10 Of Europe's Best Family Walking & Cycling Tours

Historic villages in canton of Zurich | Switzerland Tourism
Historic villages in canton of Zurich | Switzerland Tourism

10 of Europe's Best Family Walking & Cycling Tours

Consider these Excellent Holidays for your next European Family Adventure 

Our range of dedicated family walking, cycling and boat holidays in Europe will be sure to keep parents and children happy and active. 

The below multi-activity itineraries have been specially crafted with younger families in mind and will provide rewarding walking and cycling challenges while travelling through the spectacular landscapes of Europe.
Family crossing Corsica |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Child kayaking off the boat in the Mediterranean |  <i>Ross Baker</i> Kids enjoying riding in Catalonia

There’s nothing better than exploring Europe with the kids and these tours will get them started with a lifelong passion for travel and the great outdoors. Plus, as a parent, you’ll be entertained as well as you discover the best trails and regions of Europe.
Choose your family activity:

Family Cycling Holidays in Europe

Children’s bikes are available (for a minimum height of 120cm) as well as trailer bicycles and children’s bike seats. For the parents, there are also electric bike options as well.

Catalonia by Bike for Families

Travellers to Europe have their reasons – food, art, culture, scenery, history. This trip in Spain has it all. Enjoy relaxed cycling by inviting beaches and postcard perfect countryside, become immersed in the unique Catalan culture and learn about the regions engrossing past (including pirate sieges!), take in the Salvador Dali museum and enjoy superb cuisine made from fresh local ingredients.
Family cycling through a village in Catalonia on a self guided cycle trip |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Sardinia Family Cycle Adventure

The Mediterranean island of Sardinia is well known for its white sandy beaches, mystical ancient history and wild mountainous interior. It's an island full of adventure for both young and old with the intrigue of its own language and cultural traditions, mouth-watering local flavours and idyllic beaches providing something for everyone in the family. 
Cycle through small fishing villages, past Romanesque ruins and lagoons packed with pink flamingos; wander through vineyards and old olive groves, take in the spectacular views of dramatic cliffs and of course relax on the famous white sandy beaches. With a range of cycle options for kids and adults including bike seats, trailers and electric bikes there are no excuses not to be active on this inspiring relaxed pace cycling trip.

View Sardinia Family Cycle Adventure tour.
Child cycling through the countryside in Sardinia

Danube Cycle Adventure for Families

This flat stretch of the Danube, which is free of traffic and packed full of attractions, is an ideal introduction to cycle touring for all of the family. There is plenty of variety including a donkey adventure, boat rides on the Danube, historic sites such as the Melk Monastery and beautiful landscapes that will inspire children and adults alike.
This is a brilliant trip. Plenty of time to cycle from place to place each day. Wonderful scenery. Instructions (pre-trip and during the trip) were very worthwhile. Do this trip again? Yes, definitely and further along the Danube.

Tuscany Cycle for Families

Not a fan of hills? How good does this sound: there are no steep Tuscan hills on this beautifully designed self guided cycle taking in some of Tuscany's most famous towns. Pedal effortlessly along the meandering Arno river cycle paths that take you from one classic Tuscan city to the next. From the leaning tower of Pisa to the elegant Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca and the famous Duomo of Florence, there are no shortage of sites to engage the whole family.

Cycle through a quintessential Tuscan landscape, taste the many local specialties and stay in three comfortable family run hotels generally with swimming pools and gardens, perfect for relaxing after the cycling day is over.
Central Italy is a destination that all the family can enjoy |  <i>Sue Badyari</i>

More Family Friendly Cycling Trips

Click here to view our complete list of family friendly cycling holidays in Europe.

Family Walking Holidays in Europe


Mont Blanc Family Adventure

This is a small group guided trek around the highest peak in Western Europe that the family will adore! Experience alpine food such as raclette, soak up magnificent mountain views and, best of all, the children can take turns leading their favourite donkey along the trail.

View Mont Blanc Family Adventure tour.
Families walking with donkeys beneath the lofty heights of Mont Blanc |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Mont Blanc Family Adventure - France to Italy

There’s also a Mont Blanc Family Adventure – France to Italy tour as well, which completes the other half of the Mont Blanc circuit. This starts in Les Houches and ends in Courmayeur. 

The Mont Blanc region is one of the most incredible places I have been too. Amazing views and scenery. I particularly enjoyed the walks on day 3, 4 and 5. The family walk was not as challenging as I would have liked it to be. It was really great to be able to do this without worrying about booking accommodation or sorting out my own food. The accommodation was great and the food local and delicious. I really appreciated my vegetarian diet being catered for, however some nights better then others. - H. Troupe, Australia

Mont Blanc Circuit Family Walk |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

More Family Friendly Walking Trips

Click here to view our complete range of family friendly walking holidays in Europe.

Family Multi-Activity Holidays in Europe


Sweden Winter Family Adventure

Explore the winter wonderland that is Sweden and create some truly magical memories. The whole family will love the winter activities on this itinerary: enjoy the fun of an overnight train to Swedish Lapland, experience the original Ice Hotel, learn about the lifestyles of the nomadic reindeer herders, search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile and, best of all, travel by dogsled through the natural surrounds and befriend the affectionate huskies. None of the family will want this amazing 6 day multi-activity holiday to end.
Feeding Reindeers near Kiruna, Lapland |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Sweden Summer Family Adventure

In Sweden's summer months, the outdoors are bursting with life and the long sunshine extends into the evenings offering plenty of time to take part in the kind of activities the Swedes love like camping, hiking and island hopping through the archipelago. On this specially designed family itinerary, the activities begin in Stockholm with a ride through this super cycle friendly city, to the Ecopark, the worlds first national park to be located within a city. Leaving the city by steamboat is one of the many highlights as you journey across calm Lake Mälaren to Mariefred with its impressive Gripsholm's Castle. 
Swapping your bikes for canoes you travel through dramatic and varied scenery of the Marviken lake system and camp in a delightful lakeside setting. Lacing up your hiking boots the journey continues on foot through the forests and wilderness enroute to Gnesta where you stay in a beautifully located farmhouse with wonderful views across the lake. A final stretch by bike takes you past the royal Tullgarn Palace to the seaside town of Trosa on the Baltic Sea with its pretty wooden houses.
Family at Abba Museum in Stockholm |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Family Boat Holidays in Europe


Croatia Family Adventure

Soak up the scenery, sunshine and refreshing blue waters of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia on this incredible sailing, cycling and walking holiday. The friendly boat crew will ensure your Croatian experience is unforgettable – the whole family will have the opportunity to go cycling, walking and swimming in blissful bays and historic harbour towns. This 8 day guided tour has the added benefit where you only need to unpack once – a blessing if you have messy kids!

Greek Islands Family Adventure

Onboard a two-masted wooden motor yacht, cruise the Ionian Islands along the west coast of Greece. During the trip, there is ample opportunity to explore the unique islands and coastal world by boat, kayak, bike and on foot. This family-friendly cruise offers flexibility with ample time for swimming, relaxing on the beach or onboard, exploring sites and relaxing in tavernas. The level of activity each day is up to you. Our guide on board will offer advice and make suggestions and has plenty of knowledge about the fascinating history of Greece which they are always keen to share.
Family preparing for a day of cycling in Greece |  <i>Gordon Steer</i>

Amsterdam to Bruges Bike & Barge

Fun abounds on this classic tour that takes in the great cities of the Netherlands and western Belgium. During the day there are plenty of opportunities to visit interesting towns such as the famous Dutch cheese town of Gouda and view the 19 windmills of Kinderdijk, as well as sample local specialties including Belgian waffles and chocolate (and beer, but for the grown ups only!).

Aboard your hotel barge and in the company of other families, you will travel from Amsterdam to Bruges (or vice versa). The trip is graded 'introductory level' and the pace is relaxed, ensuring that all members of the family are able to fully participate in the day's cycle.
Kids enjoying the family ride in Holland |  <i>Vicki Wasilewska Fletcher</i> Kids enjoying a swim on the Holland Family trip |  <i>Vicki Wasilewska Fletcher</i> Canal in Amsterdam |  <i>Hilary Delbridge</i>

More Family Friendly Bike and Boat Holidays

Click here to view our complete list of family friendly bike and boat holidays.

More Family Friendly Holiday Options

Want more family friendly options? Click here to visit all our tours that are family friendly. Or get in touch with our team who will be able to help you with any questions about active holidays with the family.
Have you taken the kids on a family vacation yet? How did it go? Or do you have fond memories of a walking or cycling trip when you were a child? Let us know in the comments!
Family, Europe, Family Friendly Holidays, Walking, Cycling, Bike Boat

Comment (0)

Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.

b i u quote

Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips