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Cycle 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

Level of difficulty:
Easy to Moderate

Price:
From £835 (guided), £980 (self-guided) with discounts for under 14s

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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Cycling Flanders, Artois & the Somme

Cycle along the Western front battlefields with a local expert

Offered by:
Cycling the Western Front

Phone number:
+32 (0)4 75 81 06 08

Tour length:
Either 4 or 6 day options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€630 for 4 days, €790 for 6 days

This tour rides the routes of the historic Western Front from Ypres to Armentières, Vimy Ridge, Arras and the Somme. You will be guided all the way by licensed tour guide, Carl, who has loads of personal experience cycling in this area and will support and inform you on key cultural and historical points at memorials, monuments and military cemeteries throughout the trip. (If you prefer self-guided, ask Carl and he can tailor the trip for you). Some of the key sites visited along the way include Vancouver Corner, Passchendaele, Hill 60, Messines Ridge, Fromelles, Hill 70, Vimy, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval, Pozières, Albert, Villers-Bretonneux, and Bullecour. The price includes multi-speed Dutch-style bikes with relaxed geometry to enable you to tour comfortably, helmet, B&B accommodation, luggage transport, and shuttle back to Lille Europe.

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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

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €845

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 Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Holiday in the Limousin (fixed-base)

Explore the backroads of the Limousin region with bespoke routes

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €720

The Limousin region – tucked in between the Loire and the Dordogne – is one of France's often-overlooked cycling destinations. And completely without reason: there's some super cycling to be had here. This guided or self-guided trip is the perfect way to get to know the region. It takes in all the highlights: Chateau de Villemonteix, woodlands and lake-side picnic spots, the nature reserve at the Etang de Landes, tiny villages, market towns, hill-top vistas, rock formations and much more. Cris and Andy at Bonkersfrog have been riding the roads of the Limousin for 10 years – there are few people who know cycling in this region better than them. Price includes all accommodation at their own B&B, most meals, luggage transfer and bespoke routes, plus bike hire if you need it. Available guided or self-guided.

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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:
2 days / nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €250

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 in the Alps

Get you photo at the top of a col whatever your ability

Offered by:
Buzz Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 42 50 40 12

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
€795

With vast experience of the Alpine area, Joe and Amelia at Buzz can create an itinerary and cycling schedule to suit you, with great care taken to ensure that each schedule is planned and adjusted to suit all ablities, especially useful for those not used to cycling in the high mountains. The guys can take you on endurance rides taking in amazing mountain scenery, provide cycling sessions with a focus of improving skills, strength and stamina, all while ticking the boxes of famous Tour de France climbs – and with coffee and cake stops en route. The chance to chat with experienced coaches on varied cycling topics also provides something a little extra. The tour price includes accommodation, daily breakfasts and afternoon tea, evening dinners (6 out of 7 nights) and local transport and logistics.

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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:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate and challenging options

Price:
From €585

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 Ventoux to Antibes

From the lunar landscape of Ventoux to the glistening Med

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
From £1450

This is a magical 6-day trip with 4 days of riding. Start your adventure on the slopes of one of the most iconic cycling climbs, Mont Ventoux, The Giant of Provence. From here, take in steep forested slopes and breathtaking views and quiet roads lined with the famous lavender fields and orchards. This is a wonderful Provence itinerary through the Gorge du Verdon with its crystal blue waters and cavernous ravines and cliff-hugging road, staying in two "Les Plus Beau Villages", some of the prettiest villages in the whole of France, along the wayAs you near the Mediterranean, pass through hill-top villages, deep ravines, and along perfect tarmac roads that defy gravity. What better way to finish such a ride than with a very well deserved celebratory beer on the beach and a dip in the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea? Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Cyclosportive - Time Megeve

Ride one of the most popular Alpine sportives

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£525

This four-night break provides the chance to enjoy some fantastic Alpine road cycling while also participating in a well organised local sportive, the Time Megeve. The event is extremely popular and is also perfectly timed in the season to provide great preparation for events later in the summer, such as the Etape du Tour, and there are different route options so it allows riders of differing abilities to choose a distance that suits them. The price of this tour includes return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from the event, chalet accommodation, breakfasts, afternoon teas with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
2018 dates: May 31-June 4

 

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Dordogne Cycling Week

A week of cycling, wine and food in the Dordogne valley

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to Challenging

Price:
£695

Ride in the gorgeous, sleepy, rolling Dordogne landscape while La Vie en Velo take care of everything else for you. Their tailored weeks in the Dordogne include bike and bag transfers from the UK – your bikes don't even need to go near a plane! On-road support from a fully-equipped 9-seater within waving distance, so there is no need to carry an extra ounce. You just concentrate on the cycling. Take in a maze of quiet, winding lanes punctuated by shady valleys and ancient chateaux, farms and villages. With a maximum group size of 8, the tour can be very flexible and tailored for you and your sightseeing wishlist. Price includes all home-cooked meals, transfer for bikes and bags (either from the UK or from Limoges), your own airport transfers, and 6 nights’ accommodation in La Vie en Velo's own 8-bed house. Bike hire can be arranged.

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