France Cycling Holidays

With over a million kilometres of road and tarmac to envy, France offers everything today’s modern day cyclist seeks from a cycling trip.

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Iconic mountain climbs, rugged coastline, crystal blue oceans, glorious countryside – and a nation who adores cycling with a rich history of welcoming riders from all the world, why look any further than France?

If you are looking for more challenging terrain, then either the French Alps or the French Pyrenees will go way beyond the level of your standard British hills. They may be home to some of the most iconic and challenging cycle climbs in the Tour de France, but you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the pain and glory of conquering an epic col or pass. With a bit of training and a few sportives in your legs, you can tackle any of the rides which are on offer in this spectacular mecca of cycling.

French Alps

There are so many bucket list climbs in this region, but to name just a few we’d have to cite the Col de l’Iseran, the Col Galibier, the Col de la Columbière, Alpe d’Heuz and the Col de la Madeleine. The latter having featured 25 times in the Tour de France since 1969 and being one of the most iconic climbs of the French Alps. It’s also one of the toughest, but your hard efforts are rewarded with the breath-taking scenery and views over the majestic Mont Blanc. The Col du Galibier, a beast of a climb and a firm favourite amongst the road cycling community, is regularly included in the Tour du France and well worth adding to your ride bucket list.

Haute-Savoie, a popular region for cyclists with its breath-taking landscapes, borders Lac Léman and Switzerland to the north and Italy to the west, and as mentioned above, it is home to the majestic Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Short transfer times from Geneva airport make Haute-Savoie a favourite destination for UK cyclists arriving by plane.

The Pyrenees

Sat between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Hautes-Pyrénées region of France has no less than nine Tour de France mountains, including the Hautacam, Col d'Aubisque and the climb which has coined the nickname “The Terrible Mountain”, the Col du Tourmalet. Arguably, the Pyrenees should be on every cyclist to do list, especially if they seek some of Europe’s greatest cycling challenges. Being further south, the temperature can soar to 40 degrees at the base of the mountains, but still be cold up top, so packing the right gear for your ride is essential.

If you are looking for a more relaxed cycling trip, try the Canal du Midi. A UNESCO World Heritage site with almost all its 240km length lined with trees and an abundance of dedicated cycle paths. Ride through a landscape steeped in history, linking Toulouse, in the south to the port of Marseille on the Mediterranean. This is a perfect cycling route for families with long, flat, car free paths taking in the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, Gothic Narbonne, and Romanesque Beziers. If gentle pedalling is what you seek from a trip, the voies vertes (greenways) are cycle tracks of rough or smooth surface, without cars or steep hills. Voies vertes are good for safe family cycling and follow canal towpaths and disused railway lines.

Travel Tips

By Train

For comprehensive maps of the French railway network, see (ferrocarta.net). Low-cost, high-speed journeys through France are possible if you book early (up to 3 months in advance). The system is generally bike-friendly but not all high-speed trains (TGVs) accept bikes. Find out more via the SNCF website (voyages-sncf.com), clicking the details icon for suitable trains - a picture of a bicycle means the train takes bikes. TGV bike spaces cost €10, must be booked at the same time as the ticket and cannot be booked online. 

By Air

The French Alps are well connected by train from the rest of the country and has international airports nearby at Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva. If flying to the Pyrenees, your best bet would either be to Lourdes, Toulouse, Perpignan, Pau or even Girona.

By Ferry & Road

Your options are endless if travelling by ferry. A good starting point to compare the various operators and prices for each crossing would be to try Ferry Savers.

Latest French Tours

Road Cycling €1200
Bearn Tour

For this eight-day cycling tour through the Pyrenees, the premier climbs of the region such as the Aubisque, Hautacam or the Tourmalet, made legendary by the Tour de France, have been selected for you…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling £1745
Ventoux to Antibes

With options for 3 or 4 days of riding this route is perfect for a mix of abilities. The 3 day ride is a tough one and with daily averages of 113kms and 2105m of height gain it's a real challenge but thoroughly…


  • France - Provence
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Hard
Road Cycling £795
Morzine Bank Holiday Special

Based in the thriving mountain town of Morzine we are in the perfect location to help you squeeze out the most from your Bank Holiday Weekend. We're lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the finest…


  • France - French Alps
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Hard
Gravel & Bikepacking €550
Gravel Weekender Northern Alps

Join us for a weekend of inspiring adventure riding around Lake Annecy and the beautiful Massif d'Aravis. This four day expedition takes us into the back of beyond as we leave civilisation behind us and…


  • France - French Alps
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling £549
La Marmotte

One of the oldest sportives in the cycling calendar and still the ultimate cycling test. The route takes in some of the most famous climbs from the Tour de France including the challenging Glandon / Croix…


  • France - French Alps
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling £375
Etape du Tour

The most famous sportive in the world! Come join us in the French Alps. Your options to book are: - Accommodation only packages in Albertville for people just wanting the most convenient hotels - Supported…


  • France - French Alps
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €2400
Introduction to the Mountains

We are delighted to bring you our Introduction to the Mountains week designed especially for riders with little or no experience of riding the high mountains, but with a passion to do so! You’ve got…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €2550
Tour de France Week

Our Tour de France week will capture the beauty of the mountains and the colours and character of the Tour as it passes through the Pyrénées. Combining peaceful yet challenging ride days with the spectacle…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €2550
Grand Cols

Our Grand Cols week is for those that are inspired to conquer the greatest cols in the French Pyrénées. Ride the most famous peaks and add your legend to the Tourmalet, Aubisque, Aspin, Hautacam, Luz…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €1890
Pyrenees Coast to Coast

Can be done anytime between June and October. Groups of 6 or more. 3 and 4-star accommodation. 7 days riding – Average of 100km per day with the option to add on extra km each day. Collection and return…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €1890
Bordeaux to Montpellier

8 nights half board accommodation in hotels, 3 and 4 stars. 7 days riding, averaging 100km per day. This is a moderately difficult tour and is suitable for any regular cyclist. This tour offers a unique…


  • France - Southern France
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling €1590
Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees

Can be done anytime from June to October for a group of 6 or more. Open tour dates, Saturday, September 7th to Saturday, September 14th 2019. 
7 nights 3 or 4-star accommodation with 6 days of riding. 7…


  • France - French Pyrenees
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Expert
Road Cycling £1695
France - Alsace, Burgundy and Beaujolais - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

<p>A journey of three regions, connected by wine growing, but uniquely different in terms of their history, architecture, food and indeed their wine.</p> <p>Alsace has had a varied, often troubled, history…


  • France - Alsace
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling £3795
France - St Malo to Nice Explorer (20 days) - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

<p>Skedaddle have been running the St Malo to Nice trip since 2011 and it's proved to be incredibly popular. The only question that customers have raised with us is whether we could make it a little more…


  • France - Northern France
  • 20 Days / 19 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling £1465
France - Provence - Alpes Maritimes - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

<p>A fabulous week of cycling on the Cote d’Azur, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the challenging climbs, stunning views and quiet roads that make this part of France so popular with…


  • France - Provence
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Intermediate
Road Cycling £1635
France - Corsica - Southern Secrets - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

<p>In conjunction with our long-established and very successful tour of Northern Corsica; (<strong><a href="https://www.skedaddle.com/uk/classicroad/holiday/Road_Cycling/France_-_Corsica_-_The_Beautiful_Isle_-_Road_Cycling_Holiday/129/view.rails">The…


  • France - Southern France
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Intermediate