LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/13 -- Brits looking for a more active break this summer should take inspiration from the Tour de France and choose from one of the many exciting cycling holidays on offer across Europe.
With the 100th Tour de France starting on 29th June this year, the world's premier cycling race is set to inspire Brits to get out on the open road on two wheels. For those looking to brush up on their skills, a cycling holiday is the perfect summer getaway that all the family can enjoy.
The sight of some of the world's premier athletes cycling in France, tackling some of Europe's most challenging terrain in pursuit of the iconic yellow jersey, can prove exhausting watching. With a Neilson cycling break holidaymakers can choose their own pace as they take in the stunning landscapes of a destination of their choosing.
Whether it's the valleys of the Italian Dolomites, or the foothills of Switzerland, Neilson's guided activity holidays cater for all levels of ability and fitness, and promise a get-away-from-it-all break that takes holidaymakers far off the beaten track.
Bike and helmet hire, in addition to expert instruction and guidance, is all included in the price of a Neilson break. Holidaymakers can push themselves as much or as little as they choose.
Those looking for a more relaxed break can choose a week's tour of Slovenia's Triglav National Park, which alternates days of cycling with rest days to enjoy the tranquillity of the Lake Bohinj resort. With cycles suitable for anyone above the aged of 8 and requiring only average levels of fitness, this is a perfect break for active families. Optional excursions include wine-tasting tours and visits to local heritage sites for cyclists who double up as culture buffs too.
More advanced riders will delight in the mountainous trails of Saalbach in Austria. With over 180km of biking trails to be explored in a resort that's famous for being one of the greatest summer sun-traps in the Alps, this really is biking heaven. Adrenaline junkies will be challenged by some serious downhill paths - the X-line on Schattberg Mountain is the longest free ride in Europe, descending from breathtaking panoramic views through a famously tricky mid-section before coasting to the bottom. Families can enjoy a more relaxed pace along the flat trails that wind their way through Saalbach's beautiful woodlands and meadows.
A cycling holiday is the perfect way to explore Europe whilst keeping fit at the same time - adventurous holidaymakers should look no further for their getaway this year.
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