Cycling holidays at the Hotel de France

Cycling holidays at Hotel de France

The Hotel de France is the perfect base for your cycling holiday. Situated on the edge the Loire Valley, the quiet roads and by ways of the region offer superb cycling, particularly suited to family groups. The hotel can provide you with a number of routes, ranging from 10km to 80km, to suit all levels.

The easy to follow routes will take you to some of the most scenic parts of the region, taking in everything the area has to offer, from beautiful riverside villages to historic châteaux.

After a satisfying day’s cycling you can be ensured of a warm welcome back at the hotel, followed by an energy replenishing meal in our restaurant and a comfortable night’s sleep in our newly refurbished bedrooms, ready for the next day.

Should you require, we can collect you from the Port of Caen and transport your bicycle and luggage directly to the hotel using our air conditioned Land Rover and bespoke multi-bike trailer. (Use is complimentary for groups of 6 and over staying for 2 nights or more. A charge will be applied for smaller groups or stays of 1 night)

Hotel de France cycling trailer thumb

The shuttle and trailer service can also take you to various daily start points, with routes that lead you back to the hotel or collect and bring you back from a predetermined start and finish points, ensuring that each day is different. Bicycles are securely stored overnight at the hotel.

We can also provide a packed lunch to take with you, have it delivered to a predetermined stop on the route or arrange for lunch at one of our recommended pre-booked restaurants.

Bicycle hire can also be arranged, including mountain bikes, to take advantage of the undulating mountain bike trails, suited to all abilities, on offer within the Bercé Forest.

Cycling holidays with the Hotel de France – example itinerary:


Ride your bicycle onto the Portsmouth to Caen overnight ferry, where we have reserved your comfortable onboard accommodation . Special preferential rates have been negotiated.

Day 1 – The ferry arrives into Caen early morning, where you will be met by the hotel staff who will load your bicycles onto our multi-bike trailer. You will then be driven to the hotel, arriving by mid-morning where we will check you into your rooms before a light lunch. Then relax by the heated outside swimming pool with a drink from our bar or we can set you on your way for an afternoons cycling on the quiet roads surrounding the hotel. The evening dinner will be served in the restaurant.

Day 2 – Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel we suggest the ‘châteaux route’, which will take you to the many historic châteaux in the Loir and beyond. We can provide a pack lunch or make you a lunch time reservation at a restaurant along on the route before returning to the hotel for dinner in the evening.

Cycling Route

Day 3 – Today you can retrace part of stage 12 of the 2013 Tour de France, starting at Sablé sur Sarthe and finishing at the intermediate sprint point in Savigne-sur-Lathan, or carry onto the end of stage in Tours, which was won by Marcel Kittel from Mark Cavendish. We can then collect you and your bicycle and drive you back to the hotel for a well earned beer in the bar!


Day 4 – Today you may wish to have a day off from the bicycle, allow us to take you on a wine tour, or shopping in the historic city of Tours, before relaxing by the hotels riverside swimming pool.

Day 5 – Check out of your rooms and ride your bicycles north to the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours circuit. Having traced a lap of the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit on those roads open to the public, we will collect you, using our shuttle and trailer service, and take you back to the ferry port at Caen, with your luggage, in time for the overnight boat back into Portsmouth. Alternatively relax at the hotel in the morning while we load the bicycles onto the trailer before driving you back to Caen to catch the afternoon boat into Portsmouth.

Telephone 0033 (0) 243 44 40 16 to discuss your requirements with our friendly and professional staff.

Please call for current pricing.