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Activities in France - sports - biking in France
Biking in France is a lot of fun!

Bicycling in France with "la petite Reine" (*)

Follow the little roads through the vineyards of Burgundy, descent the mountain pastures of Savoie, amble along roads lined with gorse in the Morbihan… At a different pace, touring on bicycle and mountain biking add an air of freedom to your excursions.

You don't need to bike like a pro of the "Tour de France" to enjoy the French country side! A good map giving you the degree of up- or down- hill will be very useful. Take a road boarding a river, and follow the flow of the river: you'll be sure to have a relatively easy run. Or bike on the bank of a canal: these small "sentiers" were used in the "old days" for pulling the transport-barges by horses!


(*) "la petite Reine" = name given by the French to the bicycle.... the Queen of the Road!

Alsace - Strasbourg Area, Eastern France, At the German Border
  A different world with "La Bicyclette Gourmande".
Exclusive Cycling and Walking Vacations in Europe : discover France by bicycle or on foot and enjoy comfort, gourmet cuisine and fine wine.
With or without a guide, you will discover the secrets of Alsace, taste local wines. Three possibilities:
  • Voyage Gourmet - 3 to 8 days. Group of 5 to 20 persons
  • Voyage Délicieux - 3 to 8 days. Each Sunday for a minimum of 2 persons
  • Voyage à la Carte - half or one day for a group of 10 persons or more

Address: 53, rue de Pfaffenheim, 68420 Gueberschwihr - Tel: +33 3 89 49 28 67, Fax: +33 3 89 49 27 39.

Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France
  Discover nature at is best, along the Aquitaine coast from north to south......from Bordeaux to Hendaye.... 700 km (435 miles) of cycling path in picturesque surroundings, which stretch from the Garonne river to the Spanish border covering the whole length of the largest beach in Europe.

B&B Biking in Bordeaux Wine Region is a new charmer for Discover France Biking
The Bordeaux region of France has long been known for its wine, but Discover France Biking has a charming new way to learn more about the wines and the region. The tour is a wine theme, but as a self-guided tour it allows persons of all abilities to discover the warmth of the small villages and their historic monuments while spending the nights at extraordinary B&B inns, some of which are old chateaux and others converted farm houses. The inn atmosphere is very warm and in the French Table d’Hote tradition, everyone eats together around large and lively tables. Many of the small inn owners are also viticulteurs and provide tasting and private instruction on their wines and other famous wines of the region. The tour is situated between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers in one of the undiscovered corners of this popular region.

Loire Valley - Southwest of Paris

With its countless chateaux and monuments, its lively picturesque towns and villages, its diverse rural landscapes, its vineyards, its forests, its peaceful ponds and rivers, the Loire Valley is an ideal destination for sightseeing by bike.
A hundre "Vélotel" hotels will share with you their passion for the thousand and one hidden treasures of the "Land where life is sweet" and for the quiet, shady route of the "Garden of France"

Poitou-Charentes - Western France

Univehout the year.

Provence  - Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Areas, Southeastern France

The Luberon by bike: Cavaillon-Apt-Forcalquier
In the Regional Nature Reserve of the Luberon, in the heart of Provence, a cycling itinary of some 100 km crosses the Luberon from east the west. Cycling along roads with very little traffic through lovely scenery is clearly signposted in both directions.

Discover France Biking Adds Provence Cooking Classes
Discover France Biking has added yet another twist to its unique bicycle vacations, this time with cooking classes in the heart of Provence. The classes are conducted by the ever-entertaining and energetic Jean-Marie Carret at the beautifully restored renaissance Chateau of Vins Sur Caramy, in the Var department of Provence. Jean-Marie speaks fluent english and has received clients such as the actor Sean Connery. The program combines 4 days of biking, either guided or unguided, in the region around Brignoles and Vins Sur Caramy with 3 days of cooking classes which include visits to the local markets to buy the needed goods. "Students" get to enjoy their coursework at the evening meal in preparation for the next day’s bicycle discovery.

Rhone-Alps  - Lyon and Grenoble Areas, Southeastern France

Mountain Biking in the Alpes
Mountain biking downhill is a vacation, and its one of the newest products available from Discover France Biking. Two options exist, one is based in the "chic and cool" alpine town of Chamonix while the other is a getaway to the small village of Lanslevillard near the Italian border. In either case you can have the pleasure of a van ride or gondola ride in the morning before tackling the trails and little alpine villages on the day’s itinerary. Both tours are guided and include just about all you need, which even covers the opportunity to parapente or climb rock gorges attached to wire cables (via Ferrata).

Crossing the Ardeche plateau.
A Week’s cycling tour of over 150 km for 6 to 10 people. From St. Agreve to Montselgues, cycling between volcanic cones, along forest, across fields… Gites, region dishes and rural life to be discovered along this scenic trail.