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I have been looking at doing the Rhine cycle route through Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, but am starting to wonder whether there might be better/different options
I have about 4 weeks in May/June next year. End point is London, start point yet to be defined.
Look forward to hearing where to go (or where to avoid)
The Rhine is great, easy cycling and lots of villages and include Lake Konstanz, if you wish. You can also then detour and continue down the Danube which is highly recommended. German trains are very bike friendly and the accommodation is excellent.
I can also recommend the Eurovelo 6 from the Atlantic Coast of France all the way to the Rhine in Germany.
Be prepared for all types of weather, obviously. We cycled the Danube in June 2013 and it was cold and wet. I did the Rhine and parts of Danube in May 2012 and it was warm
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How populated are Europe's major river routes? Are you constantly dodging dog walkers, elderly hikers and two abreast e-bike riders? It's been my experience on a lot of the Elbe River paths and this is mid Autumn, I think I much prefer my own routing via farm roads, although I do think its vital for enjoyment to constantly vary your path designs.
If you're fit and brave, Turin to Bordeaux completely blew my mind, mainly mountains in the Alps and and the peace and quiet of Massif Central.
The river routes in Germany can be awful, yes...
By contrast, the new (but as yet unfinished) Rhone route in France is dedicated to bikes and quite nice.
I'm more of a mountain-bike bikepacker myself and only found the Rhone route because I was in a hurry. But combine it with a bit of Alpine riding from Geneva and then roll all the way to Marseille... should be great.
We too are having the same dilemma, mainly due to the 90day visa allowance.
We're starting in London and our finish point is unknown.
For yourself. What about landing in Kiev (Emirates starts service in MArch) or even Tallin.
Because you've got a short time whata bout a return flight to Europe than a short hop to your start with one of the many cheap airlines. Ryan, Norwegian, Easyjet, etc. That would save you some coin and be able to save your bikebox for the return section.
Starting in the north is good clear weather and not too hot.
Whatever the trip just realise that Europe is too big to see everything. Maybe just stay focused on a area
I was thinking about this myself yesterday. Some time in the future I'd like to go to Europe and maybe live there for up to a year. Is it not possible to exit to a non-Schengen nation for a few days or a week, then re-enter for another 90 days?
 Found my own answer - 90 days stay in any 180 day period, so after 90 days I'd have to leave for 90 days before any return
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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