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France’s Highlights and Hidden Treasures

by Maria Elena Price - Thursday, August 6, 2015

France is a complex and beautiful country to visit. Its people, food and regions are surprisingly diverse.  With so many things to see and it is hard to know where to start and what to see first.  Enter the “Top” sights, views, hidden treasures etc etc list that has become the norm for any upstanding media publication.  One such list caught our eye because as we were scrolling through we kept thinking – we go there, we go there, we go there… in fact – of the 25 “most beautiful” places listed, we cycle through 14 of them!  A bit more research into other “Top” sights, treasures, views, lists convinced us that we have indeed developed bicycle trips in what a number of publications feel are the best places to visit France.  Here is a summary of our findings:

Browsing through the following travel articles, we think you will agree with our Top Ten Highlights, as they show up multiple times:

ExperiencePlus!’s Top Ten Highlights in France

corsica-bonifacio

Named by National Geographic as a top place to visit in 2015, Corsica has rural villages, beautiful beaches and stunning cycling opportunities.

 

Provence - appearing on 4 of these lists (only because National Geographic only names one place in France!), Provence is usually the top place to visit because of the lavender, markets, hill top towns and in our opinion its fabulous cycling roads.

Provence – appearing on 4 of these lists (only because National Geographic only names one place in France!), Provence is usually the top place to visit because of the lavender, markets, hill top towns and in our opinion its fabulous cycling roads.

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Normandy and Brittany – the beaches in Normandy and quaint towns in Brittany are great reasons to visit both these regions. St Malo is listed separately as a highlight as are some of the Breton villages and of course Normandy and the D-Day Beaches. All of these are part of our trip in Normandy and Brittany!

 

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Mont Saint Michele: Mont Saint Michele is highlighted in 3 of these lists. No doubt one of the top highlights for cycling trip Brittany and Normandy.

Alsace-vineyards

Alsace, Colmar and its wine route – Alsace shows up in 4 of these lists either because of its famous wine route and picturesque towns like Colmar.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne – fairy tale castles in real life.  Visit Carcassonne on our trip in the South of France and tour the walls at dusk to enjoy the view.

Lyon and Marseille - both cities make the lists for their beauty and history.  In Lyon don't forget to stop at one of the Bouchon's for a coffee or pastry! We have a guided tour of the city (and organize guided tours of many key cities we visit) to make sure you learn the important points before you take time to explore on your own.

Lyon and Marseille – both cities make the lists for their beauty and history. In Lyon don’t forget to stop at one of the Bouchon’s for a coffee or pastry! We have a guided tour of the city (and organize guided tours of many key cities we visit) to make sure you learn the important points before you take time to explore on your own. Bike between these two cities from Paris on our Paris – Marseille bicycle trip.

Loire Valley - Arriving by Bicycle in the Loire at the Chateau du Chambord

Loire Valley – Chateau du Chambord is just one of the stunning castles and beautiful gardens you can visit. Not to mention we stay in some nice places too!

Bergerac vineyards

Wine is central to experiencing France. Each region has its own specialty and we’ll make sure you try the best ones around on each of our trips. Don’t forget, our dinners include wine on every trip!

 

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Maria Elena Price - Maria Elena Malpezzi-Price: 'M.E.' started her bicycle tour leading experiences as a 5 year old, translating ice cream flavors on our first Venice to Pisa tours. Since then, she's led tours in more than 10 countries (specializing in Spain, where she lived for more than a year). With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and International Affairs and an MBA From the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado, Boulder she manages the business and its development at the Fort Collins office in Colorado (and of course traveling to Europe in the summers). She loves going out on tour and hopes to manage to travel a bit even though now she is "in charge" of the Fort Collins office! You can e-mail her at MariaElena {at} ExperiencePlus.com.

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