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7 Days Southern Cols Cycle Tour

Test yourself on some lovely mountain climbs in the south of France

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Difficult

Price:
€900

Starting in Nice, head inland and upward towards the mighty Col de la Bonette. After scaling all 2860m of it, it's on to and over the border into Italy via the Col de Maddalena (1991m) and then back into France via the Lombarde (2350m). 
On the way, tackle one or two other cols such as Castillon (707m), Turini (1607m), St Martin (1500m), and Couillole (1678m). 
End the week with a ride around the gorges of the Verdon
. That's a total of around 600km with 13,021m of climbing. This is a fully supported, guided ride, with a support car never far away carrying your luggage, spares, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Price includes half-board accommodation and transfers.

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7-Day Guided Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps

Tackle famous Alpine cols with full on-road support

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)207 191 1120

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£695 per person

If you have ever watched sun-drenched riders on the Tour de France or Dauphine climbing beautiful Alpine stages and fancied experiencing them yourself at your own pace? Then this tour could be perfect for you. It runs from Sunday to Sunday and is a fully guided experience, with vehicle on hand throughout week to help with mechanicals, food, drink and clothing – and, of course, morale support. All you need to do is ride (and take in the scenery). The route features famous Haute Savoie cols including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and Col de la Colombiere. The price includes chalet accomodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals (with wine) and return transfer to Geneva airport.

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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 £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (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 Bike & Barge Holiday in the Loire Valley

Discover the Loire on this relaxing cycling/sailing barge holiday

Offered by:
HAT Tours

Phone number:
+31 (0)8 58 88 08 80

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€895

The area of the Loire valley between Nevers and Montargis is perfect for a relaxing cycling and sailing holiday. This area, approximately 100km in length, offers a landscape with slightly rolling hills and a mild climate. During the summer, it's dry but never too warm. Here, you'll find a wonderful combination of castles and villages to explore, and of course you'll also get to enjoy the region's fine Loire wines. This tour includes accommodation in a double cabin in a barge, full board, bike rental, tour guide, city walks and a castle visit, Loire wine tastings, and transfers from Paris. Cycling distances approximately 50km a day. Mixed nationalities, maximum group size 18 – this is a great way to meet new cycling friends.

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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 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 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 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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A Short Break in the Lot Valley

Hot price for a cycling package in the Lot

Offered by:
Red Pepper Rides

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 07 26 09 31

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £190 per person (based on group of 6)

This is a great, affordable guided short-break option for road cyclists. Red Pepper rides are based near Montcuq in the wonderfully under-explored Lot Valley (easy access to airports and trains at Toulouse, Bergerac or Bordeaux). Phil at Red Pepper will tailor rides for your ability – whether you're a complete novice or a club rider. You'll stay in a comfortable, well-equipped gîte, where you'll help yourself each day to a breakfast to power your day. Then it's on to the bike, taking in around 4 hours on quiet roads, through beautiful and varied terrain, and interesting villages and medieval towns. The lunch stop is usually taken at a local eatery on a sunny terrace. After a day’s cycling, you can relax in the garden, swim in the pool or enjoy a game of pétanque. Later on you can light the BBQ, cook supper in the gîte’s well-equipped kitchen or visit a local restaurant. The breaks include 4 nights' accommodation and breakfast, 3 days of. guided rides, high-quality carbon framed road bikes, guided rides, helmets and water bottles. This is a perfect package for groups wanting some independence and privacy, combined with local rides support. Non-cycling group friends and families are welcome to relax by the pool while their partner/mum/dad is on the bike.

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