across Italy – Venice to Pisa (12-day)

Jun 23-Jul 4

Bicycling Venice to Florence (8-day)

Jun 2-9 – sold out

Jun 23-30

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Bicycling Catalonia’s Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona

Home to some of Spain’s most iconic cities and famous characters, Catalonia is a one of a kind destination. With a history as diverse as the territory and a cultural identity and language of its own, this Spanish community will delight and fascinate. Join us on a 12-day bicycle tour beginning in Girona, one of the most fought after towns in all of Spanish history. We’ll pedal east towards the rugged Costa Brava and through the rolling hills of the Empordà region – dotted with Roman ruins and medieval towns. Our journey continues through hidden fishing villages, quiet towns, and through wine country on our way to Figueres, Salvador Dali’s birthplace. We’ll cycle west towards the foothills of the Pyrenees through nature reserves and to ancient Roman spa towns before looping south. Our journey ends on a 10-mile bicycle path finishing in the heart of Barcelona.

Highlights: Barcelona, Garrtoxa Volcanic Natural Area, Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum, Medieval Villages, Costa Brava Beaches, Vic, Extraordinary food – Girona has more restaurants with Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world

2019 *June departure dates:

Bicycling Catalonia’s Costa Brava (8-day)

Jun 20-27

Bicycling Catalonia’s Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona (12-day)

Jun 20-Jul 1

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Bike and Barge: Amsterdam to Bruges Plus! Belgium’s Breweries

On this bike and barge tour you will discover the southern region of Zeeland in the Netherlands, finally dipping into the West Flanders region of Belgium. By day you’ll bicycle through regions known for the phenomenal sightseeing and cycling terrain. You will travel between the world famous cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges and visit iconic places including Gouda and the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. Delve deep into local culture when we visit small cheese farms and a working windmill in the small town of Tholen. In Belgium, explore the battlefields of WWI around the towns of Poperinge and Ypres, and the brewing tradition of fine Belgian beers while visiting St. Sixtus and St. Bernadus abbey cafés.

Highlights: Important cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, Working windmill visit, Extra bicycling available on most days, Gouda and its cheeses, UNESCO World Heritage Sites -Kinderdijk Windmilles, Bruges, Cycling along bike paths and canals, Luxury barge, Painter Peter Paul Rubens. Folks who book our July 26th departure will enjoy our premium barge, the Magnifique!

2019 *July departure dates:

Bike and Barge: Amsterdam to Bruges (9-day)

Jul 26-Aug 3

Bike and Barge: Amsterdam to Bruges Plus! Belgium’s Breweries (12-day)

Jul 26-Aug 6

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Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

This cycling tour has you border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and Italy. We’ll experience the fascinating intersection of Slavic, German and Italian culture. Join us to relish alpine landscapes with a hint of the Mediterranean. We’ll bicycle along idyllic alpine lakes in Austria’s Carinthia region and northern Slovenia. Quiet roads and river paths lead us through picturesque villages, traditional farmhouses, imposing medieval castles and cozy hotels. We’ll introduce you to several of Europe’s most overlooked and pleasant cities, Klagenfurt, Villach and Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, a true gem.

Highlights: Tarvisio, Lake Faak, Orientation walk of Ljubljana, Kranj, Lake Ossiach, Drava river path , Klagenfurt, Villach, Lake Bled, Border hopping between Austria, Slovenia and Italy, Julian Alps, Triglav Mountain, Savica waterfall, Lake Worth

2019 *July departure dates:

Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia (8-day)

Jul 6-13

Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana (11-day)

Jul 6-16

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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