Picardy cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 7 November 2014

Browse our pick of reliable and affordable guided or self-guided cycling tours of Picardy. 

A 4-day cycling tour to explore the Somme bay

A leisurely ride to pretty villages, sandy beaches and birdwatching

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €499

Soomme Bay cycling mapBérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. The Somme Bay is a natural bay situated in northern France (Picardie), where you will be flabbergasted by the fauna, flora and the authenticity of the small villages of the Bay. The combination of sea, marshland, beaches and countryside adds charm and makes the bay a unique holiday spot. The Somme Bay is also an important spot for migratory birds. You can observe them along the bike paths on your way to one of the charming villages and harbours situated all around the bay.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Baie de Somme

Fresh sea air, wildlife and sandy beaches – all by bike

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £895

Baie de SommeDiscover the beautiful Bay of Somme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Picardy coast. Begin your journey in Noyelles-sur-Mer and cycle through lush pine forests and across dunes, discovering pretty villages and fabulous beaches along the way. Pack your binoculars, as there’ll be plenty of opportunities to admire local wildlife. Prices include accommodation, full route notes and maps, luggage transfers and bike hire. Belle France can also help arrange ferry or train travel to France from the UK.

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Biking around the Somme bay

A leisure getaway through beautiful villages and along beautiful sandy.

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €275

Are you longing for some crisp sea air? The Bay of Somme is the destination for you for a short cycle break. The charming seaside towns of Saint-Valéry and Le Crotoy will seduce you with their tranquillity and warm welcome. Beaches and nature won’t be left out of the programme: your bike tour will lead you to Cap Hourdel, the bird park of the Marquenterre, or to the forest of Crécy. You'll be able to choose your own itinerary to match your mood – this is a flexible and relaxing short break by bike. 

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Cycling Flanders, Artois & the Somme

Cycle along the Western front battlefields with a local expert

Offered by:
Cycling the Western Front

Phone number:
+32 (0)4 75 81 06 08

Tour length:
Either 4 or 6 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€630 for 4 days, €790 for 6 days

This tour rides the routes of the historic Western Front from Ypres to Armentières, Vimy Ridge, Arras and the Somme. You will be guided all the way by licensed tour guide, Carl, who has loads of personal experience cycling in this area and will support and inform you on key cultural and historical points at memorials, monuments and military cemeteries throughout the trip. (If you prefer self-guided, ask Carl and he can tailor the trip for you). Some of the key sites visited along the way include Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Messines Ridge, Fromelles, Hill 70, Vimy, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, Pozières, Albert, Villers-Bretonneux, and Bullecour. The price includes multi-speed Dutch-style bikes with relaxed geometry to enable you to tour comfortably, helmet, B&B accommodation, luggage transport, and shuttle back to Lille Europe.

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Picardy Bike Tour (A Day Ride from Paris)

Dip into the Picardy countryside on this day ride starting in Paris

Offered by:
French Mystique Tours

Tour length:
Day ride / 40km

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€270 per group (cost can be split between riders)

Start the day with a group bike ride through central Paris to Gare du Nord train station, where you'll take your bike on a train to Villers-Cotterêts, birthplace of writer Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo) and where Francis I built a château and signed a decree proclaiming French to be the official language of the kingdom. From here, ride through medieval villages and past Roman ruins as you discover some of the hidden delights of Picardy. Return to Paris by train at the end of the ride. Additional costs: €25 train ticket and optional bike hire. Picnic lunch included.

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