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Loire's Chateaux and Vineyards

Pedal gently through fairytale France on this self-guided tour

Offered by:
Bspoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £565

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

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Marvels of Normandy Cycling+

Cycle from the D-Day beaches to Honfleur via unmissable Bayeux

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
5 nights

Price:
From £1200

Following the rugged Norman coast from west to east, this self-guided cycling holiday shows you the best of Normandy. Experience an atmospheric adventure, packed with cultural sites along the way; WW2 memorials, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Men's Abbey in Caen, the elegant seaside resorts of Cabourg and Deauville, and the pretty port of Honfleur. As the sun sets, indulge in the exquisite local cuisine, including the luscious cream, and tasty cider and cheese. The price of this tour includes 4 days' cycling, 5 nights' half-board accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, and comprehensive route notes. There is also support from a local agent and 24-hour Belle France helpline support, GPS on demand.

Marvels of Normandy cycle tour route

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Mighty Ventoux by Mountainbike

Enjoys bountiful sun and single tracks around the Giant of Provence

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3, 4 or 6 day options available

Price:
Self-guided €295; Guided €405

The Ventoux claims mythical status among cyclists – especially road riders. But it's also a mountainbiker's delight, with trails crossing the mont and the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail – across their limestone plateaus and through the vineyards of Gigondas and Vacqueyras. There are also trails across the Baronnies, the Drôme Provençale's beating heart of lavender fields, olive groves and pine forests. There are two offroad ascents of the Ventoux, and this tour takes in at least one of them (transfers to the top are available if you need them). The descent is a dream run – many of the trails "hidden" and ridden usually only by locals. The price of this tour includes fully qualified English-speaking mountain bike guide, guesthouse accommodation, all breakfasts and picnic lunches, plus 3- and 4-course dinners, and luggage transfers. The tour is available guided or self-guided – self-guided riders will receive detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks. This tour is electric MTB compatible.

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Mont Ventoux Challenge

A challenging weekend of road riding in Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7846

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
£825

In the space of a single weekedn this tour will take you up the iconic Mont Ventoux via two different routes and you will ride some 300km over three days, mainly uphill!  On day two you will tackle the climb from Bedoin, passing the Tommy Simpson memorial along the way. On day three you will climb from Malaucene with its spectacular views over the Rhône Valley below. The price of this tour includes meals, transport, accommodation in Sault, flights from the UK and airport transfers.

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Mountainbiking Tour of the Perigord

Lovely trails hidden among the beautiful scenery of the Dordogne

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
7 days (although 3 or 4 day trips are also available)

Price:
From €895 self-guided or €1095 guided

The Dordogne is famous for its history, its rivers and natural wonders, as well as its proximity to the vineyards of Bordeaux to the west. But it's also a hive of mountain bike activity, with offroad trails crossing from north to south, east to west. Ride along wooded trails and along rivers of the Périgord Noir - the eastern end of the Dordgone that's famous for medieval castles, pretty villages and prehistoric sites. The Dordogne and Vézère river valleys are dotted with steep valleys, caves and cliffs that can be navigated on mountain bikes. Ride forest tracks, easy singletrack, and quiet country lanes. This tour is offered guided or self-guided and covers 25-35km per day, with a maximum 600m altitude gain. The price of this tour includes an English-speaking fully qualified French mountain bike guide, 2- and 3-star hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, plus luggage transfers. Self-guided riders also detailed travel documents, highlighted maps and GPS tracks. Electric bikes also available.

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Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
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Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Normandy to Paris - Pedal Power

Cycle from the Normandy coast to the wonderful City of Lights

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From £895 (self guided) or £1035 (fully guided)

Available as a guided or self-guided tour, this jaunt from France's northern coast to its forever wonderful capital will have you experiencing delusions of Tour de France grandeur as you arrive on the Champs-Élysées. Ride from the beautiful harbour of Honfleur to the waters of the Seine, via picturesque villages and the often wild and rugged landscapes of the Normandy countryside. Haute-Normandie is famous for its cheeses and butters (not to mention ciders ... ), and you'll have plenty of chances to sample these en route. Pedal Power to Paris picks its way down quiet lanes, across tributaries of the Seine and through a patchwork of fields. It ends in the French capital – cycle through Louis VI’s 13th century arch, La Porte de Bretagne, and arrive in Paris having discovered its rural fringes. Then spend two nights experiencing everything the magical French capital has to offer. B&B and small hotel accommodation included, plus bike hire if you need it.

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On the heels of the Impressionists in Normandy

Normandy by bike, from the Côte d'Albâtre to the Pays de Caux

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
3 or 4 days

Price:
From €215

Always on the lookout for contrast, light and atmosphere, painters never choose an area by chance – and these places tend to also be great places for holidays, places to wind down and relax. It wasn't just a few painters who fell in love with Normandy, but an entire movement. From the grey and blue hues of the English Channel to the ever-changing skies, the white chalk cliffs of Etretat, the traditional ochre cob of the houses and their abundant flower arrangements, the Côte d'Albâtre is far more colourful than one imagines. The Impressionists had stumbled upon a never-ending source of inspiration. It's inspiration as well for this cycling tour: a superb mix of quiet coastal backroads, interspersed with charming fishing ports and small villages, the cliffs of Etretat, but also the wonderful Fécamp and Veulettes-sur-Mer. The price of this tour includes 2 or 3 nights in guesthouses and 2* or 3* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 or 3 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, a carefully designed itinerary, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks. Easy and moderate options.

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Pearls of Provence

From Avignon to Arles under the gaze of the mighty Mont Ventoux

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €565

What better way to explore the heart of this charming corner of Provence than on a bike? From bustling Avignon and the Palais des Papes, cross lush orchards and wine estates – including the famous Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. The route offers breathtaking views of the Dentelles de Montmirail and the majestic Mont Ventoux. A network of quiet roads with little traffic will take you from village to village as you discover the local architecture and cultural heritage. Further south, reach the white rocks of the Parc des Alpilles before heading towards the medieval perched city of Les Baux de Provence, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. To finish the week, gently descend to the ancient city of Arles, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The price of this tour includes 5 nights in guesthouses and 2* or 3* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 5 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, carefully designed itineraries with different levels of difficulty, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed road book including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks.

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Provence and its Most Beautiful Villages

Cycle among charming landscapes and villages of Provence

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 964 954

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Price:
From €890

Often perched, with their houses regrouped around the castle, Provencal villages dominate the surrounding vineyards, and plains. They offer unique landscapes perfect for cycling, with vineyards and plane trees lining your route. This self-guided itinerary includes all six of the villages in Provence classified as 'Most beautiful villages of France': Séguret in the Haut-Vaucluse, Venasque in the Comtat Venaissin, Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes in the Luberon and, finally, Les Baux de Provence in the heart from the Alpilles massif. Your efforts to reach these pretty villages will be rewarded every time with spectacular views (and, often, good coffee!) The price 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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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.

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Ride Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
4 nights / 5 days

Price:
From €860

Cyclomundo, Upper French Alps mapThis is one of Cyclomundo's best-selling trips. With Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as picture perfect backdrops, ride 50-112km a day through the Chablais mountain area and skirt the southern shore of Lake Geneva. En route, conquer the area's best climbs, including Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Croix-Fry, the Colombiere, Col de Joux-Plane, Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Faucille, Col de la Givrine and Col du Marchairuz. On your last day, cross the Lake in Yvoire – an impossibly photogenic Medieval village – and ride through the Swiss Jura. Price includes transfer between Geneva airport and your first/last place of stay, 4 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfer between hotels, a GPS device (subject to availability) and detailed route maps and notes. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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Riverside Riding in the Loire

Riverside riding among fairytale chateaux

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
£865

Take the scenic riverside cycle route along the river Loire as it meanders westwards from Blois to Saumur. A perfect riding tour for anyone hoping to visit the most celebrated châteaux in France and to sample the produce along the way. The cycling days are varied, a perfect mix of tourist sites and countryside, with mileage ranging from 27km per day to 63km (though this can be further tailored for you). This is a self-guied tour, with bikes, panniers and andlebar bags included, alone with stacks of local knowledge, and full route maps and notes. Flights from the UK can also be arranged and included your itinerary. Electric bikes availbale on request.

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Road - Le Tour de La Provence

Explore the ups and downs of the beautifully varied Provence region

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3411 0632

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1095 per person

Provence is one of France’s cycling heartlands. The landscape is a mix of wide valleys, small mountain ranges, such as the Alpilles, and dramatic gorges. The landscape’s majesty is matched by the charm and beauty of the towns and villages that sit within it, where French café culture is at its finest and the cuisine is built on the region’s excellent local produce, served alongside refreshing local wines. Whilst soaking all of this in, the silhouette of Mont Ventoux is never far from view. Will you go for the summit? Highlights include the twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top, the picturesque hilltop villages of Provence and the climb of Mont Ventoux (or at least a visit to Bedoin!) The price of this tour includes fully serviced aluminium road bikes (carbon fibre upgrade available), 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. Flights and transfers available on request. Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Single Centre Marine de Loire Cycling Holiday

A self-guided cycling break from the fixed base of Hotel Marine de Loire

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3-7 night options

Price:
From £450

The Marine de Loire sits on the riverbank in the heart of the charming village of Montsoreau which is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France. This self-guided holiday which allows you to choose from a range of cycling and walking itinieraries so you can explore the area at your own pace. All routes are fully mapped with notes and you can also try other activites such as canoeing on the Loire and Indre rivers or wine tasting if the fancy takes you. The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments located in the converted out-building of this boutique 4-star hotel with use of the hotel facilites such as spa and terrace, bikes, pannier bags, water bottles and repair kits for the duration of your stay, support from a local representative and a welcome pack upon arrival which includes two bottles of local wine to get you off to a nice start!

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St Macaire to St-Émilion Wine Route

A wine lover's dream cycling holiday covering Saint-Emilion and Sauternes

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6923

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £995 per person

The name Entre Deux Mers refers to the triangle of land that sits between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, to the east of Bordeaux. The fertile land on the right bank of Bordeaux produces St-Émilion’s soft Merlot and the sweet white wines in the St Macaire area. Venture over to the left bank to try the sweet white wines in Sauternes to taste the difference. This tour takes you through this verdant landscape from south to north, stopping in some of the best 3- and 4-star hotels in the region. Make sure you experience the châteaux of Roquetaillade and Villandraut for a glimpse into the region's past, the world-class red wines of Pomerol and St-Émilion, 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- and 4-star B&B and hotel accommodaiton, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, flights and transfers available on request. Tour is full protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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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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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 €875

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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Upper Provence, Ventoux, and Luberon

Get right to the heart of beautiful Provence on this self-guided holiday

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €980

This six-day, self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the heart of Provence at a more challenging level than other tours of the region. Beginning in Bédoin and ending in Gargas, the itinerary features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than just see it as you pass by. With options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque, your efforts will be rewarded with numerous spectacular views. Highlights include visits to some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns (Vacqueyas, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), stops in several of France’s “most beautiful” villages (Séguret, Gordes, and Roussillon), and options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque. Each night, you’ll stay in comfortable, character-filled hotels set in utterly charming towns. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

 

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Van Gogh’s Provence

Immerse yourself in a world of colour

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
020 3918 7583

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £815 per person

This pocket of Provençal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than 200 of his works. The route will let you in on your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Highlights include soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, flamingo spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, Bed & breakfast basis as standard, 3 & 4 star accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, and flights and transfers available on request. The tour is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Ventoux Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Mont Ventoux cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Price:
Tailored for you

It's the icon of Provence, a Tour de France legend. I get loads of enquiries each year about Ventoux cycling holidays and accommodation – to help give you the info you need, I've set up this bespoke service to help you find the right tour for your ability (and budget). Just send me your wishlist and I'll suggest some local options to help take the stress and worry out of your trip. I'll point you to guided or self-guided rides, plus accommodation and support services such as bike hire and transfer services. (I have a similar service for Corsica – for other French cycling holidays, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com). Photo thanks to Adam Bird.

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Ventoux to Avignon

A varied, interesting and exciting pedal through Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6543

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Price:
From £740 per person

Explore the Côtes du Rhône by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most delectable wines. The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateaneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world-famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich history as a seat of power for the Catholic church. This is the perfect tour for oenophiles and history buffs alike. Other highlights include sampling the produce of the Château des Fines Roches wine estate during your stay, soaking up the cycle-centric atmosphere of the charming village of Bedoin and exploring the contemporary culture and rich history of Avignon. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, B&B accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, and flights and transfers available on request. The trip is protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Villages & Valleys of Provence

Cycle around the romantic landscapes of Luberon

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617003

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145pp

There’s a reason A Year in Provence author Peter Mayle chose to settle in the Luberon: in a country of magnificent regions and picturesque villages perchés, Provence’s Luberon arguably takes top prize. Colourful hillsides of vines, cherry orchards, olive groves and truffle-oak plantations are dotted with a never-ending supply of proud and defiant medieval villages, each perched high above the plains. These historic villages are all connected by small country lanes, making the bicycle the perfect way to get around. Visit Gordes with its ancient homes perched dizzyingly high atop the valley; wonder at Roussillon and its colourful buildings in every hue from pale yellow to deep red; explore Lacoste and the ruins of a castle once owned by the notorious Marquis de Sade; and test out the mysterious and mystical powers of the spring at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Then, at the holiday’s end, make your way towards Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, home to one of France’s most renowned weekly markets, and the uncontested antiques capital of Provence. The price of tour includes 6 nights' accommodation, 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, luggage transportation, route notes and maps, a high-quality bicycle (with ebikes available).

Provence villages and valleys cycling tour Inntravel

 

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