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Entre Deux Mers Cycling Holiday

Cycle from La Rochelle to Toulouse on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£980 (camping option), £1335 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

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

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Etape de Tour 2018

Take part in the world's most famous cycling sportive

Offered by:
TAG Ride

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7191 1120

Tour length:
4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
£525

The 2018 Etape du Tour will take place in the Alps on Sunday, July 8, starting in beautiful lakeside  Annecy and finishing some 169km and 4100m of climbing later at the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand. This four-night stay gives you the chance to combine some fantastic Alpine road cycling with watching or participating in this extremely popular event. Entry to the event is not included, but the price does include return Geneva airport transfers, transport to and from event, chalet accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea with pasta or freshly baked cake, 3-course evening meals with wine, and full vehicle support.
Dates for 2018: July 5-9

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Explore the beauty of the Pyrenees – Training Camp

Improve your confidence and fitness, socially!

Offered by:
Gite Belle Vie

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 35 16 06 27

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
From €900

This trip is all about becoming more confident on the bike and improving your fitness while having fun. The week allows you to enjoy riding in the peaceful Pyrenees, taking in some of the routes used in the Tour de France and conquering spectacular and inspiring cols (e.g Tourmalet, Aspin etc), with the emphasis on a social riding. Eric and Angela are local cycling experts and know the roads better than most, and they've put together these camps to ensure riders of all abilities can enjoy their backyard. A guide will help you get the maximum out of each ride and a car will provides support on the three longer days. The tour price includes accommodation on a shared basis at Gite Belle Vie and all meals. Bike hire is available on request. 

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Fontainebleau, Barbizon and Milly-la-Forêt

Ride through Paris to the beautiful countryside surrounding it

Offered by:
French Mystique Tours

Tour length:
7 hours

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
€275 per group (cost can be split between riders)

Start the day riding through Paris to the train station Gare de Lyon and take your bikes on the train to Fontainebleau for a leisurely 40km day ride. The château and town of Fontainebleau were traditionally one of the four main places of royal residence for the kings of France. This importance is reflected in the both the style of the town's architecture and the size and grandeur of the château. Explore the lively cobbled pedestrian streets, full of cafés, restaurants, food stores and boutiques, and visit the beautiful gardens of the château before riding through the cool green forest to Barbizon, famous as the founding place of the 19th century Realist art movement and its famous residents Jean-François Millet and Théodore Rousseau, whose works can be found in the Musée d'Orsay. Your final stop is Milly-la-Forêt, formerly a walled medieval town famous for its medicinal herbs and French icon Jean Cocteau. End the day back in Paris after a return trip on the RER train.

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French Classes + Mountain Biking

Learn French while mountain biking in Morzine – a perfect combination

Offered by:
Alpine French School

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

Tour length:
6 nights' accommodation (4 half-day biking sessions, 5 half-day French classes – longer courses available)

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
From €899

Combine mountain biking in the incredible Alps with intensive French lessons. This course – tailored for mountain bikers new and old – 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, exploring the Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets trails in the High Alps. This is prime mountain bike country with a plethora of cross-country and downhill routes on offer (more than 650km of marked trails in total). Your mountain biking can be guided or unguided, and routes can be tailored to your experience and ability. 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.

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Hidden Provence Cycling Holiday

Explore roads less travelled in popular Provence

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

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

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £835 (self-guided), £970 (guided)

Tucked behind the glamour of the French Riviera is a slightly wilder and remote Provence where the lower mountains of the Alps seem within easy reach. The north of Provence contains some dramatic landscapes: deep gorges, wooded slopes and an intricate network of valleys connecting smaller and sleepier towns, villages and hamlets. This week-long tour – available fully guided or self-guided – allows you to visit this area with carefully prepared routes, starting from a high vantage point at Verdon with fantastic vistas in all directions and opportunities to splash about in cooling blue waters of the Med. From here back to the starting point you'll explore quiet lanes and hidden tracks as well as having time to visit some special spots on foot or in the water, such as the beauty of Cotignac or a take a bike ride out to the tranquillity of Sillans-la-Cascade and its 42-metre high waterfall. Prices include a welcome briefing, 6 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support.

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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

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

Tour length:
14 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1655 (self-guided), £1885 (guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support. 

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Iconic Climbs Pyrénées Challenge

Climb the iconic cols of the Pyrenees on this small group tour

Offered by:
Veloroo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1995

Take on all the big names – Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Hautacam and Col de Soulor – plus some other local favourites on this all-inclusive Pyrenees trip. Julia and Steve at Veloroo take care of all the planning, full vehicle support, 5 nights' accommodation, all meals, performance bike hire and VeloRoo kit – all you need to do is ride. You'll get a free Veloroo jersey, plus your kit will be washed daily for you. Maximum of 9 riders plus guide. This is a personal trip run by cyclists for cyclists.
Two 2017 dates: Spring Challenge, May 30-June 4 to coincide with the official opening of the cycling season in the Pyrenees (it includes the chance to guide the Le Géant statue back to the top of the Tourmalet); Autumn Challenge, September 19-24 to coincide with the annual regional transhumance. 

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Languedoc: Vineyards, Markets and Roman Ruins

Supported week of riding with local cycling experts

Offered by:
Vie et Vélo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 48 08 42 00

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate (there are some climbs but the route can be adjusted to group)

Price:
From €1050

A fully supported, point-to-point cycling tour through the vineyards and historic towns of the Languedoc region – an area full of quiet back roads that wind through the rolling countryside and small independent vineyards. In addition to some magical scenery (and largely traffic-free roads), you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of St Guilham le Desert and the Pont de Gard, plus you'll have time to explore the historic market towns of Uzes and Pezenas. Price includes 6 nights’ B&B accommodation, airport transfers for you and your bike (or help with rental if you need it), and guided rides with support vehicle for luggage and supplies. This is a local tour run by local cyclists who know these roads well.

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Legendary Cols of the Pyrenees – Training Camp

Experience the famous climbs of the Tour de France

Offered by:
Gite Belle Vie

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 35 16 06 27

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €900

As the heat of the summer fades and the Pyrenees is alive with colour – this tour allows you to tackle the famous cols that have been climbed by the Tour de France over the generations. It's a fully supported tour with an experienced guide on hand each day and a support car for the longer rides to transfer bags and supplies. Accommodation is provided at Gite Belle Vie, along with all meals. Bike hire can be arranged, as can airport transfers, massages and lots more. Eric and Angela are local cycling experts and know the roads here better than most – and this is one in a series of camps they've put together to ensure riders of all abilities can enjoy their backyard. 

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