Cycling in France

Take a cycling tour of some of the most picturesque regions of France with Thrillophilia’s France tour packages! If you wish to experience the essence of this beautiful country, you can trust us to arrange your itinerary in the best possible manner. Also, our packages come included with meals, local transport, accommodations, and guided tours. Upon these, our customizable itineraries and 24/7 customer support promise a hassle-free trip to travellers of all.

Cycling in France is a popular activity that not only boosts your health but allows you to experience France from a closer perspective. This activity also helps you to soak in the beauty of the place to a greater extent, feeling the wind and sun on your face as you pedal across the butter-smooth trails of the Loire Valley.

Whether you wish to go for a wine-tasting cycling tour in Bordeaux or aspire to witness the magnificence of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, this activity will cover it all. You can also indulge in an unforgettable journey while cycling along the coast of Normandy or exploring the Rhine River plain in Alsace! If you are planning a unique trip with your partner, our France honeymoon packages can uplift your travel experience by curating a romantic cycling itinerary for just the two of you.

So, book your cycling tour beforehand with us and enjoy an adventure like never before!

Best Places for Cycling in France

1 The Loire Valley: Explore this historically rich place of Loire Valley by road cycling in France. It provides a flat and simple land for cycling comfortably. Known as the ‘playground for Kings’, you can come across exquisite castles and wineries, boasting the architectural legacy of the area. You can explore the chateaux of the area, and stop by to get some local produce from the marketplaces while cycling in the Loire Valley.

2 Burgundy: Housing classing French landscapes and medieval villages nestled in the lap of rolling hills, Burgundy makes the perfect place for a cycling tour. Surrounded by lavish wineries, you can take a halt at your desired ones to taste fresh wine. You can also visit the wine capital of Beaune and explore the nearby Cote d’Or Vineyards here.

3 Alsace: Located on the Rhine River plain, Alsace is a spectacular region for road cycling in France. Strasbourg is the capital of this province, which is also the cycling capital of France. You can explore the famous markets of Ribeauville and Riquewihr here, and grab some fresh farm produce. While cycling, you can also taste some amazing white wine here and tour the Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dam de Strasbourg.

4 Normandy: Cycle along the Cider Route and taste some cheese and Calvados on your cycling tour in Normandy. Witness the chocolate-box-style house of the Mont St. Michel abbey and visit the WWII memorials that dot the scenery along the D-Day beaches. Also, this region hosts some of France's most picturesque architectural wonders that are laden with rich history, so you can also explore them on your visit to this place.

5 Bordeaux: A city with a rich history and wine legacy, Bordeaux hosts some of the most laid-back cycling traits for tourists to enjoy. You can taste some of the world’s best wines from the vineyards here, especially from Saint Emilion. You can cycle around the region’s coastline and the banks of the Gironde River. You can also marvel at the ornamental chateau and houses here that enhance the scenery all the more!

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France Cycling FAQs

Is France good for cycling?

Yes, cycling is a brilliant destination for cycling in Europe. It is considered to be the best cycle-friendly country in the world, with compatible roads and trails. Also, the people of this country are as environmentally-conscious as they are health-conscious. Therefore, cycling is not just a sport, but also a popular leisure activity here. 

Where is cycling most popular in France?

Strasbourg is the most popular place for cycling in France, and the fourth best in the world. It has 600 km of cycling trails that stretch all around the urban sector. Here you can cycle around the Rhone-Rhine Canal and pedal along the Bruche Canal. You can also explore the Forts Trail and around the Ill and Rhine Riverside.

Why is cycling so big in France?

Cycling is considered to be a big and important thing in France because it is an economical mode of transport and an environment-friendly form of commute. It also helps in keeping your mind and body healthy as it involves physical exertion and balance. It is also a low-maintenance vehicle and does not require any fuel, thereby contributing to nature conservation.

What time of year is best for cycling in France?

May to June and September to October are generally considered to be the best times for cycling in France. In the higher altitude areas, the cycling season starts a little later, around late May to June and September. During these times you can find several cycling tours taking place all over France, starting from family activities to competitions like the Tour de France.

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