I have an extra 2 weeks of vacation that I have to take before the end of next year. I'm interested in doing a bike tour in Europe, at least 7 days on the bike. I'm not really interested in camping as I will be traveling as a solo female and camping alone would make me a little nervous. I currently ride a '85 Trek 620 and would prefer to bring my bike as I'm comfortable with it, and I'm used to doing basic maintenance on it. I'm hoping to average 30 -40 miles per day. I can be fairly open about when I travel. I was thinking of a self-guided or independent tour but might be open to a guided tour.
So far I've narrowed my list to these countries, and this is where I'm stuck:
- Netherland / Belgium (I like the architecture, it's flat, good bike infrastructure). Would maybe want to train to Paris from Brussels.
- Umbria, Italy (more hilly but also more scenic, I've always wanted to visit). Would train to Rome either before or after.
- Ireland - High on my bucket list, but would also want to visit the towns where my family came from and they are spread out so this might make planning more difficult. Weather not as good.
Excluding airfare and meals, I would like to keep my budget to around $2500 for the bike tour portion at the most. I would love some feedback. Thanks.