Active cycling holidays are growing in popularity for travellers of all ages and levels of fitness and UTracks is embracing the burgeoning active holiday trend for ebikes (electric bikes) in Europe, now offering this fun way to sightsee on 80% of its cycling itineraries.
A huge fan of ebikes, UTracks General Manager, Kate Baker, believes electric bikes make cycling holidays accessible to people of varying fitness, ages and experience levels.
“An ebike comes with an electric motor that adds a speed boost as you pedal, giving you a helping hand or push to get up and over hills and achieve longer distances.
“They can be ridden by almost anyone and are great for couples or families with differing degrees of ability or people who love the idea of a more demanding cycling route but are not sure whether they can physically complete it.
“As long as you recharge the battery, which can be easily done in a few hours or overnight, you can count on the e-bike to help you when going uphill, face headwinds, want to cover longer distances or simply take a break from hard pedalling”.
UTracks now has more than 100 cycling itineraries in Europe offering the ebike option.
Five of the most popular include:
Austria|Blue Danube Cycle (self-guided)
Follow the winding route of the Danube and discover the lively history of one of Europe’s most important rivers. Cross the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, where vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval Benedictine monasteries, perched atop the hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the ‘Blue Danube’ waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.
Blue Danube Cycle departs April-October, from $1170 per person (plus ebike supplement*).
Italy|Backroads to Venice (self guided)
Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, pass the beauty of Lake Garda and wind through pretty meadows and orchards as you cycle past Venetian villas and through the historic Veneto region. Enjoy a wine tasting and taste exquisite Italian cheese while exploring the unique landscapes of the Venetian lagoon and taking in the architectural and cultural highlights of Trento, Verona, Vicenza, Padova and of course Venice. Backroads to Venice (8 days) departs March-October, from $1250 per person (plus ebike supplement).
Spain|Catalonia by Bike (self guided)
Experience the subtle landscapes and interesting villages on a gentle cycle through Catalonia, specially crafted for families. Pedal back into history, as you ride through Roman archways and Medieval squares. Visit two museums dedicated to the fabulous art of Dalí and discover the ancient history of Iberians and Romans who inhabited the area and, once out at the coast, you will enjoy sandy beaches, quiet coves and the beauty of the Mediterranean fishing villages. Catalonia by bike (8 days) departs March-October, from $1250 per person (plus ebike supplement).
Greece|Ionian Islands Bike & Boat (guided)
Off the west coast of Greece lie the idyllic Ionian Islands: the waters here are mirror-like and some of the clearest you will ever see. Taking in Corfu, Cephalonia, Lefkada, Paxoi and Ithaca, the legendary home of Odysseus, this interactive sailing and cycling adventure delves further into the interior and coastlines, exploring little known coves and impressive geological formations, secluded hideaways, ancient sites and untouched villages. Ionian Islands Bike and Sail (8 days) departs May-October, from $2390 per person (plus ebike supplement).
Croatia|Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast – Deluxe (guided)
This trip begins in Dubrovnik, the Adriatic’s stunningly intact walled city, and extends westerly into the Mediterranean, exploring the loosely connected islands of southern Dalmatia. Based on a comfortable boat, you will visit Hvar, Korcula and Mljet and discover the unique features of each island. Highlights include the wine making traditions of the Pelješac Peninsula, the medieval town of Hvar and the historic island of Vis occupied by the Greeks more than 2,000 years ago.
Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast – Deluxe (8 days) departs May-October, from $2090 per person (plus ebike supplement).
*Upgrading to an e-bike with UTracks costs from $130 per person. Quoted prices are inclusive of accommodation, most meals, equipment rental, experienced guides, luggage transfers between hotels (where applicable) and clear maps with images.