Categories: France

Four fantastic cycling tours for a true taste of France.

by Jessie Beyer - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bike and Barge the Seine Plus! Castles of the Loire

This bike and barge cruise takes you along the Seine River Valley, passing by splendid estates including the castle and grounds at Fontainebleau, and through small medieval towns on the way to Montargis. Enjoy this scenic ride on easy canal paths, with frequent stops to sip café au lait in quaint French villages. The barge floats quietly along the Seine River, slipping through locks and under bridges while sumptuous meals are prepared on board. This tour is ideal for anyone who loves the French joie de vivre, and those who are new to cycling and want to try bicycle traveling without having to pack and unpack their bags. Our 11-day Plus! tour gives those who want to keep exploring the chance to spend another few days on land pedaling between important chateaux including Blois, Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau.

Book now as there is limited space available on our June and August departures and this special tour will not be setting sail in 2020.

Highlights: Paris, Castle of Fontainebleau, Artists’ villages – towns that inspired 19th and 20th century Impressionist painters, Medieval fortified towns and castles, Prehistorical museum of Nemours, Honey making farm and “living museum”, Château de Chambord, canoe to the famous castle of Chenonceau, Private castle visit.

 Departure Dates

Bike and Barge the Seine Plus! Castles of the Loire (8 Days)

Bike and Barge the Seine Plus! Castles of the Loire (11 Days)


Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Western France’s Dordogne River flows nearly 500 kilometers from the volcanic Massif Central region through deep gorges, steep cliffs, fertile farmland and famed vineyards to its mouth in the Bay of Biscay near Bordeaux. Our route traces the river’s descent from Cahors to St. Émilion by way of some of the most scenic cycling routes and most hospitable hosts in Europe. Add visits to the Lascaux 4 cave, two nights in St. Émilion, wine tastings and great food, and you have one of our all-time favorite bicycle tours.

Highlights : Lascaux Centre International, 3 nights in Sarlat, Rocamadour, Côtes de Bergerac & St. Émilion, wine areas of Monbazillac, Gouffres of Padirac, medieval castles, beautiful landscapes

Departure Dates

Cycling the Dordogne (7-day)

Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux (11-day)


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’s 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 so small you’ll swear you’re on a bike path.

Departure Dates:

Bicycling the South of France (8-day)

Bicycling the South of France Plus! (11-day)


Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and 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’s 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 spectacular rides through magical villages. Join us as we explore the wine roads and villages of Alsace and the Black Forest.

2020 Departure Dates

Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and the Black Forest (14-Days)

July 5 – 18
August 9 – 22

Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace (8-Days)

July 5 – 12
August 9 – 16

Bicycling the Black Forest to Lake Constance (8-Days)

July 11 – 18
August 15 – 22

 


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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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