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Freewheeling France Does Ventoux (and you're invited)

A weekend for readers and friends to tackle the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Phone number:
[email protected]

Tour length:
3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Anyone can do it, right?

Price:
€395 based on twin/double share. There is a €100 single supplement – if you are happy to share a twin room, we can match you up with another solo rider (of the same gender) so you can avoid the supplement.

Calling club riders, cycling groups, couples, singles, men, women, young, old, semi pros and weekend potterers – you're all welcome. 
We're holding a Ventoux social ride weekend on May 23-26, 2019. Our 2018 weekend was lots of fun and we had riders of all abilities – both sportive riders, leisure riders and even first-time road bikers. So we're going to do it again in 2019, riding this time from Malaucène. You're all invited, safe in the knowledge that there's no conceivable way you'll be slower than me (it took me just shy of 2 hours from Bedoin in 2018 so this is not a race). We're again organising this weekend in partnership with Gerry and John at 44-5 Cyclng Tours, local Ventoux specialists. It's a fully supported weekend: three nights' accommodation with breakfasts, a warmup ride on the Friday to size up the Giant on the horizon, and then a Ventoux climb on the Saturday. We'll also have a further self-guided Sunday morning ride for anyone who can hang around (it'll be a long weekend in the UK). There's also a welcome meal on the Thursday. Single rooms, airport/station transfers and bike hire all available for a surcharge. Just bring your climbing legs**.
Email me at [email protected] to sign up or for more info.
Save the date: Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2019.
** You can hire an e-bike if you need help or if you're a non-cycling partner.

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1 Day in the Languedoc

Top your holiday off with a half day or day ride in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 or +61 (0)4 11 047 828

Tour length:
Half day or full day

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging - customised to suit you

Price:
From €130 including road bike hire (discounts for groups and multi-day rides)

The perfect solution if you only have one or two days to ride on your holiday in the south of France. VéloRoo's guided day rides take all the stress out of planning – all you have to do it turn up with your shoes and pedals and ride. Routes vary from 50-60km over a half day of undulating countryside through to hillier 100-120km itineraries with elevation gains of up to 1500m, but these can be tailored to individual abilities. All rides are fully guided, with optional vehicle support. Price includes performance road bike hire, souvenir VéloRoo water bottle and helmet. This is a great way to explore the stunning scenery of the Languedoc region, taking in beautiful countryside, wine and river country.

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1 Week of Family Cycling from Blois to Amboise

Perfect for families with mini-cyclists of all ages

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

Price:
From €620

This tour has been specifically tailored so you can enjoy a memorable trip in the Loire Valley, at your own pace, with the whole family. Ride along the Loire à Vélo following signposted routes that are safe for riders of all abilities. Short stages take you past the most prestigious chateaux from Blois to Chateau de Chambord until you reach the medieval city of Amboise – the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. On the way, pass through forests and even a natural bathing pool, perfect for cooling down! Price tour includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, full ride notes and colour maps in English or French, daily luggage transfers, bike hire for the whole family, and emergency support hotline in case you need help.

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2018 Tour de France Cycling Holiday – Pyrenees

Climb mountains, whizz down descents and see the pros in action

Offered by:
Mountain Bug Active Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 62 42 90 50

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£940

Mountain Bug Tour de France cycling holidays are based around the passage of the 2018 Tour de France through the French Pyrenees during the week of July 21-28. The tour is run by local cycling experts Rob and Emma, who have their own chalet base in Barèges, just below the Tourmalet. Their Tour de France package includes a week of guided rides on the Tour de France route itself, as well as a bunch of other local cols that have featured on the Tour over the years. Includes watching the passage of the Tour itself from the best local vantage points. This is a popular annual tour and early booking is recommended.

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2018 Tour de France – Carcassonne, Millau the Pyrenees, July 20-28

Follow (and ride) 4 stages of the Tour de France with this special package

Offered by:
VeloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 (April-Nov) or +61 (0)411 047 828 (Dec-March)

Tour length:
8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging (non-cycling partners are welcome)

Price:
€2900 or AUD$4350 (discounts for non-cycling partners)

Julia and Steve at the Franco-Australian road bike specialists VeloRoo have put together a super Tour de France trip that will take you from the turrets of Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct through to the peaks of the Pyrenees. It's the complete package and includes 8 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels, guided riding and support car. Rides and stages include the Col de Portet, Col de Tentes, and the showcase Lourdes to Laruns stage on July 27 that features the Tourmalet. Price includes cycling bib shorts, jersey and gloves (plus daily washing), all breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners (except on the Carcassonne rest day when you will want to indulge in local specialites!) All you have to do is ride (and cheer). This is a personalised tour so numbers are limited (it sold out in 2016 and 2017). Non-cycling partners welcome (there will be a support car for you!) Price in dollars but also payable in euro.

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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

Short break package with plenty of quiet back roads – and sunshine!

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty:
Flexible - can be tailored to your ability

Price:
€295

This is a lovely little package for all abilities. 'Come ride with me' is a perfect introduction to the Languedoc – an often overlooked region in the south of France that's magnificent for cycling, offering the beauty, landscapes and history of Provence but without the crowds. (Think quiet back roads, vineyards, and plenty of sunshine – great for year-round riding, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 10 degrees). Local cyclists Denise and Bruce are keen to introduce more people to this super area. Their price includes 2 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or bike rental if you need it), and personalised guided rides based on your riding level and interests.

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3 Lakes: Geneva, Bourget, Annecy

Cycle in the French Alps without climbing any mountains

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €625

Cycloundo Three Lake CyclingExperience the magic of the Alps without having to struggle up its famous mountains on this self-guided cycling holiday linking Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy. Follow paths and back-roads along the Rhone and Isere rivers, take in historic villages and stop to admire those famous cols from a comfortable distance. Daily distance: 48km-68km. Choice of either hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Bike rental can be arranged on request. If you would like to take on the climbs, a more challenging version of the same tour can be organized. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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5 classic alpine climbs near Bourg St Maurice

Ride some of the best big cols in the Alps on this good-value holiday

Offered by:
Alpine Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 26 80 77 67

Tour length:
3 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
£355 to £595, depending on length

Cycle from the door and onto some of the epic climbs of the Tour de France from your valley base near Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Mix and match ride lengths, altitudes and gradients according to your appetite and stamina. There are 14 different climbs within striking distance of this fixed base holiday – including four often in the Tour de France: Col du Petit St Bernard, the Iseran, Cormet de Roseland and the Madeleine. Price includes ensuite accommodation in a dedicated cycling chalet with breakfast, dinner and return airport transfers. Plus there's stacks of local cycling advice on hand – choose your own routes or ask the Alpine Velo guys to help you plan your day's adventures. This self-guided tour is organised BY cyclists FOR cyclists.

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5-day Dordogne Cycling Holiday

Take a tailored cycling holiday in the north of the Dordogne

Offered by:
Dordogne Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 90 84 95

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€350 half-board or €500 full board (please ask about discounts for larger groups and clubs)

Local cyclists Craig and Lizzie offer this single-centre guided cycling holiday from their own accommodation base north-east of Riberac. These holidays are flexible, and can be tailored for each rider and group. Choose from full board with all meals included, or take the B&B option. This area in the beautiful north west area of the Dordogne – near the Charente border – is blessed with winding roads that are virtually traffic-free roads. Expect beautiful scenery and pretty villages and towns – the quintessential place to discover France by bike. Rides are tailored for you, with guided rides introducing you to the area and, if you wish, a few days of self-guided factored in so you can explore on your (or revisit favourite routes from earlier in the week). Routes are well-researched and based on your individual level of fitness. There are shorter, easier routes for beginners or longer routes with plenty of hills for the more experience cyclists. After a day's cycling, you can relax by the heated pool. Full-board lunches are either picnics en route or a meal back at base, while evening three-course meals are freshly prepared from local produce. One lunch is also provided in one of the many local cafes.

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6 Days Cycling the Wonders of the Luberon

Ride through the heart of Provence's most spectacular scenery

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €495

Discover the charms of the Grand and Petit Luberon as you take in the best of Provence. This 6-day ride starts in Cavaillon, and tours along the long limestone spine of the Luberon. To the west, you'll see the 'Gardens of the Pope', some of the best orchards in the area. To the north, there are Romanesque abbeys and churches scattered throughout the area, still symbolising the historic importance of religion in the area. To the south, there's the Durance River, with its villages dotted with chateaux and still carrying the opulent aura of France before the Revolution. All the most beautiful villages in the Luberon are on the itinerary: Sénanque, Gordes, Bonnieux, Buoux and Lourmarin. Ride through pine forests, fields of lavender, vines and orchards as you discover them all. Price includes half-board accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. 

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A 4-day cycling tour to explore the Somme bay

A leisurely ride to pretty villages, sandy beaches and birdwatching

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €499

Soomme Bay cycling mapBérangère 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. The Somme Bay is a natural bay situated in northern France (Picardie), where you will be flabbergasted by the fauna, flora and the authenticity of the small villages of the Bay. The combination of sea, marshland, beaches and countryside adds charm and makes the bay a unique holiday spot. The Somme Bay is also an important spot for migratory birds. You can observe them along the bike paths on your way to one of the charming villages and harbours situated all around the bay.

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A Bike & Barge Holiday in the Loire Valley

Discover the Loire on this relaxing cycling/sailing barge holiday

Offered by:
HAT Tours

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

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€895

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

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A cycling jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

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

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
3 nights/ 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to difficult

Price:
From €755

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

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A Female Riders' Week in the Alps

Explore the Alps and relax in the mountains

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£645

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

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A Fixed Base Cycling Holiday in Poitou-Charentes

Explore the idyllic Deux-Sèvres department in western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

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

Tour length:
6 nights

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

Price:
€1149 / £1046

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

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A guided tour of the Tarn gorges and Grandes Causses

Let the locals guide you around the stunning Tarn gorges

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

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

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
Price on request

This is a week of spectacular guided riding based on Geoff and Tessa's 20 years of experience riding this 'hidden' region of France to the north of Montpellier. Ride into the Cevennes National Park or out to the stunning Millau viaduct, or explore the deep gorges and valleys of the Tarn. The tour starts by using a local three-star hotel in Ste Enimie as your base. From here, join local guides (male and female available) to see the best of the relatively unknown Gorges du Tarn and Grandes Causses with their unique terrain. Ride six days out of the seven, with the rest day yours to enjoy off-road riding, walking, kayaking, pot-holing or relaxing with a book! This should be a really rewarding trip that introduces you to a side of France so few get to experience. Available during the month of September in 2018, and on other dates by request.

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A Languedoc Weekend Taster

Spend a long weekend exploring beautiful Languedoc in SW France

Offered by:
Vie et Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €635

This is a self-guided, point-to-point cycling tour through the rolling countryside of the Languedoc to the Mediteranean sea. It's run by Denise and Bruce, who specialise in the Languedoc region at Vie et Velo. You can pedal at your own pace as you explore the varied terrain and history of the area. The Languedoc is not only the oldest and largest wine-growing area in the world (take that, Bordeaux!), but it's also one of the most historically interesting. Of 37 'Grand sites de France' areas protected for their natural beauty or history, 10 are in Languedoc. Here you'll find coastline and mountains, ancient history and modern market towns full of gastronomic delights. This self-guided ride provides a taste of them all. The price includes 3 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels or B&Bs, transfers for you and your bike from Montpellier or Beziers, luggage transfers each day, all route notes and GPX files, and one evening meal with a local family at your B&B (table d’hôtes format).

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A Meander Through Mayenne

Backroads and river paths to castles, Roman ruins and markets

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £595

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

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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

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

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

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

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

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1300

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

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A short break around Mont Ventoux

Discover iconic Ventoux with this weekend of biking fun

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

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

Tour length:
Choose from 3 or 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €390 per person

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

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A Short Break in the Lot Valley

Hot price for a cycling package in the Lot

Offered by:
Red Pepper Rides

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

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

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

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

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A Taste of Bordeaux - Boat and Bike Holiday

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through famous vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1289

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

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A Taste of Languedoc

Fully supported road bike holidays in the south of France

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
April-October: +33 (0)6 65 95 30 97; October-March: +61 (0)411 047 828

Tour length:
3-day or week-long packages available

Level of difficulty:
Moderate or challenging

Price:
From €1450

VéloRoo's approach to a cycling holiday is simple: they take care of the logistics so you can spend quality time in the saddle immersing yourselves in the rural villages and countryside of 'the real South of France'. Ride on hand-picked routes taking in quiet country roads on a performance road bike, and with the comfort and security of vehicle support the whole way. Enjoy delicious lunches and dinners with fresh local produce and great local wine at Steve and Julia's favourite eating spots. Daily rides are approximately 50-70km, with longer itineraries available if you'd like to pack in some extra kilometres. Stay in fixed base accommodation at one B&B – so no need to pack up every day; if you have your own accommodation, VéloRoo can provide a standalone cycling package with riding, support and lunch. Dates can be customised to suit you. 

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Across the Pyrénées

Ride 16 climbs and 705km on this spectacular Pyrénéan adventure

Offered by:
Bike Basque

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

Tour length:
8 days/7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
€1800

Do you want to climb the biggest and most beautiful cols in the Pyrenees? Then, start in Biarritz and finish in Ax les Thermes 10 days later. En route take in the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and Peyresourde – in total there are 16 climbs (with over 12,000m elevation gain) over 705km. Fully supported by professional guides and cars. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and snacks and drinks while you're on the bike. Optional bike hire available. 
Dates for 2017: July 2-9, September 8-15 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)

 

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Adventure in Paris' National Forest of Rambouillet and the Vallée of Chevreuse Nature Park

Château gardens, quaint villages, tastings, a huge forest and more.

Offered by:
Adventure Tours Paris

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 88 37 42 38

Tour length:
1 day

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate, with the option of more challenging terrain

Price:
From €90 per person, discounts for large groups

This really varied and interesting tour starts just 30 minutes away from Paris in Rambouillet, a village with a cobbled main street, a King Louis XVI medieval towered château with English gardens that mimic Versailles (complete with grand canals), and Marie-Antoinette’s dairy hamlet. The tours are run by Thor, a passionate local who's keen to introduce this area to more international cyclists. He'll meet you at the train station and take you to pick up hire bikes if you don't have your own. He'll then take you into the heart of Forêt de Rambouillet, Paris' regional forest – a stunning blend of wildlife and fauna, quaint villages, farmland, rolling hills, valleys and waterways. Price includes bottled mineral water, a mini picnic of local farm products, and bike rental. The day is spent cycling mainly on bicycle paths and trails. This is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the French capital, and see, taste and explore Paris’ scenic countryside. 

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Affordable, personalised biking holidays

Meander through the French countryside on a self-guided break

Offered by:
Cycle South West France

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 85 14 56 17

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €125

This super break gives you the chance to experience the countryside of south-west France at its best. It's based at the bike-friendly house owned by Jean-Pierre and Clare, a Franco-English couple with a love of the outdoors in general and the Lot-et-Garonne in particular (Jean-Pierre grew up here so he knows the roads around here as well as anyone). Their village house in Buzet-sur-Baise (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse) is just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – meander along its towpaths or ask the guys to put together a more challenging inland route for you. Why not try a weekend package? Excellent value for money, it includes three nights' accommodation, bike hire and route info. Relax near the pool after your ride, explore the local village, or Clare can help arrange wine-tasting, kayaking or other activities for you. This is a perfect, stress-free getaway in one of France's lesser-explored areas. 

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Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne

The Dordogne = black truffles, mushrooms and duck confit!

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1190

With your welcome pack and bike waiting for you on arrival in Agen, a beautiful city famous in France for its quality prunes and markets, you'll be ready to cycle 40-50km per day over the next 6 days. Leaving Agen, visit to the medieval bastides along quiet and pretty countryside lanes. Pedal through shady woods to arrive at the fortress of Gavaudun, before picking up the Dordogne River, which you will follow to the castles at Les Milandes, Castelnaud and Beynac, plus the amazing Roque Gageac, located at the foot of a cliff. Explore the Vezere, a prehistoric valley with lovely gorges and villages, en route to SarlatIncluded in your tour is 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.

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Albi and Tarn Valley

A scenic but flat cycling holiday from Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very Light

Price:
7 days: €676

Starting and ending in Albi, this is a self-guided cycling holiday suitable for families, or for anyone wanting a scenic but flat bike tour. Averaging just 25km a day, you'll cycle alongside the river Tarn, on converted railway lines and through old railway tunnels, taking time out for swimming or canoeing as you go. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Electric bike hire also available.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Along the Leisurely Loire

A gentle meander along the Loire from Blois to Saumur

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1377

Leisurely LoireEnjoy this gentle exploration of the beautiful Loire River. Ride from Blois to Saumur, taking in vineyards and chateaux as you enjoy daily rides of no more than 32km. See Amboise and its Royal Château, or Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s old manor house, before enjoying a night in Tours. From here, take the voie verte bike path to Villandry Château and its medieval vegetable gardens, before heading on to Saumur. The hotels on this route offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare, whilst the B&Bs provide an opportunity for you to discover truly ‘local’ restaurants. 

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Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Tackle two of the most iconic climbs in France in one trip

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is a superb five-day trip that combines two of the most iconic climbs in cycling history in three days of stunning riding. Starting in the high Alps on the rugged slopes of the Romanche Valley, follow in the pedal strokes of the Tour’s greatest legends and conquer all 21 infamous switchbacks. From here, make your way over the Col d’Ornon and into the lesser known but equally breathtaking cycling terrain of the Vercors on the way to the lavender fields of Provence. This is a challenging and exhilarating ride that ends with a final, epic ascent of Mont Ventoux, a monster of a climb. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Alpine Cols Intro Weekend

Gear up to make your first Alpine ascent

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
Weekend break

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475

This ia a superb weekend for beginners or less experienced cyclists who are keen to stretch their legs and challenge themselves on some of the famous cols of the French Alps. This is a NOT a competitive weekend but a fully supported and guided break designed to help introduce riders to the joys of cycling in the Alps. It is comes complete with local advice and vehicle support. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, local transport, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full on-road support.

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Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

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Alpine Experience

Camp and ride the Tour de France's most famous cols

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

This is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous cols in the French Alps, such as Alpe d’Huez, Glandon, Iseran and Galibier, and dipping down into the Provence region for Puy Saint Vincent and the Izoard. Throughout the rides you'll be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day (can be adjusted for riders of differing abilities). The tour is based around small campsites in stunning areas with views over the mountains and lakes. This is a small, personalised tour run by Dutcho-born cyclist Matthijs, a professional chef who works and cycles in the Alps. He's branching out to share the best bits with the rest of us. The tour price includes includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break. A contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

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Alpine Sportives

Test yourself on the roads of France with an Alpine sportive

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
Flexible

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging

Price:
€795

Combine a cycling holiday in France with a cycling challenge to remember. This week-long sportive break allows you to join an Alpine sportive during your stay. There are sportives throughout summer in the Alps – choose one to match your energy levels and legs. There are several options in Morzine – the Buzz Cycling base – or within easy reach. This gives you an immediate advantage with stacks of local knowledge and support in hand. The guys recommend the following events to get a real taste of the area:
Cyclotour Leman - May 21 
Grand Trophee Megeve Mt Blanc - June 4 
Grand Trophee Morzine - June 18 
Gruyere Cycling Tour - September 3
 

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Alpine Vista Cycling Tours

Enjoy cycling in the Alps whatever your ability

Offered by:
Alpine Vista Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)7793 813 823 or +33 (0)6 65 47 67 74

Tour length:
From 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging (routes based on your fitness levels and interests)

Price:
From £275

Test yourself against classic Tour de France climbs such as the Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland on this fixed base cycling holiday set in the valley just outside Bourg-St-Maurice. Cyclists Ben and Maddison specialise in catered, self-guided cycling holidays for all abilities – test your fitness and cycling prowess by day and relax in luxury by night. You'll have sole occupancy of their 5 bedroom chalet and grounds throughout your stay – ideal for groups of between 4 and 10 riders. The Savoie region of the French Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling and their chalet is located right in the heart of it. Whether you're looking to test yourself up some of the incredible climbs, or have a gentle cycle through the valley, you can do it straight from the door. Ben will help you plan your itinerary to match you interests and fitness level.

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Alps - Weekend Road Cycling Camps in Morzine

A weekend dedicated to improving your riding

Offered by:
Yellovelo Tours

Tour length:
3 days' riding / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
From £299 camp only, £740 full package including 4 nights' half-board accommodation

Whether you're new to road biking, distance riding, cycling in the Alps or simply a seasoned rider keen to push your limits, these camps will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to reach your potential. Meet other riders, and learn to improve and enjoy your cycling in a new and exciting environment. Ride with experienced and competitive Alpine cyclists, who will share tips on bike and cleat fitting, how to choose the right bike for you and set it up, gear-changing, on-the-bike techniques for drinking, eating and pedalling, how to ride in a group, plus slipstream riding, relaying, and pacing. There's also an introduction to climbing and training, on-road repairs and punctures, choosing clothing, kit, food, drinks, plus hydration and recovery. And much more! Distances range from 40-150km a day depending on your ability. This is a great way to spend a few days with new friends (or old) amid the breathtaking scenery of the Morzine area of the Alps.

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Alps and Pyrenees Icons Tour

They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
8 days, 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£1695

The ultimate French cols experience: demolish cycling's hit list in just 6 days of cycling. Conquer 10 of France's most iconic climbs at your own pace. They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere and Joux Plane. That's 400km of riding with 13,500m of climbing (including the podium on Alpe d'Huez). Scale European highest paved road across the Bonette before spending your final day on top of Ventoux. It doesn't get much better than that. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and full support team. Bike hire optional extra. This is a popular tour – book early.
2018 dates:
 Jul 29- Aug 5, Aug 20-27 sold out, Aug 26 - Sep 2

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €825 self-guided or €1395 with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Hannibal Tour

Camp and cycle high among the French and Italian alps

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

Starting in Puy Saint Vincent, this is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous and lesser known cols in the French and Italian Alps such as Agnel (remember the crash of Stefan Kruijswijk descending this side of the Agnel and losing the Giro d’Italia?), Sampeyre, Fauniera, Lombarde, Bonette, Cayolle and Izoard, over the border into the Alps of Provence. You will also ride over part of the Granfondo Fausto Coppi track to the Passo Fauniera – a very remote place with very little traffic and a lot of marmots, and you may encounter some snow as the top approaches. Throughout the rides you will be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day, with adjustments being able for riders of differing abilities. After your rewarding rides, you'll stay at small campsites with stunning views over the mountains and lakes and can reflect on the day over dinner as you prepare for the next day's challenges. The price of this tour includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break, whilst a contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine 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

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Alps Weekend Riding Holiday

Supported rides over Col de Joux Plane and lots more

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£475 per person

This tour is a great chance to experience some wonderful climbing in the Alps over 4 days, a perfect long weekend. Running from Wednesday to Sunday, you'll tackle some of the most famous climbs in the region, including Col de Joux Plane, Col des Aravis, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de la Colombiere, all with a guide and vehicle support. The price includes chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea, two-course evening meals with wine, and transfers to and from Geneva airport.

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Alps – The Big One

Challenge yourself against the highest mountain passes in the Alps

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33(0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is an immense five-day trip with three incredible days of riding. After arriving in Geneva, you'll be met by the Velovation team and taken to Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise where the tour starts. You'll enjoy a meal at your hotel and talk through the next few days' riding. Over the course of the trip, you'll climb the Iseran, the Galibier, the Glandon, the Madeleine and, if that's not enough, the Alpe d’Huez as well. The price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, full vehicle support, professionally qualified mechanics, all breakfasts, picnic lunches, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Alsace - Route du Vin

Explore all the history and food that Alsace has to offer

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1415

Spend a delightful week pedalling along pretty lanes that meander through vineyards and fields of sunflowers while exploring the famous Alsace wine road. Eat wonderful Alsatian specialties and drink in the region's fabulous wine heritage. This tour takes you from the cobbled market square in Obernais to Colmar, a wonderfully preserved old town with bold hues splashed across the magnificent half-timbered terraces. The route has been well tailored so that something new and interesting is on the agenda each day, providing lots of opportunity to visit historic towns such as centuries-old Riquewihr, and majestic chateaux at your own pace (electric bikes and tandems are available if your legs need a little help). The tour includes high-standard hotels, flights from the UK (discounts apply for people arriving under their own steam), bikes, maps and local assistance. Leave some space in your bag for a bottle of Riesling or two.

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Alsace and the Rhine Valley

From the Black Forest to the Vosges and the Alsace Wine Route

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £935

Explore the beauty and gastronomy of the Alsace region at your own pace while staying in 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout. You will start your tour in the colourful Swiss town of Basel and then meander your way up the glorious river Rhine passing through the lovely Alsatian towns of Freiberg and Colmar, until your final destination, the wonderful cycling city of Strasbourg. The price includes bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (discounts apply if you're not coming from the UK), airport and luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Alsace Discovery: Villages, Vineyards & Forested Hills

A unique holiday that combines cycling and walking in beautiful Alsace

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £765

Alsace cycling holidayQuiet lanes, rolling hills, world-class wines and top French gastronomy. You'll get all this and more on this 7-night self-guided trip along some of France's least-explored bike trails. It's a hotel-to-hotel Alsace cycling holiday, so you'll be seeing something new and exciting every day as you explore this lovely area of France nestled between the Vosges mountains and the River Rhine. The route is mostly on country roads and cycle paths, plus along wooded walking trails – it's very much a tailored adventure, with the option of additional walking or cycling depending on your preference. The cycling is mainly flat with some hills, and all accommodation, bike hire, baggage transport, route notes and maps are included.

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Alsace Prestige en Vélo

Discover the famous wine route via quiet roads and canal towpaths

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1794

Alsace en veloDiscover this little, unknown corner of France with its distinctively Germanic influence. Make your way south from Strasbourg, the buzzing capital of Alsace and follow the waters of the Canal du Rhone au Rhin before cycling along the foot of the Vosges and through winemaking villages. There is the option to add an extra night to give you the time to explore Strasbourg. Daily cycling distances between 36km and 65km. Price includes half-board B&B accommodation in atmospheric and locally run 4 or 5 star hotels, plus bike hire and luggage transfers.

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