Detours in France
Bike Tours • Walking Tours • Wine Tours & Tastings
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We provide excellent Self-Guided Biking and Walking Tours, and Guided Wine Tours throughout France.
Beaune, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

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2022

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Dreamer706681
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Jun. 2022
We knew we wanted to bike through the Loire Valley. We contacted Detours in France and with a few decisions about route and lodging a great trip was planned for us. Since we are in a mod-60's we opted for e-bikes and do not regret the choice. The hotels selected for us were great, the dinner's provided were outstanding, and the route mapping was excellent. We had problems with one of our e-bikes but we contacted Florent and we had a replacement bike delivered to one of our hotels; problem solved. We definitely recommend Detours in France and were glad that Florent was available to deal with any questions/problems we had during our trip.
Written November 20, 2022
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LWitgenstein
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Sep. 2022
I have used Detours in France for many years, have done self-guided rides in Burgundy and Loire and Canal de Midi and Alsace and Normandy always with Detours in France, and every time it has been a wonderful experience. Two-three times I strayed with other bike tour companies, and they were no match. Florent understands the needs and likes of his clients: knows the best hotels, the best restaurants, and the most fun routes. I cannot think of an alternative that comes close to their organizational ability, attention to detail, and knowledge of terrain and country. You'll fall in love with France.
Written November 4, 2022
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Draper2
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
Oct. 2022
In one word "Faultless" - Two words: "Fantastic".
We have done 3 previous Organised Bike Tours in France plus numerous others in various countrys. Without a doubt Detours in France was the best organised and stress free tour ride. Previous rides were a combined 10 day Barge / ride tour - last 10 days of "The Tour"and a similar concept 8 day coastal tour.
We were not time constrained so:
Did 2 back to back - Bordeaux to Dordogne + Provence with a 3 night stay in Toulouse between tours.
Total days on DetoursTour = 26 days
Both tours had days added to ensure most Hotel stays were 2 to 3 nights.
On advise we did a combination of Classic+ and Deluxe Hotels - not once did we have any concerns with the standard of Hotel. The Deluxe Hotels were outstanding and if you can afford the occasional upgrade well worth the experience.
On Detours advise regarding great places to eat additional evening dinners were organised all of which we enjoyed.
We rode Standard Touring Bikes on both Tours and had no concerns (We are regular / daily riders in our late 60's early 70's). My only advise being "if you are not a regular rider then take the electric Bikes on offer" as these will make your day more enjoyable and ensure lots of time to sightsee at the various suggested stops.
The GPS routes were easy to follow - But to ensure a full days use take a power pack back-up.
The paper route information was useful plus the added sightseeing notes helped with our daily plans.
We tended to depart around 10 to 10:30 each day and were never pushed for time; Lunch was a few odds and ends at the side of the road and the occasional salad in the towns.
Luggage transfers were seamless, if you a worrier then stick a tracking tag in your bags. FYI: We Flew from Australia with only carry on luggage - 2 panniers are offered per bike but we only took 1 per bike to carry a few items. I used a QUAD LOCK for my iphone which I use at home and proved a great asset during the ride. Detours does offer a similar product to attach your phone to the bike stem/ handle bar.
The few times I had to contact Detours to confirm a small matter my text messages / emails and phone calls were answered immediately. Ie; Confirm pick-up times, restaurant booking, change of my cell phone number.
Bottom Line: No problems; Great PERSONAL Service , route planning accurate and traffic free. Hotels and Meals outstanding. Bikes: Your choice - the Tour Guides give an accurate grading level . I have a feeling that about 70+ % of clients use the electric option.
Thankyou Detours for a Relaxing and enjoyable time in France; it's your backyard.
Written November 4, 2022
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Lyndal M
1 contribution
Oct. 2022
The self-guided cycling tour of Provence was fantastic, great riding, beautiful scenery, easy to follow instructions/App, such a fabulous trip! Everything was perfectly organised by the team at Detours, they were super helpful, and went out of their way to ensure our trip was perfect! Very keen to do another trip with them!
Written November 1, 2022
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Marc V.
1 contribution
Oct. 2022
A fantastic trip from beginning to end. Excellent communication. Everything went according to plan and details. The bike routes were stunning, and mixed vineyards with small towns, and the GPS directions kept us on track while allowing us to deviate when we saw something interesting. The hotels (all star-levels of hotels) were great and comfortable. The bikes (one hybrid and one e-bike) worked great. We enjoyed the restaurants and meals and particularly welcomed the food and lunch recommendations contained in the daily trip logs. This was a last-minute trip for us, and Detours in France put it together very quickly, but without sparring any details or personal touches. We could not have asked for a better trip or better planning. Detours in France did a spectacular job. A highlight of our time in France!
Written October 24, 2022
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Binny
3 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Friends
We were 3 couples and we completed a customized 10-day self-guided trip in Burgundy created by DeTours in France. It was the first time we used DeTours and it will not be the last. We feel so fortunate to have found them and loved everything about our trip.

The material they prepared for us was excellent and provided just enough additional information about the places we were visiting. The RideWithGPS routes were the best and we appreciate the care they took to revise them several times so that they were perfect. We rarely cracked open the paper maps, although we found them useful to highlight points of interest along the way. We loved the routes and found the length each day to be perfect and the variety of the countryside and scenery to be interesting. We are glad we got e-bikes because Burgundy is quite hilly, and being on e-bikes allowed us to enjoy the scenery and end each day with enough energy to explore our surroundings. Our group ranged in age from early 50’s to late 60’s. The e-bikes were excellent quality.

We were delighted with our accommodations. Prior to our trip, Sarah had to make several changes to the itinerary because hotels closed during our planned dates. She chose excellent alternatives and kept us informed throughout. Our trip included several dinners which were a real treat.

We totally appreciated the care Sarah took in arranging the trip and truly felt it was an upscale concierge type trip. We appreciated how accessible Sarah and the DeTours team were during the trip when we had a problem with the key or any questions. We can’t wait to return and we definitely would do a trip with Detours again.
Written October 17, 2022
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Caroline E
Louisville, KY3 contributions
Oct. 2022
This trip was a decade or more long dream for me: biking in the French countryside. I spent a long time researching and planning which company to use, and of course it's really difficult to know how something like this will go. I have to say, Detours in France and Florent (the organizer) in particular exceeded all my hopes and dreams. He was incredibly kind, EXTREMELY detailed, and everything went perfectly. All we had to do was show up and enjoy the beautiful routes, the lovely hotels and the delicious wine. I could not recommend a company more, and I'm already fantasizing about planning another trip.
Written October 15, 2022
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Bob S
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Oct. 2022
What a wonderful biking tour of Normandy organized by Detours in France. The beauty of the region, from villages and pastures, through the areas of historical significance were all we could have hoped for! What a way to travel - on a bike, with your luggage waiting for you at your next stop!
Written October 12, 2022
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275GTS
Salem, SC2,959 contributions
Sep. 2022
We took the Rhone & Luberon - Classic trip with E-Bikes - truly magical! Everything worked perfectly - from the hotels to the meals to the trip details.

Inspired: Florent was amazing! He was very responsive and answered all our questions quickly.

Apps we used: Ride with GPS and Trainline were great!

Service: Excellent - easy to charge our E-Bikes at the hotels at night

Bike Condition: Very good

Highlights: Just a great overall experience

Return: We would love to in a different area of France with Detours in France of course!
Written October 10, 2022
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Linda G
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Just finished a 9 day self directed bike tour in the Loire Valley. Everything was perfect from the routes, hotels, luggage moves and chosen restaurants.
Sarah was our contact at Detours and we were so impressed with the level of detail, quick responses and willingness to customize our trip as we requested.
Especially liked the ability to choose our own food in the prepaid restaurants.
Written October 2, 2022
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