Europe: Drink and ride

What could be more romantic than a cycling tour of Europe's best wine regions?

Chenonceau is simply dripping with Renaissance splendour. Photo / Supplied
Chenonceau is simply dripping with Renaissance splendour. Photo / Supplied

If you fancy touring the vineyards of Europe and sampling some of the world's most-famous wines, consider doing it by bicycle - you're much closer to the landscapes of France and Italy than if you're peering through a bus window. Adventure World has put together a list of its top vineyard cycling holidays.

Abbeys and Vineyards Cycling in Burgundy, France

This seven-day tour, from $1935 a person, takes in the medieval city of Auxerre, and features accommodation in boutique hotels. Pedal through a landscape of hidden villages and woodlands as you explore world-famous vineyards. Visit Chablis, explore acres of cellars beneath the village of St Bris-le-Vineux and explore the Caves de Bailly in Irancy. Includes accommodation, cycling gear, breakfast and four evening meals. Departs Auxerre Railway Station every two days until September 20.

Loire Gastronomic Cycling, France

This seven-night tour, from $2966 a person, follows a triangular route through the heart of the Loire Valley.

Highlights include the majestic chateau of Blois and Amboise, and the Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau. Price includes accommodation, all cycling gear, breakfast and evening meals and some transfers. Tour departs Blois Railway Station every two days until September 20.

Gastronomic Cycling, Barolo, Italy

This nine-day Piedmont tour, from $4050 a person, takes in an incredible array of fine-wine towns, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Barbera which all produce world-class vintages. Price includes accommodation, all cycling gear, breakfasts and evening meals, plus some transfers. Tour departs Cuneo Railway Station every two days until October 14.

Villas and Vineyards Cycling in Venetia, Italy

This nine-day tour, from $2681 a person, explores a corner of Venetia almost untouched by tourism but full of Patrician villas, medieval castles, vineyards and formal gardens. The cities of Venice, Verona and Vicenza are all within "rest day" reach. Price includes accommodation, all cycling gear, breakfasts and evening meals, plus some transfers. Tour departs Vicenza Railway Station every two days until October 16.

* Contact Adventure World on 0800 465 432 or see . (Prices based on twin share.)

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