bacchus travel
In 2019, we partnered with our friends at Bikecation, a bespoke cycling tour provider with over 15 new destinations to add to our portfolio

Bacchus on Bikes x Bikecation

After three years touring the backroads and best eateries of the Iberian Peninsula, Bacchus on Bikes have teamed up with bespoke cycling tour provider, Bikecation, to bolster our portfolio of handpicked bike friendly destinations. From the lofty heights of the Alps and the rolling hills of Tuscany, to the pine forests of the Balkans and vineyards of Bordeaux, the team at Bikecation know their way around Europe better than most. Adding to Bacchus on Bikes’ collection of cycling tours in Catalonia, Andalusia and the Pyrenees, you will now be able to choose from over 15 locations in Europe and beyond.


Leisure Tours

Build your own leisure cycling adventure in one of Bikecation’s destinations


Bespoke Tours

Private tours tailored for groups of family, friends and corporate partners


Self-Supported Tours

Self-supported point to point or centrally based cycling tours for small groups

Who are Bikecation?

Bikecation was co-founded in 2011 by Jamie Paterson and Rob Penn. Jamie and Rob have ridden a bike most days of their lives and Rob wrote the best-selling book in 2010 called It’s All About the Bike. Their love affair with cycling and pursuit of happiness on two wheels has led them to discover some of Europe’s most inspiring regions, rides and hidden routes. We are delighted to be working together and hope you will continue to follow our journey by bike with them.

Destinations


Tuscany

Tuscany’s rolling hills and honeycomb of meandering roads make it the perfect playground for all levels of cyclist. Pedal through medieval hilltop towns, pass vineyards tended by generations of winemakers and ride across plains that once were the stage for great Roman battles. Savour the region’s Super Tuscans and Chianti Classico red wines and sit down for traditional cucina contadina (farmer’s cuisine) made from local ingredients bursting with flavour. From the iconic landmarks of Florence and Siena, to the pastoral landscapes punctuated by olive groves and cypress trees, a trip through Tuscany is a feast for the senses.


Empordà

In the northeastern knuckle of Catalonia, where Spain splashes up the sides of Pyrenees peaks and rolls into the azure waters of the Mediterranean, lies the Empordà – one of Europe’s most culinary-rich destinations. It is a land of rolling hillsides, dramatic coastline and medieval villages. This region is relatively unknown given its gastronomic, viticultural and olive oil producing heritage, yet it has been producing wine and olive oil since the Greeks, Romans and Arabs inhabited the area 2,500 years ago. Wending through the country lanes of the Empordà, pausing for lunch in wildflower meadows and wine tasting at family-run vineyards, it doesn’t take long to figure out why it’s called the undiscovered Tuscany.


Corsica

Jutting out of the Mediterranean like an impregnable fortress, Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. From pristine bays, bustling coastal cities and fabulous beaches to sawtooth peaks, verdant valleys, dense forests and charming hilltop villages, the landscapes change round every corner. Though Corsica has officially been part of France for more than 200 years, it feels different from the mainland in everything from customs and cuisine to language and character, and that’s part of its appeal. The evenings are filled with fantastic food, excellent local wine and melodious Corsican music, and the roads are winding and peaceful, making cycling here the perfect way to explore.


Sicily

Sicily is a cultural crossroads where Greeks and Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs, French and Spanish civilizations have all left their mark over the centuries – artistically, architecturally and gastronomically. The southern side of the island provides spectacular routes for those travelling on two wheels, as well as endless opportunities to admire the island’s rich culture, savour fresh food, handmade pasta, and experience a journey through some of Sicily’s finest vineyards.


Andalusia

Magnificent architecture, flamenco and the infamous pueblos blancos form only part of Andalusia’s rich tapestry. Ruled by the Moors from the early 8th until the late 15th centuries and with both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, Spain’s most southern region boasts palatial bodegas in the Sherry Triangle, rural landscapes in the Sierra de Aracena and soaring peaks in the Sierra Nevada. After a day spent hiking in the hills or cycling the Pico de Valeta, return to your overnight stay for an array of mouth-watering tapas, swilled down with a glass of crisp, salty manzanilla sherry. It’s safe to say, Andalusia has never failed to win over our hearts and conquer our appetites.


Provence

Provence is made for cyclists. Tour the winding backroads and soak up the incredible variety of landscapes; fields of lavender, ancient olive groves, cliff top roads, maquis-cloaked hills and even snow-tipped mountains. It’s home to France’s deepest canyon, oldest road and of course the famed Mont Ventoux, one of the Tour’s most iconic mountain passes. From the winemaking village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the spectacular countryside and outstanding local produce of the Luberon, Provence is France at its finest.

More inspiration


Girona

The new mecca for road cyclists in Northeastern Catalonia


Pyrenees

Conquer the classic Cols of the French Pyrenees


Dolomites

Ride from passo to passo in Italy’s Monti Pallidi


Puglia

Hop between Trullis in the breadbasket of Italy


Scotland

A windswept coastal adventure in the Northwest


The Balkans

Wild landscapes, high-altitude meadows and glacial lakes


Andorra

Nestled between France and Spain with 21 mountain passes


Cornwall

Explore the wilds of England’s southwest coastline


Julian Alps

Emerald lakes, turquoise rivers and soaring Slovenian peaks


Andermatt

An uphill adventure from the foothills of the Urseren Valley


Douro Valley

Weave through terraced vineyards from quinta to quinta


Sierra Nevada

Discover the wild snow capped peaks of Granada’s backdrop


Tyrol

Fairytale mountain landscapes, glaciers and alpine meadows


Basque Country

From craggy Atlantic coastline to soaring peaks, and pintxos


Asturias

From the Lagos de Covadonga to the towering Picos de Europa


Mallorca

Europe’s number one year round riding paradise


Wales

Ride the rolling heathland ridges of the Black Mountains


Yorkshire

Escape to the quiet backroads and moorlands of the Dales


Priorat

From vineyards to hilltop monasteries in Southern Catalonia