THE FIVE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY BIKE TOURS
Here at Cycle Cities, we pride ourselves in offering only the best, hand-picked city experiences by bicycle the world has to offer. We live and work to provide only the best for the cycling tourist and adventurer – hence, we’ve been going through the network and choosing our five best bike tours in a number of categories and are presenting them to our friends and readers.
This week, we’ve selected our five favourite family-friendly bike tours – experiences on two wheels suitable for cyclists of all ages. Enjoy!
TASTE & GO: NATURE, TRULLI AND MOZZARELLA: A WINNING RECIPE
Number one on our list is Taste & Go’s culinary experience, cycling through Alberobello and the surrounding countryside. On this three hour, 20km tour, riders will discover the heart of Puglia, a land of remarkable architecture and dry-stone walls. Starting from Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the tour proceeds through beautiful country roads to a local cheese factory nestled in one of the beautiful hamlets of the Itria Valley. Here, riders can see the mozzarella making process and taste typical Apulian cheeses and products, before later returning to Alberobello by bike. This tour is suitable for the whole family, allowing both adults and kids to learn how to make (and then taste!) the famous and iconic cheeses of the local area. The tour is relaxed, easy, and takes place along natural cycle paths and roads mostly free from vehicular traffic, and is not so long so the kids won’t get tired!
2) FRAULEIN MARIA’S: THE SOUND OF MUSIC IN SALZBURG
The beloved childhood film The Sound of Music has been bringing people together for decades, and has always been a favourite of children and adults alike. Number Two on our last of our best family-friendly bike tours, then, goes to Salzburg’s bicycle tour, led by Rupert and the team at Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tours. The tour, that heads through the heart of Salzburg city into Austria’s mesmerising countryside, focusses on the locations used in the iconic film. It lasts about three and a half hours and goes at a relaxing pace suitable for all, with a trailer, tag along and baby seat all also available for the younger members of the family.
3) THE LONDON BICYCLE TOUR COMPANY: THE FAMILY TOUR
The Family Tour, released only a few months ago, is a Private Tour tailored specifically for families with young children. The ride begins with a stop to pick up food from a local delicatessen, before taking a route completely free from vehicular traffic along some of London’s greenest and most beautiful areas and stopping for a picnic. The tour then follows a path exclusively along the city’s cycle paths and superhighways, taking in Buckingham Palace before threading it’s way back along pleasant and child-friendly roads at a pace of the group’s choosing.
4) BERLIN ON BIKE: THE BERLIN’S BEST BIKE TOUR
The Berlin’s Best Bike Tour is the perfect way to get to know Germany’s capital. With an interesting mix of entertainment and information, they’ll give you greater insight into the darkness and light of the history of this inspirational and ever-changing city. It’s also one of the most family-friendly tours in the Cycle Cities network; Berlin on Bike offer plenty of child bikes from 20” to 26”, also providing tag along bikes, child seats and child carriers. They also have a host of guides who have kids and know how to handle them on tour! Furthermore, the safe route (designed to maximise use of bike lanes and parks and minimise riding amongst traffic) makes this tour an absolute must for any family!
5) ISTANBUL ON BIKE: LET’S PEDAL!
Istanbul’s “Let’s Pedal” Tour is a ride through the back streets of Istanbul, where the city’s past and future intermingle and two continents come together. Perfect for travellers staying for only a short while, the “Lets Pedal” Tour differs from all of Istanbul on Bike’s other offerings in that it is a completely spontaneous tour, starting from Balat and dependent only on the guests’ strength and stamina. As their website puts it, “We will ride to wherever the wind blows us to, get lost in off the beaten paths and live in the moment for a while.” What’s not to like?
For more lists of our handpicked gems from the world of bike tourism, stay tuned to our blog and keep your eyes peeled for future captivating stories and experiences from the finest folks the cycling world has to offer. Until next time!
By Rob Binns (Kiwi)
31st August 2018