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Bike tours of France:
An (unbiased) comparison of 10 top companies with cycling tours in France

Let's be honest. Sifting through cycling tours in France and trying to establish how they compare to one another can be time-consuming and a bit dull.

So we’ve tried to take some of the leg work out of the task, by reviewing ten different companies offering bike tours of France and summarising the information any cyclist would want to compare when making their choice.

For example, we’ve tried to give a feel for the size of the company, whether it’s a France specialist or offers trips all over the world, whether it offers guided cycling tours in France or self-guided tours and a ballpark idea of the price.

There’s quite a variety of operators, so you’ll find luxury bike tours of France as well as more value-orientated options.

We hope our comparison helps you find the perfect France bike trip for your needs. Let us know what you think, and who you go with, in the comments below.

Notes:

This article is based on the information on each operator’s website. We’ve done our best to ensure our summary is accurate, but please double-check everything with the operator since the information on their website could be out of date or could have changed since we wrote the article. It’s even conceivable (heaven forbid!) that we may have made a mistake. 

The prices usually assume two people occupying a room. If you want single occupancy, expect to pay more. Also carefully check the trip inclusions - we’ve just summarised the situation below and the inclusions may well vary for each trip.

We don’t have any commercial relationship with any of the operators listed in this article.

The companies are listed in no particular order.


Cycling tours in France: a comparison

1. France Bike Trips

france-bike-trips.com

Where do the tours start?

France Bike Trips offer guided and self-guided tours across France in eight different regions including the Alps, the Pyrenees, Provence, Massif Central and Périgord.

Just France or other destinations too?

Specialising in bike tours in France, the company also offers worldwide cycling holidays for French-speaking guests.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

The company has over 15 years’ experience in organising French cycling holidays.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

In 2020, France Bike Tours are offering 18 set tour dates between April and September.

What's the maximum group size?

There’s no information available on this on their website.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

Not available.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From £995 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

They have various trip formats. Guided tours: accommodation in a 2-star or 3-star hotel, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3- or 4-course evening meal, luggage transfers and, on some trips, support vehicle.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Private groups with support vehicle or self-guided bike tours of France are available on dates of your choice. 

Any other notes?

No

2. Backroads

www.backroads.com

Backroads. Live your adventure. Go active

Where do the tours start?

Backroads offers guided bike tours all over France including Normandy, Provence, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Burgundy

Just France or other destinations too?

This America-based company offers bike tours across the globe including Europe, the Americas and Asia.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Backroads was created in 1979.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

There’s a wide choice of dates to choose from throughout the spring, summer and autumn.

What's the maximum group size?

The maximum group size on biking trips is between 18 and 26 depending on the trip. The average size across all Backroads trips is 16.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

Not available.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

All France bike tours are 6 days long and cost from $3,499 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, bike hire, luggage transfers, expert guides, van shuttles, support vehicle(s), special events like wine tastings. 

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Custom tours can be created for groups of two to 100+ cyclists.

Any other notes?

They offer a huge variety of activity holidays (from yoga to safari).


They run a loyalty club.

3. Duvine

www.duvine.com

Where do the tours start?

Duvine offers guided bike tours all over France including the Alps, the Loire Valley, Provence, Brittany and Bordeaux.

Just France or other destinations too?

This America-based bike tour company also covers Europe, Latin America, the United States, Africa and Asia.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Duvine has been offering cycling tours in France since 1996.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

In 2020, Duvine is offering around 80 set tour dates for bike tours in France, plus private tours can be arranged on your choice of dates.

What's the maximum group size?

The maximum group size is 14 cyclists.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

From $3,595 based on two people sharing.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From $4,695 based on two people sharing (note, they offer a range of length trips).

What's included?

Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, bike hire, luggage transfers, expert guides, GPS, support vehicle, daily bike maintenance, entrance fees to attractions, wine tastings and other activities, Duvine gear.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Any Duvine tour can be made private or a Duvine Trip Designer will help you to craft your perfect bespoke itinerary.

Any other notes?

Duvine was named as one of the World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017 and 2018.


They describe themselves as a luxury bike tour company, with charismatic hosts and guides, luxurious hotels and boutique properties, and meticulously perfected tours.


Compared with other operators, we noticed an impressive level of detail on the bicycles they have within their European and US bike fleet.


Their Peloton Loyalty Club gives discounts on their tours after the 1st, and for the 5th and 10th trips.

4. ExperiencePlus!

experienceplus.com

Bicycle tours since 1972

Where do the tours start?

ExperiencePlus! offers guided bike tours all over France including Provence, the Loire Valley, the Dordogne river valley, Burgundy and Corsica.

Just France or other destinations too?

As well as bicycle tours of France, the company offers cycling holidays across most of Europe as well as Chile and Argentina.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

ExperiencePlus! has been leading bicycle tours all over the world since 1972.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

There’s a wide variety of tour dates to choose from throughout 2020.

What's the maximum group size?

The typical minimum is 6 people and typical maximum is 18 (but sometimes as low as 4 and as many as 19 and some tours have higher minimums and maximums).

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

The minimum tour duration is 6 days.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From $3,750 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Accommodation, all breakfasts, a few lunches, dinner most evenings with wine, bike hire, GPS, transfers, expert guides, support van, entrance fees to attractions and activities, free gift.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Yes they do. They offer private departures for groups of 10-18 people and can also create custom tours.

Any other notes?

ExperiencePlus! offers five different bike tour styles – Classic, Explorer, Spotlight, Bike and Boat and Expedition.


The company is based in the USA, but has an Italian office too.


They offer a loyalty program with discounts for the 5th and 10th trip.

5. Butterfield & Robinson

butterfield.com

Slow down to see the world

Where do the tours start?

Butterfield & Robinson offer guided bike tours all over France including Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Normandy and Provence.

Just France or other destinations too?

This global activity holiday company offers bike tours worldwide including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Butterfield & Robinson have been offering bike tours since 1966.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

In 2020 Butterfield & Robinson are offering tour dates between June and October.

What's the maximum group size?

Group sizes vary, with one guide for every seven guests.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

The minimum tour duration for bike tours in France is 6 days.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

Most tours are 6 days long (there are some that are 7 or 8 days) and cost from $3,295 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Accommodation, all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners with wine, bike hire, GPS, transfers, luggage transfers, expert guides, support van, entrance fees to attractions and events, water bottle.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Custom tours can be tailored to your interests. It’s also possible to extend your stay before or after your tour.

Any other notes?

As well as bike tours, Butterfield & Robinson offer boating, walking, hiking, snow sports, safari and other active holidays.


They offer leisure cycling as well as road cycling.


They say they’re about travelling in comfort and style while experiencing the essence of where you are.


The B&R Fund supports innovative projects in countries they travel to.

They have three different levels of support: self-guided, daytime guided, 24/7 guided.


Their headquarters are in Canada, though they have toll-free numbers for Australia, Mexico and UK.

6. Trek Travel

trektravel.com

A World's Best Tour Operator

Where do the tours start?

Trek Travel offers predominantly guided French cycling tours with destinations including Normandy, the Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees.

Just France or other destinations too?

Trek Travel offers bike tours all over the world including Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Trek Travel is part of the Trek Bicycle Corporation which was founded in 1975.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

There are a wide range of dates to choose from each year.

What's the maximum group size?

Average group size is about 12. Most trips are capped at 20 guests.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

The minimum tour duration for cycling holidays in France is 6 days.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From $3,499 based on two people sharing ($from $2,499 for a new self-guided tour).

What's included?

Guided tours include accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels (depending on the trip), breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, snacks, bike hire, GPS, transfers, luggage transfers, expert guides (minimum of two), support vehicle, entrance fees to attractions, Trek Travel gear.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Yes you can choose between an existing itinerary but on a date you want, ready to book trips where you choose from their library of itineraries and select your date or fully tailor-made.

Any other notes?

Trek Travel was named as one of the World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2018.


Many different styles of cycling holidays are offered including budget ride camps, bike and boat tours and luxury cycling holidays.


There’s a loyalty program and referral program.


Based in Wisconsin, USA.

7. Hooked on Cycling

hookedoncycling.co.uk

Family Cycling Holidays in the UK & Europe to Remember

Where do the tours start?

Hooked on Cycling offers self-guided cycling holidays in France to destinations such as Provence, Corsica, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley.

Just France or other destinations too?

Cycling holidays are available to destinations across Europe.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Hooked on Cycling was founded in 1997.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

Hooked on Cycling offers only self-guided cycling tours in France, so you can start these on any date you choose.

What's the maximum group size?

We couldn’t find this information, but presumably it’s not relevant as all tours are self-guided.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

5-night holidays cost from £485 based on two people sharing.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

7-night holidays cost from £665 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels and guest houses, breakfast, bike hire, routes and maps, luggage transfers, info pack, taxi transfers.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

There’s no information available on this on their website.

Any other notes?

This company mostly offers leisure cycling holidays - there are far fewer road bike specific itineraries on offer.


Based in Scotland.

8. Saddle Skeddadle

skedaddle.com/uk

25 years of pedallin' passion

Where do the tours start?

Bike tours are available all over France including the Alps, Pyrenees, Corsica, the Dordogne and Alsace.

Just France or other destinations too?

Saddle Skedaddle offers guided and self-guided cycling holidays to many destinations across the UK and Europe as well as more far-flung destinations like Asia and South America.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Saddle Skedaddle started in 1995.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

Saddle Skeddadle offers lots of tour dates throughout 2020.

What's the maximum group size?

The maximum group size is 15 to 18 people.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

The minimum tour duration is 7 days.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From £1,575 based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Guided tours include accommodation, breakfast, some lunches, airport transfers, luggage transfers, expert guides and support vehicle.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Tailor-made cycling tours can be created to suit your requirements, including corporate events and fundraisers.

Any other notes?

As well as road cycling holidays, Saddle Skeddadle offers leisure cycling and mountain biking.


Has a UK and USA website. Toll free numbers for UK, USA and Canada.

9. Cyclomundo

cyclomundo.com

Your next travel

Where do the tours start?

Cyclomundo is a French cycling holiday travel agent offering mainly self-guided leisure bike tours to destinations including Normandy, Provence, the Loire Valley, Brittany and Bordeaux.

Just France or other destinations too?

As well as France bicycle tours, Cyclomundo arranges tours to Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

Cyclomundo was established in 2003.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

Self-guided trips can (generally) start on any day that you wish between April and October.

What's the maximum group size?

We couldn’t find this information on the website, but presumably it’s not relevant to their self-guided trips in any case.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

 From €365 based on two people sharing.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

From 765 based on two people sharing. 

What's included?

Guided tours usually include daily accommodation with breakfast, some or all lunches and dinners (as stated in the specific tour description), English-speaking guide, luggage transfers, and support vehicle.


Self-guided tours usually include daily accommodation with breakfast, some or all lunches and dinners (as stated in the tour description), luggage transfers, maps, and itinerary.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Custom guided and self-guided bike tours can be arranged to suit your needs.

Any other notes?

Based in France. There’s a US and Canada number to call too.


Not entirely clear, but the focus seems to be leisure cycling rather than road cycling.

10. BSpoke

bspoketours.com

The greatest cycling experiences in Europe’s most iconic destinations

Where do the tours start?

BSpoke offers self-guided cycling holidays throughout France including Provence, the Loire, the Dordogne and Bordeaux. 


Most of the trips are not road cycling focused, but they do offer a choice of two road cycling specific, self-guided cycling holidays in France – The Mont Ventoux Challenge and Le Tour de la Provence.

Just France or other destinations too?

Other destinations for road bike holidays include Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK.

How many years have they run tours in France for?

There’s no information available on this on their website.

How many tour dates do they offer each year?

You can choose any date between April and October.

What's the maximum group size?

All cycling tours in France are self-guided, so presumably this is not applicable.

How much does a 4 day trip cost?

The 4-night Mont Ventoux bike tour costs £825pp based on two people sharing.

How much does a 7 day trip cost?

The 6-night bike tour of Provence costs £1,095pp based on two people sharing.

What's included?

Accommodation in 3-star or 4-star hotels, breakfast, bike hire, detailed navigational material, local support when needed, water bottle and accessories.

Do they offer bespoke trips?

Tailor-made cycling holidays in France can be created to suit your needs.

Any other notes?

BSpoke offers many kinds of cycling holidays including leisure bike tours, bike and boat holidays, guided and self-guided road tours and family cycling trips.

Conclusion

We hope you've found this a useful overview of the kind of France bike tour operators out there and the differences between them.

Some of the biggest differences we noticed between operators were:

  • where they're based
  • whether they offer guided or self-guided trips
  • how road cycling focused they are
  • the group sizes they offer
  • the price.

Have you used any of these companies? We'd love to hear your experiences - comment below!


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