Bike tours for foodies + secret local recipes (shared!)
Let’s be honest. Some of us cycle so we can eat. And eat well. If you’re anything like the BikeTours.com staff, then you probably plan most of your vacations (oh, ok, even your normal days) around meals.
We love to eat. And we love to bike. And, therefore, we know how important it is to find the perfect mix of cycling and cuisine.
Check out some of our favorite tours for foodies. And, we’ve shared some of our local operator’s treasured recipes!
This 6-night guided tour includes leisurely cycling and a luxurious stay at a large family estate with a warm Tuscan atmosphere. Can it get any better? Actually, yes. Most days include a hands-on cooking class or a tasting with a local food artisan.
“Cuisine is a great combination with cycling because our cyclists ride hard and want to eat hard, very much enjoying the local food,” said Giuliana Mulas, from local operator Cicloposse.
“We introduce our food culture where simple and fresh ingredients are very important. There’s a focus on healthy food, good energy and high-end nutrition for sporty people.”
- Three included cooking classes
- Lunch and wine tasting at Montalcino winery
- Dinner and cooking lesson about pici – the handrolled pasta of this region
- Famous white truffles in San Giovanni d’Asso
- In Pienza, trying pecorino, a delicious pungent cheese made using only sheep milk
- Cycling through vineyards of Chianti
- Farewell dinner at restaurant Amordivino, which boasts the best Chianina beef
Can’t-miss food + recipe from the region
These naked green spheres might not look very inviting – they are in fact missing their exterior pasta covering. The famous ricotta and spinach ravioli served throughout the country are in this recipe left alone without their dress… The effect is amazing – soft, creamy and tasty. The best part, the filling, is all you’ll get in this famous tuscan specialty.”
This 6-night self-guided tour features what this region does best: pasta! You’ll pedal through Italy’s premier pasta region, with every meal featuring extraordinary local dishes made according to tradition.
“Food in Emilia-Romagna is a religion,” said Stefania Casadei, with local tour operator and BikeTours.com partner BikeRentalsPlus. “Extraordinary local dishes made according to tradition, behind-the-scenes visits, and easy cycling will make your day rides memorable.”
- Balsamic vinegar cellar
- Parma famous cured ham
- Parmesan cheese
- Bologna and mortadella
- Gelato Museum and tasting!
Can’t-miss food + recipe
Ragú Pasta Sauce – “Here in Italy, Ragú is what we call “bolognaise” – obviously from Bologna,” Stefania explains. “Ragú is comfort food, Italian style, for the Malpezzi Price family. Simple ingredients combine to form a delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. The meat sauce is a Bolognese style meat sauce, preferably made with ground beef or a mixture of ground beef and pork, tomato sauce or paste and an initial base of finely chopped onion, carrot and celery. The only spices that my family ever used for this sauce were salt, pepper and at times basil.”
“The Highlands of Scotland boast a tremendous natural larder, from the freshest, fattest langoustines straight off the boat on the west coast, to prize-winning local cheeses, to the sweetest raspberries. Not to mention a diverse menu of the finest whiskies in the world!” said Catherine Shearer of local Scotland tour operator H&I Adventures.
“In developing our Tastes + Trails of Scotland itinerary, we wanted to showcase all the wonderful local produce we have here in the Highlands and, when you’ve been mountain biking through the very landscapes that give us these delicious ingredients, it seemed only apt to reward ourselves with a tastes of Scotland’s finest!”
- Taste the best local Highland produce
- World-renowned seafood
- Delicious local meat and cheeses
- the finest Scottish whiskies
Can’t-miss food + recipe
Catherine says a perfect example of a traditional Highland dish that marries simple, but fresh and locally-sourced ingredients is Cullen Skink.”This is a hearty soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes, onion and a bit of cream. It’s often seen on our menus as a starter, but beware: it can be a whole meal in itself, so make sure you save it for the end of a big day on the bike!”
Besides its beautiful and scenic cycling routes, this tour also features traditional Hungarian meals like goulash and homemade strudel. And don’t forget one of the highlights of this tour: the local wines!
- Traditional Hungarian meals
- Lunch and wine tasting at family wine cellars
- Homemade picnics in the natural scenery of the Balaton Uplands
Favorite food + recipe
Hungarian Goulash is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, goulash is also a popular meal in Central Europe, Scandinavia and Southern Europe. This version is shared by our local Hungarian tour operator co-owner, Sophie!