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2018 Tour de France – Carcassonne, Millau the Pyrenees, July 20-28

Follow (and ride) 4 stages of the Tour de France with this special package

Offered by:
VeloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 (April-Nov) or +61 (0)411 047 828 (Dec-March)

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging (non-cycling partners are welcome)

Price:
AUD$4350 (discounts for non-cycling partners)

Julia and Steve at the Franco-Australian road bike specialists VeloRoo have put together a super Tour de France trip that will take you from the turrets of Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct through to the peaks of the Pyrenees. It's the complete package and includes 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels, guided riding and support car. Rides and stages include the Col de Portet, Col de Tentes, and the showcase Lourdes to Laruns stage on July 27 that features the Tourmalet. Price includes cycling bib shorts, jersey and gloves (plus daily washing), all breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners (except on the Carcassonne rest day when you will want to indulge in local specialites!) All you have to do is ride (and cheer). This is a personalised tour so numbers are limited (it sold out in 2016 and 2017). Non-cycling partners welcome (there will be a support car for you!) Price in dollars but also payable in euro.

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From Paris to Mont St Michel on Veloscenic

Ride almost 450km between two French icons on this bike adventure

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
10 days with 8 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €1450

The Veloscenic (or Véloscénie in French) cycle route links Paris to the specatcular Mont-Saint Michel – we rode it here and we can attest to its wonderfulness. This self-guided tour allows you to experience the route yourself at your own pace, with baggage transfers and hotels arranged for you.  support. The rides starts in Rambouillet, an impressive chateau on the outskirts of Paris, and continues along peaceful ‘voies vertes’ – dedicated greenway paths for cycling and walking – and on quiet backroads. From Paris to Normandy, enjoy impressive natural parks, tiny villages and medieval manor houses. But the ultimate sight is Mont St Michel, appearing like a mirage in the distance. Price includes B&B hotel accommodation, one evening meal, a travel folder with maps and itineraries in French or English, local tourist brochures, luggage transfers, bike hire and phone support in case you get stuck.

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €130 including road bike hire (discounts for groups and multi-day rides)

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire, souvenir VéloRoo water bottle and helmet. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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1 Week of Family Cycling from Blois to Amboise

Perfect for families with mini-cyclists of all ages

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €640

This tour has been specifically tailored so you can enjoy a memorable trip in the Loire Valley, at your own pace, with the whole family. Ride along the Loire à Vélo following signposted routes that are safe for riders of all abilities. Short stages take you past the most prestigious chateaux from Blois to Chateau de Chambord until you reach the medieval city of Amboise – the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. On the way, pass through forests and even a natural bathing pool, perfect for cooling down! Price tour includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, full ride notes and colour maps in English or French, daily luggage transfers, bike hire for the whole family, and emergency support hotline in case you need help.

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2018 Monaco Historic Grand Prix

A chance to combine cycling and the thrill of racing in Monaco

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 France or +61 (0)411 047 828 Australia

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
AUD $3990

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix gives you the chance to experience first hand beautiful historic racing cars as they roar around the world-famous street circuit. This is the way racing used to be without the modern electronic gadgetry that helps drivers whizz around the harbour in F1. This unique tour allows you to sample the grand prix as part of a thoughtfully varied cycling tour that will see you climbing 100 "lacets" hairpins in a day and experiencing descents through forests surrounded by mountains with the blue Mediterranean sea in the background. The weekend is spent at the racing, including a chance to ride the course on your bike, with great access and views. The price of this tour includes accomodation, meals and entry to the two days of racing.
2018 dates: May 7-14

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€255-€495

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or help with rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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3 Lakes: Geneva, Bourget, Annecy

Cycle in the French Alps without climbing any mountains

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €610

Cycloundo Three Lake CyclingExperience the magic of the Alps without having to struggle up its famous mountains on this self-guided cycling holiday linking Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy. Follow paths and back-roads along the Rhone and Isere rivers, take in historic villages and stop to admire those famous cols from a comfortable distance. Daily distance: 48km-68km. Choice of either hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Bike rental can be arranged on request. If you would like to take on the climbs, a more challenging version of the same tour can be organized. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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4 Day Guided Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps

Supported rides over Col de Joux Plane and lots more

Offered by:
The Alpine Generation

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£295 per person

This tour is a great chance to experience some wonderful climbing in the Alps over 4 days, a perfect long-weekend. Running from Wednesday to Sunday you'll tackle some of the most famous climbs in the region, including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de la Colombiere, all with a guide and vehicle support. The price includes chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals with wine, and transfers to and from Geneva airport.

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5 Nights on the Wine Roads of Provence

Take the less travelled road through the vineyards of Provence

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €990 per person

This self-guided tour run by a local Provence company is a perfect blend of cycling, gorgeous old towns, lively local markets and, of course, fine wine. You'll have a day to explore the cobbled streets of medieval Avignon before winding your way through cherry orchards, forests, vineyards and canyons as you explore the region. Your luggage will be transferred between accommodation, so all you need to do is ride. Experience Mont Ventoux (to climb or not to climb?) from its forested slopes, before continuing to the most prestigious winemaking villages in the southern Rhône Valley: Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise (sweet muscat whites). You hit the plains before climbing slightly to Chateauneuf du Pape and then the Rhône River, leading back to Avignon. Price includes 5 nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, two dinners, luggage transfer, bike rental and road book with maps and route notes.

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6 (or 7!) Cols Tour in Pyrenees

Cyclist-run supported rides from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €50 per night

Ride the cols of the Pyrenees from cyclist Martyn's base in the beautiful Aude at the foothills of the mountains and within reach of all the big-hitters: Col de Portel, Col De Portet d'Aspet, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Mente, Col de Aspin, Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Airport/train transfers or luggage and bike bag collection included (you can cycle from the airport or train station if you like). To keep things simple, the trip's priced at a flat per-night rate that includes B&B, evening meals and on-road nourishment. Available guided or self-guided if you prefer to go off and do your own thing with maps and route advice from Martyn.

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