Hi all - looking for some advice on a cycle tour in either Switzerland (or Italy, close to the Alps). Want to travel without bike and hire when I get over there. Anybody done this? Any recommended routes or must do's for a first time visitor? I'm also considering Ireland for a tour - anyone been? West coast the best?

What about elsewhere? What's the best tour you've ever done? Here to inspire is my blog on why touring is the best thing about cycling: