Diverse Directions: Self-Guided Cycling Tours in France

Cycling Tour Package Components

Tour Documentation

1. Route Instructions Booklets & Maps

  • Spiral-bound route instructions booklet fits into the map holder of your bike's handlebar bag.
  • Maps of the tour's routes & overnight destinations.

2. Pre-Trip Preparation Guide, which provides:

  • Tips for preparing physically, mentally & spiritually for your tour.
  • Tips for packing, including a packing checklist.
  • Helpful Information about French language and culture.
  • On the road cycling tips and safety guidelines.
  • Information about purchasing rail tickets from your gateway city to your tour's starting point.

3. On-Road Reference Guide, which provides:

  • Details about Diverse Directions support services
  • Emergency instructions
  • Security and safety guidelines
  • Instructions for changing a flat tire
  • Rail tips
  • Pre-ride checklist and pre-ride stretches
  • Essential French Vocabulary

4. Sights Guide, which provides:

  • Descriptions of notable sights along your route, complete with hours of operation.

5.  Personalized Daily Itinerary, which provides:

  • A summary of each day's activities.
  • The name and cell phone number of your tour support person.
  • Instructions regarding the pick-up and return of your rental bikes.
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of each of your hotels.
  • Information about navigating Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and how to connect with trains to the tour's starting point or to downtown Paris.
GPS Navigation Files

GPS navigation files are provided at no additional charge for each of our tour itineraries with the exception of those located in Mediterranean France. These files require that you have a GPS device that meets certain minimum requirements. See Using GPS Navigation for your Cycling Tour for details.

Bicycle Rental

All rental bikes include:

  • cyclometer, helmet, & lock
  • water bottle cage. (Water bottles are not included.)
  • handlebar bag with map carrier
  • rear rack (except the Dordogne's Bulls Desert Falcon road bikes)
  • air pump, tire irons, and a spare tube
  • choice of pedals: regular or cages / toe clips *

Bicycle models and options are different for each tour region. To view the standard and supplemental rental bike options for each region, click the appropriate link below:

* For those choosing to ride with automatic pedals, we recommend bringing your own pedals for installation on your rental bike.

Accommodation Arrangements

Diverse Directions does not bundle the cost of accommodations into the tour's price. Instead, you may choose any combination of hotel categories, leaving you free to splurge some nights while economizing on others. You pay each hotel at checkout, as you would had you booked your accommodations independently.

Once you have determined which tour itinerary you wish to purchase we will email you a list of accommodation options. When you book your tour we will ask you to rank the accommodation options for each of your overnight destinations in order of preference. Diverse Directions then reserves your accommodations and provides you with copies of your hotel confirmations. If special rates or offers are available for the time of your stay, we will take advantage of these on your behalf. See Accommodations Options for additional details.

Baggage Transfer

For tours requiring a change of hotels, Diverse Directions will transport two pieces of luggage per person from / to the hotels at which you have confirmed reservations. Additional items may be transported for an additional cost.

Basic SAG Support

Basic SAG Support is included whenever a change of hotels is required (except for our Loire Valley Châteaux tours.) With Basic SAG Support, should you elect not to cycle on one or more days due to weather, illness, etc. AND you notify your Diverse Directions support representative in advance so that you and your bikes can be transported along with your luggage, no additional charges will apply.

For those doing our Loire Valley Châteaux tours, there are fast and frequent trains available between all overnight destinations should you choose not to cycle. These trains permit you to carry your bike on board at no additional charge.

English-Speaking Support Staff

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that help is just a phone call away. Should you experience a mechanical breakdown, you simply call your English-speaking, local Support Team Manager at Diverse Directions for assistance. Note: Flat tires are not covered under the support program.

In the event of a mechanical failure in which your bicycle can no longer be ridden, it will be replaced by your local Support Team.