Led by our knowledgeable and expert cycle trip leaders, Explore group cycling holidays offer trip options for every level of cyclist. No matter whether you're a keen cyclist who'd like to take a solo cycling holiday to an exciting new destination, or you enjoy the occasional bike ride but would like to discover a new part of the world in one of the most rewarding ways, we're sure you'll find a cycling trip to suit you. Find out more about what you can expect on an Explore cycling trip below...
Cycling holidays at your own pace
It's your adventure - so choose the grade of cycling holiday that's just right for you. Our group cycling tours cater for all abilities, in up to five cycling grades from Easy to Moderate and up to Challenging, so there's a cycling holiday for solo travellers with any level of experience or fitness. You can also opt for an electric bike, giving you an extra boost to join a partner or friend on a more active cycling tour.
You'll find detailed information about each of our cycling trips on the individual trip pages, including the duration, itinerary and cycling grade, so you can find your perfect cycling adventure. Whichever trip you choose, you can look forward to being guided by our expert cycling trip group leaders, and sharing your experience with like-minded and friendly people who may be couples, families, or fellow solo travellers. You can find out more information on our cycling grades below.
Our easy cycling trips are suitable for those who are lightly active and occasionally cycle. These trips will include shorter rides on undemanding terrain, allowing you to explore regions by bike at a relaxed pace so you have more time to take in the scenery. Destinations include the coastal beauty of Southern Italy if you prefer a self-guided trip, or a cultural expedition to Vietnam, where you'll travel to Halong Bay, as well as cycle the through villages of the Red River Delta.
Easy to Moderate and Moderate
Catering for slightly more experienced riders and often including a combination of both easier and medium-length rides, our Easy to Moderate and Moderate cycling holidays are perfect for those who get outdoors often. The routes will be generally on quiet roads and undulating with the occasional energetic climb, so a reasonable level of fitness and cycling experience is required. Take a circular journey through beautiful highlands, past the ancient temples and fortresses of Sri Lanka or the tropical forests and colonial buildings of Cuba; there is no limit to your sense of adventure.
Moderate to Challenging and Challenging
Perfect for those who like to push themselves when cycling on holiday, trips with a Challenging grade include longer and more demanding rides, with hilly terrain and tricky ascents. This grade is recommended for experienced and active cyclists who enjoy a physical challenge and want to capture a real sense of adventure. Whether you've always wanted to see Costa Rica and Panama on two wheels, or want to see something different with a cycling trip on quiet roads through the mountains of Albania, you can still find new and exciting routes with Explore.
All the logistics of a cycling trip are taken care of
When cycling solo, it can be difficult to figure out routes and journeys without any help, which is why our solo cycling trips are designed to take care of all the logistics for you. This gives you more time and confidence to enjoy your trip. You won't need to worry about bringing your own bike - we'll provide one for you. It's already included in the cost of your trip, along with your daily activities, travel and some or many of your meals. Just pack a helmet, and your sense of adventure.
Touring your destination on two wheels
Cycling is an exciting and refreshing way to get to know your destination, as it truly allows you to get up close and personal with the geography, landscapes and cultures of the place you're visiting. Whether you’re seeing a country for the first time or returning somewhere you've visited before to view it in a whole new light, there's really nothing more rewarding than exploring by bicycle.
Europe is especially bicycle-friendly, and we offer a wide choice of European group cycling holidays that allow you to soak up the atmosphere of your chosen destination or ride across borders to see more than one place. Take a leisurely-paced cycling trip down the French Canal Du Midi, seeing medieval walled towns and the stunning Languedoc region along the way. Feel the sun on your face as you take in Southern Spain by bike, or go Pedalling in Poland and cycle the Pieniny Way, into the picturesque landscape of the Dunajec Gorge and onwards to Slovakia.
If you'd like take a solo cycling holiday in Europe that's close to home, our best-selling Cycling Coast to Coast trip offers you the opportunity to see some of the UK's most stunning scenery - and maybe even complete a lifelong challenge.
Should you wish to venture even further afield on your cycling holiday, we've an exciting range of group cycling holidays to Asia, Africa or Central America. The unspoilt backroads of Cuba are particularly beautiful, with trips of varying grades that will allow you to enjoy the vibrant scenery at your own leisure. Meanwhile, our Asia trips can take you to Vietnam, Kerala and more, as you pedal through regions and routes typically unseen by tourists.
Wherever you choose to take your cycling adventure holiday with Explore, you're guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
You can meet others or go it alone
Our small group cycling holidays perfectly accommodate solo travellers who are travelling alone but still wish to be part of a wider group. We offer guided cycling holidays that allow you to meet other like-minded solo travellers as well as mix with couples and others travelling in groups. Each trip takes the group dynamic into consideration so you can share experiences with others to create lasting memories and lifelong friendships.
However, if you're looking for a cycling holiday where you go it alone, with just yourself and your bicycle out on the open road, we also have a selection of self-guided cycling holidays. These are perfect if small group cycling holidays aren't for you, and ideal for confident solo cyclists who are up for a challenge. We provide the route notes, map and destination manual with handy information for you to follow at your own pace.
If you're interested in a solo cycling holiday with Explore, browse our cycling trips or get in touch with our Explore team to find out more.