Categories: France

Cycle France in 2018

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Four fantastic cycling tours for a true taste of France.

Cycling the Loire Valley

This region of France sits on a pivotal frontier between the north and south of France and was of great strategic military importance. You will travel through thousands of years of rich architectural history while cycling through this beautiful valley, peppered with fortresses and palaces established by France’s kings, queens, dukes and nobles. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to taste world-renowned wines in stunning chateaux, and experience the beauty of small villages and vineyards surrounding them.

Dates:
Jun 14-21, 2018
Aug 23-30, 2018

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Bicycling the South of France Plus!

The South of France, or Langue d’Oc region, has always been a border region – between Spain and France, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and, in ancient times, between Rome and northern Gaul. Today it is classic Mediterranean France with vast expanses of vineyards, vestiges of Roman history in Nimes and Narbonne, and a mix of languages that include classic French, traditional Occitan and Catalan. Join us to bicycle and explore this little traveled region on quiet roads not much wider than bike paths.

Dates:

Jun 23-30 or  Jun 23-Jul 3, 2018
Sep 1-8 or Sep 1-11, 2018

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Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace Plus! the Black Forest

Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands 5 times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now a cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto. Tucked between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River the region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. Although officially located in France, the Alsatians have a distinct identity and refuse to be grouped with the French from the “interior” or the Germans across the Rhine river.  As you move into Germany on our “Plus” trip, enjoy 2,000 year old thermal baths, the center of Germany’s haute cuisine, wineries, beer gardens, and some spectacular rides through magical villages. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace and the Black Forest.

Dates:
Jul 8-15  or July 8-20, 2018
Aug 12-19 or Aug 12-24, 2018

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Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence

With feet on pedals, you’ll be up to your lips in local olive oil, expertly crafted wine and gourmet gems on this enchanting tour of Provence. Pedal through picture-perfect villages that inspired post-Impressionist masterpieces, awash in quaint, hilltop cafés, medieval castles and Roman ruins. Come along with us and discover the relaxed pace, superb architecture and culinary highlights of the Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence. A perfect tour for folks traveling with varying cycling abilities. Multi-night stays and options for days off the bike help keep everyone happy.  Those looking to do a classic climb of the Tour de France can opt to tackle the Giant of Provence – Mt. Ventoux.

Dates:
Sep 14-21 or Sep 14-24, 2018
Sep 28-Oct 5 or Sep 28-Oct 8, 2018

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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