When to book bike and boat trips

When it comes to bike and boat trips, the further in advance you book, the better. Early bookers have their choice of boat, cabin type and departure date. We’ve closed off a number of our departures in 2019 already and with interest in European bike and boat trips at an all time high, don’t wait ‘til the new year to lock in your plans.


While it’s hard to pinpoint which tours will book up and when, if you are planning on travelling in the heart of European summer, these departures will book out quicker than in the shoulder season. And there are certain destinations where it pays to do your research. For example, if you want to see the tulips in bloom in Holland, you should plan your trip between March and May, or June to August for Provence’s lavender fields.

Private charters are secured a minimum of 12-18 months in advance, so groups of 8 or more friends should contact us early.

We showcase below our top 5 ‘most likely to book out’ bike and boat trips for 2019.

Colourful Ghent in Belgium

The port city of Ghent is famous for its medieval architecture

  1. Amsterdam to Bruges

This is one of our most popular itineraries for good reason! You’ll discover the vibrant cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, sample local specialties including Belgian waffles, beer and mussels  and cycle through spectacular countryside past locks, windmills and cheese farms on a classic introductory-level bike and barge tour.

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:: Amsterdam to Bruges

:: Amsterdam to Bruges – Comfort (or Bruges to Amsterdam – Comfort)

:: Amsterdam to Bruges – Deluxe (or Bruges to Amsterdam – Deluxe)


  1. Croatia Bike & Sail

This unique cycling trip captures the highlights of Southern Dalmatia with an ideal balance of activity, culture and relaxation. Fall in love with the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town and the lavender island of Hvar with its Venetian architecture. You even have the option of hanging up your pannier for a day and going white water rafting. This trip is graded moderate and e-bikes are available to take the edge off the islands’ infamous hills. After a rewarding day of cycling, enjoy the facilities on your comfortable yacht or swim in the azure waters that the region is famous for.

See availability for Croatia Bike & Sail and Croatia Bike & Sail – Deluxe.


The Danube River

Explore the stunning Wachau Valley, with its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses, by bike and barge

  1. Danube boat trips

Europe’s second longest river flows through ten nations on its way to the Black Sea and is a popular option for active travellers because the terrain is relatively flat and lends well to cycling. Enjoy cycling on the famous Danube Cycle Path, across the spectacular Wachau Valley and past rolling vineyards, fairy-tale hilltop castles, meadows, forests and the best preserved delta in Europe. Fall in love with majestic cities like Vienna, Passau, Bratislava and Budapest. After a day of cycling or hiking, relax on the sundeck of your boat and watch the timeless scenery pass you by.

Compare bike and barge trips on the Danube and check availability now:

:: The Danube by Bike & Boat

:: Danube Explorer to Budapest

:: Danube Delta by Bike & Boat

:: Danube to the Iron Gates Bike & Boat

:: The Danube Hike & Boat

Bikes at Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is one of many Roman masterpieces you’ll discover on the Provence Bike & Boat

  1. Provence Bike & Boat

Explore the stunning and varied landscapes of the Provence region on our most popular bike and barge itinerary in France. Highlights of this trip include seeing pink flamingos and wild white horses in the Camargue, visiting picturesque Provençal villages and vineyards that inspired Van Gogh, swimming in the Mediterranean, marvelling at the impeccably preserved Pont du Gard and enjoying local delicacies in charismatic medieval villages.

Book your place on the Provence Bike & Boat trip today.

Veneto Bike & Barge

Italy’s colourful Veneto region is best explored on a barge trip from Venice to Mantova

  1. Veneto Bike & Boat

This bike and barge trip is the perfect introduction to Italy. Starting in the magical city of Venice, you’ll cycle explore the landscapes of the Venetian lagoon and the Po Delta area, which is a bird lover’s paradise. Visit medieval Mantova, the ancient Greek port of Adria and the ‘city of bicycles’. As you cycle, stop to sample local delicacies including wine and cheese and soak up the best of Italian hospitality on board your comfortable barge in the evenings.

Check availability on the Veneto Bike & Boat.

At present, UTracks offers 48 active boat based itineraries in Europe, with boats ranging from 16 to 135 passengers. Click here to find out more about our leading range of bike and boat trips, or to discuss availability of your chosen tour get in touch.