Cycling holidays in France and Luxembourg
Fancy jumping on your bike during your holiday and touring the area? Take a relaxing break with a picnic, race through the woods or climb up and down hills on your bike. You’ll find the prettiest bike routes in France and Luxembourg.
Tip: you can hire a bike, mountain bike or e-bike at the campsite from as little as € 8.
See all the sights of Paris in 1 day?
Cycling in Paris
Paris is more than just Disneyland, the Notre Dame, Eiffel tower and Montmartre. The city is surrounded by ancient castles, famous gardens and picturesque places by the Grand Morin river. The best way to see all these places is by bike!
Peddle from Iris Parc Le Chêne Gris through Pommeuse, along the Grand Morin, via Parcs des Capucins in Coulommiers to Crécy-la-Chapelle. Have a lazy lunch, see the harbour and the chapel and return back to the campsite thoroughly happy. Energy left? Then visit the Parc des Félins zoo.
Want to see all the sights of Paris in a day? Take the car or train from Iris Parc Le Chêne Gris to the center of town and then hire some bikes for a sight-seeing tour. Plan your route beforehand so that you get to see everything!
Discover picturesque towns and a rugged coastline
Biking in Brittany
In Brittany you’ll follow roads along winding rivers. Past castles, harbours and idyllic medieval villages with ancient bridges. Bike along the water from Quimperlé to Pont-Aven and stop off at the picture perfect little town of Port-Aven. Wander over cute little, secretive footbridges, choose one of the hiking routs of Promenade Xavier Grall or Promenade des Moulins. Then treat yourself to a delicious lunch at one of the terraced restaurants.
If you want a more testing bit of biking, head for Plouay. There you can make a 14km trip from Châteauneuf-du-Faou and Saint-Rivoal to Rostrenen. If you’re cycling towards the coast, to Larmor-Plage or Plage de Bellangenet, keep your camera handy to capture the stunning sight of the waves crashing against the rugged cliffs. This is the perfect spot to sit down on the sand for a breather and stare out over the sea.
Cycling in the Drôme
The Drôme is a colourful region with purple lavender fields, green olive groves, white chalk cliffs and blue flowing rivers. If the sun is shining, then take a trip down the Rhône river to Andance and don’t forget to visit the ruins of Albon castle. Stop for a picnic, go for a walk and then carry on with your trip.
Alternatively, cycle to Tournon-sur-Rhône, a cosy small town on the Rhône river. Once there, park your bike and wander through Le Jardin d’Eden or let the ancient steam train take you through the Rhônevallei with its vineyards, ravines and striking viaducts.
Feel like some mountain biking? Head for the Vercors mountain range! Park your car there and select your preferred route from the different options with varying degrees of difficulty.
Slalom through the green hills
Cycling in the Dordogne
If there’s one place that’s perfect for slaloming past one green hill after another, then it’s the Dordogne. If you like touring on two wheels, then don’t forget to bring your bike! The 178-km long tour de France stage of Périgueux-Bergerac is a must. You’ll race from Périgueux, via Thenon, Montignac, Les Eyzies, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Côte de Domme and Côte du Buisson-de-Cadouin to Bergerac, where you’ll arrive breathless, but to the most magnificent view.
Mountain bikers are in for a treat by the Vézère valley that lies between Montignac and Le Bugue. You’ll find a lot of VTT cycling routes there (vélo tout terrain-routes). Park your car and ride into the countryside on your sports bike.
Feel like a more gentle cycling trip? Then bike from van Iris Parc Le Grand Dague via Boulazac to Périgueux. Once you reach your destination, sit down and relax in the old town center. Recharge those batteries and then cycle back to your spot at the campsite.
Bike across the Piste Cyclable to Luxemburg city
Cycling in Luxembourg
You could quite easily bike across the whole of Luxembourg. The country is nice and compact. A few tips: mountain bike through the green Müllerthal region. Then reward yourself with some culinary delights in Larochette, known as the ‘Pearl of the Ardennes.’ This beautiful place that borders the lush nature reserve has a gorgeous castle with the most wonderful views.
Want to free wheel past vineyards and hills at a leisurely pace? Then head for Southern Luxembourg and cross the PC15, Piste Cyclable, into Luxembourg city, passing Angelsberg and Mersch on the way. This fascinating city is best visited by bike. This mode of transports allows you to get to all the important sights fast and easy and gives you more time to relax and enjoy a tasty snack and drink.
Fancy some bicycle racing? No problem in Luxembourg. Try the extremely panoramic trip through Bech and Echternach. We highly recommend it!
Need a bit of e-xtra help?
Then hire an e-bike at your campsite. Tour the most beautiful spots with ease, across lush green hills and old little bridges. E-bikes are for hire at the Le Grand Dague, Le Château de Galaure, Le Chêne Gris and Birkelt campsites. An electric bike with peddle assistance will give you a little welcoming push, just when you need it most. This way you can really enjoy the rolling countryside that surrounds you without too much exertion.
The e-bikes available at the campsite are from the Dutch brand Mihatra. (Minder Hard Trappen or ‘Peddle softer’).