Are you looking to see France? Meet interesting people? Experience the country side. Try a bike tour. Last June I spent 6 days riding through southern France. The hills are long (15km+) and steep (7%-11%). Your fellow cyclist are very friendly, intelligent, intentional folks.
The guides from Marmot drive vans that have nearly everything you hope for (food, water, dry clothes) and are very friendly, helpful and expert at everything they do. One perk is that after spending six hours on the bike, you can eat and drink nearly anything guilt free. The tour is very affordable with the base price including, hotels, breakfast and dinner.
I look forward to doing another tour with Marmot through the Alps in the near future.