Experience France Up Close By Bike

France is the world's most visited country, and for good reason. Its rich variety of classic cuisine, unique culture, amazing scenery and picturesque landscapes makes it an ideal destination and cycling in France is a terrific way to discover all its delights.

From the biggest attractions to its best-kept secrets, exploring France by bike lets you get up close and personal with this one-of-a-kind part of the world. See the royal chateaux of the Loire Valley, the unspoilt Mediterranean island of Corsica or sample the grand crus of the ancient wine-growing regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis and more.

Whatever you want from your holiday, getting to see France from the saddle helps you to notice and appreciate the little things - the quirks, sights and smells that you wouldn't otherwise get if travelling by car. You'll be provided with clear directions by our GPS app, with excellent accommodation taken care of by our local experts, who will be on hand to help during your cycling holiday.

With over 20 unique and memorable tours from which to choose, we've hand-picked the absolute best selection of wonderful and diverse routes in this beautiful country for you to enjoy. View them below or get in touch if you have any questions. To learn more about our holidays and destinations, visit our blog.

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TYPES OF FRENCH CYCLING HOLIDAYS

We offer a range of cycling holidays in France, with types of tour available to suit all tastes.

Self-guided cycling holidays in France

A self-guided French cycling holiday lets you and your group take the reins and explore your chosen destination your own way. Following directions provided by our own GPS-enabled app, you'll be riding our top-spec bikes along a range of routes, between picturesque sights, towns, villages and, often, your accommodation. We'll take care of your luggage and longer transfers.

As well as a bike, we'll give you a repair kit and full briefing before you embark on your adventure and, if you need any assistance, our team members won't be far away.

VIEW OUR SELF-GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Guided cycling holidays in France

Our guided French cycling tours see a local expert Headwater employee lead you and your group of like-minded travellers.

They'll provide you with not just directions but invaluable information on the local area, letting you really get to know your surroundings, the culture and history. In between trips, you'll have time to yourself, too - plenty of time to get to know your fellow group members or enjoy some solo exploration.

VIEW OUR GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Cycling holidays in the south of France

We offer several cycling holidays through the south of France - a region renowned for its great weather, pretty and rustic architecture, wonderful wines and gorgeous cuisine. Our trips include exploring the medieval towns and hilltop villages of Provence, a region dotted with wineries and home to colourful hillsides awash with bright flowers.

Luxury cycling holidays in France

All our cycling holidays in France are luxurious, featuring quality yet quirky accommodation and excellent cuisine. If you want to upgrade your travel to first class, we can typically accommodate this, too, whether that's private flights, first-class tickets or otherwise. Get in touch and we'll see how we can help to bring even more luxury to your trip.

WHERE TO GO CYCLING IN FRANCE

Whatever your dream holiday, we have cycling trips to France to suit all ages and desires.

A particular favourite of our many bike tours of France is the Cotes du Ventoux package, which offers gentle cycling between the vineyards of the Cotes-du-Rhone and Ventoux appellations. This vacation will take you along quiet country lanes, across plains and gentle foothills, offering breathtaking views of Mount Ventoux.

Each hotel for this and all of our other cycling holidays in France is carefully chosen, with many locations offering a pool and the finest cuisine - ideal for evening relaxation after a day exploring on your bike.

There are so many areas of this stunning country that we would recommend that you visit, and you'll find a wide selection of cycling holidays in the most scenic regions of France here at Headwater. From Brittany's Emerald Coast to the villages of the Luberon in Provence, and other packages including the Dordogne, the Loire Valley, Burgundy and Alsace, there is a route for every taste and ability, including more focused gastronomic and cultural cycling trips across France.

If you think that you've found the perfect trip, hit the appropriate 'View Holiday' button for full holiday details, or take a look at our activities section for further information about how our self-guided cycling holidays in France work. As flights from across from the UK take only a couple of hours, you'll be at your destination and enjoying your next adventure in no time!

Why book with Headwater?

Choose Headwater and enjoy cycling in France with all details squared away. We not only provide you with the best locations, itineraries and travel options possible, but will always be on hand to make sure that everything goes swimmingly. Here are just some of the reasons why we're renowned for our French cycling holidays:

  • We're flexible - Fancy travelling first class, via train, or via tandem or electric bike during your tour? Just get in touch and our team will be happy to help adapt your cycling holiday in France to your specific needs.
  • We're award-winning - We've been awarded from the Best Travel Company for Central & Western Europe and Culinary & Wine Holidays from the British Travel Awards, in no small part due to the quality of our French tours.
  • We're sustainable - We make sure that all our tours give back to the environment, so much so that we are on track to become Nature Net Positive by 2024. You can learn more about how we plan to become more sustainable via our People, Places and Planet Plan.
  • Luxury accommodation - All our hotels are high-quality. They have great locations near to sights, restaurants or areas of beauty, and often come with great quirks that make your trip even more unforgettable. They're usually locally operated, too, so that you can be sure that your trip is benefitting the local community.
  • Excellent food - A cycling trip to France is high on the list of many epicureans, so we've made sure that our holidays take you through regions awash with delicious food and drink. Tour vineyards and taste delectable wines, indulge in rich, hearty peasant cuisine, or enjoy fine dining. Whatever your tastes, our team is on hand with recommendations.

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Hilltop Villages of Provence with e-bike
France: Provence

Hilltop Villages of Provence with e-bike

Visit the picturesque hilltop villages of Provence with an electric bike - so much easier with the extra boost of power on those hills! Discover the colourful landscapes and lavendar fields as well as local architecture, bustling markets and gastronomy.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07PE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £2069per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast included
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
France: Provence

Cotes du Ventoux Cycling

The Vaucluse is characterised by several things but none perhaps as much as the vineyards which cover the patchwork landscape and the ever-present shape of Mt Ventoux, 'the Giant of Provence'. You will have ample opportunities to taste the local produce as you venture right up to the foot of the mountain.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06PV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1589per person, tour only

  • 36 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
France: Alsace

Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling

The picturesque, perched villages of Provence offer stirring images along with a history which, in some places, stretches back over a thousand years. Discover vineyards, olive groves, monasteries, chateaux and caves along with the region's famous Ochre Trail and, of course, the lavender which scents the summer air.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC08PL
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1889per person, tour only

  • 21 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dordogne Valleys & Villages Cycling
France: The Dordogne

Dordogne Valleys & Villages Cycling

Wonderful gastronomic meals, world-famous wines, fabulous historic sites and postcard-pretty villages are just a few of the highlights of this popular cycling tour. You're usually close to the rivers too, so lots of swimming, plus all hotels have pools.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC08DO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1439per person, tour only

  • 42 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling the Vineyards of Champagne
France: Champagne

Cycling the Vineyards of Champagne

Explore the Champagne wine-growing area, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and the stunning villages. The winemakers’ open their doors to you, for tastings and tours of the cellars.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC03CH
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration3 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £989per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling in Beaune Vineyards
France: Burgundy

Cycling in Beaune Vineyards

A short break for an epicurean life style in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy to explore the world famous vineyards with prestigious wine estates as well as the fine local cuisine.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC04BN
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £999per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Classic Burgundy Cycling
France: Burgundy

Classic Burgundy Cycling

A relaxed 4 night tour between Auxerre and Chablis, cycling via rolling countryside, vineyards and canal paths to allow lazy riverside picnic breaks and world famous wine tasting.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC04CB
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1199per person, tour only

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling In The Royal Loire Valley
France: The Loire

Cycling In The Royal Loire Valley

Experience a chateau lifestyle during a romantic stay in a 4* manor house in the heart of the charming royal city of Amboise. Ride from chateau to chateau, stroll through peaceful gardens and stop in local cellars to taste the Loire Valley's delicious wines.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC03LX
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration3 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1249per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • all breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling - Short Break
France: Provence

Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling - Short Break

Provence is a place whose natural light and landscapes have served as inspiration to such iconic figures as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso and Dumas (not to mention Peter Mayle!). Get a taste of the famous hilltop villages which dot this breath-taking, lavender-scented Luberon region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC04PL
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1259per person, tour only

  • 7 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Short Break
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Short Break

All the greatest chateaux of the Loire in a short break. Bike from a chateau to another is just a short ride. Through the vineyards, on peaceful bike routes or along the Loire river, discover the royal Loire Valley.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05LO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1299per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling the Wine Route of Alsace
France: Alsace

Cycling the Wine Route of Alsace

From Colmar to Strasbourg : Discover the famous Alsace vineyards along the Alsace wine road cycle trail.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05AS
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1319per person, tour only

  • 7 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfaasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The UNESCO Loire Valley
France: The Loire

Cycling The UNESCO Loire Valley

Ride the famous 'Loire a velo' cycling path from Tours to Angers. All along the route, you stick closely to France’s last great wild river, with its sandy banks and islands, its vine-covered slopes, its typical towns and villages, its fine food and its unique atmosphere.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05LV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1349per person, tour only

  • 3 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycle The Wine Route of Champagne
France: Champagne

Cycle The Wine Route of Champagne

Ride among the vineyards and terraced hillsides where Champagne villages, chateaux, and churches are nestled. Follow the wine route and enjoy panoramic viewpoints overlooking the vineyards and picturesque villages.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05CH
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1419per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling the Colourful villages of Provence
France: Provence

Cycling the Colourful villages of Provence

A ride through the incredible contrasts between a rich, and variable natural environment : the blue strides of lavender, the subtle nuances of green in the forests, the flamboyant and blinding colours of the cliffs of ochre, or the austere white of the limestone hills.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06PC
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1449per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
D-Day Beaches Of Normandy Cycling
France: Normandy

D-Day Beaches Of Normandy Cycling

A coastal ride through the best Normandy's highlights : from the historical and emotional vestiges of the World War II, to the colourful harbour of Honfleur passing via the charming and elegant Deauville seaside resort.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05NM
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1469per person, tour only

  • 3 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Grand Crus of Bordeaux
France: Bordeaux

Cycling The Grand Crus of Bordeaux

Unbottle the Bordeaux vineyards and take off on a spirited discovery of this iconic wine-growing region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05BO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1489per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Grand Crus of Burgundy
France: Burgundy

Cycling The Grand Crus of Burgundy

An invitation to the world famous Grands Crus of Burgundy. Between Beaune and Vougeot, enjoy a peaceful cycling through the amazing wine villages. As great cuisine pairs with great wine, prepare your taste buds for fine cuisine.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06BN
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1489per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Provence : between Vineyards and olive groves
France: Provence

Provence : between Vineyards and olive groves

The air filled with the scent of lavender, the tangy aroma of freshly pressed olive oil and the sound of cicadas singing, experience the art de vivre in Provence.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06PE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1499per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling the Vineyards From Beaune to Macon
France: Burgundy

Cycling the Vineyards From Beaune to Macon

From Beaune explore the world famous vineyards with prestigious wine villages and continue south along a canal on a very peaceful cycling path going through Romanesque towns and undulating landscapes to Macon.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06BD
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1529per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling
France: Provence

Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling

Provence is a place whose natural light and landscapes have served as inspiration to such iconic figures as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso and Dumas (not to mention Peter Mayle!). Get a taste of the famous hilltop villages which dot this breath-taking, lavender-scented Luberon region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06PL
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1549per person, tour only

  • 17 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The UNESCO Loire Valley - Deluxe
France: The Loire

Cycling The UNESCO Loire Valley - Deluxe

Ride the famous 'Loire a velo' cycling path from Tours to Angers. All along the route, you stick closely to France’s last great wild river, with its sandy banks and islands, its vine-covered slopes, its typical towns and villages, its fine food and its unique atmosphere.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05LE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1569per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Upgraded Short
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Upgraded Short

All the greatest chateaux of the Loire are waiting for you during this short break. Bike from a chateau to another is just a short ride. Through the vineyards, on peaceful bike routes or along the Loire river, discover the royal Loire Valley. With a selection of 4* hotel accommodations, experience an unforgettable journey.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC05LX
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1579per person, tour only

  • 3 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
St Malo to Mont St Michel Cycling
France: Brittany

St Malo to Mont St Michel Cycling

This itinerary, crowned by the 'Wonder of the West', Mont-Saint-Michel, and the Cite Corsaire of Saint Malo, will lead you through the different faces of Brittany with coast, land and sea panoramic views.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07BR
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1599per person, tour only

  • 6 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire

All the greatest chateaux of the Loire are waiting for you. Bike from a chateau to another is just a short ride. Through the vineyards, on peaceful bike routes or along the Loire river, discover the royal Loire Valley.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07LO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1659per person, tour only

  • 6 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Canal du midi Cycling : from Toulouse to Sete
France: Canal du Midi

Canal du midi Cycling : from Toulouse to Sete

Along the Canal du Midi, the combination of local products, peace, quiet and authenticity ensure an unforgettable journey in the heart of nature !

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06CM
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1699per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling
France: Provence

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

For wine-lovers, this 8-night tour circles the famous Cotes de Rhone vineyards, and includes 2 nights in Vaison la Romaine - France's most extensive Roman site with 6000-seat theatre, baths, houses and streets. Swimming pools 6 nights out of 8.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC08PV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1869per person, tour only

  • 18 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Corsica with Ebike
France: Corsica

Corsica with Ebike

Experience the Corsica's new GT20 cycle route by ebike going through quaint villages, breath-taking mountain views and longing powder-white beaches with crystal-clear waters.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07CI
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1999per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Upgraded
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Upgraded

All the greatest chateaux of the Loire are waiting for you. Bike from a chateau to another is just a short ride. Through the vineyards, on peaceful bike routes or along the Loire river, discover the royal Loire Valley. With a selection of 4* hotel accommodations, experience an unforgettable journey.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07LX
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £2159per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Dordogne Activities
France: The Dordogne

Dordogne Activities

Combine three of our exciting holidays to experience the ultimate activity holiday in the Dordogne. Two days of safe, leisurely canoeing with a choice of easy walking or cycling on the other days.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM08DO
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1719per person, tour only

  • 29 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

    Cycling in France

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Frequently asked questions

How does a cycling holiday work?

Cycling holidays work depending on the type that you choose. Both self-guided and guided cycling holidays see you transferred from your chosen airport to your first hotel, where you'll be provided with a bike, properly sized. You'll also be given a full briefing on things like its features, the conditions that you'll encounter on your ride, and how to fix a flat tyre with the provided kit.

From there, you'll head off on your first rides - guided by one of Headwater's local experts or, if you choose self-guided, our GPS-enabled app. On all our tours, we have team members close by, too, just in case you run into any trouble with your bike.

Your luggage will be transferred for you between destinations and, if your next hotel is further afield, we'll shuttle you there, too. Then, on your final day, you'll hand in your bikes and be transferred to your chosen airport.

How do I book a cycling holiday?

Booking a cycling holiday with Headwater is simple. Just browse our tours and, once you've found one that suits you, click Dates & Prices to check availability for your chosen dates.

You'll be asked to input some details about yourself and your travel requirements, after which a member of the team will be in touch to answer any questions and book your trip for you.

What to expect on a cycling holiday in France?

Cycling in France lets you experience some of the country's most quintessential locations and pastimes. What can you expect? Well, all our French cycling tours promise beautiful scenery, plenty of culture and great food.

Perhaps you fancy gently riding through traditional French villages, winding around vineyards and orchards before stopping for some wine-tasting. Or maybe you'd like to cruise past some of the country's most impressive chateaux, experiencing outstanding menus and relaxing by the hotel pool in the evening?

Choose our cycling holidays and immerse yourself in what makes France magical.

What to pack for a cycling holiday in France?

To ensure that your cycling holiday is comfortable and that you're not let down by your gear, it's advised that you pack the following:

  • Cycling clothes - In winter, you'll want to pack wind and waterproof layers, as well as arm- and leg-warmers to keep your extremities comfortable. In summer, spandex T-shirts and shorts (padded can be preferable) or other wicking fabrics are smart choices.
  • Light waterproof jacket - Even in summer, France can see its fair share of rain, so consider bringing a light waterproof to ward off any downpours.
  • Helmet
  • Cycling gloves - Long, multiple days of riding can play havoc on your hands, so consider bringing a pair of padded cycling gloves.
  • A backpack - A light backpack can be a great choice if you don't fancy using the supplier pannier bags on your bike.
  • Water bottle - To stay hydrated, bring along a good-sized water bottle.
  • Neck tubular - If you're cycling in winter or getting up early, then neck protection can keep you warm and comfortable.
  • Sunblock - France can be particularly sunny, particular in summer and in the south, so be sure to bring sun cream.
  • Sunglasses - To ensure that visibility isn't affected by strong sunlight or glare, be sure to bring along some lightweight sunglasses.
  • A smartphone - All our tours make use of a GPS navigation app accessed via smartphone.
  • Take a look at what's included in your trip.

 

What time of year is best for cycling in France?

Our holidays run from mid-May to the end of September or early October. The weather is suitable for cycling in France during this whole period, so you shouldn't encounter any problems.

If you want to avoid the summer heat, even in the Loire and Brittany, we recommend cycling in May or early June and after mid-September.

What is included in the price of our France cycling holidays?

As standard, your cycling holiday in France with Headwater includes all basic elements and many additional extras:

  • Standard transfers to and from your first and last hotel to airport or station
  • All walking transfers required as part of your holiday
  • Rail and ferry tickets (where applicable)
  • Luggage transported from hotel-to-hotel
  • High-quality hybrid bikes
  • RideWithGPS electronic route notes in most regions or comprehensive route directions and maps
  • All breakfasts and many evening meals (as detailed in your itinerary)
  • A friendly briefing on arrival
  • 24-hour support in resort plus exclusive Headwater Rep Service in many regions.

What abilities are catered for on our cycling holidays in France?

We have cycling holidays for all levels and abilities. To help you to choose a holiday that best suits your level of fitness, all our trips are rated using the Headwater activity grading system, focusing primarily on distance and ascent.

On the individual holiday pages (and in our brochure) you'll see each tour is marked with an Activity Rating Level from one to four - one being easiest, four toughest. You can also search for your required activity level in our holiday finder.

On some holidays there is a choice of routes and, for these, two ratings will be shown (you’re free to choose between routes on a day-by-day basis). You’ll also notice a + symbol on a few holidays - this is just letting you know that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading.

Will Headwater arrange travel to and from France?

Of course; we can help with all arrangements for your cycling holiday to France. We have access to a complete range of flight options including British Airways as well as low-cost airlines. Our experienced sales team will find the best options available for you and your preferred departure airport.

Is customer service available 24/7 in France while on holiday?

We are available 24/7, as required for our Headwater customers on holiday in France. Our overseas team is made up of Headwater-employed reps, local partners and hoteliers. In most of the regions in France in which we operate, we include the services of our exclusive reps to give you that extra bit of reassurance during your stay.