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Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

The only cabin fever that you get on our bike and boat holidays is one of delirium and delight. This might be brought on by watching the stars fill the night sky while sailing through a Croatian archipelago, or disembarking with your bike in Budapest to explore one of many cultural greats along the River Danube. Our top bike and boat holidays cover both seascapes and rivers, cities and islands, and all of them are small boats of between 50 and 150 passengers. The joy of these bike and boat holidays is that you get to moor up and mosey off on your bike regularly, sometimes with guides and other times self-guided. Either way, these holidays are all about going slow and letting the skipper keep you in tow. 

Cruising through Croatia

Pedal your way to paradise on our Croatia bike and boat holidays, where you cycle around remote island trails by day, and embark your aqua-accommodation for nights under the Adriatic’s stars. Highlights of these trips include the almost ethereal Kornati National Park archipelago, the Dalmatian archipelagic gems of Mljet, Brac and Hvar or the historic island towns of the Kvarner Gulf. We also have the option to use e-bikes on all of these holidays. In addition, unlike the giant cruise liners that dominate the likes of Dubrovnik or Split, our captains navigate their way to quiet bays rather than massive marinas. With plenty of stops for swimming in secluded places. 

Waltzing down the Danube 

Strauss nailed it when he called his famous composition the Blue Danube Waltz, or An der schönen blauen Donau, as this is one massive, beautiful, blue space. It will feel as if you are dancing on air on our bike and boat holidays along the Danube, whether you are taking on the Ultimate Danube bike and boat holiday, between Passau in Germany and Belgrade in Serbia, following the iconic river through six countries, or if you are just taking on one of its sections. The most popular section is that between Passau and Budapest, while also taking in two other great capital cities of Vienna and Bratislava. 

You can also explore the Danube even further on our Danube Delta bike and boat holiday and cycle with a wildlife guide through the wetlands of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, protected for its reed islands, lagoons, birdlife and rare flora. 

The MS Swiss Crown is the beauty that guides you through six countries of the Danube’s course.

Hello Provence à l’eau

Spend eight days on board a riverboat that transports you along the Rhône River and Rhone-Sète Canal, exploring Provence without panting your way up too many hills. It also stops at several historic and idyllic towns, starting off with Avignon and continuing on to Arles and Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged into the rock. It will feel like you have Provence to yourself on these boats which have a maximum capacity of 25 guests and, like nearly all of our bike and boat holidays, there is a perfect balance of mingling and mindfulness, calm and camaraderie. It’s also open to solo travellers. This French river cruise comes to a close in Aigues-Mortes, a medieval town in the heart of the Camargue wetlands, after cycling around the tranquil lanes of the Camargue. 

Cast off in Venice

Although Venice has a reputation for being overcrowded due to giant cruise liners, we have a bike and boat holiday that starts in Venice and gives you an escape just when you need it. This bike and boat holiday takes you from Venice to Mantua on board traditional barges with maximum 40 passengers, following waterways and cycling trails along the River Po. Highlights include sailing from St Mark’s Square to Murano Island, famous for its historic glass factory, and cycling in and around the wetlands of the Po Delta Nature Reserve or along the Fissero and Bianco Canals. Sailing on board a handsome, red barge, the Ave Maria, with maximum 42 passengers, or the smaller Vita Pugna with capacity for 23 passengers, both are idyllic ways to find la dolce vita

The less famous waterscapes around Venice, Po Delta Nature Reserve, which is accessible on our bike and boat tour.

The Netherlands by bike and boat

The Dutch do many things brilliantly, two of the main ones being waterways and cycleways. Which is why we are over the moon to offer five bike and boat holidays in the Netherlands, the cycling aspect of which are easy peasy-cheesy, just to bring in one of the other Dutch greats. They are all on traditional riverboats, staying in outward-facing cabins with meals provided. Our North Holland bike and boat tour takes you through the country’s northern polder areas, to the wilds of the North Sea coastline and to Texel, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands and national park. In contrast, our South Holland tour has more of a city focus, starting and ending in Rotterdam with stops at Gouda, Delft and Utrecht en route, and the tranquil wetlands of De Biesbosch National Park in between. You can also top and tail your trip with the glories of Amsterdam on this holiday, which also includes the iconic 19 windmills of Kinderdijk. 

A bike and boat holiday in North Holland is on board a boat aptly called Serena. Moor right up beside the cycle path and go

In Bruges, on a boat

It doesn’t get much cooler than breezing into Bruges on a boat, or a bike for that matter. This two week tour starts in Paris and finishes in Bruges, with you cycling the last leg through the countryside of Western Flanders to reach Bruges. One of Europe’s most striking medieval cities, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage status, museums and chocolate, as well as for the cult movie, of course, this is a show-stopping way to be in Bruges. As is the bike and boat holiday from Amsterdam to Bruges. In addition, you get to cycle some good long-distance trails, challenging yourself mentally and physically but with a chance to chill on board, with no other responsibilities at the end of the day. Or indeed skip a day of cycling for sailing instead. It’s a holiday after all. 

Our bike and boat holidays, such as this one that finishes in Bruges, are top family adventure.

We hope that you have enjoyed joining us on board our beautiful collection of bike and boat holidays. They are all about just going with the flow, not taking on too many challenging bike rides and seeing new places from new perspectives. If this appeals, you may also enjoy our blogs on Our most popular easy cycling holidays, Our most popular easy walking holidays and E-bike holidays that aim high. We see our bike and boat holidays as a healthy antidote to unsustainable holidays on giant cruise liners, something we address in our blog Waking up to and walking away from overtourism. For details on any of our bike and boat holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note that the price of bike hire is generally not included in the price of these bike and boat holidays.