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
On our blog:
- Leisurely and affordable bike tours in Burgundy
- Cycle, cycle, sip, sigh: Eight favorite wine and bike tours
- Client trip report: An engagement in Paris
- Client trip report: 2013 Tour de France Finale experience!
- Biking in the South of France
- On a Budget? Check Out 10 European Bike Tours Under $1,000
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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