Ahhh. The freedom of the open road. Sun on your shoulders. Wind in your hair.
Touring part of a country on a bike is truly an exhilarating experience. It’s also a stellar option for discovering new culinary landscapes – without the guilt.
Never mind the legendary waffles or triple-fried frites served in paper cones with a side of mayo, Belgium is a première destination for beer lovers. With more than 125 breweries and 1000 beers, an anti-beer belly tour with Beercycling may be the most fun you can have while exercising. Their 10-Day Flanders Discovery Tour is ideal for fressers, focusing on gourmet beer-cooked meals, food pairings, cheese, chocolate and other epicurean delights.
248 miles, leisurely paced ride, $2600 USD
If you’d rather set your own pace, a self-guided cycling holiday may be more your style. Macs Adventure gives you the freedom to experience some of the best food and wine Europe has to offer while tailoring your itinerary to perfectly match your tastes. Breeze by French or Italian vineyards, savour local seafood, and artisan cheeses. Indulge your taste buds at every rest-stop.
Choose from tours in Bordeaux, Provence, or the Dordogne in France, the vineyards of La Rioja in Spain, or Italy’s Piedmont region.
Tours vary in distance and difficulty, beginning at €570.00
Pedal through Provence with Gourmet Cycling Travel, a boutique bike tour company specializing in gourmet food and wine paired with incredible cycling. Your personal guides, former professional cyclist Simon Kessler and top chef and wine connoisseur Jonathan Chiri, will lead you by shimmering groves of olive trees and over the lavender hills of the Luberon. Explore and enjoy the natural riches of Provence, where every few miles the scenery, wine and food change. One of Travel & Leisure’s Best Life-Changing Trips, this is the ultimate in gourmet luxury cycling.
15 – 20 miles on flat and gentle hills, 6 days/5 nights $4,395 pp USD ($950 single supplement)
The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is famous for being the first official Scenic Bikeway in the U.S., but it’s more than that. It’s also your pathway to foodie heaven, taking you through the heart of Oregon Wine Country. As you cycle the route, you can feast at organic farm stands, sip craft beer at farm-based breweries, and dine at James Beard-nominated restaurants.
Not ready to commit to spending your entire vacation in the saddle? Fat Tire Bike Tours offers one-day cycling tours through the vast Royal Gardens of Versailles. Join a group of bon vivants as they travel from Paris on the RER train, then bike to the famous open market in the town of Versailles to shop for picnic supplies. Once you’ve filled your basket, pedal through the Chateau’s enormous grounds along a network of trails and tree-lined paths to visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and the Petit & Grand Trianons. Break for a picnic lunch at the edge of the Grand Canal before touring the chambers of the exquisite Chateau.
16.25 miles, 10 hour tour, €90.00