The ideal time to bicycle is when the weather is cool vs. sweltering and the skies are clear, not showering. In most parts of Europe, that means fall as it’s the season for more predictable good weather.
Touring by bike is one of the most rewarding ways to see a country and meet its people. Pedaling through the countryside puts you in touch with the heart and soul of a place, freed from the crush of urban sightseeing. A well-planned bicycle tour is rewarding and exciting; a poorly-prepared bike tour can be equally full of misery and disaster.
If a European bike tour is on your bucket list, you can go it solo or take advantage of hundreds of cycling tour companies. Planning your own tour takes a fair amount of research and planning, but can be tailored to your individual tastes and agenda. It’s a good option if you have some familiarity with the terrain of the area you’ll be visiting.