Riding an electric bike or e-bike throughout Europe is a great way to see the countryside on your active holiday. Active holiday European specialist UTracks recently expanded their offerings so that the majority of their more than 100 biking holidays itineraries offer e-bike selections.
Designed to give the rider a small boost, e-bikes help the rider when going uphill, facing headwinds, or pedaling long distances while looking and feeling like a traditional bike.
“Because they offer physical support, e-bikes bring the joy of cycling holidays to a wider range of people,” said Nathalie Gauthier, North American Manager of UTracks. “Whether it’s couples or groups with different skill-levels, or those who are unsure about long-distance cycling, e-bikes encourage anyone to join an active holiday.”
A sample of the trips you can take on a UTracks e-bike holiday include:
AUSTRIA | Blue Danube Cycle
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 country’s capital.
8 days, departs April – October
ITALY | Backroads to Venice
Starting from the mountains around Bolzano, pass the beauty of Lake Garda and wind through pretty meadows and orchards cycling past Venetian villas and through the historic Veneto region. Enjoy a wine tasting and sample exquisite Italian cheese, all while exploring the unique landscapes of the Venetian lagoon and taking in the highlights of Trento, Verona, Vicenza, and Padova.
8 days, March – October.
SPAIN | Catalonia by Bike
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. Once on the coast, enjoy the sandy beaches, quiet coves, and the beauty of Mediterranean fishing villages.
8 days, departs March – October
GREECE | Ionian Islands by Bike & Sail
Off the west coast of Greece lie the idyllic Ionian Islands boasting some of the clearest waters in the world. 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. Explore little known coves and impressive geological formations, secluded hideaways, ancient sites and untouched villages.
8 days, departs May – October
Discover the loosely connected islands of southern Dalmatia based on a comfortable boat. Visit Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet, exploring 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.
UTracks specializes in self-guided or small group active holidays throughout Europe. And they say their name is all about "U" and the tracks you want to explore. Visit utracks.com for more information or to see a complete list of itineraries.