Since the health restrictions are slowly disappearing, the desire to escape and discover new places is more than present. To all the fans of bicycle tours, we have selected for you the five most beautiful high end bicycle tours to do in the middle of the Tour de France !
« Lovely Normandie » : between Bayeux and Deauville
For this first hike, we propose you a circuit starting from the city of Bayeux, in the northwest of France, to finish in the famous city of Deauville.
This 200 km tour will take you through the most beautiful picturesque streets, Norman landscapes, marinas and sandy beaches, while resting in the evening in the most elegant hotels of the region.
During the first two days, you will have the opportunity to admire the medieval heritage of the city of Bayeux, with its cathedral and its museums; as well as its Omaha Beach and its fishing port.
For the next two days, you will visit the towns of Ouistreham and Cabourg. True historical cities having lived the landing during the Second World War, you will be able to admire their ports and fine sand beaches. A small but important plus, your journey will take you through the “Côte Fleurie”, one of the most beautiful coasts in France.
Finally, during the last three days, your bike ride will end in the cities of Honfleur and Deauville. Honfleur, a city full of treasures, will welcome you in its picturesque and charming marina, as well as its medieval city housing a large number of museums.
Then leave Honfleur and head for Deauville, a seaside resort par excellence with magnificent half-timbered houses and its famous promenade, which is popular with many people.
Count between 2100€ and 2300€ for the week of cycling. To learn more about this tour, click here !
Il San Pietro di Positano – Italy
Overlooking the sea, the Relais & Chateaux San Pietro di Positano is located in a cove with crystal clear waters in southern Italy. With the option of staying at this beautiful hotel, you can spend your free time cycling along one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world.
Located on the Amalfi Coast, this is one of the most beautiful Italian coasts to cycle along. Winding through vineyards, pastel-colored villages and lemon groves in the towns of Positano, Amalfi, Minori and Maiori, the 50 km ride offers breathtaking views of the sea.
At 561€ per night, click here to discover the beauty of the region in which this Relais & Châteaux is immersed.
The castles of the Loire Valley by bike
Back to France, to cycle between the castles of the Loire Valley, while staying in the most beautiful castles-hotels of the Centre-Val-de-Loire region. From Amboise to Chambord, passing by Cheverny, you will be immersed in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
During the first two days, cycle through the royal city of Amboise where the greatest Kings of France lived, its 16th century castle and the Clos Lucé Manor, where Leonardo da Vinci lived. In addition, you will have the opportunity to discover the vineyards, vegetable gardens and picturesque countryside of the region.
Finally, during the last three days, you will juggle between places and castles full of history, medieval villages, vineyards and magnificent forest landscapes. As an added bonus, you’ll have the opportunity to leave your bike and take a ride in a hot air balloon to see the region and its fabulous castles from a wider perspective.
© Léonard de Serres
Spend between 1420€ and 1450€ for this week of hiking. For more details, click here.
Majorca, the cycling paradise
Staying at the Relais & Chateaux Son Brull Hotel & Spa, located in the town of Pollença, in the Balearic Islands, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful bike ride.
The latter is located in the main mountain range of the island, the Sierra de Tramuntana, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an ideal climate, this route will take you on a journey between local gastronomy, natural environment and sumptuous panoramas of the island of Mallorca. One of the most beautiful, the Mirador Es Colomer, offers a breathtaking view of the high cliffs and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, a small paradise still unknown to tourists.
From 572€ per night, click here to discover this little corner of paradise!
Provence by bike
Finally, for the last high-end bike tour, we take you to the beautiful Provencal region of southern France.
While still staying in the most beautiful hotels and luxurious houses of the region, typically Provencal, you will discover the charm of one of the most beautiful regions of France through an 8 day bike tour. Starting from Villeneuve les Avignon, you will ride through Provence and its most beautiful landscapes.
Visit many vineyards, lulled by the song of cicadas and the scent of lavender.
Notably, during this itinerary, you will also cross five villages classified as “Most Beautiful Villages of France“: the medieval villages of Séguret and Venasque, the Provencal charm of the village of Gordes and Roussillon, and finally the very famous village of Les Baux de Provence. These last ones, all with majestic views on the region.
At a cost of 2240€, to learn more, click here.
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Featured photo : © Emmanuelle Berthier
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