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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 cycling jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

Ride Provence's villages, vineyards and flower fields (and tackle Ventoux)

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
3 nights/ 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to difficult

Price:
From €755

If you have only a short time in Provence, Cyclemundo offer this tour which is an adapted version of one of their best-loved tours for a taste of the best Provence has to offer. Cyclomundo indulges avid cyclists’ need for a brief escape from reality with a complex route that is exhilarating and beautiful. You will ride from the sharp peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail to the heights of Mont Ventoux and finish in the rolling heights of the Luberon. All over Upper Provence you will see pristine villages cling to hillsides, while vineyards and flower fields cover terrain of all types. Price includes 3 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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A Cyclist's Camp: Springtime Special

As the snow fades enjoy the wonderful variety of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Gite Belle Vie

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 35 16 06 27

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €900

As the roads over the main mountain passes open after winter the focus of this tour is on providing a week to enjoy riding in the peaceful, spectacular and inspiring Pyrenees before the crowds arrive. The target is enjoyment, not torture! In our opinion this is a great time to tackle some riding with lower temperatures and less crowded roads. A guide will be on hand on all your rides to help ensure you get the most out of each day, while a support car is provided on longer rides. The planned routes include a mix of cols, quiet country roads and rolling hills. Accommodation on a shared basis is at Gite Belle Vie, along with all meals. Bike hire can be arranged on request. Eric and Angela are local cycling experts – this is one in a series of camping they've put together to ensure riders of all abilities can enjoy their backyard.  

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A Female Riders' Week in the Alps

Explore the Alps and relax in the mountains

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

This female-only tour is a 7-night catered and guided road cycling holiday in one of the most popular and beautiful cycling areas of the French Alps. After being collected from Geneva airport, you'll be taken straight to your chalet accommodation in the heart of the 3 Valleys. Spend then evening relaxing (or making last-minute bike preparations) before hitting the roads the next day on a fully guided ride on iconic local roads. Finish the day with an afternoon tea of fresh cake or pasta to refuel before relaxing for dinner. Daily rides can be tailored to meet the needs of the group and the route can also be tailored to take in cols of your choice. The price includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road bike and vehicle support.

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A Fixed Base Cycling Holiday in Poitou-Charentes

Explore the idyllic Deux-Sèvres department in western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 49 95 94 87

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate routes, plus a few challenging ones (you decide!)

Price:
€1149 / £1046

Flexible, self-guided cycling holidays based at Le Moulin du Chemin, a small private auberge in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. Cycling holidays at Le Moulin are notable for idyllic surroundings, excellent food and wine, lovely accommodation and great bonhomie – all at a reasonable price. Everything is included: accommodation, all meals and drinks, the hire of well-maintained, fully-equipped touring bikes, plus the use of the pool and other amenities. (Even the postcards are free.) There are hundreds of miles of little-used country lanes that undulate beside pastures, woods and orchards. Bikes roll easily on well-maintained roads, with hardly any traffic. To guide you, clear route-notes and highlighted maps are provided in a personalised dossier, with friendly advice and information from your hosts, Peter and Carolynne. Choose from easy, moderate (or, if you wish, challenging) routes, with different destinations each day. Finish the day with aperitifs-at-seven, followed by a four-course evening meal with wonderful food and generous supplies of excellent wine – all enjoyed in a leisurely atmosphere.

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A Meander Through Mayenne

Backroads and river paths to castles, Roman ruins and markets

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £595

This family-friendly Mayenne tour is the perfect introduction to cycling in France. As one of France’s hidden gems, you won’t have to battle the crowds to enjoy the splendid fortified castles, medieval quarters, Roman ruins and traditional markets of the Mayenne. Cycling is a doddle with few hills, quiet roads and pretty sparkling river paths. Starting with two nights at a 3-star château hotel with pool and spa just outside the historic town of Mayenne, you’ll move to a new 3 or 4-star hotel every other day. Each evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Price includes aperitif, hotel, gourmet dinners, breakfasts, bike and equipment hire, maps and tour suggestions, plus luggage transfers.  

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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Just an hour from Geneva airport and you're into one of the world's true cyclists' playgrounds. This weekend break is based in the beautiful Aravis mountain range, home to the Tour de France cols of Aravis, Colombière, and Croix Fry. This is an area of incredible climbs, spectacular views and breath-taking descents. For gentler rides, the roads around Lake Annecy are second to none. This package provides an easy, convenient long weekend of road cycling that can be tailored to your legs. Offered guided or self-guided. All you need to do it turn up in Geneva and enjoy.

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A Pays de Bastides Tour, Albi

Revisit the great conflicts of the Middle Ages on this self-guided tour

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-10 days

Level of difficulty:
Light

Price:
7 days: €897

Starting on the quiet roads of the Gaillac vineyards west of Albi, you'll cycle north through rolling countryside, visiting fortified villages (bastides) along the way, including the wonderful hill-top Cordes-sur-Ciel. These walled settlements, with grid-pattern streets and handsome squares, are beautiful reminders of the great conflicts of the Middle Ages. Further north, you'll head to Najac, Aveyron's famous fortress. This is a light cycling holiday which will see you riding 28-48km a day. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation, and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Spend a fabulous weekend cruising past olive groves and through vineyards in Provence. Clear sunny days, quiet smooth roads, stunning views and scenery with just the right amount of climbing and descending. It doesn’t get much better than this! This weekend can be whatever you want it to be: ride through rolling hills in the morning before realxing by the swimming pool in the afternoon, or spend the whole day out on the bike. Then, of course, there's the opportunity to conquer Mont Ventoux and ride the Luberon wine region. This short break offers a convenient, hassle-free road cycling holiday – 4 days of relaxation and fun. Offered guided or self-guided – it's up to you.

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