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The Best Cycling in France


Home to delectable food and wine, world class climbing and picturesque countryside, France is cycling for the purist. Vistas change dramatically as you make your way through France. You can spend some time on on a gastronomic cycling adventure through the Loire, enjoying its magnificent castles and gardens. You can weave through a tapestry of vineyards in France’s rural countryside or for a completely novel cycling experience, ride the magnificent climbs overlooking the piercing blue sea of the French Riviera. Whether you’re a family looking for an active holiday, a group of friends looking for adventure and exploration or a keen cyclist looking to conquer Alpe D’Huez or its surrounding Alpine cols, France offers every type of cycling holiday. Allez!

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Mont Ventoux. One of the most famous climbs in the world and an iconic feature of the Tour de France.

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The beautiful French Riviera. Climbing up the French south coast is made a lot easier with views such as this one.

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The vibrant flowers in the Gardens of Villandry. One of the incredible spots along the excuisite Loire Valley.

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Lake Annecy. The wondrous lake in eastern France and one of the highlights of the 2018 Etape du Tour.

The Best Cycling Holidays in France For Families

France is one of the most popular destinations for family cycling holidays. We offer a variety of different trips for families all over the country meaning you are guaranteed to find the holiday that suits you. The  Best of the Loire Valley holiday is a particular highlight amongst Love Velo travellers. Riding along flat, dedicated cycle ways ensures your cycling is relaxing and enjoyable regardless of your cycling ability or experience. As you ride through central France, you will be introduced to stunning chateau’s and vibrant gardens such as the Gardens of Villandry and Chateau Chambord. This is the perfect trip for all ages, introducing you to the highlights of France with plenty of activities for children (and adults) along the way. Further south, in the Provence region of France, you can enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful lavender fields and stretching vineyards, tasting the traditional French wines and trying the local food in the authentic city’s of Avignon and Bedoin. This trip is perfect for those looking to escape the city. We can adjust your trip to suit the needs of you and your family. For a slightly different itinerary, our Highlights of the Luberon Holiday takes you round the surrounding Provence region, introducing you to unique towns such as L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, also known as the ‘Venice of Provence’, and Gordes, a beautiful hilltop town in Provence. Love Velo will organise your accommodation, bike hire and transfers for all of these trips ensuring you have the most relaxing, enjoyable holiday possible wherever you decide to travel.



The Best Trips in France on a Budget

We have holidays for all levels of cyclists in France at a reasonable price. Our holidays include airport and daily luggage transfers, quality bike hire and great accommodation. Our partners in France are committed to providing you with the best service and we are confident that they will help make your trip perfect. The relationships we have allow us to offer reduced rates, ensuring we can offer you the cheapest cycling holiday in France. Our Mont Ventoux Experience is very popular with seasoned riders. From just £395, you are placed in a perfect location and provided with everything you need to be able to focus on tackling the famous climb. From less than £490 we also offer great holidays in the French Riviera, Provence and Alpe d'Huez meaning you can choose the holiday that suits you most without having to worry about going over your budget. As official travel partners of British Cycling, we also offer a 10% discount to all British Cycling members, another way we are looking to help you save money on your next cycling holiday

The Best Cycling Holidays in France For Experienced Cyclists

Experienced riders will find that France is a haven for cycling with famous climbs, undulating winding roads and scenic views over stunning mountainous terrain. There’s a reason why the greatest cycling event in the world is held here! Choose from a section of world renowned cycling destinations and some of the most iconic routes in Tour de France history. Following a serious amount of deliberation, the Love Velo office came the conclusion that…there isn’t one singular destination in France that is the best for experienced cyclist – the decision was too hard! Our Mont Ventoux Experience always receives great reviews from our clients with the celebrated climb regarded as one of the most challenging in France and the location of many notable Tour de France stories – including Chris Froome running up the mountain in the 2016 Tour. The Pyrenees also recieved high plaudits due to the number of esteemed climbs and the incredible scenery of the area. Tackling the Col du Tourmalet is a highlight of the area whilst the whole mountain range provides a challenging, rewarding and unique cycling experience for seasoned riders.

Love Velo's Favourite Climb in France

Following the difficulty we had in deciding the best overall French cycling locations for experienced cyclists, we didn't expect to come to a quick conclusion regarding the best out-and-out climb in France. However, with the Mont Ventoux Experience and the Pyrenees Cycling Holiday both in the mix for the best cycling destinations, we chose to label Alpe d'Huez as the best cycling climb in France.  At 13.2km and an 8% average gradient, Alpe d'Huez is one of the most notable climbs featured on the Tour de France, making a significant appearance in 2019 Tour on Stage 12. Whilst taking on the iconic climb is undoubtedly a breathtaking spectacle, the surrounding area is also a highlight of the French cycling scene. With options to climb the Col du Glandon, Col du Galibier and the Croix de Fer, you will be spoilt for choice with the amount of famous riding you can do in the Isere region of France. On our Alpe d'Huez Cycling Holiday we will organise your transfers, accommodation and bike hire to ensure your trip is hassle free and you can fully focus on the riding. Choose to stay in Bourg d'Oisans, atop Alpe d'Huez or anywhere else in the valley and we'll provide you with the required routes to to allow you to tackle some of the most breathtaking climbs in France.

The Best Places to Cycle in France with Friends

We offer fully flexible cycling holidays in France. The itineraries you see on our website simply offer a guide to the holiday you could have, if you wish to extend a route of stay somewhere different, this can be easily arranged when talking to our cycling experience team. This flexibility is perfect for groups of friends of all sizes as we can plan trips for each group member based on what they want to achieve on their trip. If half the group are looking to tackle Mont Ventoux, for example, then this can be easily arranged whilst the other half enjoy the flatter routes surrounding the Bedoin, exploring the Gorges de la Nesque and the stunning French hills. For those looking to explore the beauty of France on two wheels, we offer relaxed trips such as the Provence Cycling Holiday and the Highlights of the Luberon Valley Cycling Trip. Both of these holidays will take you through the beautiful French countryside made up of lavender fields and vineyards. With your friends, you can taste the local wines, explore the charming landscape at your own pace and enjoy relaxing evenings in quaint towns and picturesque villages. Ride as much or as little as you want, just let our team know when you enquire. On our group bookings, the eighth person goes free, one of the great discounts we offer for booking your holiday with Love Velo.

Love Velo's Favourite French Destination

Whether you're a seasoned rider, a newcomer to cycling or somewhere in between, you will find that Cycling in the French Riviera is perfect for you. Experienced cyclists can follow the rolling coastal routes or tackle famous cols such as Col d'Eze whilst those looking to take in the vibrant lifestyle of the French Riviera can do so by cycling along the coast towards Cannes and the famous red rocks of Esterel. Dotted along the coast are picturesque villages such as Mons and delightful hidden treasures such as the Wolf Gorge. There's truly something for everyone on this holiday so feel free to travel with people who may be riding at a different level to you. You can spend your time on the bike however you desire before relaxing in one of the most spectacular destinations in France in the afternoons and evenings.

The Best Cycling Holidays in France For A Great Picture or Selfie

You’ll find that, without meaning to, you will effortlessly fill up your friends’ Instagram feeds following a trip to France. With photo opportunities around every corner, labelling one destination as the best for a picture is no easy task. On our Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday you will be able to take iconic photos in the romantic French capital with the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and The Arc de Triomphe all popular tourist spots and places you have to visit when spending time in Paris. Away from the tourist trail, you’ll be treated to unimaginable views surrounding any of the famous climbing regions in France. The views of the Alps from Alpe d’Huez are unparalleled whilst the expansive Pyrenees appears never ending when viewed from above. If you can face the climbs, the pictures you’ll be rewarded with from these mountains are worth it.

Why Travel to France with Love Velo?

If you have never cycled in France before, the prospect of choosing the best location could be daunting and eventually avoided if booking on your own. We want to make sure this doesn't happen! Book a French cycling holiday with us and you can be confident that we will recommend the best destination for your cycling ability, preference of views and everything else. All you have to do is give us the requirements of your trip and we will take care of your airport transfers, all your accommodation and meals (if you choose), luggage transfers and great bike hire - if you decide not to bring your own. The holiday will be fully planned meaning you can truly relax and enjoy France for all its beauty. Unlike other tour operators, when you book with Love Velo your trip with be fully flexible and based on first hand experience from our cycling team. We know France like the back of our hand and will ensure you have the best holiday there possible.

We love sending people on our French cycling holidays, here's a review of a trip we organised to Provence!

Check out a review of a Love Velo trip in France

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