6 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
This rugged and isolated island, the northernmost area of already remote region, is justifiably renowned as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The bays are vast and unpeopled, at times shrouded in golden mist or illuminated by the sun's bright, harsh glare. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park covers 950 sq km of the north of the island and is one of its main attractions. It is dominated by a large plateau, with canyons, valleys and steep cliffs jutting into the Atlantic ocean. The Cabot Trail - named after John Cabot, a 15th-century explorer who many consider first to set foot in North America around this area - is a 298km paved route around the top of the island. This tour follows much of this route and includes a couple of steep climbs.
A five-night tour with Freewheeling Adventures (www.freewheeling.ca;
00 1 902 857 3600) costs C$1,995 (Dh7,300) per person, based on two sharing, and including meals and accommodation. Bike hire is available from $145 (Dh530).