APT now offers cycling themed river cruises in Europe.

Cycling enthusiasts will be able to explore the cities and towns of Europe on their very own custom fitted touring or road bike through as part of APT’s expanded Special Interest Cruising program in its recently released 2017 Europe River Cruising brochure. Two of the brand’s most popular itineraries will feature cycling programs run in parallel to its normal sightseeing.

Bike safety will be a paramount concern for APT, which will fit out each cyclist with their own bike at the beginning of the cruise, ensuring each rider is kitted out with a comfortable bike and all the safety gear including a helmet. A team of expert cyclists will accompany each group on their rides, while a support vehicle will follow behind offering technical assistance where needed.

APT’s 15-day flagship itinerary ‘Magnificent Europe’, which cruises between Amsterdam and Budapest, will provide biking fans with a chance to tour cities and regional centres including Cologne, Eltville, Würzburg, Bamberg, Wallhalla, Dürnstein and Vienna on two wheels, stopping frequently to admire the scenery and to visit local attractions. Cycling journeys will be offered in addition to regular APT Royal Signature Experiences already in place on the tour.

Four departures featuring the cycling experiences have been scheduled for 2017 and will sail on 30 April, 14 May, 17 September and 01 October 2017.

APT has rolled out cycling programs in its 2017 Europe River Cruising program.
Seeing Europe can be done best on a bicycle – a new option from APT in its 2017 program.

An alternative itinerary for guests who might prefer a shorter cruise or to visit France will be the eight-day ‘Bordeaux by Bicycle’ – a destination which made its debut for APT in 2016. This tour however is aimed at more experienced riders and is being hosted in collaboration with Australian cycling firm Tour De Vines.

Over the eight days, guests can enjoy four cycling excursions where guests can bike the Roger Lapedie cycle path past old world towns, ancient ruins and sprawling vineyards. A particular excursion in Pauillac will allow guests to stop at various cellar doors to indulge in wine and cheese tastings, while other tours have been designed to showcase the Dordogne or the vineyards of Bergerac.

Two departures of this itinerary are available in 2017, on 06 July and 28 September.