Once in a while, we all need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and rejuvenate ourselves, and what’s a better getaway that a dreamy bike tour. If you are fitness freak or love outdoor activities, you must consider participating in cycling tours. Here are 9 tranquil routes that you must explore.
North Sea Cycle Route
Spanning over 6,000 km, this unworldly route traces the coastline of the North Sea. It passes through the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. If you don’t have enough time to cover the entire route, you can do just a section of the trail. There are dedicated bike paths or small roads, which makes this route totally amazing.
Pacific Coast, United States
The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most intriguing routes in the world. The spectacular view of ocean and massive redwood trees, would definitely delight you, and passing through cities like San Francisco, Washington, Oregon and California, would give you the much-needed break to rejuvenate. Also, there are plenty of facilities for cyclists on this route.
Danube Cycle Path
Running through Germany and Austria to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Danube Bike Path, is a perfectly paved trail, and is great for families, beginners or anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much time figuring out logistics. The path gets tougher as it goes along. You can ride it on your own or pick from the many package tours available for this route.
Japan offers an amazing backdrop for cyclists – intricately-designed temples, hot springs, and the scrumptious food – especially sushi, will definitely delight you. Participating in a bike tour here is low-cost as compared to other countries. Here, you can also cook your own food and take advantage of the free campsites and local hospitality clubs.
The Silk Road & the Pamir Highway
It’s a real adventure to cycle along the ancient Silk Road trade route and the Pamir Highway. You will first pass through Turkey and Iran, and then head to the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. Cyclists here get an amazing glimpse of the mountains and the nomadic life. Apply for visa early as getting a long-term visa for these countries could be a little tricky.
Carretera Austral, Chile
This route is for adventure junkies, as it’s the most unpaved road. Ensure that you pack a sturdy bike for this 1,000 km-long route. You will pass through the region of Patagonia and get a glimpse of some of Chile’s most stunning terrains, including mountains, lakes and glaciers
There is a lot to explore in Southeast Asia. To see it all, you need at least 6 months for the route. The east coast of Malaysia and a jaunt into Myanmar / Burma would enchant you. Do visit the Cameron Highlands tea growing area in Malaysia for the refreshing cool air and amazing scenery.
Morocco is very accessible owing to the cheap flights and ferries from Europe. If you want to explore the old world charm and get off the beaten track, Morocco is the best destination. The best path include the coastal route between Agadir and Essaouira and the trip from Marrakech, over the mountains and through the Draa Valley to the Sahara desert near Zagora.