...which would you pick for some very easy, scenic, low-stress, entry-level bike touring? Did I mention 'easy'?
My wife and I will have several weeks this summer with NO children, the first time in 20 years we'll be childless for more than a long weekend. Our honeymoon long ago was three months in Greece, with lots of village-to-village hiking in the mountains, but we are not in our 20s anymore. So we want to do some kind of active trip but at an easy pace...especially important for my wife.
I am a recreational rider, on vintage lightweights (I usually post in C&V) and haven't done any touring. Wife is only just getting into cycling after a hiatus since college; I'm finishing up a Bob Jackson mixte for her. I sold her on the idea of cycling only after showing her some pics on the C&V forum from a NL-based member of the paths near his home: flat, paved, scenic.
As it'll be late July when we can travel, we are aiming for Northern Europe, the UK or Ireland. We may take as long as three weeks so might be able to do two distinct stages.
We are looking at 'self guided' cycling tours, the kind you book through a company that makes arrangements, moves your bags, and rents you the bikes. Tulip Cycling in the Netherlands suggested a week long itinerary that looks nice, only about 30 miles a day so lots of time for sightseeing and Vermeer-gawking. And I have a query in to Iron Donkey in the UK about their routes in the W of England (Cotswolds) and Ireland. Another possibility is the Loire Valley in France, though somehow that does not excite me as much, I am imagining chateaux with immense parking lots full of tour buses.
If any of you have done anything similar I'd love to hear about it. I am sure this is way lightweight for many of you, not even really 'touring,' but it's a start.