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2017 Tour de France week (Alps & Provence)

Ride, relax and enjoy the spectacle of the Tour

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33 (0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging, but can be adapted (e.g. guests can just ride one of the cols or even part of one)

Price:
€895

Join the team at Serre Des Ormes for Le Tour week, which combines fabulous riding around the stunning Méouge Valley with a fully supported trip to what will surely be a crucial mountain stage of the Tour over Col de Vars and a summit finish on Col d’Izoard. The week also includes a fully supported ride the Gorges de la Nesque and Mont Ventoux. End the week by riding out from Serre Des Ormes to watch Stage 19 of the tour as the riders head south from the mountains, through the lavender fields of Provence on the longest stage of the tour. The price includes Marseille Airport transfer, 7 nights' B&B at Serre Des Ormes, six two-course evening meals, with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, 2 fully supported days riding (including lunches, snacks and drinks). There's also route guidance and GPX files for the rest of the week's riding.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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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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6 Days Cycling the Wonders of the Luberon

Ride through the heart of Provence's most spectacular scenery

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €575

Discover the charms of the Grand and Petit Luberon as you take in the best of Provence. This 6-day ride starts in Cavaillon, and tours along the long limestone spine of the Luberon. To the west, you'll see the 'Gardens of the Pope', some of the best orchards in the area. To the north, there are Romanesque abbeys and churches scattered throughout the area, still symbolising the historic importance of religion in the area. To the south, there's the Durance River, with its villages dotted with chateaux and still carrying the opulent aura of France before the Revolution. All the most beautiful villages in the Luberon are on the itinerary: Sénanque, Gordes, Bonnieux, Buoux and Lourmarin. Ride through pine forests, fields of lavender, vines and orchards as you discover them all. Price includes half-board accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. 

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A 4-day cycling tour to explore the Somme bay

A leisurely ride to pretty villages, sandy beaches and birdwatching

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €489

Soomme Bay cycling mapBérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. The Somme Bay is a natural bay situated in northern France (Picardie), where you will be flabbergasted by the fauna, flora and the authenticity of the small villages of the Bay. The combination of sea, marshland, beaches and countryside adds charm and makes the bay a unique holiday spot. The Somme Bay is also an important spot for migratory birds. You can observe them along the bike paths on your way to one of the charming villages and harbours situated all around the bay.

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £845 (self-guided) or £975 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday: From Toulouse to Sète

A leisurely ride along France's most famous canal to the Med

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €595

The Canal du Midi is an ideal route for anyone wanting to take a leisurely ride and relax for a week of cycling with friends or family. From lock to lock and bridge to bridge, the canal will carry you from the  heart of Toulouse to Marseillan, on the Mediterranean Coast. Enjoy some time exploring the narrow labyrinthine streets of the 'pink city' of Toulouse before heading off along the canal to the Plaines du Lauragais, Castelnaudary and on to the towering fortified town of Carcassonne. You'll also pass by the seven locks of Fonséranne and the Etang de Thau (complete with oyster beds), before arriving at the Med. Price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation, 4 evening meals, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided. 

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A Cycling Holiday Down in the Gorges du Tarn

The gorges of the Grands Causses Natural Parc in Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-8 days

Level of difficulty:
Light

Price:
7 days: €617

Explore the gorges carved out by the Tarn river over the millions of years. The Gorges de la Dourbie, Gorges de la Jonte, and the Gorges du Tarn are at the heart of the spectacular Grands Causses Natural Parc. Steep crags of 400m, limestone plateaux dissected by rivers and miles of unspoiled countryside. Here, in the far south of the Massif Central, you'll find mountains, lush green valleys, and roaring rivers (Tarn and Jonte), as well as villages from Medieval to Roman times. Baggage transfer, accommodation and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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A Dordogne Valley, Lot & Quercy Tour

Explore medieval villages on this easy bike ride along the river Dordogne

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very light

Price:
7 days: €724

Cycle at your own pace on this self-guided tour that follows the Dordogne River from Souillac in the Lot department to the medieval villages of Martel, Carennac and Rocamadour. Ride as few as 20km in a day or as many as you like – it's your choice on this leisurely exploration of river valleys and limestone plateaux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available. Departures every day from March 15 to October 31.

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