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7 cycling trips for beginners

Considering your first cycling holiday? We've chosen some of our best trips for novice cyclists, hand picked for beginners by our experts because of the distances covered, the flatter routes, and the quieter roads and cycling paths.


Cycle Canal du Midi

Cycle along serene tree-lined waterways along the Canal du Midi, travelling from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast. We’ll ride on quiet paths through the picturesque Corbieres region and absorb the rich history, stopping to try the delicious regional cuisine and excellent local wines. 
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Prague to Meissen by Bike

Cycle from Prague into Germany along flat riverside paths. Travel through the beautiful wine-growing ‘garden of Bohemia’, through historic spa towns, scenic Saxony and pretty riverside meadows before arriving into the historic town of Dresden via quiet traffic-free paths. The terrain here is mostly flat with some gentle undulations, and the average distances of around 45km a day make this an ideal holiday for novice cyclists. 
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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice

Cycle through the South Tyrol’s glacial valleys, past the soaring Dolomites to beautiful Lake Garda. While the backdrops along this route are dramatic, the under-wheel terrain is gentle and largely flat. Nearly all of this route is along cycle paths away from the roads, making it ideal for your first cycling holiday.
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Cycle the Baltic States

The Baltic States are in hot demand at the moment, and this eight-night cycle trip is a fantastic introduction to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. You’ll explore the historic capital cities and cycle through national parks, past feudal castles and peaceful coastlines on this easy-graded trip. 
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Mekong Delta and Angkor

A cycling trip through Cambodia and Vietnam is certainly an evocative one. Cycle past jungle-clad ancient temples (including Angkor Wat), lush rice paddies and across the mighty Mekong Delta. We’ll explore fascinating Old Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Phnom Penh, but also experience everyday local life in the Delta and in traditional rural villages. This route is as flat as can be, and distances are relatively short – it's an excellent trip for beginners wanting to the destination.
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Cycle Southern India

As you explore Kerala’s winding backroads of tea plantations, fishing villages and tropical forests, you’ll get to know daily village life in Southern India. The routes consist of tarmac backroads as well as gravel paths, making it a great choice for beginner cyclists. Throughout the trip you’ll also canoe by sunset, and explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on foot. The lush ecosystems of Kerala create spectacularly scenic rides, whether you’re passing palm-fringed shores or a network of canals.
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Cycle Mexico

Experience the colourful villages of the Yucatan Peninsula without pushing yourself to the limit. The journey begins in Playa del Carmen before heading to Cozumel Island. You’ll retrace the island’s Iron Man route at a much steadier pace, taking in the vast sea views before enjoying fresh coconut water on the beach. This Mexico trip consists of flat tarmac or dirt backroads, ensuring your journeys are quiet and relaxing.
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