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5-day bike ride from Strasbourg to Colmar

A short break to discover the vineyards of Alsace

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
5 days

Price:
From €609

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

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8-day guided tour – Loire on 2 Wheels

Enjoy a slow journey around the Loire on this fully supported trip

Offered by:
Loire Brakes

Tour length:
8 days, 7 nights

Price:
£2760

This 8-day guided tour is quite unique for the Loire – a region increasingly the focus of self-guided tours. Instead, Kevin and Denise at Loire Brakes offer small-group fully guided cycling holidays to provide any extra support you may need to explore the beautiful Loire Valley around Saumur, Chinon and Villandry at your own pace. This electric bike itinerary is ideal for new or returning cyclists, and cyclists of varying ages and abilities, or those who simply prefer to cycle with other people. Take in the best places with a local guide to make the most of the sights and sounds around you. Try local wine direct from producers and enjoy local seasonal food, also from source. Maximum group size is 6. Price includes single-centre private en suite accommodation in a renovated French farmhouse; high-quality e-bikes, collection and return to local airports (Tours or Poitiers) or train stations (Chinon, Tours or Saumur); Support vehicle; All meals (breakfasts, lunches and evening meals) and lots and lots of local knowledge. Confirmed 2024 dates (other dates possible on request): May 11-18; June 23-30; September 20-27.

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A cycling holiday from Bordeaux vineyards to Dordogne castles

A beautiful ride through some of the finest landscapes in SW France

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €1059

This self-guided bike tour starts in Bordeaux and its charming historic centre. You leave the city along the Garonne River to reach the classified vineyards of Saint-Emilion. You will be charmed by the medieval village and its exceptional monuments. Then it's along to the Dordogne River to discover charming towns such as the bastide of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. The vineyards of Bergerac are gradually appearing and then, the medieval town warmly welcomes you to its heart. You follow the banks of the Dordogne until you reach the Vézère Valley and its many prehistoric sites. Here you arrive in the heart of the Black Périgord and its treasures. Cycle to Montignac and do not miss a visit to the famous Lascaux cave. You will come across the sumptuous gardens of Erygnac and then arrive in Sarlat, a sublime city-museum. For your last day, get on your bike or canoe to discover the most beautiful castles in the valley: Beynac, Castelnaud or La Roque-Gageac. This is a rich and complete that makes for an unforgettable cycling holiday.

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A cycling holiday from Paris through the countryside to the Palace of Versailles

Ride through forests, green valleys and national parks to royal palaces

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
5 and 6 day options, riding around 55km per day

Price:
€725

Get to know Paris and its surrounds on two wheels with this self-guided bike tour that takes in the best of the region. Discover castles like Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (modelled on Versailles), the Grand Trianon, the castle at Fontainebleau and, of course, Versailles itself. Follow the Seine to the forest of Fontainebleau before moving on to explore the royal city of Dourdan and the vast forest of Rambouillet. The ultimate destination, the Palace of Versailles, is a masterpiece and one of France's must-see sites. There are centuries of history to be discovered on this cycling trip – all made easy with full route notes and maps provided, and luggage transfers each day. died trip. Suitable for regular or electric bikes. Accommodation is on a 3- and 4-star basis in local hotels and B&Bs.

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A Getaway between Provence and Camargue

From Pont du Gard aqueduct to the flamingos of the marshlands

Offered by:
Abicyclette Voyages

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 55 99 92 92

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
€1005

This self-guided bike getaway around Nimes gives you the chance to discover the richness and variety of the south of France. Pedal gently between Gard, Provence and the Camargue. Discover thousands of years of history and explore diverse landscapes from the hilly and limestone landscapes of the Alpilles to the ponds, plains and green meadows of Camargue. Enjoy the ancient art and history of Nimes and Arles and take in Les Baux de Provence, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and visit other highlights like Uzès, Saintes-Maries de la Mer and Aigues Mortes. And how could we not mention the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard? Then this easygoing getaway crosses the Camargue and the meadows and marshes formed by the Rhone delta. See flamingos, white horses and bulls, the symbols of the Camargue. Across the Gard, Provence and the Camargue, indulge in Provencal scents, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, tapenade, fougasse, wines, goat cheeses, sausages, honeys and, of course, the herbs of Provence. The price of this tour includes 7 nights' accommodation, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers, phone assistance, a personalised greeting, travel documents and maps, GPS, and local recommendations for restaurants.

Carte - Évasion entre Provence et Camargue

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A ladies' road cycling and yoga holiday in the Lot-et-Garonne

Guided cycling with luxury accommodation, pool and nutritious food

Offered by:
Lamamotte Gite Cycling Holidays – Promoting Women’s Cycling

Tour length:
4 to 7 nights with guided rides

Price:
From €300 per person

This is a ladies-only, guided road cycling holiday with stunning scenery, nutritious food, luxury accommodation and yoga. Sisters Jess and Penny will lead you on quiet country roads, visiting beautiful river valleys, chateaux, medieval hilltop Bastide towns – including two of the prettiest villages in France (Pujols and Monflanquin). You can take in French culture with a visit the Water Lily Gardens, local markets and a wine tour. Typical rides (tailored on request) range from 50km to 80km per day. This holiday is for groups of 4-8 staying in a beautiful, converted farmhouse. The price includes luxury accommodation. Yoga sessions, breakfast, delicious meals prepared with local ingredients, wine, guided rides, bike maintenance course, transfers and bike hire can all be arranged. Self catering option is available. You can find more on Facebook here

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A luxurious cycle tour of Alsace: Strasbourg to Colmar

Cycle along the Alsace Wine Route while staying in luxury accommodation

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €3159 per person

Discover the most beautiful places in Alsace by bike on this luxury self-guided tour of the region. Start in Strasbourg with its picturesque district of "Petite France". Then, you will follow the famous Véloroute du Vignoble d’Alsace - the Alsace Wine Road – to discover the most beautiful villages in the region: Bergheim, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim... Enjoy the delicious Alsatian gastronomy and its many grand cru wines. Cycle through apple orchards to Colmar, the wine capital of Alsace. Be seduced by the unique charm of the town with its canals and its flower-decked half-timbered houses. Take the time to stroll through the "Little Venice" district and soak up the atmosphere in one of France's most unique regions. Each night, finish your ride at an exceptionally special place to stay on this once-in-a-lifetime cycling holiday.
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A luxurious cycle tour of Provence: Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Discover the best of Provence with this luxury adventure

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €3399

Embark on a majestic journey in Provence, offering a captivating blend of historical heritage, art, culture and natural beauty. Your journey begins from Avignon, a city filled with history around every corner. The peaceful country roads as well as the cycle routes guide you to the most beautiful villages in France such as Gordes or Crillon le Brave. This self-guided cycling holiday allows you to discover Provence's gastronomy – all the flavours that capture the very essence of the region. The luxurious hotels on the itinerary also have restaurants offering the very best food and wine in Provence, combining passion, sweetness and terroir. Finally, after climbing the "Col des Trois Termes", descend towards L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a charming town famous for its canals, its picturesque markets and especially for its antique and second-hand dealers. This is a memorable once-in-a-lifetime adventure on two wheels.

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A luxurious cycle tour of the Loire Valley: Blois to Tours

Discover the famous chateaux of the Loire between Blois and Tours

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €3199

From Blois to Tours, discover the most emblematic castles of the Loire Valley on this self-guided cycling holiday, staying in luxury accommodation. The Loire Valley will hold no more secrets for you with this luxury cycling trip from Blois to Tours. Get on your bike and discover the castles of Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont and Amboise. The route follows cycle paths and country roads through forests, vineyards and plains. Each day your route passes a different château: let yourself be seduced by the magic of Chambord, discover Cheverny and its Tintin exhibition, or admire the sublime gardens of Chaumont. After your cycling days, take advantage of luxury places to spend the night: castles, manor houses, mansions... Experience the French way of life in some of the best accommodation in France. The price includes all luxury accommodation, bike hire, luggage transfers. Daily distances can be varied and tailored for your ability. 
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A luxury trip around Burgundy on the Route des Grands Crus

Cycle through vineyards steeped in history and beauty

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
5 days

Price:
From $1999

Discover the famous vineyards of Burgundy on the Route des Grands Crus. This luxury itinerary is based around prestigious hotels nestled in the heart of the vineyards. It includes two hotels with starred restaurants. Cycle alongside vineyards and learn about their famous Climats, or terroirs in a region listed by UNESCO. Known worldwide for its great wines, Burgundy is a unique region of elegance and prestige. The price of this self-guided tour includes 2 nights in 5-star hotels and 2 nights in 4-star hotels, as well as breakfasts, a one-way transfer from Chalon or Dijon train stations and a return transfer from your hôtel in Dijon to Dijon train station. 3-day bike rental (packs, helmets, locks…), luggage transfers, access to a mobile app with a roadbook and lots of practical and tourist information is also included, as well as a personalised hotline to answer any queries that you may have. Electric bikes are also possible.

Burgundy by bike on the Route des Grands Crus

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Agen to Sarlat – The best of the Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne

Ride through stunning ancient landscapes following the Dordogne River

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 day options, 45 to 50km per day

Price:
From €870

Ride on this self-guided discovery tour of the area of south-west France that showcases the Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne. This is a diverse region steeped in ancient history and stunning river valleys. Take your bike and start your cycling holidays from Agen, a friendly and lively town renowned for its canal bridge – the second longest in France – and its famous prunes. Cycle through medieval bastide towns and near fortified castles. Visit pretty villages such as Monpazier, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, all classified as among the most beautiful villages of France. Ride on gentle rolling hills and through fertile valleys, wild woods and pine forests. Authentic and convivial, these areas are ideal for green and slow tourist lovers. The gastronomy and local food are part of their identity – don’t miss typical dishes of the region featuring black truffles, mushrooms, foie gras and duck confit. Starting price includes 5-6 nights' hotel or guesthouse stays, three dinners, all route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with voice guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire also available (including electrics). Evazio are local cycling and walking specialists based in Bordeaux, the capital of SW France.

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Alsace and Burgundy Wine Roads via the beautiful River Doubs

Explore the Doubs valley and the local specialities in this lively region

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
14 days

Price:
From €1740

This is a multifaceted self-guided bike trip through the vineyards of both the Alsace and Burgundy regions - without forgetting to enjoy the bucolic Doubs valley with its rural landscapes and its rich industrial heritage. Discover architectural masterpieces such as the Royal Saltworks, the citadels of Belfort and Besançon, or Bartholdi’s famous lion. Along the way, be entertained by everything from the Museum of Time to a stunning selection of prestigious cars and Pasteur’s house. Ride backroads through the vineyards and on a dedicated cycle path along the Doubs River. The price of this self-guided tour includes bikes, panniers, luggage transfers, detailed route information and accommodation. Electric bikes are available. 

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Alsace Route du Vin - Classic

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:
5 to 7 nights

Price:
From £1495

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 specialities 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 opportunities 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, bikes, maps and local assistance. Leave some space in your bag for a bottle of Riesling or two.

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Alsace Wine Road Cycle Route from Colmar to Strasbourg

Cycle through vineyards and villages sampling local highlights

Offered by:
Abicyclette Voyages

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €835

Discover the heart of Alsace on the wine route from Colmar to Strasbourg. Cycle through charming villages with the green mountains of the Vosges on one side and the plains of Alsace on the other. Sample local treats like bretzels, visit local winemakers and discover fresh Rieslings and sweet Gewurztraminers. Enjoy restaurants featuring Alsatian cuisine such as Sauerkraut, meats, flambé pies ('Flamenkuch', if you want to speak like a local) and local cakes. Fortunately, your cycling offers you a way to cancel out the excesses of the table. Wonder at the half-timbered houses and church steeples in villages such as Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Obernai and Itterswiller, where cars no longer dominate (this is a cyclist's paradise). The price of this tour includes 24/7 mechanical assistance, a range of accommodation options, GPS guided itinerary (plus route notes, maps and guides), luggage transfers and bike rental.

Cycling the Alsace Wine Road

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Alsace Wine Road from Strasbourg to Colmar

A leisurely bimble through one of France's most distinct wine regions

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €509

This is a chance to discover Alsace – one of France's lesser-visited wine regions – at your own pace. You'll start in UNESCO-listed Strasbourg (a super cycling city) where you can check out Notre Dame cathedral, the city's distinctive bridges and the medieval quarter, 'Petite France'. From here follow the Bruche Canal all the way to the vineyards, where you'll join the wine trail through historic villages with half-timbered houses and colourful geraniums. En route take in the towns of Rosheim, Obernai, Barr and Bergheim, and admire the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg on its rocky outcrop. Head into the hills to visit Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Hunawihr before reaching Colmar – France's 'Little Venice'. From here it's a day trip to the beautiful village of Eguisheim. This is a varied bike trip taking in the culture, food and wine of one of France's most individual regions. Price includes luggage transfers, accommodation, bike hire, and full route notes and maps. Maximum daily distance: 37km.

Alsace wine road Strtasbourg to Colmar

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Alsace Wine Route

Get a taste of one of France's most unique regions: Alsace

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €1910

Cycling in Alsace is a unique experience because the region is nestled between the beautiful Vosges Mountains in France and the borders of Germany and Switzerland. Alsace is therefore a combination of cultures and charm. The famous Route du Vin (Wine Route) takes in at least 100 wine-producing villages between Strasbourg and Colmar that create some of the best French wines. A wine-tasting experience is a must! The area also offers gourmet cuisine and has more Michelin-star restaurants than any other region. Experience gastronomy in refined and traditional dishes like the famous baeckeofe. Away from the table, the beauty of this region's traditional architecture will surprise you with village after village of pretty half-timbered houses decked with brilliantly coloured flowers. The price of this self-guided ride includes 6 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, plus breakfasts. Hybrid bike hire is included (plus an option to upgrade to electric bikes or road bikes), as well as a detailed road book, a meeting with a local guide, access to a 24/7 helpline and a Discover France water bottle..

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An Epic Mont Ventoux Road Cycling Trip

Conquer the mighty Mont Ventoux with local experts

Offered by:
Ride And More Travel – Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 76 35 50 96

Tour length:
5 days/4 nights

Price:
From €785

This is a cycling holiday for avid roadies looking for a challenge on arguably the most iconic of the Tour de France climbs. Three roads depart the plains to reach the lunar landscapes of the summit, from where the views extend to the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. From your accommodation at the foot of mighty Ventoux, Christophe, a local cycling expert who grew up in the shadow of the Ventoux, has created no less than 10 rides, including a leisurely ride through the plains, to the coveted Cinglés du Ventoux challenge: an exclusive club for those who have completed all three climbs in a single day. Explore breathtaking roads, enjoy villages that are off the usual beaten Provence track, and restore your energy with delicious Provençal fare. Stay in carefully selected hotels and B&Bs – you can choose between 2/3* or 5* options. Each one is sourced personally by Christophe and the run by owners who are used to welcoming cyclists. The price of this tour includes 4 nights' accommodation with breakfast, 5 days of riding itineraries on a GPS app, a welcome briefing, all luggage transfers, private transfer to Avignon on the final day, on-call assistance, concierge service for restaurant and activities, 24/7 emergency assistance and a brand new helmet and water bottle. Bikes are not included but high-end road bikes can be rented if required. Each day you'll ride between 60km and 100km and climb between 675m and 4600m.

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Atlantic Coast - La Rochelle to Bordeaux via Velodyssee and the Gironde estuary

Combine the coastal terrain awaits on this coastal tour

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 or 9 days, 35 to 70km per day

Price:
From €955

From La Rochelle, your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime. Cycle along the Velodyssee to discover the island of Ile de Ré, wide sandy beaches, marshes, oyster farms and the towns Rochefort and Royan. Continue along small backroads through the Haute-Saintonge and Haute Gironde, and meet Cognac and Pineau wine-makers of the Charente. Discover superb Roman churches, caves, and some unique Gallo-Roman sites. At the coast, discover small ports along the estuary like Meschers-sur-Gironde, and charming villages like Talmont-sur-Gironde. This is a self-guided journey on bicycle paths and flat backroads – from streams of vineyards to cliffs, from the Citadel of Blaye to the famous Margaux vineyards and to majestic Bordeaux itself. The price includes 6 or 7 nights' B&B in charming hotels and guest houses, full route notes and maps, GPS app for smartphone with guiding, luggage transfers, estuary ferry crossing, and 24/7 emergency phone call support. Touring bikes (including electrics) can be also provided. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, English-speaking cycling and walking specialists based in Bordeaux.

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Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea - Bordeaux-Sete

Ride Bordeaux-Sete via the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
14 days

Price:
From €1799

Ride the famous and popular two canals route in one go from Bordeaux to Sète. This is a well-planned itinerary that combines both the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi into a single self-guided tour. The route is flat along greenways and canal towpaths, making it ideal for riders of all abilities. Ride the Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse, alongside the river and the canal, passing vineyards as you go. Begin in wonderful Bordeaux before following the Roger Lapebie bike path to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and then backroads to La Réole. Follow the canal to towns and villages like Mas d’Agenais, Damazan and Agen, with its beautiful canal bridge, and to Moissac to see its beautiful abbey and cloister. From the Pink City of Toulouse, it's on to the Canal du Midi, which takes you through Castelnaudary to Carcassonne and its outstanding medieval fortress. Continue cycling along the canal to Béziers then Agde and the pond Thau. Then look ahead to a swim in the Mediterranean Sea before arriving in the vibrant city of Sète. The price includes baggage transfers, accommodation, full route notes and maps, as well as bike hire.

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Avignon & Cotes du Rhone - Classic

If you love wine and cycling, this self-guided tour is perfect for you

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 5216

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1965

Explore the Cotes du Rhone by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most delectable wines. The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world-famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich history as a seat of power for the catholic church. This is the perfect tour for oenophiles and history buffs alike. The price of this tour includes delightful 3 and 4-star hotels on a B&B basis with 2 evening meals, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels, and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL. Available with or without flights from the UK.

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Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Price:
You set your own budget

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France, but deciding where exactly where to ride can be hard (there's so much to see and do). So I've set up this special reader service to help you find the right guided or self-guided ride for your ability and budget. If you can't find the right tour for you on these pages, I can hook you up with experts on the ground to help you arrange luggage transfers, bike hire and accommodation, or to recommend routes and provide maps. It may help take the stress and worry out of your trip, as well as save you some pennies on booking each element separately. (I have a similar service for Corsica and one for Ventoux – for other French cycling destinations, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com).  

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Best of Bordeaux Wines Bike Tour

All the big chateaux are here – a real treat for cycling wine lovers

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 7 day options, 35 to 50km per day

Price:
From €920

This self-guided cycling tour across the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards is offered by an English-speaking French cycling company based in Bordeaux. Evazio have created this route to take in the best of their backyard. Cycle through France's most famous wine area, following the great wine road. The names here will impress any wine-lover: Pauillac, Margaux, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion (pictured). Cross the Gironde estuary by ferry to Blaye and cycle along the Corniche Fleurie. Biking alongside the river between Bourg and Blaye, this little road, once known as “route des Capitaines” is a real delight with its palm trees, pink laurels and oaks. Don’t miss the Citadel of Blaye, built by Vauban, and discover the sunny slopes of the Entre-Deux-Mers, a succession of vineyards and monuments. Stay in the heart of World Heritage Sites, including Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. The starting price includes 5-6 nights' B&B in charming 3* hotels and guesthouses, 3 dinners, full route notes, maps and a GPS app for smartphones, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone call support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) available on request.

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Best of Dordogne

Beauty and history make this a stunning region to explore on two wheels

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €2965

The Dordogne department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is one of south-west France's delights. The Dordogne is known for its famous cave paintings at Lascaux, remarkable chateaux, delicious food, rolling green countryside, and historic villages. What more could one vacation offer? On this self-guided tour, experience the force of water and the large rivers that have cut the limestone plateau and provided for the famous grottos that prehistoric man chose as his canvas. You can visit these grottos, and explore the ancient history of towns such as SarlatLa Roque GageacLes Eyzies and the amazing Rocamadour. See chateaux and stay in charming, superior hotels and country manors. Don't forget to ask about booking ahead to visit the prehistoric caves – as protected sites, visitor numbers are limited. Price includes 7 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, breakfasts and 3 evening meals. Hybrid bike hire is also included (there is an option to upgrade to road bikes or electric bikes), as well as transfers, a detailed road book, a 24/7 helpline and a complimentary Discover France water bottle.

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Best of the Dordogne by bike

Discover bastides, medieval towns, castles and prehistoric caves

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €1085

This self-guided cycling holiday in the Dordogne will immerse you in the heart of a region marked by history. Discover the exceptional prehistoric sites of the Vézère Valley – or 'Man’s Valley' – such as the Cro-Magnon shelter, La Roque Saint-Christophe and the famous Lascaux cave. Wander the streets of medieval Sarlat, with its renowned market, and try delicious regional products (truffles, foie gras, nuts, mushrooms...). Enjoy a second day in Sarlat to cycle to the valley of castles where you can exchange your bike for a canoe to explore the Dordogne River. You will be charmed by La Roque-Gageac, listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and the majestic Beynac and Castelnaud chateaux – both strategic places during the Hundred Years War. You then change banks and cross to the charming bastides of Belves and Beaumont-du-Périgord, plus visit Bannes and Lanquais chateaux and the Cadouin abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Finally, cycle back to Bergerac and its historic centre for a relaxing last night. The price includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you'll need to make the most of your trip.

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Bike and Bubbly in Champagne

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

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
From €688

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

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Bike tour of the Medoc: Bordeaux Vineyards and Ocean Coast

Cycle the best vineyards and beaches France has to offer

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
5 to 7 day options, 40 to 65km per day

Price:
From €775

Cycle the impressive Medoc winemaking area on this self-guided cycling holiday in the famous Bordeaux region. The western section of the Medoc is shrouded in light and sun, and the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches are bordered by forest. The east, located on the side of the Gironde estuary, offers almost constant views of vines. You'll start your journey on the famous “wines road”, cycle by well-known chateaux (including Giscours, Margaux and Latour), and enjoy the areas that produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Explore the diverse landscapes of the Medoc, visit superb Roman churches and Gallo-Roman sites, windmills, and castles. This biking follows a mixture of bicycle paths through forests, as well as quiet, flat backroads alongside the largest estuary in Europe – the Gironde – to the Atlantic coast. The starting price includes 5-7 nights' B&B some of the region's most charming 3* hotels and guesthouses, some dinners, all route notes and maps, plus GPS app with voice guidance for smartphones, daily luggage transfers, first or last taxi transfer, and emergency phone call support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) available on request. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Biking Tour through Provence Gems

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €1009

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

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Black Perigord Essentials – Dordogne by bike

Ride backroads and greenways to the most beautiful places in the region

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 days riding 25 to 50km each day

Price:
€685

This self-guided bike tour in the Dordogne showcases all the best bits of this diverse and stunning region, the Black Perigord. Starting from Sarlat la Canéda, a beautiful medieval town nestled between the Dordogne river and the Vézère river, cycle between the river valleys to discover some of the most beautiful villages in France. Take in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world centre of prehistory, as well as the famous Caves of Lascaux, the picturesque villages of Roque-Gageac and Beynac and hilltop Domme. Your cycling holiday ends in Souillac, a great base for riding into the neighbouring Lot region towards Rocamadour, a sacred city clinging to the cliff. This trip is more than a bike tour - it also provides plenty of opportunity to discover the famous flavours of the Dordogne – enjoy its rich culinary history at local restaurants where local produce is always top of the menu. While not difficult, this route can be undulating – an electric bike option is available to smooth out the bumps! Accommodated is in 3* hotels with breakfast included. Daily luggage transfers also included, as are full maps and route notes. Evazio are local cycling and walking specialists based in Bordeaux, the capital of SW France.

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Blois to Tours – The Valley of the Kings

A ride rich in history and beauty along the Loire

Offered by:
Abicyclette Voyages

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €685

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

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Bordeaux and the Dordogne

From Bordeaux wine county to prehistoric France in one week

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €3065

Beautiful chateaux, famous wines and terrific food – a quintessentially French experience! This self-guided cycling tour starts in France's wine capital, Bordeaux, easily reached by TGV train from Paris or flight from overseas, before heading into the vineyards, including the famous terraces of Saint-Emilion, and continuing on to the pretty city of Bergerac. Then cycle back in time as you venture further into the prehistoric region of the Dordogne, including visits to Les Eyzies and Sarlat. The price includes 7 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, breakfasts, 8 dinners, transfers, bike hire, an in-person briefing with a local guide, a detailed road book that includes maps, tourist information, and a step-by-step itinerary and cue sheets. Technical and emergency support, plus a concierge service, is available if needed.

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Bordeaux City & Arcachon Bay

Combine a vibrant city visit with sandy beaches and vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3813 9562

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1225 per person

The city of Bordeaux is one of France's must-see highlights for history, architecture, gastronomy and, of course, for wines. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander Bordeaux's city centre, admire its architecture and its Roman gates, take in its culture, food and wine at one of hundreds of cafes and restaurants – among them some of France's finest. Venture out onto wine routes of the Medoc and Margaux. The beautiful Arcachon Bay offers a classy, classical seaside feel, making it a popular summer spot for those in the know. Beautiful sandy beaches, delicious fresh seafood and an excellent network of cycle routes combine for the perfect coastal break from the city. Enjoy the sand, sun and seafood of Arcachon Bay and the spectacular views from the top of Dune du Pilat – Europe's largest sand dune. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, hotel B&B accommodation (3 and 4 stars), tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes available. UK flights and transfers can also be arranged.

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Bordeaux Culture & Vineyards

Blend of cycling, wine and food in sunny SW of France

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3582 5503

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £940 per person

Bordeaux is in many ways the perfect city – easy to navigate by bike, and full of culture, great wine and wonderful food. This tour offers the chance to explore this magnificent city and to spend time amongst the vast vineyards of the Entre-Deux-Mers wine appellation. From the city, you’ll ride a loop to the east, taking in famous wine towns like St-Emilion, Sauternes and Cadillac. Other highlights include the world-class red wines of Pomerol and St Emilion and the sweet and dry white wines of Sauternes and Cadillac. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, 3 & 4 star B&B hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, are available. UK flights and transfers can also be arranged. Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Bordeaux cycling tour from the vineyards to the ocean and Arcachon

A self-guided ride through fine vineyards and to sandy bays

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+ 33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 or 8 day options, 30 to 50km per day

Price:
From €840

This locally run self-guided bike tour takes in the Bordeaux area and its treasures: from the prestigious Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic coast. Discover the richness of the Gironde region as you cycle from the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux wine-making area to end your holiday with a swim in the ocean. Evazio, an English-speaking Bordeaux-based bike company, can provide everything you need, including a full road book with maps. Start by cycling through the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards and onto the vast forests of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes before reaching Arcachon Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The route takes in dedicated cycling paths as well as mostly flat smaller backroads. The starting price is for 5-7 nights' B&B in charming 3-star hotels and guesthouses, GPS app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, return ferry from Arcachon to Cap Ferret and taxi transfer on your first day or last day. There is also emergency phone call support 24/7. Touring bikes with panniers can be provided on request if you're not bringing your own.

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Bordeaux Single Centre City Break

Experience a vibrant city combined with lush vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3918 7866

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £1075

The city of Bordeaux offers a heady mix of rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, valued as an inhabited historic city and an icon of the Enlightenment era. This city bike break allows you to explore the bike-friendly streets of Bordeaux, to explore some of the more than 120,000 hectares of vineyards that surround the city and to spend a day at the beach on the beautiful Arcachon Bay. The price of this tour includes all B&B hotel accommodation, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, GPS navigation app, route maps and instructions and local support whenever needed. Available with or without flights from the UK.

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Bordeaux to Cahors by Bike – the Garonne and Lot Valleys

If you love cycling, food and wine, this could be for you

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 or 8 day options, 35 to 60km per day

Price:
From €970

This self-guided cycling holiday in the Garonne and Lot river valleys is ideal for lovers of nature, gastronomy, wine and culture. It's centred between Bordeaux and Cahors and along the Canal de Garonne and the Lot River. While Bordeaux is a popular cycling hotspot, venturing to Cahors is still a road less travelled - this holiday provides the best of both worlds. Follow the Canal de Garonne, classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, alternating between bike paths and small backroads. Discover exceptional and diverse landscapes that wind through the Lot Valley's vineyards and orchards. You'll continue into one of south-west France's 'hidden' corners, the beautiful and authentic area around the Quercy. End your ride in Cahors, a medieval town with an old and mysterious town centre. The price includes 6-7 nights' B&B accommodation in charming hotels and guesthouses, two dinners, route notes and maps, daily luggage transfers, emergency phone call support 24/7. Hire bikes (including electrics) can also be arranged. Evazio are local English-speaking cycling and walking specialists based in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux to Sarlat along the Dordogne River

A picturesque riverside ride along the mighty Dordogne

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
6 to 7 day options, 40 to 60km per day

Price:
From €870

This cycling holiday follows the iconic Dordogne as it winds its way through the Gironde and Dordogne departments. En route pass through the famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion, Monbazillac and Bergerac - their tasty gastronomy awaits. After the vineyards, you'll move into the Black Perigord or Perigord Noir – a cradle of prehistory that offers a diversity of landscapes between the Dordogne River and the Vézère Valley. You will stay in Les Eyzies and go on to visit the Grotte de Lascaux – highly recommended as it's France's most famous cave system. You will eventually end your tour in Sarlat, jewel of Perigord. The price for this self-guided ride includes 6 or 7 nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast, full route notes and maps, luggage transfers and emergency phone call support 24/7. Touring bikes and ebikes available. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company specialising in the Bordeaux area.

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Bordeaux to the Dordogne and Lot by Road Bike

Cycle through stunning vineyards and along the Dordogne and Lot rivers

Offered by:
Abicyclette Voyages

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 55 99 92 92

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €1285

This self-guided cycling getaway from Bordeaux to the Dordogne and Lot Valley is designed for experienced solo road riders, groups and clubs, allowing you to discover spectacular and authentic landscapes of one of the most beautiful regions of France. The itinerary includes daily mileages of between 72km to 102km a day, making this the perfect cycling holiday for serious road riders. The roads of Bordeaux, Dordogne and Quercy can be hilly – and you may be surprised by the daily elevation changes (the stage between Sainte-Radegonde and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil has 1300 metres of elevation)Leaving Bordeaux, the wine capital, explore the vineyards that make the region famous including those of Saint-Emilion. Then, it’s on to the Périgord Noir and its forests and history. Along the river, hilltop castles, fortified towns and caves tell the story of the region. The Lot region draws its character from its plateaux cut by its rivers – the Lot, the Dordogne, the Vézère and the Célé. Stop for rest or coffee in some of the most beautiful villages in France, such as Rocamadour, Cahors, Figeac and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This is also a land of gastronomy – truffles, foie gras, lamb, Quercy melon and, of course, wines. The price of this self-guided tour includes 7 nights' accommodation, breakfasts, 1 dinner, luggage transfers, phone assistance 24/7, access to an exclusive app for your route, and lots of local knowledge and advice.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse (or reverse) on the Canal de Garonne

Cycle along the Canals des Deux Mers on this self-guided ride

Offered by:
Evazio Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 56 79 25 05

Tour length:
7 days, 40 to 60km per day

Price:
From €915

Ride the increasingly popular Canal de Garonne route between Bordeaux and Toulouse along the Canal des Deux Mers bike route (it eventually links to the Mediterranean). Cross the diverse Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute-Garonne areas, exploring vineyards and tranquil landscapes on the Canal de Garonne greenway route. Discover olive groves, hillsides, orchards, villages, art, and historical monuments along the canal. Stop for a spot of canoeing, eat at a waterside restaurant or bar, or share a glass of wine with the locals. This itinerary, put together by Bordeaux-based English-speaking Evazio is a wonderful introduction to south-west France. Starting price includes 6 nights' B&B in charming 3* and 4* hotels and guesthouses, 4 dinners, route notes and maps, including GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) can also be arranged. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Burgundy Bike and Wine Tour - 1-Day Tour

A gentle guided bike ride through Burgundy's beautiful vineyards

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
1 day

Price:
€155 adults (ask about discounts for kids aged 6-16)

Enjoy a gentle guided bike ride through Burgundy's beautiful vineyards with Florian and his team of local cycling experts. Take in the vineyards south-west of regional capital Beaune, including a stop at a local chateau, with the winemaker himself opening his doors just for you. This is a great chance to try local wines and learn more about viticulture in Burgundy (and, yes, you can have any bottles you buy sent to your hotel or shipped home). This is an easy circular route between St Romain and Pommard via Volnay, Meursault, and Puligny Montrachet, with a minivan transfer from Beaune. It's suitable for all abilities, including kids. Private and custom tours are available on request. Price includes bike hire, all wine tastings, lunch in a local restaurant plus a local guide.

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Burgundy Wine Region Bike Tour - 3 days

Explore the vines of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Price:
From €355

On this self-guided 3-day bike ride, explore some of the most prestigious Burgundian vineyards such as Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Start your bike trip in Dijon, 'the city with the hundred bell towers', and ride towards Nuits-Saint-Georges on small country roads. Stop in Beaune, a famous trade place for the wines, and admire its beautiful Hospices, before continuing on a beautiful bike path winding through the famous vineyards of Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year, they hand-selected the finest routes across France, sharing with you some of France's hidden treasures.

3-day bike tour in the wine region of Burgundy

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Burgundy Wine Tour

Cycle among some of the most famous vineyards in the world

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
From €1600

Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in the world and this self-guided cycling holiday is your chance to visit some of the best vineyard names in Burgundy, such as the famous Meursault. Starting in Beaune where you will have time to visit the old hospices, this tour takes you through the Cote de Beaune vineyards and the Chateau de Meursault and Pommard, among others. You will have the chance to visit vineyards and taste great wines. After two nights in Beaune, cycle to Vougeot, a charming wine village from which you can explore places like Gevrey Chambertin, a home of great wines. The trip ends in Dijon, where you can decide to extend your stay for a few days. The price includes 4 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, plus breakfasts and 2 evening meals, hybrid bike hire (with the option to upgrade to electric bikes or road bikes), a detailed road book, a meeting with a local guide, 24/7 helpline and a Discover France water bottle.

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Burgundy's Route des Grand Crus Classic

The perfect self-guided ride for wine lovers

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Price:
From £1355

If you appreciate fine wine then the famous Burgundy area is a dream come true. This self-guided tour offers you the chance to explore the region on two wheels. In between wine tastings and gastronomic stopoffs, you'll enjoy relaxed cycling along quiet roads between picturesque villages and wonderful hotels. Follow the Route des Grand Cru bike circuit through gorgeous scenery and colourful vines. Take in the delightful regional capital, Beaune, as well. The price includes 3* and 4* B&B hotel accommodation, some evening meals, transfers from local train stations, bikes, panniers and handlebar bags, full route maps and instructions, and local support.

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Burgundy's Secrets 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

Price:
From €879

On this self-guided 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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Camargue & Provence by Bike & Boat

Explore the rivers and vineyards of Provence by boat and bike

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3944 8857

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1195

Enjoy a week's bike-boat cruise to explore the beautiful rivers and vineyards of Provence and Camargue. Cruise through lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs, and enjoy cities full of hidden treasures and glorious Provençal wine. This is France as it should be discovered. The MS Caprice and MS L'Estillo are 2-star to 3-star vessels. See the famous flamingos of the Camargue regional nature park, the picture-perfect villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Vallabrègues, and, finally, the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK (price can be amended if you are coming from elsewhere), en suite accommodation on the 2-star to 3-star boats, full board dining arrangements, daily semi-guided cycling tours and excursions, welcome cocktail, touring bikes with panniers, route maps and instructions and local support and friendly crew.

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Canal de Garonne loop ride to to Nérac

Get off the beaten track to explore the rural France away from the canal

Offered by:
Cycles Sud Ouest

Phone number:
+33 (0) 7 52 05 90 48

Tour length:
2 days/1 night

Price:
€170

This is a locally planned and run tour from Clare and her team at Cycles Sud Ouest. It's a self-guided overnight tour is designed for people who are cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse, but who want to see a little more of the area rather than just pass through. It's also a perfect overnight or weekend ride out of Bordeaux or Toulouse – both are accessible by local trains to the starting points at either Buzet-sur-Baise or Agen. From there, ride to the charming town of Nérac – in the footsteps of Henri IV. En route, visit bastides and wineries and enjoy authentic south-west gastronomy, and stay overnight at a charming locally run hotel. This self-guided ride is a loop around the Albret region, passing through Vianne, Barbaste and Nérac and providing you with a real off-the-beaten itinerary not usually experienced by Bordeauix-Toulouse cyclists. The price includes overnight accommodation, bike hire (ebikes or regular bikes), route maps and notes and full local support and guidance from Clare and her team, who live locally.
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Office of Tourisme Albret

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to Sète

Follow the course of the Canal du Midi, visiting local gems along the way

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €999

This self-guided cycling tour takes you from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea along the Canal du Midi. Ride on the hauling path or further afield to discover abbeys, vineyards and lakes. Start your cycling holiday in Toulouse, where you already feel the way of life of the south of France, discover its gastronomy and wonder at its soft colours. Ride through the Lauragais, a vast fertile plain dotted with nice churches and ride through Castelnaudary, the home town of cassoulet, before reaching the cute port of Bram. Head then to Carcassonne and its famous medieval fortress before riding into Minervois, where you will pass many peaceful wine villages along the canal. Stop in one of them before going to your next stop in Béziers. Afterwards, the sea is only a few kilometres away. You reach first Agde and the Thau Lagoon. Ride the last stretch along the sea and arrive in the town of Sète and its port, your ultimate destination. The price of this tour includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you need to get the most out of your trip.

Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sete cycle tour

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Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Sète

Relaxing waterside cycling and stunning villages

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €1590

Explore France's most famous canal as you ride self-guided from the walled city of Carcassonne to the Mediterranean coast at Sete. En route, take in Narbonne and Beziers, which offer important historical sites and are yet so typical of this southern France coastal region. Experience the rural French lifestyle while enjoying both the waterway of the canal and the inviting Mediterranean. Don't forget to allow extra time to experience the marvellous and intact medieval city of Carcassonne, one of the most beautiful villages in France. This tour could be combined with a regional ride to make give you a longer break to fully explore the best of the Languedoc. Price includes 6 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, breakfast and 2 dinners. Hybrid bike hire is included (plus option to upgrade to electric bikes). You also get a detailed road book, a meeting with a local guide, access to a 24/7 helpline, and a complimentary Discover France water bottle.

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €459

Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Loire Valley by riding between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire Valley and the Vienne Valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau or Chateau d'Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River and the traditional boats floating between the sandbanks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur, the Abbaye de Fontevraud and the cave houses lining the valley. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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Castles of the Loire Valley

A gentle and enjoyable tour around the stunning chateaux of the Loire

Offered by:
Discover France

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 15 82 04 (US/Canada: 1-800-929-0152 or Australia: 1-800-823-710)

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Price:
From €935

This bike tour is a great way to discover the famous castles of the Loire Valley. Start your trip in picturesque Amboise before cycling to Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord and finally arriving in Blois. The self-guided includes visiting other castles such as Cheverny and Chaumont and cycling through beautiful landscapes and gardens. The terrain is mostly flat and well adapted for casual biking. The price includes 4 nights' accommodation in superior hotels, breakfasts and an evening meal. Hybrid bike hire is also included (with an option to upgrade to a road/gravel bike or an electric bike). You also get a detailed road book, a meeting with a local guide, access to a 24/7 helpline and a complimentary Discover France water bottle.

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Chalon to Macon loop along the Saone River

A southern Burgundy ride almost exclusively on bike paths

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
5 days/4 nights

Price:
From €400

This self-guided tour is a loop ride from Chalon to Mâcon via “the blue route” bike path that follows the Saône River. The itinerary returns via Cluny on the green route along the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards to Chalon-sur-Saône. It takes in local gastronomy, vineyards and culture. Visit Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon and Cluny, taking in Romanesque art, impressive cathedrals and wonderful museums and abbeys en route. The ride can be extended to cross with the vineyard route into Beaune. Almost exclusively on cycle paths, this tour is ideal for first-time cyclists, families and more experienced tourers alike. Run by local Burgundy specialists. Price includes B&B-style hotel and guesthouse accommodation, bike rental, and full route notes and maps. 33km-51km (can be tailored for you).

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