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Cycling Holidays France

France is the world's most visited country, and with good reason. Its rich variety of food, culture, amazing scenery and picturesque landscapes make it an ideal visitor destination, and Cycling in France is a great way to discover all of its delights, from the biggest attractions to its best-kept secrets.

With over twenty unique and memorable tours to choose from, we've handpicked the very best selection of wonderful and diverse routes in this beautiful country for you to enjoy.

See the best of the country with our bike tours of France

Cycling in France give you the opportunity to experience some of the country's quintessential and most desirable pastimes. 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 gastronomic menus and relaxing in the evening in the hotel pool. 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 cycling holidays in France is carefully chosen, with many locations offering a pool and some of the finest cuisine - ideal for relaxing in the evening after a day exploring on your bike.

There are so many areas of this stunning country we would recommend 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, the Alps, 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 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 across from the UK are only a couple of hours, you'll be at your destination and enjoying your next adventure in no time!

Experience the magic of bike tours in France safely

Amid the unprecedented times that COVID-19 has caused, it's only natural to approach your next trip away with caution. We want you to know that we've taken our already exemplary health and safety standards to a new level this year, meaning you can book our cycling trips to France with absolute confidence.

While cycling France on one our self-guided tours already lends itself well to proper social distancing, we are making every effort to adhere to the latest health and safety recommendations provided. And our travel safety promise means we will only offer travel to destinations we know are safe. Thanks to our industry-leading booking protection scheme, we can also offer a full refund of your trip if its cancelled due to COVID at any stage.

If you need to make changes to your trip, you can do so free of charge anywhere up to 31 days before the start of your holiday. If you take out one of our travel insurance policies, you'll find COVID-related cover now included as standard.

As always, your safety and comfort are our number one priority, so do not hesitate to book the cycling trip of your dreams today. For more information on how we're safeguarding our cycling holidays in France against COVID-19, see here.

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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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2949per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 2 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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', silent and ever watchful on the horizon. This 6 night cycle takes you around the eastern side of the Vaucluse, where 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2579per person, tour only

  • 28 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling
France: Provence

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. On this 8 night holiday you'll 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2749per person, tour only

  • 15 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • 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 8-night cycling tour. You're usually close to the rivers too, so lots of swimming, plus all hotels have pools.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2179per person, tour only

  • 34 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration3 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1649per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1679per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling in Chablis Vineyards
France: Burgundy

Cycling in Chablis Vineyards

A short break to relax in Chablis vineyards in a charming 4* hotel with spa. Enjoy fine cuisine including 1 dinner and plenty of opportunities for great wine tasting at local producers.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration3 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1749per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1949per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfaasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration3 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1979per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • all breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1979per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • 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!), and this 4 night holiday has been designed to give you a taste of the famous hilltop villages which dot its breath-taking, lavender-scented Luberon region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1999per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Headwater navigation 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. The Loire Valley is classified as UNESCO Natural World Heritage. 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2049per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2079per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Chablis Vineyards Activities
France: Burgundy

Chablis Vineyards Activities

Walking and cycling activity in Chablis vineyards. Set in a gastronomic boutique hotel with spa, this tour allow you to choose everyday your adventure. Ideal for food and wine lovers to explore the Burgundy world famous vineyard.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration5 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2179per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • 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!), and this 6 night holiday has been designed to give you a taste of the famous hilltop villages which dot its breath-taking, lavender-scented Luberon region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2199per person, tour only

  • 15 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 2 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Headwater navigation 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2279per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2279per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2379per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Deluxe Short
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Deluxe 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2399per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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. The Loire Valley is classified as UNESCO Natural World Heritage. 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. Enjoy deluxe accommodation with a selection of charming 4 star hotels.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2449per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2449per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast and 1 dinner
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2549per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2579per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps 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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2979per person, tour only

  • 15 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Headwater navigation 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. 2 days of safe, undemanding canoeing with a choice of leisurely walking or cycling on the other days.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$3179per person, tour only

  • 26 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Deluxe
France: The Loire

Cycling The Chateaux Of The Loire - Deluxe

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 typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$3199per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfast
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

    Cycling in France

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Frequently asked questions

What time of year is best for cycling in France?

Our holidays run from mid-May to the end of September or early October in some and the weather is suitable for cycling in France during this whole period. If you want to avoid the summer heat, even in the Loire and Brittany we recommend cycling in France in May or early June and after mid-September.

What is included in the price for 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 tickets/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 and 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 of abilities. To help you choose a holiday that best suits your level of fitness, all our cycling holidays 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 1 to 3. 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 too - 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 whole range of flight options including British Airways to other low costs flights. 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 the majority of our regions in France, we include the services of our exclusive reps, to give you that added reassurance.