Cycling holidays in Europe

There’s no better way to explore Europe than by bicycle. A cycling holiday offers the opportunity to discover the real, authentic nature of Europe’s countries - whether it’s the vineyards of France, Spain’s historic paradors, Holland’s canals, the remote Baltic spit of Lithuania, or the dramatic coast of Portugal.

Cycling holidays in the spirit of slow travel

Here at The Carter Company, we believe in ‘slow travel’ - which means mainly gentle (alongside a few not-so-gentle) routes that allow our customers the luxury of time to slow down and soak up the details. Unlike most operators, our cycling holidays have just 20 miles or 32 km of cycling each day so they are all about rediscovering the fun of exploring. The majority of our trips are self-guided, which means you can travel at your own pace and stop off en route as you please - whether it’s for a spot of olive oil tasting in Emilia Romanga, a lake dip in Austria or a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub.

We believe the magic is in the detail

We are passionate about sharing authentic European culture through our thoughtfully designed, unusual routes. With over 25 years of experience in creating cycling holidays, what sets us apart from other tour operators is our choice of local partner with their flexible expertise and in-depth knowledge of the areas we cover. We craft the outline of the tour which they carefully research and then we cycle, because we know that the magic of holidays is in the detail. Our itineraries are put together to take in not just the headline attractions but also the hidden gems of the local area that most tourists never see. We are picky about the hotels we use, to ensure our customers enjoy the highest quality and best located accommodation for exploring the area. Alongside the route directions (or in addition to your guide if you prefer to have one), we give each customer a Carter Company Adventure Handbook, which is jam packed with interesting nuggets of information and our insider tips we have accumulated over the years on the best things to see and do in the area.

Please do get in touch and we’d be delighted to help you choose a fantastic cycling holiday in Europe.


Our Europe Cycling holidays


  1. Majorca in style

    Majorca is a wonderfully attractive island offering so much that is unspoilt and historic along with a very attractive coastline and some beaches…

    From £1,990

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Spain

  2. Princely Piedmont

    Discover Piedmont in Italy's north-west, a region with a rich culture and complex history dating back to pre-Roman times. Once the capital of…

    From £1,680

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Italy

  3. The awesome Algarve

    The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its year round sunshine and wonderful coastline along which beaches are strung out…

    From £1,480

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Portugal

  4. Hidden Gems of Holland

    A stunning tour to discover the hidden gems of Holland starting off in the cultural cauldron that is Amsterdam before setting off through beautiful…

    From £2,080

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Holland

  5. Dutch Tulips in Spring

    A superb cycling holiday through the tulip fields of Holland, encompassing Botanical Gardens, antiquities, waterways and windmills, and the 'Dune…

    From £1,180

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Self-guided / Holland

  6. A Grand Tour of the Southern Netherlands

    A stunning nine day cycling tour from Amsterdam to Maastricht that takes in the beautiful and varied landscape of the Southern Netherlands, its…

    From £2,780

    Not so gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Holland

  7. A really rather special tour in Italy

    With stays in the finest luxury hotels, traffic free gentle cycle rides to historic villages and towns and long days of relaxation by the pool…

    From £1,435

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / Italy

  8. The best of Holland

    For our best of Holland cycling tour, we have combined our most interesting and picturesque bike routes with what we think are the most characterful…

    From £1,980

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Holland

  9. A jolly around Connemara

    Connemara is often described as the 'western wonderland of Europe', and when you come here you'll see why: it's where rugged mountains soar above…

    From £1,580

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Ireland

  10. Lake Constance

    Cycling around Lake Constance, which borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland, offers the chance to experience a unique mix of people and cultural…

    From £980

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Austria

  11. Provence and the wild Camargue

    This gentle bicycle tour weaves its way through the picturesque Van Gogh landscapes of Provence and into the wild heart of the Camargue. Pedal…

    From £1,935

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / France

  12. Spring tulips in Holland

    This fantastic five day bike and barge excursion, offered for a limited time only during the Spring months, is the ideal excuse for flower lovers…

    From £780

    Gentle / 4 or 5 nights / Guided / Holland

  13. Austrian lakes and mountains

    What with the fairytale charm of the Baroque city of Salzburg, the unparalleled natural beauty of the Austrian Lakes area and the magnificent…

    From £1,095

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Austria

  14. Majorca coast to coast

    A wonderfully gentle ride takes you from the turquoise waters of the south to the north coast giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the many…

    From £890

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Spain

  15. The Curonian lagoon

    This is a truly fascinating trip that explores the World Heritage listed Curonian Spit in Lithuania. Blessed with stunning sandy beaches, remarkable…

    From £690

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / The Baltics

  16. Land of the Spanish conquistadors

    This tour covers the land of the Spanish Conquistadors that grew in wealth from the conquest of South America and as a result boasts a string…

    From £1,200

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Spain

  17. Easy Tuscany ~ Pisa to Florence

    This is a leisurely ride through the magic of Tuscany - through a wonderful landscape of vineyards and olive groves, charming villages and cypress…

    From £890

    Not so gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Italy

  18. Dutch craft Flemish art

    What could be more Dutch than to live aboard a traditional barge and tootle about on a bike through the lowlands where everything's an art form?…

    From £1,290

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Guided / Holland

  19. Highlights of Holland

    Of all countries, Holland offers the most fabulous gentle cycling for it is wonderfully flat and has an astonishing network of well signed &…

    From £1,180

    Gentle / 6 or 7 nights / Self-guided / Holland

  20. Brittany's emerald coast

    This gentle cycling holiday includes all that we love about Brittany and more. A dramatic and rocky coast with wide sandy beaches, medieval streets,…

    From £1,390

    Gentle / 8 nights + / Self-guided / France


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