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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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Aveyron Gorge - Self-Guided Cycling Breaks

Explore one of France's 'forgotten' corners

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 63 02 23 88 or +33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
2 nights minimum

Price:
Varies - you can take a set package or have one tailored for you (please enquire)

A custom fixed base holiday tailored to your ability and budget in the medieval village of St Antonin Noble Val, deep in the Aveyron gorge in south-west France. Visit for as long as you like and at any time of year (subject to availability). Peter will put a package of rides together based around your fitness levels and interests. Groups welcome – there is space for up to 10 people in Peter and Natalie's 16th century auberge. Discover the fantastic cycling terrain in this forgotten corner of France with its dramatic gorges, oak forests, vineyards and limestone plateaux, all on very quiet roads. Often overlooked in favour of the Dordogne to the north or the Pyrenees proper to the south, this region is also home to some of the best preserved medieval villages in France.

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Aveyron Gorge – Gravel Cycling Holidays

Get off the beaten track to explore gorges and river valleys with locals

Offered by:
St Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
4 days / 5 nights, or bespoke packages can be put together

Price:
Varies depending on your package - please ask

These gravel cycling holidays in the Aveyron Gorge area of SW France are ideal for adventurous groups wanting to ride trails usually only experienced by locals. Following routes designed by local cyclist Peter, the riding here does not follow sanitised, graded biking trails. Peter has struggled along trails that are blocked or non-existant so that you don’t have to. Expect forest trails, river rides and trails that follow gorges and cliffs. This really is an exceptional area for gravel riding – the sheer volume of good trails is staggering, as well as wild and largely little-ridden. Rides can be challenging at times but they will be designed for you and your ability, and no one will be left behind. B&B accommodation is in an award-winning 16th century auberge in historic St-Antonin-Noble-Val, with vegetarian or vegan evening meals on request. Choose a set-date gravel holidays or ask for a trip to be designed for you. Ask Peter also about his 100-mile/160-km gravel challenges.

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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, 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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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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Compostela – The Way of Saint James: Le-Puy-en-Velay to Conques

A backroad cycling tour along the Saint Jacques de Compostelle route

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From €795

Cycle from Le Puy en Velay to Conques along this ancient route. For centuries, the historically important routes of Saint James have been used by pilgrims and hikers on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Probably the oldest hiking trail of all time, since the Via Agrippa, which went from Lyon to Toulouse, was built by the Romans. Partly on the hiking trail, partly on parallel trails, this bike route crosses the Margeride Plateau, with its traditional villages, sleepy hamlets, religious crosses and pastures surrounded by stone walls. Then make your way across the Plateau de l’Aubrac, with its wide open spaces, its "burons" (stone mountain huts used for cheese-making), and its dry stone walls. The route then takes you down through beech, oak and chestnut forests to the beautiful Lot Valley. The journey ends with a tour of the village of Conques. The price of this tour includes 7 nights in guesthouses and 2* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (3- to 4-course menu), daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed roadbook including maps (digital format) and GPS track.

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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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Cycling Holidays for Vegetarians and Vegans

Eating need not be a trauma on your French cycling holiday

Offered by:
St Antonin Noble Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 97 61 81

Tour length:
Minimum of two nights

Price:
Varies - you can take a package on a set tour weekend or have a tour tailored for you

Cycling in France can sometimes be tough for vegetarians and vegans. The solution? Local knowledge. Peter and Natalie are local vegetarian experts and know all the best (and friendliest) places to eat. They offer guided and self-guided rides that are based around pre-arranged restaurant stops that ensure the chef is aware of your dietary requirements. All restaurants have been tested anonymously to help guarantee you won't just be served an omelette or a plate of vegetables. You’ll be based at their award-winning 16th century auberge in the medieval heart of St Antonin Noble Val, nestled in the spectacular Aveyron gorge. Fabulous vegetarian and vegan evening meals can be prepared inhouse, or use the guest kitchen to self-cater. The riding in this part of France is fabulous – quiet roads and stunning, varied scenery. The routes are not for beginners, but the climbing is rarely steep and there are plenty of routes to keep things manageable. Prices include B&B accommodation, rides, a rescue service and unlimited local knowledge. Just an hour from Toulouse airport, this is an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans wanting to explore SW France. Group discounts available.

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Entre Deux Mers Cycling Holiday

Cycle from La Rochelle to Toulouse 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:
£1035 for camping with B&B option available on request

The Entre Deux Mers is one of south-west France's wonderful surprises (Freewheeling France knows this because it's not far from our own base and we ride the area south-east of Bordeaux often). This fully guided tour lets you in on the secret. It starts on the Atlantic coast at La Rochelle before winding down through the vines of Bordeaux, crossing some of the country's most prestigious wine appellations, including the Médoc, Entre Deux Mers, Graves and Armagnac. But it's not all quiet country lanes and glasses red overlooking gently sloping hills and river banks: there is also Bordeaux itself, that exquisite, magical old city on the banks of the Garonne, and the Toulouse, France's elegant old 'Pink City’. There are options for either camping or B&B, so you can decide on your preferred accomodation. Price includes tents and camping kit (and a support car to carry them for you), all breakfasts and lunches plus three evening meals (you'll want to wander off to sample the local cuisine on the other nights). Bike are also included if you're not bringing your own. You can link this tour to the Atlantic Coast and Canal du Midi trips to make your way from the north of France to the south.

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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

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Price:
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Tarn Explorer

3 days of sightseeing by bike in and around Albi

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £895

Starting and finishing in the small, red-brick city of Albi, which has gained renown for its excellent museum devoted to the works of its most famous son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this holiday is wonderfully varied. Three days of cycling – featuring many riverside sections – alternate with ‘free’ days on which you have the chance to walk, sightsee in Albi, or simply relax. There is even the opportunity on one day to take to the water in a canoe if you so wish, offering you a different perspective of this enchanting region.

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