What better place to take a barge down a historic waterway or go cycling, than in Europe?
Outdoor Travel has 100 different ‘Bike & Barge’ itineraries along the scenic backroads, canals and rivers in France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Scotland in 2018.
Travelling around 25-50 kilometres – four to five hours of cycling each day – you can explore the rural countryside and historic cities, sample local produce, enjoy wine or beer tastings along the ever-expanding network of cycle tracks, rail trails and backroads, and all in the company of like-minded mature cyclists.
By barge, you will enjoy comfortable cabin accommodation (averaging 20 passengers), meals and bike hire as you glide along Loire Valley or Burgundy’s canals and the spectacular coastlines including Amalfi, Sicily and the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia.
In The Netherlands, you can experience tulip season or harvest time in the golden fields of Belgium and Scotland. The treks come with English-speaking guides.