Summer travel – Freewheel Holidays rolls out self-guided ·

Summer travel – Freewheel Holidays rolls out self-guided

The international specialist in self-guided bicycle holidays suggests adding two-wheel travel into a family vacation in Europe this summer.

“Many Freewheel Holidays are well suited to and designed just for families and kids as young as five,” said Steven Rittey, company spokesperson. “Mixing bicycles into vacation plans is a great way to instill healthy, outdoor habits in a fun and engaging way without the distractions of smart phones, tablets and the like.”

Following are Freewheel Holidays’ ( top picks for child-friendly vacations on two wheels. The cycle paths and quiet back roads on itineraries from the Swiss Alps to the Costa Brava typically feature shorter and flatter stages for engaging little legs. Other attractions may include fun on the beach and splashing in a swimming pool at day’s end. Freewheel Holidays plans out the whole itinerary with easy-to-follow route guides and maps, well maintained bicycles suitable for local terrain, bicycle equipment, luggage transfers between hotels, nightly accommodation with daily breakfast, services of a local representative and route support and helpline. All of the below itineraries offer e-bike (electric bike) rental options for an additional fee. Half-board supplements that include evening meals can be arranged for an additional per person fee.

A one-time railway line is now a cycle track for a seven-day Catalonia Greenways vacation in Spain’s northeast, embracing a volcanic region at the foot of the Pyrenees before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. Guests walk down into a volcano’s crater, imbibe the antiquity of Girona, cycle up to 45km daily and swim on the Costa Brava. Three hotels offer swimming pools. This itinerary is offered through Oct. 31. The per person double rate is from £679. See:

Danube Cycle Path Family Special leads guests for seven days along the Danube on one of Europe’s most popular cycle paths. Cyclists dip in and out of picturesque towns, including Passau, Germany, that scores stars for beauty. Families cycle up to 40km daily, enroute checking out family-friendly museums and beer gardens. The destination is Linz, Austria, home of the Linzer Torte, before a boat trip on the Danube back to Passau. The itinerary is offered through Oct. 13 with children ages 6 and up welcome. The per person double rate is from £549. See:

Explore the Rhine Valley is an eight-day itinerary from the gateway city of Neustadt an der Weinstraße (on the wine route) of the Rhine and Neckar valleys, with stops at a sea life center, zoo, a railway museum, swimming pools and game reserve with endangered species. Kids will giggle at the thought they are staying in a town called Worms. Rides are up to 35km daily. The itinerary is offered through Oct. 13 with ages six and up welcome. The per person double rate is from £659. See:

Sardinia over eight days focuses on culture, scenery and Mediterranean on a quiet route that explores a village where the locals fish for red tuna and a lagoon where flamingo flocks cavort. Beaches vie for attention with vineyards and an ancient Phoenician settlement. Guests cycle up to 35km daily. The itinerary is available year-round with children ages six and up welcome. The per person double rate is from £549. See:

For details on all 12 of the family cycle trips offered by Freewheel Holidays please see:

For availability, questions and reservations for Freewheel Holidays’ leisure self-guided cycling tours call +44 (0) 161 703 5823, email or visit

About Freewheel Holidays – A division of Sports Tours International, Freewheel Holidays specializes in self-guided, expertly supported European cycling holidays that strike the perfect balance between leisure pedaling and immersive sightseeing. The company offers easy to moderate cycling programs designed with special appeal to European and North American travelers. Guests cycle on their own, with enroute assistance and distinctive accommodations expertly chosen and secured by the company. A portfolio of nearly 50 established European holidays offers riders of all levels a freedom of choice. The company features a range of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9-night itineraries to 12 European countries including the UK, Austria, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and Portugal. The majority of tours are self-guided with the exception of a few fully-guided vacation packages in Croatia, France, Italy and Prague to Vienna. The company also offers family-focused, coastal, wine lover and solo traveler holidays plus the option of adding e-bikes.

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