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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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A Royal Ride to Versailles

Surround yourself with beautiful chateaux

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
4 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1499

On the doorstep of Paris are two beautiful forests and some of the finest châteaux in France, including Château of Vaux le Vicomte, the grounds and gardens of Château Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, the medieval Château of Blandy and more. On this tour you will cycle through gentle countryside and picturesque villages, finishing in the gardens of Louis XIV’s masterpiece, the Palace of Versailles. You can also extend this ride with a guided bike tour of Paris – by day or night – or by a cycling trip to Giverny to visit Monet’s gardens, just ask and Belle France can help you create the ride that suits you. Included in the price are 4 days' cycling, 5 nights' accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed and easy to follow ride notes, gourmet meals and a local agent to help along the way.

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A Self-Guided Ride from Rocamadour to La Roque Gageac and Sarlat

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1300

Benefit from local knowledge that Annie and Cliff, an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991. This 7-day itinerary will take you through lush green countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliff side overlooking the Ouysse gorge and through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you will have the chance to visit the Gouffre de Padirac, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, a thriving town not to be missed. In addition you have Chateau Marquayssac, with stunning gardens  and vistas. Much of your gentle ride will be along the river bank – it will be hard to leave!

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A short break around Mont Ventoux

Discover iconic Ventoux with this weekend of biking fun

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

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

Tour length:
Choose from 3 or 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €390 per person

This self-guided tour run by a local Provence company gives you the chance to climb Mont Ventoux, one of France's most iconic climbs over an extra special weekend. You can choose between a 3- or 4-day package, with the extra day allowing a full circumnavigation of the Mont around its base, via the pretty village of Sault. On arrival you will be collected in Avignon for a transfer to Bedoin and after a day of acclimatisation you can tackle the climb from the toughest side of the mountainPrice includes 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation with a choice of room standards, breakfasts, two dinners, luggage transfer, bike rental and road book with maps and route notes.

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A Taste of Bordeaux - Boat and Bike Holiday

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through famous vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1289

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world and this tour will open up the city and its surrounding vineyards to you, allowing you to explore grand chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes at your own pace. You will pedal through six famous Bordeaux wine regions with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as your companions along the way. Visit the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, but don't worry – there's plenty of time to also sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK, ensuite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux, full board, semi-guided cycle tours, welcome cocktail, bikes with panniers, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly local support whenever needed.

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A Weekend Cycling Break in the Aveyron Gorge

Pass a weekend in the stunning Aveyron Gorge

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 63 02 23 88 or +33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €125

This fixed base tour – offered guided or unguided – explores the amazing diversity of scenery around the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val, which must be one of France’s best-kept cycling secrets. The town is in the dramatic Aveyron Gorge, with cliffs rising sheer from the valley floor. You’ll discover secluded valleys, oak forests vineyards and austere limestone plateaux, all on very quiet roads. The region also has some of the best preserved medieval villages in France, especially the fortified hilltop bastide towns. The terrain is hilly, but gradients are always gentle. You’ll be staying in Saint Antonin Noble Velo's own 16th century auberge in the centre of St Antonin. Rides are typically 80-120km with around 1000m of climbing, but they can be tailored to suit different abilities. Fabulous lunch stops are also arranged, so you'll always be fuelled and ready to ride. The tour price includes accommodation and generous breakfasts on both days, customised GPS routes, endless local knowledge and a rescue service if you need it. Bike hire, guided rides, sports massage, lunch and dinner can also be arranged as extras.

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