Tours - Self-guided: All France

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From Rodez to Albi and Aveyron and the Tarn

Active cycling holiday of bastides, Medieval towns and UNESCO-listed Albi

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
7-10 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
8 days: €954

Cycle on the quiet roads of the Lévezou plateau south of Rodez through rolling countryside, past lakes and into the Tarn valley. Discover unspoilt countryside and Medieval towns as you journey to UNESCO-listed Albi. Heading north from Albi, you'll pass some wonderfully preserved fortified villages (bastides), the most famous of which is the hill-top Cordes-sur-Ciel. Even further north, you'll visit the famous fortress at Najac, before riding on to the ancient village of Villefranche-de-Rouergue. This is an active self-guided cycling holiday covering upto 60km a day. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available.

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From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to the Basque coast

Explore the Pays-Basque with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €895

From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, go by bike to discover the Basque Country and Bearn region. During your cycling week, enjoy the rich historical and cultural heritage by cycling on secured cycle paths and quiet back roads. Discover the quaint Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, an essential stop city on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Cycle into the heart of the Bearn, passing by small traditional villages where you can enjoy the delicious local products (think mountain goat's cheese and other fresh produce). Then, cycle along the Basque coast and take the Vélodyssée bike path that leads you to the fishing ports of St-Jean-de-Luz and Bidart, and to beaches of Biarritz.

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From Saint-Malo to the D-Day Landing Beaches

Cycle the coast of Brittany and Normandy

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €985

Follow the picturesque coast as it weaves around Brittany and Normandy following the path that the Allies opened in 1944 after their bloody landing on the Normandy beaches. The itinerary is rich in culture with many historical and natural sites for you to discover. Chiefly, discover the D-day Landing beaches of Omaha, Gold and Juno, as well as the fantasitc museums that bring the conflict to life. You will also visit Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – climb to the top (not by bike!) to see the abbey and the surrounding bay – a gorgeous vista. The price of this self-guied tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental and accomodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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From the Landing Beaches to Mont Saint Michel by bike

Perfect for exploring the highlights of north-west of France

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
6 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €795

Linking two UNESCO World Heritage sites, this tour takes you from the beautiful 11th century Bayeux Tapestry to the unique Mont St Michel. Along the way you'll pass the D-Day Landing Beaches and their war cemeteries – an emotional remembrance trail. All the while, you'll be surrounded by the contrasts of the picturesque Noman bocage landscapes. The route follows the official signposted cycling route linking the beaches to the spectacular Mont St Michel bay. Price includes 5 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, full travel folder with route notes and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and emergency support phoneline.

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Gardens and Grapevines of the Loire

Visit stately gardens and majestic chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1070

After visiting Château de Villandry and Château du Rivau you will understand why the Loire Valley is known as the garden of France. It is home to some of the most immaculate gardens in the country, and over 185,000 acres of vineyards add to the green palette. On this self-guided tour you will ride between three varied winemaking areas, from the light reds of Chinon to the traditional sparkling wines of Saumur and the crisp whites of the Touraine. A wine is only as good as where it is consumed and the châteaux gardens and riverside bistros on this tour are the perfect places to enjoy them. The price of this tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers, water bottles and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly assistance whenever needed. Electric bikes can be provided on request.

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Geneva to Annecy: Famous climbs and lesser-known passes

A self-guided tour around lakes and over mountains for serious cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €625

Cyclomundo Geneva to Annecy mapDesigned for serious cyclists, this self-guided tour links three of Europe's most beautiful lakes: Geneva, Bourget and Annecy. Follow in the tracks of the Tour de France as you climb thrilling mountain passes and cruise through picturesque Alpine villages with stunning mountain scenery shadowing you the entire way. The ride takes you into the heart of the Savoie wine region, and through wine-growing villages such as Apremont, Abymes and Chignin, famous for light, crisp whites that carry the scent of Alpine flowers. Daily distances range from 95-111km. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability) plus luggage transfers between hotels. A more leisurely option along a similar route is also available on request. Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Geneva to Lyon on the Via Rhona

Follow the Rhone River between two of Europe's great cities

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
6 day package

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From €845

Cyclomundo Via Rhona mapIf you’re dreaming of "la bonne vie" but are short on time, this 6-day package could be the perfect fit! Meander along the “Via Rhôna”, a new bicycle path that follows the Rhone River as it flows towards the Mediterranean Sea. Ride past farmers' fields, through ancient villages, and around lush vineyards as you make your way at a leisurely pace from Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon, France's third-largest city. Castles, churches, caves and Roman ruins – they are all yours to visit on this self-guided holiday. This tour is tailored for all cycling abilities, with daily rides ranging from 41-68 km (25-42 miles) on mostly gentle terrain. Price includes 5 nights' hotel accommodation, 3 dinners, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and luggage transfers between hotels. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Geneva-Annecy-Geneva: Rivers, Lakes and Mountains

Cross the Swiss border into France to take in two countries in one trip

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
2 nights/3 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €360

Ride from the Swiss Alps, across the border and into France (and back again), experiencing two great cycling countries in the one trip. Ride from Switzerland's global city, Geneva, along the waterways of the Rhone, across farmlands and through vineyards. This trip can be tailored to your ability – you can tackle more mountains and longer distances, or take easier and shorter routes at your own pace. Distances a day range from 38km to 90km (you decide). On the French side of the border, you'll pass through Seyssel, a picturesque village by the banks of Rhône River, en route to the Fier River and its gorges. Explore medieval Annecy's cobbled streets and canals (it's not called 'the Venice of the Alps' for nothing) before taking in sweeping views of Lake Geneva on your way back to Switzerland. Price includes 2 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Gorges du Tarn Cycling Holiday

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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Grand Cru Tour

A wine lover's paradise

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £2976

This prestige cycle tour is for those who are interested in the renowned wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The route takes you through some of the most famous towns such as Pauillac, St Emilion and Margaux, with a chance to taste wines at top chateaux along the way. You will stay in top-rated hotels and the itinerary includes two Michelin-starred menus. The cycling will mainly follow the Medoc Route des Vins through famous vineyards such as Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Chateaux Pichon Longueville and you will also visit the hilltop St Emilion, again surrounded by incredible vineyards. Included in the price is 5 days' cycling, 6 nights' B&B accommodation and 5 evening meals. There is also one night in a private chateau, luggage transfers between hotels, bike hire, detailed route notes, station transfers and a local agent to help you along the way.

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Grands Causses Tour in Aveyron

Self-guided tour along the Dourbie, Sorgue and Tarn rivers in Aveyron

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: €652

Starting in Millau, cycle through the spectacular Dourbie canyon and the Gorges du Trevezel before continuing on to traverse the Causse du Larzac, a limestone plateau from where the Templars started their crusades to Jerusalem in the 12th and 13th century. Sample the cheese caves of Roquefort and explore the beautiful valleys of the Sorgue, the Dourdou and the Tarn (passing under the new viaduct, which is higher than the Eiffel tower. The tour ends back in Millau. Baggage transfer, hotel accommodation and most meals included. Group discounts available.

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Gulf of Morbihan, Brittany

A charming cycling holiday exploring the Gulf of Morbihan

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €790

With its mild micro climate, the Gulf of Morbihan is the ideal place for a cycling adventure. From the peninsula to the islands you wil cycle along this small interior sea (Morbihan means “little sea” in Breton). Among many highlights you will also visit the l’île aux Moines (Monk’s island) and l’île d’Arz (Arz island), sampling fine seafood in adorable ports. 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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Hidden Provence Cycling Holiday

Explore roads less travelled in popular Provence

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £835 (self-guided), £970 (guided)

Tucked behind the glamour of the French Riviera is a slightly wilder and remote Provence where the lower mountains of the Alps seem within easy reach. The north of Provence contains some dramatic landscapes: deep gorges, wooded slopes and an intricate network of valleys connecting smaller and sleepier towns, villages and hamlets. This week-long tour – available fully guided or self-guided – allows you to visit this area with carefully prepared routes, starting from a high vantage point at Verdon with fantastic vistas in all directions and opportunities to splash about in cooling blue waters of the Med. From here back to the starting point you'll explore quiet lanes and hidden tracks as well as having time to visit some special spots on foot or in the water, such as the beauty of Cotignac or a take a bike ride out to the tranquillity of Sillans-la-Cascade and its 42-metre high waterfall. Prices include a welcome briefing, 6 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support.

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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
14 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1655 (self-guided), £1885 (guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support. 

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Impression of the Camargue: The Rhône to the Mediterranean

Culture, architecture and natural beauty in Van Gogh's Provence

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

Carmargue map InntravelFrom Roman monuments such as Arles’ amphitheatre to scenery that inspired Van Gogh, Avignon’s papal palace and the pink flamingos of the Camargue natural park – you’ll find all this and more near the mighty Rhône as it nears the Mediterranean. This self-guided cycling holiday promises a wide variety of cultural experiences, as well as all the natural delights of quintessential Provençal landscapes, such as olive groves and sunflower fields framed by the dramatic hills of the Alpilles, and into the Rhône’s luxuriant delta. Known as the Camargue, it's a wetland area of untamed beauty that is home to thousands of birds, including iconic pink flamingos. The 5-day itinerary is made up of short, gentle, flexible routes that allow you ample time to appreciate your surroundings.

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Impressions of the Rhône

Find out what inspired Van Gogh during this gentle 3-day itinerary

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
3 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £428

Impressions of the Rhone mapThe Roman amphitheatre and catacombs of Arles and the remains of the Roman town of Glanum near St-Rémy-de-Provence combine with the medieval castle at Tarascon and the stunning façade of the 12th-century St Gilles Abbey in Fontvieille to make this gentle three-day self-guided ride a real treat for lovers of history and architecture. As you cycle from Tarascon and around Arles, you'll also recognise the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh during the most prolific year of his life. From Provençal landscapes to the fringes of the Rhône’s delta, these flexible routes allow you explore at your own pace, saving time and energy to enjoy the region's excellent cuisine and its fine, fruity Costières de Nîmes wines.

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La Vélodyssée: from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

A self-guided ride on France's Atlantic cycling route

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 6 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€995

Setting off from the harbour town of La Rochelle, ride alongside the Atlantic coast through the pinewoods to the Belle Epoque villas of Royan – on the safe, family friendly Vélodyssée cycling path. Then follow the Gironde estuary through through the world famous wine growing areas along the Canal des Deux Mers véloroute. This leads you in the heart of Bordeaux, a lively cosmpotolitan city with plenty of things to do, see and eat. The price includes 7 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels, cycle rental for 6 days, luggage transfers during the day, a detailed travel folder in French or English with maps and full route notes, plus lots of tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see. There's also a support hotline 7 days a week.

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La Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

From the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the vine of the Medoc

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €819

Velo Voyageur Atlantic CoastFrom La Rochelle's ancient fortified harbour you'll ride on the Atlantic Velodyssey route along beaches, through marshes and pine forests. You'll discover the city of Rochefort and its 'Corderie Royale', Brouage citadel built by the French engineer Vauban, the marshes of Marennes, the oyster-farming port of La Tremblade and the costal town of Royan. You'll cross the Gironde Estuary by ferry to Le Verdon and continue your bike trip across Médoc peninsula. You'll cycle along the seashore then through Grand Crus vineyards such as Mouton-Rothschild. You'll reach Pauillac before getting to Bordeaux by train with your bikes to discover this historic and lively city. All in all, a great cycling holiday!

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Land of the Templars and Roquefort

A journey through the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €885

Cycling from the picturesque commune of Saint-Affrique, you'll ride through the river valley of the Sorgues and Cernon, up and down the hills of the Monts de l'Hérault to the caves of Roquefort (still in use today to ripen the king of cheeses). Time still moves slowly in this area, with its centuries-old villages and the Templars' fortresses of Ste Eulalie-de-Cernon and La Couvertoirade. Cycle 30-98km each day - you decide! Some hilly stages with small climbs of 100-400m 3 to 5 times a day. Includes baggage transfers, accommodation in family-run hotels and all meals. Start any day between March 15 and October 24. Group discounts available.

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Loire à vélo from Tours to Angers

A week by the waters of the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €555

From Tours with its attractive wooden houses dating back to the 15th century, this gentle paced self-guided tour will initially take you west along the banks of the river Cher. Take in the vibrant and colourful gardens at Château de Villandry before picking up the river Indre, which will guide you to Chinon and its 12th century fortress. Then from Saumur's castle, you'll ride through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park with lots of chance to try local wines and produce along the way. The valleys around here have inspired many artists and maybe you too will find new inspiration. The price of this 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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Loire à Vélo: Blois to Saumur

A peaceful riverside biking tour on picturesque route

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
8 days with 7 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€780

Follow the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Loire Valley, one of the most peaceful cycling routes in France. This self-guided cycling holiday takes you to the most beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois and Amboise. Ride through the famous vineyards of Chinon, Vouvray, Montlouis and Saumur Champigny, with the green landscapes a constant reminder that you are in the 'Garden of France'. Price includes 7 nights’ B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star local hotels. detailed travel folder in French or English with maps and full route notes, bike hire, and phone support. You can also upgrade to include all your chateau entrance fees.

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Loire à Vélo: Blois to Tours

Cycle the great chateaux of the Loire with help on hand all the way

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €665

The Loire Valley is home to some of the most wonderful chateaux in the world and it has an enviable network of cycle routes to match. Cycling at your own pace, it's possible to bike from chateau to chateau on safe and signposted routes. This self-guided holiday takes you along the Loire between Blois and Tours, offering a great balance between cycling and downtime. You'll pass fairytale chateaux, enjoy historic towns, eat and drink regional food, and rest each night in comfortable local hotels. Price includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2 and 3-star hotels on B&B basis, 3 dinners, a travel folder with routes and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region,  luggage transfers, bike hire, plus a support hotline in case you get stuck and need a little extra help.

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Loire escape between Blois and Amboise

A short leisure ride to see the highlights of the Loire valley

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €249

3-day escape between Blois and AmboiseBike along the Loire river on the Loire à vélo bike paths between two of the Loire Valley's must-see destinations. Discover some of the most prestigious castles in France, including the Château de Blois, the Château de Chenonceau, the Châteaux d’Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont, le Clos Lucé – the list goes on. The Loire really is an enchanting region: stop to taste the delicious wine, feast on local produce, and be seduced by the medieval city of Amboise. This is a self-guided ride along cycle paths and small country roads through vineyards and forest. Three words to describe this bike trip: pleasure, fresh air (OK, so that's two on its own) and diversity.

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Loire Family Discovery

Perfect cycling adventure for all ages

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £998

With its quiet country lanes and shady woodland the Loire makes cycling safe and accessible for all ages and abilities. This tour winds through the famous chateaux (including the birth place of Tin Tin) and towns of the region, and is specifically tailored to allow plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions while leaving plenty of time to make it back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner. The price includes 2 days' easy cycling, 2 nights' half board at family friendly hotels with pools, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire, English-speaking local rep and station transfers.

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Loire Highlights Short Break

Take a leisurely ride through the heart of the Loire

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£495

Inntravel Loire HighlightsFamed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. With a gentle terrain and plenty of cultural interest, this is perhaps the best corner of France for leisurely days on two wheels, so take your time, pausing at the places of interest en route and enjoying long picnics on the riverbank.

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Loire Prestige en Vélo

See the chateaux of the Loire in true style

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1794

Loire PrestigeEnjoy this luxury cycling holiday staying in elegant accommodation that reflects the style of this classic region. Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois, not forgetting to leave time to discover the famous wines of the region. All the big-name chateaux are on your route, along with beautiful gardens and lovingly restored manor houses. This is an elegant and relaxing way to experience one of France's most stunning and most popular cycling routes.

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Loire Single Centre Walking and Cycling Holiday

Fixed base self-guided cycling breaks in the Loire

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
3, 5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £474

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based in the villages of Montsoreau and Candes-St-Martin, within 1km of each other and both classified as make ‘Le Plus Belle Villages de France’, or the most beautiful villages of France. Expect original stone buildings and cobbled streets. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival. Oh and two bottles of local wine are thrown in for good measure.

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Loire Valley from Blois to Amboise

An easy meander along the Loire Valley for all abilities

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €349

A Long Weekend Cycling in the Loire Valley This is a very easy Loire Valley bike ride for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The route is along established bike paths and quiet roads, making it a safe and easy weekend getaway for young and old. Visit the Loire's famous chateaux (including Blois, Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont and Le Clos Lucé) at a leisurely pace, stopping to take photos or taste wine en route. This is an enchanting river ride that will give you a true taste of the Loire – and make you want to come back. It's also been tried and tested by Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur, who started cycling across France when they were 22; they never stopped.

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Loire Valley from Blois to Angers for active riders

Take in Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Fontevraud and Saumur

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€779

Discover the secrets of the Loire Valley on bike paths and small country roads as you ride pass the most prestigious renaissance castles of the Loire, including Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé, the castle that inspired the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. This part of the Loire Valley is also home to the abbey of Fontevraud and beautiful medieval castles and fortresses like Langeais, Chinon and Angers, which houses an impressive medieval tapestry. Discover the changing colours of the Loire and its traditional boats (toues) bobbing between sandbanks. Don't forget to stop at the world-renowned vineyards around Chinon and Saumur. Troglodyte dwellings and picturesque villages will be a constant throughout this self-guided ride with daily distances of 50-60km. 

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Mont Saint Michel by Bike

Discover the highlights of Normandy and Brittany

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 6 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €760

This tour will take you through the heart of Brittany and over the border into Normandy to see for yourself one of France's most iconic landmarks. First to Brittany, though, a region with many faces, where villages and châteaux, coasts and woods harmoniously nestle between land and sea. You'll ride from the port town of Saint-Malo and its Cité Corsaire, via the very pretty Côte d'Emeraude ('emerald coast'), taking in the Rance Valley and Dinan en route. Then it's on to the Mighty Mont, with a stop at Cancale – famous for its oysters – as well. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, a complete travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, daily luggage transfers, bike hire, and an emergency phone support in case you get stuck.

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Mont Ventoux Custom Trips

Have a trip to Ventoux planned for you – all you do is pedal!

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

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

Take on the Ventoux challenge with a custom trip planned for you. Pick your dates and La Vie en Velo can tailor a package to your requirements, based at a great hotel (with pool) on the flank of Ventoux itself. Ideal for groups (everyone from charity riders to family groups and corporate rides welcome), prices include baggage and bike transfers from the UK (or a French airport or train station). Full on-road van support. Ride Ventoux and take in the best of Vaucluse while you're there. Plenty of flexibility to tailor trips just for you and your group. Accommodation, bike hire and full route notes can all be worked into your trip.

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Mont Ventoux to Luberon Cycling Holiday

Discover the delights that hide in the shadows of Ventoux

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-7 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €893

Discover the splendid places that hide in the enormous shadows of Mont Ventoux. Cycle through Provencal villages, along Cote du Rhone wine routes, through the canyon of the Gorges de la Nesque, explore the 2000-year-old village of Vaison-la-Romaine, visit Abbaye de Senanque, and watch in awe as the river Fontaine de Vaucluse surges by in the Luberon. This is an active self-guided cycling holiday, with the option of climbing Ventoux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available.

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Morzine Bespoke Holidays and Day Rides

Create a cycling holiday in the Alps to suit your needs

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812 043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
Bespoke

Level of difficulty:
Bespoke, so tailored for your needs

Price:
From €300 but tailored for you

Morzine is a fantastic base for cycling, with some of the best Alpine riding on your doorstep. If it’s your first time cycling in the Alps, you can start in the foothills and work your way up to the bigger cols. For example, take a point-to-point ride from Morzine to Chamonix or Morzine to Annecy with a return transfer to Morzine. Or use Morzine as a base for day rides. Velovation bespoke trips provide full support, including a minibus fully fitted out for carrying bikes, spares and extra clothing/equipment. Picnic lunches and refreshments also provided. There are rides to suit all abilities, from a gentle trip taking in stunning scenery to long endurance rides with multiple cols. Itineraries can be tailored for groups or solo riders.

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Moulin du Chemin by bike or foot

Trails and rides to explore in the Charente

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1110

This tour is run as a single-centre holiday with your stay and cycling based around Le Moulin du Chemin, a pretty little maison d’hôte hidden amongst a leafy valley in deep rural French countryside of the Charente (north of Bordeaux). The building itself is a restored mill house dating from before 1650 – and its location is at the same time remote yet easily accessible. Surrounded by many, many miles of peaceful lanes, tracks and paths you will be able to pedal among traffic-free meadows, woods and orchards to a sound track of running water and birds. All of this while eating fine cuisine, drinking excellent local French wines and spending your evenings in a wonderful relaxing vibe. Included in your tour are 6 days' cycling or walking, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed notes of the routes, bike hire (electric bikes on request), local support.

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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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Perfumes of Provence

Explore the vibrant colours and scents of Van Gogh's Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £995

This 8-day self-guided tour starting in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – a beautiful town of narrow streets and old houses set in a lush green valleys full of wildflowers – really showcases the best that this area has to offer. It is made even more attractive as it can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities, and even electrics bikes are available if your legs need a little boost. Make your way along the Luberon valley, crossing emerald-coloured rivers and passing fields of sunflowers and lavender as you go. There are plenty of pretty villages for coffee stops and to help you while away the hours off the bike, enjoying local food and, of course, a well-earned glass of rosé. The tour includes three high-standard hotels along the route, flights from the UK (discount applies for self-drivers and independent travellers), plus fully equipped bikes, maps and local assistance. Just don't forget your camera!

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Perfumes of Provence - Short Break

Reinvigorate your body and spirit on this break in the Luberon hills

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
3 or 5 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £515

The landscape of Provence is a colourful mix of lavender fields, sunflowers and grapevines, and it's renowned for its wonderful Mediterranean climate – perfect for cycling among vines that are maturing slowly before being used in the local rosé wines. This route takes you into the Luberon hills through lush green valleys and ancient villages. The light here will help you appreciate your stunning surroundings and the food is wonderful too. Visit Saint-Remy-de-Provence, home to some of Van Gogh's finest work, and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse which has lovely food and an amazing view. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're not coming from the UK), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits and detailed route maps with assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

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Picture Postcard Provence

Cycle through the vibrant palette of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3 to 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £665

There is something special about Provence, with the azure blue skies, bustling stone towns and wonderful light. This tour starts in the art-filled town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before taking you through vineyards, lavender fields and orchards into the heart of the Luberon, with its long history and striking natural colours. Along the way you can choose to canoe from Fontaine-de-Vacluse to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and, of course, sample some fine rosé wine in Côtes de Provence. The price of your tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes. E-bikes can be supplied if you prefer.

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Prestige Emerald Coast Cycling

Easy to get to from the UK, and easy riding along beautiful coastline

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1918

Designed to be an easy cycle which showcases the beautiful Brittany coastline and green rolling countryside, you will pedal through Belle Epoque era towns and lively fishing ports as you cycle 20 or 30km daily. Explore the coastline of Brittany, visit Dinard, often labelled the 'Cannes of the North'. Continue to the walled port of Saint Malo with harbours, coves and sandy beaches to visit along the way. Included in your self-guided tour is 6 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed notes of the route, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), support and luggage transfers between hotels and a lift back to the station.

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Provence Côtes du Rhône

A must for lovers of the best wines France has to offer

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1065

After arriving in France you will spend the first day of your tour in Mazan, a pretty village of narrow streets and stone houses perfect for exploring and a great way to acclimatise. From Mazan you will then ride to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, cycling past riverside towns and vineyards with the sun on your back before hitting the town itself and its famous wine, available for you to try. The route also takes in Gigondas, one of the loveliest villages in the Côtes du Rhône and again famous for its wines. The itinerary designed by Bspoke includes many other highlights in this rich region and the price includes 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from the UK (ask about price reductions if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, GPS trackers, assistance whenever needed, and tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Provence Custom Trips

Enjoy all that Provence has to offer with the planning done for you

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

Riding in one of France’s most diverse and exciting regions is magic. From the Alpes-Maritimes and the Cote d’Azur to the Gorge du Verdon, the Vaucluse and the Luberon, Provence is a cyclist’s paradise throughout the year. Angus at La Vie en Velo can work with you to tailor an intinerary that's perfect for you. This is an ideal service for groups, with costs averaged at a day rate for van and logistical support. Accommodation and bike hire support is tailored to your needs (hotels, B&Bs and chalets are always charming, character-filled bases in beautiful places). Your own bikes can be brought over from the UK in Angus' van, eliminating the need for the plane/bike v hire bike dilemma. Fully-equipped van, rides can be tailored for you, schedules are flexible.

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Provence Prestige en Vélo

Provence and Languedoc with Roman ruins, vineyards and Van Gogh

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£2111

Prestige ProvenceAbsorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards – and even dip into Languedoc to cycle by Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. This holiday features easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths, the air fragrant with wild thyme. You can be sure of being welcomed at your destination each day by a comfortable room and delicious food in 4 and 5 star accommodation. Other highlights include the vineyards of Costières de Nîmes, the bull-ring in Redessan and crossing the mighty River Rhône into Tarascon. End your ride in St Rémy, famous for its links to Van Gogh.

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Provence Short Break – Côtes du Rhône

A short but sweet taste of the Côtes du Rhône

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £769

Perfect for a long weekend, this trip into the Côtes du Rhône winelands opens up the natural wonders of Provence. Cruise through ancient villages, historic cities and Roman ruins, and along river trails. And of course there are plenty of opportunities to sample the regions's famous wines! Along the way you'll visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the stunning historic village built at the bottom of a fortress and the beautiful hamlet of Loriol du Comtat, complete with its own château and Romanesque church, as well as the thriving markets of Carpentras. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), 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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Provence: Luberon & Côtes du Mont Ventoux

A gentle cycling holiday through the Luberon and Mont Ventoux area of Vaucluse

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
6 to 9 day options

Level of difficulty:
Light to medium stages

Price:
6 day option: €745, 9 day option: €1246

Starting in Pernes-les-Fontaines, explore the Vaucluse department, home to Mont Ventoux - the giant of Provence. You will explore in the shadow of Ventoux and experience the surging waters of the river Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the Roman city of Vaison-la-Romaine and the Abbaye of Senanque. This gentle cycling tour takes in the best that Luberon and the Côtes du Mont Ventoux has to offer, all whilst being surrounded by nature and beauty. Start any day of the week from April to November. Baggage transfers, accommodation and most meals included. Group discounts available.

 

 

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Pyrenees Long Weekend

A weekend with a difference tackling iconic Pyrenean climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very Challenging

Price:
£595

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 as Angus can bring them with him from the UK. You'll have support from his fully-equipped 9-seater van, plus plenty of bikey advice. Ride the Tourmalet, Peyresourde, Port de Bales, Portillon and many others from a great chalet base in the beautiful spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon. Rides tailored for you. Maximum group size of only 8. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to the UK (or Paris/Toulouse for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation. Bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2018: August 10th-13th (please ask about other dates)

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Ride Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €840

Cyclomundo, Upper French Alps mapThis is one of Cyclomundo's best-selling trips. With Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as picture perfect backdrops, ride 50-112km a day through the Chablais mountain area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva. En route, conquer the area's best climbs, including Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, the Colombiere, Col de Joux-Plane, Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine and Col du Marchairuz. On your last day, cross the Lake in Yvoire – an impossibly photogenic Medieval village – and ride through the Swiss Jura. Price includes transfer between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay, 4 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfer between hotels, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability) and detailed route maps and notes. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Rivers of the Loire

Riverside riding among fairytale chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 nights / 7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1195

Take the scenic riverside cycle route along the river Loire as it meanders westwards from Blois to Saumur. A perfect riding tour for anyone hoping to visit the most celebrated châteaux in France and to sample the produce along the way. The cycling days are varied, a perfect mix of tourist sites and countryside, with mileage ranging from 27km per day to 63km (though this can be further tailored for you). This is a self-guied tour, with bikes, panniers and andlebar bags included, alone with stacks of local knowledge, and full route maps and notes. Flights from the UK can also be arranged and included your itinerary. Electric bikes availbale on request.

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The colours of Perigord

Discover the Purple and Black Périgord

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €825

Discover the attraction and majesty of the Dordogne Valley on this week-long tour with a real mix of landscapes that ensure every day is a visual feast. Enjoy winding climbs and descents under the shade of deep forests, golden stone buildings old stones, castles with amazing vistas, and even prehistoric caves. Start your visit in Bergerac, which also has its own airport, the capital of Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord), and ride at your own pace through some of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Rest in Sarlat, a medieval architectural town with lots of restaurants, shops and a fabulous maket. 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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The Secrets of Burgundy in 7 Days

Enjoy an amazing bike ride through the heart of a world-class wine region

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €715

On this bike tour in Burgundy, you'll see why wine here means everything. Why people find it so special: a beautiful place where authentic villages, wine traditions, historical monuments and nature merge. As a world-renowned wine region, Burgundy has preserved a heritage which reflects its former power in the Middle Ages. So you will not only enjoy beautiful landscapes with gently rolling hills, but also outstanding cultural sites like the Cluny abbey, the old cities of Macon, Tournus and Chalon-sur-Saône or the beautiful and world-famous Hospices de Beaune.

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Two Chateaux and the Blavet in Brittany

Gentle canal side riding through the heart of Brittany

Offered by:
Breton Bikes

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 96 24 86 72

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €260 for camping option, €635 for hotel based option

Camping or based at small hotels and chambres d'hotes, this holiday explores the heart of Brittany. The ride is split roughly 60/40 between cyclepath and very quiet country lanes. You'll cycle the Nantes-Brest canal tow-path, pass ruined Abbeys, lakes, forests and Breton villages on roads where you rarely see a car. High points are the chateaux at Josselin and Pontivy – one a 'fairy castle' in a medieval town centre the latter a hulking military castle in the Napoleonic town of Pontivy by the Blavet river. Central Brittany is a haven of peace, far from the coastal tourist traps with countryside much like that of the south-west of England 50 years ago. Add great places to eat, history everywhere and friendly natives to make a perfect first cycling holiday in France. Price includes all hire (top-quality bikes + camping equipment for the 'camping' option) – hotel accommodation + routes, maps and full back-up.

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