Exploring Paris by gravel bike - an adventure that oozes excitement and guarantees a total change of scenery!

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Best destination for cycling holidays

How about a new way to travel and explore Paris, one of quality and adventure? Soak up the hustle and bustle of the city like a local from behind the handlebars of your trusty gravel bike, or roll alongside the Seine taking in the sights. One thing’s for sure, whether you know Paris like the back of your hand or you’re a first timer, you’ll be wowed and warmed by the city of romance.

Paris - a surprising and rewarding gravel destination!

A bucket list destination for many a traveller, Paris might not be the first place you’d think of for a bike trip. It is in fact ideal for exploring by bike, you’ll have a unique view from the saddle, pedalling between world renowned sights following the banks of the Seine, or exploring the city’s surroundings. Yes exploring Paris on a gravel bike is great way to see it all!

From Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Forest of Rambouillet, the Louvre to the Chevreuse Valley, and of course the Eiffel Tower, there will never be dull moment when gravel-ing in and around the French Capital.

With Nature and Culture close by each other, you really can have the best of both worlds in this unexpected gravel destination. Imagine flying through lush green landscapes, visiting world renowned chateaux and musées whenever takes your fancy.

Why choose GravelUp for your getaway in and around the heart of Paris?

Here at GravelUp, we do our utmost to make sure every adventure is of the highest quality possible. Our magic formula? Unique routes, tailor made itineraries, quality bikes and experienced guides. All backed up by a highly experienced and professional team.

  • Unique routes

Paris and the surrounding areas hide an incredible variety of tracks, trails and back roads that are just made for a gravel bike. Think quiet country roads and woodland trails with castles and palaces to visit in between, the region of Paris will surprise you at every corner. We have carefully crafted every single one of our trips to make sure that there’s something for everyone and your adventure surpasses your expectations.

  • Top quality bike hire

We weren’t happy to only offer you trips of the highest quality, so we teamed up with French bike manufacturer Origine to provide an in house bike rental service too. We have all sizes available of their high end traditional and electric gravel bikes, so you can rest assured that your bike will be just right for you. It’s as simple as adding rental on our booking platform, and our team will take care of the rest!

  • Local and passionate guides

Every one of our trips is led by an experienced and qualified bike guide, a rigorous process in France that includes outdoor first aid training. They are there to ensure your safety as well as to share their extensive knowledge and understanding, adding tips and tricks as needed.

Who’s gravel riding in Paris for?

  • What kind of riding will it be, you may ask. 

Here at GravelUp it doesn’t matter how fit you are or how much gravel riding (if any!) you’ve done, because we’ve put everything in place so that everyone can find an adventure to suit them. From a total beginner to the most seasoned cyclist, our trips are adaptable for as many people as possible.

If you’re a Director or Manager of a company and are looking for something a bit more refreshing than the usual team building activities, we have a special Corporate package that ticks all the boxes. Bring your colleagues or partners off the beaten track with us for an experience that’s second to none.

If you’d like more information on any of our offerings, drop us a line to and we’ll get back to you straight away. It will be a pleasure to help you find the right adventure for you. 

  • Where will we be riding?

The versatility of gravel bikes means that you can literally find yourself riding almost anything! But because we want to create a real adventure in the Great Outdoors, we search out the path and trail less travelled, without being too technical for a gravel bike to deal with. 

An original team building offer for your team!

Do you want to visit Paris by bike with your team? GravelUp offers you an original and sporty team building experience, suitable for all skill levels.

You can choose between two packages:

Half-day package: Start from your event location. Discover the surroundings of the capital by crossing the Fausses-Reposes forest and exploring the trails and paths of the Saint-Cloud park.

Full-Day Package: Depart from your event location. Enjoy a picnic in the park of the Palace of Versailles, passing through trails and paths in the forests for an authentic experience.

We also offer 100% customized team building events. Contact us!

Want to test our gravel bikes on your own?

Want to try gravel biking from Paris? We offer gravel bike rentals in Paris, perfect for those who want to experience this activity freely. Enjoy our high-end bikes to explore exceptional routes through the capital and its surprisingly natural surroundings. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, we have the perfect bike for your adventure!

Do you want to join one of our guided tours in one of our 8 destinations? Download the catalog or visit our destination page to learn more!

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Paris by bike, with a GravelUp twist.

If you’ve read this far it must be because you’re interested in riding around the French capital. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Paris, city of lights, is world renowned for it monuments, classic street cafes and timeless charm. And rightly so. What’s less well known is the incredible gravel rides you’ll find right on the doorstep - from the Chevreuse Valley to the Forests of Fontainebleu or Rambouillet, or even the winding roads of Vexin. Think Arcadian landscapes, lush green forests and villages dotted with bell towers for a gravel escape from a time gone by. In this article you’ll find some ideas of routes to ride, the must-sees and some handy advice for your adventure. And if you’re lucky we might even tell you where you can rent top notch gravel bikes!

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