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Cycle Normandy to Paris - Pedal Power

Cycle from the Normandy coast to the wonderful City of Lights

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From £835 (guided), £980 (self-guided) with discounts for under 14s

Available as a guided or self-guided tour, this jaunt from France's northern coast to its forever wonderful capital will have you experiencing delusions of Tour de France grandeur as you arrive on the Champs-Élysées. Ride from the beautiful harbour of Honfleur to the waters of the Seine, via picturesque villages and the often wild and rugged landscapes of the Normandy countryside. Haute-Normandie is famous for its cheeses and butters (not to mention ciders ... ), and you'll have plenty of chances to sample these en route. Pedal Power to Paris picks its way down quiet lanes, across tributaries of the Seine and through a patchwork of fields. It ends in the French capital – cycle through Louis VI’s 13th century arch, La Porte de Bretagne, and arrive in Paris having discovered its rural fringes. Then spend two nights experiencing everything the magical French capital has to offer. B&B and small hotel accommodation included, plus bike hire if you need it.

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Cycle off the beaten track in the Dordogne

Autoire waterfalls, Collanges-la-Rouge and the Jardins d’Eyrignac

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

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

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1205

This is a true insider's cycling tour of the Dordogne, with the route packed with off-the-beaten trail highlights that don't make it onto a regular tourist itinerary. Head for the wide open spaces of Les Causses, passing through unspoilt scenery en route to Rocamadour and St-Céré, gateway to the waterfalls at Autoire, Château-de-Montal, Castelnau-Bretenoux and Les Grottes de Presque. Pedal along the river to Carennac before taking in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and the deserted lanes of Collanges-la-Rouge in the Corrèze. Visit the Jardins d’Eyrignac as you loop back to Gourdon. Fully inclusive self-guided tour with high quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers and high-spec bike hire.

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Cycle the Via Rhona

Experience the Rhone's wilder side

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
£1325

This self-guided tour will take you from Vienne, previously the ancient capital of Roman Gaul, to the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, via steeply terraced vineyards including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie and onto Montélimar following the River Rhone's cycle ways. This beautiful stage of the 'Via Rhona' will appeal to anyone interested in history, nature or gastronomy. Along the way you will stay in atmospheric 3-star hotels and visit many places of interest, including a vineyard and Roman theatre. Lots of great cuisine available at every stop. The price includes luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, 5 nights' B&B accomodation and some evening meals, and bike hire.

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Cycle Through Lavender

Take in the sights and smells of France's famous lavender fields

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €695

Cyclomundo Cycling Through Lavender mapCelebrate lavender in all its forms on this self-guided cycling holiday through France's famous lavender fields. Experience the colours and the aromas as you cycle through both natural fields and lovingly cultivated farmers' fields. Combine calming perfumes and fresh alpine air as you pass the spectacular Gorges of Verdon (France’s own 'Grand Canyon'), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole to see its stunning lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. Daily distance between 38-57km. Price includes transfers to and from Manosque on the first and last days, 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Discover Poitou-Charentes from the Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €799

Start your bike trip in Niort and discover the small roads and narrow canals of the Poitevin marshes. Cross small villages, discover the fauna and flora of the marshes with a guide on a boat, and visit the magnificent abbey of Maillezais. Stop in the city of art and history that is Fontenay-le-Comte before leaving the wild Marais Poitevin to reach the beautiful port city of La Rochelle. The next day you'll ride to the island Ile de Ré where you'll discover the long fine-sand beaches, the salt evaporation ponds of Loix and Ars-en-Ré, the fortified city of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or the producers of Pineau wine. Cross the bridge back to La Rochelle to bring your adventure to an end. Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur have been riding in France since they were 22. They started running self-guided tours to share their favourites routes with visitors to France.

 

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Cycling + French Lessons in the Alps

Learn French while riding in the Alps – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights (5 half-days and one full day free for cycling, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
Challenging but flexible

Price:
From €799

Learn French while indulging in a French cycling holiday in the Alps. This French language course – tailored especially for cyclists – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike in the Morzine area climbing Joux Plane, Avoriaz, Ramaz and much more. The cycling – over five half-days and one full day – is unguided, so ride as much or as little as you like. Helen (an avid rider herself) and her team will be on hand to help with local route advice and maps. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons, or if you need more time on the bike.

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Cycling Breaks in the Loire Valley

Affordable and bespoke fixed base short breaks in the beautiful Loire

Offered by:
Loire Life Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 25 81 98 51

Tour length:
From 3 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €450 per person

Stay on a bed and breakfast basis and with help from your hosts choose from an extensive catalogue of circular cycling routes ranging from 25km to more than 75km in length. Routes take in chateaux, vineyards and the banks of the Loire itself. Bike hire and emergency backup included and free wifi, pool, hot tub and laundry all available for your use. Start any day from April to October. This is your chance to create a memorable cycling break at an affordable price.

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Cycling Flanders, Artois & the Somme

Cycle along the Western front battlefields with a local expert

Offered by:
Cycling the Western Front

Phone number:
+32 (0)4 75 81 06 08

Tour length:
Either 4 or 6 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€630 for 4 days, €790 for 6 days

This tour rides the routes of the historic Western Front from Ypres to Armentières, Vimy Ridge, Arras and the Somme. You will be guided all the way by licensed tour guide, Carl, who has loads of personal experience cycling in this area and will support and inform you on key cultural and historical points at memorials, monuments and military cemeteries throughout the trip. (If you prefer self-guided, ask Carl and he can tailor the trip for you). Some of the key sites visited along the way include Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Messines Ridge, Fromelles, Hill 70, Vimy, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, Pozières, Albert, Villers-Bretonneux, and Bullecour. The price includes multi-speed Dutch-style bikes with relaxed geometry to enable you to tour comfortably, helmet, B&B accommodation, luggage transport, and shuttle back to Lille Europe.

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Cycling from Chateauneuf du Pape to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

France at its best – a leisurely bike ride for all abilities

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1080

This well-planned itinerary makes for a gentle cycling holiday perfectly suited to beginners, wine-lovers and history buffs. The self-guided ride starts in medieval Avignon before pedalling out to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine-making appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. From here it's on to Uzès to see its centuries-old stone buildings and labyrinth of cobbled streets. Afterwards, the Mistral wind will push you south to the Pont du Gard – the most imposing bridge built during the Roman Empire. But that's not all. Continue towards Boulbon, a charming village nestled against the thyme-laden Montagnette hills, and on to ride in Van Gogh's footsteps to St Remy de Provence and then Roman Arles. Price includes 6 nights' B&B double occupancy, luggage transfers, hybrid bike rental, full road book and maps, and two evening meals. The tour is locally run from Avignon.

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €845

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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