Feel the wind in your hair and be at one with the sights, sounds and smells of cycling through a distant and unfamiliar land. All you need to possess is a spirit of adventure, a desire to be active and the want to feel really alive.
1) The South Island, New Zealand
Experience the best of New Zealand's South Island in a 23-day, 1200km (approximately) bike ride that includes four national parks and ventures through mountains, crystal lakes, geysers and forests. Cycle around the Marlborough Sound's coastline, through the Nelson Lakes National Park and down the spectacular Buller Gorge to the wild West Coast. See the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Paparoa National Park, pedal past stunning West Coast Glaciers and lakes, over Haast Pass and down to scenic Wanaka and Queenstown. Ride south to Milford Sound, cycle through towering mountains, beside lakes and past numerous waterfalls to finish at Larnach's Castle on beautiful Otago Peninsula, close to the city of Dunedin. Read more....
2) The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Enjoy one of Canada's - and the world's - most beautiful bike rides, along the rugged and remote Cape Breton in Nova Scotia (New Scotland). Named after the famous Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), the winding paved trail, flanked with massive pink granite cliffs and capped with rugged taiga highlands, plunges from mountain heights to sea level over and over again. Cycle along the beautiful Margaree Valley, beside the salmon-rich Margaree River to Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay and Ingonish. Head over the spine of the island at Cape Breton National Park, a striking, melancholy moor with stunted hardwood forests and tundra-like meadows. Along the way, discover charming villages, play golf on the famous Highland Links course and watch pods of whales frolic just off the coast as bald eagles soar overhead. Read more....
3) Tuscany, Italy
Explore the graceful Tuscan landscape along winding roads, past medieval hill towns and through rolling landscapes of olive groves, vineyards and rows of slender cypress trees. Visit ancient crenellated palazzos, piazzas and soaring towers. Along the way, discover some of Tuscany's great art, magnificent architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. Explore Florence, the centre of the Renaissance, and Siena, one of Europe's great medieval cities, where you can walk the Campo (the central market square and scene of Palio, Tuscany's unmissable festival. In Pisa, take lunch in the Piazza dei Miracoli and discover the famous Leaning Tower. Read more....
4) The Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Cycle amid the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps. Ride along paved roads with thrilling switch-backed climbs and descents, meandering forest paths, winding lakeside roads and quiet tracks that wander through green meadows. Along the way, enjoy incredible views of towering mountains, high alpine meadows and deep blue lakes reflecting some of the 48 snow-covered peaks you'll see. Take in the breathtaking panorama of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger in the Bernese Alps, as well as the Matterhorn and Mont Rosa above Zermatt. Climb the Stelvio and Gavia passes in Italy, the Furka, Bernina, San Bernardino and countless more in Switzerland. Enjoy great Swiss food and culture and rest up in traditional country inns. Read more....
5) Connemara, Ireland
Explore the winding country lanes of Connemara and Galway Bay, an endless network of meandering back roads that roll past stone cottages, tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep. Cycle along a rocky Atlantic coast with stunning cliffs past fields of peat and wildflowers, thatched cottages and mystical Celtic ruins. Discover a medieval castle or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Visit the ancient abbey in Cong, enjoy the sweeping vistas of Sky Road and the rugged beauty of Inishmore. In the evening, get to know the friendly locals and enjoy listening to traditional Irish music over a pint of Guinness in a local pub. Read more....
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