Cycle Your Own Tour De France

Explore the Brittany coast by bike.France Cycling - Explore the Brittany coast by bike. © Brittany Tourist Office / Yannick le Gal


Do images of the Tour de France put you in the mood to discover France on two wheels?

Whether you want to take in the chateaux of the Loire Valley, wander around the backroads of Provence or indulge in the wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, UTracks can help you explore the regions at your own pace, combining fun cycling holidays with scenic beauty and local colour.

Below are six French cycling adventures you simply can’t pedal past.

1. Loire Valley Castles – 5 day self guided cycle

Explore the impressive chateaux, medieval towns, and forests of the valley known as the ‘playground of the kings’. Based in a charming family run hotel in the picturesque village of Chitenay, cycling is the perfect way to experience this world famous region. In the evenings, soak up the atmosphere in the hotel and gardens and dine on local cuisine and wine. This itinerary is suitable for the whole family.

2. Provence Backroads – 8 day self guided cycle

Cycle through beautiful vineyards and olive groves, deserted hilltop passes and tiny villages and gain a unique insight into rural French life. On this journey, you get to sample the gastronomic delights and wines from the Côtes du Rhône and greater Provence. Explore relics from prehistoric to Roman times and visit the town where Van Gogh spent his last years painting some of his best works. Another family friendly itinerary. 

3. Burgundy Wine Route – 8 day self guided cycle

There’s more to Burgundy than its famous red wines: this charming route passes elegant chateaux and medieval villages and winds through the forests and river paths of the Parc Regional du Morvan. Here, you can sample Napoleon’s favourite cheese, Epoisses, see Roman vestiges and ramparts and visit the UNESCO heritage listed village of Vezelay

The picturesque Canal du Midi offers a great cycling routeFrance Cycling - The picturesque Canal du Midi offers a great cycling route Discovering Bordeaux by bike & bargeDiscovering Bordeaux by bike & barge

4. Bordeaux Vineyard Cycle – 7 day self guided cycle

Enjoy a weeklong ride through rolling vine-covered hills in a region renowned for its fine eating and living. As you cycle past charming villages and vineyards, you can sample the famous local wines, which have been produced in the region since the 8th century. 

Or if you prefer the idea of having to unpack only once, but discover different areas of the region, take a look at the itinerary of the Bordeaux Bike & Barge trip.

5. Canal du Midi by Bike – 8 day self guided cycle

Connecting the Mediterranean with the Atlantic, the Canal du Midi provides a wonderful cycling objective following a 240km path from Toulouse to Sete. You’ll pedal through a landscape rich in architectural and cultural treasures, discovering the legends of the Cathars, taking in tranquil tree lined canal scenery and small villages where you can soak up the atmosphere in a local café or feast on the many culinary delights on offer.

6. Brittany Cycle - 7 day self guided cycle

Brittany's 1100 kilometres of wild coastline is home to spectacular medieval villages. Strong Celtic traditions and rites of worship are evident as you cycle the sites on this wonderful cycling itinerary. One of the main highlights is, of course, the impressive Mont Saint Michel, along with the 'pirate's town' of St Malo, and on this self guided tour – where you set your own pace - there is plenty of time to take in these breathtaking sites as well as the many quaint seaside villages, oyster and mussel farms along the way. 

Want to cycle in France? Find your next French cycling holiday here.

Cycling France, France

Comment (0)

Comments are closed.
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips