Over the years the way in which we travel and explore countries has changed, one change that has captivated the attention of tourists is a cycling holiday. Simply put, it is the exploration of a new destination while cycling. One misconception is that it is exclusive for athletes but in reality, even if you are a beginner, there are different cycle tours that can prove to be perfect for you. These self-guided (or guided) tours allow you to take in a city, or countryside at your own pace. It is beneficial not only for your health, but for the environment as well. With the abundance of choices for cycling holiday destinations, which ones are the best? Keep on reading and learn more about three of the best countries you can take into consideration.
To explore the beauty and culture of Bhutan, a cycling tour is one of the best things that you can do. In Bhutan, even members of the royal family can be seen cycling, which is why it is no longer a surprise at all why it is such a popular activity for both locals and tourists.
One of the best times to visit, if you do not mind the crowd, is during the Tour of the Dragon, an annual festival of cyclists who embark on a race of a distance of 268 kilometers. It showcases the unrivalled natural beauty of the country as it involves crossing four mountains. Even without the festival, many travel companies are offering their respective packages for cycling holidays in Bhutan. Aside from reveling in the beauty of nature, such is also the perfect opportunity for you to explore their traditional Buddhist culture.
From the fjord to the mountains, Norway is a picturesque travel destination, which can be best explored through going on a cycling tour. Whether you are a novice or an avid rider, there is a route that will be perfect for your cycling skills.
Amongst the many routes for cycling tours in the country, the most popular is perhaps Rallarvegen, which goes from Geilo to Voss and covers a distance of 210 kilometers. Another good option is the Nordland coastal route, which is popular because of its majestic views of the islands and beaches. The Atlantic Road is also a popular choice, which will give you a good view of the Norwegian west coast, as well as some of its most famed bridges.
France is more than just Paris and city breaks. There are many other places that are equally promising and they can be best explored through cycling tours. Cycling in France is a good experience because of having well-marked routes that will guide travelers as they explore different places.
There are different destinations that are fitted for different types of riders. If you are a beginner or a recreational cyclist, a journey to Provence is one of the routes you can consider. On the other hand, if you are an avid cyclist go all the way to Pyrenees Sea. Other destinations that are popular in cycling tours include Bordeaux Area, Alsace, Champagne and Loire Valley.
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