Discover France: Experience the Joy of Wine Harvest
SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS
Harvest is indeed the best time to visit wine country. Beginning late August through early October, the weather is a bit cooler, the succulent grapes are ready to be picked and smashed, and the wineries are bursting with excitement and activity. And one of the best ways to experience this special moment is on a self-guided bike trip.
Discover France pioneered and perfected the art of self-guided travel. We offer 24/7 support and arrange all aspects of the journey—route planning, bike orientation, detailed guidebook, hotel booking and daily luggage transfers—as well, we are able to customize itineraries to satisfy each traveler’s unique interests and needs.
ALSACE WINE ROUTE & MICHELIN STARS
Nestled between the Vosges mountains and its German and Swiss neighbors, Alsace has a singular character. And its famous Route du Vin, which encompasses 100+ wine-producing villages from Strasbourg to Colmar, is a foodie fantasy. Did you know Alsace has more Michelin-starred eateries than any other region?
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FRENCH GASTRONOMY & WINE IN BURGUNDY
This cycling tour is the perfect exploration of Burgundy's most important and treasured assets: the region’s extraordinary wine and cuisine. Starting in Dijon, the gateway to wine country, you make your way across the vineyards, visiting the most famous vignobles and dining at exquisite restaurants.
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LANGUEDOC COUNTRYSIDE, HERITAGE & WINE
Discover sunny Languedoc, far off the beaten tourist path. Starting in the charming medieval (and UNESCO-protected) town Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, you encounter the picturesque wineries of the Pic Saint-Loup area and the stunning landscapes around Salagou Lake and the gorges of the l’Herault.
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EFFERVESCENT LUXURY IN CHAMPAGNE
Based in Reims and Epernay, this itinerary is your entrée into France’s most celebrated exports. As you pedal past dreamy châteaux and vineyards, which canvas the banks of the Marne, you uncover the secrets of Champagne by visiting cellars, including Hautvillers where Dom Perignon invented the Champagne method.
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SUBLIME COMBO: WINE AND FIELDS OF LAVENDER
PROVENCE IN BLOOM
Poetically, as the grapes are ready to leave the vines, the purple-painted landscapes of Provence reach full bloom. On this trip, you pedal past perfume-scented rows of lavender, make stops to taste the delicious regional wines (and watch the harvest hustle and bustle), from the Rhone Valley and the Haut-Vaucluse to the Drome and Ventoux areas. Gourmet stages combine mouthwatering visits along the Castle and Abbey Route. Yes, the grand wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas go well with chocolates laced with lavender and honey. So, why not? This is a trip of sensory indulgence. To ensure you won’t miss a thing, this itinerary is superbly crafted in a loop formation, starting and beginning in Avignon, lovely City of Popes.
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