River cruise specialists, APT, announced the plan to launch two new cycling cruises in April 2017 for travellers who want to combine their pedaling passion with their desire to explore Europe.
The new ‘Cycling Series’ will entail leisurely excursions along bike-friendly paths led by an expert cyclist team, encouraging active travellers to ride along the riverbanks of Europe.
The cruise line has tapped into the growing popularity of its own biking excursions and are officially choosing to offer cycle enthusiasts the chance to discover a different side to two of its most popular cruising holidays.
All of APT’s cycling cruises will include an expert director, expert cyclists to accompany the rides and a dedicated vehicle to ensure guests can cycle confidently with support near to them at all times. The usual sightseeing programmes still operate for those who prefer to opt out while their travel companion explores the trail.
Cycling Magnificent Europe
The first of APT’s new Cycling Series is a 15-day cruise departing from Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest. Guests will cycle and sail along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers to gain a new perspective on Europe’s heartland.
Highlights of the 7 cycling excursions include the chance to cycle around Cologne and Vienna, wheeling their way to the world-famous Erbach Monastery, sampling the traditional smoked beer on a bike tour of Bamberg, and following a trail to Fortress Marienburg in Würzburg.
Bordeaux By Bicycle
The second cruise to the Cycling Series is an 8-day cycle through France, aimed at more experienced cyclists; APT will fit guests out with their own high quality road bike before setting sail. Departing from Bordeaux (and returning here to disembark), guests will have four days of classic French cycling excursions to choose from.
Passengers have the chance to pedal past majestic chateaux’s, explore the vineyards of Bergerac by bike, stop for cheese and wine tastings in Pauillac, and take a winding valley route past local towns and historic ruins.
Our specialist cruise consultant Ben gave us his say on the matter: ‘I love cycling and think these cycling cruises are great! Although at first it might make some passengers book in fear that other complimentary excursions might not be available, even though this is not the case’. You can read more of Ben’s thoughts here on his blog.
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