Discover France Media information

Company: Discover France
55 East 59th Street, 9th Floor - New York, NY 10022 , US
427 rue Hélène Boucher, Espace Commercial Fréjorgues Ouest - 34130 Mauguio - France;
Phones: US : 1-800-929-0152 / France : +33 4 67 15 82 00
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Information & Reservations: 1-800-929-0152
Media Contact: Thomas BOUTIN
Latest Releases: Tour de France Tours

Featured in ...

> Fox News for our Brittany to Normandy Cycling Tour.

USA Today for our Burgundy hiking tour.

Discover France offers walking and bicycling tours. On their five-day hiking tour of Burgundy, you walk an average of 10 miles a day through the historic and beautiful Burgundy wine country. You begin in Dijon and transfer by taxi to Gevrey Chambertin, the only village in Burgndy that produces rose wine

> The Australian for our Loire Valley deluxe tour.

Excerpt from the Travel & Indulgence section, article The Spin Cycle by Susan Bredow - "We feel especially cheerful because the idea of cycling through the French countryside has always appealed and now we are finally doing it. We have booked a Loire Valley Deluxe trip with operator "Discover France" because the riding is graded easy to moderate.

> Outside Magazine Life List at Number 41, for our Alpe d'Huez cycle trip.

> Our Media on slideshare

Why Discover France?

France, the most visited country on the planet, continues to remain at the top of many travelers' lists of dream destinations. The stunning scenery, undeniable romance, delectable cuisine, reputable and delicious wines, and fascinating culture captivate the imagination and bring visitors through France's doors time and again.

Discover France is the leading specialist in bicycle, multisport, adventure, and specialty travel services throughout France that cover all regions of the country from Paris to the countryside. They feature creative itineraries that offer the best of each region at the greatest possible value to the traveler.

This website features more than 50 different self guided tour itineraries that last anywhere from four to fourteen days. These trips offer visitors the opportunity to get more than just a snapshot of French culture and lifestyle--they offer an experience in true cultural immersion. The Discover France bicycle tours and multisport vacations offer visitors a great deal of independence, yet ample support and guidance is provided.
As a leading bicycle tour operator in France, Discover France is a supplier of guided trips to different tour operators from around the world and also runs many custom guided trips for private groups all season long.  Guided trips can be made for groups starting at 4 persons and customized to whatever a group requires.  All Discover France guides are professionals with licenses and state issued diplomas; bilingual at a minimum and top level cyclists.  Discover France Adventures offers challenging guided tours as well to cross the Pyrenees, the Alpes, follow the Tour de France, and participate in Etape du Tour among many other events.  

Discover France, who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014, utilizes their collective experience and expertise in all aspects of travel planning assistance. Their longevity in the industry has allowed them to build lasting and reliable relationships that customers find truly beneficial. Planning a vacation overseas doesn't have to be a hassle, and Discover France holds the keys to a worry-free vacation.  Their sales office in the USA and their logistics office in France cover all the aspects of a great trip from A to Z, and it’s all done by them for each client. 

Discover France is based in New-York, USA, in Nîmes, Tours and Lunel, France.  All front office and customer related matters are handled by both the France and the USA sales offices, and all logistics, equipment, guides, support services are managed in the France office.  The France office is also a retail bike shop, and it operates a bike school, and guide service.

Discover France has evolved over that last 20 years from a company that only offered cycling tours, to now tours involving activities from biking and hiking to canoeing and zip lining. In 2014, Discover France is continues to focus on their area of expertise: cycling, multisport, and adventure tours and is also offering trips in other destinations outside of France in a similar format of self guided travel. This is consistent with the theme Discover France has developed and the goal of bringing the best of a destination out for each customer while giving the best value possible.
Discover France was selected by National Geographic NGA Award 2009Adventure magazine for our Provence Multisportrp Trip as one of the Best 25 New Trips for 2009 and again for their Transpyrenees Trip in 2010 for a Best Trip of 2010. The selection by NGA confirms our quality and commitment to traveler needs. NGA also selected Active 4 Adventures (Discover France) as one of the Best Outfitters on Earth in 2007! Previously, Men's Journal, Outpost, and have all selected trips by Discover France and our brands as Best Trips!

In 2013, The French Governement Tourist Office awarded Discover France as Best Partner Company, and have also previously awarded Best Social Media Presence,Most Extensive Product Offers in France, Best Website, and many other nominations for awards.

Self-Guided travel with Discover France

Not only does Discover France offers an incredible variety of self-guided tours (over 50 itineraries are available on their website), but this option of travel is an amazing value. Most of the tours are priced under €1500, which includes accommodation in top quality hotels, and ample support is given.   Self-guided biking and walking tours can be characterized by the following benefits:
Flexible – Durations can be modified to meet a client's needs, hotels are available for many budgets, and there is no minimum participation, eliminating the threat of cancellation by the operator.
Affordable – Prices are amazing by comparison to the group guided option, yet worth the extra it might cost in a self-contained concept.
Supported – Most operators offering the self-guided programs also provide baggage transfers, emergency support, orientations, transfers, and add on services. These support services are beneficial because they are founded on expert knowledge of the region, and are therefore a very reliable source for finding and offering unique properties, routes, and visits.
Off the Beaten Path – Many of the tours follow themes and are created with a unique vacation experience in mind. Routes are well-chosen and naturally provide for a lot of interaction with the locals and their culture
For more information about Discover France's self-guided adventures, click here.

Something for Everyone
This style of self-guided travel leaves visitors with plenty of variety and flexibility in their travel planning. Discover France offers an array of travel activities for travelers with different levels of fitness. There are different types of trips for each region in France, and adventurers have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing lodging, activities, and dining. Discover France can also create vacations that are appropriate for different types of travelers, including private guided tours, custom group tours, and special theme tours for groups that can include van support, guides, motor coach, and many more options.

Couples & Friends:
The Discover France self-guided tours offer an escape that is truly unique. A self-guided Discover France tour is not just another deluxe, high-end, hand-hold trip, but one in which the clients are involved. The company takes care of the details and leaves it up to the travelers to soak up the experiences that will come their way    

Tour de France& Challenging Cycling Tours:
Discover France realized many years ago that the market for very challenging cycling tours existed and wasn't being addressed with the typical vacation cycling tour. In this challenge line of tours, travelers can ride the routes of the Tour de France including the famous Alped'Huez, Mont Ventoux, and the Pyrenees. Self guided and guided programs are available all season long, including during the famous 3 week race for yellow every July!

Family vacations in France
The team at Discover France realizes that a group consisting of adults and children brings a variety of abilities and desires to a trip. Knowing this, the cycling and multisport tours that are offered can be personalized to meet multiple demands. In several regions throughout France, trailers are offered for small children, trail-a-bikes for larger kids, and individual bikes for tweens and teens. Tours vary in level of difficulty and can be matched to suit each family's needs, including the arrangement of transfers, and/or support vehicles. Elderly family members are encouraged to participate and can be provided with transfers and vehicle rentals in order to convene with the rest of the family during their exploration of the countryside. A perfect example of one of the family-friendly packages available is the Family Program in French Catalonia. Although it falls under the cycling theme, it also offers seaside accommodations, beaches, and a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Honeymoons & Anniversaries:
The most important days in many people’s lives are their honeymoon and anniversaries. France is widely known as destinations of romance and is the ideal location for both these celebrations. Over the years, Discover France has organized many honeymoon and anniversary events for romance-bound clients. Paris-only packages are available; however, there is a growing trend in today’s active couples towards bicycle tours throughout France. The company’s formula for self-guided travel is ideal for honeymoon and anniversary vacations. Spouses can be completely alone, able to experience the many wonders of France together in a fashion that suits them best. Most couples also desire a few additional romantic days in Paris, and Discover France offers services to help facilitate that dream, as well as any others that may transpire.

Focused Professionals:
Focused professionals, who don’t have a lot of time, like the flexibility in choosing their own travel dates and even the duration of a tour making a Discover France trip the perfect choice. Tours are great values and will fit many budgets perfectly. This is a different kind of vacation that others may not have and being able to personalize it will give guests the bragging rights that friends and colleagues will want to pursue for themselves.

Guided Custom Groups:
Discover France gives groups the opportunity to customize their tour. They offer activities including biking, hiking, mountain biking,  canoe/kayak, via ferrata, and canyoning, as well as specialty activities like cooking classes, wine education, yoga, treasure hunts and adventure parks. They can arrange guided assistance, motor coach services, deluxe chateaux hotels, or modest B&B's with basic vehicle support. The possibilities are endless and up to the group.
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Articles: Please contact us for copies of recent articles. Discover France was recently featured on USA Today website for one our five-day hiking tour of Burgundy.
Active 4 Adventure was featured as one of the best outfitters of Cycling Vacations by National Geographic Adventure , with one of our Loire Valley trips as a signature tour.

Discover France has appeared in:

National Geographic
Cycling News
Rudy Maxxa Radio Show
Portland Radio
Outside Magazine
New York Times
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Boston Globe
Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Chicago Tribune
Atlanta Constitution
New York Daily News
France Today
Body & Soul
Travel & Leisure Online
The Dish
Bicycling Newsletter
Many more National & Local publications...

Press Trips:

Occasionally we will sponsor a journalist who has a specific writing assignment related to what we do. Also, we occasionally participate in press trips organized by Maison du Languedoc Roussillon or Atout France and can provide places to journalists. Any journalist or free-lance writer looking to do a press trip can contact us with your proposal and details of your assignment and we will consider each on a case by case basis.
Press releases are sent regularly.

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