Relaxing on the Moselle Bike Path |  <i>Ferienland Cochem Tourism</i> A classic Dutch ride |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i> Walkers heading to Corniglia from Vernazza, Cinque Terre |  <i>Rachel Imber</i>
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Top 7 Outdoor Trips in Europe

Looking for an active holiday in Europe?

If you are looking for an active holiday in Europe, our team has compiled a list with our Top 7 Trips to embark on in Europe for the start of the travel season.

Ticino Lakes Cycle

Colourful houses line Lake Maggiore in the Ticino Canton of Switzerland |  <i>Jan Geerk</i> Cycling on the relatively flat trails of the Ticino region in Switzerland Cyclists taking a break at a cafe by Lake Maggiore in the Ticino region

Suitable for even novice cyclists, the southernmost canton of Switzerland, Ticino, is where people speak mostly Italian. The beautiful palm tree lined lakes of Maggiore and Lugano are within easy reach from the comfort of your spa hotel, while the daily bicycle rides will see you being surrounded by snowy peaks and glaciers, admiring the spectacular Swiss mountainscapes. Read more about this self guided cycling holiday in Switzerland.

Bulgaria on Foot

On top of Musala, the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula On the scary lake trek in Bulgaria By bike, on foot, or on a boat - enjoy the Balkans on an active trip with UTracks

Calling all active travellers seeking an alternative mountain experience, in a country that simply teems with history and beautiful natural landscapes. Bulgaria is a welcoming place that combines natural beauty & rich culture with warm hospitality & friendly locals. Find yourself surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys, and discover on foot the chain of Seven Rila glacial lakes. Read more about this guided walking holiday in Bulgaria.

Provence Backroads

Cycling in Provence, France |  <i>Ewen Bell</i> Lavender bunches, Provence |  <i>Ewen Bell</i> Cycling through Provence |  <i>Philip Wyndham</i>

Explore the enchanting villages of Provence in France at handlebar level through fields of lavender and poppies, old olive groves and vine-covered hills, orchards brimming with fruit and crumbling farmhouses. Read more about this active holiday in Provence.

Puglia Coastal Walk

To Otranto 20 |  <i>Ross Baker</i> IMG_5882 puglia coastal walk Half way along the coast between Lecce and Otranto, a magnificent rock pool connected to the sea |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Follow the breathtaking Cipolliane Path, named after the caves you discover along the way, ancient footpaths through orchards & olive groves, and a trail that will lead you towards the lighthouse of Punta Palascia, Italy’s easternmost point. The sun-drenched coastline of Puglia hides an untouched landscape of little-known villages and crystal clear swimming spots that welcome few visitors. Read more about this active holiday in southern Italy.

Danube Cycle Adventure for Families

Cycling with trailer in the Wachau Valley, Austria |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Bikes aboard the boat on the Danube |  <i>Kate Baker</i> Family cycling along Danube

Get active with the entire family and take up this exciting family cycling adventure along a flat, traffic free section of the Danube River in Austria. Learn more about this active family holiday that takes you cycling along Danube River.

Camino Pyrenees

Pilgrims crossing the Pyrenees near Roncesvalles |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i> Trail marker on the Camino Frances in the Pyrenees |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i> Crossing the Pyrenees from France into Spain on the Camino |  <i>Helen Wallis</i>

In the foothills of the Pyrenees in medieval times, the locals were well organised in greeting the Camino pilgrims who had made the dangerous crossing from France. Today you can follow in their footsteps to explore a section of the Camino that remains inaccessible for the majority of travellers. Learn more about this Pyrenees & Camino de Santiago active holiday.

Tulip Tour

Learn about windmills and more on a guided cycling trip |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i> Cycle to the Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i> Dawn on Holland |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i>

Choose between three different options to explore the quintessential Dutch sights by bicycle in springtime when the tulips bloom. Every evening, return to your private cabin onboard one of our different barges. Learn more about active holidays in the Netherlands.

Cinque Terre Guided Walk

Walkers heading to Corniglia from Vernazza, Cinque Terre |  <i>Rachel Imber</i> Child walking on the high route, Cinque Terre, Italy |  <i>Kate Baker</i> The fishing village of Portovenere, Italy |  <i>Rachel Imber</i>

Experience the best views along the most spectacular walking trails in the Cinque Terre with your experienced Italian guide who can tell you everything you need to know about the rugged hillsides, vibrant fishing villages, and spectacular coast. Learn more about this active holiday in the Cinque Terre.

Latvia and Lithuania Cycle Explorer

Crosses of every shape and size can be found in Lithuania's Hill of Crosses |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> Cycling past the palace in Palanga, Lithuania |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> The beautiful Latvian capital of Riga |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

Experience a completely different side of Europe and revel in the experiences offered by the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania. Learn about their rich history as you explore the changing landscapes of the Baltic coastline by bicycle and at your own pace. Learn more about active cycling holidays in the Baltics' Latvia & Lithuania.

Moselle Bike & Barge

MS Patria and the bike storage area high up on the sun deck Traditional looking house on Moselle bike and barge |  <i>KVS Tours GMBH</i> MS Arlene II Premium Category A boat on Moselle and Rhine Rivers

A relaxing cycle along the Saar and Moselle Rivers from Koblenz to Saar in the region bordering Germany and Luxembourg. If you’re into historical castles, ancient wine-making traditions, and cycling along river paths, then this one’s for you! Learn more about this active Moselle bike & barge holiday.

For more information on the above mentioned outdoor trips in Europe or for other active holiday suggestions, please contact our team of travel experts around the world.

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