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3 Days in the Languedoc - Come ride with me

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

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

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

Tour length:
3 days / 2 nights

Price:
€295

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

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A guided tour of the Tarn gorges and Grandes Causses

Let the locals guide you around the stunning Tarn gorges

Offered by:
Mellow Vélos Aventures

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

Tour length:
7 nights / 6 days

Price:
Price on request

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

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Aude and Pyrenees Cycling Holidays

Locally run guided and self-guided rides from the Pyrenean foothills

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

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

Tour length:
You decide

Price:
From €50 per night

From his base at the foothills of the Pyrenees, local cyclist Martyn runs guided and self-guided rides in the Aude, one of the Languedoc's cycling delights, as well as rides into the Pyrenees themselves. From his door, there are wonderful roads out into the countryside, with routes for all abilities. Take a gentle family ride or head off into the hills to challenge yourself against the cols of the Tour de France. Martyn can help tailor your stay to your ability, and provide local maps and route notes. Rides are available guided or unguided, with flat-rate nightly rates offered to keep things simple. 

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Avignon to Nice: Visually Stunning

Villages, vineyards and Ventoux on this holiday for road cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Price:
From €1295

Ride through low-lying vineyards and across mountain passes to the Mediterranean on this self-guided tour aimed at fit riders accustomed to long distances on road bikes. Average distances are around 100km a day, with 1,500m of climbing. Follow the Rhone River as you head from Avignon into Languedoc to see the famous Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct before cycling on to the wine regions of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and to the foot of Ventoux. From here, it's up to hilltop villages and through lavender fields to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice and the Mediterranean coast. Top-quality full carbon road bikes available on request. Price includes 7 nights of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed maps and route notes, GPS device (subject to availability). Tour offered May 25- September 3 but can be tailored for private groups of 6 or more outside these dates.

Cyclomundo Avignon to Nice

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Best of Pays Basque by Electric Bike

A beautiful coast and country ride made easy by electric bikes

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) or +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
5 days / 6 nights

Price:
€750 (£667)

Coast and country, villages and vineyards, red cliffs and green valleys – all of it uniquely Basque, all of it in France, and all of it made easy on an electric bike. There are no mountains or steep hills on this self-guided tour but your e-bike will make the rolling countryside a breeze. This is a chance to explore the unspoilt countryside, authentic villages, fortified pilgrim towns, and the varied coastline of the unique French Basque country. This is France at its traditional best, yet overlaid with a distinctively and delightful Basque culture that influences everything from architecture to cuisine. The journey starts and ends in the vibrant fishing port of St Jean de Luz. The price includes 2 dinners, 4 nights' B&B, e-bike rental, luggage transfers each day and detailed route directions and 1:25,000 maps. GPS also available, along with a 24/7 customer phone service.

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Best of the Pyrenees Coast-To-Coast by Electric Bike

A crossing of the Pyrenees that anyone can achieve

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) or +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
12 days / 13 nights

Price:
€3285 (£2921)

As the name suggests, this self-guided tour is a coast-to-coast epic by electric bike, although you can choose to ride a standard bike if you prefer. This is an excellent option for mixed ability groups with both experienced/fitter riders and riders who need a little e-boost. This tour essentially means that pretty much anyone can experience the fabulous Pyrenees, and its array of cultures and food. Ride from Hendaye in the Basque Country to Banyuls on the Mediterranean Sea. To join in the fun you only need to be reasonably fit as the tour is sensibly paced over 14 days, and you will average well under 80km a day, which is a comfortable distance by electric bike (and also achievable by non-e-bike riders). The price of this tour includes 13 nights' dinner, all bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage and other transfers; detailed route instructions; 24/7 customer phone service, and electric bikes.

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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

Price:
From £885

Linked 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. Ebikes are also available.

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Canal du Midi - From Toulouse to Sète

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

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €799

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

Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sete cycle tour

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Canal du Midi - 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

Price:
€355

This 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.

Canal du Midi cycling holidays

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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

Price:
£985 for camping with B&B option available on request

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: 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

Price:
From €470

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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Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi Self-Guided

Ride through medieval towns and roll along canal towpaths

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617003

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £540pp

The southern region of Languedoc-Roussillon is famed for its Mediterranean climate and vineyards among rolling hills and pretty villages, historic churches and cypress trees. Medieval Carcassonne is perhaps the jewel in its crown. Wander the streets of Carcassonne from the comfort of your 4-star hotel – a wonderful start to your holiday. On your second day, enjoy a leisurely ride alongside the Canal du Midi via a series of ornate locks and bridges, then end with an energetic circuit into the foothills of the Montagne Noire to the picturesque village of Minerve, with its ancient walls and citadel. The scenic Gorge de la Cesse is another highlight, and the sense of variety is such that you will feel as though you have been away for far longer than a mere three days. The price of this tour includes 4 nights' accommodation, 4 breakfasts, luggage transfers, route notes and maps, high-quality bicycle, and a return taxi from Carcassonne airport. Ebikes are also available.

Carcassonne Midi tour Inntravel

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Carcassonne, Cathar Castles & Corbieres Vineyards By Bike

An inspiring and relaxing self-guided ride through Cathar Country

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) or +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
5 days / 6 nights

Price:
€805 (£716)

Wonderful cycling country. Magnificent Carcassonne. Inspiring Cathar castles. Innovative vineyards. Historic villages. Authentic accommodation and regional cuisine. You can discover all of this on two wheels. Cathar Country is great cycling country - rolling hills, castles and views to the not-so-distant Mediterranean. This self-guided tour starts and ends in the superb walled city of Carcassonne. From here, cycle through vineyards and stay with organic winemakes. Visit great Cathar sites, some and enjoy local food and wine. This is an exccellent tour for history buffs but you need not know anything about the Cathars to enjoy it. Accommodation is in attractive 3-star hotels and excellent local B&Bs. Panoramic views come as standard inthis region of southern France. The price of your tour includes 4 dinners, B&B accommodation, luggage transfers each day, detailed route directions and 1:25,000 maps, GPS and 24/7 customer phone service. Electric or regular bikes are available as options.

 

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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

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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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 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1630

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.

Canal du Midi cycling holidays

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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

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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Cycle the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees and the Canal du Midi

A unique blend of cycling from the sea to canyons and canals

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €920

This self-guided tour provides a unique perspective on many of the south of France's highlights. It's unusual to combine the Med, the Midi and the Pyrenees into one trip but that's exactly what this one does. While the trip heads into the Pyrenees, it's an all-abilities ride designed so that any cyclist can enjoy it. Start in Narbonne and follow the Mediterranean coast to Perpignan before getting into the heart of the Pyrenees on one of the most beautiful mountain railways in Europe. The next day, cycle through the Capcir and the wild high valley of the Aude River, which guides you down and out of the mountains. Untouched landscapes and deep canyons await you as well as small villages and wonderful towns en route to Carcassonne. From here, follow the Canal du Midi back to Narbonne. The price includes charming hotels and B&B accommodation, all breakfasts, bus or train ticket from Perpignan to Villefranche le Conflent, luggage transfers, carefully planned routes and maps, GPS tracks on request, and support hotline.

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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

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 the 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

Price:
From €759

This self-guided cycling holiday takes in all the highlights of the eastern stretch of the Canal du Midi through Langeudoc. Ride from Carcassonne (don't forget to indulge in a bowl of delicious cassoulet and sample other local culinary delights along the way) 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.

Cycling the Canal du midi

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Cycling the French and Spanish Mediterranean Pyrénées – Collioure to Cadaqués by E-Bike

A stunning e-bike tour from France over the border to Spain

Offered by:
Purely Pyrenees

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7859 4906 (UK) +33 (0)5 62 97 72 01 (France)

Tour length:
2 days / 3 nights

Price:
€960 (£854)

This is a beautiful self-guided ride along the Mediterrannean coast using electric bikes. There is plenty of time for bathing and idleness as you make your way from Collioure to Cadaqués. Between the Med and the mountains, and between France and Spain, this short cycling holiday under the sun of Catalonia is possible most of the year. It will take you through sun-drenched landscapes, presenting you with panoramic views of the deep blue sea, the superb harbours of Collioure, the terraced vineyards of Banyuls, the white-washed houses of Cadaqués. Enjoy great food and wine, and take the chance to take a dip in one of the many mysterious Catalonian creeks! Collect your electric bikes in Collioure and leave them in Cadaques (regular bikes also available). The price includes two dinners, all bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage transfers, and a travel folder containing maps and full route descriptions.

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Languedoc: Vineyards, Markets and Roman Ruins

Supported week of riding with local cycling experts

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

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

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Price:
From €1050

A fully supported, point-to-point cycling tour through the vineyards and historic towns of the Languedoc region – an area full of quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside and small independent vineyards. In addition to some magical scenery (and largely traffic-free roads), you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of St Guilham le Desert and the Pont de Gard, plus you'll have time to explore the historic market towns of Uzes and Pezenas. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or help with rental if you need it), and guided rides with support vehicle for luggage and supplies. This is a local tour run by local cyclists who know these roads well.

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Provence Prestige en Vélo

Provence and Languedoc with Roman ruins, vineyards and Van Gogh

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £2311

Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards – and even dip into Languedoc to cycle by Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. This holiday features easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths, the air fragrant with wild thyme. You can be sure of being welcomed at your destination each day by a comfortable room and delicious food in 4 and 5 star accommodation. Other highlights include the vineyards of Costières de Nîmes, the bull-ring in Redessan and crossing the mighty River Rhône into Tarascon. End your ride in St Rémy, famous for its links to Van Gogh.

Prestige Provence

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