Self-guided France biking tours from Sherpa for 2103 include the vineyards of Bordeaux, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, a historic tour of Dordogne and two cycle trips biking through Burgundy. There are many other cycling holidays in France on offer, but these are the self-guided bike tours highlights from Sherpa's new online brochure (available here.)
The Vineyards of Bordeaux Cycling Tour
Cycling through one of the most famous wine regions in the world is the focus of this trip, as you visit vineyards on the way including the vineyards of Sauternes, the most famous of which is Chateau d’Yquem. Other features include seeing Chateau Malrome, where Toulouse Lautrec lived, oyster beds near Cap Ferret, nature reserves, and getting to the top of Europe's highest sand dune. Departures any day from April to mid-October.
Cycling in the Historic Dordogne
This bike tour starts and ends in Souillac and mostly follows the Dordogne River using back lanes and byroads. Some stretches do take in the high plateau as well, so there are some hilly sections cycling in and out of the Dordogne Valley. This is truffle country, and highlights include the gastronomy, the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Rocamadour, the fortified town of Domme, the lovely town of Montagnac, troglodyte cave dwellings and prehistoric caves. Daily departures from 1st April to 15th October, 2013.
The Chateaux of the Loire by Bike
There are vineyards to visit in the Loire too, but the spectacular chateaux (above) are the highlight of this cycle tour: Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Usse, Chinon, and Saumur. You can also visit Leonardo da Vinci’s home at Amboise (where the trip starts) and Balzac’s house at Sache (where it ends). Departures any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from March to October. Other days available on request.
Biking through Burgundy
Starting and ending in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Highlights include cycling through prime chardonnay vineyards, some of the best pinot noir vineyards in Burgundy, and the Benedictine Abbey at Cluny. Daily departures from late March through to October, 2013.
JOINING THESE FRANCE BIKING TOURS FROM LONDON
Sherpa's prices for these France biking tours do not include travel to and from France, but all the tours are easily reached from London:
London to Burgundy: Burgundy bike tours start and end in Beaune. You can fly from London to Paris or from London to Lyon with airlines including easyJet, and then take a train to Beaune. There are also cheap coach tickets to Paris. Alternatively, you can take a train from London to Beaune. Through train tickets from London to France can be booked through the Voyages-Sncf website (formerly Rail Europe).
London to the Loire: The Chateaux of the Loire tour starts in Amboise and ends in Saumur. You can take a budget flight with easyJet from London to Paris, and then a train from Paris to Amboise. There are also cheap coach tickets to Paris. At the end of the trip take a train from Saumur to catch the return flight from Paris to London. Alternatively you can make a through train booking from London to Amboise and back from Saumur to London through the Voyages-Sncf website (formerly Rail Europe).
London to Bordeaux: There are budget flights to Bordeaux from London Gatwick and London Luton with easyJet. You can also take the train from London to Bordeaux by booking at the Voyages-Sncf website (formerly Rail Europe).
London to the Dordogne: This tour starts and ends in Souillac. To reach Souillac you can fly from London to Paris or from London to Toulouse (both with easyJet), and from either city then take a train to Souillac. There are also cheap coach tickets to Paris. Alternatively you can also take the train from London to Souillac. Train tickets can be booked through the Voyages-Sncf website (formerly Rail Europe).
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