How Does a Self Guided Cycling Trip in Europe Work?

Scenic cycling through pine forests in Lithuania | Andrew Bain
Scenic cycling through pine forests in Lithuania | Andrew Bain

How Does a Self Guided Cycling Trip in Europe Work?

While most people are familiar with how a guided tour works, i.e. having a professional guide lead a group of travellers around on an adventure, the concept of a self-guided tour may require some explanation.

In this article, we describe what it’s like to go on a self-guided cycling trip in Europe with UTracks. Hopefully, after reading this you’ll be eager to experience a self-guided bike holiday in destinations such as Italy, France, or Spain. With UTracks' range of affordable and convenient tours across Europe, going on a self-guided cycling tour has never been easier.

Before Your Trip

Bike Supplements

Top-quality bikes and helmets are either included or can be hired on all of our self-guided cycling tours. The specific bicycle description is outlined on the trip page. On certain trips, it is possible to upgrade your bike if you’d like to use a tag-a-long bike or an electric bike. Learn more about electric bikes in our article: everything you need to know about e-bikes.

Cycling is a perfect way to explore Catalonia

Accommodation Upgrades

On certain tours, there is the option to upgrade to more luxurious accommodation. For example, on the Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge trip there is a deluxe version.

On Tour

Collect your bike

Your trip notes will specify where to collect your bike from. They could be waiting for you at your accommodation or available for pick up from an accessible bike shop. Sometimes a staff member will be present to make sure your bike is right for you, do a run-through of your itinerary, and answer any questions you have before you embark on your journey.

Cyclists in front of Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Luggage transfer

Leave everything you don’t need to take on your cycling adventure at your accommodation reception. The included luggage transfer service will transport your bags to your next accommodation.

GPX and Maps

Time to hit the road! One of the key benefits of self-guided cycling is the freedom to explore at your own pace. We provide you with the appropriate information so you can easily follow the itinerary, this could include maps, route notes, and GPX tracks. We also provide recommendations for sights to visit, places to eat at, and more.

Your loved ones will appreciate the pristine European landscapes while on a cycling trip

Centre Based Trips

If you’re on a centre based cycling trip, like the Loire Valley Castles, you’ll stay at the same accommodation for the duration of your tour. There are a few fantastic benefits of going on a centre based trip, such as being able to fully explore the area, the freedom of not following a strict itinerary, and, best of all, only needing to unpack once! 


At the end of a glorious day of cycling Europe's spectacular landscapes, your itinerary will lead you to your accommodation. The accommodation is handpicked for a variety of reasons: character, comfort, and closeness to local sights. At check-in you’ll find your luggage waiting for you, making it very convenient to rest and recharge for the next days’ pedalling. 

Lovely rural hotel Le Grand Hard near Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont |  <i>Kate Baker</i>


When you wake up you can enjoy your included breakfast which will fuel you for the day’s cycling adventures.

Support and Assistance

We provide you with a contact number to a local, English-speaking partner if any issues arise while on tour.

Cycling in Provence, France |  <i>Ewen Bell</i>

- View all self-guided cycling tours in Europe

- Read our Helpful Guide for Preparing for a Bike Tour

Have you been on a self-guided tour before? What was it like? Let us know in the comment section below.


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