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Cycling Holidays France

Cycling Holidays in France

The drama of the iconic Tour de France is owed in part to its diverse and often beautiful surroundings. Our cycling holidays in France cover a range of stunning terrain just begging to be explored, and will leave you in no doubt as to why cycling is one of the country’s most popular pastimes.   

You’ll take in some of the nation’s most stunning regions on Exodus cycling trips in France. Try a leisurely cycling self-guided trip in the Loire Valley and drop in on what is considered the finest chateaux in France, or free-wheel through hilltop villages and lavender-scented meadows in Provence.

In the North, you can enjoy tranquil rides through the back roads of Brittany and along its spectacular Emerald Coast – with plenty of stop-offs to sample fresh seafood platters and famous Breton cider. If it’s the gastronomy that gets you going, why not drop in on the steep valleys and ancient villages of the Dordogne to hunker down on some of the best local delicacies & wine tasting the region has to offer? 

Our cycling holidays in France truly offer something for everyone.   

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Cycling Holidays in France

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Cycle the famous Cotes de Rhone vineyards and visit France's most extensive Roman site

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 8+
9 Days from £1,649
Self-Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Classic Burgundy Cycling

Exceptionally relaxed, varied cycling: peaceful riverside trails, country lanes and canal paths

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 12+
4 Days from £1,099
Self-Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Frequently Asked Questions for Cycling Holidays in France

What to expect on a cycling holiday in France?

When choosing cycling holidays in France it’s important to consider the activity level of the trip. These can range from leisurely and moderate to challenging and depending on the level you select, you can expect various types of terrains, from the mountainous backdrops of Provence to the coastal routes of Normandy.

Depending on which area you visit, the weather can vary but during the summer months, you’ll usually enjoy long, sunny days with warm temperatures.On our self-guided cycling holidays in France, you’ll ride among stunning scenery at your own pace following GPS routes, stopping off at charming villages and towns to experience the local culture and cuisine.

How long are your cycling trips in France?

How long do you want to be in the saddle? Our cycling tours in France run from four to nine days including flights, with a mix of leisurely routes to lay back on and trickier options to put your legs to the test. You could spend four days climbing one of the Tour de France’s iconic mountains, or double that time gently pedalling through the villages and vineyards of Burgundy.  

Are your cycling trips in France guided?

The majority of our fantastic cycling holidays in France are self-guided, giving you the freedom to step on and off as you wish with our detailed route notes in hand. We’ll still arrange for your luggage transfers if you’re moving from base to base. 

When is the best time to go cycling in France?

On the whole, France enjoys good weather conditions from April to October. To avoid the crowds, cycling in France is best on either side of July and August as this is peak season, and also the temperatures can rise considerably in the south, making riding conditions uncomfortable.

Where is good to cycle in France?

Blessed with diverse, unspoilt landscapes that form heavenly backdrops to cycling holidays in France, this is a fabulous country that has lots to offer. Explore the lush vineyard regions such as Burgundy, Chablis and Cotes du Rhone where you can cycle along tranquil country lanes sampling world-famous wines en route, or ride past the sweet-scented lavender fields of Provence and discover traditional French villages that cling to the hillsides. Brittany is a breath of fresh air with its winding coastal roads that present you with awesome views and lead you to historical sites. 

Is France safe for cycling?

As with all our Exodus trips, your safety is paramount, and we ensure that every destination and route we plan is safe for cycling in France. Throughout your self-guided tour, our team is on hand to answer any questions and you’ll be provided with route directions and maps and local emergency numbers prior to your departure. We always provide you with high-quality bikes that are checked thoroughly before your arrival so you can rest assured and book with confidence.

Why choose Exodus for your cycling holiday in France?

As well as steering you to beautiful places, our cycling holidays in France are carefully designed to take you off the beaten track where you can experience local culture and explore the areas that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Renowned for its famous wines and traditional dishes such as beef bourguignon and coq au vin, France is as easy on the palate as it is on the eyes.

We make sure that you enjoy the vibrant flavours of each region, so you get a real taste for the local French culture. Our team works hard behind the scenes to plan the best routes and provide you with the most accurate maps and trip notes. We also ensure that your luggage is transferred to each of the accommodations ahead of your arrival.

Are you feeling ready to don your cycling attire for the ride of a lifetime? Speak to our experienced cycling experts today to get the wheels in motion.

A thoroughly enjoyable cycling trip with some superb food and especially at Les Glycines's...

Mark Robertson, 2015 Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling

Our week was particularly hot, as temperatures in the high 30's swept over France. This...

Steven Gittens, 2015 Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling

A fantastic nine day trip through a beautiful section of the Dordogne, riding between hotels and...

Peter Griffin, 2014 Dordogne Valleys and Villages Cycling