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

From the heart of the Loire to the fringes of Burgundy

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €940

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

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Burgundy Wine Trails and Green Ways

A scenic tour of Burgundy appealing to the whole family

Offered by:
Active Tours

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

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€550 per person with discounts for children

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

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Buzz, Bike and Brews

Beer and cycling ... two of life's simple pleasures in one holiday

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€715

Buzz Bikes & Beers holiday combines the love of cycling and ales. Nothing beats a nice cold beer after a tough day on the bike! The team have selected the best climbs in the Alps and matched them with great beers for this unique cycling holiday. Cycle Tour de France classics as well as some hidden gems and taste award-winning local beers. The stay includes luxury accommodation, a daily guided ride, cooked morning breakfast and 5 evening dinners. It also includes a visit to 6 different local micro-breweries and establishments that will enhance your love of a nice brew. We think this could be a popular one.

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Canal du Midi

Experience one of France's most famous routes

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £840

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

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to Narbonne

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

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

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

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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €340

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

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to the Sea

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

Offered by:
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

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

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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €400

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

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Canal du Midi - Toulouse to Carcassonne in 4 days

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€379

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

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Canal du Midi Cycle Holiday

Cycle along France's most famous canal on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£935 (camping option), £1335 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

Experience one of France's most popular canals by bike, taking the famous canal from Toulouse right the way through to the Med and then along the coast towards Provence. You'll use the canal as a rough guide, but you'll also leave it to explore the vineyards, olive groves and historic towns around it – there is more to this lovely corridor than its famous waterway. This fully guided and supported ‘Length and Breadth’ tour gives you the chance to get close to nature, camping your way along the canal but without the hassle of having to carry your own camping kit or tent (or even pitching it). If you prefer you can stay in B&Bs rather than camping, the choice is yours. Price includes support car, luggage transfers and guide, all campsite breakfasts or B&B if selected, plus lunches en route and some evening meals. You can combine this tour with the Atlantic Coast and Entre Deux Mers trips to navigate your way from the top of France to the bottom. 

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €850

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

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday: From Toulouse to Sète

A leisurely ride along France's most famous canal to the Med

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €595

The Canal du Midi is an ideal route for anyone wanting to take a leisurely ride and relax for a week of cycling with friends or family. From lock to lock and bridge to bridge, the canal will carry you from the  heart of Toulouse to Marseillan, on the Mediterranean Coast. Enjoy some time exploring the narrow labyrinthine streets of the 'pink city' of Toulouse before heading off along the canal to the Plaines du Lauragais, Castelnaudary and on to the towering fortified town of Carcassonne. You'll also pass by the seven locks of Fonséranne and the Etang de Thau (complete with oyster beds), before arriving at the Med. Price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation, 4 evening meals, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided. 

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Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers

Follow the banks of the Canal du Midi to beyond Beziers

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €759

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

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Canal du Midi from fortress of Carcassonne to Narbonne

A short break from the fortress of Carcassonne to Narbonne

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €399

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

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Canal du Nivernais

Enjoy towpath cruising through Burgundy

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1480

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

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €365

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

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Caves, Villages and Rivers of the Dordogne Valley

Underground rivers, the Lascaux caves and bustling Sarlat

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

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

Tour length:
9 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1680

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

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Cévennes National Park and Tarn Discovery Tour

Touring the Tarn gorges and Cévennes National Park

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

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

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€1100

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

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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
Easy

Level of difficulty:
6 nights

Price:
From £1084

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

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Chateaux of the Charente

Meander through the stunning countryside of SW France

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy-moderate

Price:
£1377

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

 

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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

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

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Châteaux of the Loire - Short Break

Short but sweet visit to the Loire

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £725

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

 

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £760

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

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Classic Burgundy and Beaune

A self-guided tour to sample the best of Burgundy

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1325

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

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Classic Canal du Midi

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

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1999

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

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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

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

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

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

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1155

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

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

Cyclist-run supported rides from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €50 per night

Ride the cols of the Pyrenees from cyclist Martyn's base in the beautiful Aude at the foothills of the mountains and within reach of all the big-hitters: Col de Portel, Col De Portet d'Aspet, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Mente, Col de Aspin, Tourmalet and the Hautacam. Airport/train transfers or luggage and bike bag collection included (you can cycle from the airport or train station if you like). To keep things simple, the trip's priced at a flat per-night rate that includes B&B, evening meals and on-road nourishment. Available guided or self-guided if you prefer to go off and do your own thing with maps and route advice from Martyn.

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Corsica Northern Tour

Ride the spectacular north of Corsica, plus its beautiful rugged interior

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
8 days, 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£1595

Follow the spectacular road along the coast of northern Corsica before heading inland to explore the unspoiled forests and rustic mountain villages of the interior, cutting through the beautiful Balagne and Castagniccia regions. This relaxed itinerary takes advantage of the milder pre-summer temperatures of May, when you can expect near-deserted roads, warm sunny days and postcard vistas around every corner. In the evenings, sample the local food and wines, indulge in Corsica's chestnut beer, and take in the sunset views as you trade stories of the day's adventures. 480km, 6,500m of climbing – all fully supported. Price includes half-board accommodation and transfers. Bike hire an optional extra. 
2018 dates: May 20-27

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Cote d'Azur and Nice guided rides

See the sunny south coast of France with a local guide

Offered by:
Lifesparkz Bike Tours

Phone number:
(+33) 6 40 52 94 39

Tour length:
Single or multiple day options to suit your needs

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to very challenging

Price:
Tailored for you

 The Côte d’Azur really is an area that comes into its own with some local knowledge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur by bike with local guides. Tina at Lifesparkz Bike Tours can customise day tours for single riders or organise longer tours for larger groups or clubs. Routes can be tailored to all abilities, from moderate to very challenging rides that take you into Les Alpes-Maritimes, or leisure ride along coastal routes that can often be crowded with tourist traffic. Ride from Nice into the lower Alps or venture into the Var. Day or multi-day rides available. Guiding in English, French, Danish or Hungarian. Bike rental also possible, along with support cars and mechanics for larger groups.

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Côtes du Rhône in Provence

Ride the rivers and wine routes of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £865

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

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Criterium de Dauphine

Combine riding with watching the pros warm up for the TDF

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£725

The Criterium du Dauphine presents the perfect opportunity for a road cycling holiday. Watch the very best riders from the pro peloton while cycling some of the same roads. This French cycling holiday combines daily rides with an opportunity to stop and watch the professionals in the 2018 event. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from the event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
Dates for 2018: June 4-10

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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

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

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

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Custom Guided Road Cycling Tours

Choose your own adventure with a tailormade tour anywhere in France

Offered by:
HC Bike Tours

Phone number:
+37 1 26306180 (Europe) / +1 650 319 8824 (US)

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
Varies

Tailor your own dream cycling adventure. HC Bike Tours specialise in custom tours taking you anywhere in Europe. Just tell them where you want to go and how challenging you want your ride to be and they'll work out the best routes, sort logistics, book hotels and make all the other arrangements to ensure you have a hassle-free holiday. They can cater for small groups of between 1 and 14 riders, and can take care of cyclists of all abilities as well as non-cycling partners. Start by filling out the booking form on their site with your basics and you'll be on your way to build the perfect itinerary.

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Custom Tours in the Alps

Take the stress out of organising your Alpine tour

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

Price:
Tailored

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

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Custom Tours in the Pyrenees

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

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored, but generally challenging

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

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

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Cycle Amongst the Loire Valley Châteaux from Blois to Tours

Discover the rich tapestries of the Loire Valley – from castles to vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €789

A cycle tour amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to ToursThe Loire Valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat terrain. Be captivated by the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau at Chenonceau.  This bike trip combines the beautiful landscape s of the valley with the importance of the river, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine. This is a favourite of best friends and cycling partners Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their French cycling discoveries with visitors from around the world.

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Cycle from Saumur to La Rochelle on La Vélo Francette

New tour taking riders from the Loire to the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Biking France

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

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days' riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
€690

This self-guided tour gives you the chance to see lots of contrasts from the castles of the Loire Valley to the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean via the Sèvre Niortaise river. Along the way you'll discover Saumur and its vineyards and the harbour and seafood of La Rochelle via the 'Green Venice' of the Marais Poitevin. This circuit reveals many natural and architectural treasures and a preserved landscape. The price includes 6 nights' B&B accommodation in 2-star and 3-star local hotels, cycle rental for 5 days (with helmet), luggage transfers, a detailed travel folder in French or English, tourist brochures so you can select personal things to do and see, plus a telephone support hotline 7 days a week.

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Cycle Loire & Sologne – The Land of Kings

Take in the grandeur of the Loire's chateaux country

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £970

Inntravel land of Kings mapThe beautiful Loire Valley is renowned for the grandeur and majesty of the magnificent châteaux that line the banks of this regal river. Slightly less well-known is the region just to the south of Orléans - the Sologne - where shimmering lakes and picturesque villages of timber-framed, red-brick houses nestle amid the luxuriant woodland. This trip is a mix of roads-less-travelled as well as Loire highlights such as the grand chateaux at Blois, Chaumont and Chambord. It's an easy pedalling tour on riverside lanes, forest tracks and dedicated cycle paths, staying in top-quality family-run hotels en route. All accommodation, bike hire, route notes and maps, plus baggage transfer included.

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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 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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Cycle touring in the Tarn gorges – Self-guided

Explore the incredible scenery of the deep 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:
From €430

The gorges in the Tarn and Lozere departments are some of the deepest and most spectacular in Europe – and they are surprisingly undiscovered and rarely cycled. The area is set to the north of Montpellier at the western edge of the Cévennes National Park. This self-guided tour is based at Mellow Velo Aventures' own our self-catering accommodation, so you'll have a familiar base to return to at the end of each day without having to worry about luggage transfers. Tessa and Geoff have over 20 years of local knowledge to call upon and have planned these varied and interesting routes based on their local favourites – and on your preferred daily mileage. You'll head out for six rides over a period of seven days. On the rest day you can cycle off-piste, try MTB-ing or electric biking, go canoeing, walking, pot holing, or simply relax. You'll be provided with a pack of rides with maps and full route notes, and a GPS device with turn-by-turn instructions for each ride. You'll also receive a breakfast hamper for seven days and a bike box with spares, tools, gels, hydration tablets and everything else you need to get the most out of your cycling holiday.

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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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Cycling from Tours to Saumur

A gentle meander along the Loire à Vélo, plus a day canoeing

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €779

A cycling week from Tours to Saumur Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Loire Valley by riding on the Loire à Vélo route between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the route goes on little country roads, passing the most prestigious castles – such as Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Ussé (the castle of the Sleeping Beauty) – en route. Admire the ever-changing colours along the river as the traditional boats bob up and down between the sand banks. There's also a day set aside to take a canoe out on to the Loire. Bérangère (pictured) and Eugénie set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share the best bits of their homeland with others. This is their favourite Loire itinerary.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailor made

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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Cycling Holiday in the Limousin (fixed-base)

Explore the backroads of the Limousin region with bespoke routes

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €720

The Limousin region – tucked in between the Loire and the Dordogne – is one of France's often-overlooked cycling destinations. And completely without reason: there's some super cycling to be had here. This guided or self-guided trip is the perfect way to get to know the region. It takes in all the highlights: Chateau de Villemonteix, woodlands and lake-side picnic spots, the nature reserve at the Etang de Landes, tiny villages, market towns, hill-top vistas, rock formations and much more. Cris and Andy at Bonkersfrog have been riding the roads of the Limousin for 10 years – there are few people who know cycling in this region better than them. Price includes all accommodation at their own B&B, most meals, luggage transfer and bespoke routes, plus bike hire if you need it. Available guided or self-guided.

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