2 Weeks in France

2 Weeks in France

Combine any two regions:  Alsace, Brittany, Northern or Southern Burgundy, Bordeaux & the Dordogne, the Cévennes, Provence, the Loire Valley, Champagne....   You can create still other combinations with our two part-French trips:  in the Basque Country, and in French-speaking Switzerland and the two French regions bordering (the Jura and the Savoie).  On this page, you will find a complete list of all of our 2-week trips in France.  The chart offers links to the detailed region-by-region routes that different departures follow, and lists prices and departure dates.

Having trouble choosing?  Follow this link for a general introduction to our French routes.


A Certain “Joie de Vivre”

France is a special place, about which few are dispassionate.  Her appeal is strongest amongst those who know her best.  Some years ago, an “Economist” statistical analysis of “Best Places to Live” put her 11th.  But when they simply polled their staff, she won hands down.

A strong native culture partly insulates her from Anglo-Saxon influence.  This complicates our ability to understand her – when it doesn’t provoke blind rage.  But her frequent rejection of our certainties has naught to do with us.  Rather, it is symptomatic of the way in which she sees herself, and of the unique prism through which she views the world (philosophy is a required subject in French secondary schools).  If the path frustrates some of us, we are no less drawn to the result.

Those who have travelled in rural France will need no encouragement to return, and newcomers will be delighted at what they find.  The French countryside is terrifically rewarding.  And very much alive, with an agricultural tissue that has disappeared in most properous nations.  Exploration leads to the roots of a delightful lifestyle:  those family farms are intimately linked to the Unesco inscription of “French Gastronomy” to its World Heritage list. 

Indeed, one can’t talk about France without talking about the food.  And the wine!  The French table is a deity:  the great social organizer, leisure activity, consumer of disposable income.  If French gastronomy has such prestige, it is because the French spend their time on it.  Inevitably, we shall, too.  And then cycle through picture-book landscapes to work it off.  Well, try to work it off.

It is no accident that Blue Marble’s base is in Paris.  French culture fits ours in many respects (7 weeks’ paid vacation, for instance) and influences our style of travel even in other countries.

This is an à la carte selection of our French rides.  Each departure of the trip includes two different routes.Sue, friends and kirs

Our Cycle Trips

Overview Map
of the places we stage trips


Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips


Trips by Length / Title


 
 
 
 
 
or...
Short Trips from Paris
 

What's Included
...
...in the Trip Cost


Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.


Other Trips We Offer

 

 

2 Weeks in France
Some of the most popular of these combo trips have their own pages, linked from the chart.
For a trip combining France (Burgundy) and French Switzerland, try C’est Cheese.
To visit France (the Loire Valley) and the French / Spanish Basque Country, see Tapestries and Tapas.
For details of the riding within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
 
2014 Dates $US $C(AD) €uros
Baggage
Services
Offered**
(optional)
Trip Name
or Code
Regions Visited
May 18 - 23
Trip Full
$3,375
$3,675

2,250€

Half
- Lite
Tz1
May 24 -
June 7
$3,795

$4,150

2,550€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Tz2
The Loire Valley,
independent night in Tours,

Bordeaux & the Dordogne
May 24 -
June 7

Trip Full
$3,850
$4,195
2,575€
See Trip Page
The Loire Valley,
independent night in Tours,
the Basque Country
May 31 -
June 13
$3,695 $4,050 2,475€
See Trip Page
May 31 - 
June 14

Trip Full

$3,875
$4,225
2,595€
Half
- Lite
Ty1
Bordeaux & the Dordogne,
independent night in Paris,
Northern Burgundy
June 7 - 20
Trip Full
$3,350
$3,650
2,250€
See Trip Page
June 15 - 28
Trip Full
$3,650
$3,995
2,450€
Half
- Lite
Tx5
June 15 - 28
Trip Full
$3,695
$4,050
2,475€
Half
- Lite
Ty2
Provence,
independent night in Paris,
Brittany

June 22 -
July 4
$3,695
$4,050
2,475€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Tz3
Brittany,
a fabulous night on the Mont St.-Michel,
an independent night in Paris,

Champagne
June 30 - July 12
Trip Full
$3,395
$3,695
2,250€
Half
- Lite
Tz4
Champagne,
the Loire Valley
July 5 - 19
Trip Full
$3,695
$4,050
2,475€
Half
- Lite
Tz5
The Loire Valley,
Alsace

July 12 - 26
Trip Full

$3,895
$4,275
2,595€
Half
- Lite
Alsace,
independent night in Dijon between regions,
Northern Burgundy
July 20 -
August 1
$3,275
$3,595
2,150€
See Trip Page
July 28 -
August 10
$3,950
$4,295
2,595€
See Trip Page
August
17 - 30

Trip Full

$3,950

$4,295
2,650€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Ty4
August 23 -
September 6
Trip Full
$3,695 $4,050 2,475€
See Trip Page
Bordeaux & the Dordogne,
the Cévennes
August 30 -
Sept. 13

Trip Full

$3,695
$4,050
2,475€
Daily - Lite
Ty7
September
6 - 19
$3,695
$4,050
2,395€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Tz6
September
7 - 19

Trip Full
$3,395
$3,695
2,250€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Ty5

September
13 - 28
Last Spaces, enquire before booking

$3,850
$4,195
2,575€
See Trip Page
The Loire Valley,
independent night in Tours,
the Basque Country
September 20 -
October 3

Trip Full
$3,895
$4,275
2,575€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Ty6
The Basque Country,
independent night in Paris,
Southern Burgundy
September 29 -
October 11
$3,675
$3,995
2,450€
See Trip Page
October 4 - 17
$3,575
$3,895
2,395€
Daily - Half
- Lite
Tx6
Bordeaux & the Dordogne,
Provence

* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate.  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).


Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
Valid for all trips with trip codes beginning with Tx5.
“Optional Extra” prices for trips with titles (such as “Red Wine Roads”) are found on the pages describing those trips.
Currency
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
Daily
Half
Lite
$US
Tx & Ty trips:  $720
Tz trips:   $580
Tx & Ty trips:  $398
Tz trips:   $360

Tx & Ty trips:  $199
Tz trips:   $180

$595
$C
Tx & Ty trips:  $790
Tz trips:   $630
Tx & Ty trips:  $440
Tz trips:   $396
Tx & Ty trips:  $220
Tz trips:   $198
$650
€uros
Tx & Ty trips:  520€
Tz trips:  420€
Tx & Ty trips:  290€
Tz trips:   260€
Tx & Ty trips:  145€
Tz trips:   130€
435€
195€ for “Tx” & “Tz” trips.
250€ for “Ty” trips.
See instead individual trip pages for trips which have them

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
To see advice for reaching and leaving your trip, consult the pre-trip access page for your trip’s first region, and the post-trip access page for the second (you can see these start and end cities on the map at the top of the page).
Example:  for Tx51, Bordeaux & the Dordogne plus the Loire Valley, you would consult the start city page for Bordeaux (Libourne), and the end city page for the Loire (Tours).