13 of the best e-biking tours across the globe

Take a load off your thighs, as we pick the European, Asian and African rides that’ll put the electricity back into your next cycling escape, in every sense…

Kirtey Verma
22 May 2019

1. The yellow jersey ride

A champion cycle route in France (Shutterstock)

Follow in the tyre treads of champions, France

Live out your yellow jersey fantasies on the Tourmalet and the Cols of the Tour de France trip with Purely Pyrenees.

Although this self-guided tour follows the official route, you can enjoy letting your e-bike take the strain while going at your own pace.

Breeze past iconic mountain scenery and lush valleys while pedalling across famous Pyrenean mountain passes and the cols of Tourmalet and Aubisque.

Who:Purely Pyrenees (0207 859 4906)

When: May to October 2019

How long? Seven nights

How much? £1,283 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: N/A

2. The cultural pedal

Cycle in Croatia (Headwater)

The Istrian coast on two wheels, Croatia

See a different side to Croatia on Headwater’s self-guided Coastal Croatia – Pula to Porec Cycling tour. Take on the coastal bike trails around the Istrian Peninsula, riding through oak forests and underneath umbrella pines.

Then, explore Pula’s Roman amphitheatre and admire the intricate frescoes inside the baroque and Byzantine basilicas of Rovinj. Cool off­ afterwards with a soothing sunset dip in the glittering Adriatic or an evening walk across Fazana’s star-lit harbour.

Who:Headwater(01606 369588)

When: May to September 2019

How long? Seven nights

How much? From £1,429 (incl flights)

E-bike supplement: £85

3. The island hopper

Cycle across an archipelago in Finland (Magnetic North Travel)

Steady your legs and live life in the slow lane on the self-guided Archipelago Trail of Finland with Magnetic North Travel.

Explore the islands on­ the south-western coast by cycling from Nantaali and hopping by ferry at your own pace across Vaihela, Kustavi, Houtksari and others.

Pedal serene fishing villages, medieval castles and old wooden churches before looping back to finish on the mainland.

Who:Magnetic North Travel(01664 400103)

When: June to August

How long? Seven days

How much? From £860 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: £190

4. The uphill climb

Bike in Bhutan (SpiceRoads)

Pedal to new heights, Bhutan

Tackle Bhutan’s tricky peaks on SpiceRoads’ guided Mystical Bhutan tour.

Starting in Paro, pedal through centuries of Bhutanese history with tours of medieval fortresses and ancient monasteries where you have the chance to discover Buddhist traditions, before pedalling past wild Himalayan countryside, bamboo forests and remote villages.

And with all those uphill climbs in your way, you’ll never be more glad to be on an e-bike. Unless you have the thighs of a god, of course.

Who: SpiceRoads (+66 2 381 7490)

When: 1 June, 3 & 31 August & 5 October 2019

How long? 15 days

How much? From £3,780 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: £749

5. The river cycle

Cycle through Portugal (Bspoke Tours)

Cycle through port country, Portugal

Blaze a trail across the steep vine-covered hills of northern Portugal on the self-guided Douro Valley by E-bike trip from Bspoke Tours.

Spend time in the laid-back city of Porto, admiring the Baroque civil architecture of the 18th century Casa de Mateus palace, before riding deep into the Douro Valley’s network of vineyards to taste the local port wines in Quinta and Pinhão.

As an added bonus, you can even hop on a boat and take in the picture-perfect view from the Douro River.

Who:BspokeTours(020 7471 7759)

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long? Six nights

How much? From £1,185 (incl flights)

E-bike supplement: N/A

6. The multi-country ride

Pedal your way across three countries (Saddle Skedaddle)

Pedal your way across three countries, Austria, Switzerland and Germany

Get in gear with Saddle Skedaddle’s self-guided tour of Lake Constance and cycle Austria, Switzerland and Germany in just eight days. It’s not a mad dash, though.

Simply follow the lake’s sandy shores at your own pace, passing bucolic vineyards and quaint Swiss fishing villages en route to the historic German towns of Constance and Friedrichshafen, and on to Austria’s Bregenz, famed for its floating music stage. A worthy trio!

Who:Saddle Skedaddle(0191 265 1110)

When: Until 5 October 2019

How long? Eight days

How much? From £680 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: £180

7. The volcanic escape

Cycle the lakes and volcanoes of the Azores (Sunvil)

Cycle your way around the lakes and volcanoes of the Azores, Portugal

Get in the saddle for Sunvil’s self-guided Cycling Holiday of São Miguel, pedalling easy coastal roads and rolling through lush volcanic scenery on the largest island in the Azores.

Soak weary thighs in hot springs en route and dip your toes in the Sete Cidades lakes, where you can take a moment to enjoy the view of these deeply blue twin lakes, before heading to the Botanical Gardens for a stroll around its floral wonders.

Who:Sunvil (020 8758 4722)

When: regular departures throughout the year (late May to early October for direct flights)

How long? Seven nights

How much? From £1,248 (incl flights)

E-bike supplement: £172

Pedal hidden Hokkaido (World Expeditions)

8. The traditional ride

Pedal hidden Hokkaido, Japan

Uncover the Secrets of Hokkaido on this group cycling tour of Japan’s remote far north with World Expeditions.

Sweep across rural farmlands, rolling mountain-scapes and wild coast, exploring the vast UNESCO-listed Shiretoko Peninsula – home to shika deer and the densest brown bear population in Japan.

Absorb traditional Japanese culture with stays at ryokan innsand long soaks in hot springs after the day’s ride.

Who:World Expeditions (0800 0744 135)

When: 7 July & 21 August 2019

How long? Eight days

How much? From £2,250 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: £170

9. Town and country pedal

Ride around Italy (KE Adventure Travel)

Enjoy a renaissance ride, Italy

Cruise through Pisa and Florence on KE Adventure Travel’s Classic Cycling Tour of Tuscany.

Soak up Italy’s rural and cultural charms on this leisurely guided ride through the region’s backroads, packed with olive groves and cypress trees.

Stop off to sample the finest Chianti wine at remote vineyards and uncover medieval hilltop villages on your journey, before stopping to spy Renaissance artworks and architecture in the culture hot spots of Florence and Siena.

Who:KE Adventure Travel (01768 773966)

When: 31 August, 14 September, 5 & 19 October 2019

How long? Eight days

How much? From £1,245 (excl flights)

E-bike supplement: €180 (£154)

10. The cycle safari

Bike Kilimanjaro (Shutterstock)

Whizz up a mountain and watch wonderful wildlife

Push your endurance to the limit on SpiceRoadsCycle Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean trip. The mighty Mount Kilimanjaro may be the giant in your midst, but the endless plains of the Tanzanian savannah also await you on your trip.

Watch Maasai dance performances and go on game drives before whizzing through the wilds – it’s sure to be an extraordinary trip.

When: June to July, November to December 2019; June to July 2020

How long? Nine days

How much? From £2,215 (excluding flights)

E-bike supplement: £260

11. A pedal and a tipple

A bike in a vineyard in Saint-Émilion (Shutterstock)

Enjoy rich history and rich wine in Bordeaux, France

Set a new cycling challenge for yourself and educate yourself on the history of wine on the self-guided Bordeaux City and Vineyards tour from Cycling for Softies.

Admire the rich history and impressive architecture of Bordeaux before cycling eastwards to visit to the towns of Saint-Émilion, Sauternes and Cadillac.

Revered across the world, these towns are home to some of the world’s finest wine, which you can sample alongside the local cuisine. And you can take a bottle on your bike ride – perfect for an impromptu picnic.

Who:Cycling for Softies(020 7471 7787)

When: April to October 2019

How long? Eight days

How much? From £1,715 (including flights)

E-bike supplement: £20 per day

12. Pedal through history

Bike through Normandy during the anniversary of D-Day (Shutterstock)

Celebrate the anniversary of D-Day on a cycle in Normandy, France

Learn more about WWII on Inntravel’s self-guided Bayeux and Beaches of Normandy trip this summer.

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings approaching, cyclists and history buffs will delight in pedalling along Normandy’s charming coastline, which will be coming to life with military parades and firework displays in celebration of peace.

Pass through Arromanches and the famous landing beaches, before heading to Bayeux, where you can spy the iconic tapestry and pay your respects at the largest British Military Cemetery in France. It’s an evocative time for Normandy.

Who:Inntravel (01653 617001)

When: May to September 2019

How long? Six nights

How much? From £945

E-bike supplement: £80

13. The medieval pedal

Cycle along the Danube river (Shutterstock)

Bikes, boats and incredible architecture, Germany, Austria and Slovakia

Encounter new challenges on Bspoke’s self-guided Along the Danube Bike & Boat tour.

The gardens, castles and valleys of Germany, Austria and Slovakia will be the backdrop to your trip, which begins in Munich. Here, you’ll have plenty of time to stop off at Bavarian beer gardens while pedalling past the city’s ornate churches and modern museums.

Then cycle past beautiful meadows, medieval villages and castle ruins to end up in Bratislava, where you can lose yourself in the city’s hidden alleyways.

Spend the day in Vienna and spy the majestic Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House before looping back to Munich to end your trip.

Who: Bspoke Tours (020 3740 3966)

When: May to September 2019

How long? Eight days

How much? From £1,195 (including flights)

E-bike supplement: £90

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