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Skedaddle Twaddle about our Italian holidays

Explore Europe’s best cycle paths this summer

Fun and uninterrupted cycling awaits on our top 3 cycle routes in Europe this summer! Ideally suited for families, these tours feature great lengths of traffic-free cycling and are a wonderful way to get the whole family feeling confident exploring on two wheels:

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1. Trip: Tyrolean Valleys, Austria | What to expect? Set within the idyllic Zillertal Austrian valley, our tour of the Tyrol makes the most of the great cycle paths in the region. Your 4 star spa hotel only enhances the holiday’s appeal, a great base for a gentle introduction to the world of family cycling.

2. Trip: Volcanoes to the Ocean, Spain | What to expect? Our new holiday in Northern Spain makes good use of the old disused railway tracks that have been repurposed, especially for cycling! This varied route will keep you smiling as you explore the picturesque valleys and spectacular coast of Catalonia.

3. Trip: Gentle Via Claudia, Italy | What to expect? Based in the Italian region of Trentino, this is an area renowned for its cycle paths…and spectacular mountain views. Alongside fantastic state of the art infrastructure, highlights include lovely riverside routes and the famous submerged Resia church!

Explore Italy’s best-kept secret this September

Head to the heel of the boot for your chance to discover one of Italy’s lesser known, but none-the-less beautiful landscapes. This destination is perfect if you wish to escape from the crowds of central Italy. Featuring stunning Mediterranean culture and a crystal clear sea, you’ll have plenty to enjoy on two wheels while discovering Puglia.

But don’t take our word for it! Time to read what our customers are saying about our leisure cycling holiday exploring Italy’s best-kept secret…

They can’t get enough of the sights
‘A well planned route to see all the most attractive areas and old towns in Southern Puglia. We expected a lot and were not disappointed. We will always remember the historic centres, the Trulli House and abundance of wild flowers – more than we have ever seen in Spring anywhere.’ Michael, Reading

‘The cycling was excellent – I just loved the varied scenery. Everything was organised to the last detail with wonderful personal service from the team at Saddle Skedaddle’ Sue, Hampshire

Our guides unparalleled support has been noted
‘We have never done anything like this before. What an experience and what a great company to do it with. So supportive. So impressed with the telephone support and the encouraging texts and e-mails from various members of the team.’ Linda, Derbyshire

‘The cycling was excellent – I just loved the varied scenery. Everything was organised to the last detail with wonderful personal service from the team at Saddle Skedaddle. I felt very looked after and Tour Leader Alastair was always one step ahead. Saddle Skedaddle are brilliant – I really feel I know the team and have every confidence in them.’ Sue, Hampshire

‘I had a really great time, and I’d definitely recommend (in fact already have!) the tour to others. Everything felt very well organised, which was great for someone like me, who had never done a cycling holiday before, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Things like your pre-tour  phone call checking to see if I had any questions (even though I didn’t!) were much appreciated too.’ Sophie, Manchester

Accommodation that goes the extra mile
‘All the hotels were located close to historical town village centres where there was always a good choice of restaurants for evening dinner. Breakfasts were always good and staff always helpful. The bikes arrived on time and everything was fully explained. We did not have any troubles with bikes or luggage or anything.’ Michael, Reading

‘Our 3 support staff were all very good. Accommodation was clean and comfortable with good sized rooms which were well furnished. Very difficult to pick a favourite day…all days had something special. Already contemplating Sardinia next spring!’ Lily, Kent

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Feeling inspired?
Learn more about our cycling holiday exploring the Apulian region of Italy: join our guided departure date or choose a self-guided version if you prefer to navigate yourselves using route notes and maps.

The most scenic road cycling in Europe

Spectacular scenery on your cycling holiday is an essential ingredient and can do wonders to help you conquer those miles! With epic vistas in mind, here are our trip picks this year featuring the most scenic road cycling routes in Europe:

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1. Destination: Provence, France  | Trip: Le Ventoux a Velo | What you can expect? Few destinations can boast they have their very own answer to the Grand Canyon, but Provence’s Gorge du Verdon comes very close. If that wasn’t enough you’ll encounter one of the Tour de France’s most iconic peaks, as well as dramatic rocky archways and turquoise rivers, plenty of sights to wow en route!

2. Destination: Corsica, France | Trips: The Beautiful Isle & Southern Secrets | What can you expect? Diverse road cycling doesn’t get much better than on the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica, a destination where nature impresses around every bend. From sparkling coast to rugged, rocky inland you’ll enjoy some of the best of the Med here.

3. Destination: Sardinia, Italy | Trip: Coastal Explorer  | What can you expect? It’s no surprise that this year’s Giro D’Italia has decided to kick their 100th edition off on this incredible Italian island! For turquoise waters that rival those in the Caribbean it’s time to join us for a road trip around spectacular Sardinia, where jaw-dropping coastal views provide an inspiring backdrop as you navigate your way by bike.