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Best Self Guided Cycling Tours Europe

Best Self Guided Cycling
Tours in Europe

Read about some of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe, and why we love the flexibility and freedom of them.

A Softies self guided cycling tour in Europe means you choose your own pace. Tours like these are designed with you in mind, giving you as much flexibility as possible. Our self guided cycling tours come with comprehensive itineraries and day-by-day route plans, so you’ll never be worried about losing your way or missing the best sights. You can always look forward to easy directions and leisurely paths. Here are our top picks for the best self guided cycling tours in Europe.

Loire in Luxury, France

A land of chateaux and vineyards, the Loire is a magical region and one of our favourite cycling destinations in France. Our Loire in Luxury tour showcases this destination perfectly. You’ll cycle to medieval cities including Tours, with cobbled high streets decorated with glamourous boutiques and restaurants. Cycling through picturesque villages like Saché, you can choose to stay as long as you like on a self guided cycling tour. With easy routes along traffic-free lanes, our comprehensive directions give you bags of freedom to explore before heading to the hotel. This is perfect in a glittering region like the Loire, making this one of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe.


The magical region of Loire; world-famous for its marvellous châteaux, magnificent rivers, delicious wines and fabulous cycling holidays, of course!

Loire Valley cycling holidays
Loire In Luxury, France

Flavours of Emilia Romagna, Italy

The many culinary delights of Italy are on full show in this self guided cycling tour. Flavours of Emilia Romagna will take you cycling to the breath-taking cities and towns of Emilia Romagna. A foodie’s paradise, marvel at the delicious delights you’ll find in ancient Bologna and discover the secrets of cheesemaking in Parma. With the freedom and flexibility of the tour, exploring as many cafes and shops as possible is always an option, just hop back on the saddle when you’re ready. One of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe for food lovers, this is one you don’t want to miss.


Experience Bologna to Parma through a stunning region of Italy where history, art, culture combine with fantastic food to provide an unforgettable Taste of Italy.

Emilia Romagna cycling holidays
A Taste Of Italy, Italy

Provençal Discovery, France

An e-bike holiday is one of our top picks for the best self guided cycling tours in Europe as it can give you even more freedom to explore. Save up power and zoom up those hills, especially in a stunning yet rolling region like Provence. On our Provençal Discovery tour, experience the peaceful culture of this region, cycling to some of the most picturesque places in France. When visiting the hilltop fort of Les Baux-de-Provence, you may find yourself captivated by the view. A self guided cycling tour is perfect for exactly this reason, so you can stay a while longer and continue on at your own pace.


Explore Provence with ease on this E-Bike tour and glide up to the stunning hilltop towns of Gordes and Roussillon whilst soaking up the sights sounds and sensations as you pedal.

Provence cycling holidays
Provençal Discovery, France

South Tyrol, Lake Garda, & Verona, Italy

Visiting some of the most beautiful places in Italy, our South Tyrol, Lake Garda, & Verona tour is one of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe purely for its elegance. With a location where the most famous love story in the world is set in, Verona, you can expect plenty that would tempt you to alter your plans. Perhaps you’ll think the Churburg castle near Sluderno needs more time to explore before cycling again, or maybe the wealth of sightseeing opportunities in the city of Tito is enough to convince you to stay longer. Either way, a self guided cycling tour means all the flexibility of cycling is at your fingertips. With such elegant cycling as this, it’s no wonder this is one of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe.


This incredibly scenic tour is one of great contrasts: dramatic mountain terrain and the shimmering flat waters of Lake Garda.

South Tyrol cycling holidays
South Tyrol, Lake Garda, & Verona, Italy

A Taste of Champagne, France

The most famous wine-making region in France, Champagne has some stellar routes, perfect for a self guided cycling tour. On A Taste Of Champagne, a popular activity is to explore the Champagne Houses and tour their chalk cellar crayères. One of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe for its flexibility, enjoying yourself too much at one of these wine houses is never an issue as you can set out again whenever you please. The cycling in the region is leisurely, with rolling hill routes as well as flat canal-side paths so the navigation is always a breeze.


Indulge yourself with delicious wines and stunning scenery with a Champagne cycling holiday, through charming vineyards and grand cities.

Champagne cycling holidays
A Taste of Champagne, France

Flavours of Catalonia, Spain

Spain has some of the most delicious food in Europe, which is why we created our Flavours of Catalonia holiday specifically with gourmet experiences in mind. One of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe for foodies, this Catalonian adventure features a food tour of Girona. Filled with history and cultural delights, the best way to immerse yourself in the region is through its food. From local pintxos to world-class restaurants, experience all Catalonia has to offer on this tour.


Flavours of Catalonia is a gastronomic cycling tour, designed with foodies in mind. A leisurely gourmet adventure, cycle to charming towns and enjoy delicious food tours.

Catalonia cycling holidays
Flavours of Catalonia, Italy

Douro Valley Port & Pedalling, Portugal

The oldest and most beautiful wine region in Portugal, the Douro Valley is on many people’s bucket lists. So what better way to explore it than on one of the best self guided cycling tours in Europe? Douro Valley Port & Pedalling is an e-bike adventure like no other, filled with authentic villages and vibrant towns, including the beautiful city of Porto. With your trusty e-bike, you’ll find the cycling leisurely and very enjoyable.


Experience the historic Douro Valley on a leisurely cycle adventure. Pedal past vines and authentic towns as you experience this beautiful wine region.

Douro Valley cycling holidays
The Historic Douro Valley, Portugal

For more recommendations on the best self guided cycling tours in Europe, give us a call on 020 7471 7760.

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We have a team of experts on hand to help you choose the perfect holiday. From a luxury cycling holiday weekend in Tuscany to a big adventure in through the Loire Valley, we’re whatever you want your holiday to be.