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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 €899

Your bike tour starts in Bordeaux and its charming historic center. 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. You now reach the Dordogne river and 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. A rich and complete trip for unforgettable cycling holidays!

Cycling holiday from Bordeaux vineyards to Dordogne castles

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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 tour around the Lot Valley

A lovely ride through the gorgeous and varied landscapes of the Lot Valley

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +33 (0)6 48 20 36 85

Tour length:
9 days, 8 nights

Price:
From €1850

Start your adventure in Gourdon before heading into La France Profonde towards the bastide town of Monpazier. Cycle down into the glorious Lot valley to explore Château-de-Bonaguil or one of the many vineyards along the route to Cahors. Ride along the edge of the River Lot beneath overhanging cliffs. Wander around St-Cirq-Lapopie and visit the Grotte du Pech-Merle with its ancient cave drawings. Return to Gourdon having ridden through landscapes that appear not to have changed for centuries. Cycle the Dordogne’s self-guided cycling tours are a voyage of discovery. You are in control. You travel at your own pace. Cliff will meet you upon arrival and explain everything thoroughly – how the bicycles function, which routes are recommended and places of interest to visit along the way. Tours are self-guided, but support is always on hand. Tour includes full route notes, accommodation and bike hire.

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

Ride through stunning ancient landscapes following the Dordogne River

Offered by:
Evazio

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

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

Price:
From €835

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).

Agen to Sarlat Cycling holiday

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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

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

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

Price:
From €900

From La Rochelle your cycling tour takes you along the Atlantic coast to discover the Charente Maritime area. You will cycle along the Velodyssey 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 Charentes. 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 vineyard down and majestic Bordeaux itself. Starting price includes 6 or 7 nights' B&B in charming hotels and guest houses, one evening meal, full route notes and maps, GPS app for smartphone with vocal 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, an English-speaking French company 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 €1499

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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Basque Country by bike - Between land and sea

A treat awaits you on this roundtrip starting in Biarritz

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
6 or 7 days, 30 to 45km per day

Price:
From €815

This self-guided cycling tour around the Basque Country starts and ends in Biarritz, taking in the seaside culture, fishing villages and Franco-Spanish influences of the far south-west of France. It features towering cliffs and rugged rocks to sandy bays and an ocean as far as the eye can see. From Biarritz ride to the port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz before crossing the Bidassoa river for the Spanish influences on the other side. There is a little climbing here (400-1200m a day) as you head inland to see unforgettable landscapes dotted with white timber frame houses built centuries ago. Discover typical Basque villages and towns like Sare, Ainhoa and Saint Jean Pied de Port, a famous stop on the pilgrims' route to Compostela. At the end of each day, indulge in the flavours of the local cuisine – beware the Espelette pepper, the emblematic local spice. Starting price includes 5-6 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses, two evening meals, a boat crossing from France into Spain, all route notes and maps, including a GPS app with voice guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire (including electrics) included on request.

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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

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

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

Price:
From €860

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. 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 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 €899

This self-guided cycling holiday in the Dordogne will totally 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.

 The best of the Dordogne by bike

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Biking and Canoeing in the Vézère and Dordogne Valleys

Swap your bike for a canoe to explore meandering river valleys

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

From Bergerac to Sarlat, this self-guided cycle tour will showcase the contrasting landscapes of the Périgord, from vineyards to the golden cliffs of the Vézère and Dordogne valleys. Start in Bergerac, a beautiful medieval city on the banks of the Dordogne River. Cycle along the river, then across the hills to reach charming villages that are typical of the Périgord, such as Trémolat and Limeuil. From here it's onto the Vézère Valley and its prehistoric sites. Enjoy a break day in Les Eyzies, where you can exchange your bike for a canoe to explore the Vézère River and its troglodyte sites, or hike around the village. Then, continue to Montignac and the world-famous Lascaux cave before cycling on to beautiful, medieval Sarlat. Finally, discover the famous castles of the Dordogne with a beautiful loop ride: châteaux de Beynac, Castelnaud and La Roque Gageac. You can again take to the water to see the castles from a different perspective. This is a complete bike trip combining cycling and canoeing. The price includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you need to make the most of your trip.

Vézère and Dordogne Valleys cycle tour

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Bordeaux & St Emilion: Gironde’s Vineyards, Rivers & Valleys

Drink in the scenery around Bordeaux and St Emilion, both UNESCO-listed

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £995

Starting in Bordeaux, capital of the French wine trade, this cycling holiday explores the area to the east – including UNESCO-listed St Emilion – before returning to this elegant, cycle-friendly city for a final night. It focuses on the area between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, an area famous for its clarets and rich gastronomy. This is a region steeped in history, with fortified stone villages (bastides) scattered across the gently undulating landscape – a reminder of years gone by when this land was contested by the French and English during the Hundred Years War. This is an idyllic ride through the rich history – and the beautiful wines – of south-west France. All accommodation, baggage transport, route notes and bike hire included. 

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Bordeaux City & Arcachon Bay

Combine a vibrant city visit with sandy beaches and vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3813 9562

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1015

The city of Bordeaux, the 6th largest in France, offers a heady mix of rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Delight in Bordeaux city centre, its architecture, culture, food and wine, plus 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, flights and transfers available on request.

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Bordeaux City Break

A lovely lively city and stunning vineyards to explore by bike

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7279

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £885

The city of Bordeaux, the sixth-largest in France, 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. Make sure to take in the grand wine châteaux of the Margaux appellation, the sand, sun and seafood of Arcachon Bay and the sweet and dry white wines of the Entre Deux Mers vineyards. The price of this tour includes fully serviced touring bikes, water bottle and accessories, charming self-catering apartments, tour information pack upon arrival, including information on off-the-bike activities, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes available, and flights and transfers available on request. The tour is financially protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Bordeaux Culture & Vineyards

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

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3582 5503

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £815

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, flights and transfers available on request. 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

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

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

Price:
From €750

This locally run self-guided bike tour takes in 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 the Arcachon bay and the ocean. The route takes in dedicated cycling paths as well as mostly flat smaller backroads. Starting price is for 5-7 nights' B&B in charming 3-star hotels and guesthouses, 4 dinners with wine, 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 £995

The city of Bordeaux, the sixth-largest in France, 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, flights and transfers from the UK (prices can be amended if you are coming from elsewhere), bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, GPS navigation app, route maps and instructions and local support whenever needed.

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Bordeaux to Arcachon along the Atlantic Coast

A short break for young and old in south-west France

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €469

A family cycling holiday on one of the most beautiful and safest bike paths in France. The Bordeaux to Atlantic Coast route takes you through fragrant forests of pine trees to the white beaches and sand dunes of the coast. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bordeaux, enjoying its beautiful architecture and riverfront, before joining the bike path heading west. When you arrive at the coast, ride along the long the peninsula to Cap Ferret, admire Arcachon Basin, indulge in oysters and stroll through the town of Arcachon itself, with its wide pedestrian boulevard and restaurants. Don't forget to take the time to climb the Dune du Pyla – the highest sand dune in Europe – and be amazed by the views from the top. At the end of each day, dip your feet in the warm waters of the sea and enjoy a glass of Bordeaux's finest.

Bordeaux to Arcachon by bike

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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

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

Tour length:
7 or 8 day options, 40 to 60km per day

Price:
From €990

This 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. Follow the Canal de Garonne, classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, alternating between bike paths and small backroads with flat reliefs. 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. Starting 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. 

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Bordeaux to Sarlat along the Dordogne River

A picturesque riverside ride along the mighty Dordogne

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
6 to 9 day options, 40 to 60km per day

Price:
From €805

This cycling holiday follows the iconic Dordogne as it winds its way through the Gironde and Dordogne departements. 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 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 5 to 8 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 Toulouse (or reverse) on the Canal de Garonne

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

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights, 40 to 60km per day

Price:
From €825

Ride the increasingly popular Canal de Garonne route between Bordeaux and Toulouse along the Canal des Deux Mers bike route (it eventualy 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 andguesthouses, 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 arrange. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux to Toulouse: Canal de Garonne

Green lanes and cycle paths next to the beautiful Canal de la Garonne

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €595

The Canal de la Garonne may well be the little sibling of the famous Canal du Midi, but it's no less impressive. This is  mostly flat route suited to all abilities. It's also mostly an off-road/car-free route via a great network of cycle paths and green lanes, where the waters of the canal set the pace of the riding. It's a great opportunity to ride under your own steam from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, linking with the Midi at Toulouse. No noise, no cars, no stress – just a gentle progression from lock to lock. Visit the Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure (a UNESCO heritage site), follow the medieval ramparts of Pommier and admire the half-timber houses of Damazan. Visit also the historical towns of Agen, Marmande, Moissac and Montauban. This tour is E-bike compatible.

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Bordeaux Vineyards to the Atlantic Coast

A self-guided ride through the Medoc to beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €889

This cycle trip leads you through the heart of the Bordeaux region: from the wine traditions handed down for generations to the sandy coastline of the Atlantic with its fragrant pine forests. You'll start in Bordeaux, with the beautiful architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre and its cycle-friendly river routes. Head north through the Medoc vineyards, passing some of the most prestigious wine houses in the world, such as Haut Marbuzet, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafitte-Rothschild. Then it's off to the pine forests of the Atlantic coast, down to the spectacular Cap-Ferret, and by boat to the Arcachon basin and the largest sand dune in Europe, la dune du Pyla. Finish your holiday at Arcachon, where you can relax and stroll at your own pace, enjoying the local oyster en route.

Bordeaux vineyards to the Atlantic

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Bordeaux, the Medoc Vineyards and the Ocean

Cycle the best vineyards and beaches France has to offer

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
6 to 8 day options, 40 to 65km per day

Price:
From €760

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 (inlcuding 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 wit 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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Centre-based trip – Magical Valleys of the Périgord

The heart of Périgord, along the Dordogne and Vézère rivers

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €690

Riding along the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, discover the exceptional heritage and beautiful countryside of the Périgord Noir. Quiet back roads and tracks take you through majestic forests and meadows, leading time and again to exceptional monuments and buildings, most notably the castles of Commarque, Puymartin and Beynac. Each village is as pretty as the last, inviting us to explore the winding streets that take us on a journey back in time. The famous Dordogne gastronomy adds a welcome ingredient to this rich and wonderful circuit. This is a relaxing fixed base stay in a 3* hotel with a swimming pool. No need to move hotels every day - just settle in and enjoy the cycling. 25 to 35km per day, plus options to explore further on your own. Ebike upgrade available. 

Dordogne cycling map

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Classic - Bordeaux City & Beach Break

An invigorating blend of city life, beaches and vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 3218

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1185

The city of Bordeaux offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and, of course, fine wines. The beautiful Arcachon Bay offers a classy, classical seaside feel, making it a popular summer spot for those in the know. The beautiful sandy beaches, delicious fresh seafood and an excellent network of cycle routes make this one of France’s best-kept cycling secrets. Here you'll find the sand, sun and seafood of the Arcachon Bay and the spectacular views from the top of Dune du Pilat (Europe's largest sand dune). The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, 3 evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, daily route maps and cycling instructions, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-Bikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Classic - Bordeaux City & Vineyards

Enjoy the stunning vineyards around the vibrant city of Bordeaux

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 9225

Tour length:
5 or 6 nights

Price:
From £1165

The city of Bordeaux, the sixth largest in France, offers a heady mix of a rich history, world-class architecture, excellent gastronomy and of course, fine wines. This tour takes offers the chance to explore this magnificent metropolis and to spend time among the vast vineyards of the Entre Deux Mers appellation. From the city, you’ll ride a loop to the east, taking in famous wine towns like St Emilion, Sauternes and Cadillac. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, delicious restaurant meals each night, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, daily route maps and cycling instructions, expert on the spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-bikes available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Cycling holiday to the highlights of the French Basque country

Explore the Pays-Basque and the foothills of the Pyrenees with its unique history and culture

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €915

A wonderful loop around the French Basque country you will start in Biarritz and finish back there some 8 days later after some amazing riding on quiet country roads or cycle paths. Along the way you will visit Bayonne famed for its colourful timbered houses and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful stopover on the route of the Santiago de Compostela. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to enjoy the delicious local products such as the famous Espelette chilli peppers and famous Basque tarts to give you lots of energy! The provided itinerary also takes you to the Atlantic coast on the Velodyssey bike route, passing by the coastal town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and it's cosy harbour before arriving back in Biarritz.

Cycling the French Basque country

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Cycling Holidays in the Lot et Garonne – Fixed base holidays for small groups

Discover the Lot Valley on a guided bespoke cycling holiday

Offered by:
Lamamotte Gite Cycling Holidays

Tour length:
4 to 7 nights (with guided rides)

Price:
From €300 per person

Jess and Mark are keen road cyclists and offer unguided, or fully guided, road cycling holidays from their luxurious, fixed base accommodation complete with pool. The Lot et Garonne has quiet country roads and rolling hills, making it ideal for intermediate cyclists in particular. Ride distances and difficulty can be tailored for you. The area has superb scenery, including river valleys, chateaux and castles, medieval hilltop Bastide towns and rural landscapes. All rides are organised to stop at scenic destinations for photos and refreshments. Local destinations include Monflanquin, Pujols, Penne d’Agenais and Nerac. These holidays are for groups of between 4 and 10 people staying in a beautifully converted farmhouse with a pool in a rural setting. There are 5 bedrooms, a mix of doubles and twins, some with ensuite. The price includes luxury accommodation. Continental breakfast, 3-course evening meal with wine, guided rides and transfers from Bergerac Airport can be arranged. Self-catering is an option available on request. Hire of quality carbon road bikes can easily be arranged or you can bring your own. You can also see Jess and Mark's Facebook page here.

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Cycling La Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast on the EuroVelo 1 from vineyards to fishing villages

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
8 or 9 days, 30 to 60km per day

Price:
From €1020

Cycle from Bordeaux to Biarritz along the Atlantic Coast via the excellent Velodyssee. Experience the nature, heritage and culture of the Gironde, Landes and Basque Country regions on one of the longest veloroutes in Europe. This self-guided tour is broken down into manageable stages from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bordeaux to the famous seaside town of Biarritz. In between, ride around lakes, along the ocean, and through the vast forested Landes de Gascogne. Discover salt marshes, dunes, forests, and beaches surrounded by pine trees. There are many restaurants and bars to enjoy on this itinerary, including wonderful local oyster and seafood stops, and restaurants specialising in duck. You won’t be starving or thirsty! Stop for a glass of wine at lunch and chat to locals as you soak up te sunshine of south-west France. The starting price includes 7-8 nights' B&B in 3* and 4* hotels. Route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, bay ferry crossing, emergency phone support 24/7. Hire bikes (including electrics) can also be arranged. This self-guided holiday is offered by Evazio, an English-speaking French company based in Bordeaux.

Cycling La Velodyssee from Bordeaux to Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast

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Dordogne Valley

Take the scenic route through the beautiful Dordogne Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £990

This scenic route explores the beguiling landscapes between the handsome market town of Souillac and the pretty, hill-top village of Loubressac. Each evening, enjoy wonderful gastronomic dinners, while for lunch, picnic by the river or stop at authentic, inexpensive village restaurants. The cycling is undulating and, in places, challenging, but always rewarding, and there is time to pause at the châteaux and churches that you pass. A real highlight of the week is exploring the renowned hanging village of Rocamadour, and you can also visit the  cavern of the Gouffre de Padirac. This is a self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling holiday, with all accommodation, bike hire, maps and route notes, plus luggage transfers included. There is also the option to extend the cycling trip for two nights to take in the beautiful cobbled streets of Sarlat. Ebikes are also available.

Inntravel Dordogne Cycling Holiday

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Family cycling tour along the Atlantic Coast

A fun self-guided ride for the family through forests and along beaches

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €819

A cycling holiday for all ages on one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France. Leave Bordeaux via pine forests, and head towards the sand dunes and beaches of the west coast. Spend some time in Bordeaux, with its family-friendly pedestrianised streets and playgrounds on the waterfront. Cycle along the river, stopping for ice-cream at the restored 'hangars' on the riverfront at Chartrons. Then head off on car-free bike paths through forests that line the route towards the sea. Here, water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding await you, combining with cycling to provide a true nature-lover's holiday. Eat oysters at one of the restaurants hugging the Bay of Arcachon, or simply relax with a glass of wine or a juice as the sun goes down and ponder the next day's adventures.

Family Bordeaux-Arcachon

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La Velodyssee from Nantes to La Rochelle (Atlantic Coast)

Link the Loire to the Atlantic Coast on this EuroVelo 1 cycling holiday

Offered by:
Evazio

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

Tour length:
6 to 8 days, 40 to 68km per day

Price:
From €970

Experience the magic of France's beaches on this La Velodyssee along the Atlantic coast. The self-guided ride takes you from the fringes of the Loire Valley – the areas of Loire Atlantique and the Vendee – south to the sunny Charente-Maritime. From Nantes,cycle the Loire estuary before reaching the serenity of the beautiful peninsula of the Pays de Retz. Here you'll find sandy coves, jagged cliffs and picturesque hamlets, the diverse lands bringing the fragrances of the sea and air. Cycle through charming seaside resorts like Pornic – the coast’s flagship city – before carrying on south through the salt marshes of the Vendée to Noirmoutier – a nature jewel that was the start of the 2018 Tour de France. Explore sand dunes and forests until Les Sables d’Olonne, renowned for its fine sandy beach, before arriving in La Tranche sur Mer. Your ride will end in La Rochelle after a link through the marshlands of the Marais Poitevin, a protected area. From La Rochelle it's possible to ride across the bridge to the almost traffic-free seclusion that it the Ile-de-Re. Starting price includes 7 nights' B&B in 3-star hotels, all route notes and maps, including a GPS smartphone app with vocal guiding, daily luggage transfers, and emergency phone support 24/7. Bike hire can also be arranged.

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La Velodyssey from La Rochelle to Bordeaux

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €749

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

Velo Voyageur Atlantic Coast

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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

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The Atlantic coast cycle route from Arcachon to Biarritz

A relaxing ride surrounded by nature and the seaside

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
€679

This tour will you down the Atlantic coast of France from Arcachon to Biarritz is an easy bike ride except for a short stretch after Biscarrosse, where you bike softly up and down the dunes, which lets face it sounds like fun anyway! You will begin in the beautiful old seaside town of Arcachon and then head south towards the highest dune in Europe, the Pilat dune befire following the Southern part of the Atlantic cycle route named Velodyssey. Along the way you will ride through quiet pine forests, nice villages, typically just a few steps away from a lake, and of course you can stop at any moment on the long beaches of the Atlantic for a dip or relax. The final part of the holiday will takes you along the Basque coast, first to Bayonne and then to Biarritz, the famous seaside town of the Basque country.

Velo Voyageur Arcachon to Biarritz

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The colours of Perigord

Discover the Purple and Black Périgord

Offered by:
Abicyclette

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €755

Discover the attraction and majesty of the Dordogne Valley on this week-long tour with a real mix of landscapes that ensure every day is a visual feast. Enjoy winding climbs and descents under the shade of deep forests, golden stone buildings old stones, castles with amazing vistas, and even prehistoric caves. Start your visit in Bergerac, which also has its own airport, the capital of Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord), and ride at your own pace through some of the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Rest in Sarlat, a medieval architectural town with lots of restaurants, shops and a fabulous maket. The price of this self-guided tour includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental, and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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