Cycling Holidays in the Auvergne
For biking enthusiasts and novice riders, the terrain of the Auvergne offers an equally enticing range of cycling trails to complement varying experiences and styles. Thanks in no small part to the elevated surroundings of the region, taking to two wheels and exploring this area of verdant hillsides, plunging gorges, and winding rivers will take the breath away.
Cycling holidays in the Auvergne are a compelling and unique means of experiencing the geological splendour of central France. Defined by its rugged, eclectic landscape, the region offers a number of challenging trails traversing rolling topography that presents spectacular views of this sedate, peaceful region. And, with six areas approved by the French Cycling Federation, there are almost 4,000 kilometres of way-marked routes traversing the land, leaving you with plenty of choice and opportunity.
If ascending the soaring peaks of some 450 volcanoes sounds daunting, the Auvergne offers a series of road based routes that enable cyclists to take in the charms of the area. From Bioude with its 12th-century church to quaint Blesle (designated one of the ‘most beautiful villages in France’), the banks of the River Allier to the stunning Château de Chavaniac in Chavaniac-Lafayette, a cycling tour of the Auvergne will leave a lasting impression, regardless of the routes and roads you follow.
35 Matching Holidays
Périgord Prestige à Pied
Along the Valley of the Dronne
Walk through beautiful undulating countryside and past pretty medieval villages as you follow the clear waters of the little River Dronne from Bourdeilles to Champagnac. Two nights staying in the “Venice of Périgord”, Brantôme, allows visits to the...
Luxury Walk in the Luberon
Prestigious hotels, beautiful hilltop villages, stunning views of the Alps and Mediterranean Sea
If you need to pick one place in Provence that grouped the most stunning perched villages, landscapes and walking trails, it would be here in the Luberon. Made famous by Peter Mayle’s books ‘A Year in Provence’ and ‘A Good Year’, we have...
Mountains to Med Walk
From mountain trails, through olive groves to the warm sea of the Mediterranean
From the area known locally as the 'Marvels', this path takes you on a journey of discovery through mountain villages, fascinating in their variety, culture and richness of history. You will be passing from mountain scenery through an area...
Nantes to La Rochelle: La Vélodyssée
Cycle along the Atlantic Coast past stunning beaches,wetlands, pine forests and pretty villages
Enjoy the sea breeze as you cycle along this section of the Velodyssée, taking in the scent of the pine forests, the Breton wetlands, colourful ports and fishing villages, ending up in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle.
Walk in Beautiful Alsace
Natural park of Ballons des Vosges and Alsacian vineyards
A gorgeous walk in southern Alsace, with a mix of vineyards, typical villages and rounded mountains in the natural park of the Ballons des Vosges.
La Rochelle to Bordeaux: La Vélodyssée
Cycle from La Rochelle along the Atlantic Coast, through wetlands, pretty seaside villages and pine forests through to the Médoc Vineyards
Need a breath of sea air? This cycle trip has all you are looking for: adventure, the open sea, and a sense of exhilaration. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, you will follow the Vélodyssée cycle route along the Atlantic...
Bordeaux to Biarritz: La Vélodyssée
Explore changing landscapes along the longest cycling track in Europe
Enjoy the wonderful tranquillity of the Atlantic Coast as you cycle on this section of the longest cycling track in Europe, from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux to the glittering seaside town of Biarritz. Travel through vast...
Ride in the valley of the River Dronne
Cycle from the Charente to the Dordogne
Easy cycling along river valleys, two nights in each location and longer routes available. Start at one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’ Aubeterre-sur-Dronne; famous for its subterranean monolithic church. This stunning route runs...
Provence Prestige en Vélo
Vineyards and olive groves
Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards, Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. Easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths brings you to charming destinations where you are guaranteed a comfortable...
Canal du Nivernais Cycling
Easy cycling along the Canal and a visit to Vézelay, UNESCO World Heritage site.
Along its 1,200 km of rivers and canals, Burgundy reveals one of its most striking facets with the Canal du Nivernais running through unspoilt countryside of great natural beauty. From South to North, the towpaths and little side roads alongside the...
Classic Canal du Midi
Ancient cities and idyllic waterways
Embark on a fascinating journey across South West France from Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. A cyclists dream along the tree lined towpaths of the Canal du Midi listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Over beautiful...
Marvels of Normandy Walking+
Explore a region steeped in history, tradition, art and unique delicacies
Starting in the historic port town of Honfleur, walk through verdant countryside visiting Beuvron-en-Auge where you can sample local cider and calvados. Continue to the sombre landing beaches, museums and memorials of World War II, before reaching...
Relaxed Cycling along the Alsace Wine Route
Gentle cycling through the iconic villages of the Alsace
Alsace is an ideal cycling holiday destination. The “green” routes run along Alsace’s many canal towpaths and disused railways which are appropriately surfaced and well-maintained for comfortable, safe cycling. Our new holiday, following the Wine...
Marvels of Normandy Cycling+
Cycle from the D-Day beaches to the enchanting Honfleur via unmissable Bayeux
Following the rugged Norman coast from west to east, this cycling holiday lets you discover the best of Normandy. Experience an atmospheric adventure, packed with cultural sites along the way; WW2 memorials, Bayeux Tapestry, William the Conqueror’s...
Valleys of the Rugged South
Dramatic landscapes and remote beauty
Recommended in the Telegraph's Top 10 Activity Holidays in France for 2015, this is a moderate walk through stunning and dramatic scenery: steep tree covered slopes, cascading streams and remote, granite strewn plains. Experience...
Green Valleys of Franche Comté
Valleys of the Doubs and the Jura and their rich cultural heritage
The little known region of Franche Comté is a beautiful rural area of eastern France and has a lot to offer in terms of natural environment, historic heritage, museums and sites. This holiday gives a choice of various walks and hikes to suit all...
Château to Château à Pied
Famous names and hidden gems
This easy walk through the Garden of France follows the limestone banks of the Loire. Turn inland through vineyards and flower-decked villages to take in some of the region’s most enchanting châteaux and their gardens.
Coastal Walk from France to Spain
Cross the border from the dreamy south of France into historic Catalonia
Offering the best of the Catalan coast (both French and Spanish) and with the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, explore a surprisingly unspoiled coastline with its creeks, coves, beaches, gentle cliffs and panoramic views. Discover a...
Loire Prestige à Pied
Enchanting châteaux and picturesque villages
Live like a king on this luxurious holiday, which takes you through scenic countryside to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. The easy walk follows pathways alongside the river and through vineyards, to luxury hotels...
Loire Prestige en Vélo
Tranquil rivers and regal architecture
Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Visit world famous châteaux and stay in luxury accommodation each night.
Provence Prestige à Pied
Scented pines and dazzling skies
Wander through pretty village squares, past vineyards and fields of sunflowers, over remote hill sides and along canal towpaths with the smell of wild herbs in the air. Charming accommodation adds a touch of luxury to the delights of...
Burgundy Prestige à Pied
Rolling vineyards and ancient châteaux
Discover vine-clad hillsides, quiet lanes and attractive villages on this easy to moderate walk. Take in the stunning views and stay in prestigious hotels and converted châteaux at the end of each day.
Burgundy Prestige en Vélo
Prepare for world class scenery and stunning flavours
This easy cycle through prestigious vineyards offers sublime tasting opportunities with such names as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. Stay at elegant hotels offering gourmet menus – an opportunity for some classic French...
Alsace Prestige en Vélo
Cycle the famous wine route of the Alsace
Alsace is a little known corner of France with a distinctly Germanic influence: a combination of picturesque historic towns, fine wines, beer and choucroute contribute to a unique culture. Cycle the oldest wine route in France,...
Coast & Basque Mountains
From glitzy Biarritz to the vast Pyrenées, discover a flavour of Spain in France
Explore the cultural richness and dynamism of the Basque Country, with its coastal scenery, historical villages and excellent cuisine. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure, with its walled old town packed with stately buildings and...
Dordogne Prestige à Pied
Spectacular Dordogne combined with special hotels
Admire the spectacular views as this moderate walk takes you through the splendid scenery of the Quercy Natural Park, past rocky overhanging cliffs with wonderful views across the Dordogne river. Relax in luxurious hotels at the end of each day...
Along the Leisurely Loire
Historic Blois to charming Saumur
A moderate cycle following the majestic River Loire from Blois to Saumur. Visit several of the grand châteaux via the bustling city of Tours with its enchanting old quarter. The hotels offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare.
Dordogne Prestige en Vélo
Grand scenery and grand hotels to match
Cycle through an undulating landscape of forested hills and dramatic gorges, taking in the fairytale feel of this beautiful region. You’ll stay in château hotels and enjoy sumptuous cuisine at the end of each day. A great ride for cycling...
Grands Vins de Bordeaux
A must for wine lovers
A leisurely walk through the prestigious vineyards acquaints you with the reds of St Emilion, the dry whites of Entre-Deux-Mers and the sweet Sauternes. Plenty of tasting opportunities are available en route and there’s even a chance...
Luxury Grand Cru Tour
Cycle through Bordeaux’s most prestigious vineyards
This prestige cycle tour is for those who appreciate Bordeaux’s supremacy as the wine cellar of France. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines. Your stay...
Classic Cognac Cycling
Fine brandy and easy cycling
Follow the meandering River Charente and cycle through prestigious Cognac vineyards with opportunities to taste the finest brands, including a visit to the famous Hennessy Cognac house. Gentle hills provide scenic views, and there's an...
Moulin du Chemin
Explore the idyllic countryside of the Pays de Gâtine
A single-centre holiday based at le Moulin du Chemin, a wonderful little Maison d’Hôte hidden in a leafy valley in deepest rural France. Established by the present proprietors in 1993,the restored mill house dating from before 1650 is remote,...
Château to Château en Vélo
Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux
This easy cycling holiday takes you past princely mansions standing next to picturesque farm houses, and fields of sunflowers merging with uniform rows of vineyards. Explore the biggest and the best of the Loire Valley châteaux and discover the...
Baie de Somme
Sea air, wildlife and sandy beaches
Discover the beautiful Baie de Somme on the Picardy coast. Open water, marshes, dunes and saltwater meadows make up a landscape where water and dry land seem to merge. It is one of France’s major sites for migrating birds.
Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley
The Lot Valley: Castles and medieval cities
Discover the diverse landscapes of the South West of France on bike between the Lot-et-Garonne and the Dordogne. Cycle through Bastide towns and past fortified châteaux in some of the most pretty villages in France such as Monpazier and la...