Nervous Novice: Picks for your style

You’re the newbie!

The one who loves to be active, may or may not be a cyclist, and may or may not have traveled outside your home country (or home county!). But you are ready to try something new. You’re just a little nervous about it!

These favorite tours listed below offer shorter daily distances, flatter terrain, peaceful settings and mostly follow dedicated bicycle paths or quiet back roads.

Our top 7 recommendations:

  1. Treasures of the Donegal Coast (Ireland) – The terrain is challenging, but the electric bike option makes this a great tour for nervous novices who want to give it a bit more effort. All as you cycle along one of the world’s most stunning stretches of coastline.

  2. Innsbruck to Salzburg: Through the Alps Along River Cycle Trails - Its dedicated bike paths, relatively flat terrain, and beautiful region make it the perfect first tour for newbies.

  3. Wine and Bike in Hungary’s Balaton Uplands - The tour features low mileage; mostly flat terrain; culinary treasures—and unlimited wine!

  4. Bolzano - Verona - Venice - This tour boasts an easy to manage itinerary, beautiful Italian cities, and another option to have a guide with a group.

  5. Holland's Southern Tour Bike and Barge - This leisurely tour features historic towns, picturesque villages, a rural environment abounding with water, dunes and beaches, and wonderfully flat cycling.

  6. Friuli Regional Tour (Italy) - You overnight in just two places during this 7-night tour, which means you can even take days off if you’d like. Bicycle paths and backroads carry you through vineyards and medieval towns.

  7.  Amsterdam to Bruges by Bike and Boat – This relaxed tour takes you through the region’s most beautiful cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, where you still can feel the charm of the days long gone. 

Check out more tour suggestions our top 10 tips for first-timers >


Your go-to advisors

Our tour advisors love novices. We were all in the same boat (or on the same bike) as you at some point, and we can relate. There's also nothing more gratifying than when a client comes back from a a first (or tenth) tour and says, "This was the best vacation of my life!" We want to make sure you do the same. Contact anyone on our tour advisor team at or 1-877-462-2423 (toll free) or 1-423-756-8907 (local/international).

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