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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.

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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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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.

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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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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

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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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