St Helena, South Atlantic
South Atlantic St Helena is one of those destinations that very few people have visited. Everyone who makes the journey returns with exciting stories and bragging rights in equal measure. Get the lay of the land atop an iron horse and head out on an e-bike excursion, sticking to the roads or exploring the trails. E-connect St Helena can put together bespoke packages so that you can experience the best parts of the island, taking in its unique natural beauty, vibrant forests and sheer sea cliffs.
From £50 per person; econnectsainthelena.co.uk
Emilia Romagna, Italy
Pedalling two wheels takes energy, and there’s potentially no better place to consume calories than Emilia Romagna. With your luggage transferred ahead, you’ll cycle from Parma to Modena on a 200km route over six days that promises Italian culture, rural landscapes and sun-soaked piazzas by the bucket load. En route, you’ll sample plenty of treats as you glide through the birthplaces of parma ham, parmigiano reggiano and balsamic vinegar, and we’re under good authority that a few ice-cold spritzes may be on the cards, too. Cin cin!
From £995 per person; inntravel.co.uk
Want to make the most of your week? Why not cycle through the mountainous landscapes of western Andalucia to the white beaches of the Costa de la Luz over the course of seven days. The guided cycling holiday explores the lesser-visited corners of Andalucia – famous for its traditional Pueblos Blancos and cork oak sierras. It kicks off in the historic town of Ronda then follows the Guadiaro River downstream to Cueva del Gato, where riders can cool off in the waters before tackling some hefty climbs into the Grazalema mountain range and Boyar Pass. Of course, what goes up must come down, and the 3,000-foot drop to the El Bosque is one of the trip’s highlights. Sounds too intense? As with the majority of Saddle Skedaddle’s cycling holidays, e-bike hire is also available. From
£1,725 per person; skedaddle.com
The Orkney Isles, Scotland
When a destination is as wild and empty as this, there are a few ways to explore it, but the best for both adventure and the environment is on two wheels. Craggy, undulating landscapes are studded with only the barest signs of civilisation. Looming cliffs, sparkling skies, and gorse-studded hillocks tumble down to powder-white sands more reminiscent of the Caribbean’s tropical shores than the icy North Sea. Hopping on the saddle means you’re immediately a part of it all, with nothing between you and the magic of the islands beyond.
From £2,245 per person; wildernessscotland.com
The Rebellion Way, Norfolk
Feeling rebellious? Head on up to Norfolk to take on a clockwise 232-mile circuit through Norwich, Thetford, Kings Lynn and Sheringham, named The Rebellion Way for the warrior queen Boudicca, who staged a revolt against Roman forces, as well as landowner Robert Kett, who decided to join a folk insurrection rather than suppress it. You’ll take in some of Britain’s loveliest (and flattest) countryside with a hearty side of history. Spread over seven days, you’ll meander along country lanes, byways, cycle paths and bridleways on a leisurely yet rewarding ride. Saddle up!
From £1,445 per person; skedaddle.com