The world's premier long-distance cycling event is for pros only—but there's nothing stopping you from enjoying some of the world's best bicycle routes by following the Tour de France's annually changing path from dizzying mountain passes to the charms of France's sunny Mediterranean coast. Many outfitters provide logistical support for cyclists who want to ride some or even all of the legendary stages of “Le Tour,” and some packages combine rides with VIP spectator access to the real race. Independent cycling options abound thanks to charming communities and welcoming locals all along the French Riviera. (See the most beautiful towns on the French Riviera.)

Cycle the Tour de France

The world's premier long-distance cycling event is for pros only—but there's nothing stopping you from enjoying some of the world's best bicycle routes by following the Tour de France's annually changing path from dizzying mountain passes to the charms of France's sunny Mediterranean coast. Many outfitters provide logistical support for cyclists who want to ride some or even all of the legendary stages of “Le Tour,” and some packages combine rides with VIP spectator access to the real race. Independent cycling options abound thanks to charming communities and welcoming locals all along the French Riviera. (See the most beautiful towns on the French Riviera.)
Photograph by , PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA, AFP/Getty Images

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Abundant natural beauty and rich cultural heritage have drawn visitors to these vibrant shores for centuries.

Charming villages, enchanting views, and breathtaking landscapes make the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast the ultimate oasis to experience history, culture, and the great outdoors. From Turkey's turquoise shores to Corsica's rugged peaks, take your Mediterranean travels to the next level with these top 10 adventures to experience along its shores. (Visit these underrated Mediterranean destinations.)

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This article was published in 2012 and updated in 2019. A photo incorrectly identifying the Tour de France route was updated with the correct photo on March 25, 2019.

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