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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 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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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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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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