Guide to Bicycle Tours France
Self-guided french cycling holidays are a great option if you don’t have the time to organise everything. You get the best of both worlds – the flexibility and independence of travelling on your own, with the type of support you’d expect through a guided tour.
This is what you can expect on self-guided bicycle tours of France:
- bike hire (of course )
- an itinerary all planned out, together with notes and maps
- your accommodation booked for you
- all luggage transfers taken care of
- you can start on any day of the week
- you can do it alone, with your loved ones, friends, or with other groups if you want to socialise.
Of course, it may be cheaper to organise all these things yourself – but the cost may be worth the time saved.
Cycling in France: Self Guided Tour Operators
There are plenty of companies that offer bicycle tours in France (just do a search on the net for ‘self guided bicycle tours france’). While doing your research, make sure that the type of tour caters to your fitness level – especially if you don’t normally cycle at home.
The one company we recommend is Randonee Tours. They specialise in french cycling holidays and self-guided bicycle tours in France, Europe, the US and Canada, as well as other ‘active’ holidays, such as canoeing and hiking. They also have really good quality bikes.
for something a little less ‘strenous’….
If you haven’t touched a bicycle for a long time (like us) but still want the benefits of getting to know ‘la france profonde’ by bike, you could try Cycling for Softies a company based in the UK. They offer a wide range of itineraries to suit different fitness levels, and can help with more customised tours, if you want. They also have walking and guided tours.
Of course, if the idea of a cycling tour in France is just too much exercise for a holiday, but you’d still like to take the odd cycling trip here and there, there are plenty of options available.
At the other end of the scale, if you’d really like to get off the beaten track, explore some of the more undiscovered places, and have complete independence and control over where you go and when – you might prefer to organise it all yourself.