The French countryside is full of picturesque villages and historic buildings. The landscape is ideally suited to cycling tours in France. Touring the country by bike means that you see more than if you were in a car or coach. It’s easy to take the bike down narrow country lanes and to have a break, walking through the woods or by the river. Another advantage is the opportunity to buy excellent bread, cheese and pastries to eat by the roadside. On the whole, France is bicycle friendly and not too hilly.
There are many companies that offer bike tours, either self-guided or with guides. These are organized by region. The Exodus company has a Loire Valley planned self guide tour, which takes in fabulous chateaux and vineyards. There are charming villages at every turn. Amboise and Chenonceau Chateaux are highlights. Exodus also arranges a France cycling tour in Burgundy. This is the destination for serious lovers of wine and gourmet food. The wine-growing region includes Nuits Saint Georges. Medieval villages, abbeys, and chateaux line the way along with lovely half-timbered houses with beautiful roof tiles.
Digngo organizes tours in Alsace, another region of awesome architecture and fine food and wine, including Riesling. Many travelers like to visit in the festive season for the famous Christmas Markets. The tour includes the medieval town of Colmar and Strasbourg with its magnificent Cathedral. The company arranges luxury accommodation and meals at restaurants and a support vehicle assists the cyclists. A hybrid bicycle is provided with safety helmet, water bottle and route maps. This France Cycling Tour company also arranges admission to tourist attractions, museums and events.
Normandy is another destination for Digngo. Its most famous landmark is Mont Saint Michel and visitors also frequent historic cities, such as Bayeaux, home of the tapestry, and Caen. The area is known for its cheese, seafood and cider. Many people like to visit the World War II landing sites along the coast, including Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pegasus Bridge. This region is also known as French Catalonia and it has a fascinating history. The Breton town of St.Malo is famous for its fortress.
Discover France is another touring company. Its Champagne Bicycle Tour is popular with lovers of the bubbly and the trip begins in Epemay, in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. The village has beautifully designed houses and visitors can explore the local cellars and taste the produce. Languedoc is another area that the company operates France Cycling Tours in. There are old Roman towns, Cistercian Abbeys and yet more vineyards! Wines here include the Cotes du Roussillon. It is also an important olive oil growing area. Carcassonne is a Roman settlement with a 12th century castle. The 11th century and 14th century basilicas of Saint Nazaire and Saint Celise are of historic interest. Other interesting cities include Montpelier and Narbonne.