Top Ten Bike Tours for Foodies
|Vineyards in South Africa's Cape Winelands region (courtesy, Butterfield & Robinson)|
10) The Cape & Winelands, South Africa
Beginning in Cape Town, explore the Cape Peninsula coast before heading inland to the Franschhoek Valley, with its French roots and magnificent vineyards, and the Shamwari Game Reserve. On the way, taste a medley of Cape Malay, Indian, Afrikaner, and European culinary delights, such as springbok loin in balsamic broth.
9) Basque Country, Spain
The regions cornucopia of ingredients combine to create some of the best cuisine in Spain: including aged beef grilled over hot coals, and bacalao (salted cod)washed down with Basque cider or Riojawine. Cycling tours take in fishing villages along the areas rugged coast, the cultural delights of Bilbao, and Haro and the Spanish plateau, where Rioja wines are produced in all their glory.
8) Burgundy, France
With lazy lanes, picturesque canals, farmland, and vineyards galore, Burgundy is a bikers delight. Discover the abbeys at Cluny and Vézelay and the historic cities of Dijon, Mâcon,Tournus, and Beaune, with architecture funded by wealthy wine merchants. Taste the likes of Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Puligny-Montrachet along the way.
With robust wines (Barolo, Barbaresco) and singular gastronomy, Piedmont is a gourmets paradisea typical meal consists of at least six courses, accented with some of the worlds finest truffles. Pedal along quiet but hilly country roads, visiting red-roofed villages, such as Alba, and the five towns of Barolo.
6) Mediterranean Turkey
For centuries Ottoman chefs crafted dishes for sultans, creating a rich culinary tradition in the process. On this tour of epicurean discovery, you will cycle through the citrus-perfumed countryside and along the Mediterranean coast, exploring the seaside towns of Bodrum and Datça, and ending with a three-day cruise on some of the worlds most dazzling blue waters.
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