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biking cruises in France
CroisiEurope is offering in 2017 biking cruises with 5 different itineraries. For those who fancy an active break, biking holidays are a welcome mix of a relaxing tour, taking your time to enjoy the moment and discover new places at a slower pace, while keeping fit in the outdoor. The new cruise and bike holidays combine sailing along the Danube, the Loire, Rhône and Saône, Gironde and Rhine, and riding along surrounded by stunning scenery stopping to explore unique sites on the way. Let’s find out what’s in store!
If you've always wanted to admire the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its picturesque landscapes, CroisiEurope has just what you need! Along the way, discover the Hof Palace, a former imperial residence, which used to be one of the most sumptuous castles of the double monarchy. You will also ride to the Sandberg sandcliffs, a protected area which used to be sand quarry and has been turned into a protected area as fossils of prehistoric sea animals were found there, and the Devin castle. Your cruise and biking holiday along the Danube will also let you enjoy a commanding view of the confluence of the two significant rivers that form part of the country’s borders: the Danube and the Morava. A Danube cruise is also the opportunity to discover Budapest, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and offering a surprising mix of historical ruins and modern living.
A cruise and bike tour is an original way to explore the Loire Valley. From the charming landscape to picturesque villages and the famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley, this cruise and bike trip will give you the opportunity to delve into a unique heritage. Luscious forests, the port city Saint-Nazaire, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the wonderful and charming seaside town of La Baule, the Guérande salt marshes, the perfect mix for riding along stunning landscapes, while stopping by great sites. A great tip for nature lovers: the Brière Regional Natural Park is a must-see site! The Château de Villandry is also well worth a visit: once owned by Napoléon Bonaparte, this majestic palace includes what many consider to be the most stunning gardens ever conceived.
A Rhone and Saone cruise and bike tour is ideal to explore architectural gems in Lyon, stopping along the way to taste some local specialties and catch a glimpse of famous buildings such as Vieux Lyon, the Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica, the Parc de la Tête d’Or, and Place Bellecour. The tour on bike of the Rhone will be the opportunity to ride through the Pilat Regional Natural Park. Typical of the South of France, you’ll see olive and almond trees, along with rare species living in the heights of the park, and relics of prehistoric homes bringing you back to the origins of humanity. On your way, you’ll have some free time to visit Les Baux de Provence, a charming little village situated at the top of a spur dominated by a castle in ruins, the Luberon Regional Natural Park, passing along famous Provencal villages such as Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes.
You Gironde cruise will take you the most prominent sites in the Bordeaux region. We will first bike to Saint-Estèphe, a town famous for its Baroque architecture, and its stunning view of the Garonne. You’ll bike along some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world and catch a glimpse of some of France’s biggest wine estates. It will also be the opportunity to taste some wine in a world-famous castle renowned for its Bordeaux. On your way to Pauillac, you'll be able to see a few prominent wine estates like Chateau Pontet-Canet, Chateau Pichon Longeville Baron and Chateau Lynch-Bages. You’ll bike along the coast and the Pyla Dune, the tallest sand dune in Europe. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in Arcachon, a famous seaside resort frequented by aristocrats since the second half of the 19th century.
Basel is the starting gate to a spectacular river cruise through the Rhine Valley and up to the canals of Amsterdam. During your cruise and biking holiday, you’ll see the Chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, built during the second half of the 13th century. You’ll stop in Colmar to enjoy the quintessential neighborhood of “Little Venice”. You’ll continue biking on the famous Alsatian Wine Route, and taste the famous Alsatian sparkling wine. Your tour will take you to Strasbourg, where you will bike through the city and its Grande Île, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your Rhine Valley cruise and bike trip offers a great mix of city biking, and riding through stunning scenery in France but also Germany, taking you to Mainz, Bingen, cruise the Romantic Rhine Valley, which claims the most castles in the world and see the infamous Lorelei Rock: the subject of many myths and legends. You'll also discover Koblenz and Cologne. The Rhine cruise also takes you to the Netherland, more precisely through Holland, biking towards the inlands and Edam enjoy a bike tour along the banks of Lake Markermeer, and through the village of Durgerdam. The trip is also great to explore Amsterdam, and take your time to take in the city renowned for its canals.
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