Choosing a Family Friendly Bike Tour
Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by Bruno
So you’ve been dreaming of the perfect cycling tour for you and your family? As you may know, cycling tours are a great way for families to explore new countries or regions. With the ever changing scenery and ample chances to get off your bikes and explore, a cycling vacation is perfect for families with children of all ages. We invite you to check out our blog post about cycling with families to learn a little more about the factors to consider when planning a family bike trip. Once you’ve done this, let’s talk tours! We offer a variety of tours that are sure to make for a memorable experience for children and adults alike. Please read the following for a short description of our family friendly tours and why children of all ages will enjoy them.
Provence with Youngsters:
While “Provence with Youngsters” has been specifically designed for families with young children, it’s really perfect for riders of all ages. With short daily distances along a route consisting of mainly flat, quiet roads, you will have plenty of time to stop when you want– whether it’s to visit the merry-go-round in Place de l’Horloge, to see the medieval castle in Tarascon, or to take a break on the “little train” in Arles! So grab some snacks, visit a local artisan’s workshop, explore the local market, and enjoy a bit of history. The loop days can be spent relaxing off-bike, if you so choose!
Check out our blog post on getting to Avignon, where this tour starts.
Our tours in the Veneto include visits to Venice, Verona, and Vicenza, all of which are designated World Heritage Sites, meaning you and your family will literally be cycling through history (not to mention devouring the delicious local Italian cuisine!) This beautiful region of Italy offers spectacular biking on a network of flat and defined bike paths. Make sure to leave time to explore the famous floating city of Venice, where you can relax and catch the sights in a gondola–while somebody else does the work!
Check out blog post on getting to the Veneto.
The French Alps:
While you may associate cycling in the French Alps with leg burning climbs, think again! For those of you whose children are already strong cyclists, we recommend our Via Rhôna tour along the–you guessed it–ViaRhôna. An ambitious project that will eventually span over 800 km (500 miles), the bike path allows for incredible cycling from Lake Geneva to (eventually) the Mediterranean! Along the way, you’ll be introduced to the magical towns of Pérouges, Chanaz, and Seyssel: with their cobblestone streets and 15th and 16th century houses, your children (and you!) will truly feel as though they’re living in the time of knights and troubadours. The tour finishes in the gastronomic city of Lyon, where everyone is sure to go to sleep with a full belly.
Check out our blog post on getting to Geneva and the French Alps.
The Loire Valley:
Do you and your family love fairytales? If so, our Loire Valley tours will provide the most magical of backdrops for your cycling holiday. You are sure to marvel at the spectacular “chateaux”, which include Chambord, Chenonceau, and Ussé (the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle!) Culinary treats like goat’s cheese and tarte tatin are nothing to sniff at either. All of our tours in this region take advantage of the “Loire à Vélo” bike path, an 800 km (500 miles) route that follows the Loire River from the centre of France all the way to where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. This enchanting region will have you wishing upon a star for your cycling trip to never end…
Check out our blog post on getting to the Loire Valley.
With over an astounding 4,000km (2,485 miles) of bike paths, Alsace is France’s most bike-friendly region. A fascinating mixture of French and German culture, Alsace is full of beautiful scenery and various culinary delights. You and your children can enjoy looking for the famous Alsatian storks that nest on top of various homes and buildings in Alsace– over 50 have made their homes in Strasbourg alone! While you travel from town to town, don’t hesitate to stop and smell the flowers (literally!), as Alsace is well known for its beautiful window boxes.