France is heating up as this summer’s top destination for active holidaymakers, according to luxury cycling tour operator, Cycling for Softies.

With a 68% year-on-year increase in bookings for two-wheel holidays*, France has beaten Italy and Spain to the crown of summer 2018’s ‘Softies’ hot spot. Cycling for Softies’ ‘easy’ graded tours are particularly popular, with casual cyclists seeking a summer holiday mingling with the locals and exploring at a gentle pace.

“We are delighted to offer relaxing cycling holidays that combine daily rides with the ability to explore France at a leisurely pace,” says Ben Roseveare, Activities Director at Cycling for Softies.

“Whilst the Tour de France captures the imagination of cycling aficionados, the country also offers rides perfect for casual cyclists, with easy riverside routes that include no significant ascents.”

Roseveare continues: “As well as cycling, our French tours encourage guests to experience gourmet meals in some of the most iconic gastronomic areas, and indulge their other passions whether that be architecture, wine, history or taking some time off the bike and in a kayak on France’s rivers.”

Cycling for Softies’ tours to France include:

The Alsace Route du Vin5 nights from £1,565pp tour only
From beautiful scenery to historic towns and world-famous wines, this tour along the famous Alsace wine route is ideal for lovers of wine and gastronomy. Along the route, cycle through vineyards and pretty laneways, and savour the local cuisine with an abundance of restaurants and wine bars.
Prices start from £1,565 per person for five nights, including three/four-star bed & breakfast accommodation, some evening meals, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, route maps and instructions and local support.

Starry Nights in Provence – 5 nights from £1,045pp tour only
The best-selling Starry Nights in Provence tour delivers the ultimate relaxing holiday. Soak up the region’s colours and culture, including the sights which inspired Vincent van Gogh to create some of his masterpieces. This year marks 165 years since Van Gogh’s birth, whilst 2019 brings the 130th anniversary of his Provence masterpiece Starry Night. Blend stunning scenery with a spot of flamingo watching in the Camargue Nature Reserve, or sip coffee in one of the charming cafes in the city of Arles.
Prices start from £1,045 per person for five nights, including three/four-star bed & breakfast accommodation, some evening meals, bikes with panniers, water bottles, puncture repair kits, route maps and assistance where needed, plus luggage transfers between hotels.

Châteaux of the Loire – 5 nights from £1,015pp tour only
The magical region of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Loire Valley offers beautiful rivers, delicious wines and stunning châteaux. A playground to the French and English royal families for over 1,000 years, this part of France has earned its reputation as ‘Fairy tale France’. Explore at a relaxed pace, with time to stop and wander beautiful gardens, underground tunnels and former royal homes.
Prices start from £1,015 per person for five nights, including bed & breakfast accommodation, evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes, expert on-the-spot support and luggage transfers between hotels.

Cycling for Softies is a luxury operator with extensive experience arranging gourmet cycling holidays in France, Italy and Spain. Discover more at