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Châteaux of the Loire

Pedal gently through fairytale France

Offered by:
Bspoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

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

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Châteaux of the Loire - Short Break

Short but sweet visit to the Loire

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights or 5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £725

If you're short on time but have always dreamed of being surrounded by the spectacular fairytale castles of the Loire, then this tour could be a perfect fit. Ideal for the whole family with the route following the Loire à Vélo cycle path, it's safe and surrounded by nature. And of course no visit would be complete without sampling some of the world famous wines. Throughout this short break you'll try fine wines and delicious traditional French fayre, explore historic Chinon on the banks of the River Vienne and visit the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island on the River Indre. The price of this tour includes 3 and 4-star hotel and B&B accommodation, flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving on your own), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps, and assistance whenever needed. Tandems and electric bikes on request.

 

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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

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £760

Inntravel Chateaux of the LoireFamed 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).

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Classic Burgundy and Beaune

A self-guided tour to sample the best of Burgundy

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
5 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £1325

Any mention of Burgundy conjures up rich, deep reds and classic whites. This self-guided itinerary will see you cycling through wonderful scenery to bustling towns such as Beaune and Cluny, visiting abbeys and chateaux and, of course, some of the most famous vineyards on the planet. There'll also be time for Chateau de Savingny-les-Beaune and its collection of vintage planes and cars, and the medieval town of Brancion. The price of this tour includes flights from the UK and transfers (discount for people arriving under the own steam), 3* B&B hotel accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, train ticket from Tournus to Beaune, bikes with panniers and handlebar bags, detailed route maps and instructions, and helpful local support.

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Classic Climbs of the Pyrenées

The finest climbs of the Pyrenees from the Tour de France

Offered by:
Bike Basque

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 95 94 82 37

Tour length:
7 days/6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€1200

Ride the classic cols of the Tour de France with the local Basque experts. Over the course of seven days in the Pyrenees, you will climb, among many others, the Aubisque, Hautacam and the Tourmalet, fully guided and escorted by a support car (but also available self-guided). You will stay in 2-3 star hotels that are well-versed in welcoming groups of cyclists and looking after them. Nine climbs in the Pyrenees in all, 11,000m elevation gain and 480km of cycling. High spec bike hire can be arranged.
Dates for 2017: June 19-25, July 24-30 (alternative dates may be available, please ask)
 

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Classic Cognac Cycling

Follow meandering river Charente through prestigious brandy vineyards

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£929

Classic CognacRide 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 Cols of Savoie Mont Blanc

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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Coast and Basque Mountains Cycling Holiday

Experience the varied beauty of the Basque region

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
£1139

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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Côtes du Rhône in Provence

Ride the rivers and wine routes of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £865

From gently rolling hills and ancient villages to historic cities and Roman ruins, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on this tour of the Côtes du Rhône. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laidback cycling through vineyards, along river trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. To fuel your adventure there are picnic spots galore, highly rated restaurants and a simply stunning array of wines. Relax in the vibrant St Rémy with a glass of Pastis, or try your hand at kayaking beneath the Pont du Gard. The price of your tour include 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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Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£400 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

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