June 8, 2023

Self-guided bike tours are a unique way to see the best of France

Wine lovers in the Loire Valley should visit the 16th-century Pouilly Fumé Tower for immersive discovery of Pouilly wines.
Sprawling castles, vast forests, renowned vineyards, and rich cuisine are all hallmarks of the French countryside. And, for active and independent travelers, a self-guided bike tour is a unique and memorable way to take it all in. From the scenic Loire Valley to the famous region of Burgundy, these four tours offer travelers some of France’s best sights and culture.

Family-Friendly Loire Valley
Unspoiled nature, rich vineyards, and stunning castles await travelers to the valleys of the Loire, Cher, and Indre rivers. With mostly flat terrain, the area is ideally suited to bicycle riding, while the area’s rivers, trees, gardens, and forests make the journey peaceful and scenic. In addition, the easy riding makes the 5-day Loire Valley Star Cycling Tour suitable for families and more leisurely riders. Highlights of the trip include a canoe ride near the Chateau de Chenonceau and a chocolate tasting in Amboise.

Burgundy Gastronomy and Wine
This moderate 7-day cycling tour focuses on the most highly treasured assets of Burgundy – its world-famous cuisine and wine. Start your tour in the gateway to wine country, Dijon, before heading out to explore areas such as Beaune, the wine capital of the region, and some of the most famous vineyards for Burgundy wine. Fabulous meals await along the way, treating travelers to the best Burgundy has to offer.

Luxury in the Loire Valley
The 7-day Loire Valley Deluxe Cycling Tour caters to those who want to combine the charming Loire Valley with stays in luxury hotels. The tour begins with the castle and historical sites of Amboise, before continuing on to visit chateaux, wine regions, and beautiful gardens through easy to moderate terrain. Travelers will even enjoy a stay in Chateau d’Artigny, one of the most famous chateaux in France.

The Best of Provence
Travelers on the Provence Classic 7 Nights Cycle Tour will start in Villeneuve-les-Avignon and traverse the culturally rich countryside along small and scenic roads. Attractions rooted in Roman history and Provencal culture await along the moderate route, such as the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and visits to charming villages like Vallabrix. St. Remy is another highlight of the route, for a visit to the town where Van Gogh created over 150 paintings.

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