UK: Freewheel Holidays Combines Bikes and Boats On Self-Guided European Escapes
On Europe’s navigable canals and waterways vacationers can almost at will jump on and off a boat, unpack once and explore the countryside and villages on bicycles while enjoying the relaxation of a river cruise.
Freewheel Holidays specializes in Bike & Boat cycling holidays throughout Europe. Itineraries include all the features of a cycling holiday combined with a river cruise along the famous waterways of Europe. On a daily basis guests are encouraged to depart their boats and explore new regions, catching up with their floating home at the end of the day at designated points.
Bike & Boat cycling holidays also include the option to stay on-board the ship and simply enjoy the waterside surroundings. This is ideal for those who prefer not to cycle every day. Average daily cycling distances tend to be less than 50 km (30 miles). Guests determine miles explored and pace.
Seasonal rates (per person double) for most sailings include:
● Overnights in cabins with shower/toilet in the cabin category chosen
● Welcome drink (on many tours)
● Daily cabin cleaning
● Linen and change of towels as needed
● Full board: breakfast buffet, small lunch or picnic package for bike tours, coffee and tea in the afternoon, dinner
● All harbor fees, lock and bridge dues
● Printed travel guide
● Daily briefing of optional bike tours
● Tour guidance throughout
● All needed equipment and bike rental
Following are five examples of Freewheel Holidays’ self-guided Bike and Boat combos.
Amsterdam-Bruges showcases Holland, the Netherlands and Flanders from Amsterdam into Belgium, exploring among others 17th century silversmiths, paintings by Rubens, Ghent where wealth concentrated in the 13th and 14th centuries and Bruges’s still-intact city center dating from the Middle Ages. In 2019 departures are April into September. Rates are from £899.
The Danube-Passau-Budapest itinerary explores castles, a national park, vineyards and forests along the Danube. In 2019 departures are from April into October. Rates are from £779.
Venice to Mantova blends nature, culture and cuisine on a journey through the Italian Renaissance in northern Italy along the River Po and the Po Delta, famed for birdlife. In 2019 departures are April into October. Rates are from £1,049.
Bordeaux Vineyard visits the wine region surrounding historic villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in southwest France, a region defined by rivers Gironde, Garonne and Dordogne. In 2019 departures are April into November. Rates are from £1.039.
Prague and the Elbe embraces the river landscapes and romantic castles of the Czech Republic, departing Prague for Litomerice, acclaimed for its beauty, to then cycle through unspoiled countryside with bursts of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. In 2019 departures are July and August. Rates are from £759.
About Freewheel Holidays
A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of over 40 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna. The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover, bike and boat, and solo traveler holidays.