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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.

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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 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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Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy

Enjoy towpath cruising through beautiful Burgundy

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1565

The Canal du Nivernais runs through Burgundy's unspoilt countryside and its towpaths and quaint side roads make cycling along it a joy for all ages. Along the way you can sample a variety of landscapes, including a stop at Vézelay, a beautiful hill-top UNESCO site and home to a 11th century Basillica. You will of course be able to enjoy wine tasting in this famous wine producing region and great cuisine – all well earned. The price includes 7 nights' accommodation, bike hire, luggage transfers between hotels and easy-to-follow detailed route notes.

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Canoe + Bike Escape Tours and Saumur (4 days)

A leisurely ride through vineyards to the famous chateaux of the Loire

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €385

Bérangère and Eugénie began to cycle across their home country at the age of 22. Year after year they hand-selected the finest routes and hidden treasures. Now, via Le Vélo Voyageur, they are inviting you to share them. Encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Loire valley by riding between Tours and Saumur. Meandering between the Loire valley and the Vienne valley, the bike route follows little country roads passing by the most prestigious castles, the chateaux de la Loire such as Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau or Chateau d'Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty. You will not only admire the changing colours of the Loire River and the traditional boats floating between the sand banks, but also the vineyards of Chinon and Saumur, the abbaye de Fontevraud and the cave houses lining the valley. Give in to the magic of a cycling holiday in the Loire.

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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.

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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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Chalon to Macon loop along the Saone river

A southern Burgundy ride almost exclusively on bike paths

Offered by:
Active Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)3 80 26 17 12

Tour length:
5 days/4 nights

Price:
From €330

This self-guided tour is a loop ride from Chalon to Mâcon via “the blue route” bike path that follows the Saône river. The itinerary returns via Cluny on the green route along the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards to Chalon-sur-Saône. It takes in local gastronomy, vineyards and culture. Visit Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon and Cluny, taking in Romanesque art, impressive cathedrals and wonderful museums and abbeys en route. The ride can be extended to cross with the vineyard route into Beaune. Almost exclusively on cycle paths, this tour is ideal for first-time cyclists, families and more experienced tourers alike. Run by local Burgundy specialists, Active Tours. Price includes B&B-style hotel and guesthouse accommodation, bike rental, and full routes notes and maps. 33km-51km (can be tailored for you).

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Champagne Region by Bike - Fully Guided

A relaxing and varied tour of the world famous Champagne area

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
7 days

Price:
From £1495

Enjoy a fully supported tour of the Champagne vineyards. Visit some of the biggest Champagne houses in the world as you soak up this famous vineyard region. With daily distances at the lower end of 40-55 miles (60-80km) there is plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed pace and stunning views. Stay in comfortable hotels, benefit from full on-road back-up and luggage transfers, and enjoy leisurely refreshment stops. The route follows the quietest roads possible to make for a memorable cycling holiday. It's worth noting that Reims is a wonderful city and it would be well worth adding a day at the beginning or end of your tour to enjoy its spendour. 

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Charente, Dordogne and the Haute Vienne – Cycling Tours for All Abilities

Explore the beautiful countryside south-west of Limoges with local riders

Offered by:
Cycling Chez Nous

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 75 33 41 or +44 (0)7538 344076,

Tour length:
6 days riding (can be tailored for you)

Price:
From €532-€832 depending on your preferred accommodation (gite or farmhouse)

Sue and Phil at Cycling Chez Nous offer fixed base tours on a guided or self-guided basis (with gpx files provided) in their own backyard. The Haute-Vienne is a much lesser cycled area of France and takes in the triangle on the Dordogne/Charente border within reach of Limoges, Angouleme and Thiviers. It is a true – and very 'local' – cycling paradise with mainly traffic-free roads that run through a landscape of fields and forests. The roads are a pleasure to cruise along, the sun on your back as the beauty of the region slides silently past you. Prices include accommodation based on 7 nights, daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea and 6 three-course evening meals with wine, cheese and coffee (one night is reserved for you to enjoy a local restaurant). There's also canapes and fizz on first and last evenings. Shorter or longer tours can be tailored for you. Airport transfers from Limoges can also be arranged.

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Chateau de Candes Single Centre Loire Cycling

A self-guided cycling break from the fixed base in the Loire

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3-7 night options

Price:
From £355

This single-centre holiday in the Loire Valley is based around the cobbles village of Candes-St-Martin, classified as one of France's most beautiful villages so you can also expect all original stone buildings. Candes-St-Martin sits on the point of confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers and has a charming cobbled village square, complete with 12th century church and an excellent local restaurant. A short walk along the river is Montsoreau, an old river port, and its château, setting of a famous Dumas novel, is the only one in the Loire Valley built into the riverbed itself. This self-guided holiday includes five cycle routes, with maps and route notes, as well as three walking itineraries (there are also other local activities you can add). The price includes self-catering accommodation in stylish, fully-equipped apartments in Chateau de Candes, 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 as a nice extra touch.

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Château to Château en Vélo

Ride in the footsteps of France's kings and queens

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
8 nights

Price:
From £1238

Pedal gently among stunning castles, through fields of sunflowers and along rows of vineyards, samping the local food and wine en route. Highlights include the medieval town of Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home of Leonardo da Vinci), Château de Chenonceau, the most photographed chateau of the Loire, and Château de Cheverny, the château behind Tintin. Included in your tour are 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available), luggage transfers between hotels, plus station transfers. All you have to do is ride!

Cycling Chateau to Chateau Belle France

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Chateaux of the Loire: Castles, Caves & Vineyards

Experience the romance of the Loire Valley

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £885

Famed for its magnificent châteaux and wide, lazily flowing rivers, the Loire region is a delight. West of Tours, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park is characterised by vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which astonishing troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these beautiful landscapes are some of the Loire's most romantic and elegant châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau, Ussé, Chinon, Villandry and Saumur. With short, easy routes that are largely on the flat, you have plenty of time to visit all of these during your holiday, along with vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases). Ebikes are also available.

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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 per person

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:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £985 per person

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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Classic - Côtes du Rhône

A must for lovers of the best wines France has to offer

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £720

After arriving in France you will spend the first day of your tour in Mazan, a pretty village of narrow streets and stone houses perfect for exploring and a great way to acclimatise. From Mazan you will then ride to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, cycling past riverside towns and vineyards with the sun on your back before hitting the town itself and its famous wine, available for you to try. The route also takes in Gigondas, one of the loveliest villages in the Côtes du Rhône and again famous for its wines. The itinerary designed by Bspoke includes many other highlights in this rich region and the price includes 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from the UK (ask about price reductions if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, GPS trackers, assistance whenever needed, and tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic - Côtes du Rhône Vineyards

A varied and interesting tour around beautiful Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3740 4740

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £965 per person

As generations of film stars and artists have discovered, it’s impossible not to be seduced by the beauty and glamour of Provence. From ancient villages scattered with Roman ruins to historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on our Côtes du Rhône tour. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laid-back cycling through vineyards, along rural trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels, half Board accommodation, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on the spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Classic - Starry Nights in Provence

Cycle through the landscapes of Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5-7 nights

Price:
From £1065

The beauty of this part of Provence inspired Vincent Van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with both the natural and the cultural captured in more than 200 of his works. This route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence. Soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Some highlights are soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, explore the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, and go flamingo-spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, 3 evening meals, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, plus local support whenever needed. Electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic Bordeaux's Wines & Vines Self-guided

From famous canals to famous vineyards

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1245

Start your cycling adventure in style with a visit to Bordeaux, a city with a great blend of architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. The cycling starts proper the next day alongside Canal de Garonne and from there you will make your way slowly through gorgeous terrain, with a heady mix of vineyards, rivers and forests until you reach the ancient town of Saint-Emilion, with its narrow lanes, old churches and wine shops. The price of this tour includes restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

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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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Classic Chateaux of the Loire

A paradise of castles, wine and glorious countryside

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4-7 night options

Price:
From £495

Fancy a perfect long weekend, or maybe a longer break in the magical valley of the Loire river? Then why not spend your days exploring the Chinon vineyards, the magnificent gardens at the Château de Rivau, the stunning Loire Valley châteaux with their iconic fairytale turrets, and beautiful medieval towns. Stop whenever you desire, perhaps for a wine-tasting session in small independent vineyards, the gardeners’ paradise at Villandry, or the spectacular Son et Lumière show. The price of this tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels and fully serviced touring bikes.

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1360

Ride along the banks of the meandering river Charente, one of France's most picturesque but least explored waterways. En route, pass through the prestigious brandy vineyards of the Cognac region, taking the time to stop and sample some of the world's most famous brands. Other highlights include Dorgeville's impressive Roman amphitheatre and the Abbey de Fontdouce. There is the option to add an extra night at Château de Mesnac, a Cognac-producing chambre d’hôte.

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Classic Meandering through Mayenne

Backroads and river paths to castles, Roman ruins and markets

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
3 to 6 night options

Price:
From £665

This family-friendly Mayenne tour is the perfect introduction to cycling in France. As one of France’s hidden gems, you won’t have to battle the crowds to enjoy the splendid fortified castles, medieval quarters, Roman ruins and traditional markets of the Mayenne. Cycling is a doddle with few hills, quiet roads and pretty sparkling river paths. Starting with two nights at a 3-star château hotel with pool and spa just outside the historic town of Mayenne, you’ll move to a new 3 or 4-star hotel every other day. Each evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Price includes aperitif, hotel, gourmet dinners, breakfasts, bike and equipment hire, maps and tour suggestions, plus luggage transfers.  

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Classic Picture Postcard Provence

Cycle through the vibrant palette of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £955

There is something special about Provence, with the azure blue skies, bustling stone towns and wonderful light. This tour starts in the art-filled town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before taking you through vineyards, lavender fields and orchards into the heart of the Luberon, with its long history and striking natural colours. Along the way you can choose to canoe from Fontaine-de-Vacluse to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and, of course, sample some fine rosé wine in Côtes de Provence. The price of your tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes. E-bikes can be supplied if you prefer.

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Coast and Basque Mountains Cycling Holiday

Experience the varied beauty of the Basque region

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1249

This tour opens up the unique culture and geography of the Basque Country, taking rugged coastal scenery, historic villages such as Hondarribia, a walled old town packed with colourful Basque houses, and, of course, the renowned cuisine. You will also get the chance to enjoy the classic French resort of Biarritz and take a train journey to the summit of La Rhune for breathtaking views of the Western Pyrenees. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling with 6 nights' accommodation, including 3 evening meals, luggage transfers between hotels, comprehensive route notes, bike hire, river shuttle ticket and an English-speaking rep to help you get the most of your holiday.

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Coast-to-Coast France – St Malo to Nice Fully Supported

Traverse France from end-to-end with help all the way

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
18 days with 16 days of riding

Price:
From £2495

This is an ultimate France coast-to-coast ride, fully supported and guided. Two-thirds of days are in the 50-60-mile (80-90-km) bracket – with a few shorter ones thrown in – so it's achievable but still challenging, especially as your luggage will be carried for you (no panniers!) This trip highlights the wonderful diversity of France and is suitable for all recreational cyclists. It passes through simply stunning countryside and visits some of the most famous sites in the country – from Mont St Michel to an optional ascent of the iconic Ventoux. Price includes fully guided on-road support and luggage transfers, 14 nights' B&B, and most meals. Can be tailored for groups. St Malo to Sete and Calais to Nice also available. 

 

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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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Cote d'Azur and Nice guided rides

See the sunny south coast of France with a local guide

Offered by:
Lifesparkz Bike Tours

Phone number:
(+33) 6 40 52 94 39

Tour length:
Single or multiple day options to suit your needs

Price:
Tailored for you

 The Côte d’Azur really is an area that comes into its own with some local knowledge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur by bike with local guides. Tina at Lifesparkz Bike Tours can customise day tours for single riders or organise longer tours for larger groups or clubs. Routes can be tailored to all abilities, from moderate to very challenging rides that take you into Les Alpes-Maritimes, or leisure ride along coastal routes that can often be crowded with tourist traffic. Ride from Nice into the lower Alps or venture into the Var. Day or multi-day rides available. Guiding in English, French, Danish or Hungarian. Bike rental also possible, along with support cars and mechanics for larger groups.

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Cycle Amongst the Loire Valley Châteaux from Blois to Tours

Discover the rich tapestries of the Loire Valley – from castles to vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €789

The Loire Valley, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is perfect for a cycling holiday: cycling paths and roads take you across forests, plains and vineyards on a flat terrain. Be captivated by the wonders of this enchanting area: the magic of Chambord, the delicious Loire wines, the medieval town in Tours and the iconic chateau at Chenonceau.  This bike trip combines the beautiful landscape s of the valley with the importance of the river, the unmissable chateaux de la Loire and the delicious French cuisine. This is a favourite of best friends and cycling partners Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their French cycling discoveries with visitors from around the world.

A cycle tour amongst the Loire valley châteaux from Blois to Tours

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Cycle the Atlantic from Nantes to La Rochelle

Enjoy the beaches that hug the Velodyssey Eurovelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €795

With this self-guided trip along the Velodyssey cycle route you will experience the wide variety of landscapes that the Atlantic coast has to offer – from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines to marshland and pine forests, charming villages and trendy seaside resorts. The initial part of the itinerary to Pornic feels like Brittany because of the historic heritage and the architecture. Further into the Vendee country is a different story. The land is more open, with agricultural polders, oyster farming land and forests. For the most part, the cycle path is close to the coast, offering the best views of the ocean. Stay each night in one of the welcoming seaside towns scattered along the Vendee coast and end your bike trip in La Rochelle and its old harbour. The price of this tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers are available as added extras.

Cycling Nantes to La Rochelle

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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 Through Lavender

Take in the sights and smells of France's famous lavender fields

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €860

Cyclomundo Cycling Through Lavender mapCelebrate lavender in all its forms on this self-guided cycling holiday through France's famous lavender fields. Experience the colours and the aromas as you cycle through both natural fields and lovingly cultivated farmers' fields. Combine calming perfumes and fresh alpine air as you pass the spectacular Gorges of Verdon (France’s own 'Grand Canyon'), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole to see its stunning lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. Daily distance between 38-57km. Price includes transfers to and from Manosque on the first and last days, 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycle Through the Upper French Alps

Conquer cols with Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc as your backdrop

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

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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Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Discover Poitou-Charentes from the Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €799

Start your bike trip in Niort and discover the small roads and narrow canals of the Poitevin marshes. Cross small villages, discover the fauna and flora of the marshes with a guide on a boat, and visit the magnificent abbey of Maillezais. Stop in the city of art and history that is Fontenay-le-Comte before leaving the wild Marais Poitevin to reach the beautiful port city of La Rochelle. The next day you'll ride to the island Ile de Ré where you'll discover the long fine-sand beaches, the salt evaporation ponds of Loix and Ars-en-Ré, the fortified city of Saint-Martin-de-Ré or the producers of Pineau wine. Cross the bridge back to La Rochelle to bring your adventure to an end. Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur have been riding in France since they were 22. They started running self-guided tours to share their favourites routes with visitors to France.

Cycle tour from Poitevin Marshes to Ile de Ré

 

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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 + French Lessons in the Alps (Morzine)

Learn French while riding in the Alps – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 79 08 38

Tour length:
6 nights (5 half-days and one full day free for cycling, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Price:
Packages and prices can be tailored for you

Learn French while indulging in a French cycling holiday in the Alps. This French language course – tailored especially for cyclists – includes three hours a day of intensive French lessons over five days. When you're not in the classroom you'll be out on the bike in the Morzine area climbing Joux Plane, Avoriaz, Ramaz and much more. The cycling – over five half-days and one full day – is unguided, so ride as much or as little as you like. Helen (an avid rider herself) and her team will be on hand to help with local route advice and maps. The price includes self-catered accommodation in a shared apartment or lodgings with a local host family. Ask Helen about options if you'd like to take a longer package of French lessons, or if you need more time on the bike.

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Cycling along the Doubs river – an authentic French experience

Follow the Eurovelo 6 along the Doubs river from Belfort to Dole

Offered by:
Le Velo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €789

On this bike trip you will discover an authentic French region: the Doubs Valley. This is a quieter backwater of France, but one put on the map in recent years by the Tour de France. Start your own tour in the magnificent city of Belfort, with its citadel and 18th century facades. Follow the Doubs as forests and cliffs are reflected in its green waters. This region is a real gourmet's paradise – indulge in cheeses, sausages and other cold meats. Your route passes through the beautiful city of Besançon and on to Dole.  You will also make a small detour through the forest to reach the royal saltworks of Arc-et-Sénans, revealing the industrial past of this region. This industrial heritage is also displayed in the very interesting Peugeot museum near Montbéliard. The price of this tour includes bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers and all the maps and information you'll need to make the most of your trip.

 Cycling long the Doubs river

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Price:
From 860€

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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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 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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Cycling Holidays in Poitou-Charentes

Fixed base cycling holiday exploring the roads of western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 49 95 94 87

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
€1057 / £962

Hit the road to explore the hundreds of kilometres of beautifully-surfaced roads and country lanes that wind through the rolling hills of Poitou-Charentes. Your base will be Le Moulin du Chemin, a small private auberge in the Deux-Sèvres department. Cycling here is a dream, with rolling hills and postcard scenery. Road bike routes tend to be challenging, although moderate routes can be tailored to meet individual requirements. Clear route-cards and highlighted maps are supplied in a personalised dossier, plus there's friendly support, advice and information from your hosts, Peter and Carolynne. The recommended routes are different for each day and include some exhilarating hill routes, all starting and finishing at Le Moulin du Chemin. Apart from the cycling, holidays here are notable for their excellent food and wine, lovely accommodation, great bonhomie and reasonable prices. Absolutely everything is included in the price: accommodation, all meals and drinks, bike storage, laundry facilities, and the use of pool and other amenities. (Even the postcards are free.) In the evening, the ‘craic’ is great, with aperitifs-at-seven followed by a four-course evening meal with brilliant food and loads of good quality wine.

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Cycling Holidays in the Lot et Garonne – Fixed base tours 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 fully tailored and guided road cycling holidays for groups. The tours operate 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. Typically the rides are between 50km to 120km per day with climbing of 300-1600m. 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 beautiful 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 in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €515

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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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 €950

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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Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

A ride for nature lovers through Provence and the wetlands of the Camargue

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

Starting your Provençal adventure in the beautiful city of Avignon famed for its bridge, the Palais des Papes and its festival you will cycle at your own pace through a rich mix of flora and fauna to discover some prettye villages such as St-Remy-de-Provence or Les-Baux. Continue towards Arles, a Roman city famous for its arena before reaching the Camargue region, famous for its diversity of animals: bulls, pink flamingos and white horses all living alongside each other. Discover Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a beautiful seaside village but also Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town famous for its violet salt marshes. Finish your cycling tour in Nîmes, an unmissable city full of Roman monuments and traditions. You can enjoy a walk in its colourful streets and visit the ancient theatre. The price of this self-guided tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers can also be added as extras.

Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

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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 week along the ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

Relaxing bike trip for all abilities (including kids) along the Rhône

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €948

The ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 8-day stretch between Vienne and Avignon follows the marked and secure path from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the Provence lavander fields. From the antique theatre in Vienne to the Palais des Papes in Avignon, including the château de Rochemaure and the Thriumph Arch in Orange, experience a trip through the ages. The lanscapes are always changing from the abrupt Ardèche to the lavander fields, from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the ones in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be impressed by the many bridges crossing the Rhône river, exceptional pieces of art. The itinerary is either on green paths or shared lines and crosses 5 very different departments. Daily distances 36km-74km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

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D-Day Beaches and the Battle of Normandy

A enjoyable and though provoking tour around Normandy

Offered by:
Green Jersey French Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)1300 350 555

Tour length:
5 days

Price:
From £850

Accompanied by experienced battlefield guide, this trip allows you to gain a unique insight into the D Day landings and the subsequent battle for Normandy while also enjoying some very fine cycling. It meanders from Caen through the Calvados, Orne and Auge departments, which all saw heavy fighting in the summer of 1944. The trip – fully guided and supported – provides plenty of time to stop and look at sites and for moments of reflection and remembrance. You don’t have to be a veteran to appreciate what went on here. The itinerary includes the site where the only Victoria Cross was awarded on D-Day; where Panzer ace Michael Wittman caused havoc on a British convoy; the smallest Commonwealth War Cemetery in France; and where a fleeing army desperately tried to escape. The hotels are all friendly and family run. Days 3 and 4 have some hills but you can ride at your own pace. Sword Beach, the Merville Battery, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc are all on the route, which can be tailored to take in sites specific to your nationality or family history. Other options across the Western Front also available, including the Somme and Ypres.

 

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