Dreaming of a family vacation in Europe? Love bicycling as a way to explore new destinations? Consider combining the two. If you've been fantasizing about your family exploring Europe on two wheels, there are plenty of great bike tour companies offering options for different budgets, interests, fitness levels, and children's ages.
One of the big upsides of taking a trip like this is that parents are off the hook when it comes to planning and managing logistics. These trips are all about taking it slow and immersing yourselves in the local culture and history.
Thinking of splurging on a luxury bike trip? This tour company includes a full support van, three daily meals, bike rentals, and additional recreational experiences. For more than half a century, this well-regarded company has offered luxury bike trips that manage to be both active and genuinely plush. On its family bike trips, different age levels are accommodated on different itineraries. A Holland biking trip might be perfect for kids as young as 3, while a hilly Ireland trip might be better for kids 12 and up.
Another high-end bike tour to consider if you're looking for a luxury experience, this well-established tour company (established 1979) offers a wide array of family-only Europe bike trips of various difficulties and interests. Some offer multi-sport add-ons that are appealing for older kids and teens.
With a tour operator like Austin Adventures, you can expect a more attainable price and mid-range accommodations. This reputable company was founded in 2000, and has made a name for itself as a solid choice for families looking to combine an active biking trip with a cultural adventure.
A boutique tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico is known for providing unique and authentic biking adventures that combine culture, food, and history.
This budget-minded tour company offers several options for families in Europe, including self-guided tours, family-friendly 3- and 4-star accommodations, luggage transportation from hotel to hotel, bike rentals and helmets, and daily breakfast. If you're worried about road traffic, you can choose a trip that sticks to dedicated bike paths.
Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher