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10 of the Best Bike Tours of Ireland

Discover ten of the best bike tours of Ireland. Experience  the warm Irish Hospitality, our history and our folklore, traditional music and ever changing scenery.  CycleWest Ireland bike tours are cater for bike riders at every level.

Cycle at your own pace. Ride alone or with a group. Our trips are perfect for families with young children or fast paced cyclists who want to ride a century!

Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures. We also offer private tours, honeymoon and tailor made trips – so the choice is yours!

See a full list of ten of the best bike tours here: READ MORE>

All you have to do is choose your dates,  grab your passport and come join us on the West Coast of Ireland this summer.

Short Escape Tuscany Wine Tour

Our Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life!

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Self Guided Tour, 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Explore Tuscany Wine Country on this short escape. This is a shorter (5 day/4 night) version on our most popular Tuscany Biking trip – offering 3 full days of cycling and 2 half days. So saddle up for a great trip in Tuscan Wine Country…
Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of October

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Country
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena
Today you start your bike ride with a 10 km descent and pass through Buonconvento, heading northbound to Siena. In Murlo visit a fascinating Etruscan Museum. Continue to Ville di Corsano, end up at the arch gate San Marco. You’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll around this art city and explore the wonderful Torre del Mangia, Duomo and Piazza del Campo. Option A: 60 km/37.5miles – Option B: 52 km/31 miles

Day 4: Chianti Hills
End of bike tour – optional bike ride in chianti to Castello di Brolio, a beautiful bike ride on Chiantigiana road. Distance 50 km /31 miles

Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour

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Our Iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour is an immersion in one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast.

Dingle ~ Inch ~ Tralee
Self Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights, from Euro 950 per person

This Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour is one that takes you along one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. It is a region steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. It offers vistas of green pastures, mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline. The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is a stronghold of the Irish language. Here also many traditions and customs have been preserved along with the Irish language. This is a delightful bike trip and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!

Day 1: Arrival Day

Your Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour starts in Tralee, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions, bikes and maps awaits you at your first nights accommodations in Tralee.  If you have time take a short cycle from Tralee to the lovely fishing port of Fenit. From there you could bike to the historic Ardfert village. Discover its w newly restored cathedral. Return  to Tralee for your overnight stay. Distance 30km / 18m

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Day 2: Tralee to Cloghane 

Today’s cycle takes you from Tralee along the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay to your right. The route takes you through Castlegregory before finishing in the picturesque village of Cloghane. This will be your overnight stop for the night. Distance 38km /24m

Day 3: Cloghane to Dingle

Leaving Cloghane you head for the village of Brandon and Brandon Point. Onward and over the famous Conor Pass.  Breathtaking views that stretches for miles. In the distance you will see the fishing port town of Dingle and your stopover for the next three days. Enjoy the beauty of Dingle and its surrounds. as you cycle towards the western shores and Slea Head with views of the Great Blasket Islands looming in the distance. Distance 34km /21m

 

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Day 4: Dingle circular route

Heading west from Dingle you cycle via Ventry to Slea Head. Magnificent views across the Blasket Sound and the famous Blasket Islands. From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter. You will return to Dingle for the evening. Read our blog post about the Dingle Food Trail here to experience the best of local food and artisan suppliers in Dingle during your stay. We will provide more details in your pre trip travel pack.  Alternatively, today, you could cycle to Dunquinn harbour and take the ferry to the Blasket Islands, for instance. Enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place. Distance 38km /24m

 

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Day 5: Dingle circular route

Today you cycle north from Dingle through the village of Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek. As an activity today, for example, you could leave the main route at the Bóthar Pub and take the Saints Road up mount Brandon on foot. – Weather permitting. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk. Distance 40km /25m

 

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Day 6: Dingle to Inch

Cycling in an easterly direction by the shores of Dingle Bay you once again enjoy spectacular views and breathtaking scenery of this magnificent peninsula. Your destination is the tiny hamlet of Inch with its renowned and magnificent beach. Indeed, it would be ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. Afterward,  you could detour to visit the village of Annascaul, home to the famous explorer Tom Crean. Distance 35km /22m

Day 7: Inch to Tralee 

Today’s route continues along the coast to the historical village of Castlemaine with its neat little harbour and splendid bird sanctuary. From here you head north and take the “short mountain route” back to Tralee. This will be your last night’s stopover. This is a very historical area, and as such, you will pass the legendary mythological Queen Scotia’s grave which also offers fabulous views over Tralee Bay and North Kerry. Distance 30km /19m

Day 8: Slán go fóill!

Sadly we must bid you farewell! After a final breakfast you depart on  your onward journey.

Please note: The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route.

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Ring of Kerry Bike Tour

Our Ring of Kerry Bike Tour is an epic self guided bike tour explores the magic of the kingdom of Kerry! Wind your way along the island-dotted Atlantic coastline, visit small fishing villages, explore medieval ruins and pedal in the foothills of the mountains of South Western Ireland.

Killarney ~ Glenbeigh ~ Cahersiveen ~ Kenmare
Self Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights, Euro 975.00 per person sharing

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The Ring of Kerry bike tour offers breathtaking views and wonderful scenery.  Starting in the town of Killarney, the “Ring” continues anti-clockwise through the village of Killorglin. It continues onward to Cahersiveen,  Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney.

Day 1: Arrival Day

This epic Ring of Kerry bike tour starts in the lovely town of Killarney, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions and maps will await you at your first nights accommodations in Killarney. We arrange for you to collect your bicycles and Information Pack. We highly recommend a short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park as a warm up bike ride, returning to Killarney for your overnight stay. Distance 20km / 12ml


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Day 2: Killarney to Glenbeigh

This morning, you bike trip takes you from Killarney, cycling westward in the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh, a place often referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry”. It is cosily tucked in to the surrounding horseshoe of hills and Seefin Mountains. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour. Overnight in Glenbeigh. Distance 45km /28ml 

Day 3: Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen

Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s route takes you to the peaceful and tranquil shores of Kells Bay. Pedal west to finish the days cycle outside the town of Cahersiveen. This beautiful town overlooks Valentia Island. One highlight of this area is the offshore Skellig Island. We recommend you try to visit the island during your stay in this area. Failing that, we recommend  ‘The Skellig Experience’, and exhibition and visitor centre that relates the history and archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery. Learn about sea birds, their habitat, their world wide travels. Discover the lighthouses which have given 161 years of service to mariners. The Underwater Skellig, which has colour and magic equal to any sea in the world. You spend two nights here in Cahersiveen. Distance 43km /27m

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4: Rest day

Today you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island.  As an option take the ferry over to Valentia Island and explore this lovely little island that is steeped in history. Nearby  ‘The Skellig Experience’ gives you a close an encounter with a unique way of life completely apart from the rest of the world!

Day 5: Cahersiveen to Kenmare

From Cahersiveen, today you bike one of the most glorious route’s imaginable. An inland trip takes you through the Inny Valley and the legendary Ballaghisheen Pass. This gets its name from Oisin, the son of the legendary warrior Fionn MacCumhail. Continue through Ballaghbeama Pass, a low but beautiful pass in the centre of the peninsula. Spectacular views as you descend to the southern shores of the peninsula into heritage town of Kenmare. This is your stopover for the next two nights.
Distance 55km /34m

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Day 6: Kenmare Circular Route

Today brings a looped bike ride to the remote and rugged Beara Peninsula. You pedal around Lough Inchiquinn before returning back to Kenmare. Alternatively, continue on to Glengarriff and return to Kenmare through Turner’s Rock tunnel road. Experience two dramatically different peninsulas today, in terms of landscape and geography. Distance 40km /25m

 

Day 7: Kenmare to Killarney

Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap. Named after a local woman, Moll Kissane, who reputedly ran a shebeen (a hostelry of dubious reputation) in this area in the 1800s. Set high on a rocky ridge, the gap overlooks mountains, rivers and the famous Lakes of Killarney. Truly breathtaking views. Vistas include Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. Ladies, Avoca have a wonderful shop and Café here for you to enjoy ~ but remember, what you buy, you must carry on your bike!! Return to Killarney for your final night. Distance 38km /24m

Day 8: Slán go Fóill!

After a final breakfast and farewell, we sadly bid you adieu!  Today you continue on your onward journey. We are happy to assist with journey planning. If you have any questions! Contact us at: tours@cyclewest.com

Sardinia ~ A World Apart

Our Self Led Bike Tour of Sardinia is a cyclists dream.  From the beaches to the mountains through forests and hilltop villages, Sardinia is not just a beach paradise, but a perfect place to bike. This trip is steeped in history, famous archaeological sites and medieval hillside towns. A not to be missed tour!

Alghero ~Bosa ~Oristano
7 days / 6 nights self guided bike tour

 

Sardinia’s coastal flatland is perfect for more easy-going adventures whereas the island’s hilly interior demands a good portion of endurance and high levels of fitness.  Add to that the enchanting stretches of coast that are to be found throughout Sardinia, gorgeous beaches and inlets with dunes of white sand and you get a sense of  Sardina’s alluring charm. It is an island for adventurers and its rich and varied landscape is ripe for exploration.

Day 1: Introducing Alghero

 

We meet at the luxuryVilla Mosca for your tour introduction, professional bike fitting & orientation. Alghero is  one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities. Its Catalan legacy remains today, more than three centuries after the Iberians left, where a form of medieval Catalan is still spoken, and the golden Mura Catalane (Catalan Walls) are a highlight. In the evening take a walk along the wall and its towers and enjoy the animated holiday atmosphere, restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Romantic Bosa

 

Bike the beautiful uplands, with unforgettable landscapes.  Skirt the coastline to Bosa, a pretty and romantic town with an array of pastel hillside houses leading to the castello Malaspina. Panoramic views from the castle to  the waterfront where yellow and indigo traditional boats are moored. Be sure to taste the Malvasia wine, a regional speciality. Distance 43km / 26.5 Miles

Day 3:  Nuraghes and the Seven Fountains

 

Today you ride through a series of small villages en route to Santu Lussurgiu, a mountain village on the south-eastern side of the Montiferru mountains. It lies on the slope of an ancient volcanic hill, and its bright stone houses make a fine contrast with the green backdrop of woodland and meadows. A tour of its countryside will reward you with many fascinating remains of its Stone-Age and Nuraghic dwellers, with nuraghes, tombs of the giants and domus de janas. Santu Lussurgiu has a host of springs, the most famous being Siete Fuentes di San Leonardo, the seven fountains, which spew forth pure, perfectly drinkable water.  Distance 44 km/27.5 miles

Day 4: Beautiful Beaches

 

A downhill bike ride from Santu Lussurgiu, followed by flatland riding towards the seaside. On the way you can visit  Fordongianus where houses in the centre are built of pink and grey stone, revealing the wealth of trachyte quarries to be found in this area. One of the best preserved dwellings is the old “Casa Aragonese”, from the early 17th century, with portals and windows in Catalonian style.  A highlight of today is the Is Arutas beach, with its clear sea which colours are between green and blue. It is one of the best beaches in Oristano, Sardinia and owes its peculiarity to its sand, made up of small, round quartz grains, with colours that vary from pink to light-green to white. Arrive into the elegant town of Oristano in time for sightseeing. Distance 42 km /26 Miles More challenging options available.

Day 5: A World Apart

 

An amazing looped bike ride today, your bike trip is mostly along flat terrain. Explore the Sinis Peninsula and lagoon where pink flamingos, cormorant, marsh harrier, herring gull, sea partridge, heron abound. Then head Cabras and onward to Tharros, one of Sardinia’s most wonderful archaeological sites. Tharros was a major city, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, taken over by Punics, then the Romans.  Much of what remains today dates to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, when the basalt streets, the aqueduct, thermal baths and other major monuments were built.  Bring your swim suit, you can take a break from wandering the ruins.  Stop at the Marina di Torre Grande for peppered mussels and enjoy the views. Distance 54 km / 65 miles

Day 6: Su Nuraxi ~ World Heritage Site

 

Today you bike from Oristani to Tuili, taking you to the archaeological site “Su Nuraxi” (Sardinian term for “The Nuraghe”) at the foot of the Parco della Giara, near Barumini. Nuraghes are megalithic, beehive-like buildings found in Sardinia. It is believed they were used as religious temples, meeting halls, or military strongholds. Carbon dated to 1478 BC, Su Nuraxi is located along the road that leads from Barumini to Tuili. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, and it is certainly the most important monument of the old civilization in Sardinia.  You end you day in the village of Tuili, a little centre of Sardinia, situated at the foot of the majestic plateau of the Marmilla Giara. Distance 56 km / 34 miles

Day 6: Departure

This morning after breakfast, you depart for Cagliari by train or private transfer.

Discover Wild Sardinia

Our Discover Wild Sardinia bike tour is a fascinating self bike tour on this beautiful island. Sardinia’s coastline is definitely one of  Europe’s most spectacular.

Oristano ~ Calasetta ~ Baia di Chia
Self Guided Tour 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Rugged mountains, pocked with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on local wild herbs and produce a cheese your palate will never forget!While a winding coastal ride, perfect for a cyclists , ths trip offers dramatic Mediterranean views and a powerful adrenaline rush. The real highlights are the prehistoric stone dwellings found in the Islands mountainous interior. The island is home to more than 7,000 stone Nuraghi towers, Bronze Age castles built between 1600 and 1100 B.C.

Day 1: Welcome to Oristano
Arrival, Meet & Greet Oristano, in the central-western part of the island of Sardinia.  After a professional bike fitting at your hotel, you are free to explore the beautiful narrow streets of the town. This tour can be tailored to suit you, with more relaxed and challenging bike trips available on a number of days.

Day 2: Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula
Starting from Oristano, heart of the Campidano plane you will ride in the terrific and suggestive Sinis Peninsula, where you encounter pink flamingos You’ll pass through Riola Sardo and then ride over the Cabras lagoon, before visiting the ruins of the Punic-Roman port city of “Tharros” with its breathtaking views. Distance 54 km / 33,5 miles all flat 

Day 3: Guspini & Spa
Today you cross the vast Campidano plane, passing by the village of Marceddi, surrounded by a beautiful sea. An uphill climb to Montevecchio, an old mine village, which is considered to be of great archaeological importance and is part of the Parco Geominerario Storico.

A more challenging bike ride takes you from Oristano, crossing the Campidano and taking a completely flat road until Sant’Antonio di Santadi for exactly 30 km! at this point you are warmed enough and can face the hills to Montevecchio, an old mine village. The mines of Montevecchio are an important site of industrial archaeology, part of the Parco Geominerario Storico. At the end of your ride enjoy a well earned downhill to Guspini.

Moderate option: Distance 59 km /36,6 miles or 73,5 km / 45,6 miles
Challenging option: Distance 73.5 km / 45.6 miles

Day 4: Nebida & Pan di Zucchero
Warm up with a short uphill to Arbus,  stoppingfor coffee, before enjoying a long downhill towards the ocean to Portixeddu and its long beach. Following from here to skirt the coastline enjoying stunning views of long sandy beaches and rugged promontories. Arrive at Nebida in front of Pan di Zucchero,  this is an outcropping rock 133 meters high with two natural arches. Distance 65 km / 40.5 miles

Day 5: Calasetta & San Pietro island
Today you bike around the coast before heading inland at Fontanamare. Off the beaten track roads lead you to the nearby  ancient nuraghes complex. Your final destination is the little fishing village of Calasetta on Sant’Antioco Island. Today you have the option of exploring the pretty San Pietro Island by ferry, where you can see pink flamingos and visit the lovely city of Carloforte with its Genoese Style. Distance 55 km / 34 miles 

Day 6: Wine Area & Baia di Chia
Start your last day of cycling on the Carignano wine road in the heart of Sulcis Area, then bike along craggy cliffs as  ancient fortified watchtowers alternate with little sandy coves and long stretches of beautiful beaches. Your destination today is Pula, which you will reach by the  Baia Chia. Distance: 47 km/29 miles or 102 km/63,3 miles 

Day 7: Pula & Nora beaches
This morning after breakfast enjoy Pula beaches and coves, Roman excavations and blindingly white sand dunes. Take an optional visit the beach of Nora and a large Roman amphitheatre that lies directly on the sea before your bus, taxi or private transfer available to Cagliari – Arrivederci!

Explore Siena Bike Tour, Italy

Our Explore Siena Bike Tour combines cycling through unparalleled countryside by day with incredible Tuscan cucina by night.

Siena ~ San Gimignano ~ Chianti
Self Guided, 7 Days/ 6 Nights, Euro 1,390 per person sharing

This tour combines cycling through unparalleled countryside by day with  incredible Tuscan cucina by night. Tuscany is often viewed as a gastronomic region of excellence which beckons to lovers of sublime provincial cooking and superb wine; fresh pastas, porcini mushrooms, and locally produced pecorino cheese from Pienza  mark the area’s celebrated dishes, which just happen to be the perfect match for its world-class wines. The province of Siena encapsulates these qualities.

Day 1: Welcome to Pienza
Meet & Greet in the beautiful Renaissance town of Pienza, where your bike tour begins. Pienza, a remarkable example of early town planning is lovely to explore with its beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets. After your bike fitting there is an optional bike ride to San Quirico d’Orcia. Distance 20km /12,5 miles

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s looped bike trip takes you to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano, the jewel of Southern Tuscany. Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Lunch at Montepulciano before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles 

Day 3: Montalcino and Brunello town
Bike from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in fairy-tale Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Stop for lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia before continuing on to the ancient abbey of Sant’Antimo. The famed wine town of Montalcino is your destinationo of the day. Here you can visit the fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles 

Day 4: Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey & Siena
Start your bike trip with a relaxed rideto Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century. Following this, travel into the fascinating area of Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands. Here the verdant hills give way to little domes of clay and Tuscany reveals another face of its identity. Distance 58 km/ 36 miles

Day 5: San Gimignano “Città delle Torri”
Leave Siena on an old medieval pilgrim trail Via Francigena. Stop in Casole d’Elsa:originally inhabited by the pre-Roman Etruscans before continuing on along your scenic route to Castel San Gimignano. In the distance you will see the seventeen towers of the medieval town of San Gimignano, just after San Donato village. Distance 60Km /37,5Miles 

Day 6: Castellina in Chianti
The previous days of bike tour have prepped our legs for the famed hills of Chianti, which await us today! Your climb will have many recovery stops,  including medieval Barberino and Tavernelle the gateway town to the ‘Chianti Classico’ region! The ride continues along the same winding panoramic road to Castellina in Chianti. Distance 40km/25miles. 

 Day 7: Radda in Chianti and Arrivederci!
On the final day of your tour, take an optional ride  along the “Via dei Castelli” road and stop for a cappuccino in Radda in Chianti. Distance 35Km / 21,5miles.

Cycling Tuscany’s Wine Country

Our luxury Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life.

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti
Self Guided Tour, 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Land
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena & Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
Start today’s cycling offers a  long downhill  followed by a gentle ride to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century. Following this, discover the fascinating area of Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands, where the verdant hills give way to little domes of clay and Tuscany reveals another face of its identity. Distance 58 km/ 36 miles

Day 5: Chianti Hills
Reach Castellina in Chianti following the “Chiantigiana” road. Along the way you can stop at the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga before a ride through the vineyard of the famous Chianti Classico wine and a stop at Castello di Brolio. Arrive in Radda for light lunch and enjoy the last 10 km of gentle rolling hills before arriving in Castellina. Distance 50 km/31 miles

Day 6: Greve in Chianti & Panzano
Today’s bike ride takes you on a loop to Panzano. Cycle along quiet roads to the three villages that formed the Chianti Alliance centuries ago,  visit Tuscany’s forgotten abbeys and hamlets and then enjoy a winery tour. Have a stop at Greve’s main piazza before heading back via Panzano with its preserved old walls and gate. Distance 52km/32,5 miles

Day 7: Monteriggioni and Arrivederci!
On your last day, take a looped bike trip to Monteriggioni, literally a town-in-a castle. Barely two hundred yards across, its eighty residents all reside within the picture-perfect round turreted walls that crown the hilltop visible for miles around. Distance 30km/18,5 miles.

Umbria Green Heart Bike Tour

Our Umbria Green Heart Bike Tour is a journey that takes you through the ‘Green Heart of Italy’, on this wonderful self led bike tour. Travel at your own pace through medieval villages, olive groves and vineyards.

Torgiano ~ Montefalco ~ Orvieto

This Luxury, self guided bike tour is a wonderful mix of vineyards, olive groves and tiny medieval villages perched upon the hillside. Umbria ia a stunningly beautiful region waiting to be discovered. Bike through rolling hills dotted with castles, fortresses and watchtowers and visit the well-preserved medieval hill towns harboring splendid Renaissance art and Assisi, where the region’s rich history can be found at every turn.   Visit Torgiano where you will spend a night in the former home of a noble count, now a 5-star hotel and part of the Lungarotti Winery estate.  Two days in Montefalco: wander through vineyards of sagrantino grapes and taste the outstanding Umbrian wines.

Day 1: Citta della Pieve
Our tour meeting point is thecharming Realis Castelluccio in the hill town of Città della Pieve. After a tour introduction abnd bike fit out, you can explore this delightful town high up on a hillwith its  intense terracotta colouring. At the highest point the fortress dominates with its five square towers, while the town centre is Piazza del Plebiscito

Day 2: Torgiano & Lungarotti cellars
Set out to explore Deruta and Torgiano. Your first day winds past cornflower fields and isolated farmhouses, then into a series of gently rolling hills studded with minuscule towns that you’ll want to stop and visit. Not-to-be-missed stop is the pottery town of Deruta. Your destination is Torgiano, a short walk from the hotel is the wonderful Museum of Wine: a story of 5,000 years of winemaking and has few rivals in the world in terms of number and quality of works on display.  Distance: 55km/ 34miles 

Day 3: Montefalco & Sagrantino wine
Exquisite downhill bike ride into the broad upper Tiber Valley, followed by a short climb up to Assisi, the remowned hometown of Saint Francis. Continue and visit Spello, Bevagna and finally arrive to Montefalco, one of Umbria’s lovliest towns occupying a hilltop placed so strategically that majestic views are available at the end of every street. This is a territory that is rich in history, art and traditions. Easy to reach and difficult to leave behind!  Distance 60 km/37.5 miles. 

Day 4: Spoleto
Along the way, on today’s bike trip, you breeze past a few isolated rural churches and a series of small towns. Very gentle hills and level terrain. Today’s highlight is the visit to Spoleto, enhanced by striking hilltop location and its superb monuments. One of the most important towns in Umbria, Spoleto is located at the foot of Monteluco and enjoys an international reputation due to the very successful  Festival di Spoleto, one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. Distance: 52km/ 32.5 miles 

Day 5: Todi on back road
Bike tour on back roads as you wend your way over hill and dale, past the tail end of mountain streams, silent forests and wild mushroom stands through Giano dell’Umbria, Viepri and Castagnola to reach Todi which still has almost all of its medieval walls, and its pristine charm has made it a favourite home of wealthy romans and artists. Distance 40km/25miles

Day 6: Orvieto
Another glorious day on your bike tour. Today is a more challenging day with  some pretty steep inclines via Prodo Castle to reach Orvieto, looming ahead on its strange volcanic plateau, crowned by the cathedral of Santa Maria, considered by one and all to be among the very finest churches in all of Europe. Distance 46 km / 28.7 miles

Day 7: Civita di Bagnoreggio
Optional bike tour to this ghost townlocated in a striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic rock overlooking the Tiber valley. Distance 44 km/27,5 miles. Time to bid you farewell: Arrivederci.

West Coast of Ireland Bike Tour

Our West Coast of Ireland Bike Tour offers some of the best scenic landscapes in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher ~Aran Islands~ Connemara
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Bike Tour
Euro 995.00 per person sharing.  Available from April 2022.

Introduction

Immerse in the history, the culture and the pure magic of the West of Ireland. In the Burren, you will enjoy the Cliffs of Moher experience, stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

Our West Coast Self Guided Bike Tour is one of our most popular bike tours in Ireland. We have been offering this biking trip for 20 years and our guests, young and old alike, are always inspired!

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland: the Burren region, the Aran Islands and Connemara. We meet in the village of Ballyvaughan at you first overnight tour accommodation. Further details and transfer options will be sent to you upon booking your tour. Welcome meeting and bike fit out with briefing in the late afternoon. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballyvaughan.

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DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Today you explore medieval Newtown Castle before setting off on your day’s adventure. This day is designed a leisurely day to bring you into the heart of the Burren, explore Ailwee Caves and the Wild Bird sanctuary where you can watch the falcons fly. A day of history and scenery, of ancient ring forts and dolmans. Onward to the environmental initiative of The Burren – the Burren Interpretative Centre in Kilfenora. Discover a world of wildlife, folklore, ancient archaeology and wonderful plant life. Explore Kilfenora Cathedral and Celtic High Crosses. Overnight in Ballyvaughan.

Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 42.

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DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes takes you to the Cliffs of Moher. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse are amongst just some of the points of interest you view along the route this morning. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical Aran Islands, where Gaelic is the spoken language. Visit the historical Dun Aengus Hill top fort towering 700 ft above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of white washed cottages and the intricate network of stone walls. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland.  Transfer by ferry and overnight on the Aran Islands.
Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 19 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 30.

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DAY 4: Ferries and Foxes
Mid Day departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. You traverse a route bordered by heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. Picnic lunch en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Recommended dinner at a local restaurant, where the food and produce are all sourced in the West of Ireland. Overnight in Clifden.

Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 25 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 45

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DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara where traditional Galway Hooker, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. Follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. Here the Roberts’ family run Connemara’s longest established smokehouse and are one of the few specialists in wild smoked salmon. You bike to the Alcock and Brown monument, dedicated to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 from New Foundland. Returning to Clifden via Ballynahinch Castle hotel by way of the scenic bog road where sheep are your only distraction. Tonight you may dine at a nearby award winning, family run restaurant where the seafood is truly the ‘catch of the day’. Overnight in Clifden.

Daily Miles: Minimum of a 19 loop, with longer routes from 22 – 45 miles.

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DAY 6: Departure
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire. Please also see our ‘trip arrival and departure’ instructions’ for transport options.