Biking the Silk Road

The Ride & Seek cycling tour company plots a massive bike tour along Marco Polo’s route.

WORDS Rob Goyanes
March 2020

In the 13th century, Marco Polo traveled along the Silk Road from Venice to Beijing. Now Ride & Seek cyclist Dylan Reynolds has set up a tour following in the famed merchant’s footsteps. The first leg, from Venice to Athens, takes place later this year, covering 1,181 miles and seven countries. Here, Reynolds highlights his choice segments.

Hvar and Korčula
“Island hopping along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is stunning. Both islands maintain the architectural opulence of the Venetian period. In Hvar, we picnic under fig trees and in lavender fields.”

“Cycling out of the UNESCO town of Kotor, Montenegro, is beautiful. We ride alongside the Adriatic Sea before taking the road less traveled up into the hills, climbing high above the town.”

Vlorë to Sarandë
“Albania isn’t a renowned cycle destination, but it’s our best-ever coastal ride… which is a big endorsement considering we ride Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily!”


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