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France

At a glance

You had me at bonjour. With gorgeous fashion, delicious food, deep history, charming villages, romantic cities, quaint scenery and a great nightlife, what's not to love about France? From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the sunny Mediterranean Sea, every part of this country is worth exploring. 

Why cyclists love it

  • Well-marked cycle trails and routes, covering thousands of miles
  • The country's mountains, plans and coastal routes provide both easy to challening rides
  • Tasty cuisine and abundant wines
  • A romantic destination perfect for couples, families, or singles

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Popular Regions

Alsace
Located in eastern France, Alsace sits between the Rhine and Vosges Mountains. Because of its close proximity to Germany, the region tends to appear slightly German, with its timbered homes and meaty foods; however, the French atmosphere remains. For this reason, you get a strong cultural mix of German and French, with beautiful views of the massive mountain ranges.
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Burgundy
Here, you will enjoy rural canals, mountains, artistic towns and villages. Hailed for its cuisine and food, Burgundy delicacies include Pinot Noir, Dijon mustard and boeuf bourguignon.
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Loire Valley
In the heart of Central France lies the Loire Valley. Called the "Garden of France," the region's enchanted landscape of vineyards, fruit orchards and historic towns has intriguedartists, poets and writers for centuries.
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French Alps
Home to the highest mountains in Europe, the French Alps feature some of cycling’s famous stages in the Tour de France. Towns such as Grenoble and Chamonix sit amid glaciers, lakes and forests, offering breathtaking views. .
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Provence/Southern France
France’s Provence region, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Italy, possesses a rich cultural heritage. The area boasts endless fields of sunflowers, idyllic villages, and dramatic mountain views. .
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Tour spotlight

Alsace: Picture Book: Wine, Food, Culture and Tradition (self-guided) Alsace
Beginning in the This self-guided tour begins in the medieval town of Strasbourg, this tour takes you through the Alsace region on mainly flat cycling tracks. Highlights traveling through the Alsace region on cycling tracks that are mostly flat. Other highlights include Colmar and the Alsatian Wine Road, where cyclists can enjoy delicious, localthe wine and local cuisine.
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Loire a Velo: from Orleans to the Atlantic (self-guided)
Following the fairly new cycling path "Loire a Velo," this tour explores fabulous landscapes, chateaus, quaint villages, wine cellars and dramatic countrysides. such sights as Anjou, Touraine and Loire along the Loire River and its tributaries.
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Loire Valley by Bike and Boat
This bike and boat tour gets you up close and personal with the Loire Valley region’s castles and vineyards. Cycling on quiet roads through rolling hills allow you to experience the area’s immense beauty on an intimate level. Taste the delicious local wine and food, while floating down peaceful rivers after a full day of riding! Cycling on quiet roads through rolling hills allow visitors to explore the castles, small villages and vineyards of the Loire Valley region. Your floating home will be the "Anna Maria IV," a 110-foot ship designed for the French canals.
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Provence by Bike and Boat 
Cycle past fields of lavender, explore local villages and taste wine at regional vineyards while on this relaxing bike and boat tour. This advanced tour challenges cyclists in mountainous areas and averages between 50-65 miles daily, making it one of the more intense rides in the area. Although you’ll ride about 50-65 miles a day, the Cyclists ride on bike paths and low- traffic, mostly flat roads makes for a peaceful cycling adventure. Reward yourself by ending your day aboard a boat built in 1937!  through the villages and vineyards of Provence, staying each night on a boat built in 1937. Provence Challenge Link This advanced tour challenges cyclists in the mountainous area of Provence. The tour averages between 50-65 miles (80-110 km) a day, the most intense and longest ride on Mount Ventoux, known as the giant of Provence.
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Taste of Burgundy Bike and Barge Toura
This tour explores France’s famed wine region, allowing you to taste some of the country’s most delectable cuisine and drinks. The journey begins in Exploring France's famed wine region, this tour begins in Dijon and follows the Canal of Burgundy. Each night, you will stay aboard Summerjazz, your hotel ship. You’re sure to be in awe of the changing scenery, all equally beautiful.  and river Saone staying each night on the ship, Summerjazz.
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Fast facts

Language: French
Currency: Euro
Population: 62,814,233
Size: 212,935 square miles (551,500 square kilometers) - Slightly less than the size of Texas
Border countries: Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Andorra
National tourist office: us.franceguide.com

 




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