Tours - Self-guided: All France

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1 Week of Family Cycling from Blois to Amboise

Perfect for families with mini-cyclists of all ages

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
7 days with 5 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €620

This tour has been specifically tailored so you can enjoy a memorable trip in the Loire Valley, at your own pace, with the whole family. Ride along the Loire à Vélo following signposted routes that are safe for riders of all abilities. Short stages take you past the most prestigious chateaux from Blois to Chateau de Chambord until you reach the medieval city of Amboise – the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. On the way, pass through forests and even a natural bathing pool, perfect for cooling down! Price tour includes 6 nights’ accommodation in 2-star and 3-star hotels on a B&B basis, full ride notes and colour maps in English or French, daily luggage transfers, bike hire for the whole family, and emergency support hotline in case you need help.

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3 Lakes: Geneva, Bourget, Annecy

Cycle in the French Alps without climbing any mountains

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €625

Cycloundo Three Lake CyclingExperience the magic of the Alps without having to struggle up its famous mountains on this self-guided cycling holiday linking Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget and Lake Annecy. Follow paths and back-roads along the Rhone and Isere rivers, take in historic villages and stop to admire those famous cols from a comfortable distance. Daily distance: 48km-68km. Choice of either hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Bike rental can be arranged on request. If you would like to take on the climbs, a more challenging version of the same tour can be organized. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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5 classic alpine climbs near Bourg St Maurice

Ride some of the best big cols in the Alps on this good-value holiday

Offered by:
Alpine Velo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 26 80 77 67

Tour length:
3 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
£355 to £595, depending on length

Cycle from the door and onto some of the epic climbs of the Tour de France from your valley base near Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Mix and match ride lengths, altitudes and gradients according to your appetite and stamina. There are 14 different climbs within striking distance of this fixed base holiday – including four often in the Tour de France: Col du Petit St Bernard, the Iseran, Cormet de Roseland and the Madeleine. Price includes ensuite accommodation in a dedicated cycling chalet with breakfast, dinner and return airport transfers. Plus there's stacks of local cycling advice on hand – choose your own routes or ask the Alpine Velo guys to help you plan your day's adventures. This self-guided tour is organised BY cyclists FOR cyclists.

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6 Days Cycling the Wonders of the Luberon

Ride through the heart of Provence's most spectacular scenery

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

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

Tour length:
6 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €495

Discover the charms of the Grand and Petit Luberon as you take in the best of Provence. This 6-day ride starts in Cavaillon, and tours along the long limestone spine of the Luberon. To the west, you'll see the 'Gardens of the Pope', some of the best orchards in the area. To the north, there are Romanesque abbeys and churches scattered throughout the area, still symbolising the historic importance of religion in the area. To the south, there's the Durance River, with its villages dotted with chateaux and still carrying the opulent aura of France before the Revolution. All the most beautiful villages in the Luberon are on the itinerary: Sénanque, Gordes, Bonnieux, Buoux and Lourmarin. Ride through pine forests, fields of lavender, vines and orchards as you discover them all. Price includes half-board accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. 

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A 4-day cycling tour to explore the Somme bay

A leisurely ride to pretty villages, sandy beaches and birdwatching

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €499

Soomme Bay cycling mapBérangère 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. The Somme Bay is a natural bay situated in northern France (Picardie), where you will be flabbergasted by the fauna, flora and the authenticity of the small villages of the Bay. The combination of sea, marshland, beaches and countryside adds charm and makes the bay a unique holiday spot. The Somme Bay is also an important spot for migratory birds. You can observe them along the bike paths on your way to one of the charming villages and harbours situated all around the bay.

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A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

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A cycling jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

Ride Provence's villages, vineyards and flower fields (and tackle Ventoux)

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
3 nights/ 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to difficult

Price:
From €755

If you have only a short time in Provence, Cyclemundo offer this tour which is an adapted version of one of their best-loved tours for a taste of the best Provence has to offer. Cyclomundo indulges avid cyclists’ need for a brief escape from reality with a complex route that is exhilarating and beautiful. You will ride from the sharp peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail to the heights of Mont Ventoux and finish in the rolling heights of the Luberon. All over Upper Provence you will see pristine villages cling to hillsides, while vineyards and flower fields cover terrain of all types. Price includes 3 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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A Fixed Base Cycling Holiday in Poitou-Charentes

Explore the idyllic Deux-Sèvres department in western France

Offered by:
Moulin Holidays

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

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate routes, plus a few challenging ones (you decide!)

Price:
€1149 / £1046

Flexible, self-guided cycling holidays based at Le Moulin du Chemin, a small private auberge in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. Cycling holidays at Le Moulin are notable for idyllic surroundings, excellent food and wine, lovely accommodation and great bonhomie – all at a reasonable price. Everything is included: accommodation, all meals and drinks, the hire of well-maintained, fully-equipped touring bikes, plus the use of the pool and other amenities. (Even the postcards are free.) There are hundreds of miles of little-used country lanes that undulate beside pastures, woods and orchards. Bikes roll easily on well-maintained roads, with hardly any traffic. To guide you, clear route-notes and highlighted maps are provided in a personalised dossier, with friendly advice and information from your hosts, Peter and Carolynne. Choose from easy, moderate (or, if you wish, challenging) routes, with different destinations each day. Finish the day with aperitifs-at-seven, followed by a four-course evening meal with wonderful food and generous supplies of excellent wine – all enjoyed in a leisurely atmosphere.

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A Languedoc Weekend Taster

Spend a long weekend exploring beautiful Languedoc in SW France

Offered by:
Vie et Velo

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €635

This is a self-guided, point-to-point cycling tour through the rolling countryside of the Languedoc to the Mediteranean sea. It's run by Denise and Bruce, who specialise in the Languedoc region at Vie et Velo. You can pedal at your own pace as you explore the varied terrain and history of the area. The Languedoc is not only the oldest and largest wine-growing area in the world (take that, Bordeaux!), but it's also one of the most historically interesting. Of 37 'Grand sites de France' areas protected for their natural beauty or history, 10 are in Languedoc. Here you'll find coastline and mountains, ancient history and modern market towns full of gastronomic delights. This self-guided ride provides a taste of them all. The price includes 3 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels or B&Bs, transfers for you and your bike from Montpellier or Beziers, luggage transfers each day, all route notes and GPX files, and one evening meal with a local family at your B&B (table d’hôtes format).

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A Meander 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:
4 to 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £595

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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A Northern Alps Weekend

Alpine weekend road cycling package out of Geneva

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Just an hour from Geneva airport and you're into one of the world's true cyclists' playgrounds. This weekend break is based in the beautiful Aravis mountain range, home to the Tour de France cols of Aravis, Colombière, and Croix Fry. This is an area of incredible climbs, spectacular views and breath-taking descents. For gentler rides, the roads around Lake Annecy are second to none. This package provides an easy, convenient long weekend of road cycling that can be tailored to your legs. Offered guided or self-guided. All you need to do it turn up in Geneva and enjoy.

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 per person

Spend a fabulous weekend cruising past olive groves and through vineyards in Provence. Clear sunny days, quiet smooth roads, stunning views and scenery with just the right amount of climbing and descending. It doesn’t get much better than this! This weekend can be whatever you want it to be: ride through rolling hills in the morning before realxing by the swimming pool in the afternoon, or spend the whole day out on the bike. Then, of course, there's the opportunity to conquer Mont Ventoux and ride the Luberon wine region. This short break offers a convenient, hassle-free road cycling holiday – 4 days of relaxation and fun. Offered guided or self-guided – it's up to you.

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A Self-Guided Ride from Rocamadour to La Roque Gageac and Sarlat

Chateaux, stunning gardens, gorges and river rides

Offered by:
Cycle the Dordogne

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 53 30 23 20 or +44 (0)77 7455 1647

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€1300

Benefit from local knowledge that Annie and Cliff, an Anglo-French couple who have lived in and cycled the Dordogne since 1991. This 7-day itinerary will take you through lush green countryside towards the stunning village of Rocamadour, clinging to the cliff side overlooking the Ouysse gorge and through alluring landscapes to Martel, the village of seven towers. Along the way you will have the chance to visit the Gouffre de Padirac, La Roque Gageac and Sarlat, a thriving town not to be missed. In addition you have Chateau Marquayssac, with stunning gardens  and vistas. Much of your gentle ride will be along the river bank – it will be hard to leave!

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A short break around Mont Ventoux

Discover iconic Ventoux with this weekend of biking fun

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
Choose from 3 or 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €390 per person

This self-guided tour run by a local Provence company gives you the chance to climb Mont Ventoux, one of France's most iconic climbs over an extra special weekend. You can choose between a 3- or 4-day package, with the extra day allowing a full circumnavigation of the Mont around its base, via the pretty village of Sault. On arrival you will be collected in Avignon for a transfer to Bedoin and after a day of acclimatisation you can tackle the climb from the toughest side of the mountainPrice includes 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation with a choice of room standards, breakfasts, two dinners, luggage transfer, bike rental and road book with maps and route notes.

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A Taste of Bordeaux - Boat and Bike Holiday

Combine staying on a boat with cycling through famous vineyards

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1289

Bordeaux is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world and this tour will open up the city and its surrounding vineyards to you, allowing you to explore grand chateaux, famous vineyards, regional culinary specialities and UNESCO World Heritage landscapes at your own pace. You will pedal through six famous Bordeaux wine regions with the Garonne and Dordogne rivers as your companions along the way. Visit the historic centres of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, but don't worry – there's plenty of time to also sample the famous appellations of Pomerol, Sauternes, Medoc and Margaux. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK, ensuite accommodation on the MS Bordeaux, full board, semi-guided cycle tours, welcome cocktail, bikes with panniers, detailed route maps and instructions, and friendly local support whenever needed.

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Affordable, personalised biking holidays

Meander through the French countryside on a self-guided break

Offered by:
Cycle South West France

Phone number:
+33 (0)7 85 14 56 17

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €125

This super break gives you the chance to experience the countryside of south-west France at its best. It's based at the bike-friendly house owned by Jean-Pierre and Clare, a Franco-English couple with a love of the outdoors in general and the Lot-et-Garonne in particular (Jean-Pierre grew up here so he knows the roads around here as well as anyone). Their village house in Buzet-sur-Baise (halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse) is just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – meander along its towpaths or ask the guys to put together a more challenging inland route for you. Why not try a weekend package? Excellent value for money, it includes three nights' accommodation, bike hire and route info. Relax near the pool after your ride, explore the local village, or Clare can help arrange wine-tasting, kayaking or other activities for you. This is a perfect, stress-free getaway in one of France's lesser-explored areas. 

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Agen to Sarlat through the Lot Valley to the Dordogne

The Dordogne = black truffles, mushrooms and duck confit!

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44 (0)1580 214 010

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1190

With your welcome pack and bike waiting for you on arrival in Agen, a beautiful city famous in France for its quality prunes and markets, you'll be ready to cycle 40-50km per day over the next 6 days. Leaving Agen, visit to the medieval bastides along quiet and pretty countryside lanes. Pedal through shady woods to arrive at the fortress of Gavaudun, before picking up the Dordogne River, which you will follow to the castles at Les Milandes, Castelnaud and Beynac, plus the amazing Roque Gageac, located at the foot of a cliff. Explore the Vezere, a prehistoric valley with lovely gorges and villages, en route to SarlatIncluded in your tour is 5 days' cycling, accommodation and some meals, full and detailed route notes and maps, bike hire (electric bikes are also available)support and luggage transfers.

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Albi and Tarn Valley

A scenic but flat cycling holiday from Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-9 days

Level of difficulty:
Very Light

Price:
7 days: €676

Starting and ending in Albi, this is a self-guided cycling holiday suitable for families, or for anyone wanting a scenic but flat bike tour. Averaging just 25km a day, you'll cycle alongside the river Tarn, on converted railway lines and through old railway tunnels, taking time out for swimming or canoeing as you go. Departures every day from March 15-October 31. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Electric bike hire also available.

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All France - Bespoke Cycle Tours

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

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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Along the Leisurely Loire

A gentle meander along the Loire from Blois to Saumur

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1377

Leisurely LoireEnjoy this gentle exploration of the beautiful Loire River. Ride from Blois to Saumur, taking in vineyards and chateaux as you enjoy daily rides of no more than 32km. See Amboise and its Royal Château, or Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s old manor house, before enjoying a night in Tours. From here, take the voie verte bike path to Villandry Château and its medieval vegetable gardens, before heading on to Saumur. The hotels on this route offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare, whilst the B&Bs provide an opportunity for you to discover truly ‘local’ restaurants. 

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Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

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Alpine Vista Cycling Tours

Enjoy cycling in the Alps whatever your ability

Offered by:
Alpine Vista Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)7793 813 823 or +33 (0)6 65 47 67 74

Tour length:
From 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate, challenging or very challenging (routes based on your fitness levels and interests)

Price:
From £275

Test yourself against classic Tour de France climbs such as the Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland on this fixed base cycling holiday set in the valley just outside Bourg-St-Maurice. Cyclists Ben and Maddison specialise in catered, self-guided cycling holidays for all abilities – test your fitness and cycling prowess by day and relax in luxury by night. You'll have sole occupancy of their 5 bedroom chalet and grounds throughout your stay – ideal for groups of between 4 and 10 riders. The Savoie region of the French Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling and their chalet is located right in the heart of it. Whether you're looking to test yourself up some of the incredible climbs, or have a gentle cycle through the valley, you can do it straight from the door. Ben will help you plan your itinerary to match you interests and fitness level.

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Alps Challenge: Geneva to Alpe d'Huez

6 famous cols en route to the Alpe – are you up for the challenge?

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €825 self-guided or €1395 with a support vehicle

Cyclomundo Geneva to Alpe d'Huez mapVoted Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year', this tour starting in Cyclomundo's own backyard in Geneva can be taken as a guided or self-guided option. From the shores of Lake Geneva you'll ride to the switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez, climbing some of France's most famous cols en route: the Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe and the mighty Galibier are all here. This tour can be booked as a self-guided ride or organised for cycling clubs and private groups. Itineraries and support can be tailored to your fitness levels. This tour can be combined with cyclosportives such as La Marmotte, Etape du Tour and the Time-Megeve-Mont-Blanc. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 4 dinners, luggage transfers, transfer from Geneva to start of day 1, marked maps and route notes, a GPS unit (subject to availability). Full carbon road bike hire available on request.

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Alps Long Weekend

A long weekend to remember climbing iconic Alpine climbs

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging or very challenging

Price:
£595

Your chance to cycle the Lautaret, Galibier, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Telegraphe, Ornon, Izoard and many other iconic cols of the Alps. You ride while La Vie en Velo takes care of the logistics. Included in the price is full on-road support from Angus and his van and trailer (he can also bring your bike and bags from the UK for you to save you the hassle of bike/plane or bike/train logistics). All rides and routes can be tailored to your preferences each day – ride as much or as little as you want. Maximum group size of only 8, so this is ideal for families with non-cyclists, as well as small corporate groups, cycling clubs or charity rides. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to SE UK (or Paris for long-haul arrivals); 3 nights’ accommodation in a great little bike-friendly hotel near the Col du Galibier. Bike hire can be arranged.

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Alsace - Route du Vin

Explore all the history and food that Alsace has to offer

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1415

Spend a delightful week pedalling along pretty lanes that meander through vineyards and fields of sunflowers while exploring the famous Alsace wine road. Eat wonderful Alsatian specialties and drink in the region's fabulous wine heritage. This tour takes you from the cobbled market square in Obernais to Colmar, a wonderfully preserved old town with bold hues splashed across the magnificent half-timbered terraces. The route has been well tailored so that something new and interesting is on the agenda each day, providing lots of opportunity to visit historic towns such as centuries-old Riquewihr, and majestic chateaux at your own pace (electric bikes and tandems are available if your legs need a little help). The tour includes high-standard hotels, flights from the UK (discounts apply for people arriving under their own steam), bikes, maps and local assistance. Leave some space in your bag for a bottle of Riesling or two.

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Alsace and the Rhine Valley

From the Black Forest to the Vosges and the Alsace Wine Route

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £935

Explore the beauty and gastronomy of the Alsace region at your own pace while staying in 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout. You will start your tour in the colourful Swiss town of Basel and then meander your way up the glorious river Rhine passing through the lovely Alsatian towns of Freiberg and Colmar, until your final destination, the wonderful cycling city of Strasbourg. The price includes bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, flights from the UK (discounts apply if you're not coming from the UK), airport and luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Alsace Discovery: Villages, Vineyards & Forested Hills

A unique holiday that combines cycling and walking in beautiful Alsace

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £765

Alsace cycling holidayQuiet lanes, rolling hills, world-class wines and top French gastronomy. You'll get all this and more on this 7-night self-guided trip along some of France's least-explored bike trails. It's a hotel-to-hotel Alsace cycling holiday, so you'll be seeing something new and exciting every day as you explore this lovely area of France nestled between the Vosges mountains and the River Rhine. The route is mostly on country roads and cycle paths, plus along wooded walking trails – it's very much a tailored adventure, with the option of additional walking or cycling depending on your preference. The cycling is mainly flat with some hills, and all accommodation, bike hire, baggage transport, route notes and maps are included.

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Alsace Prestige en Vélo

Discover the famous wine route via quiet roads and canal towpaths

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1794

Alsace en veloDiscover this little, unknown corner of France with its distinctively Germanic influence. Make your way south from Strasbourg, the buzzing capital of Alsace and follow the waters of the Canal du Rhone au Rhin before cycling along the foot of the Vosges and through winemaking villages. There is the option to add an extra night to give you the time to explore Strasbourg. Daily cycling distances between 36km and 65km. Price includes half-board B&B accommodation in atmospheric and locally run 4 or 5 star hotels, plus bike hire and luggage transfers.

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Alsace Route du Vin

A gentle pedal along the Alsace wine route

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 nights / 7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1585

Enjoy cycling along pretty lanes that wind their way gently through one vineyard after another, stop in colour vibrant historic towns such as Colmar, the ‘Little Venice’ of France. With spectacular scenery wherever you pedal, it’s easy to work up an appetite for the region’s distinctive cuisine - and a thirst for its famous white wines. Fortunately, there are plenty of superb restaurants and rustic wine bars en route, so your cycling effort will be rewarded by the region's sublime gastronomic scene, including Choucroute à l’Alsacienne (sauerkraut and sausages) at Caveau St Pierre. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*hotel B&B hotel accommodation, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, local support, and flights and transfers from the UK (discount if you're arriving in France on your own).

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Alsace Route du Vin Short break

Take a long weekend to enjoy the Alsatian wines and towns

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1165

This is an abbreviated version of a longer tour also offered by BSpoke. It's concentrated on cycling quiet backroads and dedicated bike paths, with a heavy emphasis on visiting vineyards and enjoying the wonderful local cuisine. Alsace is one of France's lesser explored wine regions but it won't be for much longer, as word is getting out about its reletively deserved roads and spectacular scenery. It's easy to work up an appetite here, which is a good thing because there are plenty of superb restaurants and wine bars to enjoy en route. This self-guided tour includes 3* B&B hotel accommodation, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, local support, and flights and transfers from the UK (discounts if you're making your own way to France).

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Alsace Villages & Vineyards

Meander quiet backroads through pretty villages

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £698

Inntravel Alsace Villages & VineyardsThis cycling holiday is the perfect chance to get to know the very heart of Alsace. It's based at three hotels (Eguisheim, Kaysersberg and Bergheim), each giving you access to some of the best cycling routes in this fascinating and beautiful area.The routes are flexible, so you can meander along quiet country backroads and through pretty villages, or tackle a more challenging day by riding up to one of the many hill-top châteaux to soak up the views across the valley. The routes are a mix of quiet backroads, dedicated cycle paths and vineyard tracks. Self-guided with all accommodation plus maps and luggage transport included.

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Alsace Wine Road cycle trail from Strasbourg to Colmar

A leisurely bimble through one of France's most distinct wine regions

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €889

biking alsaceThis is a chance to discover Alsace – one of France's lesser-visited wine regions – at your own pace. You'll start in UNESCO-listed Strasbourg (a super cycling city) where you can check out Notre Dame cathedral, the city's distinctive bridges and the medieval quarter, 'Petite France'. From here follow the Bruche Canal all the way to the vineyards, where you'll join the wine trail through historic villages with half-timbered houses and colourful geraniums. En route take in the towns of Rosheim, Obernai, Barr and Bergheim, and admire the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg on its rocky outcrop. Head into the hills to visit Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr and Hunawihr before reaching Colmar – France's 'Little Venice'. From here it's a day trip to the beautiful village of Eguisheim. This is a varied bike trip taking in the culture, food and wine of one of France's most individual region. Price includes luggage transfers, accommodation, bike hire, and full route notes and maps. Maximum daily distance: 37km.

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Alsace Wine Route from Colmar to Strasbourg

Take a tour around the highlights of the Alsace region

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
6 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €740

Starting in Colmar, nicknamed 'the Little Venice,' ride to 'Petite France' in Strasbourg – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In between you'll glide through the prestigious vineyards of the Alsace wine trail. Alsace is still a relatively undiscovered cycling region compared to the wine routes of Burgundy, Provence and Bordeaux. Here, you get splendid views over the beautiful villages, and half-timbered houses adorned with geraniums in Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Barr and Obernai. Refreshment will of course be needed and after taking in the impressive medieval château of Haut-Koenigsbourg, you'll want to stop to sample a glass full of fresh and elegant liquid fruit! Price includes 5 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels, 5 breakfasts, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, luggage transfers, bike hire and a support hotline in case you need assistance.

 

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Anyone for Corsica? My bespoke cycling service

Let me help you sort your cycling holiday with this personal service

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
You decide

Located off the southern coast of France, the island of Corsica is a MAGIC place to cycle. It's diverse and beautiful and isolated, yet within reach. You can fly in or get the ferry across, you can ride guided or unguided, in the hills or along the coast. If you want to find out more about Corsica, or if you need a hand planning your cycling holiday there, then the my bespoke Freewheeling France service could be for you. I can help you tailor your trip to your budget, your time and your ability. Just check out the info in my blog here and drop me a line. Whether it's road riding or mountain biking, whether you're cycling solo or in a group – just email me through your requirements and I'll help take the hassle out of planning a super cycling holiday in one of France's most amazing corners. Lyn @ FWF. 

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Arcachon Bay Cycling Tour

Family-friendly trip to discover oyster farms, beaches and sand dunes

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
3 days

Level of difficulty:
Very easy

Price:
From €265

Arcachon Bay is an easy and relaxing cycling destination. Cycling is mostly on car-free paths, and there are lots of places to stop for refreshments (or a swim). From the oyster-farming village of Gujan Mestras to wide sandy beaches, the great dune of Pyla and fragrant pine forests, Arcachon is a treat for the senses (and the tastebuds). Take a boat ride to Cap Ferret to enjoy views back across the bay, wander the pedestrian preccinct at Arcachon or climb sand dunes for panoramic views. Fishing huts, colourful boats and awesome architecture combine to make Arcachon a super cycling destination.

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Ariege Pyrenean Challenge

Enjoy remote Pyrenean climbs with this affordable cycling adventure

Offered by:
Rhino Velo Pyrenees

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 61 64 35 77 or +33 (0)6 37 10 60 00

Tour length:
5 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€450

Mike and Wendy at Rhino Velo Pyrenees have over 30 years of cycling experience and have developed the ‘Ariege Pyrenean Challenge’ to showcase the best that the Ariege area has to offer. Cycling in the mountains of the Ariege is outstanding, with many of the cols being remote, rustic, and joyous to ride (think jaw-dropping scenery)The routes for this five-day adventure are centred at Mike and Wendy's base, meaning they're based on their own local rides and on roads the guys know well. Price includes 5 nights' B&B, evening meals and post-ride snacks. The trip comes with full on-road support, but you can ride self-guided if you prefer (all maps and local knowledge included!) Bike hire can be arranged, along with airport transfers and other individual needs.

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Around Bordeaux and its Greatest Vineyards

A perfect combination of wine and cycling through glorious countryside

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
5 days with 4 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €785

Bordeaux is surrounded by famous vineyards and the city itself is full of culture, historic buildings and top-class restaurants ... what better starting point for a cycling trip? This self-guided tour takes you along shady cycle paths, through some of the finest vineyards in the world, and across scenic rivers such as the Garonne and the mighty Dordogne. Price includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in 3-star hotels, a boat transfer for you and your bike, a travel folder with itineraries and maps in French or English, tourist brochures to help you make the most of the region, luggage transfers, bike hire, and a support hotline in case you need help en route.

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Atlantic Coast from La Rochelle to Oléron Island

A leisure ride to experience the highlights of the Atlantic Coast

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

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

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €299

Leave the beautiful city of La Rochelle along the Atlantic Coast La Vélodyssée bike path. Through fishermen’s harbours and through dried up swamps, your bike ride leads you to Rochefort. Share the coast with storks and herons as you take in the sea air. In Rochefort, a former royal shipyard, admire the Hermione, the three-master built with the methods of the 17th century. You take the last transporter bridge of France and continue to ride the Oléron Island. Savour a dish of Marennes’ oysters, your feet hanging in the water and enjoy your refreshing break. You discover the long fine sand beaches and fishermen’s villages of Oléron Island before taking the boat to return to La Rochelle. This route has been devised by French cyclists Bérangère and Eugénie, who set up Le Vélo Voyageur to share their favourite routes with cyclists from around the world.

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Atlantic Coast La Rochelle to Bordeaux (La Vélodyssey)

The ocean on one side and pine forests of the other

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1564

This cycle adventure offers wonderful variety, from the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to pine forests and marshlands. Starting in the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, with its world-class aquarium, you'll follow the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 cycle route along the coast. On the way you'll be able to visit the city of Rochefort, famous for its 'Corderie Royale', the citadelle in Brouage, the oyster farms in La Tremblade and the seaside resort of Royan. A short ferry ride will take you over to Le Verdon and on to the Médoc peninsula so you can discover the vineyards and UNESCO city of Bordeaux. Included in the price is luggage transfer, detailed route notes, 7 nights' accommodation, and a local agent to provide any help you may need.

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Atlantic Coast La Vélodyssée from Nantes to La Rochelle

Ride along the Atlantic coast on the EuroVelo 1 bike route

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 96 49 54

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From €1075

On this self-guided tour, you'll enjoy the Atlantic section on the La Vélodyssée with its endless sandy beaches to explore. Hop off the bike to take a dip, top up the tan lines or enjoy the pine forests whenever the fancy takes you. Discover the marshlands of Vendée and spend time in colourful ports. Dine in the evenings with a fresh local seafood platter. La Vélodyssée is nearly all flat and signposted, mostly on secured dedicated greenways – it's a perfect introduction to cycling in France. The price of this 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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Atlantic to Mediterranean - Canal des Deux Mers Cycling Tour

Coast to coast tour across popular south of France route

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 2237 1131

Tour length:
14 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €2000 per person

This self-guided tour allows you to experience one of the most popular bike routes in France but without the hassle of having to hire bikes, plan the route or find accommodation. Take in the vineyards of Bordeaux to the magical Roger Lapebie bike route out of the city, the ancient citadels of Carcassonne and the lapping waters of the Mediterranean at Sete. You will be met at the airport by Andy and Cris, who will have your bike, route maps and notes ready for you. Price includes accommodation, luggage transfers and bike hire. The itinerary includes rest days along the way in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Carcassonne, so you can combine sight-seeing with cycling.

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Aude and Pyrenees Cycling Holidays

Locally run guided and self-guided rides from the Pyrenean foothills

Offered by:
Cycle Aude

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15

Tour length:
You decide

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €50 per night

From his base at the foothills of the Pyrenees, local cyclist Martyn runs guided and self-guided rides in the Aude, one of the Languedoc's cycling delights, as well as rides into the Pyrenees themselves. From his door, there are wonderful roads out into the countryside, with routes for all abilities. Take a gentle family ride or head off into the hills to challenge yourself against the cols of the Tour de France. Martyn can help tailor your stay to your ability, and provide local maps and route notes. Rides are available guided or unguided, with flat-rate nightly rates offered to keep things simple. 

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Auvergne's Mountain Areas

Round trip cycling holiday in the Auvergne mountains

Offered by:
Les Camélias Cycling Accommodation

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 73 65 04 67

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
You decide - easy, moderate, challenging or very challenging

Price:
From €500

Auvergne's Mountain Areas mapChoose from one of 5 different routes covering varying levels of difficulty and distances (50, 60, 69 and 78 miles). In six stages, you can cycle through three middle mountain areas of Auvergne: the Massif du Sancy, the Livradois-Forez and the Cantal. The climbs reach up to 1589m with on average 300 to 400 metres of climbing per climb (700m maximum). Climbs within reach of your door include the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, the Col de la Croix-Morand, the Col de Guéry, the Puy de Dôme and Col du Chevalard. This trip can be tailored for groups of varying sizes. Prices include luggage transport, apartment accommodation and all meals with the exception of 3 evening meals. Prices may vary depending on the availability of accommodations and the season.

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Aveyron and Tarn-et-Garonne: Medieval villages and Gaillac vineyards

Explore one of France's lesser-known regions just north of Toulouse

Offered by:
Tours du Tarn

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 71 70 74 00

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Can be tailored for you

Price:
From €900

This tour is offered by a family of cyclists for riders wanting to get away from it all to explore quieter corners of France. Based outside the historic town of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron Gorge, this fixed base trip has an emphasis on easy to moderate cycling but can be adapted to suit your needs. Take in sun-drenched fields of corn, the jaw-dropping medieval village of Najac and the golden vineyards of Gaillac (including stops to try the local wines). All the routes are on quiet roads and combine postcard views and places of interest en route, with alfresco lunch stops. Bring your own bike, or use one of the hybrid tourers or e-bikes included in the price. Road bike hire is also available locally. Relax at the end of the each day in a newly renovated gite or cabin with delicious food and wine – all supplied in abundance using local seasonal produce and included in the price. Share stories from your day on the road with other cyclists and hatch plans for the next day's riding. Price includes all accommodation, breakfasts and evening meals, bikes and routes, supported introductory ride, and airport/train station pick ups. The entire trip can be tweaked and tailored for you.

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Aveyron Gorge - Self-Guided Cycling Breaks

Explore one of France's 'forgotten' corners

Offered by:
Saint Antonin Noble Velo

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

Tour length:
2 nights minimum

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate or challenging

Price:
From €125 per person per night based two people sharing a room

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

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Avignon to Nice: Visually Stunning

Villages, vineyards and Ventoux on this holiday for road cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €1290

Cyclomundo Avignon to NiceRide through low-lying vineyards and across mountain passes to the Mediterranean on this self-guided tour aimed at fit riders accustomed to long distances on road bikes. Average distances are around 100km a day, with 1,500m of climbing. Follow the Rhone River as you head from Avignon into Languedoc to see the famous Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct before cycling on to the wine regions of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and to the foot of Ventoux. From here, it's up to hilltop villages and through lavender fields to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice and the Mediterranean coast. Top-quality full carbon road bikes available on request. Price includes 7 nights of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed maps and route notes, Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Tour offered May 25- September 3 but can be tailored for private groups of 6 or more outside these dates.

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Baie de Somme

Fresh sea air, wildlife and sandy beaches – all by bike

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £895

Baie de SommeDiscover the beautiful Bay of Somme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Picardy coast. Begin your journey in Noyelles-sur-Mer and cycle through lush pine forests and across dunes, discovering pretty villages and fabulous beaches along the way. Pack your binoculars, as there’ll be plenty of opportunities to admire local wildlife. Prices include accommodation, full route notes and maps, luggage transfers and bike hire. Belle France can also help arrange ferry or train travel to France from the UK.

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Bespoke Cycling Tours in the Alps and Provence

Flexible cycling options for fixed base and point-to-point riding

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

Ray at Cycle the Alpes of Provence can tailor a trip just for you and your group. Why not take on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Alpes de Haute Provence or a RAID Pyrenees? Or try seven days in Corsica or a trip over the southern Cols from Nice. Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez trips (either individually or together) are also possible. Tick off the classics or explore lakes, rivers, gorges and cols from a fixed base. Prices and itineraries designed for you. British Cycling Level 3 coaching also available.

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Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Level of difficulty:
You decide!

Price:
You set your own budget

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France, but decided where exactly where to ride can be hard (there's so much to see and do). So I've set up this special reader service to help you find the right guided or self-guided ride for your ability and budget. If you can't find the right tour for you on these pages, I can hook yo up with experts on the ground to help you arrange luggage transfers, bike hire and accommodation, or to recommend routes and provide maps. It may help take the stress and worry out of your trip, as well as save you some pennies on booking eash element separately. (I have a similar service for Corsica and one for Ventoux – for other French cycling destinations, just email me at [email protected]).  

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Best of the Correze and Upper Dordogne Valley

Explore one of France's best-kept secrets

Offered by:
Correze Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)5 55 27 13 01

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging but most abilities can be catered for

Price:
From €745

This guided or self-guided tor is set in the little-known department of Corrèze, the green heart of France. Think varied terrain, stunning scenery and virtually traffic-free roads. The week starts with an introductory warm up ride on the Pays de Tulle Plateau – characterised by charming villages, forests and lakes. On the following days you'll visit many beautiful villages such as Aubazine, Argentat and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the spectacular Dordogne gorges. At the end of the week, the tour goes to the Cantal or Auvergne mountains, weather permitting. Average daily distances between 70km to 85km. The price includes stylish B&B accommodation in a converted farm with swimming pool and private lake, 6 restaurant quality four-course dinners with wine, afternoon tea and cakes, secure bike storage and workshop, emergency vehicle backup and road bike hire if needed.

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