One of the most spectacular places to take a bike tour is France. One can get to see fascinating sites from the seemingly endless regions that are available for visiting. Given that France has a rich history that spans several centuries, and the wonderful food and wine associated with the country, it is perhaps one of the best places for biking and cycling holidays.
Taking a group biking tour is one of the ways in which you get to see France. This is a group that has a tour guide who will take you to the best places that there are to visit. The guides also have a support back up vehicle and one of the guides has to be fluent in French. Being in a group setting offers you security and also takes the stress out of having to plan a route on your own, especially if you have never visited France before.
You can also go for self guided tours if you have an adventurous spirit. You will be given a map and you can figure out the places that you want to visit and the routes that you will take. You will also get suggestions and information of some of the best places to go, but you will have to find them on your own. You can expect to make a few mistakes when you are guiding yourself, but this adds to the fun of being on a self-guided tour.
When you are on a self guided tour, you should try out areas such as Loire Valley which has an easy terrain and you get to see great chateaux along the way. You can see some of the famous ones such as Chateaux of the Loire Amboise, Chenenceau, Chambord, Azay le Rideau, Chinon, and Cheverny.
You can also get to see some of the most stunning gardens such as those at Villandry, as well as the chance to see the house of the famous Leonardo da Vinci at Amboise, where he lived for the last few years of his life when he was his host was the French King. You can also see his home which he named Clos-Luce. The self guided tours will allow you to spend as much time as possible admiring these famous places.
You can also visit another popular destination called Provence. Here you will find charming hilltop villages with one of the most popular being Gordes, Roussillon which has building that are coloured in ochre and has great rock formations. You can also visit Les Baux de Provence. You will also get to see some of the famous Roman structures at Arles, Pont du Gard, St. Remy de Provence and Arles.
Taking a self guided tour is a boon since they are priced at half what is charged for guided tours. This is the reason why the package is so attractive, allowing you to stay in the same hotels, eat the same delicious meals and see some of the venue that the guided group gets to see, but all at a fraction of the costs that they will pay.