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Old 04-18-15, 04:56 PM
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Seeking short European tour recommendations

Greetings All,
My wife and I are on a year-long globe trotting trip and are just entering our European segment (currently in Turkey). We've only done a few weekend tours in the states and are looking to do about a week (+/- a few days) of touring somewhere in Europe. We already have all the necessary equipment for camping with us (we do a lot of wilderness backpacking) and will only need to buy/rent bikes and panniers. We don't like guided tours. Hoping for a country-side route rather than passing through major cities. Our trip will take place sometime in the next four months. Any recommendations for quintessential European countryside touring of about one week's length? About 80 km/day would be comfortable for us. Really any country in Europe is fair game... Thanks in advance.
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I saved this link awhile back. Really never looked it over very well.
It might interest you as they offer for hire bike info. I have not connection with these folks.

Selfguide bike tour advice, links, how to in Europe; France Germany Holland Portugal UK Switzerland
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maybe follow the donau from wien to passau?
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Seeking short European tour recommendations

Here's a link to the French bike network: https://en.francevelotourisme.com/

The Loire Valley or Mont-Saint Michel to Paris for example are great.

In France regional train travel with a loaded bike is no problem.
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It's tough to beat France, IMHO, for bike touring in Europe. It has a great system of smaller roads and a fairly low population density for western Europe (outside of Paris). The drivers are courteous as well.
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Slovenia is the hidden gem of Euro bike touring.
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The Canal Du Midi towpath, Atlantic to the Med.
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My first choice would be the Dordogne & Lot valleys in SW France. You could start in Bordeaux and head eastward. The scenery gets more and more gorgeous. Burgundy has some very nice paved trails and signposted bike routes along quiet roads. The same is true in Provence, especially the Luberon region just east of Avignon, but it's very hot in the summer. Lots to see and easy cycling in the Loire valley which also has lots of quiet little roads.

Here are some links for route info:

Burgundy: le Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo
Luberon region in Provence: https://www.luberon-apt.fr/images/tel...du-luberon.pdf
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Originally Posted by bikemig
It's tough to beat France, IMHO, for bike touring in Europe. It has a great system of smaller roads and a fairly low population density for western Europe (outside of Paris). The drivers are courteous as well.
I have only toured in France, and speak French, so I am biased in agreeing with this suggestion. I would add that there is in general a good amount of campgrounds all around France, and even in pre internet time when I did my two tours in France, it was pretty easy to find out where they were, tourism info was fairly widely available in most towns.
So many places to suggest, I've biked in the Normandy and Bretagne area, some of the Loire river bit; and down in the Pyrenees area. I have car camped in the Luberon area in the south and its pretty darn pretty too....(spent two weeks there one august and it was often rather hot, sometimes over 40c during a heat wave that lasted a bunch of days)

lots of options of where to look into, have fun researching.
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AMS airport , ride to and camp at Zandvoort for 1st night (jet lag done by AM) then turn north or south from there ..

Also Lower level of same Shiphol Airport is the National rail station, to go most any where from there, by Train.



maybe follow the donau from wien to passau?
thats going Up River... Passau to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest is down river , there are River ferries to go against the current for the return.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
AMS airport , ride to and camp at Zandvoort for 1st night (jet lag done by AM) then turn north or south from there ..

Also Lower level of same Shiphol Airport is the National rail station, to go most any where from there, by Train.




thats going Up River... Passau to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest is down river , there are River ferries to go against the current for the return.
Hi,

I have done some great cycling tours in holland. Try hollandcycletours.com
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As a US Veteran of the State Stupidity of the 60s, I visited Belgian sites of the many State's mass stupidity of 100 years ago in Belgium and Poland in 1991.

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last year we did the greenways route from prague to vienna through southern czechia. it was amazing. this year we are planning prague to venice through germany, austria and to italy. there are far too many routes available in europe. good luck on your trip.
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Why not start at Maastricht, NL? Bike friendly areas with many dedicated cycling paths. Belgium, Germany are very close. Luxembourg and France could be reached in a couple of days. There are many canals and river routes if you like to avoid the hills. A lot of history from WWII to medieval eras. A great selection of breweries all over the place. Great railway connections when you run out of time. Just to name a few reasons
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Originally Posted by xilios
Why not start at Maastricht, NL? Bike friendly areas with many dedicated cycling paths. Belgium, Germany are very close. Luxembourg and France could be reached in a couple of days. There are many canals and river routes if you like to avoid the hills. A lot of history from WWII to medieval eras. A great selection of breweries all over the place. Great railway connections when you run out of time. Just to name a few reasons
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What I want to know is, had the fat lady already sung or what?
Enquiring Minds want to know
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Maastricht is a close ride from Cologne Germany too. Maybe a better train connection to one than the other ?

train to Trier puts you on the Moselle (vineyards) river..

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What I want to know is, had the fat lady already sung or what?
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That is what I told my wife, "This tour is not over until the fat lady sings"
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Great (or in my case, very mediocre) minds think alike ;-)
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This statue is deticated to the market woman called (Mooswief, (Moos) is a dialect word for garden vegegatbles and (wief) is a vegetable-woman of lower social standing). In the old days they brought the vegetables from the coutryside to be sold in Maastricht.
The market is still here every wednesday and friday mornings.
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I've biked and/or toured in Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Hands down, my favorite country for biking is Austria. They have invested heavily in well designed and signed long-distance routes, the scenery and history is great, prices are reasonable, lodging options abound (camping, B&Bs, pensions, hotels), and the locals are friendly.

For a nice week-long tour I'd suggest either the Tauern bike path (Tauernradweg), which starts in the Austrian Alps south of Zell am See and goes to the Danube at Passau, Germany, or the classic Danube route from Passau to Vienna. Both are really nice rides. The Tauern is much more rural than the Danube route, although the Danube route isn't too "city" either (Linz and Vienna are the two main cities you go through). Because they are popular routes they are well supported with bicycle touring companies that offer a wide-range of tours, from fully supported to self-guided (they book your rooms and transport your luggage). They may also be willing to just rent you bicycles for the trip, as they usually have offices at the beginning and ends of popular routes so you can do a point-to-point ride. Austria Radreisen is one of the biggest tour operators - give them a call and see what they will do for you.
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In my travels across Europe, I was particularly enchanted with Estonia. Long daylight, reasonable routes including signed bike routes.
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Originally Posted by xilios
This statue is deticated to the market woman called (Mooswief, (Moos) is a dialect word for garden vegegatbles and (wief) is a vegetable-woman of lower social standing). In the old days they brought the vegetables from the coutryside to be sold in Maastricht.
The market is still here every wednesday and friday mornings.
Thank you for posting this. I thought you might recognize it. It is a beautiful town and my wife is especially interested in old churches. We made a point to visit the city to say hello to a couple of bike tourers we had met a month before. Seeing them again and your town was well worth the ride.

We entered NL near Nijmegen and worked our way south along the Maas River to Maastricht. We then took the Belgium side north, and ultimately, after a large loop north, ended in Amsterdam.

It would make a great 2-3 week ride. We met some really great people throughout The Netherlands.

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If you're ever in town again come on over for a beer/wine/coffee whatever, we would be happy to meet you in person.
cheers. George and Monique
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If you're ever in town again come on over for a beer/wine/coffee whatever, we would be happy to meet you in person.
cheers. George and Monique
Thanks, My wife and I are ending a ride in Amsterdam in late summer. We will be coming from the Czech Republic, through Germany heading for Belgium. We are not sure of our exact route, but who knows.
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