Tours - Self-guided: All France

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Bike & Barge - Provence and Camargue

Combine boating and cycling in one relaxing trip

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1025

Cruise through lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs and visit a variety of rich landscapes, full of hidden treasure and glorious Provençal food and wine. Along the way you will see flamingoes and other wildlife of the Camargue regional nature park, the picture-perfect villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Vallabrègues and the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct. The price for this tour includes barge accommodation and full board (all meals), flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving under your wn steam), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps and instructions and local support available whenever needed. Electric bikes on request.

 

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Bike and Bubbly in Champagne

A self-guided tour of Reims and Epernay with a little added fizz

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)9 67 03 40 59

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€540 per person

Champagne – the name conjures images of effervescent golden liquid, sparkling in an elegant flute, toasting a celebration – and also the rolling countryside in France where this fabulous drink is produced. This leisurely self-guided exploration of the Champagne region will reward you with beautiful, charming villages, chalk hillsides covered in pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay vines; and of course the opportunity to meet the families who create the world’s most famous tipple. Champagne also holds some surprises: medieval churches, the Gothic cathedral od Reims, and a lighthouse, hundreds of kilometres from the sea, built as a publicity stunt in 1909. The price of this tour includes 4 nights in charming B&Bs or 3* hotels, daily luggage transfers, a detailed roadbook with tourist information and a map (there is a permanent helpline for any problems), and a guided tour and Champagne tasting sessions at a renowned Champagne house.

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Bike ride from Strasbourg to Colmar

A short break to discover the vineyards of Alsace

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €410

Cycling holidays in AlsaceDiscover the vineyards of Alsace on this leisurely short break from Strasbourg to Colmar. The route starts out following the towpaths of the Bruche Canal before heading off on to quiet country roads with little traffic. The wine trail itself starts near Molsheim, and takes you through Rosheim, Andlau Itterswiller, Châtenois and Bergheim en route to the medieval castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg (the most visited monument in Alsace). From here you'll visit hilltop villages dotted along the route to beautiful Colmar, where you'll find no shortage of celebratory Alsatian wine and bretzels (local pastries). Price includes baggage transfers, accommodation, full route notes and maps, bike hire. Maximum distance per day: 37km.

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Biking around the Somme bay

A leisure getaway through beautiful villages and along beautiful sandy.

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €275

Are you longing for some crisp sea air? The Bay of Somme is the destination for you for a short cycle break. The charming seaside towns of Saint-Valéry and Le Crotoy will seduce you with their tranquillity and warm welcome. Beaches and nature won’t be left out of the programme: your bike tour will lead you to Cap Hourdel, the bird park of the Marquenterre, or to the forest of Crécy. You'll be able to choose your own itinerary to match your mood – this is a flexible and relaxing short break by bike. 

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Biking Tour through Provence Gems

From Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange and Ventoux

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €845

Provence cycling holidays Starting Avignon, bike through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Orange and its ancient theatre. Ride on further to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France – your base for a day-trip to the old city of Vaison-la-Romaine. From here, it's on to the foot of the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux, to ride around Bédoin and Mazan. This is an area of quiet country roads lined with olive trees and cypresses, and beautiful stone villages. From the shadow of Ventoux it's on to the former capital of the region, Pernes-les-Fontaines, before arriving in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to explore its canals and waterways. This is a slow-paced trip that gives you plenty of time to discover the authenticity of Provence and enjoy its food and wine. Maximum daily distance: 40km. Price includes bike hire, accommodation, and full route notes and maps.

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Blois to Tours – The Valley of the Kings

A ride rich in history and beauty along the Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €630

It is not by chance that this region was once called the 'Garden of France'. Let yourself be guided through the parks and castles in this flat, cool and green country. From castle to castle, Blois, Amboise, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceaux andn others offer many opportunities to enter the most beautiful residences of French royalty. In the footsteps of François I, Joan of Arc or Leonardo da Vinci, this is much more than a bike trip, it’s a journey back in time. Stages that take you to the heart of the great cities of the valley allow you to understand part of the history of France. This is a trip to the land of kings, queens and artists who made history. The price of this self-guided tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £825

Inntravel Bordeaux and St Emilion mapStarting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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Bordeaux Sunshine, Wines and Vines

From famous canals to famous vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1295

Start your cycling adventure in style with a visit to Bordeaux, a city with a great blend of architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. The cycling starts proper the next day alongside Canal de Garonne and from there you will make your way slowly through gorgeous terrain, with a heady mix of vineyards, rivers and forests until you reach the ancient town of Saint-Emilion, with its narrow lanes, old churches and wine shops. The price of this tour includes restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Bordeaux to Arcachon by Bike

Ride from city to the sea through vineyards and pine forests

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of cycling

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €695

From the vibrant and beautiful city of Bordeaux (one of our personal favourites at FWF), follow dedicated bike paths from the city centre through famous vineyards and along shady pine forests paths to the beaches of Arcachon bay and the Atlantic coast. This route offers a real mix of landscapes, giving you a real feel for south-west France. Price includes 4 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist info with point-to-point highlights, luggage transfers, bike hire, boat transfer from Cap Ferret to Arcachon and a support hotline in case you need extra support.

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Bordeaux to Biarritz on La Vélodyssée

Ride France's south-west coast along La Vélodyssée

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1548

Biarritz to Bordeaux by bikeStarting in beautiful Bordeaux (one of Freewheeling France's favourite cities), head west towards the coast along the traffic-free bike path to Lacanau. When you reach the coast, pick up La Vélodyssée and head south on dedicated bike trails, parallel to sand dunes and past deserted stretches of beach to Cap Ferret and the ferry to Arcachon. Stop off at the Great Dune of Pyla (recently voted one of the world's best beaches) before continuing through the pine forests of the Landes forest. From here, it's on to Biscarrosse, Mimizan and Moliets before you enter Basque country and the beaches of Hossegor, Capbreton and Biarritz. This is a gentle ride, with total distances per day ranging between 29km and 63km. B&B hotel accommodation, bikes and road books all included in the price. 

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Bordeaux to Sarlat: Vineyards, Châteaux and the Dordogne

Some of the best cycling in south-west France

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:
Moderate

Price:
From €1095

We're a bit impartial to this itinerary at FWF because we live on the route; we ride these roads a lot and know what a wonderful area it is for cycling. On this itinerary, you head out of Bordeaux on the Roger Lapebie bike route and into the vines of the Entre deux Mers, its undulating landscape providing stunning views across the valley. You'll loop back up through Rauzan (if you're lucky you'll catch its famous antiques market) before continuing on to the old UNESCO-listed town of St-Emilion for a glass of red among the vines. It's then east to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (try and time your trip to be there on a Saturday morning for the market – voted the best in France). Further east is Bergerac and Montbazillac (beware the hill!), home to some of the region's finest sweet white wines (and at a fraction of the prices of Sauternes). From here it's into the Dordogne proper for pre-history, hill-top villages and more river valleys. Price includes B&B hotel accommodation, travel folder and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency phone support. (If you take this trip, email me at FWF so we can join you for a day stretch).

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Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycling Tour

A self-guided ride along the canal with vineyards as companions

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally easy to moderate

Price:
€950 per person

Starting in the beautiful UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux, this tour devised by Andy and Cris at Bonkersfrog will take you along the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse. Tailored route maps and notes are provided so you can just focus on enjoying the villages, the tranquil, shady bike path and the world famous vineyards nearby. This is a leisurely holiday for all abilities, taking in 50-60km per day on almost pan-flat backroads and traffic-free bike paths. The trip includes all B&B accommodation, quality bike hire and helmet, route notes and maps, and luggage transfers.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne

Canalside riding between two of France's most beautiful cities

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 to moderate

Price:
From €850

The Canal de Garonne allows you to follow ancient canal paths almost all of the way from the beautiful town of Bordeaux to the pink palaces of Toulouse. The high-quality towpaths provide a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the canal. You'll will pass rivers, vines and orchards as you cycle gently along, taking in medieval fortified towns, good local food and great wines. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, a detailed travel folder with itineraries and colour maps in French or English, tourist brochures so you can make the most of local attractions, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency support hotline in case you need assistance.

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Bordeaux Vineyards to the Atlantic Coast

A self-guided ride through the Medoc to beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €869

This cycle trip leads you through the heart of the Bordeaux region: from the wine traditions handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forests. You'll start in Bordeaux, with the beautiful architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre and its cycle-friendly river routes. Head north through the Medoc vineyards, passing some of the most prestigious wine houses in the world, such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then it's off to the pine forests of the Atlantic coast, down to the spectacular Cap-Ferret, and by boat to the Arcachon basin and the largest sand dune in Europe, la dune du Pyla. Finish your holiday at Arcachon, where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, enjoying the local oyster en route.

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Brittany at the tip of your pedal

Brittany’s highlights from Rennes to St Malo, plus Mont St-Michel

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €765

Brittany at the tip of your pedalDiscover the delights of Rennes, the capital of Brittany, the city of pirates Saint Malo and Dinan with its medieval streets. You will also cross over into Normandy to ride along the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel to see the majestic abbey set against a clear sky, gradually getting closer and closer. Meander on greenways along the canals in the shade of the trees, ride along the sea, try oyster dishes and push inland to meet the unknown pearls as Dinan or Dol-de-Bretagne. The highlights of Brittany and its border with Normandy are all here: Rennes, St Malo, Cancale, Dinan, Dol-de-Bretagne and Combourg. Bérangère and Eugénie have been cycling in France since they were 22. They started Le Vélo Voyageur to shre their discoveries with cyclists from around the world

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Brittany between Rennes and Saint-Malo

A leisurely canal ride taking in some of Brittany's best bits

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
€299

A leisure ride from Rennes to Saint-Malo along the canalThree days to completely clear your mind and enjoy Brittany’s fresh sea air and beautiful scenery. You'll head home feeling more rested than ever. See Brittany's beautiful and varied areas, along coastal paths and little winding roads in the countryside. Enjoy many and varied activities on offer in this diverse region. Discover the picturesque towns of Saint-Malo, Dinard and Rennes, and feast on crêpes with a nice and fresh cider bowl after your bike ride. The biking route follows safe green paths, dedicated only to bicycles. Bérangère and Eugénie began cycling across their home country at the age of 22, and started Le Vélo Voyageur to share their favourite routes with visitors.

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Brittany Chateau Cycling Tour

Park your bike outside the 17th century Château du Bois-Guy

Offered by:
Brittany Borders Bicycling

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 99 97 08 76

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€400 (discount available for groups of 4 or more)

So, you thought all the wonderful chateaux were in the Loire or Bordeaux, huh? WRONG! This two-day self-guided holiday is based at Brittany's 17th century Château du Bois-Guy (yes, that's where you'll be staying). The château was not much more than a ruin after being abandoned last century, but it's been fully restored to its previous rather magnificent grandeur. It sits in more than 18 hectares of park and woodlands 10km north of Fougères. This is a great tour for cyclists of all abilities. Ride through orchards and flower fields to join the pilgrims at Pontmain, meander through the 1600 hectare forest at Fougères, visit the chateau in Fougères itself, and drop in at the Parc Floral de Haute-Bretagne, a country park with 18 separate gardens. The total distance over the two days is 92km and you won't be riding any further than 55km in a day. Price includes three nights' B&B at the château, plus evening meals, bikes hire, maps, and route advice. 

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Brittany Coastal Classique Cycle Tour

A self-guided tour along the beautiful coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Brittany Borders Bicycling

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€270 without baggage transfer / €390 with baggage transfer

A self-guided, circular cycle tour covering 210km or 250km – you choose! – with a maximum daily distance of 68km. Designed for individuals, couples, families and groups. Cycle at your own pace as you follow the picturesque northern coastline of Brittany, ride alongside the Ille-et-Rance canal, and take in Saint-Malo, Mont St-Michel, Dinard and Dinan en route. The tour is fully supported with optional baggage transfers, and can be shortened/amended on request. Bike hire, itinerary, maps and route notes included. Accommodation not included so that you can choose your own style of accommodation (Brittany Borders Bicycling can make suggestions and help arrange bookings.)

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Burgundy bike tour (3 days)

Explore the vines of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £289

On this bike ride you will explore some of the most prestigious Burgundian vineyards such as Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. You start your bike trip in Dijon, 'the city with the hundred bell towers', and ride towards Nuits-Saint-Georges on small country roads. Stop in Beaune, famous trade place for the wines and admire its beautiful Hospices, before continuing on a beautiful bike path winding through the famous vineyards of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle cross their home country at the age of 22. Year-after-year they hand-selected the finest routes across France, sharing with you some of France's hidden treasures.

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Burgundy Mini-break

Take to the backroads and cycle paths of Burgundy

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €195

Explore the quiet country lanes and traffic-free bike tracks that weave through the vineyards and countryside of Burgundy. This is a relaxed and friendly corner of France, and an easy one to explore by bike. This is a flexible trip, and you can decide how many days you want to ride. Take in Beaune, the best bits of the Canal du Centre, the vineyards of the Nuits-Saint-Georges (Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny…), and the 'Voie des Vignes' to Santenay (think great wines like Pommard, Volnay, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet). This trip has a strong gastronomical theme, and includes visits to vineyards and wine cellars, plus food tastings throughout. Price includes B&B accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Burgundy Prestige en Vélo

A leisurely ride through the heart of Burgundy's famous wine villages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1935

Burgundy Prestige tour Belle FranceTake this easy self-guided cycling holiday through Burgundy's famous vineyards and beautiful vistas. From Beaune, you'll follow canal towpaths and quiet back roads as you wind your way through historic wine villages, including Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Nuits St Georges. En route, stay at delightful hotels offering gourmet menus – the perfect opportunity to enjoy some classic French cuisine and excellent wines.

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Burgundy Route Grand Crus

The perfect self-guided ride for wine lovers

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1245

If you appreciate fine wine then the famous Burgundy area is a dream come true. This self-guided tour offers you the chance to explore the region on two wheels. In between wine tastings and gastronomic stopoffs, you'll enjoy relaxed cycling along quiet roads between picturesque villages and wonderful hotels. Follow the Route des Grand Cru bike circuit through gorgeous scenery and colourful vines. Take in the delightful regional capital, Beaune, as well. The price includes 3* and 4* B&B hotel accommodation, some evening meals, transfers from local train stations, bikes, panniers and handlebar bags, full route maps and instructions, and local support. Flights and transfers are not included but can be organised on request.

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Burgundy to the Loire – Nevers to Orléans on the Loire à Vélo

From the heart of the Loire to the fringes of Burgundy

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 to moderate

Price:
From €940

Discover the eastern end of the Loire a à Vélo cycle route where it borders with Burgundy. The route from Nevers to Orléans follows some of the Santiago de Compostela paths, as well as crossing through the vineyards of Sancerre (with a tasting stop, of course!) and up to the canal-bridge in Briare before the reaching Orléans, home of Joan of Arc. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 3-star and 2-star hotels, along with all breakfasts and one dinner. You'll also get a full travel folder with maps and route notes in either French or English. Daily luggage transfers also included plus bike hire and emergency support helpline.

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Burgundy Wine Trails and Green Ways

A scenic tour of Burgundy appealing to the whole family

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)9 67 03 40 59

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€550 per person with discounts for children

Burgundy is a fabulous region for a cycling tour with its quiet roads, attractive and varied accommodation options and, of course, famous vineyards and great gastronomy. On this self-guided cycling holiday you will cycle through lovely French towns typical of the area such as Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, Givry, and many more. You will also benefit from the peace and safety of a dedicated cycle path which follows an old railway line, the 'green way' allowing you to really appreciate the natural beauty of this area. The price of your tour includes 5 nights' B&B, daily luggage transfers, a detailed description of the tour including maps, and scenic highlights and assistance in case of any problems.

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Canal du Midi

Experience one of France's most famous routes

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £840

Inntravel Canal du MidiLinked to the Canal de Garonne, the Canal du Midi made the transport of goods between Bordeaux on the Atlantic Ocean and Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea far quicker and safer - by avoiding the possibility of attack from the pirates and slave traders of North Africa’s Barbary Coast. There are no such worries today and the shady canal towpath makes for idyllic cycling through picturesque landscapes.

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to Narbonne

Enjoy a short break along the Canal du Midi with local support

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 61 71 00 55

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days (with an option for a further night to Port-la-Nouvelle)

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €340

This bike trip is a delightful ride from Toulouse to Narbonne in four stages, each offering beautiful, varied landscapes. You’ll begin by discovering the lovely “pink city” of Toulouse with its heritage, museums and mansions. From there you'll follow the canal through Castelnaudary to enjoy a plate of cassoulet, a well-known traditional recipe. You’ll then arrive in Carcassonne, a unique fortified city straight out of a fairytale (and rightly a UNESCO World Heritage site). Then, you'll enter the Minervois and Corbières, through the charming vineyards and chateaux. Riding into Narbonne, you’ll be surprised to see how fast the landscape has changed and the rich heritage the city has to offer. The price of this tour includes accommodation, breakfasts, detailed maps and luggage transfers. Hire bikes available for a surcharge.

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to the Sea

Ride the entire Canal du Midi with the benefit of local advice

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 61 71 00 55

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights (with a 7 day option to Sete or an 8 day option to Montpellier)

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €400

This route starts in the 'pink city' of Toulouse, the home base for Véloccitane. They're local cycling experts who will be able to help you find local gems to eat and sights to see. You will then be fully briefed before setting off on your adventure, cycling 40-60km per day, staying in B&Bs and hotels along the way. This magical route is full of fortified hamlets, abbeys and attractive villages. Visit Castelnaudary to try the local specialty. The canal then leads you to the medieval city of Carcassonne, before crossing the pretty wine-producing villages between Minervois and Corbieres (there will be with plenty of opportunities for wine tasting!) Once past Beziers, the sea air will accompany you to the Greek city of Agde, where the Canal du Midi runs into the étang de Thau. There's also the option to continue along the seashore to Sète and Montpellier. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts, detailed maps and luggage transfers. Bike hire available for a surcharge.

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Canal du Midi - Toulouse to Carcassonne in 4 days

Ride one of France's most famous canals in a leisurely 4 days

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€379

Canal du Midi cycling holidaysThis short break links two of the Canal du Midi strongholds: the starting point of the canal – the pink city of Toulouse – and the medieval fortress of Carcassonne. The route follows the canal towpath as well as low-traffic country backroads, leading you across the Lauragais, a large fertile plain surrounded by hills where the pastel trade prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries and brought wealth to Toulouse. Ride through Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet, and past the abbey of Saint-Papoul before arriving in Carcassonne to explore the city in all its medieval glory. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire, accommodation included, as well as maps, route notes and lots of local biking advice. Daily distances: 24-49km.

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €850

This tour offers the chance to experience the Canal du Midi from the 'pink city' of Toulouse  to the Mediterranean via the fortress city of Carcassonne. The pace and ease of riding is perfect for first-time cycle tourers, as well as families, with the paths generally flat. High-quality Specialized or Trek mountain bikes included to ensure you have a comfortable ride. You'll be met at the airport or railway station, taken to the first hotel and provided with every assistance you need to get you out and on the towpaths. The tour price includes detailed maps and route guides, bike and helmet hire, B&B accommodation in a combination of hotels and chambres d'hotes, airport transfers and luggage transfer between hotels. Optional upgrades can also be included, such as higher rated hotels with pools, and a dedicated guide for whole trip.

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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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Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers

Follow the banks of the Canal du Midi to beyond Beziers

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €759

This self-guided cycling holiday takes in all the highlights of the eastern stretch of the Canal du Midi through Langeudoc. From Castelnaudary to the fortress at Carcassonne (don't forget to indulge in a bowl of delicious cassoulet and sample other local culinary delights along the way) and across the Cathar country of the south of France. This is a region rich in historic building, Roman ruins and magnificent cathedrals (don't miss the one at Narbonne). From the old city centre of Béziers, ride through the marshlands – passing bulls and pink flamingos – to finish your journey on the white beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Canal du Midi from fortress of Carcassonne to Narbonne

A short break from the fortress of Carcassonne to Narbonne

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €399

Ride up the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Narbonnes in the cool shade of trees, passing barges and boats swaying on the waters of France's most fmous canal. This is a short break through the rich history of the canal, taking in Cathar landscapes, the majestic fortress at Carcassonne fortress and the beautiful Narbonne Cathedral – an often overlooked attraction along the canal where you can relax and spend the evening in a local cafe or brasserie reflecting on your time on the Midi.

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Canal du Nivernais

Enjoy towpath cruising through Burgundy

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1480

The Canal du Nivernais runs through Burgundy's unspoilt countryside and its towpaths and quaint side roads make cycling along it a joy for all ages. Along the way you can sample a variety of landscapes, including a stop at Vézelay, a beautiful hill-top UNESCO site and home to a 11th century Basillica. You will of course be able to enjoy wine tasting in this famous wine producing region and great cuisine – all well earned. The price includes 7 nights' accommodation, bike hire, luggage transfers between hotels and easy-to-follow detailed route notes.

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

A leisurely ride through vineyards to the famous chateaux of the Loire

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €365

Loire valley bike rideBérangère 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. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Loire valley by riding between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau or Chateau d'Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River and the traditional boats floating between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur, the abbaye de Fontevraud and the cave houses lining the valley. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 5330 2320 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

There are many highlights on this self-guided ride in the Dordogne – from the Grottes du Cougnac and Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage since the 10th century – to the Gramat Causse and Martel, a medieval village with a distinctive skyline. There's also the fabulous underground river system at the Gouffre de Padirac and the stunning village of Carrenac. Follow the River Dordogne from one village to another and see how La Roque Gageac hugs the cliffs on the river's edge. Don't forget to take in the ancient caves of Lascaux just outside Montignac. The caves are one of the world's most precious prehistoric sites and UNESCO-listed. From here, ride on to the market town of Sarlat with its bustling limestone medieval centre. Having lived and cycled in the region since 1991, Anglo-French couple Annie and Cliff can help you get the most out of this stunning region of south-west France.

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Cévennes National Park and Tarn Discovery Tour

Touring the Tarn gorges and Cévennes National Park

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 66 47 35 03

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€1100

This new tour follows the course of the Tarn river from close to its source on Mont Lozere to where it forms a large valley in Aveyron. That route will see you riding through the Cévennes, through the Gorges du Tarn and then into the Tarn valley with lots to see and do en route. You will stay in two- and three-star hotels along the way and finish at Rouquefort to visit the cheese caves (you will have earned a sample or three). Geoff and Tessa are local cycling experts, having lived and cycled in this area for more than 20 years. Their routes are varied and interesting, and they can be tailored to your ability. You'll have six days of riding planned for you, with one rest day for you to take time out for for MTB-ing or e-biking, or to simply relax. The tour is self-guided and comes complete with a full pack of rides, maps and route instructions, plus a GPS device (or the GPX filed for your own device). This is a great chance to explore a hidden part of France.

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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
Easy

Level of difficulty:
6 nights

Price:
From £1084

Pedal gently among stunning castles, through fields of sunflowers and along rows of vineyards, samping the local food and wine en route. Highlights include the medieval town of Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home of Leonardo da Vinci), Château de Chenonceau, the most photographed chateau of the Loire, and Château de Cheverny, the château behind Tintin. Included in your tour are 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), support and luggage transfers between hotels, plus station transfers. All you have to do is ride!

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Chateaux of the Charente

Meander through the stunning countryside of SW France

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
£1377

This tour explores a stunning countryside of vineyards, lolling sunflowers and forests of high shady oaks with turreted châteaux commanding views above winding rivers. This is a lesser-explored area of south-west France, with empty roads and uncrowded villages. Your trip starts in a wonderfully peaceful hotel surrounded by woodland and takes you and your bike on charming quiet lanes to chateaux and bustling towns, such as Confolens, with plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. The tour price includes 3 days' cycling, 4 nights' accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire, station transfers and an English-speaking rep to help you along the way.

 

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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

Soaring high slated turrets are your constant companions on this tour of the famous chateaux of the Loire valley. As you spend 8 days cycling through glorious countryside and medieval towns, you can sample some of the world's finest food and wine while staying in highly rated 3- and 4-star accommodation. Lots of the route is on quiet roads or the Loire à Velo cycle path, so a relaxing ride with a chance to enjoy the natural surroundings is guaranteed. The price includes bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from UK (ask for prices if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, assistance whenever needed and tandems and electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Châteaux of the Loire - Short Break

Short but sweet visit to the Loire

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £725

If you're short on time but have always dreamed of being surrounded by the spectacular fairytale castles of the Loire, then this tour could be a perfect fit. Ideal for the whole family with the route following the Loire à Vélo cycle path, it's safe and surrounded by nature. And of course no visit would be complete without sampling some of the world famous wines. Throughout this short break you'll try fine wines and delicious traditional French fayre, explore historic Chinon on the banks of the River Vienne and visit the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the River Indre. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel and B&B accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

 

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £760

Inntravel Chateaux of the LoireFamed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. West of Tours, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park is characterised by vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which astonishing troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these beautiful landscapes are some of the Loire's most romantic and elegant châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Chinon, Villandry and Saumur. With short, easy routes that are largely on the flat, you have plenty of time to visit all of these during your holiday, along with vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases).

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Classic Burgundy and Beaune

A self-guided tour to sample the best of Burgundy

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1325

Any mention of Burgundy conjures up rich, deep reds and classic whites. This self-guided itinerary will see you cycling through wonderful scenery to bustling towns such as Beaune and Cluny, visiting abbeys and chateaux and, of course, some of the most famous vineyards on the planet. There'll also be time for Chateau de Savingny-les-Beaune and its collection of vintage planes and cars, and the medieval town of Brancion. The price of this tour includes flights from the UK and transfers (discount for people arriving under the own steam), 3* B&B hotel accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, train ticket from Tournus to Beaune, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, and helpful local support.

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Classic Canal du Midi

Gourmet meals and towpath cycling along the world famous Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1999

If you're after a well-balanced holiday, including excellent food and wine combined with great cycling, this tour could be perfect for you. Starting in the breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne, and finishing next to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, you will cycle down tree-lined towpaths, over beautiful bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in France, ending each day in high standard accommodation. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling, 7 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening gourmet meals, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire and a local agent if needed.

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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

Ride the classic cols of the Tour de France with the local Basque experts. Over the course of seven days in the Pyrenees, you will climb, among many others, the Aubisque, Hautacam and the Tourmalet, fully guided and escorted by a support car (but also available self-guided). You will stay in 2-3 star hotels that are well-versed in welcoming groups of cyclists and looking after them. Nine climbs in the Pyrenees in all, 11,000m elevation gain and 480km of cycling. High spec bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2017: June 19-25, July 24-30 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)
 

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1155

Classic CognacRide along the banks of the meandering river Charente, one of France's most picturesque but least explored waterways. En route, pass through the prestigious brandy vineyards of the Cognac region, taking the time to stop and sample some of the world's most famous brands. Other highlights include Dorgeville's impressive Roman amphitheatre and the Abbey de Fontdouce. There is the option to add an extra night at Château de Mesnac, a Cognac-producing chambre d’hôte.

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Cols Tour in Pyrenees - Ride 6 (or 7!) cols

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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Côtes du Rhône in Provence

Ride the rivers and wine routes of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £865

From gently rolling hills and ancient villages to historic cities and Roman ruins, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on this tour of the Côtes du Rhône. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laidback cycling through vineyards, along river trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. To fuel your adventure there are picnic spots galore, highly rated restaurants and a simply stunning array of wines. Relax in the vibrant St Rémy with a glass of Pastis, or try your hand at kayaking beneath the Pont du Gard. The price of your tour include delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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Custom Tours in the Alps

Take the stress out of organising your Alpine tour

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
Tailored

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Your bikes and bags don’t even have to go near a plane. If you are coming from the UK, they can bring them with them in their fully-equipped van. You just concentrate on turning those pedals and looking at that view. The Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many others are all possible and routes can be tailored to your preferences. Tours are adaptable and can be tailored to your group size. The tour tailoring service can include transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or from French airports); assistance with flights from/to London; and accommodation – La Vie en Velo have a strong relationship with a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier, and this provides a super base. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Custom Tours in the Pyrenees

A week in the Pyrenees planned to take your needs into account

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer

Ride the great Tour de France cols whilst La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Ride the Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Port de Bales, Portillon and many others from a marvellous catered chalet in the beautiful spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon. Rides tailored for you each day. Bike and bag transferred offered from the UK – you don't even need to bring them with you. Price then includes your own transfers from your French airport/train station. On-road support from a fully-equipped van. All you do is ride! Ideal for corporate groups, charity rides, cycling clubs or family groups with non-cyclists and kids. Bike hire can be arranged.

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