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7 cycling trips for beginners

Considering your first cycling holiday? We've chosen some of our best trips for novice cyclists, hand picked for beginners by our experts because of the distances covered, the flatter routes, and the quieter roads and cycling paths.
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Cycle Canal du Midi

Cycle along serene tree-lined waterways along the Canal du Midi, travelling from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast. We’ll ride on quiet paths through the picturesque Corbieres region and absorb the rich history, stopping to try the delicious regional cuisine and excellent local wines. 
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Prague to Meissen by Bike

Cycle from Prague into Germany along flat riverside paths. Travel through the beautiful wine-growing ‘garden of Bohemia’, through historic spa towns, scenic Saxony and pretty riverside meadows before arriving into the historic town of Dresden via quiet traffic-free paths. The terrain here is mostly flat with some gentle undulations, and the average distances of around 45km a day make this an ideal holiday for novice cyclists. 
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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice

Cycle through the South Tyrol’s glacial valleys, past the soaring Dolomites to beautiful Lake Garda. While the backdrops along this route are dramatic, the under-wheel terrain is gentle and largely flat. Nearly all of this route is along cycle paths away from the roads, making it ideal for your first cycling holiday.
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Cycle the Baltic States

The Baltic States are in hot demand at the moment, and this eight-night cycle trip is a fantastic introduction to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. You’ll explore the historic capital cities and cycle through national parks, past feudal castles and peaceful coastlines on this easy-graded trip. 
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Mekong Delta and Angkor

A cycling trip through Cambodia and Vietnam is certainly an evocative one. Cycle past jungle-clad ancient temples (including Angkor Wat), lush rice paddies and across the mighty Mekong Delta. We’ll explore fascinating Old Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Phnom Penh, but also experience everyday local life in the Delta and in traditional rural villages. This route is as flat as can be, and distances are relatively short – it's an excellent trip for beginners wanting to the destination.
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Self-Guided Danube Cycling – Passau to Vienna

Ride beside the mighty Danube, from Germany’s Passau to Vienna in Austria. Explore the historic towns of Krems, Linz and Grein and explore pretty vineyards, choosing the stops along the way that suit you. A self-guided holiday means setting your own pace – we’ll provide the route and maps, and ensure your luggage is transported and the rest is up to you. Keen cyclists can extend this trip to cycle beyond Vienna, and on to Budapest in Hungary.
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Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike

A cycling holiday through Austria, Switzerland and Germany needn’t be as arduous as it sounds. Surrounded by mountains you'll find charming towns, villages and vineyards along the lake shore. Rides are mostly flat cycle paths and some quiet roads.  This self-guided trip takes in three countries in one week and, armed with your own map and route, you can take the trip entirely at your own pace, choosing to start each day’s cycling (and stop for breaks) when it suits you.
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