France is known for being a place where good food and great cycling go hand in hand. In France, you will find historic culture, outstanding natural landscapes, and a lifestyle that allows you to have great times off the bike too.
France has several long-distance cycle routes and because the scale of the cycle network is so vast, regional routes vary dramatically. All routes in France have one thing in common though. They make up one of the best overall cycling holiday networks in Europe with a great combination of official cycle paths and quiet rural roads.
There are many diverse regions in France, but several areas offer fantastic cycling holiday experiences. Alsace is known as the most colourful region in France and takes inspiration from both Germany and France.
With its quaint colourful houses, impeccably maintained small towns and villages, and vivid green landscape, Alsace is a very popular cycling holiday destination for many reasons. In the south of France, Provence allows you to combine a relaxing summer holiday by the sea with a cycling holiday through the countryside with stop-offs at famous cities like Avignon or Orange along the way.
For cycling along traffic-free riverside trails, the Loire à Vélo in the Loire Valley is one of France's best routes and passes past chateaux, historic cities such as Orleans, and vineyards where you can stop off to sample the local wines.
Cycling holidays are an excellent way to see new places and ride between cities and there is no added pressure on getting to the hotel in the fastest time possible.
We have a wide selection of cycle tours to choose from available across Europe, but several key themes are constant throughout.
We've highlighted several reasons why you should go on a self-guided cycling holiday in our overview video.
If you have never been on a full-service self-guided cycling holiday like this before or are used to organising everything yourself, our short video will give you an idea of what to expect on a cycle tour with us.