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Enjoy the food, wine, history, architecture, and all that France has to offer with an active vacation! Bicycling France and touring France will give you the experience of a lifetime! Any of our tours can be made into a group guided tour, just ask us for information!
To get full details about each tour, or if you need help finding a tour, we are glad to assist. This map is the first start. It shows France broken down by geopolitical " regions". Most regional names are well known like Burgundy, but some regional names are not like Aquitaine. So we show you the commonly known names like Dordogne, even if it isn't the true regional name of Aquitaine. By clicking on any region you will find a list of tours we offer in that region. You can get information about the region to help you learn more, and then you can click on the tour name to get full details for each tour. You can always refer back to the flash map at the top of each page to browse the regions again instead of coming back to this page.
Our cycling tours in France are varied experiences depending on the region you choose to visit. Travel in France has so much diversity that if you were looking for wine theme bicycle tour, you could find something completely different in Burgundy versus Provence or Alsace. Also, the bike tours vary in degree of difficulty, so check with each tour description in the page details.
To learn more about what is a self-guided cycling tour and how this excellent concept works and saves you money - visit this Self Guided Tour INFO PAGE
See why Discover France has the best choice of biking & walking vacations! Our service and flexibility set us apart. All tours (bicycle tour in France, Europe & USA, tour de France tours) include our Traveler Support Services, travel documents, France Travel Guide, and everything necessary to complete a trip of a lifetime to the following areas Alsace, Bordeaux, Brittany, Burgundy, Champagne, Dordogne, Languedoc, Normandy, Loire Valley, Provence, Rhone-Alpes.
Spread on the plain of the Rhine and on the oriental side of the Vosges mountain range, Alsace offers diversified landscapes. Some old cities include: Obernai, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Colmar. Many nearby vineyards are conserved with their history of cygogne and their sculpted houses, as well as their ancient image/ spirit.
Brittany France is a country by the sea with its wild coasts but also a region of land and forests. L'Ar-Mor: The Ar-mor coast is the Brittany ocean side. Its coasts offer a grandiose spectacle and the beaches are composed of fine golden sand.
Some majors cities are Brest (port of war), Lorient (founded in 1666 by the Company of India) and Saint-Malo (old corsaire city) and Concarneau (fishing port). The sweet weather from the marine winds allow the agriculture of vegetables and fruits to flourish.
The beauty of the sites and the sweet weather attract an increasing amount of tourism to many cities and villages: Dinard, Dinan, Perros-Guirec, Quiberon... L'Ar-Coat: In the past and covered with forests, Brittany of the interior (ar-coat) has a granite ground and prairies. Rennes is the historic capitale of Brittany.
Between the Morvan and the Vosges, Burgundy France is well-known for its wines, its fine gastronomy and also for the Roman architecture from Vezelay to Autun and south to the noble ruins of Cluny. The capitale of Burgundy is Dijon which produces the famous "mustard of Dijon". Tiny villages, manor farms and millhouses, exquisite parish churches and open-air stone laundries down by the stream are the rural soul of France. The region of Burgundy is rich in wheat, barley agriculture and also cows, dairy products and wines. The Cote d'Or: From Dijon to Beaune and at Chagny, along the "Route du Vin", the vineyard of the "Cote d'Or", famous since the time of the Gallo-roman: Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos -Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee, Pommard, Meusault,..
The Champagne region is located in northeastern France. There are 4 departments in the Champagne region: Ardennes, Marne, Haute-Marne, and Aube.
Champagne consists mainly of a chalk plateau and is best known as the home of the sparkling white wine: the Champagne. 30,000 hectares of Champagne vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see over the rolling hillsides, dotted with picturesque villages . Most of the exported French champagne comes from the area around the cities of Reims and Epernay. The Champagne region is also known for the raising of sheep and the manufacture of wool being part of the economy.
The Perigord region corresponds to the region close by the capitale city Perigueux of the department Dordogne. The Perigord, rich and fertile country, is densely forested and crisscrossed by rivers flowing from the plateau of the Massif Central out to the Atlantic. Of these, the Dordogne has carved out through the center a beautiful winding valley of gentle greenery. Many Stone Age relics and caves have been found here dating from around 20,000 years ago. In the village markets, the fruit and vegetables, nuts, and mushrooms of every description bear witness to the region's self-sufficiency in food.
Languedoc-Roussillon region is composed of 5 departments: Lozere, Gard, Herault, Aude, and Pyrenees Orientales. This region is very diversified: farmlands, countryside, vineyards, the beaches of the Cote du Languedoc (214 km) and important cities such as Montpellier, Narbonne, Perpignan, Beziers and Carcassonne.
2 500 years ago, the olive trees were brought by the Greeks. The olive trees of Languedoc grow dry little black olives or juicy big green olives. Olives and olive oil are on all outdoor markets. This region consume 50 000 tonnes of olive oil per year!
The canal du Midi: opened in 1681, the 204 km Canal du Midi is a superb engineering challenge and the oldest functioning canal in Europe. Designed by Pierre-Paul Riquet, the canal links Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. During 15 years, from 1666 to 1681, 12 000 workers dug up with shovels this long trench. However, it wasn't long before Louis XVI ran out of money to finance this great project. Pierre-Paul Riquet give it his personal fortune and then that of his wife. Riquet, exausted and sick, retired in his home and died some weeks later without having seen his life's master-piece achieved.
The Canal du Midi contains many original features that renders it quite unique in France's abundant heritage. The Canal du Midi was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in December 1996.
The Loire river marks the symbolic division between the north and the south of France. This quiet river, the longest of France ( 1012 km), crosses the beautiful regions of Touraine and Anjou, in which these harmonious landscapes invite the "douceur de vivre", meaning the "sweetness of life".
L'Anjou and the Touraine: The valleys of Anjou (region close by Angers city)and Touraine (region close by Tours city) are covered of prairies with savory and fruited vineyards. It is the land of the rose wine and where the roofs of houses are made of slate.
The Sologne: At the south of the Loire River, in the loop formed by the river, the landscape changes. The Sologne is planted with pines and is a region of fishing and hunting.
It was a long time ago in Normandy, around 850 ad, on the North and West coast, the Normands also called the Vikings (Norwegians and Danish) invaded what is called today the region of Normandy. "Normands which literally means " the men of the North", were warriors invading the French coast with flat boat that were 20 meters long, coming by the ocean and by the big rivers. After having pillaged cities and villages, Normands finally installed themselves on the West French territory and decided to pillage Paris in 885. Tired of pillaging and of navigating, Normands civilized and christianized. During the Hundred Years' War, the region was held at various time by both French and English forces. In 1450, French finally recovered Normandy. Normandy was the location of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France during World War II.
The region of Provence comprises the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Var, and Bouches-du-Rhone and parts of the departments of Vaucluse and Alpes-Maritimes.
There are different layers of Provencal life as well: the "Roman" towns of Orange, Nimes and Arles; the medieval bastions of Les Baux and Avignon; the essence of Provencal landscape in the Luberon mountains and finally the great city life style of Aix-en- Provence.
Provence inland, this region slightly inland from the coast, has a great diversity and also a great general views that are very characteristic of the typical village: houses with red roofs, narrow streets and their exposure to the sun.
In Hautes-Pyrenees you will perhaps want to visit the Pyrenees National Park, and perhaps even venture to Mont Perdu in the deep Pyrenees on the Spanish border, a listed world heritage site. A little more accessible is the mountain and spa town at Bagneres-de-Luchon.
Throughout the year, but only on a few dates on the occasion of special astronomical events, the Pic du Midi welcomes you to an unforgettable evening at the top, from 17h to 23h30. A full program: sunset, night sky observations with astronomers from the terraces where instruments are installed, traditional dinner at the restaurant. Each evening is unique, choose yours!
In addition to its impressive natural areas, the towns of Rhône-Alpes are rich in history, culture and culinary arts. Old and protected quarters in Lyon, Chambéry, Annecy and other places, Europe’s densest network of museums and gardens in the heart of the towns attest to a prestigious past. There are more than 2420 protected historic monuments in this region with 5 towns enjoying the “Art and History” label.
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"We had a blast! The tour we did was extremely well designed and we had no problem doing it on our own. WE had no hangups whatsoever and all went so smoothly. The bike route was so beautiful and well thought out. We loved the French countryside and quaint small towns. The people were so friendly and very forgiving despite our poor knowledge of the language. "
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